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Comment: Re:next... (Score 4, Insightful) 131

by OzPeter (#48440487) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

The 68008 was discontinued 20 years ago, so this isn't really all that useful even as an educational exercise. Why not pick a current breadboardable, cheap microprocessor and get Linux to run on that? That way, other people can benefit.

Why even bother with hardware. Why not just emulate it?

But then again .. why emulate it when you can buy time on a virtual system?

Then again why do all that when you could just be watching TV?

Comment: Re:No hot air (Score 1) 107

This is not the only article talking about hot air filled balloons. The text is talking about hot air, not matter what the picture is. Even the Loon project web site is not clear about this.

Yet somehow the Wikipedia site happily identifies the balloons as being He filled

Whoever wrote the text that everyone else is quoting screwed up big time, and is totally wrong about these balloons being hot air based. As I stated before, the photos are of classic Helium balloons, and no hot air balloon can do what google is claiming - that is basic physics.

Comment: Re:No hot air (Score 1) 107

Why do you say they are not hot air balloons? The article is pretty clear they are. You quote do not say otherwise.

Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it correct.

The pictures in the TFA are not of hot air balloons. They are of helium balloons. And engineering wise, no hot air balloon in capable of the stats that google is claiming.

Comment: Re:Nope... Nailed It (Score 3, Interesting) 178

by OzPeter (#48434687) Attached to: It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

Take managers out of the equation and work gets done. Pretty simple.

Yes, but what work gets done?

Is it the sexy feature that the dev has been just dying to implement since he/she read about some new language/process/data type de jour?

Or is it fixing the hard to locate bug in deep in the back end that deletes all the users data on seemingly random occurrences (and can be brushed off in dev's opinion as merely an aberration)

Comment: Re:Awesome picture (Score 1) 138

by OzPeter (#48433863) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

The best part of the listed articles is the picture of the sheriff pointing a gun at the dalek with his finger on the trigger, while two employees stand directly on the other side of the robot!

I'd love to be a fly on the wall when that Sheriff explains to his boss why he unholstered his weapon and handled it the way he did.

Comment: Help .. I've fallen over (Score 3, Informative) 138

by OzPeter (#48433605) Attached to: Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

And I can't get up.

From the Ars article: Coming soon: Slow, heavy, shrieking, autonomous robot rent-a-cops

Should anybody choose to attack the K5, as opposed to walking briskly away, the unit can react with a shrieking alarm that Stephens described as like "a car alarm but much more intense." That will probably happen shortly after the K5 falls to the ground, unable to right itself, which actually happened during Knightscope's MIT robot demo.

Comment: Re:Oh, boy! (Score 2) 268

by OzPeter (#48430965) Attached to: Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

These are the same Walmart employees who think they're worth fifteen bucks an hour?

This is getting off topic, but minimum wage in the US has taken a big hit due to inflation. At the very least if compared to the 1960's the current minimum wage needs to be about $11/hr in order to have the same buying power.

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