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Comment Re:not that simple (Score 1) 271

Well certainly not in the UK-aside from anything else you can draw 3kW from any socket, and three phase is certainly not easily available without special arrangements with the power company. Stoves or similar (commonly boilers) that draw 30+ amps (7+kW) are normally hardwired in, with a dedicated breaker

Comment Re:Has this actually happened? (Score 2) 411

I assumed it was made up by the Bitcoin guys to get them some more publicity and to make it look like people actually took them seriously.

Considering this is the third or so story about Bitcoin, I'm guessing someone has hired a marketing firm/intern to get these stories out there. That's the only real explanation for how these stories are getting planted around the web.

I'd just be impressed if they managed to find a marketing company that were willing to be paid in Bitcoins...

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Submission + - The Openvizsla USB sniffer board (kickstarter.com) 1

godofpumpkins writes: bushing and pytey of the iPhone DevTeam have started a kickstarter project to fund the build of a open-source/open-hardware high-speed USB protocol analyzer. The board features a high-speed USB 2.0 sniffer that will help with the reverse engineering of proprietary USB hardware.

Comment Re:The solution is well organized physical storage (Score 1) 70

If you're in the UK, http://www.bitsbox.co.uk/ is excellent, good passive component packs, although a lot of time if you're doing analogue design you'll need 1% accurate resistors, preferably in the E196 series, and if you're doing digital you can probably get away with keeping 1ks, 10ks and some resistors for LEDs in stock. Useful for prototyping though

Comment Just bought a scope at work (Score 1) 281

I've just bought a new scope at work, we had Agilent and Tektronix to play around with for a couple of weeks, so might be of some help. We were looking at MSOs, combination scopes and logic analysers which I can throughly recommend if you don't need all the triggering on a full logic analyser. The Agilent scope was simple to use, its all menu based with quick access to the most common features off the front, but its worth getting a tek scope in to play with the Wave Inspector technology, allows you to pan through long samples really quickly. Its worth getting a bigger sample memory, especially if you have transient events to find. Personally, I found the ability to decode I2C, serial data etc on the fly useful in debugging, but it depends on your needs. Oh, and the 12.1" screen on the agilent scopes is a pleasure to use.

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