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Comment: Re:bad idea (Score 1) 273

by rHBa (#46668761) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus
Eh? I may have misunderstood but if you are saying that the comment by Irish-DnB:

What happens if there are 10 times as many people with cars whose plate ends with a 'T' than those that end with a 'U'

...would never work then please explain further? I grant you 10 times is a stretch but license plates aren't random so you can't assume there will be an even spread of letters/numbers.

The current UK license plate system, introduced in 2001, has two non-random groups of characters*. If these characters were at the end of the plate (they aren't but they could have been) then you could easily end up with a disproportionate number of cars whose plate ends in the same character.

* The plate starts with a two letter area code followed by a two-digit age identifier, which changes twice a year.

On another note, the article mentions there being 36 possible 'last characters' of a number plate. That may be the case in the USA but in the UK certain letters aren't used on plates (IQ) because they are easily confused with other letters/numbers (10) when being read in a hurry.

Comment: Re:How does this affect dual-system chipsets? (Score 1) 148

by rHBa (#46666401) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours
Are you sure you replied to the correct post? I can see at least three pieces of information that weren't in the OP's post:
  1. To promote their system, Russia decided to make new smartphones without GLONASS support illegal
  2. Major manufacturers added that capability to all their phones since there is almost no additional cost to each unit, once the capability is designed into the chipset
  3. There is no major CDMA networking in Russia.

If you think any of this information is incorrect then please feel free to post your version of the facts, otherwise...

fcuk it, why am I feeding a troll with a 7 digit UID!?!

Comment: Re:Cynicism (Score 1) 148

As a Brit who lives in France I'm quite pleased about this proposal.

The cost of mobile tariffs in the UK is considerably less than in France but if I used a UK SIM card in France it would cost me more than having a French SIM.

If the UK operators had to charge me the same price to use my UK SIM card in France then I'd just get a UK SIM card and save money.

BTW, I'm not talking about international calls, I'm aware that these would still be expensive.

Comment: Re:How does this affect dual-system chipsets? (Score 1) 148

by rHBa (#46659791) Attached to: Russian GLONASS Down For 12 Hours
And with that post you contributed what exactly?

This isn't stackoverflow you know, there is no requirement to 'answer the question' asked in the post you reply to, just that you have something interesting and preferably on topic.

This post is obviously off-topic but I'm hoping if you learn a bit about slashdot from it then at least it helped someone.

Comment: Re:Maybe for parking (Score 1) 144

by rHBa (#46195465) Attached to: A New Use For Drones: Traffic Scouting
I'm imagining a system where the drone's position isn't controlled by the driver/tablet app but instead it automatically stays directly above the car. The drone would have a 360deg camera underneath and the tablet app would just control the panning.

The speed of the car would also be automatically limited while the drone is in the air so that the car can't get ahead of the drone, you probably wouldn't be able to launch the drone while moving anyway.

Comment: Re:Yes, I read it before (Score 1) 110

by rHBa (#46140889) Attached to: Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident May Have Been Explained By Modern Science
These days yes, if you're in a good sleeping bag, 50 years ago? I'm not sure but maybe.

This reminds me of an incident last year where Glen Plake survived an avalanche that hit their camp and was running around in the snow for 10 minutes before he realised he was barefoot.

Comment: Re:I'm confused (Score 1) 154

by rHBa (#44661297) Attached to: Newest YouTube User To Fight a Takedown: Lawrence Lessig
I can't find a citation either but it wouldn't surprise me:

Initially The KLF's earnings were to be distributed by way of a fund for struggling artists managed by the K Foundation, Drummond and Cauty's new post-KLF art project, but, said Drummond, "We realised that struggling artists are meant to struggle, that's the whole point."[11] Instead the duo decided to create art with the money.

Comment: Great way to put yourself on a watch list... (Score 1) 350

by rHBa (#44637767) Attached to: Info Leak Wars To Get Messier
Bittorrent would solve the multiple back-up issue as long as the torrent was popular enough but it wouldn't solve the upload/download speed problem (for multi-GB torrents/files where your local bandwidth is the bottleneck).

The problem is that you have to trust everyone connected to the torrent not to allow an outside party to connect and gather the IPs of everyone sharing the torrent. Don't forget that the main advantage of this plan, multiple back-ups, only works with a large number of participants in the torrent which raises the exposure...

I can only see this working if it reaches critical mass, otherwise the early adopters face some pretty serious investigation...

Comment: Re:Single stream is part of the problem (Score 1) 427

by rHBa (#44637063) Attached to: US States Banned From Exporting Trash To China Are Drowning In Plastic
Where I live in France we don't have rubbish collected from our house, instead we have 3 types of bins that are buried in the ground in a convenient place, usually within 50m or so of your house (isolated properties, businesses in commercial areas and people who are happy to pay are common exceptions). This means we cut down on the emissions of the refuse collection vehicles (for want of a better, internationally recognisable word) because they spend a lot less time idling, waiting for bins to be loaded at every other house.

The three bins are for:

1. All plastics and metals
2. Cardboard/paper
3. 'General' refuse

Everything in bin 1 is sorted at the recycling centre and recycled where appropriate*.
Everything in bin 2 is recycled in theory, although I wouldn't be surprised if some of it is incinerated.
Everything in bin 3 is mostly land-fill or incinerated if possible.

* As far as sorting goes I believe it works roughly like this:

a. Everything is shredded and then washed. During the washing process the plastic floats and is skimmed off.
b. The metal is sorted into ferrous/non-ferrous using magnets.
c. Plastics are ground down into smaller particles and then sorted, granule by granule, using x-ray or infra-red sensing. Plastics that fail testing and/or aren't a recyclable resin type are incinerated.

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.