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Comment: Not really (Score 2) 351

by nurb432 (#47439867) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Unless its something like they had on ARK-II back in the 70's, ( and that would not be too practical ) a smart watch will always be a gimmick, unless there is some sort of way to make the screen appear bigger than it is.

Not being a Luddite, or not 'thinking outside the box', its far to small to be really useful other than for telling time. Just from the proliferation of larger screen phones you can tell that going smaller is not the direction people want to go for usability or functionality.

Sure, you can have alarms, and scrolling banners.. but your phone can do that, and so much more, without the 'squint' limitation...

Comment: Re:Holy grey area! (Score 2) 149

by nurb432 (#47438463) Attached to: Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

It may not be as grey as you think.

Example: Buying spores for psilocybin mushrooms could well be illegal, as it shows 'conspiracy to commit', which is illegal in its own right... The spores contain noting, but there is no other use for them but to create illegal substances so its really hard to make up an excuse.. This is no difference than your business proposal.

I also think in some US states ( and countries ) possession of the spores was declared illegal outright....

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 490

Not exactly. Yes you do have nutcase audiophiles that must use virgin gold connectors with natural rubber insulation made by Buddhist nuns under a full moon.
But there is a big difference between a good set of speakers and the $5 speakers you get with your new PC.
When I plug my headphones in on my workstation I get a hiss I can hear when no sound is playing and the sound is just not that good. It does not need to by since I am usually just listening to NPR shows.

Comment: Re:Tannenbaum's predictions... (Score 1) 130

by LWATCDR (#47428761) Attached to: Prof. Andy Tanenbaum Retires From Vrije University

Mobile, Routers, NAS, and now servers. ARM is getting very big very quickly.
In computers Attacks come from the bottom up. PC where a joke and could not hold a candle to a real computer like a PDP-11! Forget about mainframes like the 370!
It was not HURD at the time but GNU Unix that was going to be the next big thing.
It wasn't but hey no one is perfect.

Comment: Re:Solaris not well supported by OSS toolchain (Score 1) 182

by LWATCDR (#47423531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

Simple native development can be a lot easier than cross development.
If you have the money for some really good embedded tools, cross development is not bad at all. But if not native development is a lot simpler.
I would still do most of my work on an X86 Linux box and then move the project over to the embedded for testing but that is just me.

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