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Comment Re:Hahaha (Score 1) 52

Step 1: Try to use this book to fight zombies using mass produced consumer electronics starter kits

Actually it's a shame they described the book that way, as that's not all that it contains. It also has details on how to scavenge useful parts out of existing devices (car alternator, disposable camera capacitors, etc.) It's not just Pi and Arduino stuff.

Comment Re:The internation aviation standard is feet. (Score 1) 76

ressure is in Pascals everywhere outside of North America as well (where it's inches of mercury).

But "Two niner niner two" is so much easier to remember...

Likewise weather reports uses miles (both statute and nautical!), again only in this region.

Hmm are you sure it's only in that region? I know altitudes for PIREPs and SIGMETs and such are usually in feet and/or flight levels. Last I checked we parse international METARs, PIREPs, Winds Aloft, etc. the same way we do domestic ones, which would imply they're all using miles and feet/flight level...

I don't spend much (read: any) time in cockpits internationally, so it could be that pilots regularly do change their altimeter setting between Imperial and Metric (though I've usually seen it as an installer-only setting), but all the WX data that comes across my desk is in Imperial... Well, except for temperature. That's always Celsius, because the freezing point is too convenient.

Comment And This is What the FAA Foot Dragging is About (Score 1) 86

People keep wondering why the FAA is being difficult about writing rules to allow unmanned aircraft operations in the US? This is why. The DoD is falling all over themselves out of desperation to get these things in the air. They won't be satisfied until there's a Global Hawk watching every inhabited square mile of the continental US 24/7. Safety for everyone else in the air be damned.

Comment Re:1 in 1 ^ 18, Less than a bird strikes (Score 1) 233

Yes, 5-10X the size of a large consumer drone, meaning it's significantly easier to see. It also managed to pierce the fuel tank of an aircraft designed to operate in combat. A MO20 or PA28 isn't quite so hardy.

and this "controlled airspace" was one where the exercise of multiple planes in a small area...

... Was still significantly less crowded than the corridor from KDCA/KBWI/KPHL/KJFK/KBOS. Close calls between airlines and manned aircraft flying VFR where they aren't supposed to is already common enough, and although "anyone" can fly a plane (legally) very few people can afford the licensing, much less own their own aircraft. Most people could buy a DJI Phantom if they wanted to.

Comment Re:I don't find data caps to break NN (Score 5, Insightful) 109

As long as competitor content isn't slowed down to make your content more attractive, it seams reasonable to me to put caps on out of network usage, but no caps on usage from servers which are wholly owned by the ISP.

That would almost make sense if they similarly exempted traffic from any server co-located in their data centers, like the free CDN solution Netflix offers ISPs to reduce congestion on their external links. Except they don't do that, they charge Netflix AND count it against the cap.

I don't think you understand net neutrality, or how ridiculous Comcast is.

Comment The FAA doesn't really have systems from the 1970s (Score 2) 147

While we had fun telling visitors to the labs that most of systems running Air Traffic Control were "essentially from the 60s and 70s" that's only technically correct.

The truth is the original HOST mainframes were replaced in the 80s, and then again in the 90s, and now being phased out for ERAM (which is built out of COTS PC parts). In some cases software was brought forward during upgrades, so it may have been possible you'd of been running some assembly code back from the Apollo era but not really. There were still some oddities, though (like the "units" of some fields being in 64ths of a nautical mile), that made interfacing with the ARTCC systems fun.

There might be some ARTS IIA terminals left? Those are vintage early '80s, but I think they've all been replaced with at least IIE or IIIE ('90s) and are all slated to become some form of STARS (late '90s) by 2020 or so.

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