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Comment: There are 8 Criterion RV-6s on a mountaintop with (Score 1) 231

by jpellino (#47885833) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
primaries, secondaries and tubes coincidentally after I and a budding software engineer who shall remain nameless decided that if a magnifying glass can burn stuff pretty good, then the prime focus should burn stuff REALLY good. It did and I spent the next few days giving the glass their first cleaning in a decade and until last week ( a volunteer retiree with a soft spot for vintage scopes) their only one.

Comment: NXT likely abounds... (Score 1) 115

by jpellino (#47857771) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Robotics or Electronic Kits For Wounded Veterans?
with the intro of EV3 - you could put out the call to FLL message boards to see if people retiring their NXT care to pack it up and send it off. It' still perfectly serviceable (and came with more default sensors than EV3) and since you're not fiddling with innards, the new ideas and extensions of contraptions tend to flow fairly well. Any kits you find have been through a half dozen years of middle schoolers - good luck wrecking them.

Comment: Yes, I know all that. (Score 1) 326

by jpellino (#47850143) Attached to: Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx
Plus I know that nicotine is physically addictive and a software brand is not. His idea that students in schools that use non-free software "can't learn anything" for programming is simply false. I did pay attention to the part where he says "So you should only bring free software to class, except as a reverse engineering exercise." Again, it's like saying you can't buy a car unless you want to learn to build your own (which you can't do because how the bought car works is a secret). "Instrument of unjust power" - give me a break. If that's true about software, then it's true about everything ever printed, broadcast or distributed, and anything you ever purchased, including clothing and food. "Lighten up, Francis." You wanna make an OS? Great. Join the crowd. But don't tell people they are violating people's basic freedom if they don't embrace your disrtibution model and tell them how wrong they are to do so. Just pitch your stuff. If it's good, people will use it. No need to demonize everyone else in the process.

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."