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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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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.

4 days 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

thygate Re:ISP Managing my LAN (474 comments)

yes, tinfoil-hat jokes aside, a data leak at the provider will reveal everyone's wifi password. Three letter agency access to the provider's network essentially opens up access to all household and small business LANs.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

thygate Re:ISP Managing my LAN (474 comments)

The point is that as a non-business client you don't get an option, you have to use that specific telenet-branded box that contains a docsis modem and router which is only remotely manageable. And the public hotspot functionality gets mysteriously re-enabled every now and then. Even as a business-client i had to jump through hoops to get a modem without built-in router, managed by them. I don't care about actual cable-modem specific settings, those should be administered by the cable company, but I do care about the WAN/LAN/Wifi settings. The provider has absolutely no business managing my LAN. It also seems like a huge security risk to have this exact same device for all your customers.

about 4 months ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

thygate Re:human power source (83 comments)

ok, throw in some daily breeding programs and we have a deal.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

thygate ISP Managing my LAN (474 comments)

Cable broadband provider Telenet in Belgium did the same thing. When my old DOCSIS 2 modem died, they gave me (without any options) one of their all-in-one fancy new 'modems', with built in router with private + public wifi. To manage my modem settings i had to go to their webpage to change MY modem/router/lan/wifi settings, which would then be pushed to my modem locally. So if they're site is down (which happens quite regularly imo, for 'maintenance'), i can't manage my own LAN ! Heaven forbid if someone ever finds an exploit in those modems, all of their customers' LAN's will be compromised. I re-disabled the public wifi several times, after it got mysteriously re-enabled. Forget about calling support, you always get brain dead morons that won't deviate from their silly 'please reboot your modem' flowchart even though you can provide perfect logical reasoning to locate the problem. Power users are a nuisance to them. Repeated calls to support to ask for a normal modem as a consumer were all fruitless. I later played my cards different with the business support desk (as a business owner) and with some social engineering was able to get someone to give permission(!) for me to get a normal modem at my local telenet supplier. I have since installed this modem with behind it a router running custom firmware, where I control my LAN & WIFI. Speeds even more than doubled too ! As of last year Liberty Global own a 57.8% stake in Telenet. A USA telecommunications and television company that is buying up broadband providers worldwide. With recent revelations this is also worrisome, but we don't have another choice for cable provider. Stay vigilant people, and demand what you have the rights to !

about 4 months ago

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Planes disappearing from radar in Europe !?

thygate thygate writes  |  about 4 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 5 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 a year and a half 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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