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by rpiguy
Mon Jul 01, 2013 8:21 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: SQL query broken
Replies: 2
Views: 719

Re: SQL query broken

First of all, you might need a space between '\r\n' and IGNORE, but I'm not 100% sure this is required. But your SyntaxError is actually a problem with quoting in the string. If you have a string that contains single quotes, you can't enclose it with single quotes; and if you have a string with doub...
by rpiguy
Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:40 am
Forum: Raspbian
Topic: Debian key AED4B06F473041FA missing in official 2013-02-09?
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Debian key AED4B06F473041FA missing in official 2013-02-09?

I am in the process of setting up a new SD card. I downloaded the latest official image from raspberrypi.org, 2013-02-09-wheezy-raspbian.img I did sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade, it complained about NO_PUBKEY AED4B06F473041FA, and said that packages could not be verified. The probl...
by rpiguy
Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:53 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: simple adventure game.
Replies: 22
Views: 6521

Re: simple adventure game.

If you're interested in learning Python, a simple adventure game is a great project. If you're interested in writing a massive, complex adventure game, your best bet is to use a language specifically designed for that purpose, such as Inform 7 [1]. I've been meaning to learn Inform 7 one of these da...
by rpiguy
Sat May 26, 2012 4:18 am
Forum: Python
Topic: Should Python 3 be in the educational distro?
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

Re: Should Python 3 be in the educational distro?

Postscript to mods: I debated long and hard about (1) whether this thread belongs here, or a distro-specific forum; and (2) whether my post deserves its own thread, or belongs in the existing Python 3 / pygame thread. My conclusions were: (1) it belongs here since it's really a cross-distro issue re...
by rpiguy
Sat May 26, 2012 4:17 am
Forum: Python
Topic: Should Python 3 be in the educational distro?
Replies: 3
Views: 1535

Should Python 3 be in the educational distro?

I think that Python 3.x and a Pygame that works with it should be included in the educational release image, or at least in that image's default sources.list (or RPM equivalent if it's going to be an RPM-based distro). The reason: Good, free, online textbooks exist which use Python 3 for teaching pr...
by rpiguy
Fri May 18, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: pxeboot & cross-devel setup
Replies: 2
Views: 3005

Re: pxeboot & cross-devel setup

I was thinking of trying to create a thin-client Pi setup, when my Pi finally arrives in a month or so... AFAIK the Pi's built-in boot process can't execute user code from anywhere but the card. So what you'd have to do is arrange for the program it loads from the card, to load and run your kernel f...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Re: Centralized bug reporting?

I mean my comments about "RPi bug tracker" to apply to the One True Distribution that has been "blessed" by the RPi Foundation. That distro should have the One True Bug Department where users can report any sort of problem they have, and a Guru will see their complaint and Do Something about it. Tha...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 3:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Re: Centralized bug reporting?

Also, part of the reason our community seems so small, from the standpoint of bug reporting, is that very few of those who have ordered have gotten an RPi yet. It's very hard to report or fix bugs if you don't have access to the hardware. I have a feeling there's going to be a deluge of bug reports ...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Re: Centralized bug reporting?

shirro: Certainly many bugs will be duplicates of upstream ones. And there will probably be plenty of linking back-and-forth between our bug tracker and Debian's. But there are surely going to be plenty of issues that are Pi-specific. For two examples from the OP of thread [1]: (1) The underscan iss...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Re: Centralized bug reporting?

This thread was inspired by the following thread ("First impressions - Slow, Scary & unfriendly" by bamboozled in Absolute Beginner forum): http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5506 The above thread is a multi-page mess, which opens with a post detailing many different problems the ...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Re: Centralized bug reporting?

The most important things a bug report system has are: (1) Voting on bugs. Bugs that affect more people can be efficiently prioritized. (2) Shows the current status at the *top* of the page; up-to-date information in forum threads often requires reading the entire thread which may have many pages --...
by rpiguy
Wed May 16, 2012 1:44 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Centralized bug reporting?
Replies: 8
Views: 2888

Centralized bug reporting?

As a community, we should have a centralized place to report bugs. The forum isn't a great choice for this. I have no idea what software we should use. Trac and Redmine spring to mind, just because they're used by a lot of projects with self-hosted bug reporting. I also have no idea whether this sho...
by rpiguy
Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:53 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Really unethical
Replies: 29
Views: 5532

Re: Really unethical

<t>If someone is willing to pay $200 or whatever the current eBay closing price is, that means the Pi is more valuable to them than $200.<br/> <br/> And its value to the seller is less than $200.<br/> <br/> Both sides of the transaction benefit.  What's wrong with that?<br/> <br/> As for the "but it...
by rpiguy
Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: one for sale on Ebay this is wrong as the foundation is loosing out here.
Replies: 63
Views: 12608

Re: one for sale on Ebay this is wrong as the foundation is loosing out here.

<t>We should celebrate these auctions as a huge validation of the entire concept.<br/> <br/> People want this device.  They want it so bad that some of them are willing to pay several times the sticker price for it.<br/> <br/> How can this level of enthusiasm be a bad thing?<br/> <br/> Also, keep in...
by rpiguy
Sat Apr 14, 2012 10:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: one for sale on Ebay this is wrong as the foundation is loosing out here.
Replies: 63
Views: 12608

Re: one for sale on Ebay this is wrong as the foundation is loosing out here.

<t>People, you need to understand basic economics.<br/> <br/> Say ~200000 people are willing to buy a Pi for $35 + shipping.<br/> <br/> Say ~1000 people are willing to buy a Pi for $200 + shipping.<br/> <br/> Say there are 10,000 people with their hands on Pi's, and 10% of them (1000 people) are wil...
by rpiguy
Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:29 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rasberry Pi + Java
Replies: 32
Views: 11238

Re: Rasberry Pi + Java

<t>> I've always had an aversion to languages that can't be compiled down to native machine code. Which is why I find EVEN VB5 and VB6 preferable to Java (and its copycat C# twin)<br/> <br/> Java has a JIT (just-in-time) compiler which *does* compile the most intensely used sections of code down to ...
by rpiguy
Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Tax consequences of donations
Replies: 2
Views: 1121

Re: Tax consequences of donations

<t>Background:  If you're a taxpayer in the USA, I believe you can deduct money you donate to charity from your income for tax purposes.  (DISCLAIMER:  I'm not an accountant.  If you have doubts about your own tax situation you should definitely ask for advice from a qualified professional about you...
by rpiguy
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Linux kernel in RAM?
Replies: 11
Views: 3013

Re: Linux kernel in RAM?

<t>The thread title is "Linux kernel in RAM?"  So to answer that question:<br/> <br/> AFAIK the SD card isn't directly addressable by the ARM, so the kernel has to be loaded into memory.<br/> <br/> Having the *kernel* in memory is completely different from having an entire *OS distribution filesyste...
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues
Replies: 29
Views: 6237

Re: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues

<t>Actually I take back what I said about being clueless w.r.t. EMI...thinking back to the Faraday cage concept in physics class, I would deal with EMI issues by putting the device in some sort of metal box <br/> <br/> But I probably wouldn't even think to test a new device I just got delivered for ...
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 10:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues
Replies: 29
Views: 6237

Re: Pete Lomas's take on the compliance issues

<t>I have a ton of experience with software, I've designed lots of custom algorithms and data structures, I know quite a few programming languages, I've written nontrivial assembly language programs, and even though I've never done kernel hacking I could probably write a device driver if I had clear...
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:38 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Speculations about the new forum software...
Replies: 9
Views: 1679

Re: Speculations about the new forum software...

On second thought, the Foundation should forget about distractions like the forum software until all the production hiccups get ironed out and everyone who wants a Pi can get one.
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:32 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Speculations about the new forum software...
Replies: 9
Views: 1679

Re: Speculations about the new forum software...

<t>Starting this in Off Topic because it's probably been discussed to death already elsewhere, but, from where I sit, the fabled new forum software can't arrive soon enough.<br/> <br/> First of all it would be nice to be able to upload an avatar.<br/> <br/> Next problem:  My first post got eaten by ...
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:12 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Best web hosting?
Replies: 12
Views: 2748

Re: Best web hosting?

<r>GoDaddy hosting is awful.  I've never used them personally except for DNS registration, but in the last few months I've had work experiences which showed me beyond a shadow of a doubt just how awful their hosting is.  (And my complaints have nothing to do with their political stance on SOPA and P...
by rpiguy
Thu Mar 29, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Is Newark reputable?
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

Re: Is Newark reputable?

<t>Somewhere there's a post (forget who exactly posted, probably Liz or Eben) confirming that Newark is the official US supplier of Pi's.  I forget if it's a tweet or a forum post or where exactly it is.<br/> <br/> It took me a while to order mine, and I may have missed out on the first batch becaus...
by rpiguy
Mon Mar 26, 2012 11:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Does the Pi's power port support the USB BC spec?
Replies: 5
Views: 2091

Re: Does the Pi's power port support the USB BC spec?

<r>Edit by abishur: fixed weird format issue you had with your post that displayed everything as a series of boxes with scroll bars<br/> <br/> Longtime lurker, first-time poster. Simple question for the hardware guys. (Simple if you know the answer, that is, which may only be the case for someone wi...

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