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On 4th of July:

rHBa 5th November... (340 comments)

In England Guy Fawkes was much more considerate in trying to blow up parliament on the 5th of November.

about three weeks ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:As a pilot and aviation enthusiast... (88 comments)

FYI, here are some opinions of other paraglider pilots on the subject of flying with R/C models.

This is mainly about soaring with full r/c than follow-drones which would presumably have a more predictable flight path, so not exactly the same situation but I'd still imagine speedrider pilots having problems with this because they are often well below the 400ft AGL height limit.

about three weeks ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re: This and more (88 comments)

Or a drone hitting a chairlift? Even if nobody is hurt you'd still investigate, the next time you might not be so lucky...

about three weeks ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:This and more (88 comments)

Exactly, thinking about ski resorts the chances of your drone hitting a ski lift could cause the lift to shut down (temporarily) so I'd imagine the resorts banning them anywhere near a piste. Also I'd have thought the chances of a downed drone(s) garotting someone are fairly high.

about three weeks ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:This and more (88 comments)

In many Alpine ski resorts there are a lot of paraglider and speedrider pilots (of which I am one, in Chamonix).

Although we're not allowed to fly directly above pistes I can imagine these drones being very popular off-piste (i.e backcountry) where we often paraglide. A collision with an untethered drone *probably* wouldn't be too dangerous assuming the rotor blades are surrounded with a shroud but if it were tethered to the skier/boarder then the likelihood of it becoming tangled is quite high and could easily cause major problems for the paraglider pilot.

Luckily Chamonix is a very traditional resort so I'd expect these drones to be banned anywhere near the piste and (hopefully) off-piste as well, however it would be almost impossible to police off-piste!

about three weeks ago

Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

rHBa Re:Updating? (61 comments)

With a separate /home partition it's easy. I installed Mint 17 (previously Mint 15) the other day (backed up /home anyway, just in case) and went with the custom install option (i.e choose your own partitions).

During the install I re-formatted my root (/) partition for the new version and selected my existing /home partition as the new /home mount point. When asked to create a user for the new install I entered my old username and password and my (ecryptfs encrypted) home folder was recognised and decrypted.

Finally I just had to re-install a few apps, my settings stored in ~/ were automatically recognised of course. Total time, <1hr.

about a month ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:In other words: Date-site security sucks... (61 comments)

If you read the Netcraft article you'll see that the summary is wrong. All it is is a phishing kit that's hosted on some other compromised server.

It's nothing to do with the dating site's security, more to do with the tech savy of their users.

about a month ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:No mention of Windows (61 comments)

Seeing as it's just a phishing kit that runs on any PHP enabled server, no, only Windows users are a prerequisite, not the OS itself. (Also an email client that displays functional HTML forms helps).

about a month ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:Parasite Entry? (61 comments)

How to prevent a PHP script being executed when it is being read in as an $_post element?

Simple, don't:


(in fact don't eval at all, if you need eval you're usually doing something wrong)

Having RTFA, I interpreted it slightly differently. I think the supplied PHP code is uploaded to another, previously compromised server and it is used to send out phishing emails.

The unwary user then enters their login details on the compromised server (or if they are using an email client that displays HTML forms(!), within the email) the data is then sent to the compromised server which forwards it on to the script kiddie. The user is then redirected to the real login page along with their POST data so when they arrive there they are automatically logged in, none the wiser...

about a month ago

Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

rHBa Re:Hacking (25 comments)

If I had mod points...

I just sent this to a couple of friends who don't understand what hacking is. Previously I've tried to explain to them that hacking is making something do stuff it wasn't originally designed to do and they've assumed that's just a euphemism for cracking security.

about a month and a half ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

rHBa Re:No, no it's not. (379 comments)

Unlikely for our species, the cockroaches on the other hand...

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

rHBa Dunning Kruger? (281 comments)

Hell I *am* a technical person and I would dearly love for a database that made it as easy to create a simple database as it is to create a spreadsheet.

Are you sure you are "a technical person"?

about 2 months ago

What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

rHBa Re:it's true (253 comments)

and there are no countervailing examples in TV fiction

How about Walter White (Breaking Bad) or Gregory House MD (House MD)? I'd say they are intellectual heroes (or anti-heros in the case of WW).

Interestingly House also has some of the social issues that are represented in TBBT but he's never belittled by the plot/script, far from it.

about 3 months ago

Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

rHBa Re:bad idea (273 comments)

Eh? I may have misunderstood but if you are saying that the comment by Irish-DnB:

What happens if there are 10 times as many people with cars whose plate ends with a 'T' than those that end with a 'U'

...would never work then please explain further? I grant you 10 times is a stretch but license plates aren't random so you can't assume there will be an even spread of letters/numbers.

The current UK license plate system, introduced in 2001, has two non-random groups of characters*. If these characters were at the end of the plate (they aren't but they could have been) then you could easily end up with a disproportionate number of cars whose plate ends in the same character.

* The plate starts with a two letter area code followed by a two-digit age identifier, which changes twice a year.

On another note, the article mentions there being 36 possible 'last characters' of a number plate. That may be the case in the USA but in the UK certain letters aren't used on plates (IQ) because they are easily confused with other letters/numbers (10) when being read in a hurry.

about 4 months ago

Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

rHBa Re:How does this affect dual-system chipsets? (148 comments)

Are you sure you replied to the correct post? I can see at least three pieces of information that weren't in the OP's post:

  1. To promote their system, Russia decided to make new smartphones without GLONASS support illegal
  2. Major manufacturers added that capability to all their phones since there is almost no additional cost to each unit, once the capability is designed into the chipset
  3. There is no major CDMA networking in Russia.

If you think any of this information is incorrect then please feel free to post your version of the facts, otherwise...

fcuk it, why am I feeding a troll with a 7 digit UID!?!

about 4 months ago

European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

rHBa Re:Cynicism (148 comments)

As a Brit who lives in France I'm quite pleased about this proposal.

The cost of mobile tariffs in the UK is considerably less than in France but if I used a UK SIM card in France it would cost me more than having a French SIM.

If the UK operators had to charge me the same price to use my UK SIM card in France then I'd just get a UK SIM card and save money.

BTW, I'm not talking about international calls, I'm aware that these would still be expensive.

about 4 months ago

Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours

rHBa Re:How does this affect dual-system chipsets? (148 comments)

And with that post you contributed what exactly?

This isn't stackoverflow you know, there is no requirement to 'answer the question' asked in the post you reply to, just that you have something interesting and preferably on topic.

This post is obviously off-topic but I'm hoping if you learn a bit about slashdot from it then at least it helped someone.

about 4 months ago



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