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Not Just a Cleanup Any More: LibreSSL Project Announced

Doug Neal Re:Please change the name! (360 comments)

Same here although it never feels quite right. To me, it just looks French. In French the R would be silent, but 'leeb office' or 'leeb ssl' would sit even worse (and also sound a bit like 'lib' which could be very confusing)

about 5 months ago

Why Cloud Infrastructure Pricing Is Absurd

Doug Neal Re:Sentence doesn't make sense (191 comments)

Nouns can be verbed. Conversely, verbs can undergo nounings.

about 9 months ago

London Needs 70,000 Cells For 4G

Doug Neal Re:Offload to ADSL? (124 comments)

Correct, BT has an extensive metro ethernet network in central London, as do half a dozen other companies.

more than 2 years ago

UK Joins Laser Nuclear Fusion Project

Doug Neal Re:erm 50 years away. (199 comments)

I suspect if there had been (and continued to be) cold war-era levels of political will and funding into nuclear R&D, then we would have had it in 20-30 years.

about 3 years ago

Open Radeon 3D Driver Runs At 60~70% of Proprietary Driver Speed

Doug Neal Re:Who cares - Troll mod (245 comments)

Why aren't you going to be doing any gaming? Because there aren't many games that are made to run well on Linux. And why is that? Because the graphics stack sucks for 3D. It's a circular argument that has allowed the state of Linux graphics to continue to lag behind embarrassingly. I can't see how ATI being committed to improving their Linux drivers is anything other than a good thing?

more than 3 years ago

Linus Renames 2.6.40 Kernel To Linux 3.0, Announces Release Candidate

Doug Neal Re:Really? That's important ? (378 comments)

This wasn't one of those times...

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?

Doug Neal Re:X window (264 comments)

NX is also an option.

more than 3 years ago

RIM BlackBerry PlayBook: Unfinished, Unusable

Doug Neal Re:phones also suck (260 comments)

BES Express is a free product. From an administrator's point of view it's somewhat limited in functionality compared to BES, but from the user's perspective the all the synchronisation and directory integration works as expected.

more than 3 years ago

Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again

Doug Neal Reassuring (222 comments)

This is actually incredibly reassuring. Duke Nukem Forever being due out "soon" has been one of those things that has stayed constant since teenage years, while so much else about the world has changed! If it gets released, I'm not sure how I will deal with that. Truly it will be the end of an era. It will go from being a new game, to an old game, to being "retro", in the relative blink of an eye. But in my heart it will still be vapourware.

more than 3 years ago

Keys Leaking Through the Air At RSA

Doug Neal Re:why on earth... (85 comments)

Actually it's not common for exchanges to offer connectivity in via the internet except perhaps for low-traffic connections for integration testing and suchlike. The unpredictability of the internet makes it impossible for them to guarantee the service levels that are demanded. The constant stream of pricing updates can run into the gigabits per second depending on what you're subscribed to. If you're big enough to be trading directly on the exchange, the cost of the leased lines and/or colocation next to the exchange (latency is everything) is easy to swallow. Extranets like Radianz are also a very popular option. Brokerage is still alive and well and institutions that aren't doing high-frequency trading will often deal with with brokers.

more than 3 years ago

Keys Leaking Through the Air At RSA

Doug Neal Re:why on earth... (85 comments)

There is a middle ground between using the internet (where delivery is on a best effort basis and has no guarantees of anything) and laying your own submarine cables. Private international leased lines are readily available from a variety of vendors and are used extensively by financial institutions. They're available with various SLAs on contention, latency and uptime depending on how much you're willing to spend. Transatlantic routes are available surprisingly cheaply, as there is an abundance of bandwidth and a ton of carriers competing to sell it. It's usually provided over an MPLS core, which handles routing around damage, with a layer 2 (ethernet) or 3 (IP) handoff.

more than 3 years ago

House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers

Doug Neal Re:good job Republicans! (284 comments)

Something about stopped clocks...

more than 3 years ago

TI Plans Minority Report UI Using ARM SoC + Projector

Doug Neal Re:Er, usability? (72 comments)

Dictation software has been around for about 15 years, so that's still an option for you. Here's why I'm not using it:

  • Ambiguities in speech, e.g. different words that are pronounced the same as each other
  • Code-writing that involves lots of symbols, numbers, precise spacing; or generally anything that's not free-form natural language.
  • The noise - I don't want to hear everyone around me talking to their computers all day
  • Similarly, I don't necessarily want everyone else around me to know what I'm typing
  • Noisy environments can render the whole thing unusable

My feeling is that in due course there will be a UI revolution in text input that renders the keyboard as we know it obsolete, but speech recognition isn't it.

more than 3 years ago

Winter weather this year has been ...

Doug Neal NYC snow (439 comments)

It seems I picked a perfect time to relocate to NYC (from London), as apparently this is one of the snowiest winters on record. I am in awe of the sheer quantity of snow that's lying around. I'm also impressed with the infrastructure in place to deal with it - after a foot of snow overnight the streets were ploughed and just about passable, and the trains were running. Although I gather that it was a different story just before I arrived, with the whole city shut down for about a week. However it seems like it only takes a mere sprinkling of snow to bring the UK to its knees in the same way.

more than 3 years ago

Senators Bash ISP and Push Extensive Net Neutrality

Doug Neal Re:Finally! (427 comments)

Is that what I should tell my users when calls from their desk phones deteriorate or drop because their switch port is saturated by something unrelated? I don't think that would go down too well. QoS exists for a reason. Applying this to residential phone service, when that becomes packet switched (which it will eventually) doesn't need to violate net neutrality.

more than 3 years ago

Senators Bash ISP and Push Extensive Net Neutrality

Doug Neal Re:Finally! (427 comments)

Why not though? Shouldn't a packet-switched voice service (eventually) have the same quality and reliability guarantees as circuit-switched? It's a step backwards otherwise.

more than 3 years ago

Slashdot Launches Re-Design

Doug Neal Re:A little too white (2254 comments)

Agreed. Definitely many steps in the right direction. The relative proportions of the gaps and the fonts, and their alignments, sit awkwardly in some places. Reducing some of the gaps between elements would definitely be an improvement.

more than 3 years ago

Russian Simulated Mars Mission Close To 'Landing'

Doug Neal Re:Start of a bad, racist joke? (170 comments)

OK, here goes.

Three Russians, a Chinese, a Frenchman and an Italian-Colombian walk into a bar. They order some drinks, and proceed to act in manners stereotypical of their respective countries of origin.
The barman finds their antics highly amusing. They leave several hours later, fairly intoxicated but quite happy.

more than 3 years ago

Underwater Nuclear Power Plant Proposed In France

Doug Neal MWe (314 comments)

MWe, is that a French megawatt? Une megawatte?

more than 3 years ago



Ray Kurzweil is optimistic about climate change

Doug Neal Doug Neal writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Doug Neal (195160) writes "Ray Kurzweil has weighed in on the climate change debate and predicts that due to the progress we are making on renewable energy, we will have weaned ourselves off fossil fuels within two decades."
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Suggestions for learning FPGA development at home?

Doug Neal Doug Neal writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Doug (195160) writes "I've recently been inspired to take up amateur electronics, specifically with FPGAs. I have an understanding of the basics, plus a solid programming background. From my research so far I've concluded that I should start with a simple FPGA development board and a couple of books on Verilog and/or VHDL and go from there. I found this Ask Slashdot discussion on Verilog vs VHDL very useful, but it focuses more on the development language rather than hardware. I'd be very interested in hearing peoples recommendations for an entry-level kit that is simple, flexible, and affordable (sub-£200), and preferably Linux-friendly, and indeed any other wise words that any experienced FPGA developers (professional or amateur) might have for a novice just starting out in the world of circuit design."


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