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  1. Other thing with drones, similar in many ways to any aircraft, is that it's actually hard to locate the direction by sound unless you're in a wide open area. Try finding a drone flying among buildings. The sound bounces everywhere, and you're using your ears to tell you to use your eyes. There are sensor packages to target such things, in the same vein as shot trackers, but it's rare to see something like that in deployment.
  2. You need to look into military-class micro drones. They've already big battlefield tech in the "non-disclosed combat" world. The sound is a function of blade & motor design. They can be fairly easily quieted down. Plus, depending on where you're doing an attack, it's entirely possible no one will hear it. If you disable the lights, drones are actually very hard to see.
  3. Micro drones that basically act as a Wifi Bridge. With a proper dish and drone, the attacker would be miles away, execute the attack, land the drone somewhere to retrieve it. Dispose of the drone and laptops in another location and no one will ever have a clue what happened. The "accident" is chalked up to driver error with maybe the occasional lawsuit about faulty acceleration pedals or something. A couple of years ago, there was a presentation withdrawn before getting to a Blackhat conference where a guy basically use something like a Raspberry Pi and two wifi setups to make a li
  4. Pesky journalist have had weird accidents for a long time. Though I believe there's been two very weird cases with Teslas and connected people that seemed rather odd. Though what'll keep you up at night is that Over the Air Attacks can work on Planes.
  5. It's not that big of a commitment. It's basically just a Point of Sale bit, but there might be something about the way Visa & MC were integrated into the early EU that isn't true now. Also a little surprising a EU-based startup didn't really take off, even if there is a lot of processors out there now. A bunch of new processors cropped up after the Mobile Phone Revolution. Should have at least happened by 2010, when it was clear that the US/EU information divide would be really settled in. Though MC has seemed to be the real cause of the problems. Should probably take a look at wha
  6. Kinda curious why this wasn't done 20 years ago. Anyone have thoughts?
  7. Epic is moving into mostly backside production realms. Fortnite and EGS were just aberrations that produced a lot of revenue. This makes a lot of sense. They want production companies to be able to buy assets and move them into whatever they're producing. Which is far more than just games anymore. Anything with graphical output will eventually be touched by it. (Also, they want to control/charge for backside support services/CDN stuff.)
  8. Hype via actual marketing and being generally good for the first time in a while. Also, it's not like laptop sales aren't at all-time highs with some of the largest YoY increases ever.
  9. This actually might point to a different issue, which was really their problem: they had different work paths for every codec. YT also goes back and reencodes older videos to save space, which might be where most of the software encoder stack is hitting.
  10. The thing that confuses me is how this didn't end up in massive litigation much earlier. Is it maybe just a UK Court System issue, as much as anything else? Or is the Post Service courts done differently there? (Postal services are there own little worlds with histories going back centuries, so there could be oddities involved that aren't noticeable to a non-resident.) Because the first time the system dinged an fastidious record-keeper, I'd expect the case to be drug through every court in the land.
  11. VP9 isn't the exactly cheap computationally, but my real assumption is that AV1 accelerators were going to be expensive and they finally got a massive migration to in-house designs finished. I'd also take a good guess that some group got removed from the project in the middle, because it shouldn't have taken 6 years. Unless there was some long-term IP tie up issue they've just skipped mentioning.
  12. Read the blog post, and I'm rather underwhelmed. Firstly, because there is no way they were doing transcoding in "software" previously. They'd have been using accelerators inside a standard server, so this likely just means they've moved to custom server packages. This is a lot more of the result of increases in interconnect bandwidth and faster storage. The other thing is: why wasn't this done by 2015 rather than started in 2015? It's not like ASICs are new.
  13. I know people like the point about prescription drugs, even though it's actually not true. The vast, vast majority of the cost is bringing a viable candidate to market. The baseline research is a very small amount of it. (Production facilities can run into the 10s to 100s of millions, as well. They're not Silicon Nodes, but they aren't cheap either.) Also, incentive structures can work, look up "Orphan Drugs" if you want to read up in the Pharma space. That said, he's really arguing something like the FDA (or your local system) shouldn't really exist. Consumers want Standards. (And
  14. So you have a bank roll to just write off a couple of 500k tractors because no one knew it would be an issue when they were bought & is only an issue because of decisions by the company? Also, what's your take on Lemon Laws? Those bad as well?
  15. I think you fail to understand that the real reason this all got going has a lot to do with John Deere basically bricking 500k USD tractors. That's the core issue: companies are basically moving into DLC models for products a buyer has paid a lot of money for, upfront, and the trend will continue to get worse. The more software is in products, the more easily it is for a company to lockout someone that owns the product. The focus is mostly on Apple, right now, because they're the biggest brand in the world and is easier for everyone to focus on. (Basically, niche vs mass market iss
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