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by Alchemy
Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Jim JKla said: <br/> <br/> <br/> “I remember my granddad showed me how he wrote this program from an old magazine, and that had a frog crossing a busy road and he handed me the listing, and that inspired me to go on and write the self aware program for the Titan lander that ran on its embedded Ra...
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 9:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: CPU 20% slower than BeagleBoard?
Replies: 21
Views: 9255

Re: CPU 20% slower than BeagleBoard?

Given the huge price difference maybe its fairer to benchmark VS bramble clusters.

Also. I really want to know bramble cluster benchmarks?
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Pirx Danford said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It was about getting things done for other reasons than earing money.<br/> <br/> <br/> I see this very differently money is an issue here. Firstly RasPi is a cheap "talent checker" like the Recorder is in music. Secondly If programmers and other nerd jobs made...
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>ArborealSeer said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I've never seen it stated that RPi's goal is to promote linux by stealth.<br/> <br/> <br/> Apparently a cheap TV device to code Python was the intention. The Pi in the name is short for Python.<br/> <br/> I think simple text Python programs won't capture the i...
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>Loving the platform wars stuff. Long may people care about stuff.<br/> <br/> I agree the issue is what else could kids be doing. In the 80's it was pretty boring as a kid. Flashing colours on a TV screen were actually impressive better than Dukes of Hazard. I doubt programming will ever be cool. ...
by Alchemy
Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:27 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<t>fos said: <br/> <br/> <br/> PS. Do any of you remember how heavy and robust the early IBM PCs were. They were built like tanks!<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> They were built like tanks. I remember going for a job interview as a student late 80's at IBM Hursley park. They had 50m domes in which a poor co...
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

<r>JamieR said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I'd love to learn programmeing but it's not easy to get into. I have no idea where to start. I love to make a super simple RPG game thats my future goal but where do you start.<br/> <br/> <br/> There are a number of resources here and the Python programming language...
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Isn't this all too complicated?
Replies: 230
Views: 42294

Re: Isn't this all too complicated?

Linux with a fixed hardware setup and SD-card images isn't scary.

And Python I'm sure will be on all these images. I only use Python within Blender - maybe slightly odd experience. But its easier than those early BASIC's.
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 09, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Viruses on the RasPi
Replies: 46
Views: 16947

Re: Viruses on the RasPi

<t>In terms of virus control RasPi is excellent. The students can't damage the x86 machines with the ARM implementations they are producing. And the x86 machines won't infect the RasPi.<br/> <br/> Its a lot safer than teaching them programming on machines that later in the day are needed for word pr...
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 09, 2012 11:08 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools
Replies: 17
Views: 4122

Re: "Clive", Gove, teaching and "ICT" in UK Schools

<t>Once upon a time a minster was working within an institution of government. You could argue not to make personal comments as they represented a larger entity than themselves. That changed.<br/> <br/> Unfortunately things got more personal. Ministers were expected to resign for the departments mis...
by Alchemy
Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix
Replies: 16
Views: 4153

Re: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix

<t>adlambert said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I own both types of device, why not? They get used for what they are good at.<br/> <br/> <br/> You don't own a closed platform. The device does what it wants to you. Its impossible for you to know what its doing. You may use it within the TOS which will allow the...
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 05, 2012 11:31 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix
Replies: 16
Views: 4153

Re: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix

<t>jojopi said: <br/> <br/> <br/> But taking an ethical position around here is not advised.<br/> <br/> <br/> <br/> I assume early adopter mindset will get replaced by nerd mindset eventually. They are very different. Once it becomes about doing things with RasPi and there is no cachet in simply hav...
by Alchemy
Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix
Replies: 16
Views: 4153

Re: the trend R-Pi is hoping to fix

<t>Sorry for the big statement. But I really don't like the way the world is going here.<br/> <br/> Something seems very wrong if we are still using mega publishing corporations. The technology exists to avoid publishers like Sony and Apple. And the most effective system in music, film and software ...
by Alchemy
Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Moderated blog comments: your input wanted!
Replies: 57
Views: 9441

Re: Moderated blog comments: your input wanted!

Depends on the blog post. Some information is just facts you can't add more. So disable posts on it.

Some information is about delays. Technically you have nothing to add but allowing posts takes the lid of the pot before it explodes.
by Alchemy
Wed Feb 01, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Where are you going to put your Raspberry Pi?
Replies: 41
Views: 11162

Re: Where are you going to put your Raspberry Pi?

Location : RasPi Board on desk near monitor.

Case: My plan and don't think I'll get around to it first week. Fold A4 paper unfold leave "roof" above board.

Use. Hopefully it'll run this 3D Bio-Morph thing I'm doing. I have no idea which makes it fun.
by Alchemy
Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:32 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: give top contributers heads up on sales date
Replies: 8
Views: 1627

Re: give top contributers heads up on sales date

The first 10,000 should be buy 1 donate 1.
by Alchemy
Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:17 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: If you could order now..
Replies: 151
Views: 28576

Re: If you could order now..

<t>At first I just need one Model B. First 10,000 batch will go quickly.<br/> <br/> Later on about 20 more for a Bramble Cluster(using the cool name even if the config is not technically a cluster). Bramble Clusters should be very quiet. I have a project requiring lots of CPU and have to work in the...

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