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  1. I have invested many months and many moneys into flying drones. It is a very good idea to practice with a small one. And it's very fun to fly. I started with the Hubsan X4. However, I would recommend for you, the Blade Nano QX RTF. It is a bit more money, but it is far more stable, which is great for beginners. It's also lighter than the Hubsans, and have blade guards. Its very hard to break.(My friends throw things at it to knock it out of the sky while I fly it, it's been hit by shoes and other heavy things without breaking). And if you do break it, your local hobby shop will have parts for it, so you can get back up and flying the same day. Be sure to find the RTF(ready to fly) and not the BNF(bind and fly). You can then use the transmitter that came with the quadcopter for many of blade's other mini or micro models. The only other recommendation I have for you is to see if you can find any RC clubs or groups around where you live. There are different "transmitter modes," which correspond to what each of the sticks do. In the USA, we fly primarily Mode 2. In the UK, it's mostly Mode 1. In Australia, it was primarily Mode 1, but Mode 2 is becoming popular there too. I would ask a local flying club which mode they use, and go with that.
  2. I was lucky enough to get a couple thousand dollars worth of liquors handed down to me, so I have been mixing quite a bit as well. Since you said you like SoCo, try this mixed drink out: The Alabama Slammer. 1 oz. SoCo, 1 oz. Amoretto, 0.5 oz Grenadine(or Sloe Gin), orange juice, ice. Mix everything but the OJ, and pour over Ice. Then fill the glass with the orange juice and give it one more swirl. If you're having a party, and want to make something that tastes good and will really get you drunk, I suggest you make Skipper. I promise you, as long as you don't make any substitutions. I have served this for dozens of people and everybody absolutely loves it! Just be sure to tell everyone that it is deceptively strong. 12 Cans of Natural Ice beer. 1/2 a handle of the cheapest 80 proof vodka you can find. I'm talking about the $11 handles. 2 cans of minute maid frozen pink lemonade mix. most big grocery stores have this near the frozen deserts section. Pour everything into a punch bowl or other large container. Be sure to pour the beer slowly so it doesn't get all foamy.
  3. Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey is delicious. It tastes like Big Red chewing gum, has a bit of a kick to it too. Three Olives 'Dude' is a vodka that tastes a lot like Mountain Dew. Svedka Citron is good. Despite it being lemon flavored and smelling like lemon pledge, it is actually sweet, not sour. Jack Daniels honey whiskey is very smooth. All 4 of these are very easy going, especially in shots. They go down without the need for a chaser for most people I drink with.
  4. Sounds somewhat similar to this: http://revision3.com/tbhs/hak5 The hardware support is there, what's left with the software would be up to you.
  5. Most likely not, unless there is major major work done. The processor architecture of the Pi will not allow it to run anything designed for x86 type processors. If you really want a version of Windows to run on a raspi, you're best bet would be to try and get Windows CE running on it
  6. Do you charge your phone while playing music? If so, try unplugging the charger. If it sounds better, it means you have a ground loop(basically 2 paths to the negative terminal of your car battery). This is a common occurrence with many portable devices. Apple's devices seem to be one of the few that don't seem to suffer from it because they seem to isolate the grounds within the device, and tend to have nicer quality DAC's (digital-analog converter). If this is the case, you have a few solutions: 1. Get a ground loop isolator like this one 2. Use a head unit that plays your music via USB connection, which will also charge your device. 3. Use bluetooth or get a bluetooth aux adaptor like this
  7. Theoretically, yes, but the downfall is that these devices have code on them that's specifically for bitcoin mining. You would have to modify or write your own code for other uses, and that is no simple task for FPGAs, since everything is done in digital logic rather than a programming language like C, and their performance relies on how efficiently you write your logic. The reason it works for bitcoin is that everything is the same encryption, the same length, etc. You hardly find that with passwords, so for max performance, you need to write different logic sets for different types of passwords and encryption methods
  8. I haven't posted in a while on these forums, but I still get the email updates. When this hit my inbox, I had to reply... Do you live in the USA? If so, there are some major violations on your school's part. I know this from being very familiar with law enforcement officials. A principal or teacher can never search your person. That is your private property and they conducted an unlawful search and seizure. The only time this does not apply is when you are under accusation of carrying something that endangers the physical lives of those in the school(a gun, bomb, etc.). Your car is also off-limits, even if parked on school property(of course, anything that can be seen in plain sight from outside the car can be used for suspicion . The only thing school officials have the ability to touch is a school locker, which is school property. Aside from that, everything done is against common sense as well as the law. A school can't detain a student just because they know he/she used drugs, and found drugs on campus. Just because you know a lot about computers doesn't mean you hacked school and personal accounts. Just because you are of middle east descent does not mean you were the cause of a terrorist attack. In another relation, you cannot arrest somebody for owning lock picks(in most communities) just because it gives them the ability to break into a house or car. I have gone through similar issues in high school(though not to the degree you are describing). Whenever anything happened at school, I was always got a call "Michael... what did you do to this?" People knew I knew a lot about computers and networking, but I have never done anything because 1. I would be the prime suspect anyways, and 2. Public school = federal offense. Yet, people blamed me anyways. Never it has lead to disciplinary action in my case, but if I was in your shoes, I would contact the press, both physical media and online. Tweeting to the right people can help you out as well. Shoot an email to someone in the EFF. A site like gizmodo.com loves to feature a story like this and they would start hounding school officials for comments. Finally, I'd get a lawyer involved. You were discriminated against, unlawfully detained, unlawfully searched, and withheld from school because of it. Again, the EFF would be of help finding a lawyer who understands what a pineapple is, etc. It seems to me that if you really want to fight this, you could make college tuition out of it. They owe you at least that much. As for detaining you because of the hak5 sticker on your laptop because of the word "hack:" It is people like this who I wish I could "hack" their heads off with something slow and painful, over the course of 6 or 7 hours. Of course, if you did do all of those alleged things, well... that was pretty dumb... :P but without probable cause the above still applies. The above is all opinion based advice and should not be taken as official legal council.
  9. hmm... The first things that come to mind would be keymapper and autohotkey, but I think that they would remap the numpad of both the seperate numpad as well as the numpad built into your desktop's keyboard, that is, if your keyboard has a numpad. If it doesn't, then this is easily the best way to go.
  10. Thanks guys, but I tried all of these suggestions but to no avail. Originally, I put the sensor line for the pump on the cpu fan line, but ran power directly from the PSU(since the pump is rated for up to 2A). I unplugged this and ran with some random 120mm fan I had plugged in the CPU port. The fan spun, but still no post. I did send an email to newegg and they said that they would gladly take it back(even though it is far out of warranty), so I am quite happy! I did take that chance to upgrade to a nicer mobo and got the Asus Maximus III gene and it runs spectacularly! Thanks!
  11. I don't know about being able to without some sort of wireless sniffer, but the onstar box itself is pretty big. In my grandfather's 2006 Envoy it is about the size of a lunch box and is underneath the rear pasenger seat. It has a motorola sticker on it. You can be sure there is no tracking being done if you just unplug that box
  12. Hey, does anybody have some knowledge that could help me out here? I have been building up my computer for quite a while, and this summer, I built a case for my system out of an old Power Mac G5 case. I have had this thing powered off and put away for almost the entire summer, and over the summer I have added a liquid cooling loop, A bluray burner, and a second graphics card to do crossfire. The thing is, once I built everything up, I have a non-functioning computer! Here are my symptoms: 1. Green LED on mobo(used to remind you that your PSU still has power and is powering the mobo) is on. 2. Power supply is confirmed to function properly 3. On power on, fans and pump run full speed, all peripheral devices work. 4. Fans/pump stay full speed until I hold the power button for 2 seconds to turn it off. 5. No POST beeps, no video out. And here is my system specs: (All links point to newegg for quick specs lookup. Mobo: Asus P7P55 LX CPU: Intel Core i7-875k GPU: 2x Sapphire ATI Radeon 5870 eyefinity6 RAM: 12GB Mushkin Enhanced PC3-10666, 9-9-9-24 (only 4GB installed for test) HDD: 4x Samsung 500GB drives(not connected) ODD: sony BWU-200S bluray burner(not connected) PSU: Rosewill RBR1000-M 1000w Hopefully someone can help me with this issue, As I just got my whole system plumbed and filled, and I will be leaving for college in 3 days
  13. Yes, it is very simple to set up, especially if you have a cat5 cable running between the 2. nothing needs to be changed on your main router, as long as you know the router IP address, subnet mask, and the DHCP scope(what addresses it will assign to your other computers.) On the 2nd router(linksys) log into the web interface. on the first page, Under Router Setup, you should see 4 fields. Local IP address, subnet mask, gateway, and local dns. Local IP address: You're statically assigning a new ip address based on the info you found from your first router, chances are, will work for you. REMEMBER THIS IP ADDRESS! Subnet mask: same as your main router, most likely Gateway: put in your main router's ip address Local DNS: put in your main router's ip address Then scroll down to Network Address Server Settings (DHCP) Look for something that says DHCP Server, and check the Disable box. Save settings, and plug in like this: Main router-(use one of the 1-4 computer ports) ------------- cat5 ---------------- 2nd router-(use one of the 1-4 computer ports) There you go. your main router takes care of dns and dhcp, so your second router is basically just an access point. configure wifi settings however you want, but i have found that when I do it like this, if both routers have the same SSID, windows will group them together, but MAC OS X(i haven't tested this since I have had leopard so maybe it has changed) has errors with this configuration. your best bet is to name them differently. good luck!
  14. Has anybody here used either the Weller WES51 or the Hakko FX-888? I have to give back my school's WES50 that I have fallen in love with. I have checked many websites with all the reviews being on the fence... Weller WES51 Hakko FX-888
  15. Check out adobe Muse. its free in beta right now, and it is really slick. It's basically for those who are good in creative design but dont want to be bothered with coding. Basically, Apple's iWeb on crack. http://muse.adobe.com/ It won't teach you how to code, but it will make a cool website and you can always dive into the code and write it out like Dreamweaver.
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