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Comment Re:Actually closed-blob free? Re:Except that it's (Score 1) 152

horseshit.... how many netbooks/tablets/convertibles/whatnot have a RPi header + many servo/motor PWM capable controllers?

I can count them on no fingers.

So you're going to do what with this, put your entire laptop onto an RC Plane? No, for that you'd use a Pi, Arduino, or any more appropriate form factors. Same on a RPi shield - are you going to cut a hole in your keyboard for the shield to stick out?

Comment Easier then you think (Score 1) 368

I've looked into this myself. I have an associates and have been slowly chipping away towards a Bachelors for years. http://www.degreeinfo.com/forum.php has a lot of good resources on this, but basically you can hack together credit from a combination of CLEP, DSST, among other equivalency testing, and then transfer them into one of the friendly-towards-this-kind-of-thing schools like Excelsior or Thomas Edison State college.

I was actually enrolled in Thomas Edison prior to knowing about this, slogging away at online courses. After learning about this "hack", and even figuring out a sure-fire way to a Bachelors degree in like 6 months, I didn't do it and I now haven't continued any further with Thomas Edison. For some, having a "BS" or "BA" in and of itself might be worth it, but for me the whole idea/thing just made the online degree seem like a joke if you can test your way out of an entire degree basically

Comment Re:A tiny bit of Logic (Score 1) 823

Technology as Religion is an issue I have only recently begun to recognize in myself, and have completed eliminate as a result. I used to pick "Favorites" in technology, for completely stupid reasons, sometimes no better then just being more familiar with one then another. Fanboys, fangirls, appleheads, windows geeks, whatever you want to call them - they're all groups with inherent bias.

My new motto is, "It's technology people. Use whatever the fuck gets the job done for you." I dismiss no hardware, software, or OS. If you want to wax poetic and argue over how the VAX 4000 is far superior to the VAX 6000 or some other pointless bullshit (ford/chevy style arguments) , go right ahead and argue with the VAX 6000 idiot who wants to also argue his side. What's not OK is being a complete dick to those using any kind of technology if it works for them.

Suggestions of solutions that might fit their needs better are OK, but you damn well better make sure you truly understand their needs and you need to know how to take "no" as an answer. As someone who works in IT and loves technology as a hobby, I used to waste untold hours getting wrapped up in this crap debating the most pointless of things online or in person. Having spent some time volunteering at a non-profit that turns 6 and 7 year old computers that a kid would label "Old crap" into perfectly usable systems for those without a computer has given me a reality check. When it comes down to your love of Linux, Windows, OS X, iOS vs Android, whatever - 99% of the rest of us just don't care. It's ok to be passionate about something you love, but don't be a dick to everyone else. We use what works to achieve the desired result.

Comment MARCH Guys are good guys (Score 1) 80

I spoke with Evan at HOPE 9, and also attended the Vintage Computer Fest East in Wall, NJ recently. Evan, and the others, are all cool guys who are doing a great job keeping this history alive. The repros showed at HOPE were very cool, and even though I follow this stuff I did not a lot of the stuff they showed existed. If you're on the east coast and Evan or others from the club are around be sure to check it out.

Privacy

Denials Aside, Feds Storing Body Scan Images 560

The new generation of body scanners employed at airports (and many other places) can record detailed, anatomically revealing pictures of each person scanned, which is one reason they've raised the hackles of privacy advocates as well as ordinary travelers. Now, AHuxley writes "The US Transportation Security Administration claimed last summer that 'scanned images cannot be stored or recorded.' It turns out that some police agencies are storing the controversial images. The US Marshals Service admitted that it had saved ~35,314 images recorded with a millimeter wave system at the security checkpoint of a single Florida courthouse. The images were stored on a Brijot Gen2 machine. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group, has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to grant an immediate injunction to stop the TSA's body scanning program."
Idle

Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure 217

A couple's home was saved from foreclosure after they found a copy of Action Comics #1 in a box in the basement. From the article: "In a statement released through ComicConnect, the owner of the prized comic book said the family was still 'a little shell shocked' after the unexpected find. 'I was so nervous when I realized what it was worth,' the owner said. 'I know I am very fortunate but I will be greatly relieved when this book finds a new home.'"
Input Devices

Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes 112

hasanabbas1987 writes "A group of engineers going by Waterloo Labs in Austin, Texas created a way of controlling an original NES by simply moving your eyes. By using electrodes placed around the eyes to track the movement of a players eyeballs, they were able to jury rig a Nintendo to accept eye movement as controller input." Quite the production on the video (attached below) too.

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