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Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 2) 229

Don't forget internet feuds - there are many stories of flamewars getting seriously out of hand and leading to one site SWATting the other, or submitting anonymous tip-offs to police about a claimed serious crime, or contacting an opponent's employer to spread malicious rumors in an attempt to have them fired.

Comment Re:End of open and honest? I'll disagree. (Score 4, Insightful) 229

Open and honest can be a problem. For example, I used to work as tech support in a Catholic school. Not super-devout catholic, but we had a chapel and occasionally a bishop would visit for a guest sermon. I happen to think the church is composed of sex-hating prudes who'll shelter child molesters to protect their claim to moral perfection and happily watch people die of preventable disease rather than permit the use of condoms. But at the time, I couldn't have said that under my real name - because if my employer had found out, I may well have lost the job.

Speaking under your real name is not always good for one's career, or relations with one's family.

Comment Re:More use if it had some network connection (Score 4, Informative) 222

Different applications. Of course the pcduino is more capable - it's more than ten times the price. There's a wide spectrum of tiny computing devices available. There are the absolutely tiny PICs, the slightly more powerful and much more developer-friendly arduinos, then the Pis, then higher-power devices like the pcduino, and beyond that mini-ITX PC boards with Atom processors. With a variety of interfaces and capabilities. You just pick whichever one fits your application. If you need a 'proper OS' to run something like image processing or interface to USB peripherals, then Pi Zero is about the tiniest and lowest-power controller you'll find for the task. It's certainly the cheapest.

Comment Re:So wait... what? (Score 2) 93

He also isn't making the PSA - he's appearing in it, but he's really just an actor playing himself. He isn't writing it, or directing it.

It's a stunt, but a harmless one. The use of a real person as a case study heightens emotional connection to the audience, and the 'view or sue' novelty ensures plenty of media coverage (like this) that will ensure the video is widely seen. There are a lot of things competing for people's attention on the internet, it takes something unusual to be noticed.

Comment Re:Not meant to be a good device but to undercut C (Score 1) 222

This isn't aimed at those applications. It's aimed firmly at embedded - situations where you need a bit more processing power than an arduino can provide, or a real operating system. It has the essentials for that: GPIO, UART and USB. You might hook up a monitor and keyboard for development or configuration, but they won't be connected in general use.

Comment Re:Allow me to predict the comments (Score 1) 222

The ethernet on other Pis *is* an ethernet dongle.

Look at the board. The processor has an onboard USB interface, one port. On the A, that interface goes to the USB port - that's why it only has one. On the B, it goes to the extra chip that the A doesn't have. That chip is a combined USB hub and USB-ethernet interface. The ethernet and two USB ports connect up to that, and it in turn connects to the processor's one USB interface.

Comment Re:More use if it had some network connection (Score 1) 222

It does have USB. Also, this mini-model doesn't have ethernet. There's no reason you can't use a USB-ethernet adaptor. That's how the Pi B works. The second chip on the circuit board is a combined ethernet interface a USB hub. It's a nice chip, aside from being a real power hog and the reason the B draws almost twice the power of the A.

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