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Comment Qualified to comment ... (Score 2) 425

As a 30 year old guy who has gone back into his old childhood Lego sets recently, as well as recently bought himself some new ones I uh, feel sadly qualified to comment on this story. My recent purchases were one LOTR set, and a Lego City set. In response to the lack of "creativity" in these sets, it's not the sets that have gotten less creative. It's the engineering in the brick placement amongst everything that has gotten better.

If you compare the brick selection and design of say, a 2012 LOTR set vs my early 90's Pirate sets you can easily see this. The 2012 sets use a number of small, angular pieces from what I've noted, that fit together in creative ways that the early 90's sets could only dream of. The pieces in question in the 2012 sets did indeed exist in the early 90's set, so it's not a case of simply making "less flexible" pieces.

You can tell that the designers of these sets have gotten really, really good at their jobs, in no doubt likely as a result of the difference in computing power between the early 90's and now. To suggest that the sets have gotten less "creative" is asinine. Have we gained more themed and licensed sets? Absolutely. However, the pieces they are equipping these sets with are simply fitting together better and looking more streamlined. You've still got your 4x2 bricks, your 3x3 plates, there's just less usage of them as the primary shape of a vehicle/building, and they are enhanced by the smaller 1x2 45 angle bricks say that really help bring out the details in the design.

In the end, they're still freaking Lego you can put together any way you want. It's simply the brick selection has changed for the better.

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."
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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.'"

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