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Message 1200921 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 12:36:18 UTC
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Ok this Pi is not for eating, it is a small cheap computer for schools. An attempt to try and get back to the days of the Sinclair and the BBC computers, and get kids programming.

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Message 1200924 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 12:58:21 UTC

They were just trying to work out 'cost per flop' comparisons in the BOINC forums - though I think it was a bit misleading to compare component costs with the whole-computer price of the Pi.

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Message 1200974 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 15:44:20 UTC - in response to Message 1200924.

They were just trying to work out 'cost per flop' comparisons in the BOINC forums - though I think it was a bit misleading to compare component costs with the whole-computer price of the Pi.

Component costs can vary considerably with quantity. They probably worked out the cost based on small buys used in development, not the price it would cost during manufacture, when quantities would be in thousands.

One has to note that the cost quoted today is 50% higher than the figure quoted when the story first broke severl months ago. But I believe they have added several more i/o's since then.

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Message 1201027 - Posted: 29 Feb 2012, 18:00:39 UTC - in response to Message 1200924.

They were just trying to work out 'cost per flop' comparisons in the BOINC forums - though I think it was a bit misleading to compare component costs with the whole-computer price of the Pi.

I guess that is the same basic conversation that we were having here about using smartphones to process data. As this board uses one of the same processors that goes in smartphones.

These little SOC boards normally cost a lot more, in $100-200 range. This sounds more like one of those BASIC Stamp boards that I tinkered around with in school.

So a nice stack of these buggers and you are all set for some kind of fun.
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