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Comment: What about raising the price of Model A? (Score 1) 105

by efornara (#42153043) Attached to: Raspberry Pi's $25 Model A Hits Production Line

From the blog:

we’ve not been able to build them, because to do so would mean that we have to cannibalise Model B parts – and that would mean that people who are experiencing the backlog would have to wait even longer

Of course, you would not want to let people wait a few weeks for a Model B. People who have been waiting for months for a Model A on the other hand... I said it before elsewhere, and I repeat it here: just raise the price of Model A to bring its profit margin on par with Model B, and let the market decide what it wants! The reasoning that $25 was crucial to reach education is not even used to justify Model A anymore. Now it's for robotics, automation and media centers.

Comment: Disabling secure boot and dual booting? (Score 3, Interesting) 179

by efornara (#42053337) Attached to: The Linux Foundation's UEFI Secure Boot Pre-Bootloader Delayed

I know that new laptops shipping with Windows 8 preloaded have to allow the user to disable secure boot.

Now that some laptops are out there, does anyone know if disabling secure boot will still let you run Windows, ideally even after its partition has been resized? Or will the preinstalled Windows just refuse to boot if secure boot has been switched off?

Comment: Re:Vanila linux (Score 1) 67

by efornara (#41971057) Attached to: Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

Thanks, I've checked the links and they both seems to refer to 847E (even the second one, scrolling down, in the order description says "Celeron 847E,4G RAM w/4xLAN,4xCOM,2xMini-PCIe")

In the comparison on the Intel website, it looks one of the main differences is indeed the presence of the "Processor Graphics" on the 847E:,56056

From this link:

The "Processor Graphics" looks like a big chunk of sylicon.

I've also found a link to a GPU benchmark that gives the 847 a 85 score, putting it in GMA territory:

Yes, I'll wait for some field reports. Not an impulse buy for sure.

Comment: Re:Vanila linux (Score 1) 67

by efornara (#41968475) Attached to: Acer C7 Chromebooks Expand Chrome OS Market

If I could get vanila linux on this, it's a fair price.

You can kick it into dev mode fairly easily, and it ships with fairly orthodox linux already on it('ChromeOS' has a deeply impoverished userland; but its kernel and such are much closer to normal desktop linux than Android is), so hardware compatibility will probably be OK-ish.

What I don't know, and haven't seen anybody mention one way or the other, is if you can(once you've entered dev mode) modify the UEFI to get rid of the scare-screen on boot.

I don't know this one, and I would like to know too, but on the ARM one, I remember reading that you could flash the firmware, but you had to open the computer and void the warranty. It could be the same for this one.

I have a big question mark about X11 drivers (see my post below ).

Comment: Re:Nokia 103 (Score 1) 120

by efornara (#41507343) Attached to: PlaceRaider Builds a Model of Your World With Smartphone Photos
I like this kind of phones, but they might be too good for some countries. It is sad how hard it is to find a black and white phone (i.e. great visibility under direct sunlight) nowadays. I live in the UK and a while ago I was shopping for a Nokia 1200 (a similar phone). No way. I could only find 1208s (i.e. color display). At the end I had to buy it in Italy.

Comment: Re:Oh the humanity (Score 2, Insightful) 588

by efornara (#23702013) Attached to: Weak US Dollar Means Nintendo Favors Europe For Now

Well, this may be a sign of things to come. We no longer manufacture things in the US, basic big stuff like steel, etc. We just depend on buying it cheaper overseas.....however, what if this continues from Wii to other more important things we need in the US? We're fscked if all the industry we shipped overseas stops selling back to us.

On the bright side...well, maybe some of those industries will come back, but, that takes time...and with all the tree huggers over here taking so much still may not happen.

I like a nice clean world too...but, strike a balance guys....if it comes to the US failing, and a couple of spotten owls, I'll feel sorry for the owls, but, I gotta say humans and our needs take priority.

Nintendo could just increase the price in dollars, but evidently they think they can make more money this way. Maybe they are afraid to lose the "affordable console" label in people's mind.

This has nothing to do with essential items; they will be shipped to the US, because they will be bought regardless of the price.

I don't like tree huggers too, but I think we are a long way to go before we reach the "human needs vs spotten owls" stage. Now it feels much more like "human fabricated wants vs cities with clean air".

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"