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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

Bush_rat

Re: Flash vs SD

As old fashioned as it is to swap cartridges like this I love it, but only for the Pi. I love being able to flash up 30+ SD cards for students with Minecraft, Scratch, you know, all the good stuff, and just give them to the students to use on the school Pis.

Some have partner-purchased some Pis through us (we deduct $10 off the price and absorb the cost of shipping) and they are welcome to take the SD card home with them to continue messing around. One student brought in their own SD card they'd made them self with Quake 3 and MAME on it. When he noticed me watching he got scared thinking he was going to be in trouble for using the school hardware to play games.

He got an A for that little programming unit after he showed me how he compiled MAME on his own...

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The change in connector doesn't

But the switch to a switching regulator does. On the website they mention that the new B+ can handle current a lot safer than it used to which was a common cause for SD card corruption, particularly with overclocking.

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ANU boffins demo 'tractor beam' in water

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Automation

Once they can get the theory and formulae down pat all they need to do is just add more compute power to allow for more complicated real-time calculations.

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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The Big Question

Was this a "tethered" hack or can it be done wirelessly? It if requires a physical connection then it's not particularly scary...

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Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

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Meh

It Happens to Everyone...

But if I'm paying a premium to actually go online at all you better make your paywall rock solid...

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Microsoft wants to lure biz users with fondleable Windows 8.1 'Apportals'

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Facepalm

Unified in every way

Except when it comes to naming things...

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YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

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Paris Hilton

Well...

Maybe Google should push an update to Android Wear to allow it access to the assets/ folder?

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Re: Quite an oversight...

I'm betting it was a cost cutting measure to only try free apps...

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Want a cheap iMac? TOO BAD. But you can have a slow one for $1,099

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You're right for the wrong reasons...

Are you seriously comparing an ARM dual core to an Intel Dual core? Even ignoring Hyper-threading, even ignoring the fact that this i5 boosts up to 2.7GHz, even ignoring that ARM is a RISC platform, even ignoring the fact that most Android phones sport that clock speed only when it's at room temp, once it heats up it starts under-clocking, the i5 would STILL run circles around that phone.

As for the GPU, the 5000 is plenty power for your bog-standard use, it even handles reasonable gaming well (see League of Legends and World of Warcraft, and the Crysis demo on 4600)

And I like that you left out that the S3 has an eighth of the RAM as this iMac...

Now don't get me wrong, this iMac is a weird product, it's not cheap enough to be a real option for the budget conscious but not powerful enough to really do well, but you clearly have no idea how much power you actually need to compute.

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How Bitcoin could become a super-sized Wayback Machine

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Well...

With 16Mbps down and 0.8Mbps up this is about as practical as transatlantic smoke signals.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Facepalm

Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

""...Re: Uh, who'es the idiot?

The one who cant spell "who's"?..."

...or "can't""

... or read "plain text only, no HTML"

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'Ring of fire' eclipse to burn Australia

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Holmes

Well...

I have to say this is my first time-traveling eclipse.

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We've done it - we've gone and made LONG-LIFE BEER

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Pint

Of COURSE it was a bunch if us ausies that did this!

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

Bush_rat

That title is VERY misleading...

It should say "Republic of Korea"

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iPhone too heavy? Volkswagen brings out motorised ride-on dock

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Facepalm

Re: In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in...

"In a nod to the iPhone’s color scheme, the new iBeetle can be ordered in “Candy White”, “Oryx White Mother of Pearl Effect”, “Black Monochrome”, “Deep Black Pearl Effect”, “Platinum Grey”, or “Reflex Silver”."

So yeah, black or white.

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Australia's coalition reveals bits of broadband plan

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Facepalm

You'll Regret It

On the one hand, spend $44B for Fiber to the home at a possible 100/40 Mb or spend $30B for 25/5(?) Mb for Fiber to the node. Lets do the math, 22.6M Australians at $44B over the next 8 years is $243 per person per year. Compared to $221 per person per year over 6 years.

So as this is tax payer funded and the difference is F*ck all money wise as far as we're concerned, I vote for the Labor option of getting something 4 times better for 50% more than the price of the shite alternative.

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Microsoft, Adobe, wilt during Australian price gouge grilling

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Re: Ditch Microsoft, use Open Source in the classroom

I completely agree with your statement, however, as the perpose of IT classess in primary school all the way through to mid high school is to teach the students how to use the computer they will likely use in work/home, and sadly at the moment that computer runs windows. Moving to open source software will help the schools, but the computer illiterate will be in absolute hell trying to learn 2 different OS's, and that's not including all the different mobile OS's.

People use Microsoft because everything they want (games, commercial software) is made for Microsoft and everything is made for Microsoft because everybody uses Microsoft.

The Windows Paradox

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Megaphone

Re: And for the Gamers out There:

No, I personally didn't pay $90 for that game, I found it funny because I have several friends who did, I've always maintained that Battlefield was a better series, especially considering its "only" $50 for BF3.

If the Call Of Duty series was priced fairly I'd happily by their games, they're fun, but at $90 it's ridiculous. It's like paying $25 for Infinity Blade on IOS, still a fun game, but not at that price.

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Megaphone

And for the Gamers out There:

Modern Warfare 2 is 365% more expensive in AUS compared to the US, $20 compared to $90. That's pretty bold for a game barely worth $20.

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HEAVILY ARMED SEX CRAZED DOLPHINS on RAMPAGE in Black Sea

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Mushroom

<- My Mind

Blown.

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MakerBot demos 3D object scanner that fits on your desk

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Mushroom

Re: Never Give Up...

Whoever wrote this script should die!

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Cheeky Boston fires up x86-to-ARM porting cloud for server apps

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Joke

Could you give me a hand porting this?

How bout a cluster of ARMs!

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Mark Shuttleworth: Canonical leads Ubuntu, not 'your whims'

Bush_rat

Gosh, I'm gonna have tip-toe with comment, ahh screw it, as much as community based amaze me with the abillity to truly craft your experience, I think Mark COULD be onto something. If he can wrangle the community into submission, I see a great OS.

Please don't hurt me! </cower>

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Reg readers brew up the ultimate cuppa

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Brilliant

Exhibits A through Z of why I love the Reg

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Sony lifts skirt on Firefox OS with developer ROM for Xperia E

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Thumb Down

Re: LOL

"b) you are stupid enough to believe that a phone that only supports HTML applets is going to somehow rock your world. (despite the fact it's trivial to make HTML5 apps already in iOS and Android by wrapping a webkit control in a app container)."

I dont know about Android, but iOS has 2 JS engines, one for Safari and apple apps, and another for HTML web apps and third party apps that runs at half the speed, and as you can't use another rendering engine this limits we apps to being just websites.

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Holmes

Re: Hmm

I could be mistaken, but there are only a handful of different cameras in the Xperia E series, where as there are many different carriers to sort out, wifi and bluetooth definitely should've been sorted out thou, but cellular networks are a whole different ball game.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu's rudimentary phone and tablet OS

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Re: High Hopes

I also hope, and believe, that mozilla's OS will go well. I know I mentioned C, but my mother tounge is HTML. And I would love to have an OS that is as tinker friendly as Mozilla is suggesting.

P.S Have an up vote for not being a dick and replying with a real argument, not the usual commentard crap.

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Linux

High Hopes

I have high hopes for this endeavour, I really do. This preview is most definitely nowhere near finished as a preview, let alone a phone! But if and when an Ubuntu phone/tablet makes its way to Oz, I'll happily buy it. Why? Because, as I'm sure many people have noticed, iOS adds about $5 to anything you could do for free on Linux, and I mean everything, for example there is no way to program in C locally on iOS, I know that very few people may ever want to do that, but its nice to be able to pick up any old device and just say "Gosh darned it, how do I use C#?" And get right into it.

Perhaps my hopes are misplaced and my dreams folly, but gosh darned if I'm going to let Apple makes it 30% on something that should be free.

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Samsung under fire over copy-paste bricking

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Facepalm

Re: Wow

@Obviously you either misread my post or are very technically narrow minded.

"Mines the one NOT made by Samsung"

You see, I believe you've mistaken "Samsung" for android. In fact, I believe you've mistaken Samsung for EVERY PHONE other than iOS. If I may point out to you, Samsung is but one of many android OEM's. Heck, we could sit here and spend quite some time rattling off a list of all the different manufacturers, but I can't be bothered. Suffice to say, you've made a massive assumption that I use an iPhone. And that's a bit silly.

I am in no way stating android is inferior to iOS (let's just not go there) or any other OS, I'm simply stating I'm not going to picking up the shit Samsung's flinging.

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Coat

Wow

That's a pretty big issue...

Mines the one NOT made by Samsung

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Boffins FREEZE PHONES to crack Android on-device crypto

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Trollface

Does it only work with ICE-cream sandwich?

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Kiwi Coroner says Coca-Cola helped kill woman

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Facepalm

9 Litres a Day?

"She was also a 30-a-day smoker."

For f*ck sake, did she want to die?

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Boffins find 17,425,170-digit prime number

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Meh

Re: Here's a fun question for you

@stranger I believe you'll find 2 is the only even prime, and its the second number in your equation there. So I'd say 3 is out.

I think I might be taking this a but too seriously... 3 posts already

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Holmes

Re: Here's a fun question for you

I'm not sure if you mean whole positive number or a negative number, if so, this debate could go on for quite a long time....

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Paris Hilton

Re: Here's a fun question for you

0, is my brain working? Please respond with the appropriate vote

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

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Re: But safe is not equal to not watching pr0n

Very well stated sir, censoring the problem is not the answer, all that does is leave them unprepared for that one time safesearch isn't on....

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Meh

Re: Parents are the problem

Agreed, if for the children, at least do it for the sake of your bandwidth.

Child + YouTube = no more bandwidth, just a black hole where your quota was...

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Australia puts digital frontier at heart of national security plan

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Re: What we need is a good old fashioned ...

YES! The movie could be called "The Hunt For The Red October Exploit"

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Facepalm

Re: Oh dear...

So I'm not the only one that cringes at the "cyber"... Thank god *wipes sweat off brow*

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Swartz prosecutor: We only pushed for 'six months' in the cooler

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It's hard to find words... R.I.P Arron

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

Bush_rat
Facepalm

Re: Matt Bryant

Wow, matt you've really outdone yourself. If it weren't bad enough that you are clearly a gun nut who's smeared this article with your insanities you also, coincidently or maybe your parents planned your childhood so you'd become a spree killer, share almost the exact same name as Martin Bryant, the sole reason Australia has gun control laws that stop wackos and nutters like you and Martin from destroying the hole bloody place. 35 people dead, 35! Children, mothers, fathers even the frickin elderly. Yeah I'm happy for Americans to have guns, just not Americans like you. Police officers, army troops, people who are not just properly trained, but also clearly identify themselves as people who carry guns.

It's truly amazing to even fathom that people like you still exist today, I'd hoped that evoluti- oh wait, why would I mention evolution to a gun toting American, sorry "god" would have gotten rid of the imperfections that turn what would be an amazing planet of people into a self murdering hole.

Really, just take your 2nd amendment and shove it up your 2nd ass of a mouth. Just be careful, I hope your expensive shinny rifle doesn't misfire and blow your brains out, oh how that would be a shame.

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Trollface

Re: From personal experience

Instead, surely we could just take the second amendment literally, "the right to bear arms". Ok here's a bear arm, hell you can have 2.

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Re: but the only place where regular mass shootings occur...

"When I've been in countries that have gun ownership (like the US, Canada, Switzerland) I always ask people why they have a gun. Normally the answer is because it's a legal requirement (Switzerland) or they use it for hunting or sometimes it's for protection.

But when I ask the same question to an American they nearly always go misty eyed and explain some scenario where they come across a shooting in progress (usually in a shopping mall or schoolyard) and they are able to save the day by whipping out their concealed weapon and gunning down the shooter.

I'm not really against gun ownership EXCEPT in the US."

From my experience with gun owners in oz, the only reasons I've ever heard for guns have been

A) I'm a farmer

Or

B) I'm a cop or similar public guard

Your statement is to true my friend, too true...

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Razzies set to torpedo pop minx Rihanna's Battleship

Bush_rat
Meh

Re: Battleship?

Game or film, there is only 1 correct answer.....

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Pint

Re: Battleship?

I could not agree with a post more. The seen towards the end when they fire up the battleship Missouri and the veterans help them..... god help us

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Mozilla claims 25 per cent JavaScript speed boost with Firefox 18

Bush_rat

I agree, but after upgrading I did notice a real speed boost of the last versions.

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Bringing Iron Man to life: Exoskeletons, armour and jet packs

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Unhappy

Re: Hawkeye

Agreed, it's rather depressing to think Aquaman is more memorable than Hawkeye...

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

Bush_rat

I'd hope such a device would have a 72 hour useable life, or at least a NFC based charger with a range of a meter or 2 (to put on the bed side table)

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Re: needs shake-up in own apps

Actually the camera works great in landscape, you can use one of the volume buttons as the take-photo-button (what is the technical term for that component?)

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Re: Intel chip?

For all of 3 minutes before the battery gave out.

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