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North Korean Internet Is Down

NewtonsLaw Re:Like little children (360 comments)

Not such a bad idea... just look at what Lee Kwan Yew did for Singapore -- turned it from a backwards island state into one of the world's most sophisticated, modern countries with low tax rates and enviable prosperity.

Benevolent dictators are sometimes a whole lot better than corrupt (faux) democracies controlled by the movie and defense industries behind the scenes... don't you think?

Who gives a damn if you get caned for chewing gum anyway :-)

about a month ago

North Korean Internet Is Down

NewtonsLaw Like little children (360 comments)

Is this the USA's response to the claims that N.Korea hacked Sony?

Why am I reminded of petulant children squabbling over who gets to pat the new puppy?

Imagine how much closer we (as a race) would be if we could eliminate all the stupid waste that politics and warmongering produces. Hell, I'd have my jetpack, my flying car and my holiday on the moon all lined up for Christmas!

Instead, unbelievable amounts of money, time and effort are wasted on silly games and squabbles -- while huge swathes of our population suffer at the hands of disease, war, religious zealots and political gaming.

Hard to believe it's Christmas eh?

about a month ago

65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

NewtonsLaw Quick response (246 comments)

When the nice Indian gentleman tells me that my computer has a virus I simply scream "OH MY GOD NO! NOT A VIRUS? Aaaaarggghhh!" and start making loud banging noises with my hand on the desk.

After a short moment I then say in a breathless voice "I have destroyed the computer, can you suggest a good place to buy a new one?"

That usually leaves them dazed and confused -- whereapon they hang up.

Lots of fun for all the family :-)

about a month and a half ago

Australia Moves Toward New Restrictions On Technology Export and Publication

NewtonsLaw The right to be presumed innocent? (91 comments)

Are you kidding... we lost the right to be presumed innocent years ago.

The police can set up a road-block and demand that drivers provide a breath test and proof of their license at any time. Isn't that a presumption of guilt rather than innocence?

The taxman can deliver an assessment that says you owe $xxxxx in taxes and you are presumed to be guilty unless you can prove you don't owe that much in tax. Where's the presumption of innocence there?

Citizens of the USA have given away most of their constitutional rights after being duped by a government that says that those rights must be surrendered to avoid massive terror attacks and Australia (plus NZ) have becom little more than lap-dogs to the US government.

Here in NZ, Kim Dotcom (love him or hate him) has had his assets seized and was incarcerated at the US government's whim -- even though he has not been convicted of any of the charges laid against him. Where's his right to be presumed innocent?

I'm afraid that the world in 2014 is a very sad place where most Western governments consider all their citizens to be enemies of the state unless they can prove otherwise.

The terrorists have won this war completely -- they have done what the Germans could not do in WW1 and WW2 -- they have taken our freedoms from us and we have surrendered them without a fight.

As Midnight Oil so wisely said: It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees -- what a shame our politicians don't get it.

about a month and a half ago

Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

NewtonsLaw Re:Riiiiight. (233 comments)

That mirrors my experience also -- albeit we're talking about the versions that were around up to about 2003. It was one super-cool, very elegant and lightweight OS that just worked and worked (as most RTOSes are required to).

It's a shame that its lack of applications (outside the realm of process-control and bespoke code) so restricted its market.

And the company that wrote it was pretty cool too. I recall that they used to include a bag of choc-chip cookies in the boxed editions that I bought -- a nice touch!

about 1 month ago

Report: Big Issues Remain Before Drones Can Safely Access National Airspace

NewtonsLaw Sense And Avoid development banned by CAA (129 comments)

I've been working on an active/passive "sense and avoid" SAA technology for about 18 months and it is showing great promise.

Despite being a little larger than a deck of cards and weighing under 200g, the sense element can now accurately detect and track objects within a 1.5Km radius and the tracking system interpolates the trajectories of other craft to detect potential collision with the craft to which the system is fitted.

The goal is to produce a system that can be sold for hundreds (rather than thousands) of dollars and could therefore be fitted as standard equipment to a huge percentage of the unmanned (and manned) aircraft that fill our skies.

Unfortunately, here in NZ, the aviation regulator (CAA) has been hijacked by the national model aircraft group and, because I dared to criticize the latter, I my development work has been effectively halted by the former.

Never underestimate the ability of bureaucrats and bullies use claims of "safety" as a blunt weapon to "deal to" those they don't agree with. Their motto should be: "Safety At All costs -- no matter how many innocent souls must die".


about 2 months ago

Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

NewtonsLaw Yes, NZ's political system is corrupt and broken (151 comments)

Regardless of the rights and wrongs of KD's actions, one thing has been very strongly lighlighted by his arrival in NZ and the actions that have followed from that.

When he first arrived, he was welcomed with open arms by the government, despite his shady past.


Well he had *lots* of money and was prepared to give some to the government and spend the rest locally.

Yes, you *can* buy your way into New Zealand -- despite claims to the contrary.

Then many people of power and influence hob-nobbed with KD, hoping perhaps that they'd get favours from him -- as indeed one politician did, to the tune of thousands of dollars contributed to his funds but not declared (later resulting in a conviction for that MP for filing false returns).

Once KD had given huge sums of his money to the NZ government he was then of little further use to them so they were more than happy to help out their US overlords (the FBI and MPAA) by engaging in *unlawful* surveillance and an unlawful raid and asset seizure. Despite the illegality of these government-organised activities, nobody involved or responsible has been censured for breaking the law. How convenient, and another sign of deep-rooted corruption.

Once KD dared to meddle in local politics by funding a party which stood at the last election, this was the final straw. The Prime Minister (whose office has been engaged in some *very* shady dealing with our Security Intelligence Service recently, prompting that agency to apologize to another opposition MP) has now obviously decided that it's time to kick KD to the curb.

In any *real* democracy where people's rights are respected and the government and its agencies are required to obey the laws that they pass, there would be little problem. However, as has been seen by the massive trail of graft and corruption, plus the ongoing lack of accountability for wrong-doing on the part of the PM, his office and its agencies, it's unlikely that KD will get a fair deal at all.

As I said... I don't give a damn whether KD is an angel or the devil incarnate -- his mere presence in this country has exposed the lie which is a claim that we are the least corrupt country on Earth. No... the truth is that, until now, we've been the best at covering up huge levels of corruption that are now exposed for all to see.

about 2 months ago

Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

NewtonsLaw How clever is that? (319 comments)

How clever is Google... being paid to display ads and also being paid not to display ads.

It's a win-win.

Do no eViL -- yeah, right! ;-)

about 2 months ago

"Ambulance Drone" Prototype Unveiled In Holland

NewtonsLaw Yeah... right! (82 comments)

Given the huge hurdles that airspace administrators are presently placing in the way of *any* non-recreational use of drones (witness the way the FAA has repeatedly tried to shut down those being used for search-and-rescue activities), can you possibly imagine the red-tape involved in getting clearance to launch one of these life-saving drones?

By the time the paperwork was done, the corpse would have already rotted away to just bones and parchment-like skin.

Governments talk about the "huge potential" of drones -- but the regulators say "no, no... you can't do that".

Crazy, crazy, crazy!

about 3 months ago

Secret Policy Allows GCHQ Bulk Access To NSA Data

NewtonsLaw Why? (95 comments)

Can someone remind me why it is that we, the people who elect and pay the wages of the politicians and public servants who seek to destroy our right to privacy in this way, continue to allow such outrageous behavior to continue?

Has the concept of a democracy been replaced by one of serial fascism where voters are lulled into a false sense of empowerment by governments which collude with the *real* power-brokers to simply look after their own best interests and for who "voters" are synonymous with taxpayers -- a necessary evil required to keep the oily wheels of government turning?

They say we get the governments we deserve -- if that's true, we must be truly evil bastards!

about 3 months ago

Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

NewtonsLaw Re:Oh yeah, that guy (289 comments)

Well if you'd been holed-up in a small room for years under the threat of extradition (ulitmately) to some US holiday camp where waterboarding is considered a social activity, wouldn't your outlooks and perceptions have been somewhat altered by the experience?

Let's not forget that Assange, through his Wikileaks disclosures, has done a hell of a lot to wake the people of the world up to the nastiness of those who forget they are in the public service and instead believe they are rulers and demigods by right.

While Assange is open to criticism on many fronts, never forget that he *has* done a lot to help preserve what few freedoms we still have.

I more strongly criticise those who see the wrongs that have been done and do nothing to right them. That's the *vast* majority of the great unwashed out there.

about 3 months ago

Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

NewtonsLaw Re:Fantastic! (146 comments)

Actually, I think a surprisingly large number of them are running XBMC and working as media servers and (via services such as 1Channel) giving free access to a whole bunch of movies and TV content (albeit without the copyright-owners permission) :-)

about 4 months ago

A Production-Ready Flying Car Is Coming This Month

NewtonsLaw Re:Crash Test? (203 comments)

What a load of BS. Moller's "flying car" is a joke -- a bit like Stan Meyer's water-powered car was. It's always easy to create a conspiracy to cover up a complete lack of substance when you're busy trying to milk gullible investors!

As for the flying car referenced in this article/video -- it's just like all the others and will never "fly" from a commercial perspective because:

  - it's a crappy car (too many compromises in order to make it fly)
  - it's a crappy plane (too many compromises in order to make it drive)
  - it's a death-trap (because of the two points listed above)
  - it's probably going to be *way* overpriced -- such that you could buy both a *good* car and a *good* plane for less money and without the compromises.

about 4 months ago

Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

NewtonsLaw Re:C=128 (167 comments)

The problem with the 6502 was that if you were writing code for someone else's environment then your use of Page 0 (which many of the index-based instructions used intensively) was restricted because the OS often took up most of that space.

If you were writing code that was totally stand-alone (ie: no bios or OS to worry about) then the 6502 environment was *very* nice and could perform incredibly well. However, if you were writing code that sat atop a BIOS/OS layer then the Z80 was just so much simpler and less frustrating to code for.

Speed-wise, the Ohio Superboard (6502) would roundly trounce a TRS80 Model 1 in single-precision floating point math run through the relevant BASIC interpeters and ultimately and tightly coded 6502 code would also trounce the same written for the Z80 -- unless Page0 was already used up on the 6502 system.

about 4 months ago

Some Core I7 5960X + X99 Motherboards Mysteriously Burning Up

NewtonsLaw Before transistors... (102 comments)

In the old days, before computers went solid state, smoking on startup was often put down to worn valve-guides.

Damn... I think Americans call them "tubes" -- in which case the joke doesn't work :-(

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Opens 'Transparency Center' For Governments To Review Source Code

NewtonsLaw Seriously? (178 comments)

Who the hell is going to sit down and scan a few million lines of source code with Microsoft looking over your shoulder and hope to spot a backdoor or two in the process?

Even then, how can you be sure that the source code they show you is the stuff you're actually running?

What a PR stunt this is!

about 6 months ago

A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)

NewtonsLaw Re:Wait. Drone diy kits will be banned (30 comments)

Please cite the FAA regulations that state this.

I think you'll only find an *advisory* which has no legal standing.

about 8 months ago

A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)

NewtonsLaw The most fun you can have with one of these (30 comments)

Forget about aerial video and photography with these "drones" -- the most fun you can have with one of these multi-rotor craft is this:

FPV racing

These are tiny multirotor craft fitted with FPV (first person view) video gear and flown around a course (which can be as simple as a few trees in a field).

Stunningly good fun and a real adrenaline buzz -- without all the privacy and safety issues that "droners" create with their DJI Phantoms and other consumer-grade multirotors.

Just Google/Youtube for "mini H quad" and you'll find much more

about 8 months ago

A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)

NewtonsLaw Re:Wait. Drone diy kits will be banned (30 comments)

Actually, they are *not* regulated -- and that's the big problem right now.

From the FAA's perspective, there are no regulations pertaining to RC model aircraft -- only guidlines.

This is why the courts overturned a $10,000 fine levied against Raphael Pirker by the FAA -- because there are no regulations to back up that penalty.

The FAA are scrambling to come up with some regulations but, until then, they are hoist by their own petard (or lack of work in this area).

about 8 months ago



Google sparks online outrage with forced Google+ signups for YouTube users

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  about a year ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "Although Google has copped flak before when they've messed around with the winning formula that is YouTube, the world's most successful and popular video sharing site, I suspect that they weren't ready for the tsunami of anger that has been unleashed against them as a result of their latest changes.

All non-passive YouTube users (ie: anyone who wants to leave or reply to comments on videos) must now create a Google+ identity and link it to their YouTube channel.

Cynics (such as myself) are seeing this as a nasty piece of *evil* blackmail on the part of Google as it attempts to boost the numbers of G+ users and the levels of activity within the G+ community.

Unfortunately, in doing this, Google seems to have completely forgotten the KISS strategy that made their search engine so distinctive and a darling of Net users everywhere. The YouTube comments system was also very simple, very clean and surprisingly effective.

Now however, users must fight their way through the acres of dross that are associated with a Google+ account and although the new system offers a few extra features, much of the essential core functionality of the previous YouTube comments system has been destroyed.

There are presently several online petitions demanding that Google reinstate the old comments system and numerous "rant videos" from upset YouTube users but perhaps the best demonstration of how poorly this forced change has gone down is the like/dislike ratio and the nature of the comments on Google's own YouTube promotional video for these changes.


Google now forcing Google+ on YouTube users

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  about a year ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "Google have started rolling out their plan to force all non-passive YouTube users to join their GooglePlus service.

As of last night I noticed that I can no longer access the comments on my videos via their dedicated comments page and attempts to respond to comments posted by others simply by clicking on the "to reply, click here" link in the advisory email fail to show the comment concerned. This forces me to go to the actual video page each time and manually locate the comment within the hundreds that may be there.

For weeks, Google has been in nag-mode, constantly trying to coerce YouTube account holders link their channels to a G+ identity and now that this strategy has failed, they're basically saying that unless you do as they say, no more easy access to the comments on your videos. In fact they say this quite literally in a big red banner at the top of the screen when you log on which proclaims " Connect to Google+ to maintain access to new comments".

As an early adopter of YouTube and many other Google services I now find myself with a real mess on my hands. Most of my Google service accounts have different email addresses, therefore are different identities. To comply with Google's diktat, I will have to create several G+ accounts, meaning more logins, more passwords, more complexity!

I am not alone in this — users all over the Net (and on YouTube) are really annoyed that the "do no evil" company is forcing them to sign up to services they do not want and breaking stuff in the process.

The reason for YouTube's success is that it's relatively simple to use and focused. YouTube makes it easy to post videos and comment on them — full stop! If they start messing with that formula by adding the complexity and "features" of G+ then I fear they will pay a price.

In the past, one of the biggest benfits of Google was that it wasn't Facebook. It seems that is no longer the case (especially in light of their recent "we'll use your face and comments to promote products" initiative).

It would appear that Google is about to turn a silk purse into a sow's ear.


Drone flier cops $10K fine from FAA

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  about a year ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "Raphael Pirker, otherwise known as "Trappy" is the guy who flew his RC model plane over the Statue of Liberty and parts of NYC a little while back and got a lot of media attention in the process.

Trappy has travelled the world with his FPV RC models, getting some stunning footage that has been posted to his YouTube channel.

On occasion, he has been commissioned to make specific flights and take aerial video of particular locations — professionally but this is something that the FAA considers to be involation of their policies (note: policies — NOT the law). After a recent commissioned flight around the University of Virginia, the FAA hit Trappy with a $10K fine, alleging that he was operating a UAS without the necessary authority and had been reckless in his actions, creating danger to person and property.

More background and info on this can be found in this Wired.com story and this sUAS News report which lists the exact charges.

While it could be argued that Trappy's flying may have been a little reckless, the defense from his lawyer is that no LAWS were broken — because there are no laws pertaining to these craft.

I posted a YT video-rant about how the FAA (and other airspace administrators around the world) are failing to do their jobs and have instigated "policies" rather than create proper laws in respect to this new technology. I also argue the point that it's ridiculous that, in the eyes of the FAA, a small RC plane suddenly becomes a UAS and is treated as being the same as a Predator drone in respect to its potential as a threat to public safety. I won't post a link to the video (don't want to be a whore) but I'm sure folk can find it if they're interested.

The bottom line is that in equating a small RC flying wing made of foam with an evil baby-killing Predator drone, the FAA is way, way out of touch with reality and way-behind the game in respect to making reasonable and effective laws in this area. Also, by relying on "policy", they are allowed to play judge and jury so can apply unfettered bias and prejudice in their actions with impunity."

Can the Slashdot effect save Ed Snowden?

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "I read that Iceland has refused asylum and citizenship to whistleblower Ed Snowden.

In response to this, I wrote a very polite, email to the office of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (details on this webpage) expressing my disappointment at the decision and my sympathy for a once-proud nation that seems to have lost its nerve when faced with the might of the USA.

If anyone else wants to do the same then perhaps it's not too late to alert the Icelandic government to the fact that they could win millions of new friends from all over the world if they were to show their courage and bravery by helping Snowden, as they have with others in the past.

Of course any such communication needs to be polite, concise and focused on showing Iceland that the internet community supports Ed Snowden and those who are prepared to help him.

Maybe the Slashdot community can help. Why not spend a few quick minutes firing off an email so we can find out for sure."

The real reason why the MPAA fears piracy

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "I'm pretty sure that everyone reading this will be aware of the movie Iron Sky.

I've been waiting for a long time to watch this movie and finally it has been uploaded to YouTube so I watched it on the weekend.

As the title credits rolled, I rushed off and pre-ordered the BluRay disk of the movie, which isn't due for release here in NZ until December 14th.

I am proof that making your wares available for free can actually promote sales — but only so long as your content is good enough (which Iron Sky certainly is). So, perhaps the reason that the MPAA fears piracy is because it lets people see just how crappy most of their material is *before* they fork over their hard earned cash.

I blogged about this in more detail today"

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No such thing as "local" any more?

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "There was a time when a small group of locals flying their RC planes from a virtually dis-used airfield in the countryside of a tiny nation on the backside of the world would have had no chance in a battle against bureaucracy and the loss of their right to fly would never have been heard.

However, in the case of the NZ RC model-flying club with a YouTube channel that has had almost 27 million views and has over 15,000 subscribers — the injustice has had far reaching consequences, prompting people to voice their outrage and support from all over the globe. It seems that RC fliers from around the globe are not afraid to voice their anger when world's most widely viewed RC club is shut down without due process or rules of natural justice being used.

Even the small-town paper with a circulation of just 10,000 copies has found its facebook page receiving comments of outrage from all over the world.

Perhaps this shows that, in the age of the internet, there is no such thing as a "local" issue any more. As local authorities, bureaucrats, and indeed any "controlling body" who act unjustly will soon discover.

Note: please don't be tempted to mailbomb the wooden-heads involved, it won't help one bit and would only inflame the situation. Anyone who wants to help could vote in the poll on the facebook page linked above (although I suspect not many Slashdotters are also bookfacers)."

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UK court rules headlines covered by copryright

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "A UK appeals court has upheld a previous decision that news headlines are a "literary work" and therefore are protected by copyright — enabling online publishers to demand payment for their use or sue for unlawful use. This particularly affects aggregators but has the potential to affect bloggers as well.

Aardvark Daily asks the question: if a two or three-word headline now carries copyright protection, what's the point in trademarking a catch-phrase or product name?

And what about Fair Use? If a short headline is a complete literary work, will critics, reviewers and comedians be allowed to use it in its entirety for the purposes of plying their trade?"

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50-year-old anti-gravity device rediscovered

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "Today's Aardvark Daily rediscovers an article from an old edition of Popular Mechanics magazine which features a device seemingly capable of defeating the laws of Newtonian physics and even levitating solid objects by defeating gravity.

How could a venerable magazine like PM be duped by this story?

Or were they really duped? After all, there is a picture of the levitating device and diagrams that allegedly describe exactly how it works, using simple mechanical components and principles.

Could it be that the future of anti-gravity drives, the long-awaited flying-car, and space travel has been lurking in the archives of Popular Mechanics for 50 years all along? (Yeah, right).

Sometimes it's fun to look at the science/technology follies of half a century ago."

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21st century robots break Asimov's first law every

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "Asmiov's first law of robotics is "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."

So how come the most advanced robots on the face of the planet today (military UAVs) regularly bring death to insurgents (and sometimes innocent civilians) with impunity?

What ever happened to Asmiov's principles? Have they been ignored out of expediency?

Are they yet another casualty in "the war against terror?"

Is (as the article suggests) Asimov spinning in his grave right now?"

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How do I start my own pay-TV channel on the web?

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "I've got a pretty successful "all original content" YouTube channel (my vids viewed over 6 million times, most subscribed NZ channel in sports, 19th most viewed NZ Channel) but it doesn't earn me a bean.

What I'd like to do is create a new channel (covering a completely different topic) with premium content that I can make available to people who want to pay a *small* monthly or annual subscription. I see this as a far more viable way of earning money from this kind of video content than Google's lame overlaid ads and the accompanying (lack of) revenue share.

I did suggest to Google/YouTube that they offer a turnkey pay-channel setup for people like myself, using the YouTube infrastructure.

Content creators could just upload their content, set a monthly/annual subscription rate and leave the rest to Google. Google would sign up the subscribers and take a clip on each sub to earn their share of the profit and provide the access control and subscription management back-end. The balance of each sub paid would be forwarded to the channel-operator by Google, as they do with AdSense payments (each month that the minimum payment threshold is reached).

For Google/Youtube — $profit$
For the channel operator — $profit$

For everyone else — a chance to get access to premium content for a small stipend.

Unfortunately, despite the ongoing losses being racked up by YouTube, Google don't seem to be interested in exploiting this opportunity.

So I'm left looking for a service that *can* deliver what I'm after.

And before anyone suggests I just host the stuff myself — I don't want to build a subscription management system, payment processing or other elements and I don't want to have to organize enough bandwidth to serve up all that video content — I just want a turnkey solution I can use for a share of the subscription fees.

Any ideas folks?"

Why it might be a good idea to catch swine-flu

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "The current strain of swine-flu that appears ready to sweep the globe is putting many people in a panic — but I'm suggesting that it might be a really good idea to find someone who has the flu, shake their hand then suck your fingers.


Well it seems that doing so could provide you with a degree of immunity against what might be a far more dangerous mutant strain of the same virus later on.

Even the CDC agree that an encounter with one variant of a flu virus can provide a measure of immunity against later closely-related variants for a period of up to a year or more — so maybe now is the time to get infected, before a deadly related strain appears.

I blogged about this today.

Might self-immunization be a good way to dodge the bullet of what may turn into a lethal pandemic once the virus mutates a little further?"

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Buzz-bomb engine attracts 21st-century foofighters

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "Back in WW2 there were many stories of strange unidentified craft being seen in the skies. These days we call them UFOs and some are certain they are the vehicles of superior beings from other planets.

Well over Easter, some friends and I were flying our models, including one powered by a pulsejet engine (just like the German V1 flying bomb of WW2). After posting one of these videos to YouTube, a viewer spotted what appeared to be a UFO in the footage so I edited-up a new video that shows just that segment in slow motion. (Here's the original full video)

Based on the speed at which it travels across the frame, it certainly is hard to explain what this unidentified flying object might have been, especially as there were no other aircraft (models or otherwise) in the air at that time. Given just how loud the pulsejet engine is (120dB+) it's also very unlikely that it would be a bird flying nearby — in fact we saw no birds that day.

Do Slashdot readers have any ideas?

Could it be that the foofighers have been lured back by some WW2 engine-technology? :-)

Or is there a more sensible and down-to-earth explanation?"

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Fighting scammers and spammers using YouTube

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "I've been trying to get "the great unwashed" out there to wise-up to these HHO "run your car on water" scams for quite some time now and noticed that affiliates of these schemes are absolutely flooding YouTube with their dross.

Just do search for run car water and look at the same names, same spam and bogus titles popping up, all trying to get people to buy lame ebooks and kits that allegedly offer them a 40% improvement in fuel economy or to even "double" their mileage.

Well I decided I'd try to fight fire with fire and created my own YouTube video to counter the spam.

Apparently it *is* having an effect on the sales of this scam, as witnessed by the comments on this discussion forum.

It's also fun to note how illiterate and ignorant many of those who purport to be getting those "40% fuel savings" are, if their comments on my video are anything to go by.

When their science is challenged, they inevitably fall back to a conspiracy theory — ha!

So is this the best way to deal with scammers/spammers who pollute YouTube's already murky waters with their dross? Or do Slashdotters have a better idea?"

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Why the world's hackers are partying today

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "The USA has just announced that as of January 2009, all those traveling to (or through) its borders under the widely used "visa waiver" program must register their details on a website at least 72 hours prior to arrival.

But in light of a long string of security breaches in respect to US government-operated websites, isn't the online database of personal information (including passport numbers etc) that this creates going to be a huge drawcard for hackers?

What would a breach of security on such a database mean to those who would just love to use that data for spamming, phishing and identity theft?

What would it mean to those whose information was stolen from such a database?

I've editorialized on this in my daily blog and I ask some important questions.

In light of the fact that I slipped in and out of the USA unnoticed back in 2003 to work on an episode of JunkYard Wars, when the US administration was busy condemning me for building a DIY cruise missile (hosted through Planet so may be a bit flakey right now), seems to indicate that US border control could certainly do with some extra effort."

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Those "run your car on water" scams

NewtonsLaw NewtonsLaw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NewtonsLaw writes "If you enter the search term "water powered car" into YouTube or Google you'll come up with an endless stream of videos and webpages that claim you can run your car on water. (an example)

Inevitably these systems involve the electrolysis of water (using power from your car's electrical system) and the injection of that "magic" HHO gas into your car's air-intake.

A huge number of people are claiming improvements of fuel-economy of 40% or more — but suspiciously, many of them are also pitching books (through affiliate schemes) or kits to install in your vehicle.

I wrote an article in which I have attempted to alert the "great unwashed" as to the scamminess of these schemes and the lack of sound science behind them, but there are still legions of people who swear they work.

From the perspective of energy conservation, the math clearly doesn't stack up for those claiming the hydrogen releases more energy than was required to create it, so now the HHO fan-boys are now claiming that the benefits come from the way the monatomic (yeah, right) hydrogen generated by their "fuel cells" improves the efficiency of gasoline combustion and that's where the 40%+ improvement in mileage comes from.

I still think this is a case of faith versus fact. There is some evidence from credible scientific papers that hydrogen *can* improve the combustion efficiencies of hydrocarbons but this effect is nowhere near enough to account for the massive results that the HHO fanboys are claiming.

This whole area of Browns gas and HHO seems to be littered with ill-informed zealots and psuedo-science.

Perhaps someone with a stronger grounding in the physics and chemistry involved can shed some light on all this. Do these schemes work? If so, why aren't they now standard-equipment in every car that's sold in these days of skyrocketing oil prices? Or is it all just snake-oil and unscrupulous scammers looking to dupe a naive public into wasting their money?"

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