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Comment Re:The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 5, Informative) 168

You really need to watch the behind the scenes features for Fury Road. Sure, there was some big obvious CGI (the giant sand storm) but for about 90% of the movie, the things you expect to be CGI (the car crashes, explosions, insane stunts) are real, and the CGI is limited to fleshing out the wasteland background and erasing some safety equipment.

Comment Re: Outdoor (Score 1) 466

Clearly, your Dad' system is far more modern than the one I lived with, which was a hodgpodge of equipment, some dating back to the 1930's. ( we replaced the original lead acid glass jar batteries while I lived there). I assume the solar cells we had would be far less efficient than what are available now, as they where not particularly new, and this was in the early 90's. Glad to hear the consumer available tech has come so far.

Comment Re:Outdoor (Score 5, Interesting) 466

I lived in a house that was totally off grid. It actually was never on grid, because the owners already had a wind turbine back in the day when the utility companies where doing the rural electrification project, and declined to be added to the grid. This house had coal heat, gas and wood stoves, gas refrigeration, and no AC at all. Located in central Montana, it was equipped with a bank of around 12 CAT bulldozer batteries, (which replaced about twenty 1 gallon square glass jars with lead plates) over 200 square feet of solar panels, a small wind turbine (about a 2 foot blade) and a backup propane generator, that was set up to automatically start up and top up the system if it dropped below a certain charge level. So basically, all the system had for load was incandessent bulbs, and occasionally a television. In the winter, that generator ran intermittently during the day, and after dark, it ran until you went to bed, and shut all the lights off. Obviously, using LED's and more power efficient TV's is possible now, but it takes a hell of a setup to go all off grid. (you could not run a modern computer or a microwave on that system, the computers where to sensitive to the square sin of the inverters, and would randomly restart. Microwaves would pop breakers if not plugged in directly to the generator.)

Comment Re:Jamming (Score 1) 368

true, but the impression I have gotten so far is that the people who actually care to build their own advanced multi rotors (like yourself) are generally aware of the regulations surrounding RC aircraft and their use, and abide by them.
The people who fly over crowded sports stadiums, through firework shows, or into the flight path of fire fighting crews are the people with more money than sense, who blew a couple grand on an inspire or phantom, and think they can do whatever they want with it.
I think that safety measures in the mass produced models would probably take care of a great deal of the problems, and the rest is up to the multi rotor community to police itself, which the RC community has done fairly well for decades.

Comment Re:Jamming (Score 3, Interesting) 368

A goodly number of the 'drones' these days have 'return to launch point' modes that activate when 2 way communication with the controller is lost, so jamming those would actually serve to clear the flight space, and locate the pilot/owner. Probably will see that mode become mandatory in any models above the indoor flight only size if this behavior persists.

Comment Re:Maybe it'll be Bollux (Score 2) 227

God, I really hope they follow the Han Solo Trilogy, 1: because I must have read them 10 times each as a teenager, and 2: because they are pretty decent, as far as Star Wars novels go, and did a good job of retconning all the weird shit Lucas did (the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs for example)

Comment Re:Ohh, she's female AND black (Score 1) 371

The point a lot of you bastards keep tying to make is this:

"You don't get equality by tipping the see-saw the other way"
Equality is great, and all but the most assholish of people are for it.
What people are against is giving only certain groups of people things, in the name of equality.
This means, rules like "You can't fire that person for being black/asian/gay/female." are perfectly fine.
Rules like "You can't hire that white man because you don't have enough (X=non white) ethnicity workers." or "Because you are of X ethnicity, you get to be first in line for Y" That concept is what people are against. The denying of anything to one group in favor of another, due to race/gender/etc. which is NEVER equality.
Equality is everyone rising together, and you don't get it by holding any group down, and you don't get it by unilaterally pushing any group up beyond the whole.

Comment Re:are you kidding? (Score 1) 371

I've actually gone polar opposite. I've pretty well stopped caring who I offend, and push it as far as I can whenever possible. Of course, I don't have much to lose, as my job is not particularly special, and I don't have a reputation of any kind to begin with. The point is, I'm sick of everyone being 'offended on behalf of X' and have made a hobby out of pushing people to it, and then calling them on their bullshit. I'll probably lose my job over it some day, but until then, its all hands on deck to teach people to mind their own bloody business.

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