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by gritz
Tue May 28, 2013 11:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: If programming languages were gardens
Replies: 24
Views: 4073

Re: If programming languages were gardens

:lol: I'm minded of a housing estate garden - a few inches of decent topsoil that hides a mess of building rubble, utility pipes and the graves of family pets. Not a specific language per se, but rather the one that you just can't let go of , despite it not being very good at what you're currently t...
by gritz
Sun May 26, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Great Debate of the Age
Replies: 32
Views: 3497

Re: Great Debate of the Age

I hope it was a plastic spanner, since Oskar seems to think that plastic, which lasts about 0.01% as long as metal and takes much, much longer to bio-degrade, is better for the environment. See what I mean about straw men and soundbites ;) Must go -- I have a spanner protest song to write: "This sp...
by gritz
Sun May 26, 2013 5:20 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Great Debate of the Age
Replies: 32
Views: 3497

Re: Great Debate of the Age

Spoons? Luxury! I used to stir my workplace tea with a 10mm spanner (sad but true).

On a hygene note, I just cleaned the biscuit crumbs out of my keyboard. It's making for "a much richer web experience" and it'll probably help keep the mice down too.
by gritz
Fri May 24, 2013 5:00 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Great Debate of the Age
Replies: 32
Views: 3497

Re: Great Debate of the Age

Iron = heating device for press and peel pcb manufacture. Beyond that I haven't found a use for one!
by gritz
Wed May 22, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: If programming languages were gardens
Replies: 24
Views: 4073

Re: If programming languages were gardens

The Flash garden: an abandoned allotment plot with some kind of hallucenogenic fungus in the soil. It keeps reinfecting neighbouring plots and stubbornly refuses to die. The BASIC garden: A pleasant spot in front of The Home For Retired Coders. The inhabitants like to sit there and reminisce about t...
by gritz
Wed May 22, 2013 6:14 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: The future of education (could be bleak)
Replies: 5
Views: 1505

Re: The future of education (could be bleak)

Gove always reminds me of a low rent Thunderbird baddie (must be the big head and comedy glasses), so it wouldn't be a great surprise to learn that someone is pulling his strings! ;)
by gritz
Tue May 21, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maker Fairey Tales - NOOBS and Pidora and Wayland, Oh My!
Replies: 53
Views: 16375

Re: Maker Fairey Tales - NOOBS and Pidora and Wayland, Oh My

Wayland solves the problem of not having a GPU-accelerated display server, window manager, and compositor, which the Wayland architecture and protocol, and Weston implementation combine. People keep immediately leaping to remote desktop rendering over 1970s 50 Kbps leased phone lines as if that was...
by gritz
Mon May 20, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Symantec's Norton Safe Web thinks there is something wrong o
Replies: 9
Views: 2427

Re: Symantec's Norton Safe Web thinks there is something wro

Malwarebytes calls it a "potentially unwanted program" rather than an explicit threat. The oddest thing is that Norton found it to be somehow linked to the Pi page. I wonder if it could be because there was a link to the download page the zip file for it in the camera announcement? http://www.raspb...
by gritz
Mon May 20, 2013 6:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Symantec's Norton Safe Web thinks there is something wrong o
Replies: 9
Views: 2427

Re: Symantec's Norton Safe Web thinks there is something wro

Norton Mobile Security is also flagging an issue: "Malicious Web Site Blocked http://www.raspberrypi.org" "This is a known malicious web site. It is recommended that you do NOT visit this site" Hello! That's just your application being rude. It's possible to train it to not react badly to such site...
by gritz
Sun May 19, 2013 7:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maker Fairey Tales - NOOBS and Pidora and Wayland, Oh My!
Replies: 53
Views: 16375

Re: Maker Fairey Tales - NOOBS and Pidora and Wayland, Oh My

simplesi wrote:So these are all the secrets they've been keeping from us :)

Simon
Heh, this is only the official product forum, so it's probably the last place to look for actual news - unless you count Foundation denials as tacit admissions of what's coming next! ;)
by gritz
Mon May 13, 2013 9:09 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42602

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

An interesting and insightful post, meltwater - and I agree 100% with all of it. It's still early days yet, regarding ARM general purpose computing. Although we have various generations of the ARM architecture there is no wider physical standard that is the modern equivalent of the IBM clone - devic...
by gritz
Mon May 13, 2013 5:18 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42602

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

ARM get more widely adopted by more mainstream hardware and software developers... You may be shocked if you counted the number of ARM devices which you encounter during your daily life. I would wager that ARM devices would probably out-number any other processor you have contact with (and you can ...
by gritz
Sun May 12, 2013 10:13 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives
Replies: 62
Views: 42602

Re: Raspberry Pi Vs. Alternatives

Zalamel wrote: From what I've read, it's very hit or miss that you will receive a functioning Marsboard. And if that does occur, I have a feeling I wouldn't like their return service. My thoughts exactly. Perhaps it's because I'm old, grumpy, cynical and yet pragmatic about paying a realistic sum o...
by gritz
Wed May 08, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: PCB Manufacturing/Prototype
Replies: 32
Views: 21262

Re: PCB Manufacturing/Prototype

Prices seem cheap now from this thread and another one: http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=35922&p=302208#p302208 down to $13 for 10 boards - how easy is it to go from a stripboard project to a pcb ? I have done plenty of stripboard /veroboard projects, but don't really know whe...
by gritz
Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Indeed Rene, I grew up on a farm and remember the power cuts of the 70's. It wasn't conducive to milking cows! Will the accountants who run our country never learn (rhetorical question)? Still, we're no worse than America, who are indulging in a biofuel binge not because it's efficient, but simply b...
by gritz
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:33 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Yeah, this "idea" isn't about using less energy - it's about preserving the status quo for as long as possible.. Wrong. That is Daily Fail spin. The idea is to re-engineer the grid. This product is actually an excellent and non-intrusive way of dealing with variability. The grid has evolved over ma...
by gritz
Tue Apr 30, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Yeah, this "idea" isn't about using less energy - it's about preserving the status quo for as long as possible. An elastoplast and nothing more. Energy retailers are happy to take our money, but doubtless it will be the taxpayer who has to get the country out of the energy shortfall mess, because ta...
by gritz
Mon Apr 29, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Rene_is_I wrote:Are you sure it's fingers in ears? :D
:lol:
by gritz
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Isn't it strange that local companies trying to produce products and hence create employment, are subject to lengthy and very costly tests, type approvals and endless paper work (the Pi being a case in point) and these lights are allowed to be imported by the container load with complete impunity a...
by gritz
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:51 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

My long wave radio* and single coil (non-hum cancelling) guitar pickups both report that energy saving lightbulbs (and a lot of other consumer electronics) care not a jot for EMI regulations. *Essential for those corners of the house where the internet and DAB signals don't reach. I couldn't possibl...
by gritz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: AC to DC power [solved]
Replies: 17
Views: 4205

Re: AC to DC power [solved]

I'm old enough to remember when switching power supplies would routinely sacrifice an output transistor in order to save a few pence worth of fuse - and I'm not even that old (well, I suppose it's all relative...)

Progress isn't always a bad thing. :)
by gritz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

What's wrong with this idea? Reducing peak power draw seems like a good thing to do, and if we're ever going to move away from fossil fuel fired power stations, I suspect we're going to need a lot more control over what's drawing power from the grid than currently. If we're ever going to get rid of...
by gritz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 1:37 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Rene_is_I wrote:Does it also have one of these stickers on it?? :D

Image
No, but it should. Every fridge should have one of those! :lol:
by gritz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:36 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

Rene_is_I wrote:What's the IP of you fridge then? :D
Dunno, It's got a Microsoft sticker on it and I've never been able to negotiate a connection. ;)
by gritz
Sun Apr 28, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"
Replies: 64
Views: 7465

Re: "Big brother to switch off your fridge"

gritz wrote: One scenario I can see however is that all of our food packaging might become peppered in rfid tags. The excuse will be that our smart fridge will be able to inform us of purchases that are approaching their use-by date, but doubtless the data will be available to the highest bidder. h...

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