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Comment: Re:Has this actually happened? (Score 2) 411

I assumed it was made up by the Bitcoin guys to get them some more publicity and to make it look like people actually took them seriously.

Considering this is the third or so story about Bitcoin, I'm guessing someone has hired a marketing firm/intern to get these stories out there. That's the only real explanation for how these stories are getting planted around the web.

I'd just be impressed if they managed to find a marketing company that were willing to be paid in Bitcoins...

Comment: Re:So when's the real scheduled flight date? (Score 1) 41

by DavidWeight (#36196920) Attached to: NASA Sets Final Space Shuttle Flight For July
Well I booked a flight from the UK to see it on the basis it would launch on the 28th June, and it comes back on the 9th. Hope it isn't delayed any further! Bugger.... Truly sad to see the last shuttle go, and can only hope the science continues in the same vein for the next 30 years!

Comment: His book (Score 1) 98

by DavidWeight (#35385188) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Build True Artificial Life
If you like this, read his book-goes through his approach in building Lucy, his robot. Very different approach to traditional AI, but absolutely fascinating
Growing Up with Lucy: How to Build an Android in Twenty Easy Steps
He's also got a book about how he designed the creature game, both really interesting, highly recommended!

Comment: Re:The solution is well organized physical storage (Score 1) 70

by DavidWeight (#32813490) Attached to: Good IC / Electronic Component Inventory Software?
If you're in the UK, http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/ is excellent, good passive component packs, although a lot of time if you're doing analogue design you'll need 1% accurate resistors, preferably in the E196 series, and if you're doing digital you can probably get away with keeping 1ks, 10ks and some resistors for LEDs in stock. Useful for prototyping though

Comment: Just bought a scope at work (Score 1) 281

by DavidWeight (#25490567) Attached to: User Interface of Major Oscilliscope Brands?
I've just bought a new scope at work, we had Agilent and Tektronix to play around with for a couple of weeks, so might be of some help. We were looking at MSOs, combination scopes and logic analysers which I can throughly recommend if you don't need all the triggering on a full logic analyser. The Agilent scope was simple to use, its all menu based with quick access to the most common features off the front, but its worth getting a tek scope in to play with the Wave Inspector technology, allows you to pan through long samples really quickly. Its worth getting a bigger sample memory, especially if you have transient events to find. Personally, I found the ability to decode I2C, serial data etc on the fly useful in debugging, but it depends on your needs. Oh, and the 12.1" screen on the agilent scopes is a pleasure to use.

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