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+ - OpenPandora design files released

Submitted by janvlug
janvlug (3677453) writes "Today, the OpenPandora case and hardware design files have been released for non-commercial use. The OpenPandora is a hand held Linux computer with gaming controls, but essentially it is an all-purpose computer. The OpenPandorra offers the greatest possible degree of software freedom to a vibrant community of users and developers."

Comment: Re:Woooo.... (Score 3, Interesting) 91

by spike1 (#46318711) Attached to: Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One

There have been home projects to replicate the spectrum, ula included...
one was called speccybob which replicated the machine in TTL logic, meaning it would be possible to take that design and cram it onto a single chip.

But alas, the person running that project ran into lots of bad luck and had to abort it.

Comment: Re:I had a N900 too... (Score 2) 303

by ZXDunny (#46079465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

Well, I can certainly agree that it's under-spec at this point in time. Problem is that there's still no competition out there that matches what it can do even with the low-power. Full keyboard, game controls and a desktop linux installation? There aren't any cell-phones that to my knowledge can do all that and still fit in your pocket without external peripherals.

Comment: Re:I had a N900 too... (Score 2) 303

by ZXDunny (#46075821) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

Agreed. A rooted Android phone with a decent mod on it is as close as you can get to a Unix box in your pocket. The lack of a physical keyboard is a drag, but with a decent stock keyboard replacement like SwiftKey, it is not the end of the world.

What about the OpenPandora? That's an actual linux box in your pocket, keyboard included.

Comment: Re:Sounds familiar (Score 1) 124

by ZXDunny (#45483885) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

it's been common knowledge for a few years now

So making 10 attempts to get the needle into a vein just satisfies your sadistic tendencies? :)

Well, we have a rule in our trust that ensures we only have three stabs at a patient before we call an anaesthetist to do the job. I can't speak for my colleagues, but I've only ever needed two attempts... But then, some patients I refer straight on to the anesthetics chap without even bothering :)

This is very handy in emergency situations where it's literally the patient's life on the line if you don't get a needle in.

Comment: Re:Sounds familiar (Score 1) 124

by ZXDunny (#45477861) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin
Yes, you have. I'm a nurse in the UK and it's been common knowledge for a few years now that a blank photo negative (ie, no picture, just black) stuck over a mobile phone camera lens coupled with an IR torch allows you to see the veins through the camera viewfinder. It's neat to mess around with a really useful with a difficult cannulation.

Comment: Re: logic (Score 1) 299

by ZXDunny (#44971353) Attached to: How Early Should Kids Learn To Code?

One solution would be to give them an 8-bit emulator so they can the basics such as direct memory mapped I/O (graphics, keyboard, sound), dont have to worry about breaking anything, can learn the fundamentals of hex, of pointers, etc.

From experience with kids, that won't help. When I started learning to code at age 7 on a z80-based computer they were few and far between. Everything was new, and new techniques were being developed all the time. The reason I wanted to code all sorts of algorithms and programs was because there was nothing like them available to me - I enjoyed problem solving because the solution enabled me to achieve a particular goal.

Now there are no goals left of that sort of simplicity - you have to tell the kids that yes, this is important and yes you need to learn it before you can code your own FPS or spreadsheet or whatever, but the software is already out there to scratch that sort of itch. So now you have the majority of kids not wanting to bother with programming because they don't need to. An 8-bit emulator is restricted in terms of both speed, graphical ability and storage whereas they know that the larger PCs are not restricted in those ways and so won't enjoy learning to code on an 8bit emulator.

And a kid that isn't enjoying him or herself won't learn very well at all. That said, I've seen plenty of adults learn to code on an emulator but they learn differently.

Comment: Re:They didn't know he also... (Score 2) 403

by grahamlee (#44595669) Attached to: Yahoo Deletes Journalist's Pre-Paid Legacy Site After Suicide
"You agree to indemnify and hold Yahoo! and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, co-branders and other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post to or transmit through the Services, your use of the Services, your connection to the Services, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another." - Or, to put it another way, no they don't.

+ - GNUstep Kickstarter Campaign Launched->

Submitted by borgheron
borgheron (172546) writes "The maintainer of GNUstep has launched a kickstarter campaign to get the time to make GNUstep more complete and get it's APIs up to at least a Mac OS 10.6 level of compatibility. This will allow applications for Mac OS X to run on Linux with a simple recompile using new tools developed by the GNUstep team to directly build from xcodeproj project files. If the kickstarter project is funded beyond it's $50,000 goal, it's possible that WebKit and Darling might also be completed allowing applications built on Mac OS X to run without the need for a recompile... think WINE-like functionality for Mac OS X applications on other platforms... including Windows, Linux, BSD, etc."
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