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by Scribe
Fri Dec 23, 2011 1:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31511

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>What's so odd about C++ terminology? I can't say I've ever felt misled by it. I admit the language trades off freedom of OO usage with performance - objective-C for example allows runtime messaging of objects and they either will or wont understand the message, loose typing etc but then it can be...
by Scribe
Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:28 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143173

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Quote from hippy on December 12, 2011, 14:08<br/> The underlying problem with any discussion of 'Basic' is that we have no common agreement on what that a particular 'Basic' is or offers and there are many variants. Only when we know which implementation is being considered can we say if it is in...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:34 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: BASIC - more harmful than useful?
Replies: 899
Views: 143173

Re: BASIC - more harmful than useful?

<t>Can't say I'm a big fan of BASIC, I learned C/C++ directly as my first high-level language, I found it easier than picking up BASIC, I think it depends on personal preference and how your brain likes to work but for me BASIC is more difficult to use than C++.<br/> <br/> I prefer to teach C++ or s...
by Scribe
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from mikeh on December 5, 2011, 22:52<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> HI,<br/> <br/> I think the Pi is a great opportunity for developers, however there are applications that do not require any graphics but could benefit from using features of the GPU. Does anyone have any idea if t...
by Scribe
Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from bradburts on December 5, 2011, 15:30<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [quote]<br/> #1 Ask for it<br/> [/quote]<br/> We did. As I understand it the standard stuff is documented in its drivers.<br/> No-one can document the bugs, so driver source is fine.<br/> GPU no dice, but then...
by Scribe
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from bradburts on December 5, 2011, 12:49<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [quote]But not Windows.[/quote]<br/> I know that feeling <E>;)</E><br/> <br/> What do you do with LambdaPi, whats it best at?<br/> <br/> The TI processor looked interesting, got beat to the post on comparison ...
by Scribe
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 5, 2011, 12:40<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Looks pretty good. Although that $5 price is for the low end device in volume, the GPU acceleration is an optional extra, and it only does 720p. The SGX530 core used is pretty slow, I think about half the 3D perf...
by Scribe
Mon Dec 05, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from ozone on December 5, 2011, 11:58<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> What about TI A8 AM335x ? launched at 5$ with all ti ecosystem...<br/> <URL url="http://focus.ti.com/docs/training/catalog/events/event.jhtml?sku=OLT111048"><LINK_TEXT text="http://focus.ti.com/docs/training/catal...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<t>@liz<br/> <br/> On the contrary, aside from the opening title being pretty provocative, reading this and other threads, people have simply raised their concerns and worries, frustrated that there are ways the RaspberryPi could be used but currently can not. They all think it\'s a great product an...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<t>@abishur<br/> Likewise, however, it\'s equally offensive to suggest members of the community supporting the promotion of the RapberryPi, some of which will no doubt will also contribute when their time comes, don\'t understand or know anything about business or to presume their background or know...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from abishur on December 4, 2011, 20:10<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> And again, clearly broadcom hasn\'t considered these options or else they\'d be using them.[/quote]<br/> <br/> And again, how is your constant fobbing off of what is simply fellow users having a discussion helpf...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 4:10 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from obarthelemy on December 4, 2011, 15:54<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> @scribe: I think you\'re overlooking the fact the Broadcom think their architecture, both hardware and software (the 2 can\'t really be split apart at that low a level) gives them a competitive advantage. Th...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from abishur on December 4, 2011, 14:20<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> And since Scribe is surely speaking as the head as a multi-national corporation, and clearly broadcom has their head up their bum for *never* have done a cost analysis of this issue (or else they *obviously* wou...
by Scribe
Sun Dec 04, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 4, 2011, 08:56<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> The point is that if you distribute chips, you have to support them. Who has all those engineers with all the required skills? If the distributor is untrained, that just leaves Broadcom, so Broadcom would need to...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 4:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 3, 2011, 16:10<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Sounds like you lot should be working for Broadcom if you find it all so easy. Send in your CV\'s - we are always on the lookout for good people. Prepare yourself for the 5 hour interview (which I will be in on i...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:37 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from bradburts on December 3, 2011, 14:22<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 3, 2011, 13:52<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [Please take my figures above (£5k/wk) as probably grossly inaccurate. I don\'t do that stuff. Just remembered we have contr...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 3, 2011, 14:08<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> [quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from Scribe on December 3, 2011, 11:49<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> .. it\'s rare to need direct support if you have a full programming guide available to you<br/> [/quote]<br/> <br/> Sorry, just...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:12 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from jamesh on December 3, 2011, 13:52<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> TI have always used distributors. Broadcom have never used distributors. Putting in a distributor network would not be cost effective - would you spend $10M setting up a distie network to sell chips in quantities...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:49 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from asb on December 3, 2011, 09:55<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Scribe: based on your requirements, it seems like TI\'s BeagleBoard/BeagleBone would be more appropriate. TI commit to parts availability (apparently the BeagleBoard key components will be available for 10 years) an...
by Scribe
Sat Dec 03, 2011 2:54 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<r>[quote]<B><s>[b]</s>Quote from abishur on December 2, 2011, 22:36<e>[/b]</e></B><br/> Wait, why can\'t the r-pi be \"touched commercially\"? The r-pi team has repeatedly said you can re-use the r-pi in a commercial project. The literal only thing we can\'t touch amounts to a piece of firmware. Wh...
by Scribe
Fri Dec 02, 2011 10:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship
Replies: 119
Views: 11460

Re: Broadcom reaction to distructive entrepreneurship

<t>The only reason I can see to hold back access to datasheets is to help protect chip security and thus the security of customers using the chip in their devices. Beyond this there\'s no logical reason, datasheets are not giving away core design details, there\'s no risk. As to whether security is ...
by Scribe
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:53 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31511

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from kaplan on November 20, 2011, 14:45<br/> Individually, a separate editor, compiler, debugger etc may well be the best for an experienced developer. But for novices, which the Raspberry Pi is aimed at (happy to be corrected on this one) surely a single simple dev environment is better? O...
by Scribe
Sun Nov 20, 2011 1:56 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Teaching Youngsters Programming
Replies: 131
Views: 31511

Re: Teaching Youngsters Programming

<t>Quote from kaplan on November 20, 2011, 13:40<br/> Are there any lightweight and simple IDE / compilers out there for Linux or even RisOS? Borland turbo pascal and QuickC sort of thing.<br/> <br/> CodeBlocks or Notepad++ to a lesser extent (for the roll of IDE at least).<br/> <br/> Interestingly ...
by Scribe
Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: BeagleBone: US$89 hardware hacker dev board
Replies: 11
Views: 2220

Re: BeagleBone: US$89 hardware hacker dev board

<t>Quote from bnolsen on October 31, 2011, 22:38<br/> Also note that $89 doesn't include any video output whatsoever. You have to purchase a separate expansion board to provide any video out.<br/> <br/> RAM seems to be 256MB, same as model B.<br/> <br/> Indeed but the support for the raw output is t...
by Scribe
Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:56 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: BeagleBone: US$89 hardware hacker dev board
Replies: 11
Views: 2220

Re: BeagleBone: US$89 hardware hacker dev board

<t>How much are you guys paying for the Broadcom CPU? This chap is $5!<br/> <br/> It's an awesome kit. Great for me as I won't have to spend time/money on a 3.3v exp header and secondary Atmel chips and can place the design into custom projects (all things that are ideal for me). Most importantly I ...

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