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Comment: Re:Unfortunately for Arduino (Score 4, Informative) 130

by Spirilis (#41722885) Attached to: New Arduino Due Brings More Power To the Table

They certainly tried, and I personally looked at the MSP430 launchpad as a fun distraction last spring ... and ended up ditching Arduino altogether, seeing as most of my projects didn't need the space. What TI was missing was Arduino's IDE, as hideous as it sounds, but they have it now--in the form of Energia (http://www.energia.nu). Still not as established as Arduino though.

Another big hit was the chips they released initially--the 1st gen "value line" chips were hideously underpowered, like 2KB flash/128 bytes of SRAM, more ATTiny-like in size. The current "v1.5" LaunchPad you buy comes with 3rd-gen value line parts, up to 16KB flash, still not quite arduino but doing a lot better (and with hardware UART).

I hope the Stellaris LaunchPad catches on quicker, it looks like OpenOCD is starting to work with it so I have high hopes a UNIX-based environment can be easily deployed for Stellaris development soon. What I am personally more impressed with is the LaunchPad's BoosterPack form factor ( http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/BYOB )--they have thought of a simple and straightforward way to expand the capabilities, while retaining (in theory) some backwards compatibility with boosterpacks made for the MSP430 for example. Much nicer than Arduino's "shield" layout IMO.

Comment: Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (Score 1) 1017

by Spirilis (#35866014) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?

Oops, looks like I am mistaken--I read a different (longer?) version of this same article. Odd that the copy posted was shorter.

Here's the version I read, with 9 pages: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=1&ref=magazine
And the reference to the term "cancer fertilizer" is gone, even odder... guess it's been edited since then.

Comment: Re:This is not the logic you are looking for (Score 1) 1017

by Spirilis (#35865982) Attached to: Is Sugar Toxic?

If I'm not mistaken, everybody in this /. article's been arguing the merit of Sugar with its insulin-based evils as something that can be considered "toxic" but apparently haven't read to the end of the article.

The big point Gary makes towards the end is the association between sugar, insulin resistance and CANCER. "Cancer fertilizer" is the term he uses there. Makes sense to me, but I'm a layman and not a medical research scientist...

Comment: Re:Grounded? (Score 1) 358

by Spirilis (#35817182) Attached to: New Houses Killing Wi-Fi

Plastic wouldn't have the infrared heat reflectivity / low emissivity of foil, that's why they use foil. Good question about grounding it though--none of the insulation products really have that in mind (that I know of anyhow), and I'd imagine connecting it in any way to the electrical system (even the ground) would have to be studied for implications for fire safety/etc.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.