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Comment Crock. (Score 4, Insightful) 308

To start with, I have to dedicate a PC to Windows 10 in order to do Windows development for my Pi 2?

Or, I can continue to run Raspbian (Debian) on the Pi and host development on the Pi, or do cross-development on other Linux hosts or my Mac.

I know the overhead/footprint Raspbian imposes, and I know how to carve out the bits I don't need.

How do I do that with Windows 10?

Easy! Stick to Raspbian!

Oh, I realize I won't have access to the latest development tools like Visual Studio, .NET APIs, viruses, trojans, and whatnot infesting on the Windows 10 ecosystem.
Thanks, I'll stick with Raspbian on the Pi, and not having to support a separate Windows 10 box as well.

Comment Simple experiment-- (Score 5, Insightful) 154

Tell people that instead of saying "in the cloud" they say "on somebody else's computer" and see how that goes--

"We store the company's most important information on somebody else's computer"

"We control access to that data by storing it on somebody else's computer"

"We back up all our mission-critical information to somebody else's computer"

"Our data is secure because we store it on somebody else's computer"

Doesn't sound so good, eh?

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Comment Re:Reminds me of (Score 3, Informative) 67

Ah, before HP did memristors, they also worked on FERAM -- that program continued with Agilent.

HP/Agilent are quite good at these breakthrough technologies -- do a search for the Champagne Optical Switch -- that was another one that was going to take over the world.

But they have had some successes -- the FBAR filter/diplexer was (and still is) a big deal, in the news recently as some individuals were arrested for trying to set up an offshore source...

FERAM (and the phase change stuff) have been the technology of the decade -- for a couple of decades now.

One of the issues with FERAM is some of the dopants needed are considered contaminants by most folks, which makes it difficult to use someone else's fab... You want to run WHAT through my fab???

Comment First is NSA, then FSB? (Score 1) 406

What are companies supposed to do when security agencies in other countries want the same access, such as FSB (Russia)? DIRNSA tried to pass that one over, but it is a real concern -- look at what Blackberry went through with India, for example. And how many other countries has Blackberry provided access to?

Comment Try, yes -- (Score 1) 291

Try, yes -- but expect everyone to succeed -- h*ll no!

We shouldn't expect everyone to code (whatever that means) anymore than we should expect everyone to understand differential equations.

But what is code changes and will change -- I started with machine code; I don't consider HTML/CSS to be "coding." But I'll admit that properly done HTML/CSS is no less artful that some of the things I've written in machine code, C, or Lisp.

It is also useful to recall that the telephone (the private wire-line kind) would never catch on because it would require everyone to be a telephone operator. The technology improved, and everyone learned to work with 4, 7, and later 10-digit numbers, until now we seldom have to remember phone numbers, as our phones do that for us.

But the kind and quality of code that causes others to sit back and go, "That is elegant/pretty/sick" will remain the domain of the few, just as few people can play musical instruments really well, or run really fast, or do any number of things at a high level of performance.

Comment Gonna take a lot of butter and syrup... (Score 2) 740 cover a waffle that big...

Talking out of both sides of his mouth -- his kids were vaccinated but parents should have the right to put their kids and others at risk -- oh, state's rights and the GOP party line... The only thing that would have made it better was if he was drinking a glass of water at the same time and spinning a plate on the end of a stick. This guy gives buffoons, clowns, and circus performers a bad name.

Every once in a while, rarely, a politician actually speaks his mind (McCain for example), and usually catches hell for it, not keeping to the party line.

Comment It's the ecosystem-- (Score 4, Insightful) 355

Yes, it's underpowered and possibly overpriced in comparison to (x, y, z,...)

But the Raspberry Pi has a large and growing ecosystem behind it -- developers (hardware and software), users, and more.

The Arduino is a similar beast -- underpowered, overpriced, and with a tremendous ecosystem, approachable and available to new classes of users.

As an example, look at what Adafruit is doing with Arduinos and the Raspberry Pi -- making them available, accessible, and useable by a wide audience, not just those tho are comfortable rebuilding kernels.

Look at other historical examples -- the underpowered 6502 (Apple ][) or that atrocity with 640k is good enough for anybody, right?

"Love your country but never trust its government." -- from a hand-painted road sign in central Pennsylvania