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Most of the people who do it aren't around over the "keep a tree indoors" season, and the 2nd is a public holiday (UK, Oz, parts of Europe, USA, ...) so the 3rd seems like a good choice. Be a shame to waste a good 'un because nobody is there to read it!
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Thanks to those who both create pods and all those who developed podcasts I no longer have to listen to bad radio and even worse satire for my commute and can stimulate myself with listening to code blocks and similar podcasts instead of mind numbingly repetitive pop radio.
May these people be blessed with bug free code and sane managers.
The Omega-2 Computer on a Chip module I ordered as part of the start-up's initial fundraising effort has shipped. Now I have to figure out what I want to do with it. I posted about the initial offering on a gun enthusiasts's forum when I first learned about the opportunity, but my post got deleted for no known reason; I presume that it was because the post didn't mention firearms.
I'd like some ideas for implementing this tiny computer in an application that would be useful to shooters. One of my thoughts is to make a small Theremin device that uses the metal mass of a bullet passing through a pair of electrodes to produce a frequency shift strong enough to detect and quantify.Any other thoughts about how to measure speed would be most welcome...
Be careful it might get deleted here because it does mention firearms
Seriously - Omega-2 what cool project! My gut feeling says it might be physically too hard to measure with such technology but that is just a feeling maybe you have a more solid foundation in physics. The first image that pops up in my head is (not new but could need a new generation) an audio feedback device/system to bring the visually impaired to the shooting range.
[EDIT] I meant to say: measure with any good accuracy.
Good point - I don't know how fast a metal detection device can respond to a few grains of lead or copper passing by. I'm thinking now that it might not be adequate, at least not at audio frequencies. Response times are usually measured in cycles, so it might be better to use a tuned RF tank which can be influenced by passing bits of metal. Hmm...
The biggest problem that I have with such safety devices is that a malicious hacker could lock out the legitimate owner, making the weapon impossible to use when necessary. A civilian-owned weapon is by is nature an emergency device - to be used only in self-defense. An emergency device that doesn't work is worse than useless.
My preferred firearms-safety idea would be a finger- or palm-print reader built into the gun. If multiple prints can be registered, it would make the weapon usable by the legitimate owner(s), but not by anyone else (including children who happen to discover it)!
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
There are a number of such technologies being developed; none work, though that doesn't stop the wishful thinking of anti-gun legislators. It's a noble idea, in some ways, but responsible ownership is far better.
Now, a tracking device <b>would</b> be a useful feature, but I think that's already been done. I recently saw a product that will communicate its position to any bluetooth-enabled device, and I think that would be a great help in recovering stolen property.
People who write allegorical stories often are, because they think that everyone is completely stupid for not getting every tiny reference and nuance they added to the story, and they take it as an insult.
The fact that they are the only people in the world who could possibly get the obscured-times-infinity reference or nuance is irrelevant: If you don't get it, you don't get the book, so why are you wasting my time talking to me?
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
But alas, not the one we could most easily have been without...
Anything that is unrelated to elephants is irrelephant Anonymous - The problem with quotes on the internet is that you can never tell if they're genuine Winston Churchill, 1944 - I'd just like a chance to prove that money can't make me happy. Me, all the time
You have my sincere sympathies: I lost my parents many years apart, and that was bad enough. To lose them both in a short time must be horrible.
And yes, there do seem to be more passings than usual: Herself lost her sister at the end of November as well, Alan's cancer finally caught up with him this year, as well as Bowie, Prince, and the rest.