I have two of those toys on my desk right now, they are useful dev kits for the TI CC1110 microcontroller - an 8051 based core with 32K flash and 4K RAM.
You also get a CC1111 part inside the wireless dongle which comes with it.
If you look at the PCB in the device, it is a hardware hackers dream. The debug port is broken out onto pads inside the battery compartment, and there are test pads all over.
The SPI screen is bitmap addressable and the keyboard is sanely wired up. You even get a piezo buzzer and 2 LEDs under software control.
It also runs at 2.5V on 3 AA cells, via a pretty nice LDO regulator that cuts out at 2.9V, so a set of NiMH cells will run down to 1V per cell, squeezing out almost every last drop of juice.
One of my IM-MEs cost Â£1, I forget what I paid for the other one, but it wasn't over a fiver.
...As I would them. he hastily adds.
I worked with friends. Not best friends - male friendship allows for much shallower bonds. I don't exchange christmas cards with any of them, but I know that each and every one of them would buy me a pint tomorrow, if I bumped into them.
That pair of 27l V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines may have been difficult to detect on 1940s radar equipment, but I doubt that is the case today.
The great thing about the DeHaviland Mosquito, was that in the early years of the war, nothing else could keep up with it. It was quick, and could carry a useful bomb load.
Our two new aircraft carriers can't support anything other than helicopters and VTOL/STOL aircraft. This is thanks to the fuckwits in Whitehall, deciding that we wouldn't add the electric catapults, and thereby save a few million quid.
These catapults would have allowed us to use cheap F-18s, at least in the short term. We scrapped our Sea Harrier fleet a few years ago (they were well past retirement).
So, we've spent billions on two useless flat-tops, while we wait for the F-35 programme to go into a death-spiral.
I predict a +5B quid project in a few years time - adding catapults - the hard way.
Still, it's not like the 12B quid they pissed up the wall, on the useless NHS patient records system. At least we have some working mobile helicopter platforms to show for it.
They should stick with Solaris.
'preap' is the command for killing zombie processes.
I come to
/. for the comments, but with the new Beta, I can't even see anything! It just says:
''Shazbot! We ran into some trouble getting the comments. Try again... na-nu, na-nu!
It seems like the "developers" need to take some advice from people who actually know what they are doing. I'm happy to help explain what graceful degradation means if they like...
At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.