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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

Yes. Computer hardware has been a commodity since the late 80's to early 90's.

Some people don't use a smartphone, ;laptop, TV, printer, toaster oven or electric dog polisher. This isn't for them.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

That's another thing about open hardware. If you don't like the track point you don't have to use it. You can change the keyboard and pointing device. Want a higher res display? No problem swap it out to another panel. The firmware isn't locked to any particular panel.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

Another difference with Open Lunchbox is that all the components to build your own laptop are there the same as you can with desktop PC's. You can swap LCD's, drives mainboards and cases. The design files may be used as a standard for building your own laptops.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

Even better that you're able to get 6+ more years from an already 6-8 year old laptop with its great keyboard and track point by just swapping out the mainboard. It also doesn't break by just using it or from a small bump.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

The main concern with most laptops is having to use closed binary drivers, closed binary firmware/BIOS and not having schematics. This project has all open source drivers, coreboot and schematics, PCB files and a BOM (bill of materials). They can use it the way they want and modify it if they wish.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

It's not about competing with closed mass produced hardware. It's about choice and having the ability to use and modify the hardware to suit your needs.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

This is not about mass market appeal to the average consumer. They buy whatever they are conditioned to purchase. This is for those people that understand and care about freedom and open source. This gives them the opportunity to modify, control and use their hardware the way they see fit.

Take a look at why, how and where people use Linux as an example of open source.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

It's an open laptop mainboard with all the design files and coreboot source. You can't buy that at a big box store.

about three weeks ago
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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht Re:It's about time. (24 comments)

After designing hundreds of mainboards this is a no brainer. Intel is out for the cpu and chipset since they aren't coreboot or open doc friendly. If people want a different AMD laptop APU board, let it be known.

about three weeks ago
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UK Ballistics Scientists: 3D-Printed Guns Are 'of No Use To Anyone'

LuxuryYacht 3D Printing is Not Just Glorified Glue Guns (490 comments)

It's sad that 3D printing had become synonymous with FDM or glorified glue guns (GGG). There are lots of different technologies that fall under the umbrella of 3D printing.

Here's a gun that was 3D printed using DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) for the metal parts and SLS for the grips. It's both durable and viable.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...
http://www.engineering.com/3DP...

Here's a few other 3D printing processes that are not FDM glorified glue guns:

SLS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

DMLS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

LOM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

SLA
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

about 7 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

LuxuryYacht Re:How About Also Having a Store Without Registrat (241 comments)

The calculator app was just an example. The point is, why do apps that don't require location, contact lists, browsing history need access to them? We know why they do, so why isn't there built in security to automatically prevent access?

about 10 months ago
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With 'Virgin' Developers, Microsoft Could Fork Android

LuxuryYacht How About Also Having a Store Without Registration (241 comments)

... so that you can buy or try any app just like you would download apps for linux distros, without having to register or give an app access to all my stored info? Why does a calculator app need to access my contact list or location data? Will the results vary based on my contacts or location?

And while you're at it an open source version of Android. I'm happy to pay for apps that I really want but lets at least have a layer of security between applications and stored data, location, call history etc etc

about 10 months ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

LuxuryYacht Re:This Won't Work Well With FDM/FFF (582 comments)

They probably don't have access to an SLS printer which will work for an application like this along with the right alloy.

SLA may be used to print the part in one step or print a mold that may be used for lost wax type casting of several alloys durable enough for an application like this.

about 2 years ago
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'Download This Gun' — 3-D Printed Gun Reliable Up To 600 Rounds

LuxuryYacht This Won't Work Well With FDM/FFF (582 comments)

The resolution and materials commonly available for FDM/FFF are too poor for application like these. The quality of the print is just too poor and they are only using p400 ABS for material. That is why their prints aren't very durable.

SLA however offers the resolution and the materials to produce parts that are strong and reliable enough for these types of rugged applications. Some photopolymers for SLA are 100-1,000 x stronger than the ABS they are using.

about 2 years ago
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3-D Printed Car Nears Production

LuxuryYacht They Just Need Faster 3D Printers (93 comments)

FDM is slow compared to new SLA, micro-nozzle and inkjet deposition processes. I'm not sure what FDM printer tech from the 80's they are currently using, but by using newer additive manufacturing techniques and new materials they can cut their 2500 hour print time down to well under 250. Inkjet and SLA is capable of print rates in the Liters per Hour and easily down to the 10's of microns of resolution. You just won't find these types of printers sold by the old 3D printer co's sitting on their old 80's tech that they are still trying to squeeze every last day out of their old patents.

about 2 years ago
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Old Inkjet Becomes New Bio-Materials Printer

LuxuryYacht Re:Patents Are The Problem (39 comments)

Some of the problems are with patenting the obvious or having overlapping patents. Too many patents overlap each other or are painfully obvious that are granted with the idea that these issues should be settled later in the courts. This has led to abuse of the original intent of the system.

If society also decides that patents are only for the purpose of financial gain and the deliberate hinderance to scientific progress and the betterment of mankind then they deserve what they get. Most people are just unaware of the current gaming of the system and don't feel this way.

about 2 years ago
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Old Inkjet Becomes New Bio-Materials Printer

LuxuryYacht Patents Are The Problem (39 comments)

Inkjets have been used for years to print living cells and also the scaffolding for cells to adhere to. The problem isn't so much the tech but the sea of patents blocking anyone from bringing a complete system to market. When this problem is solved look for rapid progress on many fronts. Until then maybe it will only be available in countries that favor technological progress over nurturing an obsessive compulsion to hoard money that goes unused.

Patents are the problem with tissue engineering, just as it is with other 3D print applications. I'm not against patents. It's just that the current way it's being run isn't working to help move tech progress forward, it only helps a few to make money and also keep control over the rate of progress.

about 2 years ago
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Chinese Government Appears To Be Blocking GitHub Via DNS

LuxuryYacht It's Right Before the Spring Festival Now (61 comments)

Security seems to be much higher here currently. We are having a more difficult time right now shipping anything such as liquids and chemicals using the local logistics companies within China. I've asked around, and the most common answer is that it's due to it being right before the busiest travel period in China.

about a year ago
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Raspberry Pi vs. Cheap Android Dongle: Embarrassment of (Cheap) Riches

LuxuryYacht Other Low Cost ARM Boards to Consider ... (233 comments)

$49 Cubieboard Allwinner A10 + 512M/1GB DDR3 , 4Gb Nand Flash, 10/100M Ethernet, HDMI, 2 USB Host, 1 micro SD slot, 1 SATA, 1 ir, 96 GPIO pins ncluding I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP
http://cubieboard.org/

£40 Allwinner A10 + 1GB RAM, 4Gb NAND, Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n, 3.5mm Earphone Jack, 1x Mini Usb, 1x Hdmi Out, Micro Sd slot,
http://gooseberry.atspace.co.uk/

$65.00 Allwinner A10 1GB RAM, 4GB NAND, 3.5mm microphone jack, 3.3v TTL 4-pin header, 2 x USB A 2.0, 10/100 Ethernet, Realtek 802.11n WiFi, HDMI up to 1080p, 3.5mm composite AV, 3.5mm component Y/Pb/Pr, SDHC card slot
https://www.miniand.com/products/Hackberry%20A10%20Developer%20Board

$89 Freescale i.MX6 Duallite, 1 GB DDR3, Audio, Optical S/PDI, HDMI, Camera interface, SD Slot, Serial, Expanison header GPIO, USB, USB OTG, GB-LAN, WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth
http://wandboard.org/

$89 Exynos4412 1.7Ghz ARM Cortex-A9 Quad Core, 10/100Mbps Ethernet, 2 x High speed USB2.0 Host,HDMI, SD Slot, Headphone jack
http://www.hardkernel.com/renewal_2011/products/prdt_info.php

about 2 years ago

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Open hardware and Software AMD64 Laptop

LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  about three weeks ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "Open Lunchbox is an Open Hardware and Software Laptop Project. Some of the problems with other open laptop projects in the past have been either not being x86, not being open or not being an actual laptop.

Open Lunchbox will have all the design and fabrication files open and free. Uses a 4-core AMD64 CPU with HD8400 series graphics. Is an actual laptop mainboard and laptop. It's powerful enough for everyday use and a low cost design without sacrificing quality and reliability. The design is flexible enough to be used in several laptops with different sets of features or as an open development platform. The coreboot source will be hosted at coreboot.org GIT repo. Open Lunchbox will also provide complete assembled mainboards and laptops."

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Reactions to Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  about 1 month ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "A new study shows that the way your brain responds to photos of of maggots, mutilated carcasses, and gunk in the kitchen sink gives a pretty good indication of whether you're liberal or conservative.

"Remarkably, we found that the brain's response to a single disgusting image was enough to predict an individual's political ideology," Read Montague, a Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute psychology professor who led the study, said in a written statement.

83 men and women viewed a series of images while having their brains scanned in a functional MRI (fMRI) machine. The images included the disgusting photos described above, along with photos of babies and pleasant landscapes.

Afterward, the participants were asked to rate how grossed out they were by each photo. They also completed a survey about their political beliefs, which included questions about their attitudes toward school prayer, gun control, immigration, and gay marriage.

There was no significant difference in how liberals and conservatives rated the photos. But the researchers noted differences between the two groups in the activity of brain regions associated with disgust recognition, emotion regulation, attention and even memory. The differences were so pronounced that the researchers could analyze a scan and predict the person's political leaning with 95 percent accuracy."

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Ammonia to fuel cars for just 27 cents per liter

LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  more than 3 years ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "John Fleming of SilverEagles Energy and Tim Maxwell from Texas Tech University, say they have developed a way to make ammonia that is cheap enough so that it could be used as fuel for cars. The Texas Tech effort seems either based or improved from an electrolyzer Fleming devised for potential use in gas fireplaces. The Fleming designed NH3 processor offers huge cost savings in the production of hydrogen using electricity. The processor is suggested to cost $200 US and is predicted to produce fuel for about 27 a liter, about $1.00 a gallon."
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Color Changing Polymer Microspheres

LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  more than 5 years ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "A research team led by a chemist at the University of California, Riverside has fabricated microscopic polymer beads that change color instantly and reversibly when external magnetic fields acting upon the microspheres change orientation.

The beads or "magnetochromatic microspheres" have excellent structural stability. They also are highly compatible with various types of dispersion media such as water, alcohol, hexane and even polymer solutions, allowing them to retain magnetically tunable colors in a variety of chemical environments.

Applications of the new material include display type units such as rewritable or reusable signage, posters, papers and labels, and other magnetically activated security features. The new material also can be used to make environmentally friendly pigments for paints and cosmetics, as well as ink materials for color printing. Video of rotating microspheres"
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Water-Activated Fuel Cell Could Replace Generators

LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  more than 6 years ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "The HydroPak fuel cell is a portable power generator that can provide up to 14 hours of power with a single disposable cartridge. The $20 cartridges are water-activated, and have a shelf life of several years. The HydroPak stems from a collaboration between Horizon's fuel cells and Millennium Cell's "Hydrogen-on-Demand" storage technology. The companies hope to attract consumers and professionals who currently use generators and batteries for their remote power supply needs. The HydroPak could have applications for camping, construction, emergency, and other uses.

  The device, which is still in beta, is relatively inexpensive for a fuel cell product, costing around $400 in addition to the disposable cartridges. The HydroPak also has zero emissions, is lightweight, and operates with minimal noise. A water-activated cartridge can crank out 400 Watts through an AC outlet and two USB ports for 14 continuous hours."
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LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "The PLAICE is an open source hardware and software project that is developing a powerful in-circuit development tool that combines the features of a FLASH Programmer, Memory Emulator and High Speed Multi-Channel Logic Analyzer into one device. The project wiki is at: http://flash-plaice.wikispaces.com/ . It runs uClinux. The logic analyzer features up to 200MHz sampling rates and up to 32 input channels. The logic analyzer Java client features support for up to 200MHz sampling rates, user controlled filtering operations, time line in diagrams, transfer rates, user configurable drawing modes. The Java client supports access via almost any PC with a serial port. The Java client uses the RXTX serial library with support for 34 platforms including Linux, Windows, and Solaris. Java client plugins include an SPI and I2C bus protocol analyzer, timing analysis to state analysis conversion, and post-processing functions."
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LuxuryYacht LuxuryYacht writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LuxuryYacht (229372) writes "The FLASH-PLAICE is a powerful in-circuit development tool that combines the features of a flash programmer, an emulator, and a high speed multi-channel logic analyzer into one device. The project is fully open source for both the software and hardware. The project wiki is at http://flash-plaice.wikispaces.com/ and also found at http://freshmeat.net/projects/flash-plaice . The PLAICE runs uClinux. The logic analyzer features up to 200MHz sampling rates and up to 32 input channels. The logic analyzer Java client features support for up to 200MHz sampling rates, user controlled filtering operations, time line in diagram, metadata (size, rate, and trigger position) stored in files, an ID command for device identification, configurable serial port transfer rate, user configurable drawing modes (logic level, hex value, and scope), and Java client access via almost any PC with a serial port. The Java client uses the RXTX serial library with support for 34 platforms including Linux, Windows, and Solaris. Java client plugins include an SPI and I2C bus protocol analyzer, timing analysis to state analysis conversion, and post-processing functions."

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