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Comment Definitely using Orange Pi (Score 1) 55

They're faster than comparable Raspberry Pi units since they don't put all their peripherals through a slow, shared USB 2.0 bus. There's also more variety in the different boards, some of which have working WiFi/BlueTooth and on-board flash memory. There are several tiny versions of the board, too, including a SODIMM one with peripheral board and very tiny versions with ethernet and I/O ports on it.

There are already two 64-bit boards that actually run in 64-bit, unlike the Raspberry Pi 3.

Unfortunately, unless you're using Android, the accelerated graphics chipset isn't available in some distributions. The web site http://linux-sunxi.org/ has more information.

The Armbian project at http://www.armbian.com/ is actively developing on these units.

Comment abusable by design thanks GOP (Score 3, Informative) 179

So what are we going to do about it? Point the finger of blame? Or defend ourselves? Your choice.

Both of course.

How can you defend yourself if you don't know what is attacking you?

Proper defense necessitates "pointing the finger of blame"...aka identifying the cause of the problem.

Fortunately we already know: Pharmaceutical companies make drugs abusable on purpose and incentivize doctors to prescribe them.

Democrats have been pushing for more pharma regulations for years, Repubicans opposing them.

Republicans have fought over and over to make it easy for these abusable drugs to get FDA approval.

Oxyconin is a perfect example, read up:

"In 2006, Giuliani acted as the lead counsel and lead spokesmen for Bracewell & Giuliani client Purdue Pharma, the makers of OxyContin, during their negotiations with federal prosecutors over charges that the pharmaceutical company misled the public about OxyContin's addictive properties. The agreement reached resulted in Purdue Pharma and some of its executives paying $634.5 million in fines"

source

Comment Re:P-300 Waves (Score 1) 151

It's about deliberate and demonstrable intent. Furthermore, it's about intent that can be proven in a court of law. In this case, the guy not only sent the image to someone known publicly to suffer seizures of this kind, he explicitly stated it was his intent to give the guy a seizure, and thereby do harm to him.

that makes sense...

didn't know he stated that explicitly...some DA bucking for a promotion might latch onto that and make a big headline-grabbing case out of it...that explaination is rational

Comment Re:Netflix didn't "innovate" (Score 1) 209

Getting there required innovation

Yes, from engineers on a project doing regular coding work....but that's not what I'm talking about.

"innovation" is such a misused and over-broad term these days....

Netflix's concept is not "innovative" from a startup perspective.

Everyone in the world thought it would be cool to watch movies over the internet...the only problem was copyright holders.

Comment P-300 Waves (Score 1) 151

I wonder if the reason the FBI took this meme sent on Twitter so seriously has something to do with the alleged "brainwashing" neuroscience techniques pioneered by Delgado and others.

Flashing memes get sent by the millions over the internet daily, some sent with the intent of causing seizure. Why take this one so seriously?

There seems to be a very limited number of answers, so it makes me wonder. This just seems so non-sensical and asymetric...punishment does not fit the crime whatsoever.

Comment Netflix didn't "innovate" (Score 0) 209

Netflix was a successful DVD rental by mail company that got the MPAA and copyright holders to put their content online for streaming. That is not some kind of "tech innovation"

Yes, I'll grant you that Netflix's deal to allow streaming required *marketing* innovation...some kind of innovative way to package the deal to copyright holders...that is true.

That's business and marketing innovation...it's not tech. An example of tech innovation is Youtube. They were able to build a system that allowed users to upload video and it worked well on the low-bandwidth internet of the time. The innovation was the technical ability to code and program a system to allow users to do that and make it scale.

Why does this matter?

Billions of dollars are invested into "innovative tech startups" every year...it's better for our industry (and our jobs!) if investors and the general public understand exactly what "innovation" actually is...in other words, I'm promoting anti-hype.

Comment Re:OK, I'll bite (Score 1) 297

Well, in Japan, many of the people have gone to the services industry...

Well, in Japan, they have just about the highest suicide rate in the developed world. Maybe we don't want to emulate them too closely.

Well, in Japan, they have just about the highest life expectancy in the developed world. Maybe we don't want to emulate them too closely.

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