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Comment Re:Status quo can not be the answer (Score 1) 271

We already have Medicaid, food stamps and other kinds of aid for the poor. Short term, extending these services plus shelter to homeless is not fantasy or insanely costly, since there are many more generally poor than homeless. Long term, I would prefer daily dispersement of universal basic income.

I do not think we should limit ourselves to Roman Empire.

Comment Status quo can not be the answer (Score 1) 271

Anyone homeless needs to be offered reliable shelter, food, medicine, clothes and a plan to get out of their predicament towards a productive lifestyle. The places where these things are offered does not have to be in San Francisco. However, they should be close enough for an individual to be able to stay in touch with their friends and family.

But, this does not entitle one to sleep in a tent on a sidewalk and create obvious problems for the residents. Not that this is a great lifestyle for the homeless person either.

Liberals spend too much time on band aids for people in a bad situation, without providing a way out to a good situation. Doing something about that is good.

Comment Are you frigging kidding me? (Score 1) 205

The point of RPI is to attach a breadboard to GPIO ports, experiment with sensors/servos and then solder up a project for personal use, or even ship a Kickstarter project.

This board does not have any GPIO ports, much less a massive support community. x86 vs ARM is irrelevant for this kind of custom code. You are not going to be running Microsoft Word or playing steam games on an embedded board.

If anything, an improvement on RPI would be better power management without sacrificing ability to develop software directly on a prototype device. Solar powered systems running on Linux would kick ass.

Comment Bomb in a pocket (Score 1) 202

Rather than carrying a stick pf dynamite in my pocket, next to important organs that I would prefer to keep, I would rather have a little thicker phone that allows for bigger, less energy dense battery. And then optimize software to reduce power demands. An old fashioned alphanumeric pager used to last weeks on a pair of non-explosive AA batteries. When the phone is not in active use, it does not need any more functionality to display notifications and receive phone calls on a secondary e-ink screen. When I actually unlock it, feel free to spin up the CPU and 1080p screen and then download stuff over LTE.

Comment Good luck with that (Score 3, Insightful) 311

Headphones do not come with 0% career financing like cell phones. Someone who owns one expensive wired pair to use at home and other for exercise may well be tempted to check out Android offerings rather than putting up with the hassle of two dongles to listen and charge at the same time.

Comment Re:Run them for another ten years (Score 1) 166

Despite me advocating not migrating as OP, US military is not a model of financial efficiency and thrifty organizations can probably manage a lot less than $3500/year or in total. Painstakingly make everything look and work the same in a customized image, create simple in house software to provide any missing functionality, have early adoption enthusiasts that will be on help to provide peer support, and so on, Best done by gradually bringing in new systems when old ones need to be replaced anyway of course.

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