Re: EU - Do what we say or you will pay.
2559 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
Have you ANY Idea how expensive our own constellation would be? Any idea at all?
About £15B minimum to get it up there, and a couple of million a DAY to run it.
All that money just to replicate something that ALREADY exists.
Might be cheaper if using a LEO constellation like Starlink, but LEO is getting crowded.
Unfortunately, gloves prices have gone up by a factors of about 2-3 in the current crisis - what used to be 50 pairs for 4.99 is now 20 pairs for 5.99 (YMMV). So supplying gloves is an expensive business. But then so is masks I suppose. Just have to put prices up to cover the costs.
Ah yes, YouTube, that bastian of accurate reporting and fact checking.
Nothing wrong with electric cars that isn't worse with internal combustion - you heard it here first.
Blimey, the Musk haters are out in force today. Bunch of twats. He's just a bloke who runs a few companies. If you don't like the way he runs them, don't work for them. If you don't like his products, don't buy them. But in all other respects, haters and deniers, please just fuck off and self isolate, and that includes the internet.
Of course people buy them for 'other things'. And that is entirely the plan. All the profits from selling Pi;s go to the Foundation. So selling to as many people of possible is the right choice to make. And for example, making a cheaper desktop, increases the market hugely. As for hurrying out of the door, no, not really. Some issues with over heating that we eventually figured out, although all they do is throttle when hot (just like phones), the USB mistake has been fixed. Spectre? Not seen that exploited yet, I expect the dangers are somewhat overblown.
I reckon just three flaws on launch, 2 quite minor, isn't too bad.
I always look forward to the comments from people who know better than the people who actually designed and built a probe that spend 7 years in space then landed on a moon of another planet.
I guess climate science is also anathema to them, all those know it all scientists, giving it large.
You can plan for known and unknown circumstances. It's the unknown unknowns that get you.
Which is why I will always believe that software will have bugs in it, not matter how much time you spend on it. Even some of the most robust software ever written, used on, for example, space probes, occasionally reboots itself because something somewhere got in a state that was entirely unpredictable.
So never expect software written to a schedule to be bug or crash free. Because that schedule means you can never take care of everything.
Majority of Raspberry Pi manufacture is Wales, although we do have quite a bit of stuff made in China. But we do have people over there a lot, and have a Chinese/Hong Kong guy there permanently looking after stuff. And we still have problems....
Kickstarter people NEVER realise how much work is involved in taking a product from concept to full scale production. We get quite a bit of stick because of how long it takes us to get stuff out. But it's really because we do it properly and try not to release stuff before its ready and because doing it right takes HUGE amount of time and money. We do have occasional glitches before anyone brings them up!
Specious argument. In three years time, when desktop PC specs are so much better than your desktop is now, does it suddenly stop becoming a desktop? Of course not.
I've just taken a few old tower system down to the tip. They were desktop PC's. None of them as fast as the Pi4.
I also had to clear out a mini-berg from our system (on path to septic tank), only about 45cm long, pipe shaped with a hole down the middle (like pipe lagging). Interestingly, I did find one wet wipe under the manhole with the berg.
Having to do it does give a greater appreciation for the guys who deal with the big ones.
ps. Wear gloves, and careful with the jet wash. You don't want splash back.
Our Parish Council of a very rural village looked in to this. Would cost about £5000 year to put on a bus service to take villagers in to the nearest town, once a week. Given the PC's total income is £8000/year, it's simply not cost effective for the 10 people who would use it. The money would need to come from taxation at a countrywide level, not precept at a local level.
The original Elite was pretty groundbreaking. How DB got the line drawings fast enough for the original BBC micro is a miracle. I did talk to him about it a couple of year ago (at the Houses of Parliament, of all places). Lots of micro optimisations, and also some deft use of video mode changes part way through frames to get a combination of B&W and 4 colours graphics. And I believe all the spaceships were convex hulls, to make the back face culling simpler (could be wrong). It was a spectacularly good bit of work and kept me glued to the screen for a long time.
So, this was, basically a simple mistake, a misunderstanding when trying to reduce component count AIUI - important when you sell a lot of kit, and especially on Pi's where the profit margins are slim anyway. So, it'll be fixed in a board revision in the next few months. It is indeed odd, as the boss said, that this didn't come up in testing. We had an internal test program, and lots of alpha/beta tester, and no-one reported it. We did use a number of different power supplies prior to building our own, they all worked!
In the meantime, not really a big deal. Use a cheaper cable, use an adapter, use the very reasonably priced official power supply, use someone else's reasonably priced power supply. Some of the reports 'out there' seem to be promoting alternative devices - and by some coincidence, the links they provide to these (not so good) products seem to be amazon associate or similar links, so they make money on the sales....how odd.
My own opinion - if you buy a dedicated power supply, you can use your Macbook charger for charging your Macbook without turning the Pi off....
It's a little more complicated than that! For example, Raspberry Pi have written lots of the firmware blob which is used in the Brcm chip in the Raspberry Pi. Which means that third parties cannot use it without Raspberry Pi permission (unlikely to get that for obvious reasons!). So even if someone can buy the chips (they can), they would not be able to use the latest firmware. So third parties making Pi clones using the same chip isn't going to happen.
And that's just one reason.
SD cards are still the best way for the 'desktop' Pi, cheap and easy to use. And yes, we are entirely aware of lifetime issues, which you can mitigate hugely by avoiding writing to them unless you really need to (ie logs to tmpfs etc). Some people have had Pi's running for multiple years with no SD card issues.
The cost of adding EMMC would be a real problem - margins on devices like this are small - we don't want to make them even smaller.
If you want industrial, use the compute module, which has EMMC. (No Pi4 version yet).
That said, there is some flash on the Pi4! Not a huge amount, but it contains the bootloader. In the long time, it MIGHT be possible to leverage that, but that is subject to change.
Cannot comment on the Google stuff, we are not Google.
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