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

terminal.dk Denmark (129 comments)

In Denmark, they traffic regulating orginization is disussing these issues with the comercial parties. I am still missing the resume of the latest meeting.
Anti-collision is discussed, ADS-B was suggested, but everybody was afraid it would flood the frequency. So maybe something ADS-B like ? And policies about what drone will give way to which. Most ideas hinted, that GPS would be used to determine and broadcast position.

This still needs to be something for which planes can get receivers as well, and possible broadcast a wider ranging signal so clear a path in front of it approaching an airport.

about 1 month ago

Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

terminal.dk Is it secure ? (291 comments)

Is it secure ? When danish telecom did the same, they ended up having to get Cisco to fix router errors, and after that they had issues with IPv6 which was not properly filtered, giving access to the home network.

about 1 month ago

You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

terminal.dk Re:soo.... (327 comments)

I am 56 deg north, here in Denmark.
I have 50% SW and 50% east, as that is where I had the roof for it.
Using the EU models for calculating output, the eastern panels should give me just over 80% of full production.
SW should give me 96% or so og pure sourth, and will produce further into the evening. So it is possible to do adjustments with little loss.

There are lots of payment models. Here in Denmark, I have a fixed price for the first 10 years. and a slightly lower price 10-20 years, after which it will be market price. ROI is 8 years. But since my electricity usage import/export is summarized per year, I really do not care when I produce.

The new payment model here looks at import/export every hour for some users, and other users are hit pay selling low buying high for everything the hits the grid, and for them it is advantageous to turn panels further west.

My production here in the winter is low. My 6kWp installation is expected to make 1.86 kWh/day for december.while in july I made around 48 kWh/day.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

terminal.dk Re:wait for it (116 comments)

We are talking around $50 for APM 2.6 with GPS module.
eMax motors has dropped to $10
Simonk ESCs has dropped a bit, now you can get 15A for $10

So you can build a quadcopter that can carry the SJ4000 for around $150. Still need battery, radio (both ends) + camera.
And you might want a gimbal as well. Price quickly runs up.

I do not know how easy it is the take the X5C, rip out the FC and add APM 2.6+GPS, to keep system price around $100. And light time might be way lower than he wants.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Drone For $100-$150?

terminal.dk Re:At that price point, not much... (116 comments)

I started with Phantom 2 Vision+. And it was easy peasy to fly. That is why people should buy a GPS controlled drone as their first.
Maybe start with Microdrones at home (Cheerson CX-10 or Hubsan), but DJI Phantom / DJI Phantom 2 / Cheerson CX-20 / Walkera X350 Pro (not the non-pro) are all OK drones, and where I would recommend starting.

I now have a cheap indoor drone, the Walkera X350 Pro (returned 2 DJI P2V+ due to bad QC), and are building my own F550 clone with APM 2.6, better motors and simonk ESCs.

You can build yourself. It will costs around $50 (APM 2.6 + GPS) + 4x motors $45 + 4x ESCs for $45 + receiver $25 = $175
On top of that you will need a good transmitter, say FrSky Taranis for $250, for step down to the Walkera Devo 10 @ $150.

So we are talking $350+ if it is not going to be a play short time and throw away toy.

Nothing beats the out of box experience of the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ @ $1299 incl. extra battery. And it is clearly within 10x the listed price range.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

terminal.dk The phone is your hotspot (107 comments)

Both on Android and iOS, the phone can be your hotspot, sharing the Internet using BT or WiFi.
Why would you want an extra LTE box ? To carry more cr*p around ?

If you put in a data-only SIM, if that is your plan, you can do that.

Here in Denmark, plans with 5 hours talk + 8 GB monthly data is around $15/mo, $3 extra for LTE, which brings the speed up to 65/25 Mbit/s typical. Unlimited talk + 100GB/mo data is $43/mo, or $35 for data only SIM. So not really worth it to drop the voice and SMS texting part yet. Remember you will los SMS texting if you drop voice plans. Then it will be iMessage or whatever you use only.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Getting Hired As a Self-Taught Old Guy?

terminal.dk Re:Start your own (472 comments)

I agree with networking.

And if you send applications, just list accomplishments, not education. If you have to fill out education, just check university, and explain when you meet face to face. It is called initiative. Or get a cheap degree from a non-acredited university, doesn't matter if it is bible studies, knitting or something else. Then you have your checkmark and will continue to round 2.

But I agree that I see more and more programmers, developers (programmers who can think further than copy/paste) seems to be a dying breed.

about a year and a half ago

It's Time To Start Taking Stolen Phones Seriously

terminal.dk It is the telecoms that needs to do something (282 comments)

3G and LTE networks already supports blacklisting IMEI numbers of stolen phones.
Has worked for decades in Western Europe.

In most nations with a high rate of criminals and stolen goods, the telecoms decide to ignore the international IMEI blacklist. So a phone stolen in Western Europe can only be used in Eastern Europe, USA and other 3rd world countries. If the telcos where to shut down stolen phones, they would lose half of their subscribers, the teclos really like the availability of low cost (read stolen) feature and smart phones. They profit at least as much as Apple.

Apple earns around 35% on the sale of an iPhone. The iPhone 5 = $649. Apple profits $227.
If AT&T sells the same phone, they probably buys it around $400, sells it for $199, and loses $200. If a stolen phone is sold to a customer, AT&T does not lose $200, but will get the future income from the phone. Dataplnas and all. It is the telecoms that makes the most profits. They should implement stolen IMEI blocking worldwide. Even in the US.

about a year and a half ago

Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

terminal.dk Re:just now? (398 comments)

I also noticed, that it does not seem to work from afar, so for certain not a keyfob hack.

My guess is they use an electromagnetic field in some way to unlock the car. Can they use induction to create the unlock doors signal on the CAN bus ? Or is it shielded enough ? There is holes in the door plate near the (plastic?) handle
Or physically move something in the lock ?

We don't know if they have larger batteries on their body. But certainly not a keyfob attack.

about a year and a half ago

Ask slashdot: Which 100+ User Virtualization Solution Should I Use?

terminal.dk Re:Hyper-V or vSphere. (191 comments)

Bug in Hyper-V.
Default for virtual machines is to randomize the MAC addresses at random times.

Not the fault of Ubuntu. You can disable that, but I am surprised default is to do MAC randomization on shutdown/restart or whenever it does it.
Caused problems here with RHEL.

about a year and a half ago

German IT Firm Seeks Autistic Workers

terminal.dk Not much news here (172 comments)

Specialisterne (The danish company who started all this, people with autism as testers) are part of this. They already sell testing services to lots of customers, and are present in many countries. It is all about using the abilities that people have.
Repetitive work is what developers tries to avoid, and what these people love. Perfect fit.
We are just seeing some new articles on this, now that the German revenge for having lost the war (SAP) will also be customers.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

terminal.dk Re:Wake up (524 comments)

Not only that, if he is such a master as he claim to be, he would detect the bugs when things moves along, and there would not be the pile in the end.
IMHO most of the "bugs" are not really bugs, but changes. Customer don't like that button etc. Most often when the product does exactly what is specified, the customer is unhappy. That is what comes from pre-project specifications. Expect 50-100% extra time making things like the customer wants it, rather than what he told you he wanted.

Or change development method. Pragmatic programming / LEAN etc. Have the customer (or yourself if you think you can read the custumers mind) see the intermediate results / the developing prototype, and they can change things as they go along. Total price will probably be cheaper.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Monitor Setup For Programmers

terminal.dk No - Switch main screen (312 comments)

Use the big screen as the main screen. If you are a developer, you know how to do that (I have seen many pretenders, claiming tobe, and working as developers, who does not posess basic user skills of their preferred platform, I would even hire them to type in Word).

Then get a stand for the laptop, and use it as a secondary screen to documentation etc.

about 2 years ago

What a 'Six Strikes' Copyright Notice Looks Like

terminal.dk Lots of workaround (273 comments)

Install TOR (if not against AUP), and tell them that you do not download crap not worth paying for, but that you are an exit node for TOR. Thustraffic from your IP can be assumed to originate from other computers. Inform FBI about the same thing, such that a judge can never issue a warrant as there is no reasonable suspicion against you. And that if you want to download crap, your traffic will use TOR to originate from another IP.

Use a VPN or virtual server for you criminal activities. You can get $2-$5/mo virtual servers powerfull enough for VPN. You can get them in Europe, Canada, South Africa. You name it, you get it.

But again, the whole idea is to hit the stupid guy with below average IQ and below average income. They are the ones least likely to get a qualified defense.

about 2 years ago

Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself

terminal.dk Just another MK802 / mk808 clone ? (280 comments)

It is probably just another Android TV stick clone. You can have them for $30-$60 depending on specs.
Got the Mk808, works fine.

about 2 years ago

Google Found Guilty of Libel For Search Results In Australia

terminal.dk Money machine (223 comments)

1. Create a website writing bad about yourself
2. Make sure it gets intot he google seach engine
3. tell google to remove
4. Sue google and collect $200.000

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Reportedly Working On Xbox TV Device

terminal.dk What is cheap ? $50 ? (104 comments)

With the Mk802 / Mk808 / Ug007 out for $40-$70, we know what cheap is. It has to be way below $99.

more than 2 years ago

Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

terminal.dk This is bad for public recordings (307 comments)

Now the police can show the full picture, and what lead up to them having to use force, and not just the edited version making it look like they attack innocents.

more than 2 years ago

Red Hat Developer Demands Competitor's Source Code

terminal.dk Another nail in the coffin for GPL (394 comments)

GPL is the license of choice for unemployed nerds, or thise who want to make sure the competition can never charge money for it.
BSD style licenses is really the only ones you can safely use if you got a job. No risk that you company has to give its product source code to the competition.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court Hearing Case On Drug-Sniffing Dog "Fishing Expeditions"

terminal.dk USA Land of Crime (451 comments)

In the rest of the world, justice comes before anything else. No matter how evidence is obtained, it is still evidence, and will be used in court.
In the US, if an unskilled policeman makes a small mistake, all evidence will be thrown down the sink, and the criminals who would be convicted on that evidence in every other country of the world, will walk free. I don't understand this protection of people where there is evidence that they are criminals.

about 2 years ago


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