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1832 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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Two armadillos?

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France wants you to put lights and beacons on your drone

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Re: 250g limit? Hmm.

What sort of drone are you wanting to build, FPV racing/freestyle or GPS based?

The rcgroups.com forums contain a wealth of information and friendly help from members for this sort of thing, which I also post there as Haku.

The sections you might want to look at are Aircraft - Electric - FPV and Aircraft - Electric - Multirotor Drones

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Re: 250g limit? Hmm.

I pretty much copied Drone Mesh's build youtube.com/watch?v=jORBxEsnEy0 with the same frame & stack, but my stack came with VTX & camera and used Cobra CP1407 3200KV as that's what the frame designer suggests is good for it.

This is what mine turned out to look like and fly youtube.com/watch?v=8z63gN9_wbE, it's crazy fast, I've got to do a lot more flights with it to get used to it's handling.

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250g limit? Hmm.

I recently built a very light FPV quad which uses 5" props and weighs 163g without the battery, if I pick the right weight battery it'll be under 250g total - and this thing goes like a rocket, a rudimentary test with an old 3 cell battery tells me it's going well over 60mph, I suspect it'll go 80mph or maybe faster with a new 4 cell battery but I'll need a radar gun to measure it...

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: What about the El Reg commentardiat?

Good point, frank ly, what constitutes "social media"?

There are many websites dedicated to specific interests / hobbies / jobs etc. which have dedicated forums to their specific subject, and most of them have a "general chat" subsection where any topic within reason can be discussed.

Does that mean there are potentially hundreds of thousands / millions of social media websites?

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Privacy activists to UK plod: Wanna slurp folks' phone records? Come back with a warrant

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Buttle. Tuttle.

Films like Nineteen Eighty-Four, Idiocracy & Brazil should have warning labels attached to them saying "This film is not a guide, it is a warning."

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Hackers pwn Baltimore's 911 system?! Quick, someone call 91– doh!

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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"it would be just as easy to take material to the council recycling centre and dispose of it legally."

Last time I checked, recycling centres have opening hours, public roads don't.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough

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Re: new icon - a combination of mega fail and nuke it.

An iceberg warning sign icon would suffice.

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: Loved the article on the BBC

Suddenly people are understanding what it means to blindly click that OK button when accepting terms & conditions.

Much like the organ donor sketch from Monty Python's The Meaning of Life - youtube.com/watch?v=aclS1pGHp8o

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Virtual vs physical.

Can you imagine if instead of a free virtual space to keep in contact with friends/family & join various interest groups & setup business booths etc., Facebook provided a free physical space (building) which was littered with cameras & microphones recording every single move you make?

I bet people would still use it and complain their privacy is being invaded...

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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Re: Lets not drone on

@BebobWeBop, You're right for two reasons;

1) They're usually bought as a present for someone who's never flown one before - it's virtually impossible to get into flying quadcopters without crashing.

2) Competant quadcopter flyers generally don't buy them from a shop like Maplin which mostly stocks toy grade stuff.

Oh and don't call us flyers "less than adept monkeys", it's a bit rude.

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Re: Lets not drone on

Maplin drones - Sky high prices for toys that will inevitably crash to the ground.

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Openreach ups investment plans: Will shoot out full fibre to 3 million premises

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Openreach's "ultrafast" broadband means 100 megabits.

Does that mean those who are already on Virgin's 300 megabit connections are on "ludicrus" speed?

And the lucky few on the planet with 1 gigabit connections are on "I've told you a million times not to exaggerate" speed?

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Are you taking the peacock? United Airlines deny flight to 'emotional support' bird

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That settles it, I'm getting an emotional support elephant.

So wherever I go, nobody can address the elephant in the room without hurting my feelings...

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

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Artificial Stupidity.

Do you know why nobody is investigating Artificial Stupidity?

It's because unlike Artificial Intelligence where it's speculated that it will one day exceed Human Intelligence, an Artificial Stupidity could never compete with Human Stupidity.

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Half a terabyte in your smartmobe? Yup. That's possible now

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Crossing borders.

With those American borders potentially slurping up a copy of your laptop harddrive, back it up to a large capacity MicroSD and factory restore the laptop to an empty OS, then stash the MicroSD somewhere safe & unsuspecting - should be easy, it's fricken tiny, you can even buy hollow coins to stash the card in.

Then after safely getting through those TSA gates of hell, restore the drive from the card.

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Take a former NSA head hacker, a Raspberry Pi, weird Kiwi radios and what do you get?

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Re: "Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter"

That was good, I liked the animated mouths going along with the singing.

Whenever I hear Bohemiam Rhapsody I cannot help but think of The Muppets take on that great song - youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY

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"Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Wizards in Winter"

Still my favourite gawdy christmas light show set to rock music - youtube.com/watch?v=pWBjl-jPcVM

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YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

@DontFeedTheTrolls, you're absolutely right, in fact I've never tried to get subscribers to my channel, I just checked one day and went "holy crap, I've got hundreds of subscribers!" then went about the rest of my day like nothing happened :)

Whenever I see someone plead "like and subscribe" on their YT video(s) I get this vibe from them that comes across as "Acknowledge my existance! ACKNOWLEDGE MY EXISTANCE!!!"

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Solarflare, that's almost exactly the same reason why I have so many subscribers & views, a few of my random videos got a heck of a lot of views.

It does make me wonder why my subscriber count doesn't drop, it's not as if I'm particularly consistant with the content & timing of my uploads, they're generally about whatever hobby I'm into at the time.

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Yes, moving the goalposts at this point has just widened the gap between the currently successful and those who are almost/want to be successful.

To be honest I've never seen my YouTube account as anything other than an online video depository for random videos I want to share with maybe a few individuals, I have no interest in turning myself into a brand / 'personality' and think the whole situation of people (generally young) desparately trying to build up a following is quite amusing.

The thing I've observed from various channels I frequent (tech stuff such as EEV Blog, AvE, Techmoan, multirotor reviewers/educators etc.) is that the successful ones have seen the decline of YouTube ad revenue coming from a mile off so they're on the Patreon platform which for some is generating them more money direct from subscribers than advertisers on YouTube, in fact one multirotor guy recently quit his job and is doing YouTube / Patreon full time now.

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*checks YouTube channel stats*

Total viewing time: Over 55,137 hours (6.2 years).

Nice!

Number of subscribers: 972.

Awww.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Re: Crow(d)funding

"First deliveries expected in 2027."

Will they be delivered by drone?

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Re: Arm Laser Turrets!

"the concept of ballistic backdrop"

When watching Star Wars etc. I do sometimes wonder in the space battle scenes where all those stray laser blasts end up...

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Not everyone is paranoid about spying drones.

Mainly because most don't know the actual level of sophistication of drones or even thier existance, but I'm sure the news media will be more than happy to continue with their misinformation & paranoia over this rapidly growing hobby just to gain more page views from clickbait headlines.

I had this friendly encounter a few weeks back: youtube.com/watch?v=1zkW0s92_Q0 (goggles recording)

When they eventually got to the bottom of the field where I was flying from I let them use my spare set of goggles to watch me fly like this over the field and they were emazed at it youtube.com/watch?v=NRqw3ePK7tA (recording from a miniature 4.5 gram 720p camera+DVR stuck on with foam tape)

This was with a quadcopter that's 13x13x6 cm weighing 110 grams, well below any sort of registration requirement based on weight.

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Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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Online fraud.

Banks must be secretly rubbing their hands with glee, another reason to reject fraud claims - they can basically say your credit card details got ripped off because you've been been buying things online with it using a computing device with an 'insecure CPU'...

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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FAIL

Registration.

Only the responsible will register, those who don't are either unaware of the need or they plan on doing something bad.

The list will not help the police when an unregistered owner does something bad, they'll likely target the innocents on the list because they live in the area of the incedent, meaning drone owners will have to account for their whereabouts at all times.

Also, what if a registered owner is flying their drone in a certain area and an unregistered owner causes an incedent with theirs in the same area and at the same time - the registered owner will need strong evidence to prove their innocence, whilst the unregistered owner will likely get off scott free because the police don't have them on the list...

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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

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BBC news headline "Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple"

Does that mean Apples are rotten to the core?

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Ow, stop hitting me!

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Good stuff!

Those NCIS & Castle clips have it all wrong, this is how modern day hacking scenes should be played out, as demonstrated by The Shatner:

Blinking and beeping and flashing!

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Re: Good stuff!

Hollywood movie? Don't be silly, they'd just be wasting their time and money, nothing can top the film "Hackers" for its computer hacking realism!

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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Here's one good reason for anyone over 18 to be on Snapchat.

It's to 'shout': BLOODY KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

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You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

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Re: $1.6bn? That's nothing, some people have $8bn iPods!

That means you can sue anyone who makes any new invention in the future because that sequence of numbers already contains those inventions details.

Genius!

Now all you need to do is convince a judge to grant you a copyright on the entire world & universe based on that post-it-note.

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$1.6bn? That's nothing, some people have $8bn iPods!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZadCj8O1-0

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Multiple-guess quiz will make Brit fliers safer, hopes drone-maker DJI

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Perceived threats.

I wish the government would do something more to kerb actual real threats to people's lives rather than waste time/money/resources on the perceived threats of drone incedents derived from statisticians and, more likely, people with agendas simply pulling numbers out of their arses.

What actual real threats? I don't know specifics, but I think a good start would be to increase police budgets instead of cutting them like that repulsive May thing has been doing.

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I fly my micro quads out of line of sight almost every flight - FPV goggles make this hobby a lot more fun :)

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Re: Hmmm

GPS receiver equipped multirotors will more than likely RTL (Return To Launch point) when the receiver stops getting a signal from your transmitter if it's not following a pre-determined flight plan, if the jammer also disrupts the GPS frequency then it's unpredictable what the multirotor will do - my guess is it may hover on the spot but drift & eventually crash as it can't determine X/Y position, just height from the barometer.

If the jammer is simply flooding the 2.4ghz frequency used by most radio control systems then it's got to be pretty powerful and directional to do any disrupting as most hobby grade transmitters use frequency hopping to avoid signal problems.

However, if you've anticipated such an attack on the 2.4ghz frequency then you might have decided to use a completely different method of control, such as the mobile phone network which will allow you to fly your craft a ridiculous distance...

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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"Wow, your iPhone is so fast! Is it new?"

"No, I changed the battery."

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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WTF?

So a company that's set up to make artificial reality is making artificial adverts for its artificial product?

Not sure if they're succeeding or failing at providing artificial reality, does an artificial double negative clause come into play here?

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Re: Ghost redirects.

I don't really trust an advertising company's opt out system, so I put these two lines into my "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" file:

127.0.0.1 api.viglink.com

127.0.0.1 cdn.viglink.com

It stops the redirect code from loading in the first place, and also eliminates viglink's ability to track every link clicked on a site that uses them.

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Oh and on the subject of redirects, I keep getting redirected to CloudFlare's captcha site to prove I'm not a robot every time I press the Preview or Submit button on this post. WTF is going on?

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Ghost redirects.

I noticed recently on a forum I frequent that whenever you clicked on a link someone posted it would redirect through an ad agency called viglink and certain sites would have an affiliate link added, despite the fact that when you view the html source the links are unaltered.

I didn't like that crap so I added the two culprit viglink api websites to my HOSTS file pointing them at 127.0.0.1 and the redirects don't happen there anymore.

But I only noticed the redirects were happening because the URL you end up at was not always the same as the one you clicked on, but sometimes you couldn't see the redirect happening even though it was, so it makes me wonder how much this invisible redirect practice is going on over the entire web without people knowing.

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US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

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Why are they even bothering to debate about closing the stable door?

The horse bolted long ago.

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: Sorry to be parochial (or perhaps actually 'cosmopolitan')...

I think there's a worry along the lines of "Well, if they're doing it and getting away with it, why can't we?"

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I remember from my early internet days some 20 years ago there was a joke going around about someone being worried their internet bill would skyrocket because they were browsing websites from far away countries.

Doesn't seem so funny now.

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EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

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"The Register has asked EE for a comment."

I wouldn't hold your breath for a reply, the postal system is quite busy this time of year.

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Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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Unhappy

Inventing new ways of reporting problems doesn't mean said problems will get fixed sooner.

Or ever.

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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ThomH has a point, I did get my Microdrive to work, but only when a full moon fell on a Tuesday, and only then it would give me about 10 minutes of use starting at 7:17pm...

I've still got it somewhere, along with an Opus Discovery disc drive that allowed the ZX Spectrum to use 3.5" floppy discs as if they were Microdrive cartridges if memory serves me right (sometimes it doesn't, I think I'm getting old).

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Duke Nukem Forever

I bet in 10 years time people will be posting screenshots of their pre-order for a Vega+ that they're still waiting for.

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America's drone owner database is baaaack! Just in time for Xmas

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Re: Piffle.

When the downvotes on your posts continue to pour in because of what you say here, surely at some point you must take a look at what you're actually writing in comparison to what other people are saying and observing regarding to the events and situations you're commenting on?

Maybe try harder to see things from a different perspective?

You might be amazed at the results!

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