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Tesla Cybertruck no-resale clause vanishes faster than a Model S in Ludicrous Mode

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That's assuming the ultimate aim is to simply produce a large volume of trucks and make a healthy profit doing so (as it is for the competition). If however your goal is to, say, get the market to pay for a substantial chunk of the R&D of your Mars buggies, then this strategy maybe makes a bit more sense.

Raspberry Pi production rate rising to a million a month

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Re: A Bit Late Now

I'm probably not best placed to comment as I have about half a dozen Pi4s deployed to do various tasks plus a few Pi3's still in service (you can't beat free software support!).

But if you need a reliable performer with excellent up to date Linux support and equivalent compute power to an original Pi, then don't overlook recent routers. In the UK, BT HomeHub 5 type A or the brand engineered Plusnet equivalent have prebuilt OpenWRT images freely available plus up to date binaries for thousands of packages in their repo. They're effectively e-waste now and therefore free or very low priced (like £5 on Ebay) and the package includes mains PSU, 5 x GigE ports and 2.4 and 5GHz Wifi. I/O is via USB however unless you're handy with a soldering iron (in which case there are about 12 digital I/Os available). An extra £2 spent on an Arduino Nano to mop up any rI/O bound tasks fixes that problem though. The main CPU is a dual core Intel/Lantiq MIPS @ 200MHz with 128MB of RAM.

In praise of MIDI, tech's hidden gift to humanity

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Vintage TW

What a succinct and cogent description of MIDI from Tomorrow's World. It's hard to imagine finding anything nearly as good as that featured in a TV special nowadays, let alone a live weekly show.

Also Kudos to you for sending up their theme tune at the end!

C: Everyone's favourite programming language isn't a programming language

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Re: Annnnd...you completely missed the point of the article

Oh I can think of a few... Anything x86 since about Pentium III, ARMs from about CA15 upwards, any Nvidia or AMD GPU architecture from at least the past decade, IBM Power 5 onwards... Basically anything recent not strictly classed as embedded.

Hackers weigh in on programming languages of choice

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Re: Horses for courses

That reminds me of the tale of the browser based botnet which turned into the world's largest Scheme deployment. The miscreant wanted a highly functional interpreter in the target machines so simply deployed a minimal interpreter as a binary. Of course it helped that the target was exclusively Windows PCs hence a known runtime environment, but despite this the advantages of having the ability to push and live patch updates without need to compile made it worthwhile.

Mozilla founder blasts browser maker for accepting 'planet incinerating' cryptocurrency donations

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Re: Lisp

Then there's that other old adage that goes something like the more complex a program becomes, the closer it resembles a crap implementation of Lisp.

How's the Firefox codebase looking these days?

Habitable-zone exoplanet potentially spotted just around the corner in Alpha Centauri using latest telescope technique

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Re: So just around the corner

If it was inhabited by a race of giant tortoises, they might consider waiting up I suppose.

Screw you, gadget-menders! No really, you'll need loads of screwdrivers to fix Apple's AirPods Max headphones

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Re: £550 headphones

Yamaha NS-10's were the more up to date equivalent until a few years back. Specifically preferred by sound engineers as they're a bit pap. If you can make something sound good on them, it should sound good anywhere!

New year, new rant: Linus Torvalds rails at Intel for 'killing' the ECC industry

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Re: Alternatives are available

That's very nifty. I wonder how they do it without adding read latency. Are they underspeccing the array performance?