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  1. That is the crux of it. We're doing it as a pilot program. It's all proof of concept right now. There's no guarantee that this'll be the next big thing. So far, the DJI Phantom 4 Pro has performed wonderfully. The software that we use to map the flight path is a bit glitchy sometimes, but can usually be fixed easily. We've got a guy who has passed the FAA cert for commercial drone flight, and he's the one going out and getting the images. My main thing was that it would be really awesome if I could go to my boss and show him it was feasible to build a drone that would compete with the DJI for the same amount or slightly less. The more I look at it, the more I think that the tech isn't ready yet.
  2. Sony cameras? The sensors I've been looking at are small ultrasonic rangefinders. Did you see a post where someone else was using cameras as a sensor suite?
  3. Wow. That's a hell of a price drop. Makes me wonder if they're coming out with some new shiny soon?
  4. I work for an insurance company that's trying to keep adjusters from falling off of buildings by looking at the feasibility of using drones to map roof claims. As a proof of concept, my boss bought a $1500 DJI Phantom 4 Pro. He's asked me to look into building drones as a feasible way to keep costs down. I've been researching it, but I keep coming against conflicting data. I was looking at using the following list as a preliminary build, and kept seeing people who have a similar build saying that everything works great and that it flies beautifully. But when I run the math (using a SWAG for the mass of some of the items), it's a bumblebee. It's too heavy to fly, it will only fly for maybe 6-8 minutes, etc. I'll grant that I'm looking at doing some things that probably haven't really been done as much in home builds of aerial photography drones, but I need to beat a Phantom 4 in price and ability if possible, which is no mean feat. My Preliminary Parts List (All Multiples for Redundancy): Flight System 1x S550 F550 Upgrade Hexacopter Fuselage Frame Kit PCB w/Carbon Fiber Landing Gear 3x Crazepony 4pcs Emax Mt2213 935kv Brushless Motor with Orignal 1045 Propller for DJI F450 F550 Quad Hex Octo Copter 2CW 2CCW 3x Makerfire 4pcs BLHeli_S 30A ESC OPTO Electronic Speed Controller 3-6S Brushless for FPV Multicopter Quadcopter 2x APM2.8 ArduPilot Flight Controller+6M GPS+915Mhz Telemetry+ Power Module RC150 6x MB1010 LV-MaxSonar-EZ1 Range Finder (I'm not sure about this one. For the way that we want to use it, it really needs a collision detection system, and I've found posts of ymmv results with ultrasonic sonar. I'm open to suggestions as long as it's not too crazily expensive.) 3x Venom 20C 3S 5400mAh 11.1V LiPo Battery for DJI Flame Wheel F550 RC Hexacopter (This is one that I saw suggested for the size and typical weight of the materials used. Payload 1x Quanum FY Mini 3D PROS 3 Axis Gimbal - GoPro Hero4 Session Compatible 1x GoPro HERO Session And here's my basic guesstimate on weight: Frame: 550g Motors: 330g ESCs: 46g Flight Controller/Avionics: ~120g (Can't find exact weights for all components included in the flight controller package) Battery: 450g Gimbal: 167g Sensors (NOT INCLUDING MOUNTING HARDWARE): 42g (Figure mounting hardware will be plastic, and probably pretty light.) GoPro Session: 74g Estimated GTOW: 1611g or just about 3.5 lbs. Any and all help is appreciated. If there's something I'm missing, feel free to let me know.
  5. I'm starting a homelab with what modest means I have available. I've started setting up an i5 Intel NUC with Proxmox so that I can virtualize a few small appliances. I have a really small network of maybe 10 devices on a good day, so I think I can get away with what I want to do. I'm wanting to set it up so that I have a pfSense firewall appliance, and a *nix distro running my DNS DHCP server. Both of these roles are relatively light for a NUC running on an i5 with 16GB of RAM. What I would like to know is if anyone else has travelled this path before me, and if so, how did it turn out?
  6. neoknight88


    I just found out about Shenzhen I/O. You design the circuit, then write the assembly to create your own computer inside your computer. Something something meta... http://store.steampowered.com/app/504210/
  7. Don't forget your quotes around your strings. I know it's standard to C++ and Javascript, but I work with a guy who beat his head against the desk for 6 hours looking for the source of the missing ; before statement, and it turned out that he hadn't put quotes around his string. As far as debugging, I haven't done with just javascript, but when mixing PHP, Javascript, and HTML, I like to use the Firebug extension for Firefox. I've been able to track down some issues that just don't show up otherwise, and it especially helps with the javascript, assuming it's in a .js file and NOT in <script> tags. That's my .02 cents, YMMV, and I approve this message.
  8. While Codecademy is a good start, you may also want to check out your local library. They'll likely have some books on programming, usually C++, C, and Java if nothing else. Having multiple resources usually helps when trying to learn coding.
  9. As far as a first language, I would say C or maybe C++. But I would recommend learning VB, Java, C#, C++, Python, Assembly, basically anything you can get your hands on. While there are differences, there are a lot of similarities that may help you understand something in one language that's escaping you in another.
  10. neoknight88


    Hacknet is pretty cool. I also like Hacker Evolution, and TIS-100. I think that TIS-100 is a great assembly based sim.
  11. If I didn't need Visual Studio Enterprise for school, I'd remove Windows 10 from all my devices and just use Linux, probably Arch. Since I need it, and I need it to perform quickly, I'm stuck with Microshaft Winblows.
  12. With Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain already out, I was wondering if there's anyone else here as enamored by the story as I am. It's amazing just how far things have come from Metal Gear back in 1987. We have gone from a game that took about an two hours to beat, to a 40+ hour game experience that still manages to embrace a well rounded story, an enjoyable game play experience, and give us an open world to explore. I gladly tip my hat to Hideo Kojima and his hard working team.
  13. Haven't done it with Kali, but with Ubuntu, it broke grub, but that was easy to fix with a live CD/USB. Other than that, Windows 10 doesn't interact or affect it at all.
  14. Hell, I have an ASUS X550 with an i3, and that works wonderfully with every *nix distro I've tried. I'm currently running Ubuntu, and after bootup, I'm using 450MB of RAM, 3% CPU, and it honestly does everything I need it to. It's not expensive, and it works very well for the cost. But that's just my two cents.
  15. Since I haven't bothered to post one before this... Favourite game: Any of the Metal Gear Solid Series, but MGS3 has a special place in my heart. Favourite OS: Arch Linux Favourite console: Other than PC, I enjoy playing my PS3. Nationality: American Accent: Only if I'm trying. Sex: Male Race: White Height: Tall enough Favourite band: Rush Favourite book: Time Enough for Love Favourite author: Robert Heinlein Favourite movie: Back to The Future 2 Favourite TV Show: Firefly Favourite actor: Nathan Fillion Other hobbies: I build and play guitars, and pretty much anything that requires use of the hands and mind. Occupation: Tech Support Representative, which is a really boring way of saying that I'm the idiot on the other end of the line when someone calls in about their baby monitor, business phone, credit line, electric car charger, etc.
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