atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5133: It is time to get serious. Forebearance obviously does not work.

Ann Barnhardt makes a good point and Ceterum autem censeo islam esse delendam has a nice ring to it even if it's not exactly grammatical Latin. The muslims won't be happy unless we're subjugated or destroyed; in my book that makes them fair game as well.

When someone wants to enslave or kill you, that's what you do: you delenda est their asses straight into the history books.

The peaceful majority are irrelevant. As is so cogently argued in the embedded video, the majority of Japanese and Germans were peaceful. We still had to wade into Europe and the Pacific to kick their asses and those two countries racked up a death toll in the tens of millions before we stopped them--Jews and Chinese and other ethnicities not their own.

Until and unless the majority of islam brings their radicals to heel and stops all this happy horseshit, islam delenda est is the only sensible way to respond.

I think Belgium proves that.

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Incidentally, a bunch of leftoid asshats had, until recently, a video on YouTube talking about how safe Belgium is. Here's a hint: it was taken down because the events of the other day have demonstrated that Belgium is, in fact, not safe.

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All of this could have been avoided if she had simply not had nude photos of herself on her cell phone. Yes, the school district was wrong to fire her after a student swiped her phone and distributed the pictures on it, but you do not need nude photos of yourself, not even to send to your spouse. Your spouse undoubtedly knows what you look like without clothes on.

For fuck's sake.

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Last night Og sent me a link to an eBay auction, and I just about wet my pants.

Ebay auction links don't last, so I'm not going to post it, but it's for an Arduino clone experimenter's kit. It's all made in China, of course. But what got me was that it's a big wad of electronic components, and with the Arduino clone, shipped, it's $40.

...for a bunch of 7-segment displays, an 8x8 LED dot matrix, an LCD display, a handful of discrete LEDs and other components, a prototyping shield, an IR remote with receiver, servomotor, and some other fiddlybits. And the microcontroller itself. Forty dollars. The other stuff alone is worth more than $40, for crying out loud!

I am, of course, broke, because I have to pay my bills to keep the lights and heat on in the bunker--but damn, is that making me drool. Mind you, my experiences with buying components are mired in the mid-1990s, because it's literally been two decades since I had occasion to buy anything like a serious assortment of electronic parts, but $40 for all that seems stupidly low. And if I'd ordered one last night it would be here by the end of the month!

Of course, "made in China". But the ad lists all the components provided and the seller has good feedback--and I have a genuine Arduino Uno here on my desk, so even if the uC was faulty it wouldn't make all that much difference to me.

Another thing I've learned recently is that you really don't need five thousand dollars' worth of equipment to work with surface mount devices. You can take a common toaster oven, add some hardware, and have a perfectly acceptable reflow oven; and then it's just a matter of having the patience to dispense a billion drops of solder paste and pick-and-place half a billion bits and pieces which are smaller than a grain of rice. Probably through a magnifying glass, especially at my age.

It's possible for a sufficiently skilled person to build nearly every piece of lab equipment he needs to wrangle electrons, even when you're talking about really sophisticated stuff. I never really thought about that before, but it's true, and reading Hackaday has opened my eyes.

There have been a bunch of ideas I've had which I haven't done anything with because they'd require too much effort--but with modern microcontrollers like the Arduino and Raspberry Pi that's no longer the case. These things make it easy to do things which--when I was in school--required lots of time and knowledge, not just about hardware but software as well. I keep hearkening back to the 68HC11 microcontroller, which had to be programmed in machine code, and included no I/O interface whatsoever; you had to build your own and write software to control it. And the prototyping board was hideously expensive if you weren't a student.

Now you can buy an Arduino for $20 and program it in C, and there are a ton of code libraries for it, so it's more a matter of finding the right code library than writing hardware control routines; and the dev board includes a bunch of general purpose I/O pins and ADC pins and a bunch of other useful stuff. And the processor that all this runs on costs $2 in bulk. Holy crap.

Last night Og pointed me to a web-enabled device he wants his new employer to specify for all their customers. The use he mentioned to me was monitoring the level of cooling oil for CNC machines; if the thing gets close to running out it sends a text message or e-mail to a designated operator (or operators) to refill the tank. Something that used to cost thousands of dollars to implement now costs about $300.

There is a vast technological cornucopia out there.
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