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Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone

BlacKSacrificE Re:It won't be long (325 comments)

That technology has been available for a few decades.

Yes it has. But there has been a fundamental shift in the accessability of the technology. A majority of this technology has historically been radio transmitters that cost hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars, recievers that cost similar, and models that actually require a solid understanding of aerodynamics to build, trim and fly. Dozens if not hundreds of hours of work to build it. An big investment of time, money, and a dash of pride meant that flyers protected their craft like a their first born. Flying near an airfield would be unspeakable; No way in hell do I want my toy wrecked by errant prop or jet wash! (..I guess it would suck if I brought an actual plane down as well.. I guess).

The only thing different about drones is that they are slow and hence easier seen.

I disagree. Any spanner with a credit card and a desire to see their neighbours tits can go buy a ready to fly FPV drone cheap on eBay, hook it up to their smartphone, and get in the air in a second. No expensive equipment investment, no time invested in the build, no incentive to protect their flyer. THIS is the difference, and it has seen people who would never consider an RC aircraft suddenly snapping them up like the "toys" they are often marketed to be. So now you have a bunch of people who have no knowledge about aerodynamics or aviation generally who suddenly think "wouldn't it be sick to go fly this around an airport for lulz and photos", and suddenly we have the problems we are now seeing. Most fixed and rotary wing hobbyists I know have an inherent respect for their fellow flyers, be they scale or full size pilots. We all share the sky, and we'd rather not kill each other.

HISTORICALLY there has been close to zero risk (no such thing as zero risk, where there are humans involved, there is always room for something to fuck up) but now the technology is more accessable to the "pleb public", the risks of serious incident is and will continue to increase. As you have said, there have been next to no incidents historically, but as many have pointed out to you, the fact this story even exists to publish is a demonstration that the danger is indeed increasing. To ignore these factors is about as ignorant as using an absolute term like "zero actual risk" when there is no way for you to know what is and has happened globally in the past.. however many years of RC flying as a hobby.

about two weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

BlacKSacrificE Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

Train; noun
plural noun: trains
1. a series of connected railway carriages or wagons moved by a locomotive or by integral motors.


Now that we have that out of the way, go look up "wagonways" c1500. There is evidence the greeks had rail based transport as well. The technology has indeed been around for a several centuries.

about three weeks ago
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Trains May Soon Come Equipped With Debris-Zapping Lasers

BlacKSacrificE Re:They're leaves. (194 comments)

All of which require refilling, replacement of scraper edges, and replenishment at x interval. They work, but they are not the best solution. A laser has no moving parts, and runs on the power that the train already provides, and if built reliably enough, will last the life of the engine with nothing more than the odd clean of its lens. This is evolution of technology, you should try to be less resistant less you get left behind.

about three weeks ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

BlacKSacrificE Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (132 comments)

No a quadrocopter and a bird will likely get downed by the propwash before it gets anywhere near a helicopter.

Why reply when you have clearly not comprehended the dudes post?
If a drone gets UNDER the rotor disk, sweet, it gets blown into oblivion. But thats only one of three possible scenarios.
If it gets ABOVE or LATERALLY CLOSE to the disk, it could either be sucked downwards into the rotor disk, or, as Splab correctly said, be pulled into the tip vortex ring, which would see the drone be lifted over and into the disk. See this diagram for a quick look at the aerodynamics at play.

about a month and a half ago
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Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

BlacKSacrificE Re:What's the reason? (132 comments)

I'd guess a decent chunk of (actual) drone sightings around airports may be plane spotters looking for that killer take off/landing shot of their favourite bird. You would hope they know enough about aviation to know how stupid it is to do, but like there have been trainspotters killed for being to close to the tracks, I'm sure there are plane spotters out there who are too retarded to realise hovering a camera 200 feet above the threshold for that "perfect" landing shot is a really, REALLY bad idea. This is literally the only scenario I have seen where the idea of signal jamming does not seem like a completely stupid and over reactionary move. Considering a lot of these drones either waypoint home or just maintain position (as opposed to dropping from the sky like you'd want), this may not be a solution though.

about a month and a half ago
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Video Raises Doubts About Attkisson's Claims of Malicious Hacking

BlacKSacrificE Personal grooming belongs in the bathroom folks. (105 comments)

We had a laptop come across the bench once that had been "raped by malware" according to the booking agent. Programs opening themselves, unpredictable behaviour everywhere. Before I had even powered the thing I noticed the enter key was sitting a poofteenth lower than the rest of the keys. Pulled the keyboard and found a fingernail clipping wedged under the lifter. Needless to say none of the reported problems were evident when I loaded it to OS. Why the BIOS did not pick up a stuck key I will never know, but hey, it was an easy $70.

This is what she gets for doing bodywork in front of the machine.

about 2 months ago
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Study: Chimpanzees Have Evolved To Kill Each Other

BlacKSacrificE Re:No surprise (224 comments)

Hell, if I could headbutt another human into oblivion for a mate, I would too. Here's the funny thing folks, humans are animals too! We have all the same urges and evolutionary pressures, we just lucked out enough to have a brain big enough to develop domestic violence, child abuse and random acts of aggression against strangers/the weak (a lot of which can be trace to evolutionary behaviours anyway) to fill the hole that our self abstinence from murder has left. I will be very interested to see how this data fees into human behavioural study.

about 3 months ago
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The Geek Group's Hacker-Oriented High Voltage Lab In Michigan Damaged by Fire

BlacKSacrificE Re:Not again... (65 comments)

Paul Tertuit says:
January 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

Why is it that every couple of years something catastrophic happens to the group that severely impacts their progress, and trivializes the hard work of many contributors? And, why does it *have* to be something that’s amplified by the group’s “quirky” management who are clearly out of their league?..

Why didn't you put your name to your comment here like you did on HaD?

about a year ago
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How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

BlacKSacrificE Re:Rule #1 (894 comments)

+1 insightful. The only thing to be proud of here is.. Nothing.

1 year,10 days
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Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover Landing Slated For 13:40 UTC Saturday

BlacKSacrificE Success! (90 comments)

Congratulations on the first successful lunar landing of the century China!

1 year,11 days
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Indian Mars Probe Successfully Enters Sun-Centric Orbit

BlacKSacrificE Re:Great but... money better spent elsewhere (132 comments)

It's all about future investments. If they can demonstrate that they, alone, can pull this off, it will increase their technical prestige in the worlds eye. People will feel more confident investing in their technologies, people will come knocking on their door to have India launch vehicles for them, all of which will generate big revenue. It will encourage the youth to pursue sciences and technology as vocations as NASA did in the 60's, which in the years to come will boost their capabilities further. There is no bullet that can cure the problems of the country, but inspiring the people to become more by demonstrating capabilities such as this is in my eyes a wonderful thing. Even if they do not make it all the way to Mars, they have already put on a hell of a show. I can't wait to see what the next 20 years holds for them, and I congratulate them wholeheartedly for what has so far been a pretty decent mission.

1 year,24 days
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE Re:This too shall pass. (734 comments)

I'm sorry to burst your bubble but you will never be able to fully control what teenagers do. You may be savvy enough to tutor them but good luck to you to get them to heed the advice.

It's not about trying to control behavior, that's a sure fire way to alienate your child. It's about preparing them for the realities of the ugly side of human behavior before they get caught deer-in-headlights style by it when it comes at them full force. As many have said on this topic, kids are cottonballed by their over protective parents, then loose their shit when they hit reality. It's about teaching coping skills as opposed to enforcing limits on social media access etc.

The problem here is that society and culture haven't moved as fast as technology did.

This is the point I was somewhat erratically driving towards. So to counter this lag, again, preparation is the key. You don't send a soldier into battle without teaching them what to expect from the enemy. Teaching kids how to identify the enemy will always be the problem, they trust too much, but that's just another challenge in parenthood I guess.

And I think that it's the same as things have always been except thanks to Facebook we know why the suicide happened. Before Facebook, these were mysteries to the parents and families - but there's suddenly a digital trail.

A valid point I had not even considered. Much the same as the perception of a more violent society due to increased media coverage. Interesting.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (734 comments)

Ahh, I see what you're saying, and concur to a degree.

However your examples of bad times don't happen all day, every day, and don't follow you home. They are just people fucking up, as people tend to do. Granted a child is not as aware of the consequences of their actions as a drunk driver should be, but to imply they should be surprised when the shit they dropped on the victim is rubbed back in their faces is also a bit of a stretch.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (734 comments)

No, I interpreted his subject/comment as "Wait. I can be arrested for my actions causing death of someone else?", which lead me to post my hypothetical. Of course drunk drivers are responsible for their casualties, as the trolls are responsible for Rebeccas death. His comment was ambiguous in my eyes, but I'm not sure how you managed to pull that meaning out of my comment. Would have been nice if he clarified his point, but meh.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE Re:I can now get arrested for NOT killing somebody (734 comments)

Unless I miss your meaning, your logic suggests that drunk drivers who kill pedestrians are not culpable for their actions either?

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE Re:Rebecca's parents. (734 comments)

Perhaps you should read the article.

"In December, the bullying grew so intense that Rebecca began cutting herself and was sent to a hospital by her mother to receive psychiatric care. Ultimately, her mother pulled her out of Crystal Lake Middle School. She home schooled her for a while and then enrolled her in a new school in August."

Religion has nothing to do with anything. You either act, or don't. Her parents did what they thought was best. Sadly it didn't pay off.

about a year ago
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Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case

BlacKSacrificE This too shall pass. (734 comments)

I feel this is a behavioral bump in the road that may disappear as my generation becomes the parental generation.

I am 30 years old. I remember a pre-WWW world (I deliberately say WWW to differentiate from chats, BBS etc, which was largely inaccessible to all but the greasiest of geeks). I have grown with the technology, and know its potential and pitfalls. My parents however have no idea of either. They got all my hand-me-down computers, they appreciated my efforts to educate them. Because I was around fro the pre WWW, analogies were easy. I knew how the postal system worked, I could easily analogise POP mail etc. But they do not know the full potential. They look up their recipes, history of [subject] info, and IMDB pages, harass and embarrass me on fakebook, but they never really matured with the technology, and never had to suffer the pitfalls. It was just suddenly there, and they shat bricks, because it was like nothing they had ever seen, and they didn't understand the dynamics. They adapted, but never understood.

I feel as my generation become the parents and out kids hit those preteen/teen years (maybe 10-15 years), the problems will go away, because we will be capable of not only being able to give good advice on troll evasion and shaming, but we will also be in a far better position to adequately monitor, and mentor, about what actually happens on the internet. We know what to look for, we know how to find it, and we know how to deal with it. Not all of my generation are savvy enough to do it, but a greater percentage of us are, as compared to the current crop of 40-50 year old who had this thrust on them by their kids demanding internet connections and fondletoys to use on them.

I feel for that girl, and her parents who were blindsided by and lost a child to a technology they had to scramble to understand. I feel for the parents of the aggressors for not knowing just how serious the shit their kids were doing. I hope and feel that my generation will be more capable than them.

about a year ago
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Juno Needs Radio Amateurs!

BlacKSacrificE Re:WOW (82 comments)

And here I am with no points to mod that shit up.

about a year ago
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Georgia Cop Issues 800 Tickets To Drivers Texting At Red Lights

BlacKSacrificE Re:jerk (1440 comments)

I'm pretty sure the reason we have horns is to alert wayward pedestrians that they are about to get a hood ornament up their arse, or to notify other drivers that they are about to run over the front of our cars because they didn't check their mirrors before changing lane.

That is to say, emergencies.

If I hear a horn in traffic I automatically go to DEFCON 3 and eagerly watch my mirrors for the shit to hit the fan (or my rear bumper). However needing to reminding someone that they are (allegedly) in control of a tonne of steel is not an emergency, its just a display of selfishness and lack of self control. Just put the damn phone down. How hard is it?

about a year ago

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Simulation of 9/11 attacks back building failure.

BlacKSacrificE BlacKSacrificE writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BlacKSacrificE writes "Sydney Morning Herald reports lads at the Purdue University have created a computer simulation of the aircraft hitting that shows what caused the towers to collapse allegedly. While they are yet to address most of the conspiracy theories claims around the event regarding melting temperatures of steel, pools of thermite-like molten material pouring out of the buildings, and reports of midgets in clown uniforms with explosive squibs, it apparently backs the idea that all the central support beams were taken out, causing the collapse. A video of the simulation is not available online as far as i can find, but I would love to see it nonetheless."
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