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Comment Nobody knows yet (Score 3, Informative) 165

While Brexit means London soon won't have access to the EU's open market across the continent,

Nobody knows yet whether this will turn out to be true. The negotiators may be able to cook up some deal that keeps the UK within the single market but outside the European Union (broadly as happens for Norway). On the other hand, a complete break is also a possibility.

Comment Re:No no no. (Score 1) 271

Making PCBs isn't all that hard, nor is soldering SMD. I've soldered 0.4mm pitch LQFP chips to a home made PCB. These days I don't bother making the PCBs since there's lots of places doing low quantity PCBs where I can just send the gerbers off to (and get 4 or 6 layer boards, which you need to be obsessed to make at home). I don't even use specialist tools for SMD soldering - normal soldering iron chisel tip, flux, 0.23mm dia solder, solder wick.

Submission + - SPAM: Corporate Coup at LinuxFoundation Dronecode project.

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: Tridge posted this:

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"Unfortunately DroneCode has a built-in flaw. The structure and bylaws of DroneCode are built around exceptional power for the Platinum members, giving them extraordinary control over the future of DroneCode. This is a fundamental flaw in a project meant to promote free and open source software as it means that the business interests of a very small number of members can override the interests of the rest of the members and the community.

Just how great a flaw that is has been shown by the actions of the Platinum members over the last two months. Due to their overwhelming desire to be able to make a proprietary autopilot stack the Platinum members staged what can only be called a coup. They removed all top level open source projects from DroneCode, leaving only their own nominees in the Technical Steering Committee. They passed a resolution requiring that all projects hand over control of all trademarks, accounts and domains to their control."

tridge is the most honest and decent developer I know. For him to post this means utterly unacceptable behaviour by DroneCode corporate members. Please help and donate to the ArduPilot project:

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Comment Re: Here's an idea... (Score 2) 260

It varies massively by airport. Going through Houston on a B777 or B787 from London, I get through passport control before my luggage reaches the carousel every time, and that's been consistent for years. Each non-US citizen passenger gets through in generally less than 2 minutes, and there's always many gates open, so even if you're at the back the wait isn't typically all that long.

Dallas Fort Worth on the other hand... I will never use DFW again.

Comment Re:Spaceflight is risky (Score 1) 239

Because it's a test of the whole stack from what I understand. There may (for example) be a destructive resonance that could destroy the rocket in flight which could be detected during an engine test, which only occurs when the payload is installed. You obviously want to find this out now when you can abort a test and find out what's causing the resonance, rather than when the rocket blows up ten seconds after launch.

Comment Re:It was a terrible deal for Britain anyway (Score 3, Informative) 170

"All the problems with wind" is a bit of an overexaggeration. In fact, the video nicely shows how resilient it is. For instance, the first clip is of a wind turbine on fire. Notice how the rest of the wind farm is not on fire. The wind farm would have perhaps lost 2% of its capacity, but it has resilience in numbers.

To start with, yes, I think the UK needs new nuclear capacity - we need *something* that's not coal that is good at doing baseload.

But on the other hand: from the point of view of the National Grid, wind does have certain advantages:

* Each generator is small and there are an awful lot of them. A generator or two going offline doesn't cause sudden capacity problems. However, a large nuclear generating plant going offline suddenly can cause a huge power shortage that can be solved only by shedding load (in other words, blackouts).

* The wind, over a period of the next few hours, is pretty easy to predict. The wind doesn't just suddenly and unexpectedly stop blowing. You can pretty much say the wind will be doing in 10 minutes time what it's doing now, and if it's not going to do that (e.g. due to the passage of a frontal system) you can at least know what it's going to do. Not so with a large powerplant which may suddenly go offline with no warning.

Submission + - Christoph Hellwig Announces He Will Appeal VMware Ruling (sfconservancy.org)

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: Hellwig To Appeal VMware Ruling After Evidentiary Set Back in Lower Court

Christoph Hellwig announces today that he will appeal the ruling of the Hamburg District Court, which dismissed his case against VMware.

http://bombadil.infradead.org/...

https://sfconservancy.org/news...

"I'm disappointed that the court didn't even consider the actual case of reusing the Linux code written by me, and I hope the Court of Appeal will investigate this central aspect of the lawsuit."

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