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Comment Re:Non-starter for me. (Score 2) 95

x86 has more OSs available.
The vendor supports DOS, Linux, and purportedly WIndows. From what I understand, "Windows" would be "XP or older", since a Vortex86EX appears to be 586-level or so.
Coincidentally, that's the same ISA as Galileo.

It's an option if you have some 16-bit code that you need to keep going...which is especially likely on any sort of continuation of an older hardware project.

The other aspect is that you can compile on your PC without setting up a cross-compiling environment. On the one hand, that's easier. On the other hand, you don't learn to cross-compile. And on the gripping hand, these processors are the sort where you don't want to compile natively.

Comment Re:vi (Score 1) 204

50% right.
The one true editor is vi (including alternate implementations such as nvi, vim, and busybox vi).
But bbcode? WRONG.
Troff is the right solution for multiformat documents. Including ones that need to be readable in word processors.

Half joking, half serious. I wrote my papers for Philosophy and Intro to UnixÂin troff. For Philosophy I converted them to RTF before submitting-which worked fairly well.
For Intro to Unix, I used -thtml and -tps. Again, it worked pretty well.

I can use Markdown, and have written a couple manpages.
(My favorite is for "segfault", a quick hack I threw together because someone was asking about example programs for a debugging presentation.)

By now you're probably thinking "Neckbeard!"...nope, I majored in agriculture; and those papers were for GE courses in the last couple years.
I used Ted for editing my longer papers, and found it to be generally satisfactory. Files are guaranteed to be readable on just about any computer, being RTF written properly. And the document actually ends up displaying the same in Word.
Ted runs quite happily on an 800-MHz processor, like the old PIII I used for a month or two after losing my laptop.

Submission + - Scientific American censors blog post for not being scientific enough 2

rogue-girl writes: The popular science magazine 'Scientific American' is getting hard time after it removed a blog post by contributor DNLee, blogging at Urban Scientist. DNLee's post discussed integrity in science and misconduct from science communicators. DNLee has been approached by BiologyOnline staff Ofek who invited her to contribute. When DNLee asked for compensation details and learned she'd be writing for free, she kindly turned down the offer. In response, Ofek called her a "whore". DNLee wrote a post on her Scientific American blog, but the post was removed. It also appears that Biology Online is SciAm's partner, but SciAm's editor in chief Mariette di Christina claimed the partnership has nothing to do with the removal, but pulling it down is due to insufficient scientific content. DNLee's original post has been reposted here, and a Storify with (outraged) reactions is also available.

Submission + - JavaScript-Based OpenRISC Emulator Can Run Linux, GCC, Wayland (

An anonymous reader writes: The jor1k is an interesting open-source toy emulator project to emulate a 32-bit OpenRISC OR1000 processor, 63MB of RAM, ocfb frame-buffer, and ATA-hard drive.... All in JavaScript. Though JavaScript based, there's asm.js optimizations and the performance seems to be quite decent in modern web-browsers. The jor1k OpenRISC emulator can do a lot even handle running the Linux kernel, GCC compiler, ScummVM Monkey Island, and the Wayland/Weston Compositor all from within the web-browser

Submission + - Malala meets Barack Obama and asks him to end Drone Strikes (

rtoz writes: Education Activist Malala Yousafzai met U.S President Barack Obama at White House.
The Obamas welcomed Malala Yousafzai to the Oval Office “to thank her for her inspiring and passionate work on behalf of girls education in Pakistan,” according to a statement issued by the White House.

Malala said she was honored to meet Obama and that she raised concerns with him about the administration’s use of drones, saying they are “fueling terrorism.”

See here the photo of Malala with Obama Family

Comment Re:Dubious Market? (Score 1) 108

Wrong. None of the projects on opencores have something that's anywhere near this far along and feature-complete.
There are LCD controllers, text mode VGA designs, and one or two framebuffer-level VGA adapters. And framebuffer is essentially garbage.

Comment Re:DD-WRT on Buffalo hardware (Score 1) 193

...until the power bill spoils your fun.

Especially 'older' x86 gear is easily in the 130-150 watts range idle, compared to ~10 watts for a typical home router. Another issue is the antenna situation, you don't want long cables to 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz antennas, but at the same time keeping the close to a big steel PC case affects your reception as well. The same goes with the price, while you can get a decent 2.4 GHz wlan card for around 20 EUR, 5 GHz capable ones start around 40 EUR - so the radios alone easily reach the price ranged asked for pretty good mass-produced plastic router (which have no interference/ shielding issues).

In most cases, unless we're counting the number of concurrent users in the medium 2-figure range, a cheap plastic router is a much better choice, which pays off within a few months just through saved electricity. With only a bit of searching you can even find pretty hackable devices as well.

OP said "an old netbook".
I don't know which one he has, but my 2009 Atom N270-based Aspire One netbook ran a little under 20 watts, per Powertop. That's hardly worthy of mention.

If it's a netbook, there's no steel case.

If it supports master mode in all the operating systems named, my guess is he has an Atheros card.
Those can be pretty good, depending on the card; a number of the commercial routers use them, though DD-WRT targets Broadcom cards.

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