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Comment: Re:is the USB 'bug' fixed, at this point? (Score 1) 77

No, they haven't completely resolved the multiple bugs with USB on the Raspberry Pi and I don't expect they ever will. Some of them seem to be completely unsolvable in software..

Incidentally, they've just started a beta test of the latest round of USB fixes:

Comment: Re:Raspberry PI USB Power Issues (Score 1) 246

by rephlex (#45451297) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

Nope, doesn't help. Hot-plugging a USB device on a Raspberry Pi without USB polyfuses (which are only present on the first version of the Pi) can cause the Pi to reset or crash. I tried putting this infomation on the Raspberry Pi page on Wikipedia but it was reverted, see:

Comment: Re:Tegra 5 is already obsolete (Score 2) 45

by rephlex (#45154899) Attached to: NVIDIA Demos "Digital Ira" With Faceworks On Next-Gen SoC, Under Ubuntu

Tegra 5 gives Nvidia the chance to demonstrate their new ARM strategy of fusing 64-bit ARM cores (ARMv8 - desktop class) with PC-class AAA GPU cores

Tegra 5 uses ARM's A15-Cortex 32-bit ARMv7 core. Tegra 6 will be Nvidia's first SoC to use their custom designed 64-bit ARMv8 core.

Comment: Re:Open Console (Score 1) 305

by rephlex (#43458441) Attached to: Ouya Performance Not Particularly Exciting

This simply isn't true. XBMC on the Raspberry Pi is actually a rather poor experience. The Ouya is reputed to be powerful enough to decode H.264 in at least 1080p24 (using the ARM CPUs NEON instructions on all four of its cores) if need be, i.e. no video decode hardware acceleration necessary This ability might come in handy with some non-standard H.264 content that the Pi can't play.

Comment: Re:Oh Liz, arrogant arrogant Liz... (Score 2, Informative) 108

Liz can be just so incredibly abrasive sometimes. She once implied I was a lunatic when I complained about the Raspberry Pi's USB issues. How a person like her ends up doing PR is beyond me, although she appears to have done a good job with the media side of things.

Comment: Re:The aboslute best thing about the Pi... (Score 1) 81

by rephlex (#43059375) Attached to: The Raspberry Pi Turns One

Ok, so you're saying that it makes sense to risk frying a $500 laptop instead of a $25 Pi? Riiiight.

Only an idiot would connect something capable of damaging their computer directly to it. This is what opto-isolators are for.

And when you say "underpowered", that's because you hadn't realised that the SoC was designed to go into hi-def PVRs or BluRay players, so it has a muscular GPU, and the "underpowered" ARM CPU was an afterthought...and you haven't kept up with the news,

You're making an incorrect assumption. I say the Raspberry Pi is underpowered because there are similar SoCs available that have ARM Cortex A8 or A9 CPUs in them which are clocked higher than the older ARM1176JZF-S CPU in the Pi and which support the newer ARMv7 architecture versus the Pi's ARMv6. This is a big deal since ARMv7 CPUs can run at their full potential using standard armhf Linux distributions.

Also, the GPU in the Pi isn't as powerful as the Raspberry Pi Foundation would have people believe. Just look at the results Luc Verhaegen has achieved with the supposedly much weaker GPU in the Allwinner A10.

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