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US Customs is seizing refurbished Apple batteries and calling them "counterfeits"

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Louis Rossman is one of the highest-profile independent Apple repair technicians, famous in part for fixing devices that Apple has declared to have reached their end-of-life, diverting these devices from landfill and keeping them in the hands of the people who paid good money for them.

Rossman has to engage in lots of creative tactics to source parts for his repairs, including buying refurbished parts that have been removed from real Apple products; but Customs and Border Protection now seems to take the position that anything imported with an Apple logo on it must be counterfeit. They just seized 20 laptop batteries that Rossman had paid $1,068 for.

Rossmann explained that there’s no authorized method for him to purchase the laptop batteries his customers need to keep their devices working. If they were to take the faulty devices to a Genius Bar, the Genius Bar would turn them away.

“If I become an Apple authorized service provider and I wish to obtain parts to a machine they consider vintage, Apple will say no,” he said. “If I talk to somebody in China...they get taken by a company that’s using the power of the government to seize my stuff. Apple is working with the government to shut down those who mislead customers, aka trying to fix machines that they won’t fix because they consider them vintage after four or five years. Just around the time that your battery starts to die.”

He’s right: Apple does not sell replacement parts to customers or to independent repair shops, and its “Authorized Service Provider Program” has strict limitations about the types of repairs that shops can perform. Meanwhile, Apple has strongly fought “right to repair” legislation that would make it easier for people to buy replacement parts.

DHS Seized Aftermarket Apple Laptop Batteries From Independent Repair Expert Louis Rossman [Matthew Gault and Jason Koebler/Motherboard]

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Ah! Zombies! [Comic]

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This Epic Battlestar Galactica Lego Model Was Built Using 29,000 Bricks!

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Brick artist extraordinaire Brandon Griffith spent over 300 hours to build amazing re-creation (1:1210 scale) of the iconic Battlestar Galactica from the show of the same name. This thing has approximately 29,000 pieces and measures 47” long by 18” wide.

As a big fan of Battlestar Galactica, Brandon realized that “there have been several models of Vipers and other ships built out of LEGO®, but I felt the BSG needed some representation. This was a passion project of mine.”

“When building a ship from a beloved sci-fi show as this,” Brandon notes “details are important! The biggest detail was nailing the correct proportions of all the different sections of the ship. It was important to me that when viewed, you would see angles of the ship that you would commonly see in the show and those angles would not only appear familiar, but evoke some joy of a memory when watching the show.”

The BSG-75 model debuted at BrickCon in Seattle, WA October 6-7, 2018 and will be displayed at Bricks LA in Pasadena, CA January 5-6, 2019.

Impressive, isn’t it?

[Source: Brandon Griffith on Flickr]

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Arcade Asteroids, Now In Colour

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Asteroids is one of the classic games of the early arcade era. Launched in 1979 by Atari, it relied upon using an XY vector monitor to deliver crisp graphics for its space-based gameplay. One of the limitations of the original arcade games was that the game was only rendered in a single colour, white. Over 30 years later, [Arcade Jason] decided to see what it would take to build a color Asteroids machine.

The ROM hack also modified the shapes of several in-game objects.

The hack relies on the fact that the original game used a four-bit resistor ladder DAC to draw vectors in different intensity levels. Through some ingeniously simple hardware, this DAC is repurposed to denote different colours instead. It’s laced together with a 74LS08 AND gate chip, along with a handful of resistors and diodes. Three bits are used for red, green, and blue, respectively, with the fourth used as a “white boost” signal to allow the differentiation of colours like red and pink, or dark and light blue. It’s then all wired into an RGB vector monitor for final display. After that, it’s just a matter of a simple ROM hack to set the colors of various on screen objects.

Vector monitors are notoriously hard to film well, but it’s clear that in person the output is rather impressive. Making color versions of old retro games is actually a hobby of [Arcade Jason]’s – we’ve featured his color Vectrex before. Video after the break.

 

 





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Voice Changer for Halloween #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

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3055 06Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!

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NEW GUIDE: Disembodied Crawling Hand using Circuit Playground Express and MakeCode #MakeCode #MakeRobotFriend

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This guide shows you how to make an creepy Animatronic Crawling Hand! It uses a glove from a halloween costume, outfitted with a servo motor and a Circuit Playground Express.

This hand is designed to pull itself along the floor slowly, waiting until it finds a cold, dark spot, at which point it will stop and wait until temperature and light increase.

This hand is programmed with Microsoft MakeCode – a block-based programming system that’s easy for anyone to use!

Check out the Animatronic Crawling Hand on Adafruit Learn System to learn more!

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