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Comment: Re:Why Is US Broadband So Slow? (Score 1, Insightful) 513

by chrylis (#46321029) Attached to: Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Hardly "insightful". If corporate greed were allowed to take its natural course, I'm quite sure that plenty of companies would be happy to offer faster access at lower prices than I currently have available, but local governments won't let them. It's regulatory capture, not the profit motive, that keeps the incumbents fat and lazy.

+ - Supreme Court to review software patents

Submitted by chrylis
chrylis (262281) writes "SCOTUSblog is reporting that the US Supreme Court has accepted an appeal in Alice v. CLS Bank, a case in which the Federal Circuit ruled haphazardly that the particular patents in question were invalid but did not address the issue of software patents generally. The EFF wrote a summary of the issues in the case when it was before the Federal Circuit this spring."

Comment: Caps Lock isn't a hardware issue (Score 1) 177

by chrylis (#44272067) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Low-Latency PS2/USB Gaming Keyboards?

What the system does with the key labeled "Caps Lock" is controlled by the OS, just like all the other keys. Remapping Caps Lock is usually quite easy in any modern system; KDE's Keyboard settings page has options to make it an extra Control or more exotic things like Hyper or Super, and on Windows you can use RemapKey or AutoHotkey.

Comment: Re:Arduino (Score 1) 166

by chrylis (#43901669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Begin Simple Robotics As a Hobby?

I'll pile on the Arduino bandwagon here. For somebody who knows software (specifically, C with a bit of kinda-C++ for libraries), it's quite simple to get started, literally just requiring plugging in the USB cable and clicking the "upload" button to send a program to the board. You can get "shields" (stackable expansion boards) like the already-recommended Motor Shield to handle high-power or specialized connections, and you get a USB serial port to talk to the Arduino board from a computer (necessary if your "simple" soccer robot needs vision processing). It's great as either a simple standalone controller or a scriptable I/O breakout board.

Little known fact about Middle Earth: The Hobbits had a very sophisticated computer network! It was a Tolkien Ring...

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