atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#3150: How about a computer for $35?

It's meant to run Linux, and so what? What couldn't you do with something like this? It brings the concept of "embedded computing" to a whole new level.

Specifically, a nice cheap one. One with an HDMI output, on-board audio, an SD card reader, a USB 2.0 port, and an Ethernet port. Downside: ARM processor.

Still, if these things become common enough there'll be a following for them in the on-line community, so you can expect people to do ports and emulations of a bunch of things for this.

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Arse Technica, the global warming resource, talks about neutron star collisions. "Science is all about blips. You see an unexplained blip in the data, you investigate the blip and, if you are really lucky, it turns out that it's both real and interesting."

...unless the "blip" in the data is evidence that Earth is cooling, in which case it's either "normalized" out of existence or swept under the rug; either way Arse Technica defends it and reiterates, "The science is settled."

That's really all I had to say about this article.

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Not safe for work image because it says "FUCK" in large friendly letters!

The Japanese don't quite get invective. Their language doesn't include it. The two words I know that mean "excrement" are kuso and fun, and neither one rises to the level of profanity that "shit" does. Kuso at most means "crap", and in fact is better translated as "damn" simply because it's not that strong a word.

A common mistake made by English translators is to attempt to conflate some of these words with English invective in an attempt to convey the "feel" of what is being said; but it's really not correct. In Japanese, you "swear" at someone by using the rudest construction and tone of voice you can, not by picking certain words.

So someone at a store in Japan thinks "fuckin'" is an intensifier solely because he's heard it used that way and has never learned that it's a bad word--because in his native language there are none, not really. ("Intensifier": Like "That's a fuckin' cool shirt, man!" The intensifier is meant to emphasize and magnify the adjective it modifies.) when the girls in K-on! visit Sawa-chan-sensei at her home, they imagine what her doorbell might be like, considering that Sawa-chan-sensei was a heavy metal rocker in her high school days. Ricchan imagines pressing the button and hearing the doorbell say, "FUCK YOU!"

Which is a fuckin' hilarious scene, by the way.

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Signs that the cold war is long over: the Doomsday Clock moved a minute forward because not enough is being done about "climate change". *rolleyes*

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Witness the consequences of abortion-on-demand and euthanasia. Can't afford your children because your country's economy has gone to shit? Abandon them!

What the fuck is WRONG with those assholes??

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And yet another home-brewed Garfield Minus Garfield:

Jon just keeps getting stranger and stranger.

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