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A different use for drones... The "Prometheus Drone"

 

When Hollywood director Ridley Scott filmed astronauts looking for aliens in his 2012 movie Prometheus, little did he know that it would one day inspire a Network Rail drone project.

But, bizarrely, that's exactly what has happened. Network Rail, which owns and maintains most of the railway infrastructure in Britain - from vast stretches of track to thousands of bridges, tunnels and level crossings - has long sought cheaper and easier ways of surveying the many underground caves and abandoned mines dotted around its property.

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This is how the "Prometheus" drone project got its name and, although the caverns Network Rail hopes to explore with the device will be smaller than the alien tunnels in the film, the technological principles are almost exactly the same.

 

https://www.bbc.com/news/business-55191623

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Only in West Australia...

https://thoughtcatalog.com/callie-byrnes/2017/10/this-man-couldnt-get-the-atm-to-work-so-he-taped-a-fish-to-it-for-a-truly-bizarre-reason/

"I think every normal human being has gotten frustrated with an ATM that’s out of order. But at the end of the day, do we really do anything about it? Usually I just end up going home angry and annoyed.

But not Troy Buswell. He’s a man of action and quite possibly the most unconventional hero I’ve ever seen. When he noticed his ATM was STILL out of order, he did what any desperate person would do — he taped a fish to the machine."

 

Edit: The mans message to the bank, weird sentence structure included (probably rage messaging)
"hey COMMONWEATH bank, how about you SERVICE your ****ING atms in BUNBURY so punters like ME will not hav to TAPE FISH to them so youll have NO CHOCE but to come and FIX THEM. i have more fish and tape and will,, power than youre intire organisation. FIX THEM NOW."

 

A fish taped to an ATM in protest

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57 minutes ago, Hurlshot said:

Fresh fish is kinda pricey though.

looks like a tuna. applause for going the extra kilometer?

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Is this the end of cities in America?

Ummm no. But, it is an interesting population shift. One that will be exacerbated by eventual tax increases as more and more of the taxes are borne by a shrinking tax base. But... the folks who move because of oppressively high taxation and city hall bullies tend to vote for the exact same s--t they just fled from when they get to their new cities. 

As for me, hell will freeze solid before I ever again reside inside of a city limit. Or near one. In fact if I ever even get a neighbor whose house I can see from mine I am f-----g out of here!

"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

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14 hours ago, Lexx said:

Did these people really leave the city or did they become homeless?

They are moving elsewhere. Away from the major cities to smaller ones. Which will of course turn the smaller cities into major ones and the whole thing starts over again

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Ah, so that's why link aggregator sites have been weird showing PH results recently. I mean... I, uhm, heard from a friend. :p

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Funny how they can do this as soon as money is in the game. Folks were criticizing them for years and nothing ever happened about the uploads of rape stuff and whatever else shady was going on.

Still...

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Verified users, according to the site, are those who have submitted a selfie of themselves holding a piece of paper with their username and pornhub.com (or the Mindgeek site they're signing up for) handwritten on it.

... seems easily circumvented considering you can just force your rape victim to do this.

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Alleged crusade to stop voter fraud lands former HPD captain in handcuffs

According to Aguirre, he had been conducting surveillance for four days on a man who was allegedly the mastermind of a giant voter fraud scheme. Aguirre told authorities the man was hiding 750,000 fraudulent ballots in a truck he was driving.

Instead, the victim turned out to be an innocent air conditioner repairman, court documents said.

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not so much politics thread fodder as an all too ordinary florida man situation... but in texas.

am grateful nobody had to die over this jackazzery, but that is the only upside.

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Bitcoin prices top $20,000 milestone and continue to surge to record highs - CNN

I'm getting very nervous about this. I bought one bitcoin two years ago when the price was $3600. I figured it was a crapshoot and I just wasted $3600. I mean you are literally buying nothing. Now nothing is worth a lot and I'm wondering what the top price of nothing is. When do you get out?

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That decides it... I'm holding onto it. If it goes over $250k you will hear me screaming wherever you are. I could retire right then and there. 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-bitcoin-busts-out-new-records-these-market-watchers-see-250-000-and-even-400-000-on-the-horizon-11608206197?siteid=bnbh

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I keep thinking of all the available time for mining my computer had for years and years back when mining was relatively quick.

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29 minutes ago, Guard Dog said:

That decides it... I'm holding onto it. If it goes over $250k you will hear me screaming wherever you are. I could retire right then and there. 

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/as-bitcoin-busts-out-new-records-these-market-watchers-see-250-000-and-even-400-000-on-the-horizon-11608206197?siteid=bnbh

Or maybe some people want to lure in more idiots that buy new bitcoins so they can sell theirs. :p

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24 minutes ago, Lexx said:

Or maybe some people want to lure in more idiots that buy new bitcoins so they can sell theirs. :p

That kind of thing has definitely happened. 

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9 minutes ago, Gfted1 said:

How do you "cash out"? Can you just go to the bank and collect your $20k and transfer them the bitcoin? Or you can only virtually spend it at places that accept bitcoin?

To buy and sell crypto you have to sign up to an exchange. There are several but I use Coinbase. You create a virtual “wallet“. And yes you could use it just like a currency if you were doing business with someplace that accepts bitcoin as payment. Or any other cryptocurrency. There are several. One even has the backing of the US treasury. But you can sell the asset back to the exchange like any other security 

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