Note that Lidar point cloud data is available for free from the Environment Agency via OpenData
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Ordnance Survey recruits AR developer to build 'geolocated quests' to help get Brit couch potatoes exercising outdoors
It is the Garmin that is utterly useless, and always has been.
In what way does it provide anything better than the right application* on a phone (with suitable battery backup and a decent map)?
And yes, I have used one** in very poor conditions and -11C in the Cairngorms, and it worked fine.
* I use LocusMap on Android
**I also carry a paper map and a proper compass and know how to use them, but it is a hell of a lot easier to get a bearing from a phone when the spindrift is flying
Much like the British on holiday, NHS COVID-19 app refuses to work with phones using unsupported languages
Does the CT Scanner in your local hospital belong to Philips or the NHS?
Serco did not develop the app. This was fake news first broadcast on RT.
Serco are running some aspects of test and trace.
The developers were:
Accenture, Alan Turing Institute, NHS Digital, NHSx, Oxford University, VMware Pivotal Lab and Zuhlke Engineering
What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases
Amazon spies on staff, fires them by text for not hitting secretive targets, workers 'feel forced to work through pain, injuries' – report
Re: I wonder how many UK Amazon workers voted for brexit?
That's certainly the case round here. A lot of warehouse workers are Eastern European and the operators are able to pay significantly less than they would otherwise. Many of these developments were government funded (or at least, tax break encouraged) in areas with poor employment prospects, but because wages have been kept low it has done very little to help. Brexit should not have been a surprise.
Apparently Amazon do actually offer better terms than some other warehouse jobs (such as cough Sports Direct cough).
It is all a recipe for exploitation, though.
As a side note, I wonder how much of the Covid transmission in large factory sites has to do with it being passed around in the workplace, and how much is due to the staff living in crowded multiple occupancy housing?
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
Quite. That's a very good reason to go it alone. None of my Lineage phones are going to get this update, either.
I thought GCHQ had provided some 0-day exploits for Apple and possibly Android to allow them to bypass the restrictions.
The big question is whether Apple and Google dare to patch the holes...
Re: Stick to the tech, please
Their policy was to avoid having too many cases at once such they couldn't all be treated as appropriate. Other than that, there wasn't a plan to stop it spreading because they thought that almost everyone was bound to get it sooner or later. Delaying that outcome was pointless as it just meant a very long lockdown and a wrecked economy.
They did actually meet this policy aim.
There does seem to have been a pivot to waiting for a vaccine now, or at least running at a lower level of cases. Perhaps there is some confidence that vaccine will be available sooner rather than later.
In the absence of a vaccine, though, what is the point of an endless lockdown?
Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands
I have a firstname.lastname gmail account.
I've been invited to meetings in Australia, to submit court documents in Florida, asked to comment on sewage treatment works in Warrington and subjected to a variety of other registration spam. I could also have taken over a EA gaming account.
Still, at least it confuses Google a bit.
One man's mistake, missing backups and complete reboot: The tale of Europe's Galileo satellites going dark
It will never be safe to turn off your computer: Prankster harnesses the power of Windows 95 to torment fellow students
So, that's cheerio the nou to Dundee Satellite Receiving Station: Over 40 years of service axed for the sake of £338,000
iPhone price cuts are coming, teases Apple CEO. *Bring-bring* Hello, Apple UK? It's El Reg. You free to chat?
I take vegetation monitoring pictures of a large wildlife site from 25m. Much of it is rather wet and inaccessible.
If any plane is flying at 80ft, 4km from the small airfield nearby, then they've got more problems than my drone. Electricity pylons, for a start. I very much doubt there is anyone there 24/7 to call, either.
Anyway, if the powers that be get their way, no purchased drone will be able to take off in the restricted zone, because they'll be hard-coded not to. Although mine will, because I built it. Perhaps that will make it an illegal item?
What a joke this is.
It seems that all they really want is a list of people to arrest next time someone sees a UFO at Gatwick.
What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse
It is a shame they stopped that service, although it could get quite rough.
I remember watching a film in the "cinema" which was in the bow. Wind was F7 and it was rather choppy.
It was full at the beginning and less than a quarter full by the end, and not because the film was bad...
Watching motion on the screen whilst swaying side to side is a good test of any drugs (although I didn't take any, being brave or stupid).
Re: Drone crashes shock. Next story Bear in wood scat scandal.
My Mk 1 build made quite a dent losing power at 50m, as it was hauling a Canon camera at the time. As per the regulations, there was nobody anywhere near.
Fly a drone? Gonna crash. Some operators seem to forget that. Don't forget your hard hat.
I blame the cursed one
It is of course Gordon Brown's fault for removing tax relief on dividends in 1997, and thus screwing all UK pensions.
He thought he could get away with it as returns were good at the time, but then came a crash. And later, another crash...
20 years later, and defined pensions are a thing of the past.
Re: I think I'll..
Then again, you could be a Wagnerian (although some may say this is just early Prog Rock).
4 tracks, 15 hours. Though I suppose you could have a break after each act if you are a lightweight. :-)
Whether the heavy mob would drag you out of the opera house during a performance to return you to your padded cell is yet to be tested. One day...
Re: They're probably right
You jest, but one particular DEFRA application form that I had to deal with once was the worst Excel spreadsheet disaster I've ever come across. How farmers were supposed to deal with that horror I've no idea.
There was a course (££) on said form for land agents but that was mostly about how to work around the broken bits.
I don't think the bizarre EU driven rules helped, either.
The criteria appear to have been selected to support an agenda (whatever that is). The best sort of statistics, obviously.
This isn't exactly new data, the Corine data set has been available for years and the urban part isn't exactly hard to examine.
I imagine most parts of suburbia under their criteria are 'not densely built on' because they have, shock horror, gardens.
You could go to the other extreme and look for areas with no modern human structures visible (shrinking very rapidly due to wind turbines) - and there isn't really that much.
"Urban" land cover by most definitions is between 5-10%
Re: Polices the irresponsible, perhaps: not the wicked
Flying into a plane engine deliberately would be very difficult, although not completely impossible.
You are right though, none of the bad things can be stopped by technical rules or import bans as the technology is used everywhere.
Maybe the idea is to add anyone to the monitoring list who buys drone parts without also having a licence, but given you could use a mobile phone as a flight controller with a suitable USB interface board, I'm not sure that will really help.
There is no evidence that a consumer drone could bring down an airliner.
I would guess drones are the new UFOs when it comes to airline pilots. Try identifying something 30cm across at 400 knots. How long can you actually see it for?
Don't bet on at least half of these sightings not being geese, plastic bags, etc etc etc.
Re: OK, so which part do I register?
I'm in the same boat - built in about 2013, dropped into a field from 50m after a power failure and rebuilt with a collection of parts. Thinking of replacing the old 16-bit flight controller with a new one, just because.
I'm not about to fly it anywhere stupid, because crashing happens. I just take monitoring photographs of a wildlife site miles from anywhere. As there is no useful mobile signal there, what good would an app be?
None of the legislation will 'apply' to the idiots anyway.
Re: Disagree - GPS is the future
Indeed. I ALWAYS have a paper map and compass in the bag, even if I'm using a phone (with spare battery) for convenience.
Though I don't normally have to count steps on a compass bearing in a whiteout any more, or do a box search for a summit cairn (Scottish winter can be 'interesting'), I do at least know how to do it.
Also, if you are following a bearing in poor visibility, you do actually need a proper compass. Electronic ones are rubbish and I've never seen a sighting compass on a phone.
Anyway, business speak or not, OS maps have always been a promise of adventure to me. Even the ones in SE England.
Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)
Maybe, but this is a UK website.
You could go up to the Jungfraujoch on a train if you want steep cog railways, to a height of 3454m, but we aren't in Switzerland either.
The weather in the Cairngorms is Oceanic rather than Continental, so the temperatures are slightly less extreme than in the US. I suspect there are actually more days of terrible weather in the Cairngorms than on Mount Washington, and they are spread throughout the year.
I don't think a few mph of windspeed either way makes much difference if you are out in it (although the anemometer on the railway actually measured 194mph in 2009).
Two climbers died on Cairngorm at a height of only 2400ft or so on a main path because they were unable to make the last few hundred yards to the car park into a wind-storm. Due to the oceanic nature of the environment, snow is often thawed and then refrozen into ice, which makes finding shelter extremely difficult.
Anyway, the expensive train set on Cairngorm is a bit of a white elephant, but an amusing one. I would normally walk up, though.
I'm guessing the point was that, yes, a human pilot can make a split second decision to land on the Hudson and pull that off, but a human pilot can also decide to press on without enough contingency fuel and crash into a mountainside. Or just decide to crash into a mountainside for the hell of it.
So just because an autopilot can't land on the Hudson (if that's even true) doesn't mean that it wouldn't be better overall.