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Following my question about giving your phones spare time to charity, does anyone have their Raspberry Pi's doing it? On the face of it, it would seem if the pi isn't being used or is under-utilised it could be a good idea, we could even  make it competitive fun with a KH boinc group for low power devices.

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/tutorials/boinc-on-raspberry-pi
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I have an unused pi, I'll give it a go
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I have a bored pi, I'll give it a go
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shut-up about boinc already.
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I'd be worried about heat-dissipation
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meh.

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In previous jobs I've had to lug a (m$) laptop to and from work on public transport as part of their "disaster recovery" plan.

I thought a "cheeky" idea would be to boot using a USB stick into my own personal (linux or android) OS so I can use the machine for my personal stuff during the journey.

Is running booting-from and exclusively-using a USB stick viable and usable, or is this a stupid idea and I should stick to staring out the trains windows instead? 

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I like the idea of my phone saving the world  to that end I'm thinking of installing BOINC so when the phone is on charge, the battery over 90% and its on wifi, the phone becomes part of a worldwide cluster doing things like cancer research, has anyone done this and what are the disadvantages?
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I'm BOINCing and its all good
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I BOINC'd once and didn't like it
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Don't want my phone BOINCing with anyone

I have an issue with the web version where the play just stops and I have to refresh the (chrome) browser to get it to start again.

Is gotten so bad I am having to find the original content and download it instead.

I don't think its a network issue as I use it at work and so if the network was  wobbling there'd  be a lot of people complaining.

I tried twitter to report it, but nothing.

I like feedly and don't want to move away but am afraid I may have too :-(

Whenever I go to shopping malls, there are always helium balloons on a stuck high-up ceiling somewhere, what would be the most effective way for a drone to get them down? I thought adding a ducted fan to grab them with a partial vacuum,  I don't think its something I'd do, just an intellectual challenge. What would the challenges be?

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Following on from Padres experiments in solid-state cooling, I heard from IFA there's a type of cooling that is 35% more efficient than compressor-based cooling called "magnetic cooling" which is powerful enough to use in normal fridges and a/c units, anyone heard about it? http://www.basf-new-business.com/en/projects/e-power-management/solid-state-cooling/

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I bought Spinrite ahead of upgrading a pc to Windows 10 as it seemed a good point to "tidy house" but ...spinrite need to boot into freedos to run and my laptop is UEFI so cannot boot the "conventional"  usb boot images, has anyone had any luck with getting this working in this situation?

I tried their tech support and they weren't much help and I'm out of the returns period.
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Your screwed loser
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Got the same issue
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Following the latest episode about Dmx I thought you may enjoy seeing my little creation, it's a Dmx wash-light controlled from an iPad, either device can be anywhere in the world as they are only joined by the Internet.

It's using a wifi micro controller, a cable from my junk box and a some hacked together code, hope you like it.
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