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Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 1) 59

by Technician (#49133245) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

When you look at developers, the lower price points for the Pi has produced some excellent applications. After seeing the Pi put to use to run an entire animated Christmas Light Show, I bought a Pi B+.

Sometimes your purchase decisions are based on finding the application you want to run and then buying the hardware that will run it.

If you are into synchronized Christmas light displays on a budget, you can't beat a mix of Vixen, X Lights/Nutcracker for content creation and loaded on a Raspberry for scheduling and playback.

My setup is using addressable LED pixel strings, Falcon Pi Player on a Raspberry, connected to a DYILEDExpress DMX Bridge using e1.31 protocol. The entire control hardware is under $150 in hardware. Only major expense is buying LED lights which scales with your display size.

For more info view the link below for technical details on the show that has me planning next year's show.
View an excellent example of a Pi running a Christmas show.

Comment: Re:FFS (Score 1) 397

I wonder where other common items in the diet would fall.

How does table salt compare against booze ounce for ounce?

Big deal, you can eat an entire plant and live. This does not mean I'm going to not have any salt, as it is essential to life. Moderation is essential with most everything consumed. in large amounts, drinking water is deadly.

By no means am I suggesting you should not ever drink any water or anything containing water as ingredient. Same for alcohol. Limit intake to safe levels.

Comment: Re:what do they have to offer (Score 1) 166

by Technician (#49063741) Attached to: Cubans Allowed To Export Software and Software Services To the US

Do they have schools to train programmers?

Serious question, with severely limited internet, is there any good programmers in Cuba? Are they up on training in security, encryption, VPN's, large enterprise anything such as server clusters, managed switches, VOIP, etc.

With limited communication and access, I presume the opportunities are limited to hone skills.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by Technician (#49041093) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

Most sound systems sound like a speaker in a box. Most music is compressed for it.

Have you ever been to a convention and walked past a room with a Grand piano being played live?
Ever been fooled because it was a recording instead?

Most recordings played on consumer electronics are nowhere close to reproducing a close replica of the original sound.

I was at the CES show in Orlando quite a few years ago. I did go into a room because I heard a grand piano. There was a grand piano in the room, but it was not being played. One of the few times a reproduction of piano music has fooled me.

Comment: Re:I'll take the wine instead (Score 1) 480

by Technician (#49037845) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

If doubling your odds with a 2nd ticket is not wise, then the true value of having only one ticket is revealed to be truly insignificant.

Other than being in the game in a very insignificant way, your statement does not pencil out.

I play stocks instead. My non winning stocks remain in the game week to week until they are winners. Chances of non paying stock is very small and vastly offset by the ones that do pay 2:1 within 3 years.

Unlike a lottery ticket at a fixed price, I buy stocks when on sale in the down turns.

Buy low/Sell high.

Lottery is buy fixed and throw out.

Comment: Re:Odds are favorable in a way (Score 2) 480

by Technician (#49037739) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

The math so often quoted most often neglects to include taxes and often a shared jackpot. I always look at the ratio.

I've done much better in the stock market. Unlike a non winning Powerball ticket, stocks rarely pay zero. If you refuse to sell at a loss, when you don't sell this week, your non winning stock is still in the game.

I generally play the market for a 2:1 gain. Some stocks haven't doubled yet, but most have.

Unlike a lottery ticket, none has gone to zero that I have.

Comment: Re:Sad... (Score 1) 242

by Technician (#48968375) Attached to: RadioShack Near Deal To Sell Half of Its Stores, Close the Rest

To their credit, they did sell the lowest powered robotics chip at one time, the Parallax chip in a a $100 kit. Unfortunately they never upgraded to Arduino or Raspberry. Parallax was interesting but very limited for the price. For about twice the price, I bought a netbook instead. Much better bang for the buck as it included a keyboard, display, USB, network, battery and charger, etc. Made the Parallax offering way overpriced for the functionality.

Comment: Re:More proof (Score 1) 196

by Technician (#48961175) Attached to: Music Doesn't Feature In the Pirate Bay's Top 100 Biggest Torrents

It is a shame that the audio industry went to the lowest common denominator of youtube while the movie industry made the latest greatest advances in audio in recent years. Does any of the following ring a bell? Too bad this is not from the audio experts.


Movies are where the good sound is. Uncompressed, high fideliety, etc. The good sound system in the home is the home theater.

Comment: Re:It's much more complicated than this... (Score 3, Insightful) 825

by Technician (#48952473) Attached to: Obama Proposes One-Time Tax On $2 Trillion US Companies Hold Overseas

Of course if you are going to become a multinational company, this raised the incentive to incorporate somewhere tax friendly.

This helps American jobs how?

The Obamacare tax is already limiting premium health care offerings due to the high cost. Lost my health care plan as it was unaffordable and has a higher payment plan than my home loan.

Who can afford two home loans, or a home loan and obama care? Forget shifting the premium onto my tax bill and say you can get it with a subsidy. My tax to pay our subsidy has removed my option for full coverage. I could keep my doctor and keep my plan if I took on a 2nd full time job to support it.

Not an option.

I have considered retiring to somewhere with affordable health care. Would that make me an economic refugee?

C for yourself.