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Comment Re:Is C.H.I.P. really sub-10$? (Score 1) 89

The loss-leader, if there is one, may well be at Allwinner's end. Look at the number of Kickstarter hardware projects that use a full Pi board because it's readily available. I reckon Allwinner see the C.H.I.P. as an opportunity to get their SoCs in front of the next generation of Kickstarter hardware makers in an easy prototyping form-factor.

Comment Re:Church of England (Score 1) 293

I am no Christian, but don't confuse the corrupt hypocrisy of the elite with the religion. "It is easier for a rope* to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

* Due to inconsistencies in spelling before the invention of dictionaries, and the fact that the New Testament authors weren't native speakers of Ancient Greek, their misspelling of the Ancient Greek for rope has led to the mistranslation of this passage as referring to a camel, which is just stupid. One letter, people, one letter. Just think about it.

Comment Re:If it's really a policy (Score 1) 293

If we make the choice based on tradition, then we are not being tolerant to individuals, which makes Dawkins' standpoint inconsistent and hypocritical. Even more so, in fact, if you consider that there has been a very long-standing Jewish population in the UK (particularly London) whose lack of recognition in law (and hence lack of publically-supported faith schools) was part of a long traditional of intolerance towards Jews in Europe from Christian populations including Anglicans and Catholics....

Comment Re:If it's really a policy (Score 1) 293

I don't think he was upset about it - he just tweeted about it initially as he thought it was a free speech issue. He then deleted it when people pointed out that it was more of a commercial decision, as you yourself have pointed out.

I.e. Dawkins opened his mouth and professed opinions on a topic he didn't understand...? I'm shocked! ...shocked, I tell you!

Comment Re:I'm careful about using the term "Evil" (Score 1) 108

It would also qualify as "stupid". The basic rule of thumb in internet crime is "do only that which isn't worth tracking you down for". Basic financial fraud is a nightmare to handle across juridictions, and no-one gets physically "hurt", so it rarely gets prosecuted. But serial killers tend to come up pretty high on Interpol's hit list, and if you're hacking pacemakers and insulin pumps, that's basically what you are.

Comment Re:Poe's Law? (Score 1) 381

I just think that a self-contained bug farm has a specific appeal that dried-bugs-by-post just doesn't have. I like the idea of insects as food in theory, but it doesn't get me excited. However, this idea does appeal -- fresh home-grown food, and a bit of a novelty at dinner parties (somewhere in the world, this will probably feature in an episode of Come Dine With Me....)

Comment Re:Poe's Law? (Score 1) 381

Except that this product combines eco-friendly with grow-at-home, which is a winning combination. I was lucky enough to have a bedroom with a huge south-facing bay window last year, and throughout late spring and early summer, I was harvesting my own salads and herbs daily. I quite fancy the idea of growing everything for a stir-fry in the kitchen actually....

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.