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Comment Re:I can understand small first batches (Score 4, Interesting) 104

I see the Zero a bit different. It is a full linux machine which the ESP8266 is not. It has HDMI out which the ESP8266 does not.
Put a USB wifi adaptor on it and you have a linux box that you can put on the back of a monitor have it work well for signage or other displays.
Very different devices for different uses. the ESP8266 is great for say a weather station, maybe a simple robot. The Zero is for projects that need full Linux and maybe a display.
Even combining an ESP8266 with a zero is an option as well using the ESP for IO and Wifi and the Zero for processing.

Comment Re:Bill Gates has a chance to step up here (Score 1) 182

Yea he is just paying all of those people to work on the project. Paying for lab space, equipment, paying for netting in 3rd world nations.
Making sure that those researchers feed their families and pay for housing....
And of course he saw a massive problem and put resources in place to try and solve it.
Next you will be saying MLK, and Gandhi did nothing but set up marches and give speeches.

Comment Re:Cores Schmores (Score 3, Informative) 121

The Thunderbird was nice, but it was more of a price/performance winner than overall performance. A 1GHz Thunderbird ran stable at 1.3GHz and was similar performance to a 2GHz Pentium 4 at a fraction of the cost (particularly as the P4 required RAMBUS DRAM, so you could stick twice as much DDR in Athlon for the same money). It wasn't until the Opteron that AMD really started winning on performance. The integrated DRAM controller was a big win and being first to 64 bits (which, on x86, means more GPRs, sane floating point ISA, and PC-relative addressing) gave them a huge advantage. Unfortunately, they haven't really been competitive since the Core 2, except in market segments where Intel intentionally cripples their offerings (e.g. no more than 2 SATA ports on the Atom Mini-ITX boards to avoid competition with the i3 boards, making AMD the only viable option).

Comment Re:The technical problems with this are immense. (Score 1) 328

What immense technical problems did autonomous vehicles have prior to the 2004 DARPA project?

What immense technical problems did nuclear have before the Manhattan project?

What immense technical problems did flight have 150 years ago?

What immense technical problems did the internal combustion engine have 200 years ago?

For a site supposedly for nerds the nerds sure are short sighted when it comes to technology. However based on the comments in multiple other threads most people here would be happier if kids had to walk uphill both ways to use their punchcards.

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