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Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

naris Use separate machines for development and testing. (183 comments)

I am developing a system targeted to run on a wandboard (www.wandboard.org), which is a really good "embedded" system similar to the BeagleBoard, but uses a Freescale iMX6 A9 Arm processor and is available in single, dual & quad core CPUs with 512MB to 2 GB RAM.

However, even with the quad core 2GB ram version, builds take a really long time, so I use a regular PC that I built using a new Haswell CPU, 16GB ram and a 240GB SSD to do development and even unit testing. I can make several changes, build everything 6 or more times and do some more testing in the time it takes the wandboard to complete 1 build. I also perfrom cross compiles on the "PC" to target the wandboard and scp the resulting binaries over after the build completes.

Both the wandboard and the PC run ubuntu 14.04 and the system in question is being developed in C++ with Boost, rabbitmq and ODB to run on the wandboard and also "regular" x86-64 linux and windows. You should also look into using Yocto, which looks very interesting for cross platform development. However, I am currently just using eclipse on both the wandboard and the linux PC (and MS Visual Studio on the windows machine).

about three weeks ago
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US Tech Firms Recruiting High Schoolers (And Younger)

naris Re:Not new (253 comments)

Quitting school to found a startup might make sense; at least it's honest gambling.

Bill Gates agrees with you...

about three weeks ago
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Australian Police Use Telcos For Cell "Tower Dump" of All Connected Users' Data

naris postal zone dump (60 comments)

I wonder if anyone would notice a postal zone dump, would it even be relevant anymore? It would probably only turn up pizza ads....

about three weeks ago
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Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

naris Re:Sure... (255 comments)

ONLY if the cab driver has a stated/posted policy of "I'll pick up anyone, anywhere and not ask any questions." So he doesn't pay attention

Actually, that sounds like a lot of cab drivers...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Correlation Between Text Editor and Programming Language?

naris Re: vi, Emacs or IDE (359 comments)

Because, back in the day on unix and xenix systems vi was often the only option other than ed and you got used to it...

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

naris Re:don't have systemd yet (176 comments)

They're all stoneage.

Well -- yeah -- that's kinda the point of this thread.....

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Feasible To Revive an Old Linux PC Setup?

naris Feasible on Intel x86, but not ARM (176 comments)

Since the Raspberry pi an dmany other "Micro PCs" utilizes an ARM processor, none of the Intel x86 software binaries mentioned will be usable on them. However, if the MicroPC in question utilizes an Intel x86 CPU, it should at least be feasible.

about a month ago
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Australian Government Seeks To Boost Spy Agencies' Powers

naris I find Asio very useful (54 comments)

For handling network and serial communications.

about a month ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

naris Re:Oh Joy! (61 comments)

I agree with you. However in a lot of places there is no public transportation or cabs (or if there is, it is not reliable). Such as in Detroit -- the "Motor City" (and Michigan in general)

about a month ago
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Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

naris Re:Just 2 models of Audi? (61 comments)

The Audi S4 is the high performance variant of an Audi A4, so it is 2 "models" in the same carline with very few differences between them.

about a month ago
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Glenn Greenwald: How the NSA Tampers With US Made Internet Routers

naris China (347 comments)

and, of course, China would never, ever consider doing that....

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

naris "Strong" Passwords are not the answer (169 comments)

Requiring users to change their password often and requiring long and "strong" passwords that are difficult to memorize is not the answer to better security. This results in people having to write down their password someplace convenient for them (and any nefarious people around). This is well demonstrated by the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" where the main character find the schools' passwords taped inside a desk and alters his and his friends grades. It also trains users, and the help desk, that they will have to reset their password often. This has the effect of making the actual passwords irrelevant to security. All a nefarious person has to do to gain access to the system is convince the help desk that they are an employee that needs to change their password.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

naris Just Remember (169 comments)

If your users can do their job, then obviously IT Security is not doing theirs and stricter security policies are required!

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

naris Re: Yes they did. (572 comments)

We do have some metadata logging enabled

That's what the NSA said....

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Modern Web Development Applied Science Associates Degree?

naris Re:Not a good idea (246 comments)

When did C (not++) become an OOP language?

about 5 months ago
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Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

naris Re:I thought this had been settled long ago. (491 comments)

When there are complaints of a "Shortage" of STEM workers, what is meant is not enough newly graduating students with STEM degrees willing to work long hours for little money. There is no consideration of workers already in STEM fields or unemployed workers with STEM experience, especially if they are over 30!

What these employers really want is more H1B indentured servants and/or an excuse to "offshore" everything.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast To Buy Time Warner Cable In $44.2 Billion All-Stock Deal

naris Re:ogahdno (303 comments)

Welcome to my world :(

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

naris PogoPlug (146 comments)

You could try Pogo Plug's Private Cloud, a $50 box you can plug a USB hard drive into and use as your own 'private' cloud. There is sync/streaming/backup software for Andriod and iDevices and backup/management software for Windows and Mac.

//also the PogoPlug is a small linux box that can be modified to do whatever you want.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Local Sync Options For Android Mobile To PC?

naris Re:Buy an iPhone (146 comments)

iTunes/iCloud is NOT a valid solution since it resides in the 'cloud' and Bucc5062 specifically stated that "I did not want to store files in the greater 'cloud'"!

about 6 months ago

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