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

by ElderKorean (#48375909) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically

Drones are so much fun and you can get so many cool photos and video from them.

Yet these morons flying drones near airports are going to ruin it for everyone. Expect to see them heavily regulated or banned soon.


Recently on the news in Australia. If they see drones operating near bushfire where water bombing aircraft/helicopters are flying they will ground them.

Current regulations are that drones have to be 30 metres away from people, they are not be used in built-up areas, not to exceed 400 feet in height and not be flown in controlled air space, but there is no law against flying near bushfires. Drones must not create a hazard for other aircraft, but if the device was several hundred metres away from its operator, how would they know if a firefighting aircraft was approaching?

Comment: Re:Windows app that displays these meaningfully? (Score 1) 142

I work at a school and see plenty of failing laptop drives - mostly from kids not sleeping their laptops while walking around.

We use (currently) PartedMagic Linux distribution on a boot USB. The "Disk Health" tool happily reports on failing drives and gives reasons.

Added bonus is that Linux is better than windows at allowing data to be copied from a failing drive (and doesn't care about the NTFS file permissions)

Comment: Re: Of course (Score 2) 28

by ElderKorean (#47420701) Attached to: The Video Game That Maps the Galaxy

And Elite did this in 1984 Was it obeying the same rules or just creating "random stuff"?

From what I remember the star and planet creation happened through an algorithm, as you could visit the same location when playing Elite on a totally different computer, eg BBC Micro, or (eventually) PC version. There was some fluctuation on commodity prices but even that wasn't really random, more cyclic.

Comment: Re:What The?!? (Score 1) 216

by ElderKorean (#47251933) Attached to: US Agency Aims To Regulate Map Aids In Vehicles

Didn't you know? Even more regulation is all we need to a happier and more prosperous life.

Didn't you know? All we need for a happier and more prosperous life is to go completely Thunder Dome!

Why not? I already run Barter Town...

I guess you two are in Australia, seeing as Thunderdome was on TV last night - still fresh in your mind.

Comment: Re:What about old virgins? (Score 1) 158

by ElderKorean (#46265657) Attached to: Computer Geeks As Loners? Data Says Otherwise

How many are old farts and still virgin like me? I will be like The 40 Years Old Virgin soon. :P

Past that one, 44 years and counting...

I work doing IT support in a school, talking with students and teachers all day though I am definetly an introvert.

I have no problems at social event - will happily go along - I don't need to be talky talky while there though.

I'm incredibly shy when I want to talk relationship questions with a girl. I just can't bring it up, or ask them out...

Comment: Re:42 (Score 1) 745

by ElderKorean (#46264515) Attached to: Mathematician: Is Our Universe a Simulation?

I don't know about that, but if this is a simulation then could someone please tell me where I can find the reboot switch? I want out.

Also from Douglas

"“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”"

Comment: Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 1) 458

by ElderKorean (#46063749) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'
Anglican's don't think the world is 6000 years old either. Neither does the Catholic Church.

It's the penticostals (generally in America) that you need to convince.

From the wikipedia article about Ussher "Ussher is also popular amongst creationists, even though they reject his methodology of using the most up to date contemporary scientific, chronological, historical and biblical scholarship to date the age of the world."

Comment: Re:Where is everybody? (Score 1) 155

by ElderKorean (#46063407) Attached to: Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought


I suspect the reason we haven't heard from anybody is that the lifetime of high-power technological civilizations is only a few hundred to a thousand years. We're only about 200 years into industrial society, and we've already burned through most of the easy to get natural resources.

And when we manage to blow ourselves back to the stone age, we'll never be able to leave it without 'external' help - for the same basic reason, all the easy to access resources that made advances possible are gone.

Wood and fire is about all that will be left.

We've destroyed the natural water sources, removed biodiversity from plants. Are there any naturally occurring grains anymore?

Comment: Re:you're pretty arrogant (Score 1) 495

by ElderKorean (#45552445) Attached to: I wish my cell phone was...

The voices in the headset also represent real people, and they were there before you.

Do you think that people that walk into a fast-food place are more important than the people who are in the drive-through (and therefore almost by definition are in a hurry)?

My friends are rarely in a hurry, else they would get a pizza delivered.

They're just too lazy to get out of the car to go inside and have to eat with the rabble.

I've even seen people use the drive-through, then park their car in the car-park and eat inside the car - leaving the engine and air-con running.

Myself, I prefer to eat at the place. I eat at home nearly all the time.

Comment: Re: If this was Apple... (Score 2) 258

by ElderKorean (#45010475) Attached to: Samsung Fudging Benchmarks Again On Galaxy Note 3

But in introducing the feature, apple even said that 50% of users don't create a passcode, even the 4 digits one, because people find it inconvenient. The fingerprint sensor is for THOSE users. To make "good enough" security convenient.

I like the locking feature, but would like it to be GPS based, or even phone tower / wifi name. When I'm at home I don't want (or need) a lock on my phone, but when I'm away from home I do. Work could be an options for people too, but I work in a school - there's no way I'm leaving that unlocked, even on my desk.

Comment: Re:Clever (Score 1) 87

by ElderKorean (#44674493) Attached to: Motorola Uses NFC To Enable Touch-to-Unlock For Smartphones

I've thought about the same thing, but doesn't the phone need to be unlocked for NFC to work? (at least on Android, which is what I'm assuming you're talking about since you mention Tasker). I've seen some mods to get around this, but they never worked on my GNex.

I would be happy if there were options of:
"If I see this WiFi network ....., then don't require a password to unlock the phone (also turn volume up)" for at home
"If I see this WiFi network ....., then don't require a password to unlock the phone (also turn volume off)" for at work

Comment: Re:WTF? has been happening for years (Score 3) 482

by ElderKorean (#43731073) Attached to: Global Warming Shifts the Earth's Poles

i first read about this a decade ago and it has been happening for hundreds of years. scientists are studying ships' logs from the 1700's and earlier and this process started 300 years ago.

Ships used compasses (likely GPS now), which use the magnetic north & south poles - we've known about them moving about the place for ages, and even flipping. This is about the geographic poles which are at different locations - the Earth spins around these..

If entropy is increasing, where is it coming from?