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Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 201

No batteries needed if it connects via the Lightning (or micro-USB for generic phones - let's be honest, if Apple goes there others will to) port. DAC and headphone amp will probably add about 25c to the cost of the device.

The only serious issue really is that nobody has these headphones. I don't mind us moving to digital audio transmission, but I'd like all the manufacturers to agree upon a common standard first. Apple unilaterally deciding to go Lightning is about the worst possible outcome.

Comment Re:Lack of network connectivity is a deal breaker (Score 1) 106

Since the CHIP has built in Wi-Fi, it just seems more useful for an embedded IoT type application. You could add Wi-Fi pretty easily to the old Raspberry Pi's with a USB Wi-Fi adapter, but even that is more difficult on the Zero because it doesn't have full size USB ports anymore.

do you have some sort of physical disability that prevents you from plugging in a USB cable?

Do you have some kind of developmental disability that causes you to miss points? The problem is that the USB port now requires a special cable which not all of us have lying around in quantity.

Micro USB is hardly a "special cable" by any stretch.
It's the same cable and connector all of the raspberry pi models use for power

Well, no, bullshit. We're not talking about a USB A male to microusb. We're talking about a microusb to USB A female because what we're talking about right now is connecting a WiFi dongle to your Pi. By omitting the context by not quoting enough comments back, you made it look like you had a point, but you don't. The argument was not that it would be expensive or difficult, simply that it would be more difficult. Most people don't have a micro-USB-OTG cable lying around, and so they will have to make an additional purchase if they want to use the USB output on the device. To me that is not a dealbreaker, I will simply cut some microusb cable I have around, solder it on to the USB connector pads on the PCB of my WiFi dongle and call it a day. In fact, for my purposes, that's ideal, and I'd probably do it anyway just to save the weight. To pretend that it is not additional effort, however, is bullshit.

It's arguably stupid to argue over anyway. I'd bet that there will be another rev coming along to fill the space in between.

Comment Re:Be sure they really are cheaper (Score 1) 261

I second using a site like pcpartspicker. It can help you avoid some petty technical mistakes, like buying an under capacity CPU cooler, or a power supply without enough of the correct connectors and voltages for your cards.

Sadly, it doesn't actually help you avoid the most annoying mistake — when things just don't fit into the case. They were basically completely wrong about fitment on my PC parts build. For example, the cooler they said would fit wouldn't fit, and the cooler they said wouldn't fit in fact would. They also in many cases have incorrect fan mounting information; they got the size of the front fan mounts on my case completely wrong. If I had gone with liquid cooling, I would have ordered the wrong cooler on their advice as a result. As it is, if I hadn't watched Youtube videos, I wouldn't have known that they got the air cooler wrong. In addition, they claimed to have lower prices for all of my hardware than what I could find myself, but literally all of their advertised prices were false. On some six pieces of hardware, none of them clicked through to the listed price.

This isn't to say not to use them, but you will want to check up on literally every piece of information they give you, because it may well be wrong.

Comment Re:If you can't afford two computers... (Score 1) 261

or example, I stay clear of nVidia because many of those cards are a nightmare on Linux. On my gaming machine I run a $300 nVidia card, etc etc.

What on earth are you talking about? Which nVidia cards are a nightmare on Linux? nVidia's Linux support is fantastic compared to anyone else. Even Intel has a couple of GPUs that don't work for shit and which aren't open source because they don't actually own them, they just licensed them. ATI is the Linux nightmare. I use nVidia exclusively in my Linux machines and don't suffer for it in the least; to the contrary, it makes life easy because it's well-supported.

Now, this isn't to say I've never had a problem with nVidia on Linux, support does lag behind Windows... but these days I don't buy the latest and greatest anyway, I buy stuff at least one generation older to save cash. The only nVidia card I ever had a problem with under Linux was my 240GT. I had to run an older driver with it for a little while because there was a problem with one version. But I've had this sort of problem with a variety of graphics cards on Windows, too.

Comment Re:Depends if you want to support it (Score 1) 261

How is any of this relevant to a gaming machine? Dell doesn't have corporate gaming machines.

There is nothing magically special about a gaming machine, it's just a corporate desktop with a fat graphics card assuming you're comparing to a corporation that buys decent hardware that has specs good enough to last a few years. So you buy a refurb dell and then slap some on-sale video cards in there and you've got your gaming PC.

If you're going to plug Alienware from experience, do that.

Nobody with experience plugs Alienware, because of the price differential.

Comment Re:Build one (Score 1) 261

Back when I worked for the County of Santa Cruz (at the age of 17, mind you) I once installed a 486 chip 90 degrees out. Because you could do that back then. Now, it's not even possible. The only thing you can do is destroy pins trying to incorrectly insert the processor. If you're gentle, that won't happen either. Oh, I just thought about BGA packages, presumably they still have this problem? Hooray PGA

Comment Re:Landfill-saving hero (Score 1) 68

Right because Google always has your best interests at heart

Google released Android as Open Source, so I could look out for my own best interests. And I do; I load an alternate ROM on every device I own. Even if this tool lets you do that with Windows on Lumia phones, you still won't have the sources to what you're running, so you'll still be worse off in the best case... which ought to be Microsoft's slogan by now. "Microsoft: Worse off in the Best Case". Of course, Truth won't sell their crap.

Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 2) 211

I wish I could find USB-RS232 adapters that actually output the proper voltages...

You piqued my curiosity, so I did that with google in three minutes. The device uses the FTDI FT231X USB to serial with the FTDI FT3243S serial level shifter and promises an output swing of maximum +/- 15V, with all I/O protected against ESD. You may paypal the beer money to my email address, above.

Comment Re:oh no! (Score 1) 29

I quit using IRC about 15 yrs ago because it was the same shit over and over again.

You might as well kill yourself, because life is more than a bit samey, too. Every day I get up, take a shower, make breakfast... I could go on but isn't the point made? Admittedly, I don't irc any more either, but that's because I get the same shit over and over again from social networking and no longer need irc.

Comment Re:This is a breakthrough? (Score 1) 29

Yeah... I really don't understand a lot of robotics research. They seem to be forever chasing these awkward "proof-of-concept" implementations of concepts that are completely uninteresting. This is a perfect example: obviously you could make some robots that could do this, but it's really unclear what you'd learn by doing so, and the result is useless.

You get to focus on the software operating in an ideal environment, so you get to explore strategies before having to deal with the complexities of making the actual sensors work. There's nothing wrong with the idea, the problem is when you stop there. A lot of this work is done at universities by students, though, and they're learning. They don't know what they're doing. Their primary goal is to learn how to make the software work, not how to get good data out of a specific sensor that might not even be on the market by the time they get out of school.

Comment HAIL SATAN (Score 1) 63

For a change, soccer moms with too much spare time and nothing to do but protecting their precious little snowflakes could become useful.

Swearing? Nobody cares. That shit is on the radio now, at least some of it. Interfering with religious indoctrination? THAT will get the religious wingnuts up in arms with their burning crosses.

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert