Member Since: January 12, 2011

Country: United States


Spoken Languages


Programming Languages

C, C++, PHP, Perl, BASIC




Embry Riddle Aeronautical Univ


Embedded systems


RF comm, general electronics, RC airplanes, IP Networks, High Altitude Ballooning



  • Yeah sorry, I think adafruit’s $10 markup (that’s ~30%) is ridiculous. That is so at odds with Raspberry pi foundation’s goal of keeping the costs down. Probably because raspberry pi is so popular, resellers like to get as big a cut as they can. But as others have said, it’s a free market - buy them from MCM or here instead :-)

  • Yay, more gov regulations that favor over-seas companies (who do not comply with the rules and have little to lose) instead of domestic companies like SparkFun (who follow the rules and have everything to lose). At least TSA makes me feel safe </sarcasm>.

  • It’s hardly surprising seeing this from Barbie. Through and through, down to its roots barbie is all about the stereotypical, shallow feminine behaviors: being sexy, glamorous, fads, fashion, and appearance. As Susan so eloquently states in her oft-quoted “Girls and Software” essay, the course of events that deter girls from technical fields is set at an early age. It is not just a problem with this edition of a Barbie book, it is a problem with Barbie as a whole. And until our culture is willing to dump the entire “Barbie” mentality, all the affirmative action programs in education and the workplace will do little to help.

  • Famous last words: “What you lack in propeller, make up for in elevator”

  • Well said. And I will agree 100%, the ‘brogrammer’ culture needs to fall off a cliff and die. Diversity is good in all sorts of ways, hardly anyone would disagree with that. The problem with these affirmative-action type programs is they distort the picture the other way and only exacerbate the underlying problem (which as mentioned is subtle behaviors which turn women off, and I guarantee that a playing field tipped towards an individual just for being female will only encourage these subtle behaviors). The reality is, women have different interests and all biases and prejudice aside, there will NEVER be an equal number of women in tech for the same reason there will never be an equal number of men in the child care or health care industry. Our culture seems to be of the mindset that everyone is equal, therefore they are the same; equal yes, but the same? Not really.

    I applaud efforts to make a workplace that is friendly towards women. I do not applaud the efforts to go out of ones way to give women more opportunities just for the sake of being women.

  • Anyone flown this on a high altitude balloon yet, or have confirmation it works over 60K ft?

  • There have been been lots of successful land vehicles using (far bigger) gas turbines, it’s definitely what I’d use it for.

  • That would take all the fun out of it!

  • Works great with the Trimble Copernicus. Any idea when this will be back in stock?

  • While I agree that the STEM fields need to make sure they’re being accepting of women, I feel the biggest reason for the gender gap is that most women simply aren’t interested. Anyone who tries to say that men and women are the same and have the same interests is out of touch with reality. It’s a simple fact that STEM aligns more closely with male interests than with female interests in the same way dental assisting and nursing aligns more with female interests than those of a male. Of course there are exceptions on both sides, but the average case is what we’re talking about here. What I dislike about the current trend is the attitude of ‘affirmative action’ that somehow women need to have a sort of special privilege or we need to go out of our way to make STEM fields especially attractive for women. This attitude in my opinion only creates more tensions and strays away from true equality which by definition is equal opportunity for everyone, not special benefits because you’re a minority gender.

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