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Submission + - OpenTX: Open Source RC Transmitter Firmware

WizardX writes: I just got in to RC flying (helicopter) and came across a new transmitter. The FrSky Taranis. More info here. Unlike every other transmitter out there, high end or otherwise, this one uses the a fully open source firmware, OpenTX. The price of the hardware is very reasonable and, unlike the "big names" you are not paying for the firmware, marketing and "name" on it. I am sure that there are plent of RC geeks in slashdot land. I just find this very interesting and have started to look at the code. Once I get my hands on one, I hope to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the project, as well.

Comment Re:non-operating temperature range... (Score 5, Interesting) 484

The specs say differently:

Environmental requirements

Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F
(0 to 35 C)
Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F
(-20 to 45 C)
Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

You have got to be kidding me!!!

*Minimum* operating temp of 32 F?!?!?!

How the F can they sell this phone in northern climates? I live in WI and in Feb I will frequently go outside on a nice day to take a conf call and get some fresh air. A nice day being, at least, in the upper 20's.

Seriously dude, WTF?

/First /. post in like 5 years
//Apple makes some very nice products, but their arrogance is huge.
///Jobs was born is SW WI.

It's funny.  Laugh.

Pigeon Protocol Finds a Practical Purpose 113

Selanit writes "Since David Waitzman wrote his tongue-in-cheek Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers, there have been occasional attempts to actually transmit information via pigeon. One group back in 2001 successfully sent a PING command. But now there's a practical use for pigeon-based communications: photographers working for the white-water rafting company Rocky Mountain Adventures send memory sticks full of digital photos via homing pigeon so the photos will be ready when the rafters finish up. The company has details on how the pigeons are trained and equipped. It may not be a full implementation of the Pigeon Protocol, but it works in narrow canyons far off the beaten path — and just as David Waitzman presciently predicted, they occasionally suffer packet loss due to hawks and ospreys."

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