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Comment: Re:Power Consumption (Score 2) 62

by viperidaenz (#47913403) Attached to: SparkFun Works to Build the Edison Ecosystem (Video)

That's why you run the OS (like linux) on the Atom CPU and do your real time interfacing on the Quark CPU that's designed to run an RTOS.

Just like how the BeagleBone Black has an ARM CPU and a little PRU

by the way, if you need to do precise timing, you should probably be using a hardware timer. That way you can sleep the device or change the clock to save power instead of burning up power at full speed in a NOP.

Comment: Re:I truly hope not (Score 1) 180

by viperidaenz (#47905849) Attached to: Oculus Rift CEO Says Classrooms of the Future Will Be In VR Goggles

Aside from.... blah blah blah Facebook Apple

You forgot the Great Firewall of China.

As an analogous situation, imagine if the creation of (text)books was originally patented. The patent holder would then be able to ensure that any textbooks whose contents disagreed with him do not get published simply by denying a licence to the publisher for that book.

Fundamental concepts, like books, that have been around since the dawn of civilisation are generally not patentable. Prior art or something.

Comment: Re:How to get off scott free for any crime: (Score 1) 277

First of all, no innocent person was convicted.
But more importantly, law enforcement is supposed to do one thing. Benefit society by making it a safer place for everyone.

Society does not benefit from quashing the conviction.
The law enforcement agency is not punished for their own crime.

If you want to live in a society where a guilty person is set free because of technicalities of how evidence was discovered, with no regard as to its credibility, go for it.

I would rather the judge in this case weighed up the facts and made a rational decision based only on those facts. If it turns out evidence was illegally collected, perhaps they should recommend the collector be prosecuted and leave it at that. Since none of the facts presented at the previous trial have changed, the jury's decision should still stand.

Comment: Re:it's means it is (Score 1) 130

by viperidaenz (#47905213) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

Don't tell that to Stratasys, 3D Systems or any of the other commercial 3D printer vendors

Stratasys sell printers that do 1000x800x500mm and 914x610x914mm
They can print in high impact ABS

VoxelJet have one that does 4x2x1m

Just because a Makerbot can't do it, doesn't mean commercial products can't.

Comment: Re:Cheaters (Score 2) 130

by viperidaenz (#47904563) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

A rear spoiler on a front wheel drive car can help.
Most cars experience lift at the rear, due to the vacuum created as the body shape moves downwards at the rear.
It doesn't matter if you're in a front, rear or all wheel drive car, if the back wheel lose traction, it's bad news.

But you don't need to worry about that if you're driving on the high way, since you're not going fast enough to lift the rear off the road, or making sharp, high speed turns. So the ricer spoilers do nothing but increase drag, lower the efficiency and reduce acceleration.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...