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Technical Ramblings

Ramblings of a GIS Hacker

Published: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:35:30 +0000


Some YouTube-related Forms

Mon, 17 Aug 2015 00:35:30 +0000

If you ever see a video, and you’re like “Why is this watch next recommendation from YouTube so crappy?!”, then you should fill out this form for bad watch next suggestions. If you ever see a video, and you’re like “Holy crap, it’s like I’m watching a dithered display from 2002 in here; these blocky artifacts [...]

Hawk vs. Drone: Fair Use and Copyright

Fri, 08 May 2015 12:02:36 +0000

So, I have a popular YouTube video. (It’s not that popular anymore, but it was once.) YouTube recommended I watch a video: Drone Crash, Fail & Win Compilation 2015, Part 3/3 (watch in 1080p). So, I watched it, and was somewhat surprised to see a video I recognized in it: mine. Now, this particular video is not licensed [...]

FAA Enforcement Could Cost You

Thu, 08 Jan 2015 14:07:51 +0000

The FAA’s ability to enforce civil penalties against safe flyers of UAV craft has not yet been tested in court, but don’t take this to mean that flying drones commercially is without risks: even in cases where the FAA isn’t assessing fines, handling the legal side of an FAA investigation can be a long, drawn-out [...]

Learning new things

Wed, 03 Dec 2014 05:06:07 +0000

One kind of sad thing about learning new things about software while working for Google: It is unlikely anything that you learn about specific tools outside of Google will be relevant to the tools you use for work inside, and vice versa. In general, Google has a massive set of awesome tools for everything from deployment [...]

Initial Warlords of Draenor Thoughts

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 04:24:29 +0000

Today, I started playing WoW: Warlords of Draenor. After playing for two hours (just hitting level 91), I have to say that it certainly feels compelling: there was essentially no point in the story where I felt like the action stopped. I moved from task to task — helping defeat a massive army, unlocking some members [...]

Net Neutrality: What it Needs to be About

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:06:41 +0000

I recently read through a long series of comments on Net Neutrality between two people at different ends of the political spectrum — most of them about traffic shaping, which is where a lot of the net neutrality debate has centered over the past year. I wrote a long response about traffic shaping policies, but [...]

Hawk attacks Drone: The Hype Dies Down

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 04:04:14 +0000

It seems like my 15 minutes of fame are mostly coming to a close. I’m still getting some 6000 hits/hour, but it’s nowhere near what it was — it peaked at over 130000 hits/hour right after the Daily Mail published their article. All of the other metrics have died down as well — Twitter posts, [...]

Hawk Attacks Quadcopter!

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 06:21:53 +0000

This morning, while out flying, a hawk attacked my quadcopter, while flying along the Charles River, in Cambridge. You can see the video — one of my most popular ever — on YouTube: Of course, because it’s popular, it also means you can see it in a lot of other places — LiveLeak being a ‘primary’ source [...]

Social Networks and Business Plans

Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:20:27 +0000

Like everyone on the internet, I’ve seen a lot about Ello in the last week or so. While I’m not convinced Ello is the next big thing, more recently, there have been articles about how Ello must be planning to sell you out, because their proposed business model can never work, and all Venture Capitalists [...]

Creating Sculptures of the World with Computers and Math

Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:12:35 +0000

The world around us is a complex place. Sometimes you just want to hold a tiny piece of it in your hand — and with some relatively low cost technological investment, you can do so. Using a $500 quadcopter, I have successfully captured images of a building, converted those images to a 3D model, and [...]