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by scidata
Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Buy one Give one
Replies: 7
Views: 1150

Re: Buy one Give one

I've seen this in other organizations, but honestly, the RPF is the best model I've yet seen. Open, cheap, and most of all, a vast and generous community of users and forum posters. We don't need to focus so much on the actual platform (let the RPF and big players like Google and Microsoft worry abo...
by scidata
Sun Feb 08, 2015 4:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Raspberry Pi 2 Q&A thread
Replies: 442
Views: 121690

Re: The Raspberry Pi 2 Q&A thread

I was thinking about the MAC address. However, all the pi's I have are remarkably similar in MAC and I don't yet have a Pi2.
by scidata
Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: artificial intelligence
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

Re: artificial intelligence

Years ago I did some very basic course work on fuzzy logic, and on neural networks. (All paper based so sorry, no references. It was all basic college level maths though.) Interesting stuff, though at the basic level we did they were just pattern recognition systems really. I'm a bit afraid that pe...
by scidata
Thu Feb 05, 2015 5:00 pm
Forum: Other programming languages
Topic: artificial intelligence
Replies: 4
Views: 1906

Re: artificial intelligence

I would second the Prolog suggestion. Just reading about the history of symbolic AI is a great starting point. The modern world of emergence and neurology can be a frantic and overwhelming chaos that's hard to get a foothold in.
http://www.scidata.ca/?page_id=868
by scidata
Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Python
Topic: Just started programming....
Replies: 15
Views: 2055

Re: Just started programming....

This is a strange thing for a Haskell nut like me to say, but newLisp looks pretty cool for this kind of thing. this snippet finds the sum of all primes below 2 million: (println (apply + (filter (fn (n) (= 1 (length (factor n)))) (sequence 2 2000000)))) I've seen a pi GPIO library for newLisp on gi...
by scidata
Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:35 pm
Forum: Advanced users
Topic: wirelessly networked raspberry pi cluster
Replies: 5
Views: 1867

Re: wirelessly networked raspberry pi cluster

"without a hub or router"
Wireless routers are cheap and available, and they can provide security, better coverage, DHCP, etc. An ad hoc network may not be worth the trouble.
by scidata
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:57 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: pi driving public display?
Replies: 8
Views: 1257

Re: pi driving public display?

Even if I'm careful to not distribute anything? IE the only thing I'm charging for is my time and expertise, no hardware/software will be provided (or modified).
by scidata
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: pi driving public display?
Replies: 8
Views: 1257

Re: pi driving public display?

"Make sure that you don't start selling or renting such
setups ... GPL compliance becomes a can of worms when
money is involved"

Right. I would be charging a consulting fee, but the coffee shop owner would buy and maintain the system - I'm not selling or renting the system (nor are they).
by scidata
Tue Jan 27, 2015 6:58 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: pi driving public display?
Replies: 8
Views: 1257

Re: pi driving public display?

"You're more likely to get copyright worries on the content you're displaying"

That's what I'm thinking. Probably screensavers of BOINC projects and mathematical models being dynamically generated, that kind of thing.
by scidata
Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Other projects
Topic: pi driving public display?
Replies: 8
Views: 1257

pi driving public display?

What would be the legal/licensing considerations, if any, of using a pi to drive a public display (eg storefront or inside a coffee shop)? The display would likely be a large HDMI screen, with content generated with public domain apps (eg GPL).
by scidata
Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Windows 10
Replies: 51
Views: 7158

Re: Windows 10

A long time ago, I attended a seminar where the lead speaker said, "When I loaded Windows XP onto my laptop, it got noticeably heavier". However, the HoloLens looks like the real deal. Also, I notice that 3D Minecraft figures prominently in the promo video. Microsoft is getting cool. DOS seems like ...
by scidata
Thu Jan 22, 2015 7:34 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Building a protable pi
Replies: 11
Views: 1743

Re: Building a protable pi

Of course, if you have a notebook PC, the easiest way to make a portable pi is to just connect the two via ethernet cable. The notebook can then be the KVM for the pi (as well as the power source maybe). That's about as clean and portable as it gets.
by scidata
Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: There is now a level 0...
Replies: 7
Views: 1618

Re: There is now a level 0...

The Tandy 100 was the last machine that was personally programmed by Bill Gates. It had a lot in common philosophically with the Raspberry Pi. Computation for the masses is an ancient and noble quest that goes back to the abacus (and stacks of pebbles before that). Many years ago, a kid in my grade ...
by scidata
Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:42 pm
Forum: Français
Topic: Connexion écran "tft 320 qvt" sur RPI B+
Replies: 9
Views: 1857

Re: Connexion écran "tft 320 qvt" sur RPI B+

16-bit est possible si vous êtes bon avec hardware
http://arduino.cc/en/tutorial/ShiftOut
by scidata
Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: The Pi as a development platform
Replies: 79
Views: 11913

Re: The Pi as a development platform

Frameworks can be like poison cupcakes to the uninitiated. They are so loaded with jargon, dogma, and doctrine that very little is learned by using them. At best, they are a shortcut to an app (usually web) that is basically a clone of the base paradigm. I really like the original goal of the pi fou...
by scidata
Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:12 pm
Forum: Bare metal, Assembly language
Topic: Baremetal Forth?
Replies: 14
Views: 5919

Re: Baremetal Forth?

Bare metal Forth would be even more educational than Python-on-Linux. I've listed a few of the reasons for using Forth as an educational language here: http://www.scidata.ca/?p=264 Also, early (bare metal) Forths used a simple block-based 'O/S' known as 'screens' that eliminated the need for all tha...
by scidata
Tue Jan 06, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: STICKY: Introduce yourself!
Replies: 3624
Views: 173953

Re: Introduce yourself!

Greetings. My name is Mike Will and I am the founder of Geopense (www.geopense.net). My personal blog is scidata.ca Pervasive basic understanding of programming would lead to a better world, an opinion that the Raspberry Pi Foundation obviously shares. I personally own several Pi s, which I program ...

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