Every year, I am reminded more and more how Microsoft is going completely in the wrong direction, the more I crave the days of Windows 7 and 2000 server and the how more appealing linux is becoming.
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Running 9.2.1 and Classilla on a Tangerine clamshell and this is a godsend. Was running 10.4.11, but its just too much for the old clamshells.
If your preferred media consumption is reading instead of youtube or Farcebook, this works really well. Faster than I expected too.
If you want the full 2021 web experience, you can create a VNC session to a Raspberry Pi 4 and run that fullscreen. It works, but youre limited by what VNC can do. You can even run airport on the clamshell, if the Pi4 hosts an AP with MAC address whitelisting.
Proof - if any were needed - that Congress has literally no clue about tech. They probably have no idea what they signed. The Democrats had no idea what IoT or any of the buzzwords are in their bill (which was probably written by a lobbyist), but because the Republicans don't have a clue either and none of their trigger words (immigrants, guns, abortion, global warming etc) were in the bill, it passed.
To be fair, even a modest heatsink does wonders to improve the Pi4 thermals. I run a passive cooling case (the case acts as the heat sink), and even running a overclocked CPU at 100% for over two hours never saw it reach throttle temps. Under less aggressive workloads, it barely breaks 50'c.
The heatsinks for the modules on the new Turing V2 look perfectly sufficient for sustained workloads (assuming even a very modest airflow; the power supply fan might even be enough).
The turing mini ITX board was a great concept for dense clustering; 7 pi3's in a mini ITX worked well (if somewhat lacking in actual horsepower). It will be interesting to see how they accommodate this new form factor.
Edit: Looks like we know. https://turingpi.com/
I would like to have seen stackable connectors, to allow a properly dense cluster to be built with these.
As an agnostic gamer, it's increasingly coming down to things like stability, price, supply availability, support and ease of install.
I feel we have more compute than we need right now, regardless of vendor. Hell, most 2020 games will still chug along nicely on a 4.2ghz 6600K, with decent enough RAM and GPU.
Not for batteries, but for Touch Bar.
Touch Bar died on my company MacBook pro, so cruised into apple with my AppleCare. Was told, yes we need to replace the Touch Bar.
And the trackpad.
And the keyboard.
And the speakers.
And the top panel.
Horrendous design decisions aside, they did say I could use the laptop until the parts came in, drop off the laptop for three-four hours, and come collect it again. And they'd do everything under warranty. Fair enough.
Come the day to drop off the laptop, hand it over and they cheerily sign off with "...and it'll be ready in 10 days".
Excuse me? 10 days? You said four hours!
"Nah, this needs to be sent away."
But you said the parts were coming in???
So yeah. Fuck you Apple. Get your shit together.
Blatant plug: Check out Louis Rossman on youtube. He has some very interesting observations on Apples famous "design" skills.
1) The airspace above his property is not his. It "belongs" to the FAA, and as such, does not count at trespass. If it did, BA would be invading my property about 300 times a day. The judge was technically in error to claim trespass.
2) Pilot has telemetry and witnesses showing he was not 10ft from the daughter. Nearer 200ft. At what height does privacy become a reasonable expectation? Why was the telemetry not considered in the case?
3) Shotguns at 200ft...It's a phantom, and farting on it the wrong way will inflict a fatal wound. A single pellet would have been enough if it jammed a motor or broke a prop.
4) Spying with a wide angle lens? Now that's funny...
5) Taking off and landing from your property means you can plausibly cross over neighbours property. See also: Heathrow. Can I shoot down anything now?
The fun begins if this phantom has been registered. It then officially becomes an aircraft for the FAA and NTSB. And guess what? shooting down "aircraft" is a federal offence and would have warranted a closed scene investigation by the NTSB (pretty comical). Try shooting down a news helicopter (complete with it's stabilised, massive zoom red epic camera) as it flies overhead and see if the judge thinks your privacy was still worth it.
Assuming they're using multrotors, the specs will look very similar to the system I'm testing:
- 6kg payload
- 3-4km range
- 15 mins flight time
- multiple levels of redundancy
The drone is the easy part though. The hard part will be Swiss FOCA regulations which forbid - even for the army - BLoS. If you can't fly BLos, there's no real point using the drone.
Actually, my Spektrum DX8 mortally wounded a TBS Discovery last month, by decided than all channels should be 1000pwm until I rebooted it.
However, I did follow all the common sense precautions, which meant the only thing even remotely troubled or injured by this was my wallet.
Re: fixed frequencies...I doubt this will happen. Even though it should.
Your views are equally echoed in the field as well btw, with a universal "This'll ruin it for the rest of us" theme. None of us want this.
The real operators know that flying over crowds is the number one no-no. Many will turn down work as a consequence. Unfortunately, not all operators turn the work down...
Pre-flight checks etc are all common sense when you're rig costs nearly $15,000 (even before you add the RED epic). Venue checks as well.
Your suggestion about weight and size limits is plausible, but there is much to argue here. What weight is safe? <1kg? 2kg? 4k? These are all being discussed by the various aviation authorities. But the big question is:
When does a "hobby toy" become a "commercial drone"? A DJI Phantom can be both. And this is the problem.
On 5.8ghz, you'll be lucky to get 3-4km even with clear LoS, even with a 13dbi at the rx end. Yes, you'd get 20mile range if you're 5km up due to lack of atmosphere, but while one end of the link is at sea level, your range is very small on 5.8.
Better with a 900mhz or 1.2/1.3ghz rig, but the antenna shape will destroy all advances made by the clever airframe design.
When mounting the ArduPilot, remember the vibration damping. Anything +/-5 on the Z axis will throw off the Baro and gyro accuracy. And mount the compass as far away from any electronics as possible.
http://www.diydrones.com is a good source of anti vibe techniques - four corners of MoonGel or Zeal is the most effective "singlle solution, direct mount" approach. To improve your gryo accuracy (which I suspect will be important given the proposed speeds), I'd recommend the zeal route.
Is it just me, or does the tyranical approach to product secrecy of Jobs seem better than this "lets leak stuff constantly for months pre-launch as a form of hype" current approach?
The products might be hit and miss, but at least Jobs knew to put on a show. At the moment everyone is a bit *meh*.
Ok, I'll admit to be being a fan of some (not all) Apple products, but I'm becoming less and less so, given the frankly drug-addled design decisions it's been making recently.
Gold and Silver options? 64bit processing? Fisher price UI? *this* is what Apple identified that it's customers want??? What f*ing market research were they doing??? Christ, take one look at your competitors Apple, and you can see what the market wants...
For the first time in ages, I will not be upgrading my iphone. Time to look for something a bit classier, with a bigger screen, more useful gadgets and more storage.
Then the new iFolly is released, you rush out to purchase a new status, and suddenly this observation becomes void. Funny That!
That's a sweeping assumption on your behalf, and you missed by a country mile.
Actually I came to the IP5 as an experiment after a Galaxy note. Naturally the fandroids will downvote this as a failing on my behalf, rather than - god forbid - find fault with the Note. But that's a very long post for another time.
Time to get some of that "innovation" into useability Apple, rather than tinkering with the form factor so much it's now hard to produce. Time to admit you misread the market, and get back to what people want.
Though in their defence - my iphone 5 is hardly slow in my usage model, so one does wonder why we need nearly 2ghz of quad core in a phone?
Interestingly, this is now my preferred option for a remote target tracking processor on a quad, instead of the Pi.
1. because of the dedicated 5V in, which is an easy wire in job to the BEC. Running USB convertors adds weight and complexity, and then you probably still need to run a BEC anyway if you running greater than 4S. Also means the bridges/capes will not brown out the processor either.
2. The extra CPU cycles will be useful, and the H264 is not required.
Only downside is the lack of 3G/LTE bridges/capes (that I can see)
You probably forgot to include vehicle depreciation in your calculation, but then again...the prices are so ridiculous now, that even that can be factored in and still be cheaper.
UK railways are the worst in Europe, for how much we pay. FFS - with a flat rate 50% discount card (which everyone can get, and can be for almost *any* journey), even rail travel in Switzerland is cheaper.
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