Driverless cars are on trial in Greenwich, UK: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-39496321
Bosch and Daimler want to run driverless taxies “by the start of the next decade”: http://fortune.com/2017/04/04/daimler-bosch-self-driving-taxis/
Elon Musk’s Neuralink wants to boost the brain to keep up with AI
For last two months I’ve been using Virgin Media Hub 3.0 and I haven’t found a single think to like about it. Part of it is that Virgin Media internet isn’t as good as promised – 200Mbps link gives this speed only during benchmarks to VM servers. Real world speeds usually hover around 20Mbps with up to 50-60Mbps when using multiple sources – for tasks like downloading CentOS images (I’ve testes many, many mirrors).
The things I do not like about the VM hub are:
I’m going to set the VM router into modem only mode and I’ll use BT Hub as my router instead.
I really wanted to have wireless headphones for running and gym visits, so I got myself a pair of Skull Candy SMOKIN’ BUDS 2 WIRELESS. Those headphones sound good enough for exercise – on par with in-ear headphones I used so far (Sony from Xperia Z and Z3 and Skull Candy buds).
But I’m not happy with the purchase. Here’s why:
Would I buy different headphones instead of SB2? No. The whole approach is broken and the whole ecosystem needs updating. I’ll try again in 3 years.
LBC offers paid podcasts and BeyondPod supports authentication, but not the one http://lbc.audioagain.com/ uses. The typical link to feed advertised on the website looks like this:
But there’s also a “hidden” link that accepts HTTP auth:
And the second one works well in BeyondPod.
In UK we have a legal VTX power limit of 25mW. A lot of people ignores this limit and fly on 250mW or even 600mW. This is silly, as it invalidates their insurance.
Here’s a great article what to have a better range and still stay within legal limits: http://www.truerc.ca/news/rf-link-budget-2. Physics baby!
Most hotel wifis are open, so to secure my connections I’ve set up myself a PPTP VPN using QNAS TS-453A box (btw. great machine, get one!) to tunnel all my traffic via encrypted connection.
Windows 10 and Android are connecting to the VPN and the traffic goes smoothly, but my Mac OS X El Captain caused me quite a bit of grief – it connected to the VPN without a problem, the internal connections were working great, but the forwarding traffic got stuck. Ping was working fine, but WWW did not. Some initial parts of first website were loading and then the connection got stuck.
The issue was caused by MTU mismatch. It seems that NAT on VPN server adds some headers, which cause the packet to be to big and get rejected.
Go to apple->system preferences->network-><your connection>->advanced->hardware and set MTU to Custom with packet size 1400 instead of default 1500. You may want to experiment to find maximum MTU value that works for you.
I love CloudFlare. Not only because it lowers the load on our servers and speeds up page load time, but it helps us to react to problems quickly. The most obvious case is when our server goes down we can redirect all the traffic to our spare server in a matter of few clicks. But today we used it to quickly fix a marketing issue:
In our marketing newsletter we sent to all subscribed readers we haven’t spotted that the main link leads to nowhere (copy paste issue). Instead of http://www.harryfay.co.uk/sale we had http://www.harryfay.co.uk/search?chttp://www.harryfay.co.uk/sale?orderby=price&orderway=desc?tdw&utm_source=email&utm_medium=threedayweekend&utm_campaign=threedayweekend. Yes, I know we should have tested it better. We usually do, but this time we failed to click on a biggest image in the email.
Using CloudFlare I’ve set a redirect in few clicks. I know I could do the same using .htaccess, but in my book messing with .htaccess equals problems – it’s just too easy to break something there. With CF the fix was quick, instantaneous and totally painless.