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1  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone else using "Drones"? on: July 26, 2016, 07:55:23 pm

Was playing around with some image effects on some pics I took from one of my birds.. going for an old "spy plane footage" type look.
2  RantMedia Projects / NewsReal / Re: Can't download Newsreal on: April 14, 2016, 10:39:38 pm
If somebody has the full set they don't mind sending me I'll volunteer to monitor this thread and burn discs/mail them of the set for those who want them.
3  General Discussion / Events, Meetups and Introductions / Re: A Re-Introduction of Sorts on: March 27, 2016, 01:20:39 pm
That's crazy! I just signed up for the forums yesterday after a similar hiatus.

I've been away but keep the forums in my RSS feed.  I just recently started actually visiting the forums again as well.
4  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone else using "Drones"? on: March 24, 2016, 07:03:16 pm
Here is a video from back in January.  There was a large brush fire nearby and I flew out to check it out.  Several people nearby who were unable to get through were worried about their homes and properties, so I was able to provide that peace of mind by letting them look over my shoulder.
https://vimeo.com/160307000
5  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: Anyone else using "Drones"? on: March 24, 2016, 03:07:17 pm
I'd recognize the back of an LSVW anywhere!
That pics is seriously badass.
Thank you, but that isn't an LSVW it's an M101 Trailer.  Essentially the same thing I guess just in trailer form.  I eventually would like to pair it to a Deuce and a half though.


That is awesome Maltose.  I'm not around these forums often enough anymore, that is the first I've heard of "Staging Area".  I have the day off today so I'm going to go through and check it all out.
6  General Discussion / General Discussion / Anyone else using "Drones"? on: March 23, 2016, 06:45:51 pm
Been flying for a bit now, just curious if anybody else here has gotten on board?



I'm using a DJI Phantom3 Pro right now, and am planning to build my own soon.  Thinking of going with a Glider style for my build.  Anyways I didn't see a thread about them here yet so here it is. 
7  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: How phonetics can give you away on: November 12, 2015, 01:17:38 am
Good stuff.

While the example doesn't necessarily betray who the person was or where he was from, it does reflect a source of misinformation or exposure to a different way of doing things.  This could be anything from him actually being a NY cop, to he saw a movie once and assimilated what he heard into his phonetics.  It would have been interesting to ask him about it.

That nonsense drives me crazy too though.  Listening to the scanner the cops around here use whatever word comes to mind half the time.  Whiskey - Ostrich - Garden.... WTF is that?  Whiskey Oscar Golf!  It doesn't really betray anything other than poor discipline and education though.

What really grinds my gears is when people take the time to say "B as in Boy" "C as in Cart" ect.  I don't know why, that just gets under my skin. 

Those are some really neat sources.  Thank you.
8  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Commsec on: September 29, 2015, 10:51:05 pm

Anecdotal, just because you talk about nothing doesn't mean everyone else does.

Fair enough.  You obviously have something worth keeping to yourself if your looking into this to begin with.


...and secondly it isn't on the Play store you have to manually install the APK, Google doesn't have any tendrils in the stew.

That is worthwhile info.  So it might not be too bad then.

Which isn't an argument in favour of not doing it.

I didn't say it was, I'm simply saying it is something to consider.  There are many different aspects to secure communications to consider, my intention was simply to bring up something worth thinking about.  If it's for everyday chatter then maybe it's worth thinking about how you skyline yourself. 

flip-side: It would actually be more suspicious if you didn't have those things.
I disagree.  Many people simply do not have these accounts.  I suppose it depends on where you live or something, but around here many people do not.

I'm not sure what you mean by a BBC, my search is inundated with the British Broadcasting Channel
My bad, that's a clumsy finger typo right there, lol.

Quote from: Edward Snowden
When you say I donít care about the right to privacy because I have nothing to hide, that is no different than saying I donít care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say or freedom of the press because I have nothing to write.

That actually pissed me off a little bit when I read it.  That is not at all the point I was trying to make and even rereading what I typed I cannot see how anyone could come to the conclusion that it is what I meant.  I simply offered a few alternative viewpoints to consider, and attempted to engage you (or anyone else) in an honest look into a few different aspects I have seen come up in the past. 

Anyways, it seems like your mind is already made up on the subject and seem a bit defensive so I'll move on.  Thanks for the topic and the conversation.
9  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Commsec on: September 28, 2015, 05:20:51 pm
These programs are always very cool, but like a couple others mentioned it's not practical for everyday use as it requires whoever you are communicating with to be on the same system.  These usually end up being put aside for "make believe" time when you and 1 or 2 other Wogs want to pretend to be all secure and clandestine while talking about absolutely nothing, but not used when something actually important comes up and you need to contact someone "right now" and cant wait for everyone else to get into their secure program.  Personal experience talking here.  Tongue

Another aspect to consider here is that unless this is an open source program and has been verified by you or someone you trust, it is not secure.  There are all kinds of programs out there for uber-deletion of files, secure chatting, and other "nobody can see you" stuff.  But if you think about it, how better to filter out a bunch of random bs and only collect stuff people want secret than by claiming your app is for keeping things secret?  I personally get very skeptical whenever a program, web service, app, or anything else stresses how "secure and confidential" they are.

Also, if this goes on your phone, it is NOT secure or anonymous.  End of story.  Cell phones, especially smart phones, are the antithesis of privacy and security.  I don't care what provider you have, what OS your using, or what app you are running, if it is sent to or from your phone it is recorded somewhere, and if it came from the google play store then yes, google has the keys to it. 

Just my $.02 but the harder you try to conceal your comms, the harder people will try to look at them.  That's just the nature of the game.  You would be absolutely amazed at what you can say and do out in the open without anyone batting an eye, vs. how quickly you get called out on nonsense if you try to be secretive.  Again, this is personal experience talking here, life lessons and so forth.

Sit and think about what you are wanting to accomplish.  If you just don't want anyone in your business then you really shouldn't have a Facebook or smart phone to begin with.  If you want a system for secure comms when needed but don't need to be James Bond all the time, nothing beats the old fashioned approach of having code words or phrases that only you and a select few know to express certain things.  If you just really want to sit in your basement and feel like a godsdamn secret agent on a clandestine mission (Nothing wrong with that if that's your thing) then consider setting up a BBC for you and your friends, or get into HAM radio or shortwave listening. 

As for keeping secrets, if it's really that big a secret it really has no place being online.
10  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: New Projects on: September 14, 2015, 07:45:43 pm
Looking forward to seeing that Perfect 14 film. 

Anyone else got anything?
11  General Discussion / General Discussion / New Projects on: September 06, 2015, 06:21:40 pm
What new projects have people got going on right now?  What new and wonderful areas have you started to explore?  What activities have you recently gotten involved in?  Read a good book lately?  Anything been getting your motor going lately, regardless of how big, small, cool, lame, domestic or crazy it is?

I have gotten into researching Alchemy a bit, and that in turn has led me into some other minor experiments.  I also have 5 gallons of sweet mead that just finished secondary fermentation is is now aging, so that will be fun.




Work has been taking up a lot of my time the last two years, but I have managed to get innawoods a bit here and there.  I acquired an old Military M101 equipment trailer and have it kitted out as a makeshift camper.



Anyone else got anything random to share?
12  General Discussion / General Discussion / Re: The WhatTheHell?!? Show Returns... In Video Format!! on: September 05, 2015, 10:46:50 pm
Holy crap brokor, how you been?  Long time bro!
13  General Discussion / Events, Meetups and Introductions / Re: New member, old fan on: December 29, 2014, 08:34:56 pm
Welcome Mugger, I look forward to seeing what you bring to the table.
14  RantMedia Projects / Patrolling With Sean Kennedy / Kit & Survival / Re: Does anyone have any thoughts on 9mm Makarov / 9x18 pistols. on: October 16, 2014, 07:37:45 pm
Performance wise, there isn't much difference between the 9mm Parabellum (9x19) and the 9mm Makarov (9x18).  What you really need to consider more then anything else is ammo cost and availability.  9x18 is not as common, and therefore will be slightly harder to keep in stock or find in a hurry.

If your wanting a neat surplus pistol with historic value or just because it's an interesting piece, 9x18 is fine, and easy enough to find that you could shoot it for fun on weekends.  But if your wanting something for defense, serious shooting, or because S may HTF, I would look elsewhere.

9mm Parabellum = 9x19mm
9mm Makarov    = 9x18mm
".380"              = 9x17mm

In case you were wondering.
15  General Discussion / Video Discussion / Homemade Smokebombs, First attempt. on: July 21, 2014, 04:20:18 pm
Me and James (Qigong) managed to get our first attempt at homemade smokebombs filmed, and I just finished editing the footage.



We used the traditional KNO3 and Sucrose method, measured out a 60/40 ratio (didn't have reliable scales so we used a measuring cup and poured to the 40ml and 60ml lines.  I am aware that this is not the "correct" way to measure this stuff out but it worked for us at the time) and cooked the mixture at a low temp over the stove.  The video covers it all pretty nicely.

maybe not the best, but we had a ton of fun making them and I greatly enjoyed editing the video together.  
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