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rich.pell
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Re: Awesome
rich.pell   7/28/2013 4:15:00 PM
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Yup, noticed that after I went back to reread the thread. Further investigation does indeed reveal existing dedicated Bitcoin mining hardware that can far outperform the Parallella, at least in this application.  And there are now even USB Bitcoin miners, as noted in the Raspberry Pi tutorial mentioned, which shows how to use the Pi as a headless controller and monitor for these devices.  Very interesting.

Patk0317
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Re: Awesome
Patk0317   7/28/2013 6:51:10 PM
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Actually a bit coin is internet money if you will. Based on the fact that if enough people agree it has value then it is money. Google it, it is an intersating concept.

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Pi DS?
Patk0317   7/28/2013 6:53:36 PM
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I have had several professors tell me they refuse to use RPi because Broadcom will not release a DS for the MCU. Does this bother anyone else? RPi is losing potential adopters to Beagle Bone because of this.

rick merritt
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Re: Pi DS?
rick merritt   7/28/2013 9:02:18 PM
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@PatK: We had heard the same thing--that the lack of documentation is preventing commercial use. We'd like to know more about that if anyone has specific example or anecdotes.

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Re: RasPi DS?
betajet   7/28/2013 10:56:55 PM
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RasPi does have a Broadcom ARM Peripherals data sheet that documents BCM2835 GPIOs and serial peripherals connected to RasPi's expansion header.  This is enough for most users.  The full data sheet is not available, but since you can't buy the BCM2835 in small quantities it wouldn't be that helpful anyway.  Some people are upset about this, but it is what it is and there are plenty of alternate boards available, like BeagleBone.

BeagleBone and RasPi address different markets.  BeagleBone is targetted at EEs who need lots of I/O pins and serial peripherals, or people who need an integrated Ethernet controller for performance and/or a USB host that's better behaved.  RasPi has better video processing, so it's preferable as a media center.  The price difference between RasPi Model B (plus an SD card) and BeagleBone Black is minimal.

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Re: Innovation Unleashed
betajet   7/28/2013 11:01:53 PM
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There are many interesting RasPi projects described at element14.

KB3001
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Re: Awesome
KB3001   7/29/2013 6:48:46 AM
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This is indeed the ket to wider adoption. Unfortunately, many cool technologies underestimate this aspect in their planning.

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Re: Awesome
Caleb Kraft   7/29/2013 11:29:21 AM
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Yeah, people in this community are usually very willing and eager to share their info. There's a comradarie that is very prevelant with the open source projects.

Caleb Kraft
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Re: Raspberry Pi at Design West
Caleb Kraft   7/29/2013 11:31:52 AM
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Yeah, I think a class or booth where they can try one out and connect it to a few things might be fun. Many people haven't had a chance to play with one at all yet, they've only seen them in the news.

rick merritt
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Re: RasPi DS?
rick merritt   7/29/2013 12:51:25 PM
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@Betajet: Do you think volume commercial systems will use RasPi as a basis? Why or why not? Or is it limited to the DIY hobbyist market?

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