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by gritz
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Minimizing The Pi
Replies: 20
Views: 3695

Re: Minimizing The Pi

Learn to read what I wrote, not what you thought I write ! Pfft. Everything you wrote, and write, seemed thoroughly unpleasant to me, so I wholeheartedly agreed with OP. Your posts are definitely a reason for me, and others apparently, to spend less time here. +1. Overly zealous fanboys are the wor...
by gritz
Mon Sep 30, 2013 1:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Keeping your Pi in the fridge.
Replies: 23
Views: 5410

Re: Keeping your Pi in the fridge.

... Well, whatever the environment temperature/humidity, it sure doesn't work in pitch dark. Confuse your family / flatmates (not to mention your condiments) with a camera flash going off in the deep recesses of the vegetable crisper... ... **SPOILER ALERT** When you close the door, the light does ...
by gritz
Mon Sep 02, 2013 12:20 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Disappointed with RPi 2B - ideas for new version?
Replies: 28
Views: 6365

Re: Disappointed with RPi 2B - ideas for new version?

Everything you mooted has been flogged to death, deader than a dead horse NOT AGAIN. If you do not like the Pi there are plenty of alternatives, maybe design and manufacture your own if you have a few £££££££'s laying around, have you seen this thread ? http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.p...
by gritz
Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:54 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: STEM: An inconvenient truth
Replies: 5
Views: 2019

Re: STEM: An inconvenient truth

Anytime a business organization says "there is a shortage of skilled xyz workers in the market..." You should automatically append "...willing to work for peanuts" in your head." Very well put. Cheers Yeah, this. Companies that habitually moan about a perceived lack of skills in school-leavers are ...
by gritz
Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Suggestions for version 3
Replies: 195
Views: 34596

Re: Suggestions for version 3

Yep, turns out there are Pi competitors. Better features, similar price. If you can get them in your hand at that price. So whats the problem? Want a Pi get a Pi. Want something else, get something else? Easy. Welcome to humanity and humans that value prestige, branding and whatnot. Many of the fol...
by gritz
Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Suggestions for version 3
Replies: 195
Views: 34596

Re: Suggestions for version 3

There is no absolute reason the Foundation has to limit itself to purely educational use and anything targeted at another sector can still support educational goals. Actually, yes it does have to limit itself to purely educational use - it's sorta like pregnancy, either it is or it ain't . If a fea...
by gritz
Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Suggestions for version 3
Replies: 195
Views: 34596

Re: Suggestions for version 3

At the end of the day to create a better Pi, the Broadcom SoC would have to go, therefore everything would need re-compiling for ARMv7. Goodbye a whole community of early adoptors to feed some loonies who have no understanding of computers...... :twisted: IMO ALL POSTS STATING I WANT A BETTER PI SH...
by gritz
Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:56 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Could this be related to the Pi's USB issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 1583

Re: Could this be related to the Pi's USB issues?

And with USB there will always be issues with some devices, as many USB devices tend to deviate from the rules, and therefore need tweaks. Best "tweaks" would be (in order) returning the device to the vendor as "unsuitable for intended purpose (does not work correctly)" or taking it to your local e...
by gritz
Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Could this be related to the Pi's USB issues?
Replies: 7
Views: 1583

Re: Could this be related to the Pi's USB issues?

it might be one issue, I doubt it will be the end of all Raspberry PI USB issues. It does make mincemeat of the idea that USB is a system that should work perfectly on all systems with all devices, under all circumstances. Its USB not a miracle. Its more a miracle that it works as well is it often ...
by gritz
Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:48 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...
Replies: 28
Views: 23754

Re: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...

gritz you appear to have missed my points and inserted your assumptions.............. Sorry Oakham, but which points? That "rants" (which whilst sometimes tiresome are usually just streams of conciousness made in the heat of the moment and may occasionally be valuable) should be routinely airbrushe...
by gritz
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...
Replies: 28
Views: 23754

Re: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...

I suggested Raspbian and fix gphoto2, no response (in other thread) :roll: I do agree that Fedora has never been usable for a newbie :cry: I suggested Arch, but it is no go as it does not come with a DE, though gphoto and vlc are both in the repositories. :o The bottom line is whatever monetary bac...
by gritz
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...
Replies: 28
Views: 23754

Re: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...

Some more recent OSTEP meeting minutes: http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/OSTEP_Meeting_2013-07-17 Pidora ToDo SOPs Ansible SOP (oatley) (done) Pidora sign mash rsync SOP (oatley) (done) Sigul SOP (oatley) Koji-follow SOP (fossjon) (done?) Document chroot process SOP (v6 specific package cha...
by gritz
Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:37 am
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...
Replies: 28
Views: 23754

Re: Pidora is DEAD.... please read...

It's not just outdated... it was never finished... and never will be... and will no longer have any support from the developers... why keep it posted here as a viable OS when it's not? It's full of bugs, even it's first-boot configuration app doesn't work properly... and it doesn't have many softwa...
by gritz
Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:51 am
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: How do I update Pi firmware in Pidora?
Replies: 20
Views: 10772

Re: How do I update Pi firmware in Pidora?

I will take issue with you lambasting the developers, none of them are paid to undertake the work and expecting a time-line is quite frankly absurd :shock: I think it's worth mentioning that whilst most open source developers put their work out there for free and in what little spare time they have...
by gritz
Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: The smart super spy in your pocket
Replies: 2
Views: 1674

Re: The smart super spy in your pocket

I'm with you 100% zog - but I fear that you may be playing to a tough crowd! Geeks tend to love the oncept of "connecting everything to everything else", but many seem woefully naive about possible consequences. Then there's the "innocent have nothing to fear" crowd... As for cloud computing - compu...
by gritz
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:05 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Why so primitive?
Replies: 113
Views: 17255

Re: Why so primitive?

Heh heh - maybe British fathers (and men of that age in general) are smarter than American ones. I can tell you that the chances of any of my neighbors (people probably in the same age range as your father) being able to use Linux is as close to zero as one could imagine. Actually I find the comple...
by gritz
Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:46 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Maker Fairey Tales - NOOBS and Pidora and Wayland, Oh My!
Replies: 53
Views: 16502

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

As someone who always finds himself fighting the corner for non-geeks I have to say that acronyms are the work of Satan - and Satan appears to be sporting a corduroy jacket with leather patches on the elbows and a row of pens in the breast pocket. "NOOBS" - ugh! I suppose it gets the job done, but i...
by gritz
Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:57 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: resources significant for uks 'economic well-being'
Replies: 7
Views: 2317

Re: resources significant for uks 'economic well-being'

TideMan wrote:Military/Government Intelligence - is there a better definition of an oxymoron?
:D Maybe all the failed government I.T, projects are just a cover.

Or maybe not.
by gritz
Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:24 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: Pidora?? Don't think so. SOLVED
Replies: 8
Views: 1641

Re: Pidora?? Don't think so.

Yeah, the answers are out there - but not generally from Seneca. I can't help wondering if the Open Source Technology For Emerging Platforms money would be better spent on proper engineers and technicians, rather than chin-stroking slackers who do nothing but have meetings about meetings and upload ...
by gritz
Sat Jun 22, 2013 4:23 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: resources significant for uks 'economic well-being'
Replies: 7
Views: 2317

Re: resources significant for uks 'economic well-being'

Indeed. I'm minded of another story that won't go away - the curiously "accidental" hacking of wifi by Google streetview cars - vehicles that were designed exliicitly to take pictures - not to snoop on people's home computers. Google pays for the internet, so letting them do whatever they like is ap...
by gritz
Wed Jun 19, 2013 12:56 am
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: Sensors for human detection
Replies: 7
Views: 4215

Re: Sensors for human detection

It's an interesting problem (and one that I have absolutely no expertise in, so apologies in advance for my speculative approach) Pattern recognition in any form obviously relies on the target vaguely resembling something recognisable. A potential target (detected by infra-red, or movement, etc.) co...
by gritz
Mon Jun 17, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: Graphics, sound and multimedia
Topic: PasPi as a hardware VST host?
Replies: 21
Views: 35310

Re: PasPi as a hardware VST host?

Unless or until Steinberg decide to port VST to ARM it's all a bit moot, which is a pity as there are a bucketload of excellent free (as in beer) VST's out there and building a compact standalone hardware host is an attractive proposition. Perhaps if ARM ever makes serious inroads into the desktop r...
by gritz
Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:29 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Software Market- Paying peanuts for programs
Replies: 11
Views: 2368

Re: Software Market- Paying peanuts for programs

Maybe one of the reasons why kids like me do not get into coding is that there does not seem to be any attractive profits involved. IMO if you want to make lots of money, I suggest going into something financial. The best programmers do it because the love the challenge and the thrill of seeing som...
by gritz
Thu May 30, 2013 7:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Raspberry Pi vs. Beagle Bone Black
Replies: 177
Views: 73788

Re: Raspberry Pi vs. Beagle Bone Black

Speaking of education... Lets's go back to a dark and desperate time long ago when most software available to most people was closed source and a huge empire ruled with an iron grip all the PC's of the world. A young university student had the crazy idea that he was going to learn all about the com...
by gritz
Thu May 30, 2013 6:31 am
Forum: Pidora / Fedora
Topic: Pidora is now on the official download page
Replies: 5
Views: 2625

Re: Pidora is now on the official download page

A few Pidora-specific tidbits here: http://techcrunch.com/2013/05/23/fedora-project-announces-pidora-remix-for-raspberry-pi/ Pidora contains a number of Raspberry Pi-specific Python modules and native libraries, such as WiringPi, bcm2835, and python-rpi.gpio. The kernel is also compiled to expose th...

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