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by Wooloomooloo
Fri Mar 23, 2012 9:19 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Ordered something else to fill the time
Replies: 65
Views: 14901

Re: Ordered something else to fill the time

<t>The likes of Pandaboard, Beagleboard / bone & co. are unfortunately way out of the budget I could ever possibly justify for... basically just fooling around with neat hardware - it's the reason I became interested in the Pi in the first place. In the mean time however it started to look less ...
by Wooloomooloo
Sat Feb 25, 2012 2:39 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Comment system doesn't allow me to comment
Replies: 1
Views: 729

Re: Comment system doesn't allow me to comment

That is a known issue when you're not logged in and try to comment. Do try to log in first and then comment, it might help.
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 1:06 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thought it would come yesterday
Replies: 51
Views: 8902

Re: Thought it would come yesterday

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Wooloomooloo said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Joe Schmoe said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Ever hear the expression "A watched pot never boils" ??<br/> <br/> <br/> Nonsense. It boils at roughly 2519 °C, whether you watch it or not, as long as it's made of aluminium, for instance...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thought it would come yesterday
Replies: 51
Views: 8902

Re: Thought it would come yesterday

<t>alexjj said: <br/> <br/> <br/> haha...wait, what was this thread about?<br/> <br/> <br/> I can't say for sure, but I think initially it was about how the probability of ordering a RasPi "before the end of this month" rapidly converges towards the probability of having one for xmas last year... or...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 9:02 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea
Replies: 28
Views: 4571

Re: Rasperry Pi == Bad idea

<t>meltwater said: <br/> <br/> It is a valid point though, why should engineers help young minds learn our trade?<br/> Perhaps when you are on your last legs (after having the previous few set replaced…) and you look over to the machine that is keeping you alive, or into the sky at the rocket which ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Thought it would come yesterday
Replies: 51
Views: 8902

Re: Thought it would come yesterday

<t>Joe Schmoe said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Ever hear the expression "A watched pot never boils" ??<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Nonsense. It boils at roughly 2519 °C, whether you watch it or not, as long as it's made of aluminium, for instance (note to the maintainers of Firefox's spell checker: there's no suc...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Feb 20, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Sleeping with the lights on
Replies: 29
Views: 5570

Re: Sleeping with the lights on

<t>"Hostel".<br/> <br/> Most horror movies have a sufficiently exotic premise to keep some distance from the viewer (you don't really expect Mike Myers to show up do you?) - depending on what one might tend or not tend to accept as possible, this one might seem just too easily conceivable for comfor...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 17, 2012 3:57 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 10297

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>TheEponymousBob said: <br/> <br/> <br/> A jumbo jet takes off from Warsaw.  Mid-way through the flight, both pilot and co-pilot are taken ill.  The crew ask the passengers if any have flight training.  One passenger says he has flown light aircraft, so is taken to the cockpit.  However, he finds ...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:33 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Disagreements on these Forums
Replies: 77
Views: 10297

Re: Disagreements on these Forums

<t>I have to admit the Pi lives up to it's mathematical namesake - using nothing but this forum it is possible to experimentally verify Sturgeon's law (ie. "ninety percent of everything is crap"). Employing our math skills finely honed on the forum captchas, we can easily determine that - at the tim...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:20 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: I wrote a SPI driver, now what?
Replies: 38
Views: 8660

Re: I wrote a SPI driver, now what?

<t>I'm somewhat curious about why the referenced example is assumed to output a byte ten times, and not a 32-bit (4 byte) word. This whole part is not very clear at all in the published spec (especially whether the SPI0 can output any other bit length than 32bit, as the aux SPIs seem to be able to d...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Feb 13, 2012 2:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40831

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Hey, I can only speak for myself (as can you btw.), but if the only way I could have experienced programming would have been bubble sort and linked lists and drawing fractals, I can guarantee you I'd be a mere browser-user today. I could never pursue knowledge for the knowledge's sake alone and y...
by Wooloomooloo
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:47 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 40831

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<r>TheManWhoWas said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Little Big Planet is an excellent example because it contains a level editor with enough logic to do things like this: <URL url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?g.....-2-vdNItoI">http://www.youtube.com/watch?g.....-2-vdNItoI</URL><br/> <br/> I think it is this so...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Feb 07, 2012 12:14 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Problem with blog comments
Replies: 2
Views: 1520

Re: Problem with blog comments

<t>Commenting on blog posts while not logged in doesn't seem to work - it just bounces with an "Error 1" saying something like "please click back and retype the password". I'd like to note there isn't even any "back" button in sight.<br/> <br/> Not allowing comments without a valid forum login is of...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Feb 03, 2012 6:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi
Replies: 1021
Views: 204230

Re: News articles and blog posts about Raspberry Pi

The GSMArena blog apparently got wind of the RasPi too:

http://blog.gsmarena.com/25-ra.....xmbc-port/
by Wooloomooloo
Sat Jan 28, 2012 4:40 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pedant Engineer Vent :)
Replies: 58
Views: 9996

Re: Pedant Engineer Vent :)

<t>Andre_P said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Ah yes Rob, I remember having a 'discussion' with someone at Virgin Media insisting that I had a 50 MBs link, I tried to correct her but she would not have it. I guess I should have demanded it then and listened to the back tracking ! <br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> Ah, bu...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:35 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pedant Engineer Vent :)
Replies: 58
Views: 9996

Re: Pedant Engineer Vent :)

FatBuzz said:

Disagree if you can: Planes definately should fall out of the sky.
Sorry mate, I definitely can and do disagree with that, and I may not be alone with that...
by Wooloomooloo
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:05 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Pedant Engineer Vent :)
Replies: 58
Views: 9996

Re: Pedant Engineer Vent :)

<t>Well, since we're in the nitpicking section anyway there's no such word as "definately" either. And don't even start me up on "nukular" with which an amazing number of TV hosts and guests seem to be totally fine...<br/> <br/> The liter/litre thing is an interesting one - I knew it's a spelling di...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: How programmeable is it?
Replies: 9
Views: 2470

Re: How programmeable is it?

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Gert said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Reminds me of the set-up I made for a very computer illeterate person. It had an menu.bat which was called at start up. It cleared the screen and then displayed a menu like:<br/> <br/> 1: ....<br/> <br/> 2: ....<br/> <br/> Press nu...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Jan 24, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 145284

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>libreuniverse said: <br/> <br/> When you learn a free system, it's yours practically forever.<br/> ...aaaaand that's where you're wrong, right there. More like for 24 hours or a few days, weeks maybe.<br/> <br/> Dunno, maybe other folks have it differently, but every single time I have to do the ...
by Wooloomooloo
Sun Jan 15, 2012 11:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does it work without an operating system?
Replies: 26
Views: 8045

Re: Does it work without an operating system?

<t>Just to be clear about this, writing functioning firmware for some embedded hardware that normally runs Linux is hardly above Arduino level. At least as long as all you want to do is the hardware equivalent of the "hello world" as in blinking some LEDs. Yes, fine, the system clocks and the DDR co...
by Wooloomooloo
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:35 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Car / Motorcycle - Monitoring and Statistics
Replies: 17
Views: 5709

Re: Car / Motorcycle - Monitoring and Statistics

<t>n3tw0rk5 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Nice to see there's fellow bikers on here, cant really think of a use to have one on me bike apart from maybe a temperature logger.<br/> <br/> Then one of these days i might remember to get round to sorting out a car licence instead of freezing each winter.<br/> <...
by Wooloomooloo
Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Microsoft and ARM
Replies: 42
Views: 9281

Re: Microsoft and ARM

<t>Well, that's that. They can take their M$-only hardware and stick it where the sun don't shine for all I care - I'll never, EVER, buy computing hardware (ARM or otherwise) that is purposefully crippled to only run M$ stuff. If they can't grasp that in this day and age an OS is not something one c...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.
Replies: 119
Views: 21374

Re: We've hit the big red button - manufacture has started.

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> treczoks said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Production started! A BIG Ho-ray, Ho-ray, Ho-Ray! for the team!<br/> <br/> B1ackbeard said: <br/> <br/> <br/> By the way, you can expect the Chinese to be copying your product as we type!<br/> <br/> Sorry, but that's China.<br/> <br/...
by Wooloomooloo
Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:00 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: IR Remote Controller
Replies: 5
Views: 12489

Re: IR Remote Controller

<t>I suppose it depends on how exactly you want to go about it: do you want to use an infrared communication channel (like IrDA) between two devices or a consumer infrared protocol (like RC5) between a transmitter and receiver (like traditional remote controls)?<br/> <br/> The thing is that a) IrDA ...
by Wooloomooloo
Tue Jan 10, 2012 1:40 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Power supply WARNING
Replies: 73
Views: 36374

Re: Power supply WARNING

<t>jwatte said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Burngate said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Just to obfuscate: Ohms law doesn"t always apply – think of a zener!<br/> <br/> <br/> Ohm"s law holds just fine! A Zener diode is a voltage-dependent resistor. There are other kinds of dependent resistors, including heat-dependent (P...

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