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Scientists Have Developed a Material So Dark That You Can't See It

Platinumrat But does it come in White? (238 comments)

Or orange, blue, green. They'll never be able to market it unless they figure out what users want.

about 4 months ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

Platinumrat Re:So DON'T GIVE CHASE (310 comments)

In Australia the doctrine is Police do not give chase, EVER! If the suspect's car starts speeding, they have strict protocols in place to back off, radio in the situation and follow from a safe distance

Studies have shown that chasing only escalates the danger to property and the public. So the correct response, is to radio in for support and do everything to protect life and property. They can't really outrun a radio.

There was a recent, going back a few years now, chase that took five days from when they first attempted to stop a car, to the actual capture. There were gaps, but police had photos, videos, registration plates and descriptions of the suspects. They knew it was only a matter of time before the suspects would be caught.

And guess what, not a single shot was fired

about 4 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Platinumrat Re:Incoming international flights (702 comments)

So what happens when you do power up your laptop, for example. Do they then want you to login? I've I don't happen to have my Company PKI card on my body, but I'm carrying my company laptop, then good luck getting in. I know it's an unlikely scenario, but sometimes the brain cells aren't firing properly and you just dump shit into checked luggage, when you're rushing to catch the 6am International flight.

about 4 months ago
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Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?

Platinumrat Re:The real plot problem (169 comments)

I agree. Plot isn't everything. EVE online, for example has absolutely no plot. There's some missions, which are very repetative, but then it's all about PvP in a massive sandbox. What this means is that the people are the plot. An unfortunate side-effect of that, is that most "people" are dicks, so there's a lot of ganking that goes on.

about 7 months ago
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Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base

Platinumrat Re:Fine.. (313 comments)

It's ok, we're already 15 years too late for that to happen.

about 7 months ago
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UAV Operator Blames Hacking For Malfunction That Injured Triathlete

Platinumrat Re:If only it were possible to do challenge/respon (178 comments)

But what kind of person is going to research all the information needed to fly and operate a drone safely. Mostly, they'll buy the cheapest unit that the retailer sells them.

The fact that he crashed it, is likely to put him into trouble, especially since he was using it for commercial purposes. In Australia, a license is required to operate a UAV commercially, with adequate certification of the pilots.

From the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

1. It's Illegal to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft for money or economic reasons...

2. You must not fly closer than 30 meters to vehicles, boats, buildings or people

3. FPV flying is illegal without an Advanced Amateur Radio License

....

I guess he's in a lot of trouble.

about 7 months ago
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How Satellite Company Inmarsat Tracked Down MH370

Platinumrat Re:Flight recorder (491 comments)

And if you're really serious, you can drop enough so that a man could walk from Greenland to Iceland to Scotland without getting his feet wet.

wish I had mod points for "Red October" reference.

about 8 months ago
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Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

Platinumrat Re:Buy a Galileo Scope (52 comments)

I have a $5000 rig (120mm ED refractor and EQ5-Synscan system) + another 150mm Dobsonian. The Galileo Scope is recommended by professional Astronomers and Science educators as a good quality starter telescope. Bang-for-buck it's a great buy. You get to see the same crappy optics Galileo used + some decent modern optics. You can pull it apart and put it back together. What more do you want.

about 9 months ago
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Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes

Platinumrat Buy a Galileo Scope (52 comments)

You can buy a really cheap, and good quality "Galileo Scope" http://galileoscope.org/. It's a great starter / educational scope and the optics can be swapped out to see what Galileo saw and for more modern lenses.

about 9 months ago
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Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Platinumrat Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

You should prepare for a visit from Homeland Security anytime, in the not too distant future. You're obviously a terrorist, as only they want electronics and chemicals.

about 9 months ago
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Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

Platinumrat Catching up to Australia (457 comments)

About 10 years ago, or it could have been longer, we had a similar case in Australia. The driver in question argued that he was just informing other drivers to drive safely. The magistrate agreed with the argument and the charges were dropped. Suffice it to say, the police were mightily annoyed, but there is nothing they can do about it now.

about 10 months ago
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Australia's $44B Broadband Network May Settle For Fiber Near the Home

Platinumrat Re:Don't they have an fiber to the node cable netw (229 comments)

Good for you. However, you're not in the majority. In reality, what you have depends on your suburb. All the new developments (ie. in the last 10 years) are serviced by Satelite for Pay-TV and DSL for Internet. It's only the really new developments (last 2 years) that have fibre.

Everyone in my suburb has a DSLproblem. The DSLAMs in most areas are full and Telstra won't upgrade. Mine is about 5km away (as the crow flies), so give it about 7km of crappy copper. Every time it rains, I lose my internet and VoIP, but Telstra don't care, as my service is not through them.

about a year ago
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NASA's Next Frontier: Growing Plants On the Moon

Platinumrat Re:Awesome (193 comments)

Awesome is an understatement. Until we actually can be self contained on another hunk of rock. The human race is in jeopardy of extinction.

1 year,1 day
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

Platinumrat Re:Personally (655 comments)

I couldn't disagree with you more. That isn't problem solving. That's management.

What you describe is a manager's view of problem solving. They basically don't want problems in the first place. It is a manger's role to ensure succession planning, training, resourcing and appropriation documentation and standards are maintained. A manager doesn't have to do them all. Just create the environment through appropriate "stick & carrot" measures.

Problem solving is a rare gift. I know many competent Design Engineers that cannot solve problems. Most good ones can follow patterns and apply them to new situations. They're the ones you want to do most day to day designs. They'll need attention to detail. But again, they'll get stuck at something that doesn't fit within the those patterns.

The true problem solver is one that can make those intuitive leaps. They can see patterns, where others don't. Or even work with a thousand disconnected clues to get to the root cause. The very best do have a formal background (and they'll draw on those bits of lectures and notes when needed, going back to 1st Principals). Unfortunately, this is difficult and mostly can't be put down in Manuals and Procedures. This doesn't necessarily make them appropriate for Design and quite often they are terrible at mundane tasks. So bad managers don't know how to value or deal with this skill.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

Platinumrat Re:Liberal strategy (1144 comments)

It's interesting to watch this from the outside. I don't quite understand how you got into this situation. In Australia, if the Senate blocks supply of funding for the government to run, that triggers a double dissolution of parliament. At that point, a general election of both the Upper and Lower houses of the Government is triggered. All seats are open. The public then gets to vote on which idiots we want to run the country. Generally, the voters side against the politicians that caused the mess in the first place. So it rarely gets to this point.

about a year ago
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Researchers Develop the Most Detailed Map of Gravitational Variations Ever

Platinumrat Re:direct link (88 comments)

Interesting you say that. The way grant funding works in Australia is different from the US. In Australia you can get grant funding becasue you've previously done good research before. Thus, the funding is along the lines of... "You've done good work, so we'll keep funding you to continue researching".

about a year ago
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Software Brings Eye Contact To Video Chat, With a Little Help From Kinect

Platinumrat Re:Sometimes the easy way is the better way (111 comments)

Why not put 4 cameras in each corner and use software to combine the image in such a way that the senders image is in the centre?

about a year ago
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TSA Decides Against Allowing Small Knives On Aircraft

Platinumrat Re:Another reason I no longer fly. (298 comments)

Well in most Australian states, it's now illegal to carry even a small Swiss Army style keychain knife anywhere, Period.

about a year and a half ago

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Space Jump man Junks Space Exploration

Platinumrat Platinumrat writes  |  about 2 years ago

Platinumrat (1166135) writes "I find it sad when newborn celebrities dish out against the very people and organisations that made them famous in the first place. The fact is that Felix Baumgartner, used technology developed from space exploration and is now saying that exploration is a waste of time and money.
In my books, I agree with Amy Shira Teitel
(http://amyshirateitel.com/2012/10/28/felix-baumgartner-unwitting-role-model/) when says that Felix went from a postive to a negative role model in just weeks."

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US to create Stormtoopers

Platinumrat Platinumrat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Platinumrat (1166135) writes "Picked this up from NineMSN. "The soldier of the future will be a drug-enhanced, gadget-equipped fighting machine with a powerful "exoskeleton" straight out of science-fiction, according to US defence officials." My question is will they be trained to jump in front of blasters, like in the movie"
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Doritos doom human race.

Platinumrat Platinumrat writes  |  more than 6 years ago Well, in what I can only think of as one of the most stupid ideas ever, some brainiac has decided to doom the human race. And the reason.... To advertise Dorito Corn Chips to aliens. A New Scientest article shows up about how some supposedly intelligent scientists don't think things through. http://space.newscientist.com/article/dn14130-first-space-ad-targets-hungry-aliens.html?feedId=online-news_rss20 "The EISCAT European space station on the Norwegian island of Svalbard sent the message using its array of radars. Those radars are normally used to study the Earth's upper atmosphere."

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