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Comment: UI processor for a commercial product (Score 3, Informative) 146

by Peter Simpson (#48130823) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Sales Approach 4 Million
We're using it to do a web page-based UI for a commercial product. The RasPi people are looking for commercial users, so we decided to try it out. It's far less expensive than other commercial SBCs, and being Linux based, it's a known quantity (no nasty proprietary OS or API to deal with), and the RasPi has a large user base, so hopefully, no unannounced obsolescence. Only drawback is that we need a HDMI converter board between the RasPi and the bare TFT panel. We still come in at around $200 for the entire display subsystem.

Comment: Re:The "City of London" - A Lawless Square Mile (Score 1) 302

That is certainly rich. The "City of London" is a lawless square mile in the center of London that is not subject to the laws of England. It is the center of all the tax evasion secrecy jurisdictions around the world. If you think of the rampant and lawless tax evasion that goes on in places such as the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Channel Islands of Guernsey, Isle of Man and Jersey, they are all directed from this cesspool of lawless behavior known as the City of London.

Oh, see you don't's not a crime when *we* do it!

Comment: Re:One way to avoid (Score 4, Informative) 160

by Peter Simpson (#47854007) Attached to: The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams
If the buyer is not able to meet in person (I don't care why), a US Postal Money order is available anywhere, up to $100 per m.o. If the buyer or his agent) wants to pick up in person, cold cash. If they can't or won't agree to either of the above payment methods, sorry, but I won't sell to them. I've never had a legitimate buyer unable to pay in one of those two ways, and everyone I've bought from on Ebay will accept a Postal MO.

Comment: Comcast (Score 1) 145

by Peter Simpson (#47828085) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
I've had Comcast cable since it was Cablevision (then MediaOne, then AT&T), and it has been pretty much trouble free, except when they try to reconfigure their network. I find their internet acceptable but would never rely on their telephone service(friends in town have had month-long outages when amplifiers on their trunk line fail and there's no one competent to troubleshoot the problem) .

Comment: Re:Slashdot comments indicative of the problem (Score 1) 1262

*My* first instinct is to call out the person making the threats. Folks, it's a stupid video game! If the gaming scene is so important to you that you feel the need to threaten violence to someone who is raising the issue of anti-female attitudes, maybe you need to put the keyboard down, climb out of your basement and smell the fresh air. That, and spend more time relating to real people, because you seem to be part of the problem she's talking about.

Comment: I remember when the Internet had no ads (Score 1) 611

by Peter Simpson (#47720743) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Well, minimal ads, anyway. So...what are the benefits of having ads, again? I use AdBlock, so I don't see them, but when I use another machine, I see loads of ads for Progressive Insurance (don't need it, have a deal through my wife's union), ($20/mo...forget it), and a bunch of other stuff I'm never going to buy. Likewise, the stuff that shows up to the right of my Google searches is hilariously inappropriate. I've clicked on a few of them and they're just link aggregator sites, for the most part. There seems to be an economy in ads, but as to actual useful links that are of interest to me, there's a real shortage there.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 299

Victim goes to nearest Target, picks up burner PAYG phone and continues leaking.

The Man has a whole team dedicated to subverting your phone. Why would he need a "brick" feature, when he can reload the OS with his own hacked version?

Someone's tinfoil hat is on too tight today.

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?