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Comment Re:Is C.H.I.P. really sub-10$? (Score 1) 111

I think the thing in the Kickstarter gadget space is that there's no established, readily available prototyping environment for most SoCs. People tend to prototype of Pi, then stick with Pi for the full product, even though it is (or, rather, was) larger and more expensive than strictly necessary. The Allwinner chip seems to be so internally complete that a prototype rolled on CHIP should be able to go direct to production with the chip on a different board.

Comment Re:Usage? (Score 1) 66

From the article: 'But in contrast to its conventional form, it is soft and malleable by hand' - so not quite usable for jewelry

That depends on what sort of jewellery you're using it for.

While I wouldn't claim to be a jeweller, I have probably made more items of jewellery then the other hundred people on this boat, and repaired a number more. I could certainly envisage using, for example, the red form as the centre piece for a pendant, with (say) alternating "rays" of gold and silver sheet (or gold rays laid over a silver foil base) to represent a sunburst.

That's without the intrinsic interest (well - to a chemist and mineralogist) of these essentially different allotropes of the metal.

Comment Re: Ministry of JUSTIVE prevents access to INTERNE (Score 1) 69

Though many places allow prisoners to vote, i don't know if the UK is or isn't on that list.

The UK government has recently been told by the courts that they have to allow prisoners to vote (if they're on an indefinite sentence, IIRC), and the UK government are livid about being told that that is the law.

Comment Re:There needs to be a very detail visual 4D sim (Score 1) 102

A comet the size of Jupiter would be a Jupiter.

To get this amount of dimming, you'd need an awful lot of comets (possible - let's say a Jupiter-mass worth of them), and for them to be in a relatively compact group. That would be (as I mentally draw models of the system) concentrated around something like 1/10th of the circumference of the orbit. And you'd need something to hold them in that position.

My mental imaging is suggesting that this could be a dense "Trojan" swarm held in place by a "Super-Jupiter" whose transit we haven't observed yet.

Comment Re:Just like a call center (Score 1) 70

It will run like any other call center does. Where each team of client support representatives, has a supervisor to handle the difficult problems, military will have supervisor that will take control and shoot.

erm.. no

Civilians are not allowed to pinpoint targets with lasers or fire missiles. They operate only Reapers that provide intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance,

Comment Re:Is C.H.I.P. really sub-10$? (Score 1) 111

The loss-leader, if there is one, may well be at Allwinner's end. Look at the number of Kickstarter hardware projects that use a full Pi board because it's readily available. I reckon Allwinner see the C.H.I.P. as an opportunity to get their SoCs in front of the next generation of Kickstarter hardware makers in an easy prototyping form-factor.

Comment Re:Slashdot is not your personal blog (Score 1) 164

The guy has got up my nose more than a few times with that shit that he used to do through - was it Medium, Vice, or MediumVice, or some such piece of shit. It got to the point that I was looking for ways to actively block his stuff from coming up again (short of completely trashing Slashdot.

But props to the guy - he has improved his posting somewhat the last couple of months, and has squeaked back into being worth paying attention to. In particular, in this one he STARTS with a link to TFP (that The FUCKING PAPER, for the multitude of Slashdotters whose association with science is more in their imagination than the reality) on ARXIV. So I think he's learning his craft.

I've no idea what his writing on Forbes is like because I can RTFP, so I don't need second hand presentations. But if he's trying to be a science journalist there, then the fact he's appreciating the importance of primary sources is worth noting and encouraging.

Pascal is a language for children wanting to be naughty. -- Dr. Kasi Ananthanarayanan