...from my experience with embedded engineers, the past cluster-f*cks implemented by that category of engineer (think SCADA), and the more-of-the-same coming down the pike (think "we'll just invent our own security rather than using proven solutions"), it's doomed from the start. These are guys that optimize down to the last 1/8 of a bit of RAM, the last 10Hz of processing speed, the last milliwatt of power. Given that mindset, they don't have a clue that security is a top line concern for anything that communicates with the outside world. The necessary solutions are just way outside their sense of scale.
There is also this intrinsic mistrust of anybody else's code, which is polar opposite to the instincts required to do proper security. Of course, if you see the crap code they get force-fed from the chip vendors, and anything else that has to run in 16K of code space, it's not hard to see where the bunker mentality comes from.
But I've peeked into that world, and I don't see it changing. That's going to be a Very Bad Thing(tm).
But 3D printers are more useful for making enclosures to said circuit boards, not for fabbing them.
Made brackets for the power-supply to my CNC mill so that it conveniently hangs off the side of the workbench but can be quickly removed for transport.
In same workshop, a cheap 8-port switch I bought for it turned out to not have wall-mount keystone holes. So made some clips which screw into the side of the bench and hook into the vent slots of the switch to brace it.
The most useful things for it tend to be the most pedestrian. Though my other use is for enclosures for custom electronics projects, which is also extremely useful.
I'm 'guilty' of leaving the kids (9 and 11) to read in the car if I know I'll only be in a store for less than ten minutes. But even lately I've limited that to things like a quick pop-in at the drug store, since it seem more likely people would overreact to seeing a child in a car at the grocery store, where the average time the child would be left along is much higher. That I even have to worry about that is just crazy.
The problem with bring authorities into a situation is that they are a very blunt instrument. They are not going to care that I actually am being mindful about evaluating (the usually miniscule to begin with) risks involved. For example:
- If it's too hot, they stay with me.
- If I think there's a chance I might get hung up past 5-10 minutes, they stay with me
- If it's both of them, I'll often apply stricter standards, since the biggest risk is them getting into fight. And the biggest risk with a fight is them causing undue attention to the fact that there are alone in the car.
Ironically, this sort of unnecessary heightened vigilance leads parents to make potentially riskier decisions, if that decision is less likely to come under public scrutiny. For example, if I'm the only parent covering after school, sometimes one or the other has to be picked up, or I have to run out for some other reason. If it's less than 30 minutes, and the child's time would be better spent finishing homework than being stuck in the car, then I'll consider leaving them home. Fortunately they have good judgement, as the hazards in the home far outweigh that of being in a car.
And even then, I'll almost never do that if it means leaving them both alone, as the sibling rivalry factor raises the other risks by several orders of magnitude.
So some stranger's knee-jerk reaction to something that has actually had some thought applied to it poses a greater risk to the welfare of the child than whatever it is they think they are saving them from.
Short of the too-small screen, it performs admirably. And the size/weight/battery-life has a lot going for it. I recently was spending day-long sessions on a deployment site upgrading firmware to over a hundred embedded devices. The two other guys had Dells, which crapped out by lunch (why they didn't bring a spare battery is beyond me, but whatever), whereas my Air cooked along all day. And was way less fatiguing to carry around from station to station.
So these aren't necessarily status symbols for light workloads. They are capable of real work.
It is a valid catalogue entry, the comments are hilarious tho.
Dammit! I can only imagine what my "Recommended for you" list is going to look like for the next month...
I went to college on the east coast and spent plenty of time in NYC and the folks from NYC were among the most parochial people I've ever met.
Yeah, no kidding. Unexpectedly spent three years there and was amazed at the juxtaposition of metropolitan and provincial. Our next stop (RI) outdid NYC in terms of provincial, just without being as metropolitan.
You woke up and discovered you had installed Windows 2000?
Scary what one can accomplish while on Ambien and not remember a thing the next morning.