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Comment Re:Statists will not go quietly into the night (Score 1) 330

A similar system to medallions is in place in Australia. Here they just call it "plates".

Anyway, there is a limited quota and they have become freakishly expensive. As a result taxi operators have had to raise their fare accordingly. There seems to be no downward pressure on prices which is bad for consumers.

It's interesting that Uber are challenging this but they seem not to care if they break the law, and I feel bad for the plate/medallion holders who are having their government regulated investment eroded. It's a shitty situation for a lot of people.

Comment Re:Blimey (Score 1) 518

They are not ejected from the thruster so are not propellant in any traditional sense. That means you can potentially use it in places where you don't want to be spraying people nearby with radiation, like on a hover car!

That's what makes this thruster so special, it's a sealed, closed system and there is nothing external to exchange momentum with.

Comment Dig deeper (Score 1) 134

Even though they might have activeX or Java controls embedded on their web interface, most cameras I've used still offer a HTTP or RSTP stream.

Look at the source of the web page in your browser and it will often give you hints to the underlying stream URL. Eg, the cheap standard definition Chinese FOSCAM cameras have something like: /videostream.cgi?rate=11&user=XXXX&pwd=YYYY
I have done similar with Chinese high definition cameras, using an RSTP explorer to find the stream URL. You can then plug this into VLC or similar and give it a try.

Once you have the stream details, I'd then recommend using the awesome open source security camera software Zoneminder as the user interface to all of the streams, as well as providing motion detection and recording.

Comment Re:Heres a Test (Score 1) 76

Autonomous cars arent going to be better than humans at everything, but in the long run they will have far fewer crashes because they pay attention 100% of the time and have fast reaction times.

Humans are terribly unreliable. Yes they can foresee some certain types of incidents, but only if they are paying attention, aren't using their phone, driving drunk, putting on make-up, screaming at their own kids in the back seat, eating, of about a dozen other things that make humans terrible drivers regularly.

Comment Software TDMA for WiFi (Score 3, Interesting) 145

Many years ago when WiFi first came out and internet was still really slow I was active in a community based wireless FreeNet. We had set up multiple 10+ km links between our houses and had a full dynamically routed system spanning most of a city.

Problem was, WiFi is renowned for the "hidden node" problem, where clients cant hear each other and fail to successfully perform collision avoidance. Packetloss goes through the roof and throughput suffers terribly.

So, I wrote a perl script that interacted with IPtables QUEUE feature to keep the wireless packets a buffer, and they would only be released then that client received a token from a master server. It was a massive hack, but worked a treat and gave huge improvements to our throughput and stability.

Years later companies like Mitronik and Ubiquity introduced similar functionality in their wireless station firmware, but we were well ahead of the curve.

Comment Mostly custom brackets (Score 1) 266

I have a solidoodle and mostly print in ABS. 90% of what I print would be custom brackets, but occasionally I make something more significant.

- Replacement car ash tray with 4 port USB charger
- Rotors and bearing mounts for magnetic clutch for my home brewing HERMS system.
- Keg feet and valve brackets for home brewing system
- Open frame power supply terminal cover
- Custom junction box cover
- Tablet stands.
- Custom Odroid mounting brackets
- Bicycle GPS mounting bracket
- Various RPi cases

Next project is a custom diffuser for an air duct vent because I cant buy anything even remotely similar from the hardware shop.

Comment Re:About time this farce is over (Score 0) 154

One of the "trolls" here.

Early on, Swedish prosecutors said categorically they couldn't interview him out of the country either in person or over the phone. Now that it's the 11th hour it seems they can. We all knew they could, they had done it in the past, they were just being difficult.

Personally I wouldn't blame Assange if he tried to drag this final request out. They made him wait 4+ years and put the prospect of statute of limitations within his grasp.

P.S. - interesting how he was trying to "evade justice" when he was co-operative with the first two investigations into the alleged crime, which investigator #2 dismissed as having no case. The third investigation began months later, after he'd been given explicit permission to leave the country.

Comment Re:You'rte all sensationalist idiots (Score 1) 668

Your argument is moot because they actually sell remedies with those ridiculous dilutions. This is the whole point of regulation

See here:

These are 30C tablets, which is a commonly advocated dilution. That means it is diluted by 10^-60, according to wikipedia on average this would require giving two billion doses per second to six billion people for 4 billion years to deliver a single molecule of the original material to any patient.

Comment Re:Scientific worldview undermining own credibilit (Score 1) 668

OK, I'll bite.

You didn't read the article did you? Even if homeopathy isn't complete and utter hogwash quackery, the article addresses your claim that it requires a holistic approach.

How can you justify homeopathic products sitting on pharmacy shelves being sold for ridiculously high prices, when in order for them to be effective they must be tailored specifically by a holistic homeopathic therapist? You're shooting yourself in the foot on this one.

Anyway, you're still wrong and homeopathy is complete and utter hogwash quackery, with or without Heisenberg uncertainty there is no valid scientific principle by which it can work. People who promote it are at best deluded, and at worst frauds.

Comment Re:My vote would be for Beaglebone (Score 2) 32

I have both and they each have their own pros and cons.

The Odroic C1 is far more powerful and has gigabit ethernet. This is very usefull and I have two at home running as small file server and a Zoneminder security camera server. Unfortunately, it's not built as well and is not as reliable:
1) It doesn't seem as well sheilded and is a bit sensitive to touch. The reset pin is especially bad, connecting a wire to it (even floating / ungrounded) or touching it with your finger is enough to reset it.
2) Some of my units have a problem booting when standalone, but when I connect a serial monitor they boot fine every time. I'm thinking it's a grounding issue somewhere.
3) It's got incompatibilities with various MicroSD cards, mine works most of the time but from time to time there are I/O errors in the dmesg logs. It makes me worry if i'm corrupting my filesystem.

The RPi2 on the other hand is a bit slower and only has 100MBit ethernet, but is far more reliable. It's much better suited as an embedded controller.

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