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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

JStyle Re:Amazon doens't charge the same price to everybo (287 comments)

They do, however, change their prices rather rapidly. I usually leave things in my wishlist and see the price change regularly. So this can cause confusion if a retailer wants to verify the price.

Slightly related, I had a keyboard on my wishlist, set at $50, it recently went up to $70-75, and is now on their black friday sales listed as $60 (What a deal!). All within 3-4 weeks.

about a month ago
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An Air Traffic Control System For Drones

JStyle Re:They're not autonomous. Who talks to ATC? (77 comments)

As someone in the hobby, technically, any unmanned aerial vehicle is a drone. Yes, for some, that word means "weaponized", but it's obvious that your park flyers aren't weaponized. It's a good opportunity to inform the public about the hobby, safety, and different characteristics of drones (even RC drones).

Additionally, flying a multi-rotor without some level of autonomy can be quite dangerous. Most models have sophisticated controllers that will maintain altitude and position with no input from the pilot. I would consider this autonomous assistance. It takes a LOT of skill to hover (with no controller), so some level of autonomy is required for safety.

Also, I would not fly one of these without the safety measure of Return To Launch (or Home). RTL will put the multi-rotor into a fully autonomous mode if 1) your transmitter signal degrades or gets cut, or 2) you get lost or loose orientation (which is quite easy with these). RTL will bring the multi-rotor to a set altitude, fly directly back to it's launch location and autonomously land. Your most common DJI Phantom models all have this built in and (normally) require GPS lock before taking off.

I would ADVERTISE that it has an autonomous mode, for the safety of the pilot and spectators.

about 2 months ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

JStyle Documentary (102 comments)

I think this information is generally well known in law enforcement by now (at least, I hope so). I saw a news documentary on it and it's surprising how poor an eyewitness account can be, especially if handled incorrectly.

Keep spreading awareness:
Documentary Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Documentary Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

about 3 months ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

JStyle Re:Issues with smartwatches (87 comments)

I agree with your points. I think what would work a bit more seamlessly is the Motorola Hint (also announced today). It's a tiny bluetooth device that sits in your ear. Much more discreet than a traditional bluetooth, with a fair bit more functionality. http://www.motorola.com/us/acc...

I think this is (currently) a better solution than a smartwatch.

about 4 months ago
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The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games

JStyle Re:Non transferable to another game, (146 comments)

How is it different than baseball? hitting a fast moving ball with a bat is useless in real life. Both are forms of entertainment or recreation, one being physical, the other being mental. I'm sure there are plenty skills from video games that can be used in real life (information processing, team work, decision making, etc).

I understand you never said sports weren't a waste of time and energy, it just begs the question...

about 4 months ago
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Facebook Fallout, Facts and Frenzy

JStyle Re:We're Sorry (160 comments)

This reminds me of this one time, as a kid, I threw a rock at someone really far away. I didn't actually want to hit them, and never thought I would. The rock nailed them square in the back... It was a really weird apology. "Um... yes, I was aiming for you, but I never thought I'd hit you! Sorry!"

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

JStyle NSA? (65 comments)

I thought the NSA was doing this for a while already.

about 6 months ago
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Physical Media: Down, But Maybe Not Out

JStyle Suspicious? (116 comments)

Is the music industry still really suspicious about this? iTunes and Amazon offer thousands of albums/songs for a fair price and their files are DRM free. Not seeing any suspicion on their part...

about 6 months ago
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Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

JStyle Re:no (437 comments)

I would anticipate that emergency responders would be able to close a road or cause an automatic detour with special (secure) commands sent to the automated cars. Of course, this "backdoor" would have to be limited in use, as we wouldn't want rouge cops or those with access to those commands using them for nefarious purposes. Maybe the passenger has to confirm the detour.

about 7 months ago
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Unlock Your Android Phone With Open Source Wearable NFC

JStyle Motorola Skip (81 comments)

For a number of motorola phones, this feature is already available. For $10, you get a clothing clip and 3 RFID stickers. Tap the phone to any of them, and it unlocks.

http://www.motorola.com/us/mot...

about 7 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

JStyle Re:flying drones is a hobby? (297 comments)

You would be surprised at the capability of small RC aircraft today. For ~$100 you can retrofit just about any RC aircraft to be fully autonomous. Drones (unmanned aircraft) will just keep getting smaller and smaller. Not to mention there are RC enthusiasts that fly scale airplanes of that size, they cost thousands of dollars though.

Source: RC pilot.

about 8 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

JStyle Re:"Drones" vs "RC aircraft" (297 comments)

Definition:
a. an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight: the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.
b. (loosely) any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely: a radio-controlled drone.

I'm an RC hobbyist myself. I don't do anything with multirotors, but I know many that do. Most of them have a control board that includes a "return to home" feature, so if they lose sight of the model (wind, equipment failure, etc), or even just lose visual orientation of the model, they can flip a switch and the multirotor will automatically rise to a pre-defined altitude, and return to the launch site, with no intervention. These systems are available for ~$100 and can fit on any size model. It can also be used for planes. I consider the use of these tools to be a safety feature and am very glad people use them. Also very helpful for FPV (first person view) flying, which can go well beyond line of sight.

Regardless, it's pedantic to distinguish between the RC aircraft and drones. What is important is regulating the capability and who gets to use them. Obviously weaponizing is a big no-no, and being used by the government for spy or surveillance operations must have some additional oversight (say, a court issued warrant).

about 8 months ago
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The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

JStyle Re:Magic Age (100 comments)

No prob. Post again if you need any help. I get e-mails for replies. If you can't find your old cube, I recommend this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/produ...

I'm a mild enthusiast myself (fastest is about a minute). I keep one at my desk. I'm a big fan of the stickerless design and it's very slick out of the box. A little silicone oil lubricant (RC shock oil, 30wt) will make it REAL fast.

about 8 months ago
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The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

JStyle Re:Magic Age (100 comments)

The corner rotation is really simple. R-, B-, R+, B+

You'll have to do that sequence 2x or 4x to get the orientation right. Then rotate the top face until you have a different corner that needs fixing in the "bottom right" corner (when looking at the top face). It's easy to forget the last B+ when learning (at least I did). And only rotate the top face, not the whole cube in your hands to get to the next corner. This move looks like it scrambles the cube, and then magically brings it back when on your last move. It's my favorite part, as it's some sort of "reveal" to an audience when it happens.

about 8 months ago
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The People Who Are Still Addicted To the Rubik's Cube

JStyle Re:Magic Age (100 comments)

I learned this method too. It's the same one written on the booklet that came with my first cube. I think this is still the traditional/simplest method. When doing the final side (3rd layer), you first get the "cross" (center pieces in the correct orientation, not location). Then you go about rotating those centers, if I'm guessing right, the part you're stuck on. I flip my cube "up side down" so the third layer is on the top. These are the moves to switch the front center and right center pieces: U, R, U, Ri, U, R, U, U, Ri.... U signifies moving the "Upper" Face clockwise (when looking at it), R, is the "Right" Face, and Ri is the right face, but counter clockwise. All these are 90 degree turns. Not sure if this helps, and you'll still need to rotate the corners for position and then for orientation after this.

If this somewhat seems familiar, and it doesn't quite solve your problem, let me know, I can probably do a short video of this sequence and post it later tonight.

about 8 months ago
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The Spy In Our Living Room

JStyle Re:Well arguably it can't see in the dark (148 comments)

Note that the wii sensor bar is only infrared LEDs. The camera is in the wii remote itself. It is also shielded by a infrared filter, so not much visible light makes it in there. Footage would be nearly useless as the remotes are generally pointed at the TV or flailing about.

about 10 months ago
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Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

JStyle Re:Restaurant (731 comments)

In Europe, the card machines are portable and wireless. You never hand your card over, they bring the machine to you.

about 10 months ago

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DOE Announces Philips as L Prize Winner

JStyle JStyle writes  |  more than 3 years ago

JStyle (833234) writes "The DOE has officially announced a winner of the L Prize, awarding Philips with the 60 W Incandescent Bulb replacement. Philips' LED light bulb won using less than 10 W of electricity while claiming a life of greater than 25,000 hours. The light bulb is set to go on sale as early as spring of 2012. Pricing is yet unavailable."
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