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Comment Re:Better use a lemon (Score 1) 74


“When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these?
Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons!
Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! With the lemons! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!”

Comment Re:Easy (Score 2) 232

I think the big failure is that "Smart TVs" just aren't quite good enough to replace the "TV sticks", or at least not at a competitive price.

Also, TVs tend to last a while. The four-year-old 55" Toshiba in my living room most likely has at least twice as many years ahead of it. Streaming services and their associated gadgets come and go much more quickly. Netflix or Amazon will probably be around for the long haul, but what about those other services you've never heard of that the average "smart TV" of today supports? Long before eight years is up, they're gone, and your TV's support for them is about as useful as an 8-track. It's better to farm this support out to gadgets that are easily replaced as they become obsolete.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 1) 233

If you're OK with 3.3V I/O, connecting straight to the header will work. My board puts level shifters (a transistor and a couple of resistors each) on the 1-Wire and I2C pins for 5V I/O. It also includes a clock (connected over I2C) and an SSR controller (a DS2406 connected to the 1-Wire bus). Since I was going to put a DS18B20 temperature sensor inside a refrigerator at the end of a long cable, 5V I/O would be preferable.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 2) 233

I only wish they had brought in power on an unpopulated header connector instead of on a usb connector which I'm going to have to desolder.

Two of the pins (+5V and any GND) on the 40-pin connector can be used to supply power instead of going through the USB port. That's what I did with my beer-fridge controller: power for the whole system comes through the barrel connector on the 1-Wire/I2C interface board in the middle of the stack.

Comment Re:So how long until we have Rasperry Pi Pi (Score 2) 233

Since when has an acorn been a fruit?
So basically the "old tradition" starts and ends with "Apple".

Acorns are seeds, which are produced within what are botanically regarded as fruit (even if, like the tomato, it's not exactly something you'd think of as "fruit" when you're looking for something to eat).

As for Apple, there were lots of Apple II clones back in the day that adopted fruit-related names.

Comment Re:The dark matter between their ears (Score 1) 166

Question: From TFA:

"Dark matter may make up 27% of the Universe's energy density, compared to just 5% of normal (atomic) matter, but in our Solar System, it's notoriously sparse. In particular, there's just a nanogram's worth per cubic kilometer."

So then, if it's 27% vs 5%, normal matter occupies roughly only about 0.185 of a nanogram per cubic kilometer? That seems on the low side.

Comment Re:Isis - sex goddess (Score 1) 330

Most trolls post anonymously, but I admire your style.
However, I believe they call this, "psychological transference".. I quote:

An insult to the ancient culture? Why's that? Are you uncomfortable talking about sex or does it bother you?

You projected an imagined issue onto me, that of "being uncomfortable with sex". You completely misread the meaning of my post when there was no cause to.
You provided not a shred of any kind of evidence whatsoever. That you even claim to is ludicrous. You're just looking for an argument, i.e. trolling.
Now bugger off, there will be further communication, you're not worth my time.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 594

The reason why they are even around is because we are involved.

Strangely enough, when you kill someone family members, they hate you every single time. I guess you should stamp out that hate with more death and hate...

We enabled them, sadly, yes; created them, no. Their twisted ideology and version of Islam did that. The US, unlike Russia, does try to limit civilian casualties. It sometimes fails, and that can and will drive more people to groups perhaps like ISIS, but the big picture is, they only needed a catalyst. And it doesn't begin to explain in the slightest why ISIS has killed so many other muslims as well as Yazidis , who had nothing to do with the US.

Comment Re:This is why ISIS wins (Score 1) 594

Well, I'm not so sure about Turkey, actually. But yeah, no group in modern history has generated so much hate and provoked so many nations to make war against them. China is pissed off too now, reportedly, after ISIS killed a Chinese hostage, and the UN Security Council has unanimously voted to stop ISIS. I'm trying to remember the last time they did anything major unanimously. Hell, even Anonymous has declared war on them. They don't even get along that well with other terrorists! (AQ)
The entire world hates them and wants them stamped out, but everyone is tripping over everyone else.

Comment Re:Speaking of crappy ads (paid posts) (Score 1) 222

Where are you seeing that?

I don't see anything like that on my system

I don't think they show up in the RSS feed either. I pretty much never go to /.'s homepage anymore. ttrss grabs the summary for me, and if it's interesting, I'll click through. It and Full-Text RSS have also been useful for some sites with broken layout that won't show up properly in desktop browsers anymore (National Review, I'm looking at you).

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