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Comment: Re:Yes, but... (Score 0) 139

by waterwingz (#44549249) Attached to: Royal Navy Deployed Laser Weapons During the Falklands War

Supposedly the RAF tactics were to let the Argentine fighter bombers complete their attack runs while the ships were defended with chaff and decoys. Then have the slower Harriers would jump them on their return flights while they were short of fuel. The lasers might have played a big role during the attack phase?

+ - raspberry pi - its hard to make an i/o expansion board a commercial success-> 1

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waterwingz (68802) writes "Today we learned about one of the first casualties of a group trying to make a business providing support hardware for the raspberry pi. The basic board has a lot of capability but it will take something like what this group was trying to do before it will compete with the arduino."
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+ - Why We're Pill-Addict Meat Apologists: An Interview with Author Martha Rosenberg->

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pigrabbitbear writes "“Can anyone remember life before ‘Ask Your Doctor’ ads?” This question opens Martha Rosenberg’s "Born with a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks, and Hacks Pimp the Public Health" and hangs over the proceeding chapters. Even the most hardened cynic will be taken aback after reading Rosenberg’s powerful examination of Big Pharma and Big Food, their influence and reach severely miscalculated by an often passive public. It’s a text serves as an instrument of combat against the forces which damage our health while marketing us junk and drugs we don’t need."
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Comment: Re:CmdrTaco drags big brass ones along the ground (Score 1) 750

by 16K Ram Pack (#31741602) Attached to: iPad Review

The problem isn't just the iPad. It's the whole question of tablet computing. Touch works on phone because it frees up space. It means you can get a decent size screen because you're not sacrificing space for the UI. But it is a compromise (albeit an acceptable one).

Once you go beyond pocket size, you're into competing with laptops. I know people think they'll walk around like Picard, but walking and touching a screen doesn't work like that.

For me, even the "sitting in front of a PC using Slashdot" doesn't work. A laptop gives me a hinge and a keyboard. I neither have to hold it up, nor crick my neck.

Comment: Re:CmdrTaco drags big brass ones along the ground (Score 1) 750

by somersault (#31738950) Attached to: iPad Review

Except that the iPhone was technically shit, apart from its nice interface. Technically I think the iPad looks like a nice device again simply for the interface. I couldn't really see myself using it because I'd be taking 10 times longer to post to slashdot in my evenings like I'm doing just now.. but for simple browsing, facebook use, media viewing and maybe some light gaming I can see the iPad being pretty popular. There are a lot of wealthy casual users out there. Not saying it will be a great success, but Apple are gaining a lot of momentum and halo effect business with the iPod and iPhone. I wouldn't bet against it anyway.

Despite knowing myself that I would never have a use for it, I still want one just because it's the sort of device I've always wanted to have since seeing datapads on TNG. A jailbroken iPad would be one fun geek toy.

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