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Comment: Re:Read the Damn Articles (Score 1) 126

by Platinumrat (#49323293) Attached to: Boeing Patents <em>Star Wars</em> Style Force Field Technology

This isn't a force field it's a point defense system.

The system can sense when a shock wave generating explosion occurs near a target. An arc generator then determines the small area where protection is needed from the shock waves.It then springs into action by by emitting laser pulses that ionize the air, providing a laser-induced plasma field of protection from the shock waves.

So it won't work in space then. Not much of a force field.

Comment: Re:So DON'T GIVE CHASE (Score 4, Informative) 310

In Australia the doctrine is Police do not give chase, EVER! If the suspect's car starts speeding, they have strict protocols in place to back off, radio in the situation and follow from a safe distance

Studies have shown that chasing only escalates the danger to property and the public. So the correct response, is to radio in for support and do everything to protect life and property. They can't really outrun a radio.

There was a recent, going back a few years now, chase that took five days from when they first attempted to stop a car, to the actual capture. There were gaps, but police had photos, videos, registration plates and descriptions of the suspects. They knew it was only a matter of time before the suspects would be caught.

And guess what, not a single shot was fired

Comment: Re:Incoming international flights (Score 1) 702

by Platinumrat (#47403263) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes
So what happens when you do power up your laptop, for example. Do they then want you to login? I've I don't happen to have my Company PKI card on my body, but I'm carrying my company laptop, then good luck getting in. I know it's an unlikely scenario, but sometimes the brain cells aren't firing properly and you just dump shit into checked luggage, when you're rushing to catch the 6am International flight.

Comment: Re:The real plot problem (Score 1) 169

by Platinumrat (#46850873) Attached to: Why Should Game Stories Make Sense?
I agree. Plot isn't everything. EVE online, for example has absolutely no plot. There's some missions, which are very repetative, but then it's all about PvP in a massive sandbox. What this means is that the people are the plot. An unfortunate side-effect of that, is that most "people" are dicks, so there's a lot of ganking that goes on.

Comment: Re:If only it were possible to do challenge/respon (Score 3, Informative) 178

But what kind of person is going to research all the information needed to fly and operate a drone safely. Mostly, they'll buy the cheapest unit that the retailer sells them.

The fact that he crashed it, is likely to put him into trouble, especially since he was using it for commercial purposes. In Australia, a license is required to operate a UAV commercially, with adequate certification of the pilots.

From the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

1. It's Illegal to fly Remotely Piloted Aircraft for money or economic reasons...

2. You must not fly closer than 30 meters to vehicles, boats, buildings or people

3. FPV flying is illegal without an Advanced Amateur Radio License


I guess he's in a lot of trouble.

Comment: Re:Buy a Galileo Scope (Score 1) 52

by Platinumrat (#46274253) Attached to: Online Database Allows Scientists To Recreate Early Telescopes
I have a $5000 rig (120mm ED refractor and EQ5-Synscan system) + another 150mm Dobsonian. The Galileo Scope is recommended by professional Astronomers and Science educators as a good quality starter telescope. Bang-for-buck it's a great buy. You get to see the same crappy optics Galileo used + some decent modern optics. You can pull it apart and put it back together. What more do you want.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen