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Submission + - New DJI Drone battery image revealed on Chinese site (

garymortimer writes: A smallish, DJI 3S battery of 3830 maH has arrived on Chinese forums. It might be real, and if so what’s it for?

It’s not going to be an FPV racer as the better ones now run 4 and 5S batteries. My money is on a small follow me folding quad with some sort of wrist watch. Something that carries a GoPro class or better 4K camera. They are very popular and would make a great Christmas gift.

Now who’s parade would that rain on, oh yes Karma from GoPro.

Submission + - FAA to relax Commercial drone flight rules (

garymortimer writes: The FAA are expected to usher in the new drone era at 1300 EST on Tuesday 21st June 2016. They will announce Part 107, new regulations that will make it possible to fly drones for money without requiring a real pilots licence.

Remote PICs are required to:
  Be at least 16 years old Be able to read, speak, write, and understand the English language (FAA may make exceptions for medical reasons) Be in a physical and mental condition that would not interfere with the safe operation of suAS Pass an initial aeronautical knowledge test at an FAA-approved knowledge testing center (or pass this online course, for part 61 certificate holders) Obtain an unmanned aircraft operator certificate with a small UAS rating (like existing pilot airman certificates, never expires) Pass a recurrent aeronautical knowledge test every 24 months

Comment Re:Radicalized through Islam (Score 2) 404

Call it what it is: religiously fundamentalist motivated mass murder.

It wasn't terrorism. It was most certainly NOT intended to bring about any political or policy change, or even make a political statement.

It was lethal grade bigotry, inspired by a fundamentalist upbringing - fundamentalist Islam vs Christian is moot.

Comment Re:WTF Apple (Score 1) 249

Whoever thought this was a good idea is a fucking idiot.

This has been a feature of Yahoo Web Mail for years, and I would wager it was conceived at GMail, though I don't use it so I'm only guessing.

When you paste a URL into Yahoo Mail you get a little mini menu that allows you to make it just a plain hyperlink, or even plaintext. I'm hoping Apple steals that too.

Comment Absolutely not (Score 5, Interesting) 301

No Facebook, no Twitter, no Gmail, no LinkedIn. I refuse to let my personal information, social connections, and browsing habits be used as fodder for profit. I'm an old school NNTP nerd who still believes that spam means repetition, autoplay video is a crime against humanity, and anonymity is a fundamental right.

My lawn? Have a field day. It's vast and vigorous. I might even come out and play hackey sack with you... Just don't ask me for ID.

Comment Microsoft Owns Mojang (Score 1) 112

Waiting for news on how MS will monetize Minecrack.

My 12 yo son is a Minecraft addict. On weeknights and weekends he pouts if he can't play. He's even got me into playing weekends on private servers and paying for his Realms account. Waiting on news on how they're turning the game into profitable accumulated player data.

I just know they'll turn my minecraft model of the Geisel Library into profit, somehow.

Still trying to figure out how to make it dance.

It will have to involve Redstone, I'm sure...

Comment Re:Not defending NASA on this one (Score 1) 207

One or two mistakes are to be expected among tens of thousands of people - hundreds of thousands counting subcontractors - working in unrelated projects. That's not a burn.

But everything MS embraces they turn to shit by emphasizing market share and profit over function and security. Those strategies were adopted at the highest levels of management, which Myhrvold was a member of. Therefore, it's not ad hominem, either.

The only MS product I can think of that I have respect for is Excel, and still they ruined the UI.

Comment Re:Greed (Score 2) 207

I worked in a company that was run by PhDs. They pretty much evenly fell into two camps: 1) people who were willing to teach you as much as you wanted to know about their area of expertise, and stuck to that area; and 2) people who thought that because they were experts in one field meant that they were experts about everything, and would be dicks about it.

The second group generally rose in the ranks to upper management.

You don't have to be a Billionaire to be a dick. But I'm sure it helps.

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