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19 November 2013

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Bill Tozer

RE: The Census Bureau. I seem to recall that one of the first things Obama did in his first term was to put the Census under the wings of The White House. I also recall that some cynics like moi were wondering why the change was being made.

Seems more likely that the workers did not take pride in their work. Maybe that was what Mr.Gregory was referring to when he posted the link about cheaters and liars are more apt to seek and obtain work in the government. And yes, manipulation for political purposes can and does occur. I would continue, but I don't want to get audited.

Russ Steele

Build your own quad copter and control them with open sources computers and sensors. Mored details here: http://www.aeroquadstore.com

Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple I/O board and a development environment that implements the Processing/Wiring language. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP,PD). The open-source IDE can be downloaded for free (currently for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux) from http://www.arduino.cc

Here is a link to open source control code you can experiment with.
http://code.google.com/p/aeroquad/

The AeroQuad is an open-source hardware and software project dedicated to the construction of remote controlled four-rotor helicopters, also known as quadcopters or quadrocopters.

AeroQuad hardware typically consists of an Arduino microcontroller (Mega-2560 or Uno) as the flight controller board, and an AeroQuad shield with various sensors, such as an accelerometer and gyroscope. AeroQuad software, written mostly in C and uploaded to the micro-controller via the Arduino IDE, currently supports Rate (Acrobatic) Mode that uses only the gyroscope for flight assistance, and Attitude (Stable) Mode that use both the gyroscope and accelerometer for auto-leveled flight assist. There are also additional sensors that provide numerous other optional functions, such as heading or altitude hold.
Current Features
• Multiple flight configurations are supported
◦ Quad X
◦ Quad +
◦ Quad Y4
◦ Tri
◦ Hex X
◦ Hex +
◦ Hex Y6
◦ Octo X
◦ Octo +
◦ Octo X8
• Multiple flight angle estimation algorithms supported
◦ Improved DCM (best with magnetometer)
◦ ARG (best with no magnetometer)
◦ MARG (experimental)
• Flight options supported
◦ Heading hold with magnetometer or gyro
◦ Altitude hold with barometer
◦ Altitude hold with ultrasonic sensor (best for low altitude hold and terrain following)
• Enhanced battery monitoring options
◦ Enable auto descent
◦ Specify battery cell count
◦ Integration with On Screen Display (OSD)
• Multiple receiver options
◦ 6 or 8 channel receivers supported
◦ PWM receivers
◦ PPM receivers
◦ PPM using hardware timer
▪ Specific support for Spektrum, Graupner, Robe, Hitec, Futaba, Hitec, Sanwa & others
• Telemetry options
◦ Wireless telemetry on dedicated serial port
◦ Open Log binary write
• Camera stabilization support
◦ Dedicated servo channels for roll, pitch, yaw
• Custom OSD support for MAX7456
◦ Specify video standard to use
◦ Specify callsign to display
◦ Built in attitude indicator
◦ Display altitude in feet/meters
◦ OSD system which allows remote PID tuning!
• Obstacle avoidance using ultrasonic sensors
• GPS waypoints

Most of this hardware is available in Amazon. Open source software on the web. Have fun. My experiences is that the open source software and hardware works right out of the box. Point of disclosure, I am not yet skilled enough to build quad-copters yet. But, having fun playing with Arduino micro-controlers to build sensors loggers. Stay tuned.

Gregory

Hold the presses.. this is one is, to me, unbelievable. The Not Ready for Primetime Website Players are further behind the curve than I thought possible.

Obamacare.gov has not yet finished even building the back end system that will actually pay the insurance companies for the chosen policy. They apparently haven't even gotten to the point of being tested.

http://www.nationalreview.com/campaign-spot/364342/administration-official-obamacare-payment-systems-still-need-be-built-jim

Brad Croul

Here is another link to quadrotors and algorithms,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1ShuAEIfGw

Ryan Mount

@Greg. Translated: The pretty parts are built, which are also aren't working, but at least we can say they exist.

I think Representative Gardner demonstrated great restraint here. I'm trying to understand how I would be treated if I said only 30-40% of my project was actually completed post go-live. I would be fired, re-hired, and then immediately fired again just as a sacrifice to the customer.

Where are the whistle blowers? Wouldn't you just love to see the internal memos telling everyone to keep their mouths shut?

I'm really at a loss how anyone could defend (as an apology) this system. This is more than an "all system have glitches especially new ones," this system doesn't even software that rises to the glitch category. It doesn't exist!

fish

If you like your VaporWare Ryan you can keep it!

Ryan Mount

+1 Mr. Fish.

We sometimes call it TheoryWare around my virtual office.

fish

We sometimes call it TheoryWare around my virtual office.

Not formally being in IT I rely on the Dilbert definition!

Walt

So book kook'n was also added to the stew? And here we thought it was just
the people's unemployment checks just running out, and no longer "counted".
Then there was the "seasonal adjusting". Then the other excuses for not counting
certain people. I recall when the census workers were hired, fired, rehired, over and over to boot their "employment" stats. " See? we hired "X" number of people.
This was the same time the food stamp numbers doubled.( and UP wend "down")

Plenty of us pointed out, and smelled a dead rat when the UP numbers fell for no real reason.
What really frys, is hearing LIBS saying "all's fair in love and politics" and do whatever is needed to re elect. Even this somebich.

Bill Tozer

As soon as we live Iraq, the Shiites and Sunnis will start killing each other as they have doing been for centuries and continuing to this day. Then they will turn their attention to the Kurds and start lopping off Kurdish melons for fun and sport.

Same with Afghanistan. Let them kill each other until the Tallywacker Taliban takes over and uses prisoners' heads for soccer practice, just like they did before we got involved in that time forgotten place.. Follow the bouncing ball.

If and when we do leave, we should torch all the poppy fields with Napalm or at least have our fighters turn on the after burners as the nose up over the fields. That will really get that dope pushing President and his brother upset....upset until they look out the window and see the Tallywackers coming for them. And they ain't be a'knocking to have a spot of afternoon tea.

At least there will be a few less terrorist ragheads sucking up the air I breathe.

Paul Emery

George

Perhaps you can refresh me. Under whose Administration did the war in Afghanistan begin and was it still going when he (or she) left office?

Paul Emery

Should have been for Bill

Gregory

Ryan, two words... Potemkin Software.

Potemkinware?

Ryan Mount

> Potemkin Software

After I stopped laughing at this astute bit of sarcasm, I started thinking if anyone had the nerve to name their start-up company this. I was thinking it might be a suicidal GenX ironic company name, or a Millennial start up in daft seriousness. Wrong on both assumptions, thankfully. Regarding the latter, this assumes that a Millennial would be disciplined enough to start a company of value beyond the current 17 apps/sites that just post selfie* variants.

I'm beginning to think the whole world is turning into the end scenes of Blazing Saddles.


* "Selfie" is the Oxford word of 2013. We're rotting from the inside out, one bathroom selfie picture at a time.

fish

I started thinking if anyone had the nerve to name their start-up company this.

I'm not sure, given some of the names I see associated with software, that this would be a problem.....in the US anyway. People would probably get it in Europe....maybe Asia. Here though it's just "edgy and different".


sigh.....

Ryan Mount

Cargo Cult Software. (this is more fun than naming rock bands)

fish

...(this is more fun than naming rock bands)


Broken Promises Software
.....a wholly owned subsidiary of Lowered Expectations (sorry SNL) Enterprises!

Gregory

I once considered using FBN Engineering for a home office (FBN for Fly By Night) but couldn't come up with a good serious alternative to be a plausible intended name in case I actually got a good contract going.

fish

Federal Bureau of Navigation......nahh...you'd probably get in trouble for that.

Fairly Bad N.....Nit...no....

Fortran Bungler Nation......wow...you're right that's a stumper.

Walt

Blazing Saddles you say? Obama sure has the aspirations and attitude of Mr. Headly.
The fake toll booth,(Obamacare sign up suckers)town built overnight is the ("O"care website), The "hood" recruitment center is pretty much equal to the NSA,IRS,EPA,DOJ,
and the census dept.
Even the fake hate on the sheriff. ( He was Black by the way)
The house of cards on Warner Bros. back lot is pretty much the above mentioned agencies.
The "fight" plows right through every false wall separating the players.

" What a tangled web we weave, when our mission's to deceive."

Paul Emery

George

Well, Bush Jr was just on TV and stated we should stay in Afghanistan indefinably so the women and young girls could get an education. Is that what you meant by "America’s continuing interests "?

what would your reaction be if Obama proposed that?

“My concern of course is that the United States gets weary of being in Afghanistan and says, ‘It’s not worth it, let’s leave’ and Laura and I believe that if that were to happen, women would suffer again,”

http://www.politico.com/blogs/onmedia/0411/Bush_Stay_in_Afghanistan_for_womens_sake.html

Bill Tozer

Mr. Paul: Of course President George W. Bush led us into Afganistain, to answer the question you posed on comments 11-12. It was right after 9/11 and we told the Taiban to turn over Osama Bin Laying at the Bottom of the Sea Laden or else. They refused, we went in and took the country with less than 500 of our best. Some say 200 took most of the country. Dynamite fall from sky! CIA riding donkeys.

Now we are in the longest war in US History over in Afganistan. Hard to believe, isn't it. We did not even get a nice warm Afgan Sweater for all our efforts. Yes, I am War Weary. Busting up persons, places, and things gets old when you reach a certain age.

At least someone is standing up for Women's Rights over there and world wide. It ain't the fems, that's for sure. It ain't Ms. Gloria Steinman or Ms. Golira Aldridge and it ain't NOW. Not even Brother Ben. Its George W Bush and his gentle spirit wife, Laura. Boy, Laura is not outspoken like the the ranting Feminists professors on our college campuses nor like Maxine Waters defending the fairer sex. Laura is soft yet strong. Her campaign behind the scenes for literacy and women's rights in shithole countries is just a continuation of her beliefs.

Remember that young girl in Pakistan who got plugged in the face because she was walking to school? That be against Allah's will. Well, she got snubbed for the Noble Peace Prize consideration because the Ragheads got all upset and the committee dumped her like a bad habit. Poor courageous young lady, still fighting the good fight, even with the lovely Mullahs saying they will kill her if given the chance.

Who is standing tall for these oppressed enslaved women as the world remains silent on the issue? Why, it is Mr. and Mrs. Bush.

Todd Juvinall

BillT, liberals could care less about the state of women in Muslim countries. But don't dare say anything about Muslims here or they get outraged. My My. The greater good for all if we can help make it happen is to change the hearts and minds of the men in Muslim countries who treat women as chattel. Hell, the poor girls can't even drive a car there!

So, when you pose a point to PaulE he will never agree that it is Bush that saved thousands of women in those two countries from rape, murder and slavery. He just can't bring himself to give Bush any sincere thanks. Same with AIDS in Africa. I remember when the left chastised Reagan for an alleged neglect of the problem and then later we have Bush spending billions to help them over in Africa and the left is crickets. PaulE, why have you never thanked Bush for helping Afirca fight AIDS?

George Rebane

PaulE 734pm - no, America's interests for staying should be more selfish than that.

Paul Emery

Todd

Women can't drive cars in Saudie Arabia as well, where many of the Bush's favorite families rule.

Bill Tozer

Them right leaning majority of the American populace are getting more selfish by the day. Gosh, its a pity to see all them selfish folks out there.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-19/obamacare-shows-how-americans-are-becoming-jerks.html

Paul Emery

You're quite a sensitive guy Todd using words like "change the hearts and minds" Perhaps I'm getting to you after all.

Todd Juvinall

No PaulE, I have always been a sensitive chap. You are the hardcore fellow. No acknowledgement on the the plight of women in Muslim countries and Bush's attempt to help. I think maybe you should loosen up more and smell the roses.

Paul Emery

So you're right there with the Bushman Todd. We should stay in Afghanistan to help the women. I'm sure you agree then that women have the right to choose in this country.

Walt

ANY good that came from the Bush Presidency will never be admitted by a guy "who has no dog in the fight"
Whatever Bush did that raised the hackles of Lefties, "O" gets an attaboy, and a put on a pedestal for doing the exact same thing.

Bush got reamed for Katrina, but "O" gets a pass from his own disaster of " Sandy". I don't recall the Bush Admin changing the rules mid stream like "O" and Co. did when Sandy made landfall. It was a "hurricane",, until it was 20 feet from shore, then " downgraded" to a "tropical storm". And all because of money and disaster aid. ( we can't be helping those Repub dominated voting arias)
But,,, "O" and Co. got a pass.

Here we are close to the Holidays. The war on Christianity is alive and well from the Leftists. From children being bared from wearing a simple cross to school, to when Christmas music that mention Jesus and GOD can be played in public. And all at the same time protecting Mooslums " religious rights, and from any form of persecution.

fish

So you're right there with the Bushman Todd. We should stay in Afghanistan to help the women. I'm sure you agree then that women have the right to choose in this country.

You are the clumsiest, most ham fisted guy I've ever seen on a blog trying to get from a point made to the conclusion he really, really wants to get to. From women driving in Muslim countries.......followed by that great leeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaapppppp.....to the right to an abortion in the US.

It's a good thing you're not a defense attorney.....hello lethal injection!

Todd Juvinall

fish, you have him right. When he is trampled over in the debate, he changes the subject. That is his style. So, over the years when he does this, I know I have kicked his ass. Too funny!!

Paul Emery

Gosh Fish I was truly moved by Todds belief that we should spend American blood and fortune in Afghanistan to help the women there and it seemed an appropriate assumption that his respect for women's rights should extend to those in our country. As far as changing the debate is was George that asked for a justification for our involvement in that country so I thought a current explanation from the President in charge at the time of our invasion would be relevant. Sorry this was confusing to you.

fish

Sorry this was confusing to you.

Yeah....dealing with the Emery boys is making me slow witted.....like not knowing when to stop bobbing for apples.....no matter how much fun it is ya gotta know it's costing you brain cells!

I defer to your superior skilz!


Did you know that Denmark has universal health care...comes right out of their taxes.....fancy that.

Paul Emery

Yes it does Fish just like the costs of Romneycare which is to send them to the Emergency Room. Who do you think ultimately pays for that?

Bill Tozer

Isn't it about time some libhole brings up the evils of capital punishment? A woman's right to choose is capital punishment. Capital punishment for those that have done no wrong. Guess the Pro Lifers and the Pro Deathers just don't see eye to eye. But, Bush did it first!

This whole divide started because of 500,000 billion trillion zillion years of slavery perpetrated by Zulu Warriors from the evil capitalist pig heartless Zulu Nation. Yes, none other than the fascist Zulu Nation. But, of course, Bush was there well before that, messing up things when the little Milky Way Galaxy was just a twinkle in W's eye. Its all Bush's fault. Even today, BarackObama (of BarackObamacare notoriety) confesses "the Bush Dude made me do it!"

fish

Yes it does Fish just like the costs of Romneycare which is to send them to the Emergency Room. Who do you think ultimately pays for that?

Don't know...don't really care! I'm not from Massachusetts Paul. I didn't vote for Romney.

Paul Emery

I was referring to Romneys "plan" when he ran for President

fish

I was referring to Romneys "plan" when he ran for President

I didn't vote for him then either.

Helpful hint... tu quoque is both fallacious and childish...which is why I think you employ it so often.

Gregory

Fish, thanks for the tu quoque reference... I'm always happy to learn a hoity-toity name for an old fallacy.

BTW regarding Denmark's universal healthcare, I think a key part to their welfare state is the old fashioned ability of Danes to be unapologetically judgmental when people are behaving badly or not doing a good job. The Danish model would never work here.

fish

Fish, thanks for the tu quoque reference... I'm always happy to learn a hoity-toity name for an old fallacy.

You're welcome Greg...you seem to be, other than our proprietor, the resident intellect around here....I thought tu quoque would have already been in your arsenal.

The Denmark reference wasn't an endorsement....Paul seems to have a habit of dropping "throw away" sales pitches in some of his posts. IIRC we were discussing something vaguely health care related and no way related to socialized european medicine at all when he lobbed yet another "non sequitur" on his way out of the discussion. I decided that I was going to emulate that posting style for a while to see if it suited me.

fish

.....I thought tu quoque would have already been in your arsenal.

In re-reading this snippet it dawns on me that the phrasing might lead you (Greg) to think the I was implying that you use the "tu quoque" argument. This was not my intent.

The sentence was intended to convey your knowledge of, not use of the technique.

Gregory

Not at all phish, it was taken as intended, and I really was delighted to read up on tu quoque.

It also reminded me of how torqued I was in high school when it was time for me to start the two years of a foreign language and they'd just dropped Latin, leaving me with a choice of German or Spanish.

Guten tag, Louisa, wie geht's?

The only lecture in Latin I ever sat through was this gem:
Romanes eunt domus
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIAdHEwiAy8

My loss.

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