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Comment: Linux version first? (Score 0) 33

by cb88 (#47897703) Attached to: Robot Operating System To Officially Support ARM Processors
I ran ROS on a Pandaboard running Gentoo/Linux ARM just fine over 2 years ago... the main problem was the pandaboard lacked the processing oomp for alot of things. We were looking at doing 3d SLAM but the fact is I am not sure even the latest ARM boards are up to that... in the end we scalled back our goals to more resonalbe levels. This just makes it officially supported there isn't much effort involved other than possibly actively getting more packages working as my testing was limited to most base packages and not some of the more exotic ones.<br><br>Android isn't really appropriate for robots... sure it will work but you'd be better off with Linux IMO, Android focuses on Dalvik/ART whereas Linux supports C/++ Python and Lisp natively which is what ROS runs on, and if you want an interface just write one in QT or Mono/Winforms etc.... since both are cross platform.<br><br>I think one thing that would make using ROS alot easier is a tool to develop robot models graphically... as far as can tell they still require that you write the joint transforms manually which is quite hard to get right.

Comment: Re:Know your history (Score 0) 361

by cb88 (#47380599) Attached to: NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"
Yeah,I agree... But at the same time also think that the things that may the USA truly great may still stand a chance. I mean the things you list are side effects of "America" .. the freedom and liberty enjoyed for the last 15-20 coon ages is what has made the country great. Sure we have our rough spots but people eventually come around and remember what being American is all about.... adversity fosters it!

Comment: Re:Fsck x86 (Score 0) 230

by cb88 (#47180811) Attached to: Intel Confronts a Big Mobile Challenge: Native Compatibility
The "superiority" of X86 had nothing to do with the demise/back burnering of other architectures.

Just about every processor arch has been maimed by confrontation on a marketing front... Alpha, Sparc, Power, Arm.... the ones that have survived have regulated themselves to niche markets (in the case of ARM a really really big niche) so they don't have to do battle with Intel and AMDs marketing and established user base.

I don't know about the rest but Sparc has backward compatibility that rivals Intel's as well as good performance.

Comment: Re: 50MB = 750$ (Score 1) 321

by cb88 (#47176281) Attached to: AT&amp;T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming
If you use data at all on your device even with marginal usage otherwise like me... (I go through 500Mb every few days) then Ting is not for you.... so I'll stick with the $50 tmobile "unlimited plan"

Apparently I'm part of the 2% .... :/ some people have pointed out rebublic cellular to me as well but the gottcha there is that you have to use a provided phone and you can't tether at all ever.

Comment: Re: 50MB = 750$ (Score 0) 321

by cb88 (#47174245) Attached to: AT&amp;T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming
The free data roaming only applies to contract plans... the month to month pre payed plans do not count!

I learned this the hardware on a trip to Brazil... I think texts were 25 cent each and like $2 a min calling or something like that. That said T-mobile is the one of the best value plans around... and I have noticed the HSPA coverage is improving in my area (Charlotte/Gastonia,NC).

Comment: Re:Why Non-commercial? (Score 1) 65

by cb88 (#47141133) Attached to: OpenPandora Design Files Released
It is a Linux Handheld... if it runs on Arm Linux you can run it on this.

A friend of mine has one.. and it seems to perform decently. The biggest thing is the controllers which make it a clear winner over a phone for gaming. There are native games as well as emulators. You can also run chat programs etc.. nearly anything you could run on a desktop with 512Mb ram.

Comment: Never heard of Allwinner!?! (Score 5, Insightful) 182

Allwinner is the king of tablets ... http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1287293

The Cubieboard is also a popular RPi alternative with faster CPU (and sweet sweet SATA :D ) and such for similar price.

In my opinion Allwinner is more credible than HP these days since they actually seem to believe in their own market... whereas HP is practically at the point of execs jumping out of windows (Or the modern equivalent of selling the company out for peanuts).

Comment: Re:advice to those who name dinosaurs (Score 0) 113

by cb88 (#47026401) Attached to: Biggest Dinosaur Yet Discovered
It isn't specific to any single group of paleontologists. The theory is that scientists like to name dinosaurs, so whenever they find one that looks a bit different they make up a new name rather than trying to figure out if it is just another development stage of a previously discovered dinosaur. This is perfectly understandable taking human nature into consideration.

There is a TED talk by Jack Horner that covers the topic. http://www.ted.com/talks/jack_horner_shape_shifting_dinosaurs

Jack explains how he has proven than many differently named dinosaurs are acutally the same ... he also explains a bit of the thoght process that causes this to happen.

+ - Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace-> 1

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garymortimer (1882326) writes "Google has acquired drone maker Titan Aerospace, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Titan is a New Mexico-based company that makes high-flying solar powered drones.

There’s no word on the price Google paid, but Facebook had been in talks to acquire the company earlier this year for a reported $60 million. Presumably, Google paid more than that to keep it away from Facebook."

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+ - New bill on illegal downloads in Canada let companies exchange personal info->

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grumpyman (849537) writes "New bill to crack down on illegal downloads in Canada allow private companies to exchange personal information with other companies if they believe there has been a breach of agreement, or a case of fraud. I copyright this message and therefore if you are reading it, you have broken the law. I demand that your ISP to provide me your name and address so I can launch a suit."
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