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Comment Re:The treaty says no such thing. (Score 1) 174

200 parts per million might be insanely rich, but it also means you have to process over 300 pounds of ore to extract 1 oz of platinum. That's nothing to a terrestrial mining operation which might crush several tons of rock to recover a single ounce of gold, but remember they do that with mass-is-no-object machinery and consuming, from a spacecraft point of view, unthinkable amounts of power. In space operations mass and power matters a great deal.

Getting the energy into the ore is easy. Getting it out again is the hard part.

Comment Re:the main legit use i can see (Score 2) 160

The city where I live has three airports roughly 1/3 of the way around the circle, so each of those airports has a six-mile no-fly zone making huge areas off limits.

Really? How do you use an airport in a no-fly zone? What airports actually have is controlled airspace, which means that you need to ask for (and receive) permission from the airport before you can fly, and you need to be in constant communication with the tower so they can for example tell you to ditch your drone if it interferes with someone having an emergency. It's not a no-fly zone.

Comment Re:Sorry guys, Israel doesn't care what you think. (Score 1, Flamebait) 279

Israel is not trying to censor speech. They're trying to stop incitement.

Maybe their soldiers should stop executing people in the streets if they don't want videos of their soldiers executing people in the streets to be on the internet. That would be, like, the fastest way to avoid any more of those videos being posted.

Comment Re:Lack of network connectivity is a deal breaker (Score 1) 113

Since the CHIP has built in Wi-Fi, it just seems more useful for an embedded IoT type application. You could add Wi-Fi pretty easily to the old Raspberry Pi's with a USB Wi-Fi adapter, but even that is more difficult on the Zero because it doesn't have full size USB ports anymore.

do you have some sort of physical disability that prevents you from plugging in a USB cable?

Do you have some kind of developmental disability that causes you to miss points? The problem is that the USB port now requires a special cable which not all of us have lying around in quantity.

Micro USB is hardly a "special cable" by any stretch.
It's the same cable and connector all of the raspberry pi models use for power

Well, no, bullshit. We're not talking about a USB A male to microusb. We're talking about a microusb to USB A female because what we're talking about right now is connecting a WiFi dongle to your Pi. By omitting the context by not quoting enough comments back, you made it look like you had a point, but you don't. The argument was not that it would be expensive or difficult, simply that it would be more difficult. Most people don't have a micro-USB-OTG cable lying around, and so they will have to make an additional purchase if they want to use the USB output on the device. To me that is not a dealbreaker, I will simply cut some microusb cable I have around, solder it on to the USB connector pads on the PCB of my WiFi dongle and call it a day. In fact, for my purposes, that's ideal, and I'd probably do it anyway just to save the weight. To pretend that it is not additional effort, however, is bullshit.

It's arguably stupid to argue over anyway. I'd bet that there will be another rev coming along to fill the space in between.

Comment Re:Be sure they really are cheaper (Score 1) 302

I second using a site like pcpartspicker. It can help you avoid some petty technical mistakes, like buying an under capacity CPU cooler, or a power supply without enough of the correct connectors and voltages for your cards.

Sadly, it doesn't actually help you avoid the most annoying mistake — when things just don't fit into the case. They were basically completely wrong about fitment on my PC parts build. For example, the cooler they said would fit wouldn't fit, and the cooler they said wouldn't fit in fact would. They also in many cases have incorrect fan mounting information; they got the size of the front fan mounts on my case completely wrong. If I had gone with liquid cooling, I would have ordered the wrong cooler on their advice as a result. As it is, if I hadn't watched Youtube videos, I wouldn't have known that they got the air cooler wrong. In addition, they claimed to have lower prices for all of my hardware than what I could find myself, but literally all of their advertised prices were false. On some six pieces of hardware, none of them clicked through to the listed price.

This isn't to say not to use them, but you will want to check up on literally every piece of information they give you, because it may well be wrong.

Comment Re:If you can't afford two computers... (Score 2) 302

or example, I stay clear of nVidia because many of those cards are a nightmare on Linux. On my gaming machine I run a $300 nVidia card, etc etc.

What on earth are you talking about? Which nVidia cards are a nightmare on Linux? nVidia's Linux support is fantastic compared to anyone else. Even Intel has a couple of GPUs that don't work for shit and which aren't open source because they don't actually own them, they just licensed them. ATI is the Linux nightmare. I use nVidia exclusively in my Linux machines and don't suffer for it in the least; to the contrary, it makes life easy because it's well-supported.

Now, this isn't to say I've never had a problem with nVidia on Linux, support does lag behind Windows... but these days I don't buy the latest and greatest anyway, I buy stuff at least one generation older to save cash. The only nVidia card I ever had a problem with under Linux was my 240GT. I had to run an older driver with it for a little while because there was a problem with one version. But I've had this sort of problem with a variety of graphics cards on Windows, too.

Comment Re:Depends if you want to support it (Score 1) 302

How is any of this relevant to a gaming machine? Dell doesn't have corporate gaming machines.

There is nothing magically special about a gaming machine, it's just a corporate desktop with a fat graphics card assuming you're comparing to a corporation that buys decent hardware that has specs good enough to last a few years. So you buy a refurb dell and then slap some on-sale video cards in there and you've got your gaming PC.

If you're going to plug Alienware from experience, do that.

Nobody with experience plugs Alienware, because of the price differential.

Comment Re:Build one (Score 2) 302

Back when I worked for the County of Santa Cruz (at the age of 17, mind you) I once installed a 486 chip 90 degrees out. Because you could do that back then. Now, it's not even possible. The only thing you can do is destroy pins trying to incorrectly insert the processor. If you're gentle, that won't happen either. Oh, I just thought about BGA packages, presumably they still have this problem? Hooray PGA

Comment Re:Landfill-saving hero (Score 1) 69

Right because Google always has your best interests at heart

Google released Android as Open Source, so I could look out for my own best interests. And I do; I load an alternate ROM on every device I own. Even if this tool lets you do that with Windows on Lumia phones, you still won't have the sources to what you're running, so you'll still be worse off in the best case... which ought to be Microsoft's slogan by now. "Microsoft: Worse off in the Best Case". Of course, Truth won't sell their crap.

Comment Re:Not replaced: serial and parallel ports. (Score 2) 259

I wish I could find USB-RS232 adapters that actually output the proper voltages...

You piqued my curiosity, so I did that with google in three minutes. The device uses the FTDI FT231X USB to serial with the FTDI FT3243S serial level shifter and promises an output swing of maximum +/- 15V, with all I/O protected against ESD. You may paypal the beer money to my email address, above.

Comment Re:oh no! (Score 0) 33

I quit using IRC about 15 yrs ago because it was the same shit over and over again.

You might as well kill yourself, because life is more than a bit samey, too. Every day I get up, take a shower, make breakfast... I could go on but isn't the point made? Admittedly, I don't irc any more either, but that's because I get the same shit over and over again from social networking and no longer need irc.

Comment Re:This is a breakthrough? (Score 1) 29

Yeah... I really don't understand a lot of robotics research. They seem to be forever chasing these awkward "proof-of-concept" implementations of concepts that are completely uninteresting. This is a perfect example: obviously you could make some robots that could do this, but it's really unclear what you'd learn by doing so, and the result is useless.

You get to focus on the software operating in an ideal environment, so you get to explore strategies before having to deal with the complexities of making the actual sensors work. There's nothing wrong with the idea, the problem is when you stop there. A lot of this work is done at universities by students, though, and they're learning. They don't know what they're doing. Their primary goal is to learn how to make the software work, not how to get good data out of a specific sensor that might not even be on the market by the time they get out of school.

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