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Comment: Replace old proprietary electronics (Score 1) 146

by LukeWebber (#48136357) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million

How many times have you seen an old, embedded system with a bunch of proprietary electronics in it and thought, "well that sucks". There are people out the still selling this kind of solution for unreasonable sums of money, and the Pi can often do everything they do, and do it better. It can interface to practically anything, and it's so cheap you can keep spares on-hand to replace any failed units. Hell, you can even assign one unit to poll all the others and report failed units.
Configuration is a dream too. Just a matter of putting the right data on the SD card they boot from. These little buggers are /exciting/.

Comment: Re:Won't do much good (Score 1) 230

by LukeWebber (#43788755) Attached to: Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

It's a step in the WRONG direction. Why should a kid be forced to learn an Asian language? Suppose s/he has Italian or other antecendents, and wants to be able to speak to Nonna? Or a a passionate interest in the classics, and wants to learn Latin or Greek.
It's a big mistake to build in more mandatory components to our education system. We should be making it more flexible, not less.

Comment: Re:Yay! (Score 1) 160

by LukeWebber (#43632903) Attached to: In Australian Town, Public CCTV Off Over Privacy Concerns

I wonder how many of the people who argue against surveillance cameras would be so principled if they were ever to be the victims of violent crime. It's my bet that they'd be the first ones screaming for the footage.
Go ahead and take my picture. I doubt it's worth looking at and there is, in any case, too much video for anybody to bother studying more than a tiny part of it. There really is no use for it other than catching criminals.
It's not that I trust our government, but I do know that they're not a totalitarian regime. And if they were, there's bugger-all we could do about surveillance anyway. As long as the cameras contribute to the crime clearance rates, I'm fine with it. /Australian

What this country needs is a good five dollar plasma weapon.

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