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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, https://www.arduino.cc/en/Main... -- 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 Arduino.org - 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.

Comment Idiocy (Score 2) 199

ISPs wouldn't go with this simply because it'd require quite a lot of extra work on their end to make this happen for zero gain to them, and everyone knows ISPs do traffic-shaping for their own benefit, not for their customers' benefit. Also, end-users would just tag *everything* as to be prioritized, because they obviously don't want any of their traffic to be slowed down, so what would be the point? Besides, how the fuck would you even implement this for something that doesn't use a web-browser? Ask the ISP to list every possible network-protocol ever invented and all the ones still waiting to be invented, so you can click on them? That'd be one ginormous list to go through.

Also, I have to take offense at the whole "But treating all traffic the same isn't necessarily the best way to protect users." -- works fucking well over here in Finland, but then again, our ISPs aren't nearly as obsessed with overselling capacity. Maybe fix ISPs overselling their capacity, instead of trying to come up with workarounds that only harm end-users!

Comment Open standards? (Score 2) 134

Raspberry Pis and most other hobbyist-SBCs are based around various ARM SoCs, but as a whole the big picture is horribly fragmented, with this board having slightly different bootup-sequence than that board, requiring board-specific steps in software, and this board having totally closed GPU and video-engine software and that board having some parts of them open, and this board supporting VDPAU or such for video-decoding and that board using OMX, cameras being only useable with specific boards, even though they share the exact same CSI-connector and so on -- how high do you value the idea of standardizing some of these things, and do you believe there will be any progress worth mentioning in the next 10 or 20 years?

Personally, I'm feeling quite apathetic about it all. I can't foresee manufacturers being willing to work together for a standard, let alone one that'd be open and freely accessible to hobbyists, and I believe that especially all the GPU and video-engine stuff will be kept under lock and key indefinitely. Part of the problem is that pretty much all of these SBCs are built around tablet-SoCs, with no SoCs specifically designed for hobbyist-use and SBCs.

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