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So, Google+ is dead, or will soon be. Sigh. Now where will I get interesting technical posts without being spammed by memes and ads etc. too?

https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/project-strobe/
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A publicly available "servo" cable for recent/future(?) ChromeOS devices with USB-C.
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Nice github feature; HTTPS on all github pages even those using custom domain names.
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The AArch64 Arduino IDE pre-release now exists!

https://github.com/arduino/Arduino/issues/7302 "AArch64 (64-bit ARM support)"

> Here's a (very rough) first alpha version of the aarch64 build ...
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Nice! Might have to buy something newer than the Tegra Chromebook for this, since I assume the Tegra one is too old to get the feature.

https://venturebeat.com/2018/05/08/chrome-os-is-getting-linux-app-support/
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Thoughts on the best micro-controller with the following requirements?:
- As cheap as possible in quantity of 50 or so.
- Battery driven (3xAA; ~4.5V).
- Low power, must run at least a couple hours including LED power.
- IO: Power, ground, one output signal.
- IO output is connected to a strip of ~8 WS2812 LEDs.
- Software capacity: Code will implement a candle/flame effect on the LEDs. Random brightness generation with fading between the random values. Each of the 8 LEDs will have the same value. Random value will select the R component, and the G/B components will be a fixed % of the random value.
- Linux-based OSS assembler and programming SW if possible.

Looking at Mouser, the cheapest I can find is PIC16F54 at ~$0.57 each. I'm not yet sure if the code will fit in that device, but if not I'm sure there's another PIC that's only marginally more expensive that it will fit into.

(I don't think standalone flickering LEDs will work, hence why the micro-controller: I want light going in all directions hence why I intend to use multiple LEDs. I want all the LEDs' flickering to be in sync, which I don't expect is possible with multiple standalone flickering LEDs. WS2812 are reasonably bright too, and I don't know that standalone flickering LEDs are that bright. If I'm wrong here, please do point out a suitable product...)

Thanks!
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Arduino IDE running on an AArch64 system. Now to upstream the various patches to the build scripts that make it work...
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There's a lot of cool tech in this BBC micro co-processor implemented on a Raspberry Pi:

https://github.com/hoglet67/PiTubeDirect/wiki
PiTubeDirect
PiTubeDirect
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Well, as far as I can tell from a quick port/hack of lgeek/spec_poc_arm.git to x86-64, variant 3a doesn't work on x86-64 MSRs or CRs.
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