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Watch UK Inventor Colin Furze Survive a Fireworks Blast In a Metal Suit 50

Posted by timothy
from the could-substitute-cherry-bombs-in-the-basement dept.
Nerval's Lobster writes Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It's time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks oh yes, the fireworks Chances are pretty good that you've set off more than a few fireworks in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and YouTube celebrity who once co-hosted Sky1's Gadget Geeks? Well, he puts everybody's love of fireworks to shame. He loves fireworks so much, in fact, that he built a giant metal suit so he could stand in the middle of an epic pyrotechnic display. No matter how good your own engineering skills (or strong your courage), it's inadvisable to try this at home. But it's sure fun to watch.

Comment: How do they know who's camp it is? (Score 1) 134

by ron_ivi (#47733551) Attached to: Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth
Seem the area has many groups - some friendly to one agenda, others friendly to other agendas. It doesn't seem hard to use areal photos to find *a* camp. But how might they know it's an ISIS camp? (especially considering that a facility may be Local Police one day, and ISIS the next.

Comment: Possibly not screwed (Score 2) 327

by ron_ivi (#47666707) Attached to: California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

Sounds like the article's discussing the way in which it's not screwed.

There are circumstances under which such rules can be waived.

I especially hope they wave them, because Tesla's almost certainly a net-benefit to California's environment anyway (by making the industry wake up to electric vehicles when traditional automakers seemed like they were intentionally failing).

Comment: It *would* be if they unlocked the bootloader (Score 0) 337

by ron_ivi (#47649193) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I like the Surface hardware.

The problem is Microsoft's habit of killing support and forced upgrades (remember IE6, Zune, Visual Basic, etc).

At least if they unlocked the bootloader, I could continue to run Ubuntu on it after Microsoft's whims make Windows stop working on it.

I'd happily buy one if it had an unlocked bootloader.

But as it is now, you're buying an expensive brick.

Comment: Re:This is sad (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by ron_ivi (#47628337) Attached to: Microsoft To Drop Support For Older Versions of Internet Explorer

Sad? I'd say it's happy.

So many big companies locked themselves in to "microsoft IE-6 only solutions" - and open source advocates have long cautioned them against depending too much on a vendor that might yank support whenever management changes or quarterly profits dictate yanking support to encourage upgrades.

This will teach them a lesson they'll hopefully never forget; and look for cross platform solutions in the future.

Comment: Re:Back in May they already said Snowden didn't ha (Score 2) 204

by ron_ivi (#47610943) Attached to: Edward Snowden Is Not Alone: US Gov't Seeks Another Leaker

Often at that level, "he didn't have access to" really means "the policies stated he shouldn't access that." It doesn't mean that it wasn't possible, just that it was outside accepted policies and procedures

Or I guess it could also mean "the guy who made the comments was never permitted to know the details of how much access he had".

Prototype designs always work. -- Don Vonada