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

speculatrix Baytrail-D boards? (183 comments)

http://ark.intel.com/m/product... The Intel Silvermont Atom boards are very electrically efficient and offer surprisingly good performance. You can buy a board for under US$100 and all you need to add is case, PSU, RAM and mass storage. Some boards have VGA, some DVI, with or without legacy serial and parallel, lots of choices. Manufacturers include gigabyte, msi, Asus, supermicro.

about three weeks ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

speculatrix Re:Beta testers (91 comments)

I've used opensuse for many years, I guess because when I wanted to adopt the linux desktop, a colleague used it so I did too.

I usually lag behind new releases by months, unless I'm setting up a new computer and so I don't have anything to lose

our experience at work of BTRFS having poor and inconsistent performance have put me off ever using it personally except as experimental. OTOH, we found ZFS to be very good.

about 4 months ago
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OpenSUSE 13.2 To Use Btrfs By Default

speculatrix Re:Beta testers (91 comments)

pah, ext3 is too new fangled. ext2 was good enough for my grandpa, is good enough for me, and is good enough for my kids. on a serious note, when ext3 was still new, I used to format /boot as ext2 and not ext3 so that all the various rescue disks would be able to fix it.

about 4 months ago
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Samsung Opens New Apple Store In Australia

speculatrix Ikea style plainness? (154 comments)

Apple shops remind me very much of the plainness of an Ikea store, so why haven't Apple sued Ikea?

about 2 years ago
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Why Internet Pirates Always Win

speculatrix Re:no, totally wrong (360 comments)

correlation != causation.

anyway, surely, if you consider that murder rates lead to execution rates then it simply means they're not executing criminals early enough before they become murderers?

about 2 years ago
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Why Internet Pirates Always Win

speculatrix Re:no, totally wrong (360 comments)

Regulation seems to work decently well in many European countries.

It's a sad day for someone to consider the EU to be a benchmark of good government.
I think the French citizenry will be sharpening their guillotine blades come the collapse of the Euro.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

speculatrix Re:Ban libraries.... (276 comments)

mod parent up!

Actually, here in the UK it's been worked out that it would be cheaper to close all the libraries and give all active library users a bunch of amazon vouchers and a kindle.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

speculatrix Re:Don't run on Windows7 (276 comments)

so, basically, your not part of the demographic discussed in this article and so irrelevant, other than having spent a small amount on some games.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

speculatrix a good car analogy (276 comments)

Most people who buy new cars do so when trading in their old one.

Imagine if people couldn't trade in their old car and had to keep it forever or have it scrapped/recycled?

Or, imagine that if they sold the car, half the features on the car stopped working.. say, because the radio required a non-transferable licence key which expired when sold, so requiring the new owner to buy their own.

Depreciation of used cars would be even worse than it is now, and the reduced sale price of used cars would fall and people would be hold onto them longer. New car sales would also fall significantly in response, and either manufacturers or dealers would reduce their prices to try and boost sales, or simply that there would be a big shake-down and manufacturers and dealers would go out of business to allow the survivors to maintain volume and margins.

In the meantime, "piracy" would increase as people found work-arounds to renable or retrofit features to their cars to add and restore features "stolen" by official dealer network. There would be a boost in jobs for people to repair or maintain older cars, and cost of spares would rise, and thus growth in third party components, and a backlash from manufacturers trying to copyright, patent or trademark spares to prevent that loss of revenue to unauthorised parts manufacturers.

about 2 years ago
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Paul Vixie On DNS Changer: We're Dealing With Malware the Wrong Way

speculatrix the lies we tell ourselves and each other (163 comments)

"I'll get round to doing backups one day"

"I'll renew my antivirus licence next day pay"

"The cheque is in the post"

"I'll pull out in time"

All are the many lies people tell themselves and each other.

Basically as humans we tend to only do things which will have an immediate impact, and are capable of doublethink over things which might not happen or can be deferred.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

speculatrix use an old Palm handheld? (142 comments)

there have been a number of apps which turn a PalmOs handheld into a usb-attached LCD display; Palms with mono and colour displays are cheap on ebay.

more than 2 years ago
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Symantec: Religious Sites "Riskier Than Porn For Viruses"

speculatrix voluntary vs commercial (343 comments)

I have met many clever people who are members of churches, but their time given to their churches is voluntary.

Often the equipment has been donated as well, and so is usually not particularly modern either.

The website design is usually managed by a committee, as is the choice of hosting provider, and costs are kept to a minimum.

The net result is that once the web site is finally done, it may be neglected, or someone inherits the responsibility for it who knows little about its history, and might be more secretarial than technical. Thus security updates get neglected, and quite often there are many user accounts with weak passwords.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and the End of Programming As We Know It

speculatrix Re:USA - LOL (577 comments)

unfortunately the USA uses its economic might to force other countries to adopt the same bad practices.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle and the End of Programming As We Know It

speculatrix Re:Mr. Wall, please sit down... (577 comments)

surely if smart people know how to weasel their way out of jury duty, then it means jury members are likely to be more dumb?

a key problem here in the UK is that people and their employers are reluctant to do it if the case is likely to drag on, as it could mean a significant loss of income or cost to the employer, jurors can only claim relatively little expenses: http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/Juryservice/DG_197055

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Under Fire For Backing Off IPv6 Support

speculatrix Re:Because 32bits of addressing... (460 comments)

why, you eggplant-hater, you!
get out of here, you broadbean-lover!!! :-D

more than 2 years ago
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Dutch Pirateparty Refuses Order To Take Down Proxy

speculatrix Re:Oh, yeah, that'll work. (73 comments)

I did a lot of work with embedded processors, so I guess I should use port 8051

more than 2 years ago

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online peeves

speculatrix speculatrix writes  |  more than 6 years ago

speculatrix (678524) writes "I see a lot of stupid comments and phrases on slashdot, most of them I laugh off, some are just outdated memes, some I shrug off as being n00b/loser behaviour, but a very few really irritate me because they spread with new adopters clearly never having used a moments thought, and I'd like to apply the clue bat!

One of the most common stupidities is people saying "I could care less..." when what they actually should say "I couldn't care less...".

Here's a chance to vent. What stupidities on slashdot should result in a LART?

A compiled list of these would be great and could be added to the moderation system, as in "underated — code X"!"
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speculatrix speculatrix writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paul (678524) writes "Long ago when digital synthesizers first became commonly available, I recall a reviewer lamenting how he was getting more and more products to test whose software was unfinished and buggy and would require updates and fixes (this, before the internet allowed easy downloads, would have meant a journey to a specialist repair centre). The review also commented how this common problem with computer software (he wrote even before windows 95 was out) was spreading, and asked if it was going to become the norm.

These days it seems ubiquitous, with PDAs, digital cameras, PVRs and all manner of complex goods needing after-market firmware fixes often simply to make them have the features promised in the adverts, let alone add enhancements.

Are we seeing this spread beyond computers and computer-based products; jokes apart, will we be booting our cars up and installing flash updates every week to prevent comoputer viruses getting into the control systems?

Can slashdot readers comment on any recent purchases where they've been badly let down by missing features, or are still waiting for promised updates even whilst a new model is now on the shelves? How can we make the manufacturers take better responsibility?

Apart from reading every review possible before making a purchase, what strategy do slashdot readers have, or propose, for not being caught out? With software, people say "never buy v1.0", but this is not possible with say a digicam."

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