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Brain Implants Get Brainier

thygate VERY CRUDE TREATMENT (49 comments)

I'm not convinced there's any real progress here, I actually thought most of these implants were closed-loop already. However this still seems VERY crude ! What's going on here is that they're detecting patterns that are empirically determined to trigger an onset of an attack, and then just blast some indiscriminate region of the brain with electric pulses of which the parameters are also determined empirically .. Ok, it's a good progress for people that really need it, and for whom there are no alternatives, but it also shows how primitive this technology still is, and how little we still know about signalling in the brain.

2 days ago
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New App Detects Government Stingray Cell Phone Trackers

thygate Re:SDR? (71 comments)

RTLSDR has pisspoor dynamic range (8 bit ADC), sure you can do some triangulation, but it will be very inaccurate & unreliable. Also current generation technology has a bandwidth of ~10MHz, RTLSDR can only do about ~3MHz max. (example of triangulating a VHF signal here : http://www.rtl-sdr.com/triangu...) There's plenty of cheap SDR projects out there nowadays, much, much better than the RTLSDR. And if you're serious, really advanced hardware will only set you back a few thousand $$$. (http://www.ettus.com/product/details/E310-KIT)

about a month ago
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Google and Apple Weaseling Out of "Do Not Track"

thygate SIMPLE SOLUTION (145 comments)

disable 3rd party cookies. problem solved.

about a month ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

thygate Re:drone pilot (79 comments)

care to share a link/source ? I have never seen any flight controllers that run directly from a phone.

about 3 months ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

thygate Re:drone pilot (79 comments)

oh i agree, but this never stopped anyone. also 3G for telemetry sounds nice, but i guess you could just slap a phone on an ardupilot or any other controller as well.. Also 3DR's APM/pixhawk is way too expensive for what it is imho.

about 3 months ago
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Barometers In iPhones Mean More Crowdsourcing In Weather Forecasts

thygate drone pilot (79 comments)

so since they have an accelerometer, gyro, compass (orientation), GPS (position), and now even barometer and temperature sensor (reasonably accurate altitude w/ high update rate), all they're missing is a few PWM outputs to directly fly a plane, helicopter, or multirotor as a full-blown auto pilot. I know it's peanuts to interface an MCU with an android phone over UART over USB, but i'm guessing it is also possible on iShizzle, be it over some proprietary interface as opposed to plain old TTL UART. Let's see how long it takes before the first iPhone "drone" kits arrive in the store.

about 3 months ago
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Sharp Developing LCD Screens In Almost Any Shape

thygate tubes are back (60 comments)

don't you think it's funny that 20 years ago everyone wanted -flat screens-, and now everyone wants to back to curved displays.

about 4 months ago
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Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

thygate Re:Obvious solution ... (138 comments)

from personal experience i can tell you that anything nearby operating around 1500 MHz (even a simple clock line or other unshielded electronics) will simply kill GPS reception completely.

about 4 months ago
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Hemp Fibers Make Better Supercapacitors Than Graphene

thygate forgetful electronics (178 comments)

oh no, soon our computers will be confused and forgetful ..

about 6 months ago
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NASA Releases Footage of "Flying Saucer" Braking Test, Declares Success

thygate Re:Imperial news! (55 comments)

you mean furlongs per fortnight

about 6 months ago
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Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

thygate stealing power ? (138 comments)

Won't this just put a greater load on the Wifi transmitters, or dampen the signal ?

about 6 months ago
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Google's Mapping Contest Draws Ire From Indian Government

thygate timothy can't spell (96 comments)

seriously, "defence", doesn't every freakin' browser have a spell checker built in nowadays ?!

about 6 months ago
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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

thygate Re:Real world consequences (190 comments)

Mod parent up

about 6 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

thygate Re:nomal 30 years ago (120 comments)

Other Guido. The author of Python is Guido van Rossum, and he's Dutch, not Belgian.

about 7 months ago
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A Box of Forgotten Smallpox Vials Was Just Found In an FDA Closet

thygate nomal 30 years ago (120 comments)

I just saw a report on the discovery of the Ebola Virus back in the late seventies. Back then the samples of a new unknown deadly disease from missionaries in Congo were put in card board boxes that were carried through Antwerp city (Belgium) on foot, taking them to the university for analysis under an electron microscope. The virus was isolated in a normal room back then and stored in a thermos. source: Prof. EM. Guido Van Der Groen (Virologist)

about 7 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

thygate Re:My stuff got hit by this. (495 comments)

I'd better write down the remote IP for my VPN connection before the session closes.

about 7 months ago
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Draper Labs Develops Low Cost Probe To Orbit, Land On Europa For NASA

thygate NASA Kickstarter (79 comments)

Since they do research for all mankind, but are mostly funded with American taxpayer dollars, they should start some kind of global donation program. I would love to chip in a bit for research like this. Maybe it will only bring in a few million dollars, which is peanuts compared to a billion dollars, but it could help the science cause anyway.

about 7 months ago

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France investigating mysterious drone activity on 7 nuclear power plant sites

thygate thygate writes  |  about 3 months ago

thygate (1590197) writes "In France, an investigation has been launched into the appearance of "drones" on 7 different nuclear power plant sites across the country in the last month. Some of the plants involved are Creys-Malville en Bugey in the southeast, Blayais in the southwest, Cattenom en Chooz in the northeast, Gravelines in the north, and Nogent-sur-Seine, close to Paris. On each occasion "drones" were seen on the domain somewhere from late in the evening to early in the morning, while it is forbidden to fly over these sites on altitudes less than 1 km in a 5 km radius. According to a spokesman of the state electric company that runs the facilities (EDF), there was no danger to the security and production of the plants. However these incidents will likely bring nuclear safety concerns back into the spotlight. France is number one country in the world when it comes to dependency on nuclear power, with a total of 58 centrals spread over 19 sites across the country.

Greenpeace's head of its anti-nuclear power campaign has already denied involvement. Their spokesman added that these events are very troubling, and also mentions they have learned about more "drone" activity above the French Center for nuclear research (CEA) close to Paris."

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Planes disappearing from radar in Europe !?

thygate thygate writes  |  about 8 months ago

thygate (1590197) writes "Early this month, on several occasions, several planes disappeared from radar for several seconds to 25 minutes. Incidents have been reported in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Switzerland and Germany. Authorities report that at no time were there any problems with the planes and radio communication was available at all times during these radar blackouts.
Eurocontrol and the EASA have started an investigation, there is a global concern about safety since the MH370 disappearance.
There are speculations about NATO military exercises involving radio equipment tests, but the alliance has refused to comment. The Hungarian ministry of defense refuses this explanation, stating the technology used is not powerful enough to cause these blackouts.
According to an Australian newspaper it could of even been hackers, but it is unclear if this is even possible."

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Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs hacked for EU Ukraine dossier

thygate thygate writes  |  about 9 months ago

thygate (1590197) writes "Belgian local paper "De Tijd" writes: The Belgian ministry-of-foreign-affairs IT-systems have been hacked and infected with a virus made specifically to get to files about Ukraine, which was found out by intelligence agencies. The news has been confirmed this morning by the minister of foreign affairs, Didier Reynders who said the government has been holding crisis meetings in all secrecy to limit damages. Government officials purportedly have said that "it is a big problem".

With upcoming elections on May 25, this is also bad news for the prime minister who is under fire for not investing the promised ten million euro that was to keep cyber-security up-to-date after the NSA revelations and the Belgacom state-sponsored hackings."

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Dutch cable technicians discover street cabinet full of spy equipment

thygate thygate writes  |  about 2 years ago

thygate (1590197) writes "Last week cable technicians discovered a cabinet that looked identical to the district cabinets Ziggo (ISP) uses in the Hague Schilderswijk.
After opening it with their skeleton key, they discovered it was full of recording and listening devices. The equipment looks professional and includes amongst other things a camera and an UMTS modem. The cabinet later mysteriously disappeared. Local experts believe the equipment belongs to the government, but there is no official acknowledgement. It is believed to be related to recruitment of jihadi combatants for Syria, that had been signaled in the area the previous week. Last week there were also large scale raids all over Belgium to stop recruitment of youth by radicals for the Syrian war."

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Belgian Consumer organisation sues Apple for not respecting warranty law

thygate thygate writes  |  about 2 years ago

thygate writes "For many years warranty issues are at the top of the charts of complaints dealt with by consumer organizations. One of the recurring problems are the complaints about Apple. "Test-Aankoop/Test-Achats" found major problems fixed on the information provided by Apple and its authorized distributors regarding the legal guarantee, the commercial one year warranty, and the warranty extension through the "AppleCare Protection Plan" of 2 or 3 years. A lawsuit against Apple has been filed with the Commercial Court of Brussels. In a precedent in Italy, The commercial practices of Apple were found to be misleading. Apple was sentenced to pay € 900,000 and was obliged to change their contractual legal warranty and guarantees to consumers.

translated page : http://www.google.com/translate?hl=en&ie=UTF8&sl=nl&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.test-aankoop.be%2Fnt%2Fnc%2Fpersbericht%2Ftestaankoop-daagt-apple-voor-de-rechter"

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30% fall in traffic after new IP legislation in SE

thygate thygate writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thygate (1590197) writes "Swedish news site "The Local" is reporting : "Sweden's legislation, based on the European Union's Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (IPRED), is credited with a 30 percent fall in the country's total web traffic the day after it came into effect.""
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