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Comment: Re:Arduino? Good riddance! (Score 1) 65

by brantondaveperson (#49367863) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

Yes of course they do.

The Arduino tools are appalling, literally the worst development environment I have ever used. And I've written code in emacs. I do appreciate that many of the competing products are a little bit too complicated, but that Arduino thing is a shocker. Surely there's a middle ground somewhere?

The forums are... well.. not very helpful.

To be fair though, the library support that ships inside that dreadful "IDE" is quite good.

Comment: Re:Without the software, Arduino is not interestin (Score 1) 65

by brantondaveperson (#49367855) Attached to: Arduino Dispute Reaches Out To Distributors

. But you can type in the few line example C program, and flash your first blinking LED program in a matter of minutes.

You could do that with all the other ones too. TI's Launchpad, Freescale's KINETIS board, STM have their discovery boards. They all let you blink some LEDs in a matter of minutes - and the Arduino ones are the most expensive. I rather suspect that most people don't do much more than blink some LEDs anyway, since doing anything much more complicated than that with the Arduino "IDE" is an extremely painful exercise indeed.

Comment: Re:a reversal to the open cockpit doors of the pas (Score 1) 322

A locked and reinforced cockpit door prevented hijackers from gaining entry to a Chinese flight a few years back [wikipedia.org].

It sounds to me, from reading about the incident, that the locked door was less important than the fact that you can't intimidate a planeful of people by threatening them with death aboard a plane anymore. The passengers and crew jumped the hijackers, and that was the end of that. A regular old door that could be opened from the outside with a code would have worked out just the same.

Comment: Re:And what good would it do? (Score 1) 322

The argument that it would not improve aviation safety is silly...

Is it? Why? I would have thought that the existing data is plenty, and that generally speaking airline disasters are not caused by what the interior of the cockpit looks like. How many cameras would you need? Shouldn't you have video feeds from the engines too? Perhaps high frame rate ones, so that we can see what really happened?

Additionally, already the flight data audio recordings are gruesome enough. Can you imagine the videos?

Comment: Re:Leave then (Score 1) 876

Those business owners need to state their rules publicly

You mean, like a sign over the door saying "whites only"? Is that what you mean?

This is why:

Ideally, I think you should have the right to not serve someone for any reason.

Is backwards. Ideally no-one would be refused service for any reason, whereas realistically one might be refused service because one is not behaving ideally. In an ideal world, no-one gets turned away.

Comment: Re:Do It, it worked in AZ (Score 1) 876

but the main difference between your example and what the law is allowing is that the Grand Wizard chose to be a member of the KKK, a homosexual or a black man did not choose to be homosexual or black

I wish this idea would die. The KKK Grand Wizard probably didn't really choose to be a hateful racist, it's probably a combination of an extremely poor upbringing (being taught to hate at an early age is going to be hard to reason your way out of), and poor intellectual character. A black man probably didn't choose to be black, but if a pill existed to change the color of your skin for personal reasons (hey! I want to be blue!) then one should be free to take it. And if one wants to choose to sleep with members of the same sex, then one should also be free to do so. Religion, of course, is almost always a choice.

These categories are protected, not because they are not choices, but because we as a society have agreed that they should be. Because we've seen some of the things that happen if they are not, and we don't want to go back to that world. Except, it seems, Indianapolis does.

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?