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LOL, had some friends going for a while with this :)
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Some great cross sections....

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DK Star Wars cross-sections for IV, V, VI

These are some fantastic cross-sections of Blockade Runner, Star Destroyer, TIE Fighter, Death Star, Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, T-65 X-Wing, BTL-A4 Y-Wing, TIE Advanced X1, and our beloved AT-AT. Enjoy!

#starwars   #crosssections   #tiefighter   #deathstar   #millenniumfalcon   #xwing   #atat  

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Some great pics by Leo of a great day yesterday...
So many people and such an awesome time was had by all.
 
Various pictures from the Raspberry Pi 3rd birthday ! Didn't get to see all the stands as I was manning my own and it was busy through out the day, so little time to sneak away.

#PiBirthday #PiParty
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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.
From left to right...

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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New System76 Ubuntu Meerkat Mini PC with 16GB RAM!
The want is strong with this one!
Cant wait until the March 19th scheduled release date :)
 
Coming soon! The Meerkat Ubuntu desktop!

Engineering is complete. We're working on retail packaging as well as imaging and distribution setup.

Tentatively scheduled for release March 19th, the Meerkat will feature Intel 5th Generation processors, up to 2 TB of storage and 16 GB of memory packed in a 4" x 4" package. Pricing is to be determined.
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For me its the fact that I trust System76 to give me a working product and support it. I could easily buy a NUC and put Linux on but its not the same.
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Dave nicely summarises all the great things Sony did, followed by one of the many items of complete junk they give us now. All done in his own unique way which you will either love or hate :)
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Ohh yeah I'd forgotten about that Gem +RaspberryPi Spy well remembered!
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This does look nice...
 
Huawei has done it again. And they are getting pretty damn good at it.
I can't believe that I'm going to say this, but i think this watch looks better than the Moto 360 and the LG R.

Waiting for more details.
It looks like Huawei is taking smartwatches very seriously. As spotted by Droid Life, two official promo videos for the "Huawei Watch" have accidentally been set live on YouTube ahead of the...
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Yes but it's still not quite as generic as a micro USB plug and is one less thing to forget when I travel for work so I currently prefer micro-usb but it's not a deal-breaker, just an added bonus.
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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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