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Submission + - EOMA68 Earth-friendly Modular computing campaign hits $50k (crowdsupply.com) 9

lkcl writes: The EOMA68 Crowd-funding campaign launched last month and has just reached $50,000 and so far has 541 backers with 28 days still to go. EOMA68 and its creator have featured regularly on slashdot over the past five years: a live-streamed video from Hope2016 explains what it's about, and there is a huge range of discussions and articles online. The real burning question is: if a single Software Libre Engineer can teach themselves PCB design and bring modular computing to people on the budget available from a single company, why are there not already a huge number of companies doing modular upgradeable hardware?

Comment Re:Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 1) 308

For complicated products like photo-copier software, perhaps, but I'm thinking more of simpler gizmos, like the fan and toilet seat described earlier. That's where I see an increase computerization. The complicated things had chips for decades, but crock-pots, Barbies, etc. are getting them too now.

Comment Re:Country? [Re:As a C programmer] (Score 3, Informative) 308

No. Let me try to rephrase it.

The increase and/or popularity of C may be a result of embedded programmers working for manufacturing companies, who are mostly NOT in the USA or Europe. (At least manufacturing is not growing in here.)

Thus, if you live in the USA or Europe, you probably should NOT take these numbers (popularity) as a sign that C is a good employment opportunity. The growth is not where you live.

Being Slashdot content is written in English, I assumed mostly USA or UK readers. Perhaps I should have stated that. At least that's who my target audience for the location warning.

Clear now?

Comment Re:C is the best (Score 1) 308

C and assembly are all you need to know. The rest is just syntactic sugar.

That's what the Lisp folks usually say: it can be any paradigm you want, even one you made up.

(Which can back-fire when you use it to model how your head works, leave the company, and the new guy discovers you are insane by his/her standards.)

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