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* Posts by imanidiot

1776 posts • joined 19 Mar 2012

Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Never do this

@Sebastian P. No, no, between roughly May and October it's lukewarm and rainy. Mild difference.

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

@Boltar, a lot of cities worldwide aren't that hilly either and traffic congestion is mostly a problem within cities and sub-urbs, not outside. Of course infrastructure has to allow for safe cycling. Cycling on a normal road without a bike path section is of course not safe, but again, mostly because motorized vehicle drivers don't expect a cyclist to be there in the first place. I'm not saying biking is an option for everyone. I'm not saying it's an option everywhere. But it's often an under utilized option if it IS there.

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

@Tom 38, come to the city center in Amsterdam or Utrecht for instance on a Tuesday morning and count the amount of people on a bike wearing lycra. You MIGHT count one or two bike couriers or amateur race cyclists, but most will just be dressed in normal clothes. Take it easy on a bike and you don't even have to be sweaty either. I cycle to work (20 minutes to get there, 20 minutes back in the afternoon) regularly. I've never had to shower when I get there. I MIGHT when I get back because that's when I get my heart-rate up and push myself a bit, since I am going home anyway).

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

Cold and rainy pretty much describes the weather in the Netherlands between October and April/May. Yet it is a popular and oft used method of getting around. So claiming cold or rain is a problem for bike adoption is mostly just about mindset, not any real problem.

The biggest problem outside biking cultured countries is that drivers just don't know how to deal with bicycles. They don't watch their mirrors, don't signal clearly, don't block off the curb-side when turning right (on right-hand traffic) to prevent cyclists getting in their blind-spot, don't watch before opening a door, etc, etc. I regularly use a bicycle in the Netherlands. I wouldn't even THINK about doing so in the US. I'm not suicidal.

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User had no webcam or mic, complained vid conference didn’t work

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Re: This one, every time

Probably the user intends to say they want to download/save the video, not actually physically print it to paper. For some old farts, putting something in the archive means taking a piece of paper, putting it in a manilla folder, walking to the archive desk and handing it over to a clerk who then hangs it in a drawer somewhere. Thus archiving means having a piece of paper, thus printing. The modern equivalent is storing the video file somewhere on the file system of the company/organisation. So I'm assuming by print he means save. Thus a simple question would resolve it: Do you mean you want to save the video file?

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National Audit Office report blasts UK.gov's 'muddled' STEM strategy

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Too many cooks spoil the broth

The problem with education and especially "improving education" is that it has become a businessmodel for all and sundry types that have no business being involved in education and have no idea what is actually important. The focus is on particular narrow skills, while the broad, base skills upon which everything else is built get ignored. STEM education is pushed towards very specific skills of dubious usefulness and ignores the basics like structural thinking, abstraction, mathematics, critical thinking, finding+sorting+judging+selecting information, etc, etc.

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Drone crashes after operator failed to spot extra building site crane

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Re: Not sure going straight up is safer.

Vertical ascend in a helicopter leaves no margin for recovery, vertical decent in a helicopter is dangerous due to the risk of settling with power and/or vortex ring state. For a multi-copter the added efficiency for flying above transition speed also means it's more efficient to have some forward speed during ascend, giving you better flight time and better controllability. The difficulty in seeing what is directly above from the ground and from an inboard camera would also mean it's probably better to have forward speed during ascend. I'm not so sure the chosen remedy here is better than having a pre-made plan of where your obstacles are going to be and then checking on the day if those obstacles are still roughly the same spot. The lack of a pre-flight check here is the problem, not the chose ascend path.

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Heathrow's air traffic radio set for shiny digital upgrade from Northrop

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Why the internet connection

What is on this equipment that NEEDS an internet connection?

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Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: Poor choice of words..gives Emirates the opportunity to squeeze the hell out of Airbus.

There is basically no demand for passenger 747's. Boeing will be happy to build you a batch if you order more than 5 or so at at time, or pay through the nose for a custom "private jet" version, but almost all of what is in the order book is freighter versions.

I think Airbus just gambled and lost. There is little to no demand for A380 sized airliners and demand will never pick up. A350/Boeing 777 class twins are large enough and much more economic to operate for most airlines who struggle to even fill those.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Re: Do we really need much more pixels?

This is what I was thinking. Much of the Screen-door effect comes from the hard-edged nature of the individual pixels. So maybe what we need is slightly blurry pixels instead of hard edged ones.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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If it's far away the window only covers a tiny portion of the camera's view and thus only a small increase in bit-rate is observed. Only if the drone gets sufficiently close does the bit-rate increase become large enough to be noticeable.

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Everything running smoothly at the plant? *Whips out mobile phone* Wait. Nooo...

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Re: Trivial? Hmmm.

You seem to have a weird/wrong/misunderstood idea about what "SCADA people" and the systems they work on actually do. Working out the complex stuff like process flow, yield optimization, process interactions and dependancies, etc, etc IS the work of "SCADA people".

In my humble opinion however, SCADA systems should simply never be connected to a smartphone app or other hard to control access mechanism. If it needs a SCADA system it should be monitored onsite or through an audited, checked and rechecked remote login option to get a secure laptop or something bridged into the system. Most of the stuff that is vulnerable doesn't really need a direct internet connection to begin with, but it's done "for convenience".

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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" he is legally empowered to take it from you."

I might be wrong here, but isn't only the police allowed to actually confiscate materials. All this person could do is prohibit you from continuing to fly and give you a fine.

Also, if these locations are indeed so close to airfields it would already be pretty much prohibited to fly anything there anyway.

Also, also, the wording covers all remote vehicles including those annoying nitro powered cars and boats (Which are usually much more annoying than planes to begin with), leading me to believe it might not be specifically targeted at drones

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GoPro exits drone market and slashes jobs amid sales warning

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They do have a next gen 360 degree camera in the works, and from what I've been told it's a brilliant product currently led down by a less than optimal toolchain. But that it was rushed to market so the toolchain is still improving. And one of the reasons the GoPro is so popular with the pro's is good support and a good toolchain with better tools and easier corrections for everything compared to the competition.

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Makes me wonder

What the heck they were thinking in the first place. I really don't see (and have never seen) how they thought they'd compete in the drone market given the products already out there. Their Karma was already an inferior product on most counts when it came out. GoPro brought something new to the table with their camera's and it gave them an edge. Shame they haven't managed to hold on to that.

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Smartphones' security enhancements just make them more dangerous

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That's all well and good. It's how it's supposed to work. But how does the average user figure out if that is ACTUALLY how it's implemented? For all we know One or Xaomi or Samsung thought, meh, to hell with all that, and stores them in plain text in the ROM. Someone skilled in phone OSes might figure that out (and lack of news about such stupidity seems to indicate it's done correctly) but "Joe Average" can't.

And has been pointed out before, fingerprints should be considered a username. Not a password.

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The healing hands of customer support get an acronym: Do YOU have 'tallah-toe-big'?

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My theorie

Those "in the know" have no problem taking drastic action. The normal (l)user has trepeditions about maybe breaking something or throwing out "perfectly good" equipment. The grizzled veteran however not going to spend 8 hours fiddling with drivers and pushing buttons in the hopes it fixes the problem. A reformat is the best outcome the tech in question can hope for. If it's older equipment it goes straight into a skip. So when they encounter someone with the care-free attitude of "work or die, you choose. Better make it snappy, I've only had my 2 morning coffees and it's 10 am" they just work. Resistance is futile as they say.

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Re: Opposite effect

The rusting can probably be explained by corrosive skin excretions. Some people just seem to sweat pure sulfuric acid.

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: The Pence Rule

Not at all, these women do the best they can. But there is simply a difference in how men and women think and act and the way men and women serve as role models for boys and girls. It would be best for children to be taught by an equal mix of men and women. One is not better than the other, but having a dominance of one over the other is bad. (Having mostly men would be equally bad)

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Re: The Pence Rule

Primary school teaching ISN'T a traditionally female role. It's become such in the last decade and it's a problem imho.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

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Generate an income from a patent is a bit hard to define. Is an inventor licensing his patent to a company generating an income from that patent? Is the company? What if that person is part of a company? When does it stop being "generating income from a patent" and become patent trolling?

There's no clear answers to any of these questions, which means it's nearly impossible to make any sort of law over this that doesn't become endlessly complex and riddled with back doors, unintended consequences and collateral damage.

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Honda pores over in-car navigation software with Alibaba – report

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Re: KISS

I'd go with the 4 in-line. I've never owned/driven a V8 version myself, but I've been told the extra torque is barely noticeable but it's thirst is rather shocking. Personally I'm saving up for a nice Series II or III. (If Series II I'd swap the gearbox for a 3 series, because synchromesh, the springs for coils or at least parabolics and the brakes for disks. Makes so much difference for useability)

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Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: Step one

Bluetooth is sometimes used for short range tracking, to detect if customers get close to certain displays for instance. I certainly wouldn't trust it to NOT be used in any case.

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Step one

Switch off bluetooth, wifi and location when you are not in your home or actively using it. Saves on battery but more importantly makes you much harder to track. Also, take the time to dig around google's privacy settings pages and disable everything. There's more than one page and some of them are redundant, meaning switching off something on one page doesn't work, you have to do it on all pages. I use an Android mobile and started using Gmail when they weren't yet so evil so it's hard to get around using Googly services, but at least the amount of tracking can be limited. But you have to take the time to opt out of anything you can and hope with crossed fingers they actually honor that.

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

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Re: Not disputing that a national drone database is a good ideia

You take your MP-5. I'd rather take an AR-15 based rifle and a good cover position some 200 meters away.

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Yeah. Numbered...

Until this goes to court and gets struck down again. The court clearly stated the FAA has no authority to administer, maintain or enforce this database. Signing into law that this database should return doesn't make it lawful and it will very quickly get struck down again from what I understand of the mess.

--> The one with the Flysky transmitter in the pocket. Next to the homebuilt quadcopter... No, the other one.

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OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

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Re: Not even Putler?

The worst thing is these guys will probably get hired after Club Fed because they are an "IT genius" in some PHB's deluded braincell.

The best these guys can hope for after coming out of jail is a job flipping burgers or collecting trash. Most PHB's don't even get to see the application of people that have to tick the "have you ever been convicted for a felony offence?" box. They get filtered out and "floor archived" by HR departments.

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The eagle has been grounded: Dutch anti-drone squadron retired

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And another boatload of tax euros wasted.

I'd find it funny if vast the majority of my wages didn't go to taxes and a vast part of those taxed didn't then go to funding stupid ideas like this. (They were told from the start it wouldn't work).

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Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

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Re: Good answers

As for the Naval Typhooon, yeah... Probably when pigs fly.

I doubt the airframe could handle no-flare landings. The undercarriage definitely needs a total redesign, adding a lot of weight, reducing max range and performance.

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Re: @Matt Hawkins

Steam generating equipment for JUST a catapult isn't actually all that size able. I'm guesstimating you'd get away with a modern boiler about the size of the average living room with modern fuel oil burners. A steam catapult doesn't use that much steam really. Not compared to the turbines needed to propel such a ship anyway. The problem is probably more the forces involved. A steam catapult only has a limited sub-set of power settings. Pretty much: OFF, ON, and slightly less ON but still quite brisk. EMALS was/is supposed to deliver a much more constant and gently shove, but you're still accelerating a 30.000 kg mass to 65 m/s in a matter of seconds. Being generous that a measly 650 kN you've got to somehow contain, no matter how you contain it

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: let me guess

@BillG, so according to that logic I'm an amateur Engineer? I'm not state certified (that doesn't exist this side of the pond anymore afaik) but I am a professional and I'm an engineer (Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering). Just because some numpties thought it'd be cool to call themselves engineers when they are not shouldn't stop me from calling myself an engineer when I go to Oregon.

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YouTuber cements head inside microwave oven

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Re: Confused

If such a call had genuinely come in, they should have just left the guy to go help the other person(s) first.

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Re: Send them the bill

That, and ban them from youTube. They've clearly demonstrated they can't be trusted to be sensible about what they do to get "views" on the platform, so to protect them from themselves, ban them for life.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: i3 ?

That's why Intel skipped the i8 and went straight for the i9

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Creepy Cayla doll violates liberté publique, screams French data protection agency

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Re: Hmm.

Pretty much all headsets I've encountered require some sort of pairing sequence so are more secure than this toy to begin with. On top of that we EXPECT a headset to work this way. A children's toy? Not so much.

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Re: Why though?

Some parents are simply mindbogglingly lazy. Anything to not have to get involved in little timmy's upbringing.

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Re: Unconscionable

Someone smelled a quick money making opportunity. Make sure you're not personally responsible and you're all good.

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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Re: Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet'...

@Chivo243

You know what: Forget the internet AND the blackjack. Mêhh, screw the whole thing...

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

Assembler is CPU specific and this particular CPU is decades old. So this particular Assembler language IS outdated.

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Russian rocket snafu may have just violently dismantled 19 satellites

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Re: It's not looking good for Soyuz and the Freigat US in particular.

Soyuz is just fine. Fregat is starting to look questionable. Especially given the glaring shortcomings found in the design after a previous failure. Lets hope for Lavochkin they can find a root cause that doesn't make them look bad, because I'm pretty sure the Fregat is done if they screwed the pooch again.

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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

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Luckily he's fast running out of Starks to kill if he keeps going like he does now.

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Possible cut to British F-35 order considered before Parliament

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Still not too late

The ships aren't in full service yet. It's still possible to eat a giant loss and put cats and traps on them. It won't be pretty, but it's going to have to be done anyway if they are to be of any service in the future. The F-35 program is facing more and more opposition in the US as well and it's not at all impossible the yanks will pull the plug on the program. If that happens, the price for any remaining customers will probably double or triple.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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@AC

adaptive cruise control is not intended for use during congestion. At those time it is indeed better to try to maintain a constant speed (something humans fail to do very often too, which is also a CAUSE of heavy congestion, slow traffic and accidents)

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@coppice

since a license has a pretty long expiry period, and a lot of things can happen to an able bodied person to render them incapable of driving, it's quite likely there is a group of people out there who are licensed but incapable of driving. Strictly speaking they can be separate groups. There is however major overlap between the 2 ofcourse.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: We don't use or store the data

Makes perfect sense if the NSA collected the data and Google couldn't actually care less about it apart from the fat backhanded funding.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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@cray74:

You are correct, I had completely forgotten about the slats... --> I'll go hang my head in shame somewhere.

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NASA used similar tech (without the titanium) on the lunar rovers. The spring mesh wheel idea isn't the novelty here.

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Intel finds critical holes in secret Management Engine hidden in tons of desktop, server chipsets

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Surprised

Surprised is not what I am right now. Anybody who knows anything about the Intel ME could have seen this coming a mile off. And it won't be the last hole found either. I suspect the ME is FULL of holes. Plugging one or two holes in a sieve doesn't fix much.

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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Re: Selling factories?

What they bought with the nummi plant was a building on a large plot of industrial real estate and a bunch of people with knowledge. The production line for one kind of car is pretty much useless for any other type of car not on the same platform. They had to pretty much strip the entire factory an build it up again from scratch. The people they bought with the factory could have helped them with that, but from what I've been told they were pretty much summarily ignored.

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Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Youtube in general is shit

Gahh....

Do not reward quality but pretty much only quantity.

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