Note to self: Install Pineapple.
1611 posts • joined 24 May 2011
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.
This is less efficient and will cost me more
Ha, ha, that's not inefficient. If you want a true masterclasss in creating an epic clusterfuck of an "efficient transport system", travel 40 miles east to witness the glorious Edinburgh trams. An epic failure on so many levels it defines all logical explanation.
Remember when using the "contains highly technical content" icon meant you'd see an interesting post?
Remember when el Reg could review an Android tablet with some fuckwad immediately sneering about a twelve year old version that ran Windows XP?
Pepperidge farm remembers
See also "Control centre".
Or "Center", as we will likely be forced to use, given our US-based companies' preference for forcing their mutant offspring of a language onto us.
Tip for Apple/MS/Oracle/etc...when I set my language preferences to "UK" in the OS, I expect your apps to honour that decision.
...current beta, you can hide both of those in a folder, which you could stick on the last page of apps ..
But that's what we do now! And it's a surprisingly full folder....
No, we want full delete or hide capabilties, not a variety of the "Apple's Junk" folder.
He broke both his legs and probably never got in a lift again but otherwise was completely unharmed
It would have made a better story if you mentioned "He broke both his legs and probably never got in a lift again but otherwise walked away completely unharmed"
If you've ever broken a leg, you'd probably realise that "completely unharmed" is somewhat underestimating your injuries.
Personally, I don't see the problem with this.
If I'm gonna spunk many thousands on fast, massive storage etc for 4K processing - possibly a number of times more expensive than the Mac itself - I want it to be transportable away from Apple if I choose to do so. If the external connectivity cable/controller is as fast as an internal one, going external shouldn't be a problem, gives more flexibility, and it makes the array portable.
The only advantage of going internal would be access to the PCIe bus for storage, but the costs of scaling this sort of capacity would be prohibitive for 4K, so you'll look to localised editing anyway, but the raw stored on an array.
The only wrinkle is the video cards. Red Rocket is indeed out, but we'll just have to see how well the Fire Pro's do. I notice the brief wording doesn't highlight whether realtime 4K playback is possible. If it is, then the *new" 4K editors won't need to fork out on a RED. RED might even introduce a new breakout box if it can't do full playback. But by far the biggest issue is the non-standard video card form factor. Of all the new "lock in" technologies in the new Pro, this is the worst. Shame on you apple...
I want your contacts, passwords etc. to get them from your iphone I need to:
- break into your house or office
- take photos of your iphone charger
- go home, replicate charge as close as possible
- devise the internals, and a bit of malware to get uploaded
- break into your house or office again
- replace charger with mine
- hope you don't notice that your charger has been replaced. Or that your house was broken into. Twice.
Chances of exploit: Slim...?
Much easier to write/buy an exploit for the software platform based on open source and has the largest market share, surely...
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