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Comment Excellent (Score 3, Informative) 153

Red Dwarf is one of my favourite shows, ever.

Yeah, series 8 was... well, bad, and most people are content to ignore (mini)series 9. But season 10 was pretty good and had some really, really funny moments (Lister's Father's Day thing, for example, took one of the more hilariously messed up aspects of the show and built on it).

So more Red Dwarf? I'll take it.

Comment Re:Not if I can't upgrade my own laptop. (Score 2) 238

EVERY manufacturer charges insane amounts for their own RAM and HDD upgrades. If I buy a Lenovo or HP or Acer or whatever, they'll likely charge you $400 (or more) to go from 8 gigs to 16 gigs, even though I can get 16 gigs on Amazon for well under $100.

Apple has become way more extreme about making their laptops unupgradable. They claim this is in the name of design and efficiency, and yes, to a degree it is. Doesn't make it OK for me, though.

Comment Not if I can't upgrade my own laptop. (Score 4, Interesting) 238

I'm writing this on an Early 2011 15" Macbook Pro, which is frankly on it's last legs. In fact, it's at the point where I can't really move it around.

It would have been pretty unusable years ago, except that this is one of the last Macbook Pros that you could upgrade the RAM and harddrive on. I got this thing with the least amount of RAM and cheapest harddrive I could, and as time went on I added more RAM and an SSD. New lease of life. And that stuff all cost me about $250 rather than the extra > $1000 Apple would have charged.

I want (and pretty much need) a new laptop, and Apple makes great ones. Yeah, people say "Apple Tax!" a lot, but spec-for-spec, Apple laptops are pretty much equal to other manufacturers and the *usability* is *phenomenally* better. From the UI design to the friggin *trackpad*.

But if I can't upgrade my own machine... sorry, not happening. And that goes for any other laptop maker.

Comment I've done it. (Score 1) 28

I walk my dog at an off-leash park every day, and in the dead of winter it gets pitch-dark here around 4:30pm. We have a light-up collar, but you can only see it from specific angles, so I used an arduino lilypad to add some lights to her jacket. The arduino board means I can make the lights be any colour I like, or even have patterns, and (most importantly) I can make them turn on automatically when it gets dark.

Comment Do it. (Score 3, Insightful) 119

Hey, free money. Not like the PI has any permanent storage so they'd just have to stick the file on some chip somewhere, where it can't really be accessed. Not that an .exe would even be executable.

Better yet - ship every Raspberry PI with an SD card labelled "Malware - Please execute immediately."

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