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Comment: Encouraging Overkill (Score 3, Informative) 144

by MrOctogon (#37446948) Attached to: Arduino Goes ARM
As somebody who is looking for a more powerful prototyping platform on the cheap I look forward to this. But I would not use it for a majority of my hobby projects, which do not need a lot of this power.

Most arduino projects only use a few I/O pins and very little processing power. Many hobby projects could be made with a much weaker pic processor, and many could get by on the basic 8 pin pics. Many people don't know that the simpler solutions exist, because they only see arduino stuff all over the web. The full development board is way overkill.

Additionally, with current arduino setups, it is fairly simple to make a clone around an ATmega chip. All parts are soldered easily through hole, and the schematic is easy. With a 32 bit surface mount chip, the schematic gets complex enough that most hobbyists are now scared off by the hard soldering and the crazy layouts. The open source, easy to clone nature of Arduino that made it what it is today is incompatible with the new high-end boards, and people will have to pay more for the official dev boards, or something else professionally fabbed.

Comment: The Sooner The Better (Score 2) 514

by MrOctogon (#37134376) Attached to: HP Spinning Off WebOS and Exiting Hardware Business
Oh No! I won't be able to get horribly fragile laptops with absolute crap for support anymore. I have an HP laptop that I bought just over two years ago. It has been mailed back to them for service five times before the warranty expired. Three of those times, they entirely failed to fix the problem, cracked the screen, or didn't return the battery. Every time I have to call them up it is a painful experience talking to India. Contrast with my experience with apple: when I had a bad power supply on a two year old laptop, the guy at the apple store got a new one from a wrapped box and swapped it over the counter with absolutely no questions asked. There's a reason apple is running HP out of the harware market. They make better hardware, and they are actually pleasant to deal with when something does go wrong.

Comment: Re:Not socially responsible (Score 1) 686

by MrOctogon (#35963582) Attached to: EFF Advocates Leaving Wireless Routers Open
Exactly. If I see my neighbor has open Wifi there are two possibilities:
1. They don't know how to secure their router, and their network is dangerous.
2. They do know how to secure their router, and they have it set up in order to steal personal info from neighbors.
Either way, I'll only use it in an absolute pinch, and never for anything sensitive.

Comment: Re:Patents, patents, lawsuits... (Score 1) 320

by MrOctogon (#35442302) Attached to: Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol
It would make sense that you would need to be actively working on marketing a patent in order to enforce it. If the purpose of patents is to allow the inventor to be profitable from an invention before it is released to the public domain, it makes no sense to allow killing an idea by patenting it in order to suppress it.

Comment: Horrible Website (Score 1) 55

by MrOctogon (#35442226) Attached to: Verizon Offers Refunds For Fraudulent SMS Messages
They couldn't make the claims page part of the main verizon website? The css and layout are so different, I was asking myself "Is this a scam?" Even the url is dubious. It appears genuine, but if people were smart (which they aren't) they would be careful about where they type in their personal information. Seems like a pretty nice scam to me: Set up registration form somewhere on the web. Submit inflammatory articles to slashdot linking to said form. Steal all the email accounts you want.

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

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