More on the period: At this time I had been a die-hard TRS-80 Color Computer aficionado but I did appreciate the advances in which the Commodore camp had triumphed. I eventually embraced, for better or worse, the Commodore Amiga line, from 16- to 32-bit both in AmigaOS and Amiga Unix.
While not originally designed under the auspices of Commodore, the Amiga was also designed with VLSI custom chips. The prototype did not have the chips available, either. Instead, their larger-scale prototypes were the size of a small room. The booth they used at a trade show to demonstrate the Amiga was designed to hide the fact that the walls of the booth itself consisted of the prototypes of the custom chips hidden behind curtains.
It would be cool if we could find a photograph of it.
RIP Jay Miner.
The Raspberry Pi is great for software hacking.
The Arduino is great for both software hacking and hardware hacking.
The Pi can be expanded to add effective hardware abilities, but it's more of a software platform. The Arduino is much better for hardware hacking.
I'm glad to see they are both being offered. Just don't offer a soldering iron kit with the Raspberry Pi. That's for the Arduino.
It's the whole "getting stranded" thing that doesn't exist with conventionally-fueled vehicles. I don't want to get a $300 towing charge to a recharger just because I want to drive around.
I think fuel cells are the real answer. Batteries, even the express battery replacement option, won't answer the demand for people who don't want to get stranded in their overpriced electric vehicle.
This is just reality.
This is the single most important factor in a successful Raspberry Pi installation. Get a good power supply. The merchants selling Pi kits have the best-tested power supplies. I have a revision 1 Model B, a revision 2 Model B, and one of the newer Model As. The power supply matters much more on the rev 1 Model B than the rev 2 B or Model A.
The second most important factor is that you have to factor the power being drawn by all USB devices plugged into the Pi. I know I don't have to tell people this, but USB hubs must be externally powered, and that hub must also not be providing the power to the Raspberry Pi. Model A doesn't have ethernet so you can use that power for a wireless adapter, BlueTooth, or one of those handy USB Y-cable hubs.
There wasn't a cheap and affordable Arduino until some time after the Raspberry Pi models came out.
Of course, adding the I/O daughterboards puts the price a little higher. Most of them cost more than the most expensive Pi model does which is probably why the Arduino is so expensive.
Oh, and that 16-megabyte framebuffer in the Pi at such a low price makes the platform very compelling.
Sears was the target of multiple TV news magazine scandals in the 1990s. NBC had an axe to grind with Sears and pummeled them on Dateline. As a result, Sears exited the full-service Sears Auto Center market but kept installing batteries and tires.
Some Sears Auto Center locations remained in operation as Sears Tire Centers with a side business of installing batteries, but even the battery upsell business was targeted by a new wave of TV news magazine "scandal" reports.
After the battery upsell "scandal" (there really wasn't one), Sears had finally had enough with the auto centers. Some Sears Auto Centers changed into Sears Tire Centers which only sold tires and nothing else. Some contracted to independent firms like Jiffy-Lube and retained much of their former Sears Auto Center function but without the Sears liability.
Other locations were abandoned in-place and their environmental problems were remediated and the sites sat as polluted, idle brownfields with an unexpected future potential. These are the stand-alone buildings that sit in the parking lot, separate from the main mall building. These are apparently going to be the data centers.
It's a brilliant plan. Stable power and lots of cooled, open space, in bunker-like buildings with plenty of city water. Ideal data center locations.
But they still smell like used motor oil.
We need to repeal the illogical and bizarre nuclear spent fuel reprocessing ban in the United States. We don't need Yucca, salt mines, or dry cast storage if we could just reprocess it.
The rest of the world has already been doing this for decades. There's been no proliferation, since it's not possible. The only challenge is transportation, but hold on, the dangers of transportation are exactly the same whether the spent fuel is reprocessed or not. It still has to move to its destination: high-level waste burial or reprocessing plant.
This form of energy works. It's clean. While I wish political horse-trading between Obama and Nevada didn't temporarily shut down Yucca, but we really need to repeal the ban on reprocessing spent nuclear fuel in the USA.
Really? Of course the question has been answered. Yucca Mountain is politically dead right now but is the best engineered solution. Since the politics are so toxic around that problem, and we have an arbitrary national ban of reprocessing spent fuel due to a non-existent plutonium proliferation risk, we're now looking at salt mine encapsulation.
So we're left with: unproven subduction zone dangers to back up an arbitrary political decision on Yucca, a bizzaro-world fuel reprocessing ban, and unproven salt mine safety to address the political blockage of the other two solutions.
There are there completely solid answers to this problem. What are the common obstacles? I'll leave that to you.
You would need to be read into the specific program, not necessarily called "need to know" but something similar. Those are the funky letters after the "TS." Not every program requires "SSBI," either. There could be programs require even more than that, or not even that much.
This maks sense since many of these sit on heavily polluted land and can only be sold off as brownfields. Now they can use the land and buildings that otherwise they'd have to pay to get rid of.
The reason I mention is is because valley communities in Alaska have some of the poorest air quality in all of the United States.
Have a look at the following link. There aren't any current advisories, but in an area the rest of us might assume is some sort of pristine wilderness, in terms of air quality, Alaska it is anything but pristine.
Wow, even catalytic stoves? That's bad. Alaska valley communities are going to be rather hard-hit by this ruling.
Most successful new town in England? If so, that's pretty depressing. Over a few visits I was struck by the sheer number of empty office buildings and shuttered storefronts both in the city center and on the outskirts.
ViaSat Exede lets you buy more bandwidth on demand. It's been this way since the beginning of the year, in fact. They also have had a free, unlimited bandwidth in the early morning hours for much longer.