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Comment Re:Ubisoft and PCs... (Score 1) 123

Take a look at GuitarBots ( They seem to have no label deals though so the selection of music might not be so good..

That is the big issue with this sort of thing. If you want to play music made in the last 100 years or so, the guys need a deal with the labels which is probably stupidly expensive.

Comment Re:Ubisoft and PCs... (Score 1) 123

I bought Rocksmith without proper research. The Uplay crap sort of works, but my word is it annoying. And they make you use their "special cable" (glorified USB sound card with a 1/4" jack for a guitar, and a non standard connector). So basically I now have two shitty antipiracy measures to contend with. The game itself isn't too bad, but if you don't have some experience, it might push you into some bad habits.

I am not buying another ubisoft game. Ever.

Comment Re:this is cool (Score 1) 56

A harmonic gearbox will reduce the backlash on a servo to zero, but then it all depends how much money you have to spend.

To be honest, I am quite surprised they weren't already using encoders and feedback control. That and a small PID loop and you can even minimize overshoot. Or just have acceleration/deceleration profiles...

Comment Re:Price per kilojoule [Re:ok if your car is new] (Score 1) 432

I was actually responding to the comment, 'Anything "gas" is inherently unsafe.' If you read my comment in that light, you will see what I'm getting a - by comparison, safety is more closely negatively related to energy density and the ability to quickly extract that energy. It isn't so critical exactly what form you store the energy in, though lithium batteries are fairly scary. As is petrol. Diesel is pretty good though.

Comment Re:Price per kilojoule [Re:ok if your car is new] (Score 1) 432

The real problem is energy density. Almost anything with a reasonably high energy density is inherently unsafe, as most substances like that can (often by design) release that energy rapidly enough to be dangerous. Life is inherently unsafe. That new battery technology? That's going to be dangerous too.

Comment Re:The Concorde failed too (Score 1) 209

There are no spitfires in that list, because the spitfire (and hurricane, and FW-190, Zero, etc) were all highly successful aircraft. However, they were not adaptable for general purpose aviation, hence they no longer fly outside of airshows/rich enthusiasts.

I just think it is a pity that eventually we may run out of merlins to power these things. I would love to see that restored mosquito fly. That was an amazing aircraft.

Comment Re:Planned obsolescence (Score 1) 187

I would agree, though I have had a number of long running plants I have sat in front of that were offline for weeks because they were "broken", and investigation showed that the operator had simply forgotten how to look for and clear a startup error....

It is ridiculous in any case, and I don't think it is a good idea. The trouble is, in a long running plant, they will never apply any "security fix" because that means shutting down the system anyway. Possibly even re-commissioning and testing the damn thing anyway, depending on policy. This is why most of the time people go with air gaps and such. Not always possible, but it is a bit of a tricky problem.

Comment Re:Planned obsolescence (Score 1) 187

A lot. You can't do that with a PLC as that would be clinically insane and might have serious safety/economic ramifications. No engineer worth his salt would touch such a device. You might configure it to simply fail to startup after a powerdown on a certain date, but not have it stop while the system is running.

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