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  1. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    Heater brings up a set of valid points not easy to dismiss.

    As for the U.S.it to the U.S. would mean a massive downsizing of the middle and upper middle-classes. Also gutting of heavy industry and...
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    Re: Arduino Tre Price

    There is a place for Chip's smart analog/counter based I/O pins. Hobbyists don't really need them but industry does.

    Take a look at the offerings from Freescale especially the chips that have the...
  3. Re: Case Studies, White Papers, Application Notes and the marketing of the P16X32

    I'd also promote the "smart pins" of the P1+, these remind of eTPU's found in Freescale's MC68332 and MPC500 that are used a lot in automotive apps. They are very cool and unique.

    What makes the...
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    Re: Arduino Tre Price

    Arduino is going to be around for a long time since it's not bound to single processor or vendor, plus being open source. You can find variations of Arduino running on 8 bit PIC's, AVR's, ARM's and...
  5. Thread: Global Warming

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    Re: Global Warming

    I lived through the dolts and assorted over educated intelligensia who thought the U.S. and Soviets would have a nuclear war.

    Before that there was worry of a ice age.

    And before that Erlich's...
  6. Re: Intel's take on the cheap SBC, the Minnowboard.Max

    Well if the Minnow is like the other recent x86 SBC they released the I/O throughput will be a joke and if you want to use it for embedded apps as opposed to just toying, you better bolt on a Prop...
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    Re: We're looking at 5 Watts in a BGA!

    Potatohead

    You're getting ahead of yourself.

    There is no P2 no P1B. Just speculation on a processor that has no major design wins and a couple warts that can be show stoppers in terms of...
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    Re: We're looking at 5 Watts in a BGA!

    I'll take the P2 as it is. BUT I'm a hobbyist and not the market the P2 needs to be successful for Parallax. The $64000 question is how do you market a hot potato of a chip like the P2 in a field...
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    Re: We're looking at 5 Watts in a BGA!

    The P2 with a heatsink isn't a marketable item it's the equivalent of Mr. Creosote in a restaurant - it would be the butt of jokes. Yeah I can just imagine some Prop guru doing a sales pitch where...
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    Re: We're looking at 5 Watts in a BGA!

    Bob

    They also needed a cash infusion($3.6 million) from Ericcson and a Israeli VC firm to fund their project as the costs skyrocketed beyond their wildest projections.

    Makes me wonder if...
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    Re: We're looking at 5 Watts in a BGA!

    And here I was expecting working silicon this year.

    At first I thought this was joke by Chip, I mean 5 watts sounded so absurd, it was like a throwback to ECL and Intel egg cooking processors. At...
  12. Re: Running P2 tools on the P2 - Project Oberon ?

    Yep Oberon is still around and being used. I use a embedded variant(Astrobe)on some small ARM boards, I much prefer it over C and Spin for it's clarity and ease of use.

    I do not think such a port...
  13. Re: Good quality gen purpose multimeters - How much does a hobbyist need to spend?

    Professionally(working on PC's, flight test instrumentation, etc) I've used nothing but Flukes, did I use all their features? No. It was almost all basic measurements. If I needed to go further out...
  14. Re: Has the world gone mad? Part....I don't know I've lost count

    What Fluke did was dishonest and the act of a bully.

    Sparkfun deals primarily with lots of low end hobbyists who can't afford the overpriced Chinese made stuff that Fluke turns out period. In...
  15. Re: Is a gadget mentality counter-productive to true ergonomic innovation?

    GPS, don't need it, I can read a map nor do I carry a cell phone(trac pay as you go) except when traveling otherwise it stays in the desk. If I have something to say I'll use my land line phone. Nor...
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    Re: Why Johnny Can't Breadboard

    TV and the Internet are the primary culprits, both are colossal time wasters/distractors for kids today. They take time away from the things boys used to do traditionally like build models, wood,...
  17. [chatter] Re: Hobby electronics, where do you think it is going?

    Short term I see the Arduino(and it's variations) being the defacto standard for hobbyists as it covers a wide variety of microprocessors from 8 to 32 bit. Easy to build and program and accessible to...
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    Re: KS: BS2 not big enough?

    I think the kickstarter is redundant among other things. The only thing the guy is adding to Geoff's work is a cheap case and then gouging the buyers. Really a $109 for a DIY board? Olimex and...
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    Re: Propeller II update - BLOG

    Looking at the Espurino code examples JS looks to be a nice programming language, I can see it becoming popular among hobbyists and tinkerers who just need something work. It will be interesting to...
  20. Re: Teaching Robotics with PropGCC and SimpleIDE

    The Mbed C/C++ compiler for the ARM is also doing well with introducing C++ by hiding a lot details and drudge work to hobbyists and making the ARM accessible as well.

    It's a nice approach, same...
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    Re: Propeller II update - BLOG

    What's easy for gurus isn't easy or apparent for the beginner or new comer to the strange world of the Prop, especially in light that the P2 targeted to commercial sector(in order to recoup the costs...
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    Re: could P2 ADC HW be used to decode externally supplied Sigma/Delta bitstream?

    Dave,

    Well then, there is no problems at all, so we can run P1 Spin on the P2 with no modification. Cool.

    The bigger issue seems to be how touchy/defensive people here are at the mere mention...
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    Re: could P2 ADC HW be used to decode externally supplied Sigma/Delta bitstream?

    Ariba is right, if you want portability use C/C++. SPIN is tied too closely to the P1's hardware to have any real amount of portability to the P2.
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    Re: Parallella vs. Prop?

    Parallela IMO bit off quite a bit, first off using a cutting edge and very expensive FPGA from Xilinx then coupling it to their equally cutting edge chip, then the 6 layer board, then keeping the...
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    Re: Going out on a limb

    What is easy and fun for a guru level coder is different than what a noob or a prospective commercial evaluator of the P2 will see. A lot IMO will depend on the quality of the documentation and tools...
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