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AirMagnet Wi-Fi Security Tool Takes Aim At Drones

LongearedBat Battery lasts for only 12 minutes (52 comments)

I have an AR Drone 2, and the standard battery lasts for maximum 12 minutes (1000 mAh). I've ordered a new battery that holds 1500 mAh. Looking forward to see if it lasts for 18 minutes.

How much damage can one do with that? Seems easier to sneak up close and hide in a bush while cracking in to someones network using a laptop.

about a week ago

Wearable Robot Adds Two Fingers To Your Hand

LongearedBat Impressed (77 comments)

Ah, that explains how Doctor Octopus can control his mechanical arms. Perhaps that can give Spider-Man an added advantage.

On a more serious note: I'm impressed they can control the extra fingers so naturally. I didn't think it'd be possible without interfacing directly with the nervous system.

about two weeks ago

Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

LongearedBat 30+ year old thinking (753 comments)

many believe we will stop using notes and coins altogether in the not-too-distant future.

I remember hearing exactly the same thing back in the 80's.

Cash will be around for a long time yet, because in some ways it's still preferable. Different tools for different things.

about two weeks ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

LongearedBat Doesn't seem to work (129 comments)

On my screen, the sample pictures they show in the article look just as pixellated as any other picture.

about two weeks ago

BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones

LongearedBat Re:1440 wide vs 1080 wide (139 comments)

Agreed, plus spreadsheets and some web pages are best viewed in landscape mode.

It looks like the Blackberry habit of using hard keyboards has stymied their designers. Perhaps Blackberry could learn from the good old dopod.

about three weeks ago

Visualizing Algorithms

LongearedBat Re:Visualize (50 comments)

Well, yes, but ...

when the animations end, the resulting mazes are difficult to distinguish from each other. The animations are useful for showing how the algorithm works, but fail to reveal the resulting tree structure.

Sure, I visualise how algorithms work, otherwise I can't code them. But the difference in maze generators struck me. Because, as quoted, they're difficult to distinguish from each other.

Other things, such as sorting algorithms, are fairly obvious though... but still nice to see, again.

about a month ago

Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

LongearedBat Re:Good bye source compatibility (636 comments)

You have options. Cross platform options (for Win, OSX, iOS & Android) that you can use...

- Mono C#

- Delphi Firemonkey (My personal preference.)

- wxWidgets

- other web related technologies that I've heard of but don't use.

about 2 months ago

Small Genetic Change Responsible For Blond Hair

LongearedBat Re:Blonde Gene? (125 comments)


about 2 months ago

Kids With Wheels: Should the Unlicensed Be Allowed To 'Drive' Autonomous Cars?

LongearedBat Re:no (437 comments)

Children require adult supervision

Yes, to a point.

When they're old enough to be left at home, to use public transport, to cycle around the neighborhood - then they're old enough to ride in an automated car without adult supervision.

Until then, kids should not be left alone - full stop.

about 2 months ago

DARPA Unveils Hack-Resistant Drone

LongearedBat Perhaps... (107 comments)

Perhaps the computer is built using IC's, uses tape decks for storage and communicates via CB radio...?

about 2 months ago

The Big Biz of Spying On Little Kids

LongearedBat Re:Wow! (111 comments)

So in the US being liberal means being on the left?!?

In Australia the Liberal Party is a relatively right wing party.

about 2 months ago

Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered

LongearedBat Re:Does anyone know what the largest possible is? (113 comments)

No, the Earth was younger then, and therefore smaller. Now that we've passed the middle ages, we can expect Earth to slowly begin shrinking due to magma-porosis.

about 2 months ago

Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

LongearedBat Re:Horseshit (210 comments)

Twin paradox! ;)

about 3 months ago

Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

LongearedBat Re:Honestly, who cares? (210 comments)

why all this fuss about Star Wars. The movies were good when I was a 10 year old. Now they are unwatchable and boring to me.

Because they're cinema history. I showed Star Wars to my artsy tenant, pausing every now and then to explain the importance of different scenes - important not just in story context, in EU context, but in real world context. Doing that, he could then appreciate Star Wars for what it has done.

- Before Star Wars, space fantasy was very bland. Aliens were variants of humans, the the extent that people struggled to accept even Mr Spock's pointy ears. Most Star Wars sentients still are humanoid (and that lack of imagination bothers me slightly), but for the 70's/80's Star Wars aliens were very "out there".

- Having a cliffhanger ending until the next movie (Is Vader really Luke's father?!?) was a first as well. Now we're used to it.

- Big budget spending in fantasy movies. Until then, big budgets did not go to such a movie because the thinking was that not enough people would watch it to cover the high costs. The thinking is a little different now. Now we get lots of big budget space, sword'n sorcery and superhero movies.
(I think with the prequels, Lucas was still stuck in his old thinking that big budget special effects make the movie, whereas we've got used to it, expect it, and now want the story to be compelling.)

- Making a fantasy movie into an epic movie. Now most are, or at least try to be. Compare Star Wars to anything else made until then.

In short, Star Wars did for space fantasy what Lord of the Rings did for sword'n sorcery literature: opened new ground and opened the genre to the masses

Sure, Star Wars may not be so great in context of what else is out there now, though it's not that bad either. But put it into context of it's time...

about 3 months ago

$7 USB Stick Aims To Bring Thousands of Poor People Online

LongearedBat Re:They only raised shit money (201 comments)

About electricity... Perhaps pads would be a better focus, given all the pads that soon will be outdated in the West and East, because they use much less power than old PC's and probably will be more numerous. A solar panel could charge a pad during the day so it could be useable in the evening, much like rural areas use solar panels to charge evening lights.

About networking... Perhaps ad-hoc networks could work for the cities...?

About the other problems... computers help people find information and communicate. So perhaps a project of this ilk could help the populace find and spread solutions to many/most problems - solutions that work for them, from their perspectives, rather than from the perspectives of outsiders.

I dunno. Perhaps I'm just an optimist. But at least one should try, rather than not giving it a chance. Either it will work, or one can learn why it doesn't, so that one can make a better attempt next time.

about 3 months ago

China Using Troop of Trained Monkeys To Guard Air Base

LongearedBat Re:This isn't all that impressive. (119 comments)

Many were, I'm sure, but some were seemed to have been more evolved, such as Ape Lincoln.

about 3 months ago

Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

LongearedBat Re:Lore (179 comments)

I really want a remake of XvT. That was one of the very best space combat games ever made.

about 3 months ago

13th Century Multiverse Theory Unearthed

LongearedBat Re:Sad (59 comments)

Does that mean that if you take any significantly crazy dude today and examine their theories in 1000 years time, his theories will likely end up baring an uncanny resemblance to the truth?

I don't think so.

about 3 months ago


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