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Comment: Re:Wait. Drone diy kits will be banned (Score 1) 30

by bluescrn (#47220579) Attached to: A Quadcopter Development Platform (Video)
RC planes and helis have been around for decades. Small microcontroller kits and GPS modules have been around for years.

Yet we've not seen this tech used as a weapon. Why? - because an amateur drone is a rather fiddly, unreliable, and failure-prone method or carrying out any sort of attack, compared to the simplicity and much higher payload capacity of a suicide bomber or car/truck bomb.

Comment: Re:Any idea what's the motivation to remove START? (Score 1) 516

by bluescrn (#47153053) Attached to: Microsoft Won't Bring Back the Start Menu Until 2015
It's not so much about the menu itself, at least for more serious users.

It's about ctrl-esc bringing up the start menu search box, where almost anything can be launched by typing the first 2-3 characters of the application name then hitting enter, without a highly disruptive switch in and out of full-screen mode, to and from a full screen of rainbow-coloured animating tiles - in a completely different UI, almost a completely separate OS within an OS, a world of restrictions, code-signing, and app stores...

Comment: Re:I'd say "right now". And it's getting better. (Score 5, Interesting) 92

by bluescrn (#46937781) Attached to: What Was the Greatest Age For Indie Games?
But 'right now' is possibly the hardest that it's ever been to *make money* from indie development - simply because there's so many people making games (due to much-improved tools), it's incredibly hard to get noticed, and the bulk of the media attention goes to the already-successful 'super-indies'.

And even with all the digital distribution options out there, there are new all-powerful middlemen controlling what has a chance of real success - Steam, Humble, Apple (featured content), etc

Personally, I loved the 90s, when the technology was really exciting and evolving fast. The indie boom of the late 2000s was cool too, but now we seem to be facing oversaturation and race-to-the-bottom pricing (even beyond mobile).

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Comment: Re:Much more dangerous than most "toys", though (Score 1) 190

by bluescrn (#45050565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?
People seem to think that these 'evil drones' can hover silently all day recording stable HD video through a window...

Things to consider:

- Multicopters are quite noisy
- They have very limited range/battery life
- They take a fair bit of skill/practice to fly
- They're fighting wind and vibrations. Getting stable footage is tricky
- GoPros are great for filming landscapes, but a wide-angle lens isn't really much use for close-up spying on people
- If you point a camera at a window, you'll mostly just get reflections anyway

If you want to spy on somebody, a better solution is a camera with a big zoom lens, on a tripod, on solid ground. Or a GoPro on a pole if you want to peer over fences.

Comment: Re:"Domestic"? (Score 1) 190

by bluescrn (#45050517) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Time To Regulate Domestic Drones?
Plenty of model aircraft have been built and flown which aren't sale models of full-size aircraft. How about this foam approximation of a Star Destroyer?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBZcBLoPUEY

Is this any more or less a 'toy' or 'model aircraft' then a carefully crafted scale replica of a Spitfire?

What about the Hubsan X4 - or any of the many small, light, and fairly safe $100 'toy' quadcopters out there these days, do these not count as a toy/model either, due to drone paranoia?

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