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Comment: Re:Drivers, its all about the drivers (Score 2) 110

by joelsherrill (#46771505) Attached to: Intel Pushes Into Tablet Market, Pushes Away From Microsoft

We have used a Raspberry Pi to compile RTEMS ( to target the space hardened SPARC V7 ERC32 as well as gdb including a simulator. The Raspberry Pi does this and runs the tests on a simulator at approximately the same performance level as a mid-90s Sun workstation. It is a respectable CPU and great for many "ordinary" computer tasks.

+ - Built by Canadian Firm->

Submitted by joelsherrill
joelsherrill (132624) writes "While I personally have nothing against our neighbors to the North, it seems ironic that was built by the Canadian firm CGI Corp. Anytime a high profile US government website has problems and it turns out to have been built by non-US companies, it is a recipe for a PR nightmare. Even more ironic is that Canada has a functional national health system but couldn't supply the US with a functional website. Conspiracy theorists wonder if this is a ploy by the Canadians to take over 17% of the US economy (stat from Wikipedia)?"
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+ - ESA Summer of Code In Space Application Deadline 1

Submitted by joelsherrill
joelsherrill (132624) writes "August 8 is the deadline for students to apply to participate in the European Space Agency's Summer of Code In Space ( This is a great opportunity to contribute to the use of free and open source software in the space community and get paid. Eligible students should look through the list of software projects participating ( and see what interests them.

As the organization administrator for the RTEMS Project (, I am honored to be participating again and can't wait to see what students propose."

Comment: Re:Lack of Publicity (Score 1) 156

by joelsherrill (#43291349) Attached to: Has Kickstarter Peaked?

Your scoreboard looks interesting and if you could get information in front of the 1000s of youth soccer leagues, it has potential. I have no proof of this but suspect that the kickstarter audience is (as a broad and biased sweep) NOT the athletic type and most are not the parents of 4-13 year old soccer players. This looks like a product that needs word of mouth in the RIGHT community.

Have you all taken it out to soccer fields and shown it in action?

Have you tried to get the attention of an organization like and get it featured in a review or article in whatever news outlet they have?

Have you talked with local high school coaches about this and offered them loaners?

Once you get a little local exposure at the soccer field, call the newspapers and television stations and see if they will feature a story on this. A local feel good story might find you other marketing outlets or an angel backer.

DISCLAIMER: I am a backer of Bartendro on kickstarter. Others have mentioned being backers of nerdy board or computer games. Maybe kickstarter isn't the best place to hawk a sports related product. :)

Comment: Re:disposable tech (Score 1) 418

by joelsherrill (#42898965) Attached to: Surface Pro: 'Virtually Unrepairable'

A friend of mine who ran a TV repair business saw the writing on the wall when he had to start paying upwards of USD5K a year to a single manufacturer to get manuals. And the parts became entire modules with higher costs. He focused on higher end systems since anything cheap enough isn't worth the cost to repair. Eventually he gave up and went to work for LG.

Comment: Re:I didn't watch the speech (Score 1) 583

by joelsherrill (#42884159) Attached to: Obama Proposes 'Meaningful Progress' On Climate Change

My son is studying economics this semester and his textbook mentions that price controls were in effect at the time which had some unintended consequences. There is a section in the wikipedia article on how changes in currency value led to periodic jumps in the price OPEC wanted to keep oil at the same income to them as a supplier. Also this price control apparently impacted existing oil fields and not new ones. It became more profitable to quit using old fields and drill new ones to avoid the price controls.

I am all in favor of efficiency and lower resource consumption but there were many external factors impacting the 1970s oil market.

Comment: Pot Meet Kettle (Score 5, Informative) 513

by joelsherrill (#42833467) Attached to: MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

Has anyone looked at the Privacy link at the bottom of the login screen for

Quoting here: "Uses of Information: Additional Details
  We use the information we collect to provide the services you request. Our services may include the display of personalized content and advertising.
  We use your information to inform you of other products or services offered by Microsoft and its affiliates, and to send you relevant survey invitations related to Microsoft services.
  We do not sell, rent, or lease our customer lists to third parties. In order to help provide our services, we occasionally provide information to other companies that work on our behalf."

So they can personalize content and advertising, send you offers, and provide it to other companies.

s/Google Mail/ and the claims appear to be the same.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928