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+ - War of the one cubic inch Linux computers

Submitted by jonsmirl
jonsmirl (114798) writes "The battle for smallest Linux COM may not be won yet. Recently Vocore was announced, but it is attracting competition. AsiaRF is offering a one cubic inch Linux computer with wifi and Ethernet on Indiegogo. What sets this project out is it's low risk. The module already has FCC. It is already supported in OpenWRT. And it ships next month, no need to wait."

Comment: Re:US (Score 1) 224

by jonsmirl (#47135951) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

You are aiming at the wrong target. Google blindly indexes what it finds on the web. The right solution was for the EU to require the sites hosting the source articles to include a "do not index" meta tag which Google would then respect. Put this burden where it belongs - on the author of the stories, not the search engine.

Comment: Re:Every... (Score 0) 224

by jonsmirl (#47135917) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

There is a difference between forgiven and forgotten. Until we invent time machines undoing history is impossible. You can pass all of the laws you want but you will never be able to erase the event.

Trying to get Google to stop indexing is just going to result in a giant game of whack a mole like we have with DMCA take down notices. No matter how many million take downs they file the mole can never be erased.

Comment: Re: Insanity (Score 2) 224

by jonsmirl (#47135877) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

Heck, I can even see source sites generating automated ways to combat this. Continuously keep poking Google to reindex your site. When you see the Google crawler insert meaningless random tidbits into the URLs. Now the other side of the robot war will keep issuing takedowns on these randomized URLs but since there is a cycle time of a week or so you will always have a set of working URLs in the Google index.

Comment: Re: Insanity (Score 1) 224

by jonsmirl (#47135853) Attached to: Thousands of Europeans Petition For Their 'Right To Be Forgotten'

The ruling is insane. If the EU really wants to implement this insanity the best way would be for the sites hosting the article to include a 'do not index' meta tag which Google would then respect. Doing it that way places the burden where it belongs - on the author of the stories, not on the search engine.

Going after the URLs directly at Google is a total exercise in a whack a mole since the links are always changing. You're just going to end up with another pile of automated systems generating millions of takedown requests. When the source sites disappear they will change their URLs and then the cycle will endlessly repeat.

Comment: Re:all of it? (Score 1) 76

by jonsmirl (#47135139) Attached to: Tiniest Linux COM Yet?

The AsiaRF one includes the small PCB antenna in the photo. The PCB antenna has twice the range of those tiny chip antennas. Since there is a jack there you can use larger antenna if you want. Another advantage to the PCB antenna is that you can move it around and aim the signal where you need it.

In Vocore's blog he says that his external antennas did not perform as well as the chip one. I suspect that is because he doesn't own the expensive test equipment needed to adjust his RF path to match the external one he picked. In general, bigger is better with antennas. He's also wrong about needing two antennas for 802.11N support on the RT5350.

I don't believe the RT5350 has a security unit on it so it shouldn't be possible to lock the boot loader.

Comment: Re:all of it? (Score 1) 76

by jonsmirl (#47133437) Attached to: Tiniest Linux COM Yet?

The $20 Vocore is for the module only. If you want the Ethernet, USB and power connectors you need to order the $40 Vocore+Dock choice. instead I'd recommend getting the $38 choice form the AsiaRF campaign. https://www.indiegogo.com/proj...
AsiaRF is going to ship three months earlier and support for it is already checked into OpenWRT.

These unit aren't really the same thing as a RaspPi. RaspPi is oriented towards having a GUI and screen. These units are oriented towards networking and embedded control. The unit are also tiny - about one cubic inch. Many times smaller than a RaspPi.

Comment: Re:Internet of Things isn't (Score 1) 76

by jonsmirl (#47133363) Attached to: Tiniest Linux COM Yet?

There is another similar project simultaneously up on Indiegogo from AsiaRF
https://www.indiegogo.com/proj...
It was put up about a week later so its funding is not as far along. There are still a few Early Birds left.

It based on the same chip and around the same price. The main difference is that the AsiaRF module has already gone through CE/FCC testing and it is already in production. So there is very little risk of the project not shipping. Support for the AsiaRF unit is already checked into OpenWRT.

I find it interesting that they are offering to design and build 10 custom boards with wifi/Ethernet to your spec for $5000. Similar design work in the US/EU would be $30,000 or more.

Comment: Re:Pretty stupid reasoning (Score 0) 405

Now you're just down to a cost benefit analysis. Is the value add from the publisher worth the money they will be taking? This answer will vary with the perceptions of the author and the cost of the publisher. The trend line on this answer is pointing in the direction of the publisher not being worth the price being asked.

Comment: Re:Pretty stupid reasoning (Score 4, Insightful) 405

I have to agree with this, the need for a publisher is disappearing just like the need for a recording label. Stross should self publish and then cut a direct deal with Amazon. He'd probably end up with more money that way.

Since he's a well know author, maybe try putting his self-published books up on Indiegogo first. He might net enough off from doing that for each book that the later revenue from Amazon is just gravy.

Comment: Re:Stop crippling the technology; boycott needed (Score 4, Informative) 182

Maybe do some fact checking first...
http://linux-sunxi.org/Main_Pa...

All of the Allwinner CPUs will boot from an appropriately formatted SD card and ignore the OS in flash. Don't know what wifi is in there but 75% of Allwinner A31 based tables out of China have Broadcom Wifi in them and the drivers are in the mainline kernel. I believe Kitkat is already available for the A31 and given how standardized these tablets are I don't foresee major problems upgrading.

Allwinner devices are far more hackable than Nvidia based ones. Most features of the Allwinner CPUs are documented except for the usual suspects -- graphics. A31 uses an Imagination PowerVR GPU. And it is not Allwinner that is keeping that GPU secret, it is Imagination.

$85 (with Slickdeals coupon) with free ship is an excellent price for this set of features. Anyway it is already sold out until they can get more from their OEM.

BTW - I do think there is a CPU security feature that can encrypt the boot, but I've never seen an Allwinner device that has turned it on.

Comment: Re:I'm Okay With It (Score 1) 253

by jonsmirl (#47083531) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

It is not worth my time to fight with them. Declare it a loss, move onto the next vendor and don't buy from the previous vendor again. I used to fight with them, now I understand the rewards from the fight are not worth the cost on low priced products. Just blacklist the vendor and move on. Of course there are probably a few vendors that are exceptions to this rule but it is not worth my time to locate them.

Comment: Re:I'm Okay With It (Score 3, Insightful) 253

by jonsmirl (#47083301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Tech Customers Forced Into Supporting Each Other?

You need to put this into perspective. It is unreasonable to expect a company to provide significant human support for a product you spent $30 on at a retail store. The company has probably only made $1-2 profit from the sale, if they provide easy to access support they will lose money on every sale. If you want lots of free support go buy a $3,000 Macbook.

Personally, I don't even bother trying to return or get support on anything under $100 any more. It just goes into the trash and I buy something similar from a different manufacturer and hope it works.

An even more efficient form of this is buying stuff from Aliexpress/DX/etc. Prices there can be as low as 20% of US retail for similar products. Sure I occasionally get junk or the wrong product, but just throw it in the trash and try a different vendor. The overall savings is worth eating the occasional fraud or hassling with Ali's escrow to stop payment. I fully expect little to no support on these purchases and I know returns are almost impossible.

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