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I think I’ve had a few iOS devices

So I was buying a random e-book today, and here are my install choices:

Screenshot 2018 04 08 14 43 09

Yeesh. That’s a lot of device hardware.

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Today is looking good

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New Apple bug

Twice in two days, when I plug in the monitors I get solid colors and nothing else. Forced reboot.

Come on Apple, fix this crap.

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New space grey keyboard

I am disproportionately happy about this. I held onto my corded keyboard for years to keep the numeric keys. New one is solid and a joy to use.

The black cable is a nice touch.

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Wandering hours with unique lume

Chris found this – a really excellent video of ‘night clock’ from the 1600s.

Now that’s old school.

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As phubbard, I am miffed

‘Phubbing’ Is Hurting Your Relationships. Here’s What It Is

via What Is Phubbing? Why It’s Bad for Relationships and Mental Health | Time

phubbing is just too close to my usual phubbard.

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Free* ebook on distributed systems

If you are willing to fork over an email address, then Microsoft is giving away copies of the O’Reilly book “Designing Distributed Systems” and from the first chapter I’ve read it seems good. The ‘sidecar pattern’ already matches how we use nginx at work, for example.

Head on over to  Designing Distributed Systems E-Book | Microsoft Azure to get a copy.

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Wyze camera

This thing is awesome. Think cheap machine vision experiments, doorbells, baby monitors, time-lapse, home security. 1080p, wireless, with sound and more.

The hardware is a small cube, here on the shelf:

The iOS app is good, here’s a screenshot:

And it saves to device with a click:

Pros

Night vision works pretty well with four 0.5W IR LEDs. And you can even use it as a webcam/intercom or baby cam. And an SD card to record.

It can trigger based on motion and send push notifications but I’ve yet to try that.

Drawbacks

Limited to about 10 fps.

Needs WiFi and power.

No Ethernet.

Frequently out of stock on Amazon.

But damn, at $30 who cares? Head on over to Amazon and buy one to try.

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Today’s NSFW fun

First link is so-so, but videos aren’t safe. Totally worth your time for both videos and the MF discussion. In case you’re curious, it’s the video and the making-of video for Turn Down for What (by DJ Snake & Lil Jon). Much more interesting and funny than you’d expect.

http://www.metafilter.com/173160/Our-moms-werent-happy

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Urban surveillance in San Diego

I am beta-testing an iOS app that shows ADS-B flight data, and yesterday this showed up:

That is not normal. I did a search for ‘N812FS’ and found this:

The story explains that this plane, a turboprop Pilatus PC12, is owned and flown by FLIR Systems and

…air mission profiles fall into 4 different areas: demonstration, transportation, cargo and engineering. Greg says that approximately 60% of their flights fall into the demonstration category. With a maximum cruise speed of 280 kts, a range of over 1500 nm, and short-field takeoff and landing capabilities of 2650 ft and 1850 ft, respectively, they can take a sensor almost anywhere in the world for show-and-tell to potential customers.

From the product page for the FLIR Ultra 8500 we learn that it is

The world’s number one selling law enforcement thermal imager, the Ultra8500 is a compact, stabilized multi-sensor system designed for Pursuit/Patrol and Surveillance missions. This model is based on the 9″ gimbal design, configured for specific law enforcement missions.

So basically FLIR (the company, that is) is circling for hours over a few neighborhoods, capturing video and showing what it can do for potential clients, presumably the local police department. Here’s a snip from the product sheet:

I have the $320 version that attaches to your phone, and even it is surprisingly capable.

E.g. here I used it to look for leaks in a drain, which is easy if you run hot water to provide contrast:

Or insulation:

And my server closet – that Airport does run hot.

I’d guess that the airborne version could easily spot grow houses, which matters less now that California has legalized pot. More worrying to me is that fact that, due to a mild climate, many local houses were built with no wall insulation at all, thus meaning that the airborne FLIR can literally see through walls. If you add a dirt box to the plane too, it’s scary as hell.

Here’s the thing: In Kyllo v United States, the Supreme Court ruled that FLIR imaging was a search and required a warrant. What’s a company doing? Is it legal? Are they selling imagery or derived data to law enforcement for the disgrace that is ‘parallel construction’?