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Comment Re:Arduino Uno (Score 2) 273

Sounds like you're mixing up 'USB Host' and 'USB Client' terminology. If you connected your ATmega to a PC and have it act as a USB joystick, it's a USB client device, not a host device. As far as I know, no Arduino supports acting as a USB Host in hardware. It can be emulated, or additional hardware (e.g. SparkFun's USB Host Shield) can be used, though.

Comment Re:but (Score 3, Informative) 71

You'll find that electrons will need a whole lot of time to 'travel from power supply to the motherboard'. As per http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity : "These speeds are on the order of millimeters per hour." It's the pulse (wave) that electron movement creates that is close to lightspeed, not the speed of electrons themselves.

Comment Russian (Score 5, Interesting) 514

I would say Russian. It's my 3rd language (English being my second), and it has helped me a lot when searching for some specific info on the net. There is a wealth of information on programming to be found; especially if you are interested in security. This might be less relevant for you if you are looking for information that might be considered 'shady' (e.g. jailbreaking phones, breaking certain security features), but I've found it very helpful.

Comment Natural Selection (Score 0) 76

This is just a musing I have had for a while. The medicine as a field has seen vast improvements over the years, the survivability of a person and average age have boomed. Is this such a good thing, really? For each of us individually, yes. Hell, if not for the incubators and similar early treatments, I would not even be here. What about the bigger picture? Are we, the humanity in general, slowly messing up our gene pool? Take away the healthcare, white and pink pills, and we are more screwed than the people some 100 years ago. Allergies, heart problems, the works. The fact that medicine helps us get to the age of reproduction is, in my humble opinion, not all that helpful in the bigger picture. Don't scald me too harshly - I admit that without advances in medicine I would not have made to my first birthday.

Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity 590

eldavojohn writes "A new study has found that game characters tend not to reflect cultural diversity. According to the paper from researchers across four universities (PDF): 'A large-scale content analysis of characters in video games was employed to answer questions about their representations of gender, race and age in comparison to the US population. The sample included 150 games from a year across nine platforms, with the results weighted according to game sales. ... The results show a systematic over-representation of males, white and adults and a systematic under-representation of females, Hispanics, Native Americans, children and the elderly.' The researchers also note that games 'function as crucial gatekeepers for interest in science, technology, engineering and math,' and that without these groups represented properly, 'it may place underrepresented groups behind the curve.'"

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