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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

quitte Re:Where's the cheap board with gigabit ethernet? (122 comments)

The i.MX6 has Gigabit ethernet -however the bus it's connected to can not fully handle it. So this might be close to what you want?

about three weeks ago
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New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

quitte There is a use (122 comments)

If the i.MX6 had, as microcontrollers do reconfigurable output pins it would be useful to have different io options. since the cpu board has the hard part done: connecting the memory and dealing with bga - it becomes a lot easier to create your own io board. So to me it makes sense. It's not about upgrading CPU/memory - but upgrading (or sidegrading?) the io options.

about three weeks ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

quitte Re:How do you make a lego character female? (208 comments)

You're wrong about the technics sets. The 16 long bars with holes were the first to always run out. Of course technics are bad for sculpting.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

quitte Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

I'm happy to stand corrected. This issue was the reason that I couldn't in good conscious recommend openoffice for years.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says

quitte Re:Lock-in? (589 comments)

Have you ever opened a bug for openoffice? Don't know about libreoffice, but for openoffice it sure didn't help.
I'd be surprised if rotating and cropping images in a Writer document finally worked, however.

(I didn't open it. It already existed when I came across that YEARS AGO)

about 3 months ago
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Richard Stallman Answers Your Questions

quitte Re:Wow. What a jerk. (394 comments)

UNIX however was not free software. It wasn't even Open Source as defined by the OSI. After reading the interview I guess one could call it documented software.

about 3 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

quitte Re:Rip off? (355 comments)

that's the machine tolerances according to the wikipedia article. The blocks tolerances are not the same as machine tolerances.

about 3 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

quitte Re:possibility...some... (367 comments)

Or maybe they could even not do facelifts?

Of course I'm glad the CRT ATMs with burned in interfaces are gone. But apart from that? I don't like the Welcome screen and Ads. I want the thing to be fast.and easy to use. I don't want a lot of functionality. I want to enter the sequence of keys I press to get money without having to follow the rules on the screen that I have seen hundreds of times before.
I want to be able to read the screen at all times of day independent of where the sun is.

As with all embedded systems if the question wether something is an improvement can not be answered without a doubt you'd better leave it as is or find a simpler solution. Like a physical button. Or an instructional poster.

about 4 months ago
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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument

quitte Re:Just Sad (140 comments)

You might want to look into vdr instead. It's not as flashy but it was very stable years ago. In my opinion it's as a DVR should be.

about 5 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

quitte This is what I have come to dislike about fairness (259 comments)

It increasingly seems to me that the demand for fairness is a race to the bottom and results in a loose-loose situation. Because if not everyone gets the good stuff noone should get it - because of the so called fairness.

This happens so often as to make me angry - and I'm far from privileged.

about 5 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

quitte Re:what about the other 38% (331 comments)

>Calling paper books real as opposed to ebooks (which are... what? Imaginary?)

Virtual is what I thought was the agreed upon opposite to real in this context. So what should I pair "virtual" with if not "real"?

about 8 months ago
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Free Software Foundation Announces 2013 Holiday Giving Guide

quitte Re:Make a decent list (104 comments)

Intel webcam from the early 2ks? What a blast from the past. Does it have a composite video output per chance? If it does it works perfectly well with a cheap bt8xx tv card.

about 8 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

quitte Re:Input lag! (271 comments)

But the results of the research has to go somewhere! We can't have students write their thesises and do their accompanying work without putting it on the market, can we?
Apparently it's even unthinkable to let their undergraduate tinkering go to waste. Or maybe there is an actual reason for the mood lights built into the coffee maker at my local gas station.

about 8 months ago
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Jolla's First Phone Goes On Sale

quitte Re:Why such low specs (307 comments)

I'm using an ipod touch with a vga adapter modded to accept a usb charger plus an audio cable connected to a monitor to watch itunes-U lectures. As a result I need to be careful to not loose any connections when interacting - such as changing the volume.
Every cable beyond a thin and light charging cable is a pain. So Apple had the right idea with making the new connector for i-devices. However I doubt it accepts long cable lengths.
I agree that we are getting close to our handhelds merging with the portables and even the desktops. But there are still a lot of problems to be solved that only present themselves when interacting with the actual implementation.

about 8 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

quitte Re:what about the other 38% (331 comments)

No. This is an inherent limitation of ebooks where the paper books interface is superior.
With a real book I quickly get to know the book well enough that I can just flip it open at a good estimate of how far in I am by the the thickness of the stack I'm flipping. A scrollbar doesn't convey that kind of information anywhere near as well.
A book has a mechanical preference to pages that have been looked at for longer. If I simply flip it open at random it will flip open to a page that has been looked at more because of the binding becoming weaker.
A book has infinite fps. By flipping through the pages with my thumb I can look out for and actually find a diagram I'm looking for.
No matter how responsive and high fps the reader software gets - It will not have the physical feedback a book provides and that is actually useful to find your way through that book.

about 8 months ago
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62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

quitte what about the other 38% (331 comments)

At first glance I was shocked at the acceptance of ebooks this implies. On further thought however (and without reading the article) this could as well mean that 38% don't read at all. Or have a more complex opinion than can be stated as a preference.

I refuse to believe that 38% of any population actually prefers those slow to flip through ebooks.

about 8 months ago
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Silver Pen Allows For Hand-Written Circuits

quitte Re:still no printer cartridges (161 comments)

Thanks. I'd prefer a solution that doesn't have steps 3 and 4 but I guess I could give this another try.
I tried that a while with a laserjet 1000. but i couldn't find any paper that transfered the toner reliably. now that I have a laserjet that can control the amount of toner used i may give it a try.
Could you explain to a non-native speaker what thermal resist paper is? It's not that stuff that becomes black when heated, is it?

about 3 years ago
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Silver Pen Allows For Hand-Written Circuits

quitte still no printer cartridges (161 comments)

wake me up when i can finally buy a cheap printer that creates circuit boards.

about 3 years ago
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Was There Only One Big Bang?

quitte Re:Isn't time just infinite cycles? (295 comments)

pi has a fixed value that you can calculate with increasing precision. that doesn't make pi grow. if you calculate the value of pi by getting closer to the value from above it even seems to shrink

more than 2 years ago
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Was There Only One Big Bang?

quitte Re:Isn't time just infinite cycles? (295 comments)

The universe is infinite because it expands as we measure it, just like Pi.

Weird. I never noticed an increase in Pi.

more than 2 years ago

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