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Comment: Re:The real deal (Score 2) 38

by Charliemopps (#47562383) Attached to: A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

These are not for high volume. These are more for "I have a contract for 200 of these boards a month"
You set them up to do the run, they do it fairly quick and you're done.

For high volume there are $15k to $200k machines that would blow your mind. That's when you're spitting out hundreds of thousands of soundcards or whatever... Those take weeks to setup, but they can spit out a fully populated PCI card in just a few seconds. Those have shields and such because they are so fast they can really hurt you.

With these sorts of things it's always trades offs between setup times and speed per unit.

Comment: I call BS (Score 4, Funny) 107

by Charliemopps (#47562351) Attached to: Old Apache Code At Root of Android FakeID Mess

Why are we blaming yet another coding mistake on Native Americans?
Native Americans are just as good as anyone at programming. I'd even say the Apache tribe has some top notch C++ people. Yes, the computers don't last long in the sweat lodges, but that's the price you pay for that "Made by real Americans" label.

Comment: um yea... (Score 2, Insightful) 350

by Charliemopps (#47562071) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I remember I posted a few weeks back that you should never own a credit card. I got modded troll and flamed pretty heavily.

And that's the problem with the publics modern perception of credit. Because I do not have a credit card and suggest that you shouldn't either, I'm considered a quack. I buy just as much useless garbage as anyone that modded me down does. I go on vacations, I order things online, I buy soda at the gas station. The only difference is I don't pay a 7% to 30% fee to do all of those things. And that is exactly what a credit card does. It doesn't help your credit. That's a lie driven by marketing campaigns of credit card companies.

Comment: Chrome? (Score 5, Insightful) 238

by Charliemopps (#47561557) Attached to: Which Is Better, Adblock Or Adblock Plus?

The real question is: If you value privacy and dislike ads, why would you ever use Chrome?

The entire goal of that browser is counter to user Privacy and choice. I'm not saying that's a bad thing, if you don't care about that stuff then I'd same Chrome is probably the best browser out there. But I do value those things, and in fact they are probably my #1 consideration when choosing a browser so I use Firefox despite its many faults.

Comment: The real deal (Score 2) 38

by Charliemopps (#47561505) Attached to: A Look At the Firepick Delta Circuit Board Assembler (Video)

These are around $6000 but it's the real deal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
My fathers got a few where he works. They're so fast a crucial part of setup is laying out where the parts are in the feed tray. You put the most used parts in the center so the head has less travel, and the least used parts near the ends. It's so important that the machine calculates this for you and tells you where to place what.

It's amazing to watch, that video doesn't even do it justice.

Comment: um (Score 3, Insightful) 161

by Charliemopps (#47559959) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

How about instead, we just pass a law clarifying that the constitution does indeed apply to algorithms?

Just because a robot searched your car does not mean your car was not searched.

i.e. A police officers doing:
C:\directory search batch file.bat
is no different than:
C:\dir

and really... that's what this all comes down to.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 4, Insightful) 710

by Charliemopps (#47557955) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

So, threatening extermination=bad, carrying out extermination=less bad. Got it.

It's all bad.

It's like watching your 2 drunken uncles accuse each other of stealing too much whiskey. At first you defend the one because you saw him steel the whiskey, then you realize the others been sneaking it to. Now they're in a full brawl on the living room floor in the middle of Christmas dinner, their kids (your cousins) are terrified and rooting for their respective fathers and you realize in 20 years those kids will be on this very same floor, having the same brawl, and all you can do is stand back and wonder why life is so screwed up.

Except... with tanks and rockets.

Comment: Re:Radicalization (Score 1) 710

by Charliemopps (#47557863) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

And if a rocket landed on a house 2 blocks from your own, would you be talking about a proportional response? I'm not saying I agree with everything Israels doing, hell... I even argued your same point not too long ago... but over time I've come to realize this is an insanely complicated issue. There are mentally unhinged people on both sides using religion as an excuse to perpetrate unspeakable acts of violence and cruelty.

Comment: HMOs (Score 1) 63

by Charliemopps (#47556061) Attached to: UK Team Claims Breakthrough In Universal Cancer Test

Soon to be freaking out in front of several governmental bodies: Your HMO

They will claim the treatment is worse than the cancer. They'll want the feds to recommend that people not take this test because it will "mislead" 9inform) the public and cause them to seek unnecessary (expensive) treatment for a condition that might just go away on its own. Then they'll use the governments recommendations as an excuse to deny people coverage.

Sound crazy? They already did it! http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

The biggest problem with health care in this country are HMOs. The second your doctor works for the same company that pays for your treatment, his paycheck is directly affected by any increased treatment he suggests. This impairs his judgment, leads to reduced treatment and ironically leads to increased cost down the road.

Comment: Re:Dear Slashdot (Score 4, Informative) 167

You are 100% right in criticizing me. Actually, I wasn't expecting this to get to the frontpage.Nonetheless, I thought Slashdot was the best place to ask. Many times I've seen pieces of news about Amigas and usually they're warmly received (are they not outdated?). I'm wondering why so many people are saying stuff like "let it go", "it's useless", "learn a language." Other people are linking me to LMGTFY as if I haven't spent hours looking for working links.

Don't get me wrong, maybe they're right and I shouldn't spend/waste my time learning about a dead platform, but at least I'd like to hear their rationale.

Because Amiga, C64, Early DOS and UNIX's were great and successful. For me, all that stuff was my childhood and messing around with it is like going to a garage sale and finding my old favorite GI Joe figure or something. PalmOS5 failed right out of the gate. There's nothing to be nostalgic about.

If you want to do some cool hobby stuff (and I don't blame you, I do that sort of thing all the time) I recommend the following:
RaspberryPI or one of the several 3rd party variants out there: It's basically a small PC with a UART (hardware interface with buttons) You can turn it into a media player, an Audio DSP, a "car computer" whatever you can think of.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/
http://www.pcworld.com/article...

Arduino is a micro controller. Not to be confused with the RPI. An arduino will teach you how to solder :-)
You can run scripts written in C, and control lights, relays, sensors, etc... You can build something that automatically waters your garden, turns on your lights, feeds your pets... basically anything you can script.
http://www.arduino.cc/

AX84 is a website that has a host of amplifier projects. They are all tube based. Why tube? Well a lot of us think it sounds better, but that's a long argument. Even if they don't, it's how electronics started and if you want to know how things were done originally... and why that lead to how things are done now, Tubes are a great way to start. It's like learning to build a campfire by rubbing 2 sticks together. Yea, you could just throw a road flare on a dead tree, but somethings are just worth doing the old way. If you're not a musician, there's a Stereo amp near the bottom.
http://www.ax84.com/sel.html

Then there's steam engines... There's no collective site for that, but I've done them and they are fun. No codding involved unless you count the valves ;-)
These are super fun though. Imagine a device that can generate power from any source of heat. Even mirrors reflecting the sun. I recommend starting on youtube.

Anyways, there are lots of "useless" projects you can do that will have a far larger community and be far less of a waste of time in the end. Good luck.

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