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Comment: Technologic Systems (Score 1) 183

by Jon Abbott (#47423407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

The embedded ARM boards from Technologic Systems are worth looking at also. I used a TS-7260 with a large enough SD card to install Debian with gcc and it worked great. It booted nearly instantly and consumed something like 100mA of current at 3.3V IIRC. It was quite a robust little box. There are newer and faster models than the TS-7260 at the link I provided above.

United Kingdom

Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show 86

Posted by Soulskill
from the soon-to-be-pining-for-the-fjords dept.
dacarr writes "The five remaining members of Monty Python will be performing in the O2 Arena, and their last show as a comedy troupe will be simulcast across hundreds of theaters in the UK, and roughly 1,500 more across the world, according to the Guardian. Michael Palin says this is really going to be the last time before the Pythons cease to be. Well, at least, before Monty Python, as a comedy troupe, runs down the curtain and joins the bleedin' choir invisible."

Comment: Re:I remember watching the disaster on television (Score 1) 207

by Jon Abbott (#45982301) Attached to: Previously-Unseen Photos of Challenger Disaster Appear Online

I watched the final Challenger launch in person in Kindergarten from Orlando, FL. The teachers and aides let all the kids outside to watch the launch and then brought us all back inside without explaining what happened. At the time I thought that the SRBs were just taking a different path than normal. It wasn't until that evening that I found out from my parents and TV what had happened. To this day I have disdain for situations where misinformation or lack of information is happening.

Comment: A good target for mobile platforms? (Score 1) 160

by Jon Abbott (#45861251) Attached to: Development To Begin Soon On New <em>Star Control</em> Game

From the Ars Technica article it looks like they are targeting PCs, Macs and console platforms for the new release of Star Control. To me it seems like mobile platforms would also be well suited for this game, as it shouldn't need the latest and greatest graphics capabilities. When SC2 was released, it could actually run on an underpowered 286, even though 486s were popular at the time. At the time that seemed to help its popularity, as pretty much anyone with a PC could play it.

Earth

Antarctic Climate Research Expedition Trapped In Sea Ice 209

Posted by timothy
from the that-looks-like-a-fun-vacation dept.
First time accepted submitter Stinky Cheese Man writes "An Antarctic climate research expedition, led by climate researcher Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales, has become trapped in heavy ice near the coast of Antarctica. The captain has issued a distress call and three nearby icebreaker ships are on their way to the rescue. According to Turney's web site, the purpose of the expedition is 'to discover and communicate the environmental changes taking place in the south.'"

Comment: Re:Is camping necessary? (Score 1) 173

by Jon Abbott (#44456761) Attached to: Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight

Why not just open the blinds before bedtime and turn off the lights progressively at night... or whatever the magic is... that does this?

It may not be as simple as staying indoors and opening blinds or reducing lighting at night. The article I read yesterday (here) said the test subjects were exposed to 400% more sunlight when camping outside compared to their usual indoor environment... so sun exposure may also play a role. Considering that Vitamin D (which the body synthesizes in the form of cholecalciferol from sun exposure) acts contrary to melatonin levels (which spike during sleep), perhaps sun exposure provides a strong natural cue for the body's melatonin level to surge at sunset.

Comment: Re: nature and consumers (Score 1) 358

by Jon Abbott (#44407315) Attached to: GMO Oranges? Altering a Fruit's DNA To Save It

Artificial banana flavoring is synthetic isoamyl acetate, amyl acetate and other compounds, whereas actual bananas likely contain hundreds of distinct flavor compounds. Isoamyl acetate by itself is often described as tasting like banana and pear, or Juicy Fruit. My guess is that artificial banana flavoring just isn't as complex as what bananas produce (no pun intended).

Privacy

The Coming War Against Personal Photography and Video 221

Posted by Soulskill
from the funded-by-cloud-service-providers dept.
Lauren Weinstein writes "Are you ready for the imagery war — the war against personal photography and capturing of video? You'd better be. 'In some cities, like New York, the surveillance-industrial complex has its fangs deeply into government for the big bucks. It's there we heard the Police Commissioner — just hours ago, really — claim that "privacy is off the table." And of course, there's the rise of wearable cameras and microphones by law enforcement, generally bringing praise from people who assume they will reduce police misconduct, but also dangerously ignoring a host of critical questions. Will officers be able to choose when the video is running? How will the video be protected from tampering? How long will it be archived? Can it be demanded by courts? ... All of this and more is the gung-ho, government surveillance side of the equation. But what about the personal photography and video side? What of individual or corporate use of these technologies in public and private spaces? Will the same politicians promoting government surveillance in all its glory take a similar stance toward nongovernmental applications? Writing already on the wall suggests not. Inklings of the battles to come are already visible, if you know where to look."

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