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Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 134

by LWATCDR (#47423531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Simple native development can be a lot easier than cross development.
If you have the money for some really good embedded tools, cross development is not bad at all. But if not native development is a lot simpler.
I would still do most of my work on an X86 Linux box and then move the project over to the embedded for testing but that is just me.

Comment: Re:Devil's Advocate (Score 1) 295

by CRCulver (#47417535) Attached to: Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service
In US law it has long been recognized that private letters between two living people cannot be published without consent. Only a paraphrase can be published. It's perfectly reasonable to hold that this extends to private photos taken between two parties on the understanding that these will stay published. Case law hasn't been settled yet, and state legislatures are only beginning to take up the matter, so it's not so simple as you make it out to be.

Comment: Re:Problem with proprietary 'free' offerings (Score 3, Interesting) 172

Actually Streets and Trips has a lot of features that Google maps and I bet Bing maps lack for trip planning.
For example you can tell it when you are going to leave, your MPG, fuel tank size, and how many hours you want to drive a day. Streets and Trips will suggest refueling points and stopping points.
I wish the online maps "Google" would put those features in and allow you to push the trip to your mobile device.

Comment: Re:And when the video feed dies... (Score 5, Informative) 463


"In 1929, he became the first pilot to take off, fly and land an airplane using instruments alone, without a view outside the cockpit. Having returned to Mitchel Field that September, he assisted in the development of fog flying equipment. He helped develop, and was then the first to test, the now universally used artificial horizon and directional gyroscope. He attracted wide newspaper attention with this feat of "blind" flying and later received the Harmon Trophy for conducting the experiments. These accomplishments made all-weather airline operations practical."

And yes it was the Jimmy Doolittle. If you do not know about him you should read up on him.

Comment: Re: Land of the fee (Score 1) 659

by CRCulver (#47398961) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Somehow, the US made it through a foreign invasion, a Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Cold War, and absolutely massive social upheaval without requiring people to remove clothing to enter into courts of law. But a few jackasses drive airplanes into some buildings and it's goodbye liberty, hello 'safety'.

Metal detectors at the entrance of many state and federal buildings predates 9/11. In any event, if you look at how much violence there was against judges in the 19th century, one would have to assume that if people had metal detector technology at the time, they would have used them.

Comment: Re:Where's the cheap board with gigabit ethernet? (Score 1) 122

by CRCulver (#47392485) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

You are getting your PIs (incl. SD and powersupply) very cheap

The Pi can be powered by any old USB phone charger, and I suspect that many people have a drawer-full. As for the SD, I already had one in an old camera I don't use any more. Those are not real hassles in buying a Pi. Only the case required me to go out of the way to get it.

Comment: Re:Where's the cheap board with gigabit ethernet? (Score 1) 122

by CRCulver (#47392389) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory
Care to recommend a cheap gigabit router with OpenWRT support? The cheapest gigabit router I could find when my ISP upgraded my connection was 70€, so the same price as one of those more expensive hobbyist boards I mentioned. What I am really holding out for is a gigabit device around 35€.

Comment: Where's the cheap board with gigabit ethernet? (Score 1) 122

by CRCulver (#47392029) Attached to: New Single Board Computer Lets You Swap Out the CPU and Memory

I've thought about buying a second or third Raspberry Pi (I'm happy with the first, an XBMC media center) to act as an independent, always-on Bittorrent device and web server, as my ISP now offers gigabit ethernet with no throttling or caps. However, the Raspberry Pi's network speeds are slow to take advantage of gigabit ethernet: the ethernet has to share the USB bus with everything else connected to the device so you get less than 100mbit. Last time I looked, the hobbyist boards with gigabit ethernet were twice the price of a Pi.

Comment: Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (Score 2) 551

Generally very badly, with no understanding of what you said and therefore isn't going to replace human translators anytime soon.

Human translators are already being replaced massively. A lot of the company-internal texts that used to be our bread and butter are now just being put through Google Translate, because companies just don't want to pay for an expensive human worker, and they are willing to accept somewhat lower quality as long as it's free. Ditto for product manuals from low-margin technology makers.

Sure, human beings are still hired to translate things for public consumption where prestige is important, such as books, press releases, and advertising campaigns, but with the march of technology I expect some of those contexts to disappear too, and soon.

Comment: Re:Rail? (Score 3, Interesting) 142

by CRCulver (#47388715) Attached to: Autonomous Trucking

When I said "the Balkans", I was thinking about countries after Bulgaria. Turkey does a lot of trade with Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia, but rail in that area is usually less efficient than truck.

Turkish drivers and their unions do not want to pay. Instead they cause incidents daily, run cars off the road, and kill people, violate required rest periods etc...

Stereotyping everyone on the basis of a minority of bad apples isn't fair. I live in Romania, and I hitchhike across Bulgaria to Turkey (or go to Serbia first and then cross Bulgaria to Turkey) a couple of times every year, and I can't say that my Turkish drivers have been worse than anyone else. They've all obeyed the tachograph and stop when they are required to (which can be frustrating for a hitchhiker who wants to keep moving), and in the summer when all trucks must stop during the day so as to not damage the hot, soft asphalt, they pull into one of their innumerable little roadside Turkish cafés that remind me of merchant colonies of old.

Them as has, gets.