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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:More power to the USB ports? (202 comments)

With a good 2A+ PSU, it seems the B+ can now supply up to a total of 1.2A over USB (compared to ~600mA with the older model B).

about two weeks ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:So they update it, but... (202 comments)

All I can say is, I have something in the region of 300 1080p movies, mostly H.264 encoded, all of which play with no trouble at all. Google it, YouTube it, there are countless people doing the very same thing.

If you're not just trolling, report your issue in the Raspbmc forums, ideally with a link to a sample video for others to test with. I'll quite happily test a video or two on my Pi if you supply some links.

about two weeks ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:RPi? That overhyped underdimensioned joke alive (202 comments)

And whilst you're at it, where's the SSD, SATA, Thunderbolt, optical I/O, gigabit ethernet and built in Wifi?

It is quite obvious that the Pi is designed for a very specific price point; one that gets it into the most hands possible. Every dollar you add to the production cost, makes it much less likely to get into the hands of people who would otherwise not be tinkering with such things. If you need something more capable, look elsewhere, the Pi is not for you.

about two weeks ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

monkeyhybrid Re:So they update it, but... (202 comments)

I've been running Raspbmc (the most popular XBMC distro for Raspberry Pi) for a long time, and it has been excellent. It's small enough to be hidden behind my TV, and with an added remote control, offers one of the best user interfaces you'll find in a 'set top box'. Streams all my 1080p movies and TV shows flawlessly (*), and handles pretty much every codec under the sun. All for ~$40 (including HDMI cable, USB PSU, SD card and MPEG-2 license for hardware acceleration).

If you search for "Raspbmc" on YouTube, you'll see my experience is the norm. If you have any specific issues, post in the Raspbmc forums and someone will most likely sort you out. :)

As for Raspbian, I'm also running this on another Pi. It's certainly not going to replace x86 servers any time soon, but it certainly has its uses. Maybe your expectations are too high for a $35, 700MHz, 512MB machine?

* Apparently, it may struggle with some very high bit rate encodes, but I've yet to see this in practice and is unlikely to be an issue for most people.

about two weeks ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

monkeyhybrid Re: waste of time (380 comments)

As long as all drivers keep their eyes closed.

about a month ago
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Even In Digital Photography Age, High Schoolers Still Flock To the Darkroom

monkeyhybrid Re:It's the darkness... (240 comments)

Depends what you intend exposing.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

monkeyhybrid Re:In other news (61 comments)

Amazon already have their fingers in movies, music, ebooks and app markets. With the leading vendors of smartphones having their own content deals and distribution partnerships (that generally don't include Amazon) tied to their devices, Amazon may see the move into smartphones as essential to getting their existing and future services into people's hands. Similar to what Google has done with Nexus devices, Amazon could sell smartphones at very low margins, or even at a loss, if in doing so they can protect and enhance their other revenue streams. They've now got a lot of experience and brand awareness with their e-readers and tablets, so it's not like they are starting from scratch.

about a month and a half ago
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Fujitsu Is Growing Radiation-Free Lettuce In Japan's Fukushima Prefecture

monkeyhybrid Re:NOTHING is radiation free (146 comments)

A small level of radiation is one thing; it's the dihydrogen monoxide I worry about.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Launches Student Coding Program "Winter of Security"

monkeyhybrid Re:Expecting cooperation from universities... (40 comments)

If you're from a good university you dont really need such programs

Working in a professional environment as part of your education can be a very valuable experience and shouldn't be sniffed at. I had the good fortune to do something similar when I was younger, and looking back at it now, I can really appreciate how it helped sharpen my skills and gave me greater insight into what real world software development is like.

about 2 months ago
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Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

monkeyhybrid Re:Myopic viewpoint (360 comments)

Maybe. But then as with other new players in various industries, the new players often end up being the R&D teams for the longer established businesses. When Tesla finally get close to the sweet spot of making money and having ironed out all the kinks, every other car company with deeper pockets and already established service centres, etc, can jump in and drown Tesla at the bottom of the pool.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

monkeyhybrid Re:OpenWRT all the way (104 comments)

OpenWRT rocks, but as far as I am aware, there is no support for the type of bandwidth management the OP is after within the web interface. I'm sure you can achieve the same control from the CLI with a few extra packages and command line magic, but it sounds like the OP specifically wants all this to be done from the web interface.

about 3 months ago
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Lucas Nussbaum Re-Elected As Debian Project Leader

monkeyhybrid No complaints here (28 comments)

I have not heard of Lucas Nussbaum or Neil McGovern before, but if retaining Lucas Nussbaum at the helm means Debian will continue to release what is IMO the best Linux server distribution out there, then there are no complaints from me.

about 4 months ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

monkeyhybrid Re:Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

Ah, ok, that makes good sense. Hopefully it all goes well and we'll see a dry, and soft, landing soon.

about 4 months ago
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NASA To Send SpaceX Resupply Capsule To ISS Despite Technical Problems

monkeyhybrid Re:Open the pod bay door HAL (71 comments)

And if I'm not mistaken, this next flight will also be their first attempt to recover the first stage by propulsive landing. Demonstrating such a capability would be a game changer in itself.

I've seen the footage of their initial propulsive tests (awesome) but had not realised they were planning a full blown test following a proper mission so soon. Really looking forward to seeing that!

about 4 months ago
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OpenSSL Bug Allows Attackers To Read Memory In 64k Chunks

monkeyhybrid Quick test shows Yahoo user passwords (303 comments)

Filippo Valsorda's online tool for checking web servers for the Heartbleed vulnerability is quite an eye opener. As well as telling you whether the server is vulnerable, it displays a small snippet of the memory it retrieved (there are scripts on Github that will show you the whole 64KB I believe).

In the quick tests I did on login.yahoo.com (used for Yahoo's email and probably all other Yahoo services), I saw three different user's passwords and at least part of their usernames. And you can just sit there refreshing the page to see more! Madness!

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

monkeyhybrid Re:Seriously? (374 comments)

Very useful, thanks!

about 5 months ago
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Google's Motorola Adventure: Stinging Defeat, Or Semi-Victory?

monkeyhybrid Re:The numbers (139 comments)

Lenovo were already in the smartphone market with several Android phones. In fact, they were the fifth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, shipping 45.5 million smartphones in 2013. Looks like most of those were in emerging markets though, so the Motorola Mobility acquisition should give them a big step forward into the western markets.

about 6 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

monkeyhybrid Re:In all fairness (237 comments)

If the entire box is dead, wouldn't that imply mishandling during shipping?

Not necessarily. It could also be an awful batch of drives off a production line with really shit quality control.

about 6 months ago
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Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink

monkeyhybrid Re:The web needs a good layout engine (249 comments)

Honestly at this point, HTML should be obsoleted and everyone use an XML standard like RSS, or something semantic, and lay that out directly with CSS, since the entire web is converging on an blog-post/article-like data model.

One of the main goals of HTML is to be that semantic format you wish for. It has taken years (far too many) for it to get to that point, but in general, it works. You mark up your content semantically with HTML and then leave all presentation to be taken care of with CSS. At least, that's what web developers should be doing nowadays. I'm not saying HTML is perfect, far from it in fact, but in conjunction with CSS it does already provide a means to separate content from presentation.

about 6 months ago

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Is Linux Set To Be PC Gaming's Number Two Platform?

monkeyhybrid monkeyhybrid writes  |  about 6 months ago

monkeyhybrid (1677192) writes "Following a tweet from the developer of Maia (a cross platform game soon to hit Steam) that Linux was bringing him more game sales than Mac, Gaming On Linux decided to investigate further by reaching out to multiple developers for platform sales statistics. Although the findings and developer comments show Linux sales to still be sitting in third place, behind those of Mac and Windows, they are showing promise and developer feedback certainly appears to be positive about the platform's future.

With Steam OS on its way, surely leading to more big title releases making their way to the Linux platform, could Linux gaming be set to take the number two spot from Mac?"
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The most detailed images of Uranus' atmosphere ever

monkeyhybrid monkeyhybrid writes  |  about 2 years ago

monkeyhybrid (1677192) writes "The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla reports on the most detailed images of Uranus ever taken. The infrared sensitivity of the ground based Keck II telescope's NIRC2 instrument enabled astronomers to see below the high level methane based atmosphere that has hampered previous observations, and with unprecedented clarity. If you ever thought Uranus was a dull blue looking sphere then look again; you could easily mistake these images for being of Jupiter!"

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