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Comment: Re:Without the software, Arduino is not interestin (Score 1) 78

by OrangeTide (#49368389) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

That's fair. There is some real value in not having to write libraries and drivers from scratch for every project. I forgot that a shield isn't just a block of hardware that convenient interfaces, but usually someone has written some software for that shield that makes it pretty easy to integrate into a project.

Comment: Re:Without the software, Arduino is not interestin (Score 1) 78

by OrangeTide (#49367997) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

I don't agree. I've used Code Red, Launchpad, and others. And the tools they give you pretend to be professional tools, and seem to have a steep learning curve. Especially with Code Red wanting to upsell to a better version. But most of these free IDEs are more like trial versions to me. Adruino's crippling was done to make the process of making little gizmos more accessible, most other tools are crippling so they don't cut into other markets.

That said, I never really was much of a fan of Arduino because I don't have much use for AVR. This is me finally admitting that Adruino was pretty good, and that I may have been a little stubborn to have resisted it all these years.

Comment: Without the software, Arduino is not interesting (Score 1) 78

by OrangeTide (#49366173) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

Sure, all the little shields and things are convenient. But most folks with a search engine and some jumper wires already find out how to connect things not designed for the Arduino to their boards.

But it's the software that has made it easy for everyone to get started immediately. I've used a dozen or so development environments for embedded, and Arduino's has the easiest learning curve I've seen. It's not particularly powerful or flexible, it's not super great at debug/ICE/ICD stuff. But you can type in the few line example C program, and flash your first blinking LED program in a matter of minutes.

For platform that is not commercial and not really for industrial purposes, the software seems to aim for the best user experience. And in software development, instant gratification is the biggest motivator there is.

Comment: Citation needed (Score 2) 345

"Even before there's a verdict in this case, and regardless of what the verdict is, people in Silicon Valley are now talking," said Kelly Dermody, managing partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, who chairs the San Francisco law firm's employment practice group.

"People are second-guessing and questioning whether there are exclusionary practices [and] everyday subtle acts of exclusion that collectively limit women's ability to succeed or even to compete for the best opportunities. And that's an incredibly positive impact."

Which people? I'm in Silicon Valley, unlike people who work in San Francisco.

Comment: I'm sticking with tape (Score 1) 92

Good old reliable tape. None of this fancy random access hard disk garbage that fails all the time, or complicated wear leveling flash nonsense.

Maybe something like core memory or bubble memory if I need some random access behavior.

I hear it's down to a penny per bit, only around 1200 megabucks for 10 gigabytes of Core memory.

Comment: Re:How many computers can you buy for $128k? (Score 1) 167

by OrangeTide (#49347637) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

So their only copy of the student roster is gone? they can't even take attendance? they don't have back-ups?

Surely this is a problem that can be solved with money, and significantly less than $128K. (the point of my original post, I wasn't suggesting we actually replace all the computers, just that the ransom seemed a bit high)

Comment: How many computers can you buy for $128k? (Score 2, Insightful) 167

by OrangeTide (#49347251) Attached to: NJ School District Hit With Ransomware-For-Bitcoins Scheme

Maybe 200-500 computers. Is the ransom higher than what it would cost to replace everything? (maybe not enough to replace them with Macs, but Linux and Chromebooks are possible). How many computers does a district with 1700 students really need to get the basics done?

Just seems like a steep ransom to me. Especially since if I replaced all the computers, the old equipment is worth something and I could probably auction it off.

The data is gone if you don't pay the ransom (or crack the encryption). Sadly I don't have a way to resolve that problem, other than to start over again and hopefully anything important has backups. (ideally in a form that doesn't spread infection)

Comment: $100k astroturf (Score 4, Interesting) 52

This $100k astroturf project was money well spent in that their effort got me to watch 5 minutes of it. The film is crap obviously, and it's only viral because of the media attention it received. (does that make it not really viral?)

I wish the behind the scenes video covered how the PR campaign worked and how journalists were contacted, I would have found that level of detail very useful indeed.

Comment: Re:Pursuit of Happiness (Score 1) 876

by OrangeTide (#49340839) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

I will take my business elsewhere, and so will a lot of other people.

We don't have to operate our society as a free market experiment if we don't want to. We're not really setup to live some kind of libertarian utopia, so what you suggest isn't going to work well without an overhaul of our system. Luckily there is already a system in place that has mostly worked well for modern society, so maybe we should use it.

We operate a representative democracy that [theoretically] answers to the people, and has a long history of actively preventing a tyranny of the majority by offering some protection to minority view points. (minority in the most general sense of the word). A community can assert certain standards of behavior from individuals if those standards do not illegal and ideally are not unethical.

You can interpret this as the government taking away your "rights", and get upset about the restriction. I prefer to view this as all of us collectively agreeing to some limitations on individuals in order to operate a desirable society. (agreeing, but not unanimously, and not necessarily formally)

I'm not sure how we romanticized each of us living as a rugged individual that answers to no one. King of our castle, and master of our domain.

I choose to live among other human beings and seek ways to coexist with them.

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