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On a $1000 USD budget, what is the best full node hardware to purchase (to run "BITCORE" on ubuntu)?

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Looking to purchase the hardware from amazon.

Will install ubuntu and Bitcore (must be bitcore, we want to use it as a wallet service for trezors and web insights too).

Probably would be nice it it has a 2.5" hard drive slot so we can add a large SSD to future proof it.

Does celeron/i3/i5/i7 make any difference if it only runs Bitcore?


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Rugged, customizable POS system runs on Braswell

LXer -

Advantech’s UBX-310D is a fanless point of sale computer intended for small countertops and limited-space installations. The shock and vibration resistant device has a modest, 245 x 185 x 45mm footprint. The system runs Windows 7 or 8 as a default, with optional Linux 3.13, and supports applications such as retail, self-service, digital signage, and store management.

Google Maps Starts Showing Parking Availability For Some Users

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Back in August, Cody found strings in his teardown of Google Maps v9.34 beta that hinted at an upcoming display of parking difficulty. The option may have crept up for some users since then, but now we have our first glance into how the feature will work since it has started showing up for more users on Maps v9.44 beta. Parking availability will be shown as a small rounded P icon next to your route duration estimate when you search for driving directions, followed by more descriptive text. As Cody's teardown showed, there are three levels to look for: Limited, Medium, and Easy. Limited parking will get the P icon to turn red. Once you start driving toward your destination, you can expand the directions to get a more descriptive explanation of the parking situation. Our tipster tells us that according to his tests, parking availability shows up for public destinations like malls and airports and various attractions. The option doesn't seem to be live for everyone on Maps v9.44 beta (APK Mirror link), so you may need to be patient to see it on your phone.

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Low-cost Android One phones may be coming to America (report)

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Google’s latest flagship smartphones may sell for $649 and up. But Google’s Android operating system powers phones that sell for as little as $50 or as much as $10,000.

What you don’t always get with third-party Android phones is a guarantee that your device will get software and security updates delivered straight from Google.

That’s why Google launched the Android One program a few years ago. The company works with makers of low-cost smartphones to offer devices with stock Android software and updates delivered straight from Google.

Continue reading Low-cost Android One phones may be coming to America (report) at Liliputing.

Betsy DeVos, an Heiress, Bashes Tuition-Free College: ‘There’s Nothing in Life That’s Truly Free’

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Betsy DeVos, the right-wing activist who the Trump administration has nominated to lead the Department of Education, criticized Bernie Sanders’s plan to offer tuition-free education at public colleges and universities during her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

“Senator I think that’s a really interesting idea,” she said when asked by Sanders about his plan. “And it’s really great to consider and think about, but I think we also have to consider the fact that there’s nothing in life that’s truly free, somebody’s going to pay for it.”

The proverb about nothing in life being free is ironic coming from DeVos, whose wealth is built off of inheritance and marriage. She is the daughter of Edgar Prince, who founded the Michigan-based Prince Corporation, an auto parts business that sold for $1.35 billion in 1996; she also married into the massive Amway fortune by marrying Dick DeVos, whose father co-founded that company.

“Somebody will pay for it,” Sanders replied.

He called attention to GOP plans to lower tax rates for wealthy Americans while many students cannot afford to pay for college. “Do you think that makes sense?”

DeVos avoided the question. “Senator, I think if your question is really around how can we help college and higher education be more affordable for young people as they — ”

“Actually, that wasn’t my question,” Sanders interjected. He once again repeated his question about tuition-free college, and DeVos once again deflected.

Watch Sanders question DeVos:

Here's @SenSanders full Q&A #BetsyDeVos #DeVosHearing #DumpDeVos pic.twitter.com/PFOyOdw8Xt

— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) January 17, 2017

It’s true that somebody does have to pay to subsidize tuition-free education for America’s students — but it’s actually pretty cheap, all things considered. Sanders’s plan would cost the federal government approximately $47 billion annually. That’s a small fraction of a nearly $18 trillion U.S. gross domestic product. His proposed bill includes a small speculation fee on stock trades of about 50 cents for every $100 of stock, as well as a 0.1 percent fee on bonds and a 0.005 percent fee on derivatives to pay for his legislation, which would actually raise hundreds of billions of dollars annually, easily paying for tuition-free college and other reforms Sanders has called for.

Sanders and DeVos also sparred over her family’s fundraising for the Republican Party over the past several decades.

“Would you be so kind as to tell us how much money your family has contributed to the Republican Party over the years?” Sanders asked.

DeVos thanked Sanders for the question, then said: “I wish I could give that number, I don’t know.”

“I have heard the number was 200 milion. Does that sound in the ballpark?”

“Collectively, between my entire family? That’s possible.”

Sanders then pivoted to the obvious question, asking if these sums had anything to do with her nomination.

“My question is, and I don’t mean to be rude, but do you think if you were not a multi-billionaire, if your family had not made hundreds of millions of dollars of contributions to the Republican Party, that you would be sitting here today?”

DeVos answered: “Senator, as a matter of fact I do think there would be that possibility. I’ve worked very hard on behalf of parents and children for the last almost 30 years,” she replied, rattling off some of her education activism.

The DeVos family has indeed given over $200 million to the GOP over the years, and she has in the past explained why. “My family is the biggest contributor of soft money to the Republican National Committee,” she wrote in Roll Call in 1997. “I have decided to stop taking offense at the suggestion that we are buying influence. Now I simply concede the point. They are right. We do expect something in return. We expect to foster a conservative governing philosophy consisting of limited government and respect for traditional American virtues. We expect a return on our investment.”

Top photo: DeVos at her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on January 17.

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A Switch for Your Pi

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I grew up in the 1980s. That meant we drank far too much Kool-Aid, and onSaturday mornings, we got up early to watch cartoons. It also was theheyday of arcades, but I lived in the ghetto of Detroit and couldn'tafford quarters to play games. Plus, there were none anywhere near theneighborhood where I lived. For me, the first real video-game experiencewas the Atari 2600.

US Antitrust Agency Sues Qualcomm Over Patent Licensing

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Qualcomm shares have plunged after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against the company on Tuesday, accusing the company of using "anticompetitive" tactics to maintain its monopoly on a key semiconductor used in mobile phones. Reuters reports: The FTC, which works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law, said that San Diego-based Qualcomm used its dominant position as a supplier of certain phone chips to impose "onerous" supply and licensing terms on cellphone manufacturers and to weaken competitors. Qualcomm said in a statement that it would "vigorously contest" the complaint and denied FTC allegations that it threatened to withhold chips in order to collect unreasonable licensing fees. In its complaint, the FTC said the patents that Qualcomm sought to license are standard essential patents, which means that the industry uses them widely and they are supposed to be licensed on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms. The FTC complaint also accused Qualcomm of refusing to license some standard essential patents to rival chipmakers, and of entering into an exclusive deal with Apple Inc. The FTC asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose to order Qualcomm to end these practices.

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