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Comment Re:Open Source (Score 5, Informative) 166

This is why Android isn't really Open Source in spirit. It is as closed as Apple is.

Hardly. Even on a non-rooted device all you have to do is tick "Allow untrusted sources" in the settings and then you can install stuff outside of Play Market as much as you like. Play Market is closed, yes, but it's also a separate thing and not required for using an Android-device. iPhones and iPads and the likes, as far as I know, require doing a lot more than just ticking a single box to allow installation of things from outside of Apple's AppStore.

Comment My browsing history (Score 1) 160

Oh, I'm sure all the people that know me would be absolutely terrified when they saw that.....I've spent most of my day surfing Hackaday,, Github, Orange Pi - forums and loading all sorts of specsheets. At least when they saw that I've been browsing Slashdot several times a day they'd permanently block me!

Comment Re:Wrong link (Score 1) 42

Depends on the content you'd use it to serve. If you were thinking of serving dynamic webpages, like e.g. PHP-generated content, it would barely be useable by one client at a time, but for mostly-static content it'd work just peachy. The AR9331 is a single-core SoC and 64MB RAM doesn't allow for much caching to be done, so it would be a lot more limited than your smartphone.

Comment Re:ESP8266 is smaller and cheaper. (Score 4) 42

ESP8266 is a great device, but serves completely different needs. It can't act as a wireless repeater/bridge, for example -- it's not a router. Also, it only has ~80KB RAM and can be run at max 160MHz, whereas this device has a 400MHz AR9331 and 64MB RAM and runs Linux; you are basically comparing apples and oranges here.

Comment Re:The RPi's "secret weapon" (Score 2) 120

I ordered an Orange Pi PC on eBay just recently and... boy-howdy do I regret it. It was only after ordering it that I found out that e.g. the CSI-connector isn't actually a CSI-connector and you need some expansion board to make use of it, and the expansion board isn't even supplied with the device itself -- and of course, none of this is mentioned either on the official website or their store! The forums are at the brink of self-immolation, no verification e-mails are ever received by people who try to register accounts there, the official website has a bunch of broken or outdated links, the Steven - guy behind the project has been missing for at least a week now and so on.

The hardware is real nice and personally I find their newly-announced OPi-Lite an exceedingly attractive device, but fuck if they're ever going to attract more than a few stragglers who end up horribly disappointed in the end when things are run like this. I wish I could get an OPi-Lite, but with RPi-level support.

Comment Re:Not a Raspberry pi competitor. (Score 2) 120

4 gpio ports? this is not competing against a raspberry pi.

That's pretty much what I came in to say: this shit ain't an RPi - alternative, it's just a low-power PC. One of the major selling-points of RPi is the 40-pin GPIO-row, all useable natively, but with this shit you'd have to use I2C or USB GPIO-expanders and jump through extra hoops every single time you wanted to read or set a GPIO-pin state. Things get even worse if you wanted to use SPI.

Comment Re:Webcams just an example ANYTHING that runs Open (Score 2) 77

If you want to know what consumer devices pose a security threat (whether cheap or expensive, webcam, router/modem or other device), just look at the list of devices that other people have loaded some version of a Linux based O/S on to. These are the devices that can be easily subverted. If your organisation is sensitive to security threats, the list of "hackable" devices should also be your list of products that should never be allowed to connect inside your company's security fence.

That's a stupid argument. The devices where it's easy to replace the firmware are also the ones that are the easiest to make sure they are secure, just replace the firmware yourself and then you can do anything you want to make it as secure as ever possible. The more closed the device is the less you can actually do to secure it!

Comment Re: Don't know enough about available cameras, (Score 1) 77

There's not enough power/CPU to do any serious compression, and having to decompress it to do motion detection or transcoding afterwards is a waste.

Depends on what you connect the camera to. An RPi, for example, can encode the video in H/W and thus the CPU is free to do anything else. You could also do motion-detection before encoding, or you could use an actual infrared-sensor to handle motion-detection and thus the CPU could just sit idle.

Comment Re: "Smart" webcams do that (Score 1) 77

If you are referring to with "motion" then no, it doesn't do what I need. I was talking about making a WiFi-connected streaming camera and you're talking about a library for detecting motion -- two entirely different things. You still need a source of video to detect motion in and a device to run that library on in the first place, you know? It doesn't magically work on its own. And besides, a simple PIR attached to a GPIO-port will require a whole effing lot less CPU-power in order to detect motion than doing it in software via that library.

Comment "Smart" webcams do that (Score 1) 77

"Smart" webcams are always a risk, manufacturers insist on believing those devices should be available from the Internet and will try to use UPNP and other tricks to open themselves up for access from there. I have a need for a WiFi-enabled webcam that I can stream live-video from, but I was planning on just getting a ~$20 400MHz ARM-CPU WiFi-router with OpenWRT on it and a regular USB-webcam, and streaming the MJPEG - stream over RTP/RTSP -- since the video coming out of the camera is already encoded it doesn't require almost anything from the router's CPU to stream it as-is, and this way I have complete control over the entire stack and I control who and where the stream goes to.

Comment Re: How very Republucan... (Score 1) 249

If you perceive what they're doing as being bad, the moral thing to do is to not give them money to enable and reward the behavior.

And what if I perceive what Netflix is trying to do as a positive thing and wish to reward them for it? Netflix is just the proxy here, unsubscribing from Netflix is going to hurt them more than the content-providers -- can't both reward Netflix and punish content-providers that way. Netflix is one of the few companies that want to provide high-quality streaming-service everywhere for everyone and they provide excellent customer-support, both being things that I would like to support.

There are other ways to achieve sensory stimulation, from books to parks, or even independent films.

Yes, you can stab yourself with a knife to achieve sensory stimulation -- I do not see how that is relevant.

Comment Re: How very Republucan... (Score 4, Interesting) 249

There was a blog-post from Netflix last year where they specifically said they are being pressured by content-providers to do this and they don't know how long they can hold out -- guess the point came where they couldn't hold out any longer. I don't blame Netflix for this, it doesn't matter to them what country you watch stuff from as long as you pay your monthly fee, but those greedy content-providers are at fault here.

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