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What To Do About an Asteroid That Has a 1 In 625 Chance of Hitting Us In 2040?

Glacial Wanderer Re:Statistics failure (412 comments)

Their wording is correct. With more data there is approximation 624 in 625 odds that the likelihood of impact will be reduced. I actually really liked his wording because it didn't try to sensationalize the problem by making it sound like we will find out if there is an impact 2013, which would push many people to think the problem is more of a 50/50 odds. The general media leverage this flaw in human thinking frequently.

more than 2 years ago

Senator Introduces Bill To Stop Warrantless GPS Tracking

Glacial Wanderer If they can, then I should be able to too (133 comments)

One way to solve this that seems logical to me is if they can use gps tracking on me without a warrant then I should be able to do the same to them. I'm pretty sure I can't put tracking devices on cop cars so they shouldn't be allowed to do that to my car. The same rule applies to UAVs, alternate imaging techniques, and other new technologies. It is hard to keep laws up to date with the pace of technology so having a guiding principle like allowing law enforcement/government to do no more without a warrant than civilians can seems like a fair solution. I know there needs to be a few exceptions like detaining a person, but those few exceptions won't change with technology.

more than 3 years ago

Best Way To Build A DIY UAV?

Glacial Wanderer Re:Try AUVSI ideas? (259 comments)

Everything I've read from people knowledgeable in this matter say helicopters are more difficult because they are naturally unstable where as most airplanes are naturally stable. This means the feedback control systems for helicopters is more difficult.

The forums on the diydrones website (same website that this slashdot questions linked) has all the answers to the questions asked. It might take a few hours to search through those forums and understand enough about what you're reading to find the answers, but a few hours on a project like this is chump change.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Open Retail Stores

Glacial Wanderer Letter to Microsoft (535 comments)

Dear Microsoft,

This is a great idea! I am so sure it will be successful that you should get started on the second phase right away. Everybody will want to come to your stores so you need to stop diluting your brand by selling it via other distribution methods. You should immediately stop bundling your software with prebuilt computers from manufacturers like Dell. Also immediately remove your product from online stores. Having people come into your stores will form a strong community.

I was just talking to some IT Admins yesterday and they were complaining how the 1000 licenses of Windows they just bought were just an electric piece of paper. They really wanted to go to a physical store with physical shopping cards and put a 1000 boxes in that cart. They thought that would be much more satisfying that just a number on a piece of paper.

Your profits are falling, you need to implement this strategy to maximize profits in these tough economic time. It's time to make this change. Do it now. Please!

more than 5 years ago

WV Voters Say Machines Are Switching Votes

Glacial Wanderer Re:Parallax, touch screens, stupidity, and conspir (900 comments)

These machines are not "switching votes". They're just not.

You sound pretty sure about this, but remember that according to your own belief you only think that you're right.

When asked if she is sure she touched the box for Rockefeller, she said, 'I'm absolutely positive.'" Yeah, just like a lot of users are "absolutely positive" that they did the right thing. No, they THINK they did the right thing. That's the only thing they are "absolutely positive" of.

more than 6 years ago



Bullet Photography

Glacial Wanderer Glacial Wanderer writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Glacial Wanderer (962045) writes "Most photographers have seen some of Dr. Harold Edgerton's work like a bullet shooting through an apple or a bullet splitting a playing card. Back in the 1960's when Edgerton was taking these types of photos it was quite revolutionary. To take these kinds of photographs Dr. Edgerton had to first invent the modern camera flash. Today duplicating these photos is feasible for just about any amateur photographer who is willing to spend a little time understanding some common high speed photography techniques and some money to buy some specialized equipment. However, the really exciting idea isn't reproducing his iconic photographs, but having people take creative new high speed photos.

This article is going to show you how to use the Camera Axe and it's projectile sensor to take some of your own amazing high speed photographs of objects being hit by bullets. At first it may seem that there are only a few objects to shoot, but once you start getting into this field of photography it seems like every trip to the grocery store, farmers market, dollar store, or yard sale becomes an expedition to find new targets."

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