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Comment Re:ebooks are free, google it followed by pdf (Score 1) 47

I actually do buy ebooks every now and then. Perhaps it's silly, but there are plenty of books out there that do seem worth shelling some money over in the hopes of encouraging more work on them, like e.g. Mastering STM32 on Leanpub ( ). I don't feel like I threw my money down the drain when I bought it.

Comment Re:how's the software? (Score 4, Informative) 106

What they don't tell you is how the software is. Is it up to date, or does it still run Linux 3.x? What Linux distros does it run? Can you run stock Ubuntu, or do you need some guy's custom build that's two years old and you can't apt-get upgrade?

I echo your sentiment. I love the idea of ARM SBCs and all, but the software-stack generally ranges from awful to I-wanna-gouge-my-eyes-out-in-frustration. I am personally aware of only the Raspberry Pis and C.H.I.P. running a modern, 4.4-series kernel. The H3-based Orange Pis are getting better, I can actually boot a mainline 4.9-series kernel on my OPi PC, but there's still a whole lot of work for the devs to do and no Mali-support is forthcoming.

My specific beef: It looks like the VoCore2 rans OpenWrt. Which version? Custom build that's updated every six months?

It runs a custom-version of Chaos Calmer. I have zero idea if they're planning to try and introduce their code upstream, though.

Comment Re:Never again. (Score 3, Insightful) 210

Not necessarily. On the PCB there is a controller whose contacts eventually come loose and that is the fault here. The OP says he and his wife are both heavy users of their respective phones, which could indicate that the phones go through a lot of contraction - and expansion - cycles due to heating up and cooling down, thus likely hastening the process of those contacts coming loose. A user who doesn't use their phone that much also won't see the issue that quickly.

I've experienced similar issues myself several times, like e.g. the tablet I have got replaced by the manufacturer after its WiFi-chipset lost contacts due to the tablet heating; the tablet had worked great for half a year or so, but I got the Android-version of X-Com and played it quite a lot, then during the middle of one play-session the tablet lost WiFi-connection. After rebooting the tablet WiFi was gone, the system couldn't find WiFi-hardware at all. And these old laptops I have: one of them had a loose connection to the display and one of them had the connections from the GPU to the PCB loose -- both fixed with a bit of a heat-gun applied at the right spot to reflow the solder.

Comment Voice recognition? (Score 1) 55

The article talks about speech recognition, not voice recognition. EditorDavid has the two concepts mixed up: speech recognition is all about trying to recognized what you are saying, whereas voice recognition is all about recognizing specific voice, like e.g. for reasons of identifying who is speaking.

Comment Re:Unless RAID is used... (Score 2) 161

Sounds like projections more than knowledge. At least in my own experience it's the total opposite: my old laptop, my new laptop, my desktop, my partner's old laptop, new laptop and desktop -- they all run the OS and all applications, aside from games, from the SSD, without a single problem. Not one, single corrupted file, let alone a single broken SSD. And the SSDs I use are all from the lowest-end, cheap-as-chips ones.

Comment Re:Probably Just Creative Difference$ (Score 1) 73

You act like all Arduinos only use the 8-bit Atmel-parts. Take a look at, say, -- go on, you can do it, take a look. Arduino 101: x86! Arduino Zero: 32-bit ARM Atmel SAMD21! Arduino MKR1000: 32-bit ARM Atmel SAMD21! The now-retired Arduino Due: 32-bit ARM Atmel SAM3x8E! The - selection of products has an even wider selection of MCUs in use.

The thing here is: the OP requested faster stuff, but Atmel doesn't seem to be producing faster 8-bit parts; if you want faster and insist on sticking to Atmel it's going to be 3.3V and 32-bit, and if you want 5V then you have to stick with what you already got.

Comment Re:Probably Just Creative Difference$ (Score 2) 73

I would be happy with a 3.3v arduino so long as it had built-in logic level converters to translate to 5v for at least some of the i/o pins.

Well, you're in luck: there are many MCUs out there that operate at 3.3V and do have at least some 5V-tolerant pins. Not all MCUs have 5V-tolerant pins, but it's also not that hard to find ones that have, and as such, your wish would be entirely possible.

Comment Re:Probably Just Creative Difference$ (Score 1) 73

Because if you're sticking to a standard central AVR part you'll find most of the line top out at a lower speed at 3.3V than 5V.

The last time I looked that only seemed to apply to the 8-bit MCUs. The OP requested faster ones, and the faster ones are generally 32-bit and use 3.3V, even from Atmel's line of MCUs.

The only real question is why you think that one voltage is more capable than the other and why you think one should benefit the GP's without knowing his exact requirements.

I *asked* the OP why he/she/it needs/wants a faster 5V-board. You do notice the question mark there? Also, I didn't say "one voltage is more capable than the other," I said that at 3.3V it's much easier to find faster and more capable MCUs -- just look through all the big guys' portfolios, like e.g. TI, NXP, STM and so on and you'll notice that pretty much all the faster options stop being 8-bit and are 32-bit 3.3V-parts.

Comment Re:What? (Score 2) 474

NASA has blown up a whole lot of equipment over the years and gotten a good bunch of people killed while at it, and I don't see you demanding anyone taking Koolaid from them.

Also, to be quite honest, asking for help in figuring out what happened is smart and useful. Not asking for help out of sheer arrogance, on the other hand, is the opposite of smart and useful. They figured out what happened and most likely now know to pay even more attention to it to prevent it from happening again, so, aside from the monetary losses, everything's better than before. Learning from mistakes may be a wholly foreign concept to you, but, thankfully, it's not that to the whole rest of the world.

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