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Comment: Re:Razr v3 (Score 1) 308

by OzPeter (#49753929) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola Razr v3xx is probably one of the best handsets of all time.

Which is why I still use my 7 year old Razr. The only problem I have now is that something is sporadically killing the jog-dial (not sure if it is mechanical or electrical or software), which makes a bunch of functionality impossible to use. Fortunately I have my wife's old Razr of the same era as a backup.

As a bonus for my model Razr (depending on your paranoia) .. it also is pre-GPS chip E911.

Comment: Look up your email address (Score 3, Interesting) 173

In the Ars story about this they pointed out a website that tracks beaches that I hadn't heard of before: ';--have i been pwned?

I plugged my email addresses into this and found out that I had been a part of the Adobe breach fro October 2013. And I don't remember Adobe telling me about it

Comment: Re:Photograph is fake, wires missing (Score 4, Informative) 116

by OzPeter (#49741169) Attached to: Hydrogen-Powered Drone Can Fly For 4 Hours at a Time

That's got propellers, and its go tubes, but no wires so its not a drone, its crude mockup.

It might even be just a rendering of pipes and propellers even, certainly not an engineering rendering.

I assume they'll try to crowd fund it without a working prototype?

From this link Hycopter Runs Off Fuel Cells it has a wonderful little bit of design data:

The intelligent design involved in the Hycopter would allow it to stash 120 grams (4.2 oz) of hydrogen gas at 350 bar (5,076 psi) in its current structural tubing, and this means that there would be no need for any kind of separate canister.

5000psi?!?!??! Seriously?!?!? (and there is a religious joke in there as well) I'm not buying that until I see the damn thing fly. Oh and BTW

The refillable tubes will eventually be made from polymer-lined 5 mm-thick carbon fiber tubing as opposed to clear acrylic that is part of the pictured display model. It is touted that that amount of hydrogen ought to be able to deliver a similar amount of energy as 3 kg (6.6 lb) of lithium batteries.

Comment: Re:Okay, what is it? (Score 5, Insightful) 88

by OzPeter (#49727195) Attached to: Yubikey Neo Teardown and Durability Review

Try Google.

I have one on my keyring. I know exactly what it is, and what it is used for.

In other words you have prior information that makes sense out of the word salad that passes for summaries these days.

The rest of use just look at the summary and go WTF?!?!?!?

And yes, I have heard of that Google thing, but one of the prime tenets of good communication is to not make your audience go elsewhere for fundamental information. Because sooner or later they will be going to other sources for all of their information and will be by-passing you completely.

Comment: Re:Neglected the Rule of Cool (Score 4, Informative) 90

by OzPeter (#49706399) Attached to: On the Taxonomy of Sci-Fi Spaceships

The only SciFi franchise I'm familiar with that has sensibly designed ships is the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.

That is because Honor Harrington IS 17th to 19th century naval warfare dressed up as sci-fi. You can also see exactly the same thing going on in his Safehold series, where he is basically retelling the history of warfare as a backdrop to the story.

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