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*End of an era"

In the usual "complete lack of respect for modern architecture" way (which unfortunately seems to be so common these days), it seems the iconic Milton Keynes landmark known as "The Point" (which not only defined the new city for decades but also dominated the skyline when viewed from multiple counties) is about to be demolished.

Since the Point was the very first multiscreen cinema in the country you think it would be shown more respect, but then again I guess it didn't stop them destroying the irreplaceable Bletchley Leisure Centre swimming pool either (also a pyramid shaped building) which held the honour of being the first non rectangular pool in Europe with its curves and palm trees.

But hey don't worry, I'm sure the point will be replaced by some modern unimaginative budget eyesore like the rest of our lost landmarks.

PS: If anyone has a photo of the MK skyline from the points heyday when it was fully lit up I'd love to see it.

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Back in its heyday - December 1988. As noted on the pack of negatives, this photo was from the first film I put through my new Canon EOS620 camera. Although a first-generation autofocus 35mm SLR, I was impressed with the performance. I used Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB) on this shot as I wasn't 100% sure of the best exposure.
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Absolutely James. The point needs to be re-invented as something else. It was never just a cinema anyway it had nightclubs and everything. It would make a great office block.
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Oh deary me what a shame...
 
lol, now Apple, you know how it feels on the receiving end!
Despite attempts to curb patent trolls, at least some of them are getting lucky -- and this week, one got very lucky. A Texas court has ordered Apple to
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+Teresa Reveley Apple have a history of using patents as a weapon to obstruct competitors. Almost all of the patents they use have prior art (Apple don't invent things they just refine/remix other peoples ideas) but because they manipulate the US legal system with dodgy tactics such as holding court cases in courts right next to Apples headquarters (to make sure that judge and jury all have relatives that work for Apple), falsifying court evidence (by manipulating photos in photoshop to make it look like competitors were copying their products when in reality the products looked nothing like theirs) they often win.

This has been going on for decades. They used to sue companies for having a windowing system with a mouse which was actually invented by Xerox PARC not them. Now they sue companies for things like "slide to unlock" and gestures which were first used on the NeoNode N1 but they still patented them and sued people anyway (because apparently the NeoNode wasn't sold in the states). Other things they sue for are really weak like the cosmetic appearance of a touch screen with icons (in reality the LG Prada phone was first with this), having a rectangular tablet with round corners (which is just ludicrous nonsense but they still won due to the reasons I stated above) and a bunch of other things.

Many of the things they win in US courts don't stand up in courts outside of the US as they are quite frankly just bullshit but as long as the American legal system is easily swayed by "free ipads for the jury" they are gonna get away with it.
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Wow, that puts it into perspective...
 
Ever wonder how much fuel a top fuel dragster uses? Here's a single cylinder's worth
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That explains why the fuel lines are about an inch thick on those engines. 
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Just happened to have these all out so I took a photo.
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Odroid W:
An awesome piece of engineering. This is basically a Raspberry Pi Model B complete with all the GPIO on a tiny tiny board with a built in battery circuit so you can run off and also charge LiPos.

Raspberry Pi Model B:
The legendary. I don't really need to say much about this except it had a few issues which were fixed with the Model B+ and more recently the Pi 2 Model B has increased its abilities with a quad core and 1GB of RAM.

Banana Pi:
A board which attempted to copy and improve on the original Raspberry Pi Model B. Whilst it had issues, it did have considerably more processing power, gigabit ethernet and SATA built in.

Odroid XU3 Lite:
One of the fastest single board computers currently available and excellent value at $99 for the bundle which includes the board case and power supply.  The XU3 is extremely fast with an Octocore CPU, 2GB of DDR3 optional eMMC storage (like an SSD) and it even includes USB3. 

Many people have asked me what my favourite single board computers are, its a difficult one to answer. The low cost and vast support for the Raspberry Pi variants make them the computer I've used the most in many many applications but I also have a big fondness for the Odroid W. The compatibility with the Pi, built in LiPo circuits and tiny tiny form factor make it suitable for so many projects. For times when I need raw power, you just can't beat the XU3 though, its a totally different experience to the others.

The other boards I'd like to play with are the offerings by SolidRun,  the HummingBoard and especially the CuBox look fascinating.
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+Daniel Bull​ thanks,
I'll see if they ship to India
For starters am only looking into Retro Pie and Xbmc build and judge the Chip's power that way.
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A peak at the new Spectrum Bluetooth keyboard

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+Alex Taylor ah right, I thought you were just talking about keyboards now. I have a pi inside a spectrum case and yes there is a small amount of cutting needed to get the ports exposed but you can run leads for the important ones to the already existing holes and you might be able to get away without exposing all the ports and avoid the cutting. Besides, now I have the pi inside a spectrum, for my own personal use I think it probably would have been better to have the pi in an external case anyway and just use the spectrum and commodore as keyboards for it.
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Very clever :)
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I have one of the prototypes of these, it's a excellent device. After dealing with full OSs all the time it always kinda freaks me out how the ATmega starts instantly as soon as you connect the power :)
 
Check this out. A Raspberry Pi add-on I've just KickStarted as an affordable way to get into Arduino programming on your Raspberry Pi. 

http://raspi.tv/2015/have-a-go-at-arduino-programming-on-your-raspberry-pi
Today marks a rather special day. I've just launched a KickStarter campaign for a brand new Raspberry Pi add-on board called the RasPiO Duino. "Why is that special?" I hear you ask. Well it's speci...
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I also have one of these, and have always been something of an advocate for PiDuino - the idea of tightly coupling a Pi and an Arduino.

Historically speaking, the idea of sacrificing a USB port for an Arduino was right out, since even the Model B Pi only had two. You could argue the case for a hub, but spaghetti-mess-ville is not far away.

Even now, the Model A+, possibly the best Pi choice for small control systems, and thus the best choice for pairing with an Arduino, only has one USB port. Fill that with a WiFi dongle and... well... where's the 'duino going to go?

Placing the Arduino on the Pi is tidied, and makes more sense if you want to tightly couple an assortment of signals for better control- you can connect up I2C, for example, and use an I2C slave driver on the Arduino to provide a very easy to use WS2812 driver.

I had one of these boards in that exact setup for ~6 months. Arduino and Pi coupled together, one WiFi dongle, one power supply for the Pi and some extra power tapped in for the LEDs. I had an I2C WS2812 driver set up which would run a string of NeoPixels on my Ikea shelving. I could remote in to my Pi, even when I was away, and change the lighting colour with some simple bash scripts that wrapped i2cset.

So while USB will work, it only offers Serial communication, it's untidy and it takes up a valuable USB port on smaller Pi models which you'll almost certainly want to put a WiFi dongle in.
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LOL, fantastic...
 
1750 BC problems.

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I bet they where ISO9000 certified. So it must be the customers fault.
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That's an interesting way of viewing it...
 
Wanna classic console? It's gonna cost ya
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I'm proud to say the only console I own is the Atari 2600 ;)
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Wow amateur rocketry is serious business these days, some awesome pics on the link..
 
Amateur rocketry writ large: selection of photos for merchandise from the nice people at +Copenhagen Suborbitals who may yet put a man into space. Or a woman. But probably a man.
Dear readers We are working on a new webshop, where you can support us by buying various merchandise from our different adventures. Before we get too far into the process, we would like YOU to help us select the best material for our new webshop. On Facebook, you can now vote on which of th
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This looks interesting... Not seen a silicone nozzle before.
A well designed, quality solder sucker pump - an innovative tool that yields excellent results. A standard solder sucker needs to have a gap between the nozzle and board to avoid the heat of the soldering iron. This solder sucker, however, comes with a replaceable silicone nozzle which can be positioned extremely close to the soldering iron tip, resulting in more powerfully suction/removal with less remaining residue. 1 pc. of 50mm silicone tu...
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You will either find this fascinating like I did or extremely dull :)
Watching this does make you realise how ancient the SR-71 is though!
16mm film map projector!

http://youtu.be/tj9UwKQKE3A

(Apologies, I can't remember who posted this originally, took me weeks to get around to watching it)
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