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Comment See auto manufacturers and racing (Score 5, Interesting) 293

Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, etc. don't make race cars and compete in things like 24 Hours of LeMans, WRC, etc. because those cars and those events make them money. They do it because 1) It provides a venue to show off cool new technology 2) It provides them marketing cachet, name recognition, and bragging rights.

Apple has lost sight of this. Apple is happily making Corollas & Caravans - which sell large volumes and make a profit. But it has forgotten the high-performance end of the bell curve where the bragging rights are earned and new tech is shown off.

Comment Deflection (Score 5, Insightful) 756

"Earlier today, the US government removed any reasonable doubt that the Kremlin has weaponized WikiLeaks to meddle in our election and benefit Donald Trump's candidacy," said Clinton campaign spokesperson Glen Caplin. "We are not going to confirm the authenticity of stolen documents released by Julian Assange who has made no secret of his desire to damage Hillary Clinton."

Interpretation: It's all true, but the people revealing it are mean and want to hurt us so you should ignore whatever it is they've revealed. See ad hominem attack.

Comment Insurance Liability (Score 1) 135

The insurance liability for something like this would be astronomical. We already have roads and understand and accept the risks associated with them. With this you have the risk of running into buildings, trees, power lines, etc. Roads are at least well-defined travel ways, the sky not so much. Then you have the risks of falling out of the sky & damaging things below - and the occupants are pretty well dead, so add a few million for them.

Even if fuel & vehicle costs were negligible I could easily see $5 million liability insurance being reasonable for each flight.

Comment Re:How does this work? (Score 1) 170

(Replying to my own question.)

The k2radio article describes how this works. The drone control app on iOS talks to a remote server for mapping info. The Feds feed geofence info into the control app servers and that gets delivered to the pilots & their drones.

"AirMap and Skyward now obtain wildfire information directly from Interiorâ(TM)s Integrated Reporting Wildland-Fire Information (IRWIN) program, and immediately transmit it to drone pilots through AirMapâ(TM)s iOS and web apps, AirMapâ(TM)s API, and the GEO geofencing system included in the DJI GO flight control app."

I'm going to make the giant assumption that enough drones operate in this manner to make this worthwhile.

Comment How does this work? (Score 1) 170

Drones, aka radio controlled aircraft, communicate with the operator over radio waves. Those signals carry commands, video, and other stuff. My understanding is that these are point-to-point communications.

How then does "software" get in the middle of this point-to-point communication and inform the pilot to go away? Are they setting up hardware with antennas & software that transmits on some common frequency & protocol that drones use?

Comment Re:How easy is it to jump to real programming? (Score 1) 73

"Because youâ(TM)re working with real code, you can import and export directly between Swift Playgrounds and Xcode. So you can try out your ideas with the tool pros use to develop iOS and Mac apps."

So it looks like there is a path to a more sophisticated dev environment if you outgrow the iPad sandbox.

Comment Accuracy of other heart rate monitors? (Score 1) 146

How does the FitBits' accuracy compare with the many other consumer-grade heart rate monitors on the market? e.g. The ones with a strap you wear around your chest.

If the FitBits do a bad job of measuring heart rate - to the point of being worthless noise - then I agree they ought to be sued for selling a product that doesn't do what it advertises. But I'd like to see a less biased party - such as a fitness magazine, or Consumer Reports - do the testing rather than a lawyer chasing a paycheck.

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