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Ah, the eternal confusist has added more confusion Smile
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A colleague of mine found out, through his extensive contacts, that there's a drone race next Friday two streets from where we work. Now I can't decide if I want to go there as a spectator, or whether I should just give it a try and enter the race myself. It's a terrible dilemma, am I good enough, and brave enough, to do this?
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Do it! Do it!

Do, what must be done, lord vader
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Do you have anything to lose if you join? Smile
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In the end I decided not to. I finally saw the requirements for the race and I chickened out. It seems the race will be quite a high-profile event, they'll be pre-selecting pilots who can enter based on their previous results and videos, they have some international pilots coming. And I don't have the required equipment - my video system is too powerful (600mW instead of their required 25 mW) and I don't have all the LEDs they require (at least 24 LEDs with changeable color, each side of each arm needs light). They also wrote that the track will be very difficult (and I've seen the venue, the ceiling is really low). All in all, I'd pretty sure end up smashing someone else's pricey quadcopter to pieces. Or my own not-that-pricey-but-still-not-cheap one.

I'll go there as a spectator and try to fish for contacts for the community, so that I can join them gradually.
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The race was really great, I'm so glad I went there even as a spectator. I found out one of the groups leases a school gym three blocks away from where I live during winter, so that they could train there when the weather is bad; I'll try to join them Smile

The race was really intense:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pndH51kRuTg


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The guys were even so nice that they let me try out their track in between the races, while the contestants were resting or fixing their quads. So for comparison, here's my poor attempt:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTT_labpl44


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How can they keep track of the race and not crashing at the same time!
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I've bought a new smartphone this week, this time with Android, and I've just tried Cuberite on it. I'm honestly pretty impressed how well Cuberite performs on it. World generation can easily keep up and the whole experience is really smooth. One thing I did notice however is that the console on Android is always one step behind. If I execute a command I only see the result logged until I execute another command at which the cycle repeats.
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