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Submission + - A Smaller Version of Raspberry Pi 3 Is Coming Soon (

An anonymous reader writes: A smaller version of the popular Raspberry Pi 3 will go on sale in a few months. Raspberry Pi is developing a new version of its Compute Module, a single-board computer that plugs into specific on-board memory slots. The new Pi will be more like a mini-computer inside a computer, and it won't come with a power supply. The Compute Module will have similar circuitry to that of Raspberry Pi 3, a wildly successful computer that can be a PC replacement. But it will be smaller, with the memory, CPU, and storage embedded tightly on a board. While the Compute Module will have a 64-bit ARM processor like the Pi 3, it won't have Wi-Fi, Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi, said in an interview with IDG News Service. The Compute Module could ship as soon as this quarter, Upton said. It will be priced similar to its predecessor, the 2-year-old Compute Module, available from reseller RS Components for about $24. The older Compute Module is based on the original Raspberry Pi. Like Raspberry Pi 3, the new Compute Module will work with Linux and Microsoft's Windows 10 IoT Core, Upton said. A Compute Module Development Kit, in which the Compute Module can be slotted for testing, may also be sold. The Development Kit could have multiple connectivity and port options, much like the Raspberry Pi 3.

Comment Verbiage Verbiage Grammar Police Notes (Score 1) 208

Ironically, one of the startup guys mis-used "verbiage". I twitch when people ask me to "change the verbiage" in a document.
( FTA : "It’s always hard to get the right verbiage," )
I've given up and accepted that the word that once meant a collection of meaningless and unconnected thoughts has come to be used as a synonym for "wording" for people that want to sound smartier.
Dictionaries have started accepting the changed meaning, defining it as using too many words. Did it not originate as a contraction of "verbal garbage"?
Either the "old" or "new" definition - the guy apparently used it correctly, though possibly unaware of the meanings.

Submission + - LCH Shut Down By Weasel. Allegedly (

Dalmarf writes: The Large Hadron Collider shut down. From the article: "Engineers investigating the mishap found the charred remains of a furry creature near a gnawed-through power cable."

It is unclear whether the animals are trying to stop humanity from unlocking the secrets of the universe.

Comment Re:This article is irrelevant (Score 1) 59

To be sure you're comparing the same thing - Karma's refuel plan means I pay $10/gigabyte, but it never expires. When it's at half-price special it's $5/gigabyte. So I spent $100 for 20 Gigabytes last August, and I've barely used 2 gig that is still available to me. At the rate I use data it will probably be at least a year or more before I refill, so my monthly cost is trivial, maybe well under $10/month. And no monthly charge.
For someone with moderate-to-low data needs on my phone and laptop and tablet, it makes sense. If I needed more data, like a lot of my friends do, I'd probably do better with some other mobile phone plans

So I wanted to to clarify - do you mean $100/month for the 15 GB, or $100 for 15 GB that doesn't expire?

As for the Neverstop plan - Karma tried it, and the way it was actually put to use turned out to be too expensive for them to maintain. (I never tried that plan btw)

Comment It is speculation (Score 2) 366

The article never mentions a Non-Disclosure Agreement, and it never said iFixit was referring to the the developer NDA when they referred to Apple's "intent".
So yeah, whole arguments develop over conjecture.
The only thing for sure is that iFixit knew that Apple might not like it. They knew Apple might take action, and they were OK with that.
Puts Apple in a bad position for coming down hard on people for doing exactly what they usually do.

Comment She doesn't want to program. (Score 1) 250

Of the programmers that I have worked with, it's easy to pick out the ones that are not passionate about the work.
They invariably produce substandard work that gets shoehorned past acceptance testing due to late deadlines and overly-forgiving (forgotten?) standards. No one wants to work with them or maintain their leavings because the poorly crafted code shows failings in all ways possible.
It's rarely easy to explain to decision makers the true cost of efforts by the others trying to make up for the poor decisions in design, lack of reasonable planning, lack of analysis.
Oddly I am now reflecting on how many of them will even openly say how much they hated programming but they do it because they're "good at it" (they *NEVER* really are) and they can't afford to change career tracks. It's sad that they're only stuck in it because of their own illusions.
Help her find what she's good at and what she loves, or she'll be miserable.

Submission + - 12 year old develops a Braille Printer from Lego (

An anonymous reader writes: Developed by Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from Santa Clara, California. BRAIGO is a Braille Printer using Lego Mindstorms EV3. This concept slashes the price of a printer from more than $2000 to $350. Thus giving a more cost effective printer for the disadvantaged. Additionally he plans to give the design and code for free download.
ref: http://sociotechnocrat.kinja.c...

Comment Misuse of "verbiage" (Score 1) 878

I just want to ask if anyone else cringes when "verbiage" is used when the intent was "wording"?
I'm frequently asked to "insert the following verbiage..." for web sites, letters etc for customers.
I doubt they'd appreciate someone describing there wording as verbal garbage.

Submission + - An interesting insect, thought to be extinct, may make a comeback. (

Dalmarf writes: From the article...
"On Lord Howe, there used to be an insect, famous for being big. It's a stick insect, a critter that masquerades as a piece of wood, and the Lord Howe Island version was so large — as big as a human hand — that the Europeans labeled it a 'tree lobster'because of its size and hard, lobsterlike exoskeleton." After a small number of living specimens were discovered living on an unlikely spindle of rock sticking out of the Pacific. "A few dedicated scientists, passionate about biological diversity, risked their lives to keep the bugs going. "

Submission + - Intuit blames the IRS for rejected e-Filed Taxes

An anonymous reader writes: People filing their 2011 taxes with TurboTax who have lost a Spouse in 2011 are getting rejection notices from the IRS. Intuit chat reps are blaming "overloaded IRS servers" for the problem, even though the error messages received point to a programming error in TurboTax. The error noted is "If 'PINTypeCode' in the Return Header has the value "Self-Select On-Line" and 'SpouseSignature' has a value, then 'SpouseDateofBirth' must have a value." Rejection of the Federal return causes automatic rejection of the e-file State return. After 2 tries to e-file, TurboTax adds insulter to injury by refusing to allow any further e-filing, and Intuit doesn't offer to even look into the problem. Adding more insult to the injury, New York State charges a penalty of $25 if you have to mail in your taxes, which is what Intuit suggests you do. I think they should fix their problem or issue refunds.

Submission + - Math Textbooks a Textbook Example of Bad Textbooks

theodp writes: Over at Salon, Annie Keeghan does an Upton Sinclair number on the math textbook industry. In recent years, Keeghan explains, math has become the subject du jour due to government initiatives and efforts to raise the rankings of lagging U.S. students. But with state and local budgets constrained, math textbook publishers competing for fewer available dollars are rushing their products to market before their competitors, resulting in product that in many instances is inherently, tragically flawed. Keeghan writes: 'There may be a reason you can’t figure out some of those math problems in your son or daughter’s math text and it might have nothing at all to do with you. That math homework you're trying to help your child muddle through might include problems with no possible solution. It could be that key information or steps are missing, that the problem involves a concept your child hasn’t yet been introduced to, or that the math problem is structurally unsound for a host of other reasons.' The comments on Keeghan's article are also an eye-opener — here's a sample: 'Sales and marketing budgets are astronomical because the expenses pay off more than investments in product. Sadly, most teachers are not curriculum experts and are swayed by the surface pitches. Teachers make the decisions, but are not the users (students) nor are they spending their own money. As a result, products that make their lives easier and that come with free meals and gifts are the most successful.' So, can open source or competitions build better math textbooks?

Submission + - Anonymous, Decentralized and Uncensored File-Sharing is Booming (

PatPending writes: FTA: "The RetroShare network allows people to create a private and encrypted file-sharing network. Users add friends by exchanging PGP certificates with people they trust. All the communication is encrypted using OpenSSL and files that are downloaded from strangers always go through a trusted friend.

In other words, it’s a true Darknet and virtually impossible to monitor by outsiders.

RetroShare founder DrBob told us that while the software has been around since 2006, all of a sudden there’s been a surge in downloads. “The interest in RetroShare has massively shot up over the last two months,” he said."


Submission + - Ask SlashDot: Life After Firefox 3.6.x? 2

Mooga writes: I am a hard-core user of Firefox 3.6.x who has chosen to stick with the older, yet supported version of Firefox for many years now. However, 3.6.x will soon hit end of life making my life, and others, much more complicated. 3.6.x has been known for generally being more stable and using less ram then the modern Firefox 10 and even Chrome. The older version of Firefox is already having issues rendering modern websites. What are others who have been holding onto 3.6.x plan on doing?

Comment Yet developers often do the first design... (Score 1) 173

The real workplace situation is often (as in my case) that the team just doesn't have a design expert at their disposal for any projects whatsoever. In this situation programmers are often the de-facto "designers". Typically they stink at it at first. The best approach in that context is to do what you can so they will make the better choices, and recognize problems and opportunities to fix them.

You cannot ignore the fact that your developers don't know design, but you can get them informed about what to try to attain, and to think in terms of the user.

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