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Comment: Not just Russia.. its global internet isolation. (Score 1) 157

by mrops (#48582033) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Resources have a way of not having boundaries, radio waves, land, water... and internet.

We have already put man made boundaries on other resources, so why not internet. It is just inevitable. The sad bit is that internet is not like land or water, there is abundance of it, unfortunately we just don't know how to handle abundance.

Comment: Re:Why do we call remote quadrotors "drones"? (Score 1) 42

by mrops (#48451009) Attached to: Ohio College Building Indoor Drone Pavilion

$1000 is way too much. I can build one for $300 that can take off, take (waypoint/altitude) mission off an Android device or PC (wireless). Navigate all on its own, trigger a few relays or servos (to do what ever) come back and land. Fly time around 17-20 minutes with a payload of 500g and a total weight of say 1.5 kg.

Comment: Pizzo crystals (Score 1) 188

by mrops (#47448167) Attached to: DARPA Successfully Demonstrates Self-Guiding Bullets

Looking at the pictures, I don't think it uses fins at all. I am guessing the bullet has pizzo crystals or some other material that changes dimension when electricity is applied. Put 3 such crystals so the bullet can itself bend and you essentially need a multicopter stabilizer modified to keep the bullet locked onto its target, much like how multicopters use gyros/accelerators to stay level, only the bullet is using feed from camera instead of gravity to stay level to the target.

Comment: Can I have a pinch of salt with that (Score 5, Insightful) 288

by mrops (#47080879) Attached to: HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

Being an Indian, I understand the frustration when support goes out to some dude in India who barely speaks English. I have been there myself, not only that, I have been asked how I made it to Canada.

Nonetheless, those that do make the H1B cut are not the same that answer those phone calls. H1B may be fresh grads, however most have engineering degrees, at the start of which they had to compete against 500,000 applicants for a under 10000 seats. Further, seats in Computer engineering which are valued more so than others are probably around 1000.

Furthermore, there is a contrast in fee, in US, a student might have to bail out if he cannot afford the education, so not only do you have to be smart, you have to be rich, contrasting that to peanuts, the competition gets very very tough back in India.

So joke all you want, those that do make it to US are rather smart and hard working.

I'm not saying they are not exploited, they are. The solution is simple, the employer has to prove, H1B is needed as local talent cannot be found, if thats the case, do not tie H1B to an employer, let the employee roam free. You will see a drastic cut in H1B and abuse of new immigrants.

Comment: It won't work.. second entity can short (Score 1) 342

by mrops (#46683765) Attached to: Australia May 'Pause' Trades To Tackle High-Frequency Trading

Even the 500ms won't work. HFT have a lot of infrastructure and resources. You can simple model your HFT in a way that there are two entities trading, one buys it, if the HFT system decides to sell it and is restricted to do so for 500ms or a week, the other entity shorts the same trade, in effect achieving the same results. IMO, you should be allowed to short trades along with this 500ms block for this to properly work.

Obviously, you can have multiple entities trading on behalf of the HF Traders.

Comment: Safety (Score 1) 104

by mrops (#45690795) Attached to: Google Acquires Boston Dynamics

With 8 stitches in my hand, not more than 12 hours ago. I have just gained new respect for multirotors, they are powerful beast.

I really really hope that Amazon puts proper protection in them drones so there are no injuries. The little toy one I have spins at around 5000 rpm with rotors with 16 inches propellers. It can cause serious injuries, just ask my hand.

Who will be responsible if an injury does occur, which they will. If you look at the Amazon prime air demo, the customer asks the drone to descend via his smartphone. Say there is a 5 year old standing under this thing or comes running in its direction, are there smarts in the drone to abort the mission. Who is responsible for the injury, Amazon or the customer who sent the descend order?

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