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Comment Re:How long will it take (Score 3, Informative) 122

Nice rant. Just think how good your life would be if you could get your comprehension skills to that level.

The vehicles aren't going to be used on the job, but as a promotional tool to help raise money for the families of fallen police

The vehicles are a flash way to promote a charitable cause, and a bridge between petrol heads and police, nothing more.

Comment Re: A plea to fuck off. (Score 1) 365

But instead use something which

..Is completely, totally, irrevocably air gapped from the network, and not in a format which is easily machine readable? (considering that I type substantially more than I write anymore, my handwriting format is borderline "me" readable).

I see your point. A list of passwords in a book is are bad. Much better to put them into a globally accessible cloud behind a single point of protection (password). I know if I were in a basement somewhere out to ruin someones life the nondescript notebooks all around my mark's PC would be my first target.

Comment Re:Not great design (Score 1) 67

My bigger concern would be liquid and/or dust ingress. The great thing about buttons is they are fixed onto an [flexable material] bed, which apart from supporting the button cap also forms an inside/outside world seal. An actual thumbwheel? not so much. Granted the housing which contains the thumbwheel mechanism can be sealed, isolating it from the gubbins proper of the phone, but I can't see a mechanical device (nor the encoder which reads its position, be it optical or push-button based) standing up to sweat, pocket lint, and all the other munge which inevitably builds up in these types of spaces over any appreciable period of time.

Comment Re:Wiki-Enquirer? (Score 1) 100

I would be inclined to agree.

If this was a dump of docs unquestioningly demonstrating that Sony was using underage labour in Liberia to cut their rootkits to disk using nothing but a chisel and a magnifying glass, I would be setting up my own mirror of this "leak" and showering the world with links. All this drop seems to be doing is opening employees even more massive invasion of privacy and identity theft. It could be argued these employees deserve to have their cheeks parted for simply working with Sony to begin with, but at the end of the day they are but tiny cogs in a giant machine (as most of us are no matter where we work), and with no signs (so far) of actual evil in these dumps that employees should have blown a whistle on, these poor bastards do not deserve this exposure of their information.

Of course, now those who DO want to part the cheeks of anyone who dares trying to feed their kids by working for Sony have more than enough information to go on a campaign of life ruination. Well played Wikifreaks.

Submission + - NSA, GHCQ implicated in SIM encryption hack.

BlacKSacrificE writes: Australian carriers are bracing for a mass recall after it was revealed that a Dutch SIM card manufacturer Gemalto was penetrated by the GCHQ and the NSA in an alleged theft of encryption keys, allowing unfetted access to voice and text communications. The incident is suspected to have happened in 2010 and 2011 and seems to be a result of social engineering against employees, and was revealed by yet another Snowden document. Telstra, Vodafone and Optus have all stated they are waiting for further information from Gemalto before deciding a course of action. Gemalto said in a press release that they "cannot at this early stage verify the findings of the publication" and are continuing internal investigations, but considering Gemalto provides around 2 billion SIM cards to some 450 carriers across the globe (all of which use the same GSM encryption standard) the impact and fallout for Gemalto, and the affected carriers, could be huge.

Comment Re:It won't be long (Score 5, Informative) 325

That technology has been available for a few decades.

Yes it has. But there has been a fundamental shift in the accessability of the technology. A majority of this technology has historically been radio transmitters that cost hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars, recievers that cost similar, and models that actually require a solid understanding of aerodynamics to build, trim and fly. Dozens if not hundreds of hours of work to build it. An big investment of time, money, and a dash of pride meant that flyers protected their craft like a their first born. Flying near an airfield would be unspeakable; No way in hell do I want my toy wrecked by errant prop or jet wash! (..I guess it would suck if I brought an actual plane down as well.. I guess).

The only thing different about drones is that they are slow and hence easier seen.

I disagree. Any spanner with a credit card and a desire to see their neighbours tits can go buy a ready to fly FPV drone cheap on eBay, hook it up to their smartphone, and get in the air in a second. No expensive equipment investment, no time invested in the build, no incentive to protect their flyer. THIS is the difference, and it has seen people who would never consider an RC aircraft suddenly snapping them up like the "toys" they are often marketed to be. So now you have a bunch of people who have no knowledge about aerodynamics or aviation generally who suddenly think "wouldn't it be sick to go fly this around an airport for lulz and photos", and suddenly we have the problems we are now seeing. Most fixed and rotary wing hobbyists I know have an inherent respect for their fellow flyers, be they scale or full size pilots. We all share the sky, and we'd rather not kill each other.

HISTORICALLY there has been close to zero risk (no such thing as zero risk, where there are humans involved, there is always room for something to fuck up) but now the technology is more accessable to the "pleb public", the risks of serious incident is and will continue to increase. As you have said, there have been next to no incidents historically, but as many have pointed out to you, the fact this story even exists to publish is a demonstration that the danger is indeed increasing. To ignore these factors is about as ignorant as using an absolute term like "zero actual risk" when there is no way for you to know what is and has happened globally in the past.. however many years of RC flying as a hobby.

Comment Re:They're leaves. (Score 1) 194

Train; noun
plural noun: trains
1. a series of connected railway carriages or wagons moved by a locomotive or by integral motors.

Now that we have that out of the way, go look up "wagonways" c1500. There is evidence the greeks had rail based transport as well. The technology has indeed been around for a several centuries.

Comment Re:They're leaves. (Score 1) 194

All of which require refilling, replacement of scraper edges, and replenishment at x interval. They work, but they are not the best solution. A laser has no moving parts, and runs on the power that the train already provides, and if built reliably enough, will last the life of the engine with nothing more than the odd clean of its lens. This is evolution of technology, you should try to be less resistant less you get left behind.

Comment Re:These idiots are going to ruin it for everyone (Score 1) 132

No a quadrocopter and a bird will likely get downed by the propwash before it gets anywhere near a helicopter.

Why reply when you have clearly not comprehended the dudes post?
If a drone gets UNDER the rotor disk, sweet, it gets blown into oblivion. But thats only one of three possible scenarios.
If it gets ABOVE or LATERALLY CLOSE to the disk, it could either be sucked downwards into the rotor disk, or, as Splab correctly said, be pulled into the tip vortex ring, which would see the drone be lifted over and into the disk. See this diagram for a quick look at the aerodynamics at play.

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