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Comment Re:Or a car. Maybe a bouncy house (Score 1) 186

So pretending that getting hit by two pounds of plastic is the same as getting hit by a two-pound hammer is stupid.

If I had claimed that it was, you would have a point. But you don't. In fact, I've claimed explicitly that it isn't. My point was that comparing it to a pillow is far more disingenuous than comparing it to a hammer. A standard pillow will not knock you unconscious no matter how high it falls from, because its terminal velocity is insufficient to the task. This drone did knock a woman unconscious, and she may well have died if she fell over and hit her head. While comparisons to hammers are unfair, comparisons to pillows are fucking retarded.

Comment Re:Nice... (Score 1) 41

You frequently make a lot of sense on Slashdot, but this time something seems to have flipped in your head :)

Your statement only makes sense if you ignore all the other comments in this thread exactly like mine. I am far from the only one who can't get his hands on a Pi Zero for a reasonable price. My biggest complaint, honestly, is the ongoing characterization of the Pi Zero as a "$5 computer" since it is clearly nothing of the sort for the majority of people. It costs more than twice that, shipped, if you can even find one. This new device will be the same story all over again.

Comment Re:tubalcain (Score 1) 57

I also have no plans to actually do any machinist stuff, but I find the videos absorbing.

Harbor freight has a small desktop lathe that's supposed to be quite good. And a desktop mill that you install under a drill press, which is also supposed to be pretty good if you take it apart and de-burr it like they should have. Maybe it would be an entertaining hobby. I mean, what are you going to do when Slashdot finally implodes?

Comment Re:Strict liability for writing code? It's coming (Score 1) 45

The problem is the rigor that is applied to code writing doesn't exist the same way as it does in other engineering fields... something I agree needs to change.

It needs to change, at least, for software that can kill people. Toyota got dinged for unwarranted acceleration not because they made a mistake or even because it was proven that's what happened. They got in trouble because their code was such garbage that it would be shocking if it weren't causing problems. It did not meet any reasonable programming standards, including the ones typically used within the auto industry. Anyone who hires a programmer who drives a Toyota is hiring a dumbshit.

Comment Re:Will I actually be able to get this one? (Score 1) 41

That's okay. Its worth it. The selling point is not really the price tag, but the format, which is ideal for embedding.

Well, if I cared that much, I guess I should have bought one literally the one time I saw them for sale. The problem is, it was on element14, and those guys are incompetent as shit. I bought my original Pi through them and they lied about stock and then they lied again about shipping (they claimed it had shipped before they actually put it in the mail.)

I have looked for them dozens of time and never found one in stock since. I'm with the other slashdotters in this thread who don't believe they actually exist.

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi Zero The Makebelieve Computer (Score 1) 41

The Pi Zero was cheap because Broadcom was inventory clearing and sold the Foundation the SoCs (which they'd stopped making) at a bargain-basement price.

So it's the first one, then. Even by using the shitbags at Sony (who I really don't want to give my money to, which is what happens when you buy a Pi they manufactured) they still couldn't get enough production to meet demand? Or couldn't fill the channel fast enough? Either way, I'm underwhelmed by their performance. The Pi Zero has been useful primarily as a marketing exercise. Meanwhile, I have to wonder what percentage of them are just sitting in a drawer somewhere. I'm sure it's considerable, just like the prior model. They put out a lot of buzz about it, then people buy them, then only a percentage of them get used and a percentage of the people who want to do something with them get shafted.

Well, fuck them. I'll buy Beaglebones, CHIPs, Pines and other devices which I can actually get my hands on.

Comment Re:Will I actually be able to get this one? (Score 1) 41

You're not willing to spend $12 on something that has this kind of feature set and capabilities?

I'm willing to spend more, I bought a PineA64+ for example. Even though that's something like eight times the size of a Pi Zero (if you count thickness) it actually costs less to ship. Why is that? It's almost like they're selling it only through the least competent vendors. That makes sense, because they're not competent themselves.

Something like this would have gone for thousands of dollars 20 years ago.

It's not 20 years ago. It's today. We're here, please try to catch up.

Seriously, at $12 a piece, I'd buy like 10 if I had a use for it. That's chump change.

Chump change for one person is not for another. I'm not as wasteful as you are.

Comment Re:Will I actually be able to get this one? (Score 1, Informative) 41

THIS JUST IN... asshole turns off internet... then complains about internet being broken... calls other person who tries to help asshole...

If you are actually defending sites deliberately breaking when you disable google-analytics (which does not actually provide any functionality needed by the user on the site, and is there only to spy on you) then you are a grade A piece of shit, and I hope you die of ass cancer in a fire.

Comment Re:Nice... (Score 0) 41

...and if it had a charging circuit like the C.H.I.P maybe it would be useful for gadget development.

Who cares? You can get a charging board for two bucks. The real problem is that you can get a C.H.I.P. but you can't get a Pi Zero. They are sold out everywhere, all the time. Actually getting your hands on one is like winning the lottery. Since I can't get one, I don't even want to fucking see people's projects based on Pi Zero. I downvote them when I have the chance, I never reshare them on social media, they can all fuck right off, because I'm tired of being teased with the things. Not being able to produce enough product does harm a brand. Frankly, there are other reasons to blow off the Pi Foundation, and Broadcom. Probably more hours have been spent reverse-engineering under-documented Broadcom SoCs than about anything else out there, because they appear in so many wireless routers, with major software flaws uncorrected by the vendor. And I'm still annoyed that they never released Android for Pi, though Liz supposedly had it running and they promised a release. If I wanted to be let down by empty promises, I could
have voted for Trump.

Comment Re:Raspberry Pi Zero The Makebelieve Computer (Score 2) 41

Maybe, I look once every three months or so and when I see everywhere is out of stock, I move on.

So the question is whether the Pi Foundation is just too incompetent to produce enough stock, or whether Broadcom is too pathetic to produce enough SoCs. Either way, you're an idiot if you design something around the Pi Zero... or its successor.

Comment Re:Will I actually be able to get this one? (Score 0, Troll) 41

I still have literally never seen a Pi Zero for sale, except for exorbitant markups that make them multiple times their supposed price.

There's this thing called The Internet , you might want to check it out.

That site doesn't work (perhaps it depends on google-analytics, which I am not going to enable) and it doesn't address the fact that it costs more to get a Pi Zero shipped than it does to buy one in the first place, because they chose only to distribute them through vendors which overcharge for shipping. I can get a whole fucking bundle of parts shipped from china for three bucks, but I can't seem to buy a Pi Zero for less than about twelve.

Let's just check manually since this busted-ass webpage you posted doesn't work. PiHut is sold out. Adafruit's Pi Zero page found with google is actually 404. PiMoroni is out of stock. CanaKit doesn't even load, it just sits and spins. So basically, that was a worthless, broken fucking webpage, and you are a worthless, broken fucking slashdotter.

Comment Re:Prior to last year, same rules - different meth (Score 1) 186

At all flying sites a safety line(s) must be established in front of which all flying takes place. (AMA Document #706.)
(a) Only personnel associated with flying the model aircraft are allowed at or in front of the safety line.

Isn't that specific text only relevant for established fields?

Comment Re:Reckless yes. Half the weight of a pillow, plas (Score 1) 186

Drones are typically made from the same type of plastic that soda bottles are made from, they aren't iron.

That's nonsense. Professional drones which carry cameras are sometimes made out of plastic, but they're sometimes made out of carbon fiber, Aluminum, maybe some glass fiber board... My dead cat sk450 is both over two pounds (with the 4s 5AH battery) and extremely rigid. The bottom glass fiber deck was floppy so I reinforced it by CA gluing two 3mm CF rods to it. Now it will definitely break your fucking head. The solution to that problem is to not fly it overhead.

Two pounds is also half the weight of a pillow.

Oh yeah? What's a bullet weigh?

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