What magazine, Maps weekly ?
If they were a private company, they would have folded.
I'll get my coat.
33 posts • joined 3 Sep 2009
The real thing to worry about is not electricity not being available, its gas. We still have many gas fired power stations, as well as all most of our central heating being based on gas. And the single pipeline to Europe, is in Ukraine and at Russia's mercy......
We also only have about a week's supply stored, so any gas outage during winter means we wouldn't last very long indeed, esp if people started trying to use electric heaters instead.
Better chop some wood, for the burner.
Many years ago, I gave my mum her first PC (an old one of mine) and sat with her for her 1st PC lesson. I told her, "use the mouse to move the pointer on the screen"
She picked up the mouse and started sliding it around the screen on the monitor saying "its not working"
@SkippyBing and Peter2 - Totally agree there is much more complexity, but 15.9m quids worth that's my point? I'm not buying it. Don't forget the fat profit margins that defence companies make. Plus - who said the cost included optional payloads :-) I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't.
but again 15.9m REALLY
Ok, so I have built a fixed-wing fully autonomous drone with a range of about 40km and a ceiling of about 1000m. It can beam video and telemetry back too. Mine cost a total of £450 quid compared to the 15.4M original per drone cost of the watchkeeper. Mine isn't all-weather either.
I appreciate a watchkeeper can operate 150km from its ground station (wish I had access to military tech!!!), fly for longer (16hrs vs the 3-4hrs I can get) but is there really £15,999,550.00 worth of difference in capability per drone ?
As there are many open source autopilot software and hardware projects around (and mine never thinks its landed when its 300ft up), I think a complete rethink is needed here.
This plane was around from 1999 in its initial form and technology has moved on apace in this time - in fact there has been an enormous shift from specialist/military only in 1999 to UAVs becoming consumer in recent years, meaning anything costing £15.4m should be, well amazing.
Maybe we should consider churning out drones that cost a few hundred grand each, which are reusable but no the end of the world if we lost one, but using the latest tech. I reckon a pretty amazing uav could be built for 100-200k that would outperform a watchkeeper and could probably fly when its a bit breezy too.
They guy who invented PayPal, brought us the only decent electric vehicle way ahead of the motor industry and has totally disrupted them, and brought down the costs of space launch and successfully reused rocket stages.
Plus remember he has opened up all his Tesla patents to the world and they still haven't brought out a vehicle as good.
What makes you so much better !? I very much doubt Musk would work for you - but I'd deffo work for him !
I think this artivle is spot on, just like the previous ione about CVs. Mr Connor is telling it like it is in the industry - if you dont like it, its not his fault you just need to learn to play the game. If you dont like the game because you feel it is unjust ? Tough, thats life, get over it.
Have you considered using a mercury switch to determine and correct the orientation of the plane ? Its quite simple, a small capsule (think of your standard antibiotic size pill) filled with mercury. One contact on the bottom, where the mercury sits when flat, one contact on either side. This can then be used to move a flap or rudder whenever the mercury makes contact (ie. whenever the plan pitches or rolls, depending on which way you install the switch).
Lightweight and cheap. Mercury freezes at -38 degrees C, so this may be an obstacle depending on how high you intend to go.
Anyway, implementing such a switch could enable you to maintain a steady flight path of 45 deg, or even allow you to start at horizontal on release, can correct to vertical over a few metres, avoiding the ballon then moving to a vertical path.
CD in HMV prior to Bittorrent, Limewire and legitimate MP3 download ? 15.99
CD in HMV now 5.99
Some margin there fat cats eh?
The music industry was overinflated and is now contracting and becoming more efficient, just like lots of other industries have had to, in order to compete (all UK industry, manufacturing globally, Government trying to do this now).
Get over it Gene, its 2011. The golden era of record labels taking stars out on their corporate credit cards is over ! Back in the real world now, like everyone else.
It does beg the question - why is anyone more likely to lose digital data rather than paper records ? We've heard lots of instances of people leaving printed out documents in taxis or finding lists of people's NI numbers on a roundabout in Milton Keynes. If the data is stored digitally, it can also be encrypted so any comments about it being easier to change or alter than paper documents are completely untrue. Unfortunately it seems most lawyers are unfamiliar with this kind of protective technology, when it would be ideal for them to adopt it in their industry.
I too hate this misuse of the DPA as a tool to deny information to anyone. I've read it, and it really doesn't say that.
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