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Want a FPGA Board For Your Raspberry Pi Or Beagle Bone?

convolvatron toolchain? (66 comments)

given xilinx's history in the past, whats the toolchain situation?

in the past i've had to deal with license servers, multi-thousand dollar licenses, being locked into windows,
having to reverse engineer internal formats because the tools wouldn't work for me, having day-long
synthesis/test cycles because their routing was so abysmal, etc

admittedly I'm an old fuck, so thing may have changed

i scanned the page, but they dont seem to say a single thing about tools.

  what the situation?

about a year ago

Next-Gen Intel Chip Brings Big Gains For Floating-Point Apps

convolvatron wtf? fma3? (176 comments)

could someone tell me how many separate instruction sets, pipelines and register files I
get in a mainline CPU these days? i turned away for a second and completely lost track.

what happens with the 10 that you aren't using? just sitting there reducing the yield?

about 2 years ago

Firefox and Chrome Can Talk To Each Other

convolvatron Re:So...? (121 comments)

i tried to read the high level material, but its really not very clear

would it be possible to use this to write a peer-to-peer collaborative application in javascript that just ran
in the browsers of the peers and didn't require a central server for conrdination, say by passing svg?

about 2 years ago

DRONENET: An Internet of Drones

convolvatron yeah, ok, this is silly (108 comments)

but think about the utility of having a container standard for smaller objects that would be

    - nestable
    - stackable
    - designed to be manipulated/carried by robots
    - has a self-describing tag or at minimum a reference in a standard form to an internet object

that you could use interoperably in a variety of storage/transport applications

about 2 years ago

Worst Companies At Protecting User Privacy: Skype, Verizon, Yahoo

convolvatron go sonic (113 comments)

I know the article is meaningless, but sonic is just great.

I've never had a provider before who

    - consistently answers the phone for tech support, and provides honest, useful advice and really address problems

    - is willing to own issues with the local loop provider

    - consistently ups my capacity and lowers my rate just because

    - encourages me to run an open access point

    - takes an unmitigated pro-consumer stand wrt net legislation at every opportunity

more than 2 years ago

Coming Soon: Ubiquitous Long-Term Surveillance From Big Brother

convolvatron authoritarian (191 comments)

at this point i dont think we need the qualifier anymore.

'authoritarian governments will soon be able' -> 'governments will'

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Prepping For Massive Hiring Spree

convolvatron what do all those people do? (105 comments)

what possible reason would they need more for

more than 3 years ago

Open Hardware Journal

convolvatron editorial criteria (103 comments)

this is potentially a huge space. do you have any ideas about the segment you're addressing? I can
image projects that are

    - too dangerous: there are some plans floating around for making a tig welder out of a microwave transformer, which seems
                                                          cool but it might be too dodgy

    - too specialized: tips for grinding fluted cutters

    - too derivative: projects that require alot of infrastructure (i.e. a ccd and a xilinx)

    - too expensive: I found this neat application for my $150,000 low end used gas spectrometer

    - too substantial: construct this working harrier jet in your own back yard out of sheet metal and a file

do you have a bounding box in mind?

more than 3 years ago

Why Star Wars Should be Left o the Fans

convolvatron who's over-inflated idea of his own importance? (425 comments)

>> Even the artist doesn't really know what he's created, and a work doesn't become 'something' until given value by an audience: 'the artist is merely the medium for his or her work.'

the writers, producers, costume designers, actors, etc are really irrelevant in the creative process. no, its the
talentless consumer thats really the creative wellspring of artistic work

more than 3 years ago

WikiLeaks Should...

convolvatron Re:Can I pick two options? (469 comments)

no, this is wrong. having spent most of my life against the secret world, almost all of it is more convenient to classify than to make any kind of informed decision about what really needs to

at a tremendous cost.

its difficult to understand why you would assume that most classified material would be worth reading by anyone at all.

more than 4 years ago

Quark-Gluon Plasma Observed At LHC

convolvatron Re:Help me guyise (155 comments)


more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Holds iPhone Funeral Event

convolvatron Re:Why not show hubris? (311 comments)

i worked for a startup and the CEO insisted on having some kind of ceremony in the parking
lot where...i think we burned some of their marketing t-shirts of our huge 'competitor' that
we were going to present a serious challenge to.

6 months later, they had shipped their own technically superior version of our product, and ran
it on all their existing platforms. they didn't even bother buying us, we just disappeared from

does anyone know which startup i'm referring to? or is it really all of them

more than 4 years ago

What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

convolvatron Re:why not (462 comments)

sure, i'm not saying no 9th graders can use gimp

but i would hate to be a 9th grader with no clue stuck in a class during the week
that someone was trying to teach me gimp

more than 4 years ago

What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

convolvatron why not (462 comments)

teach them some fundamentals...what is a bit, what is a tube, how the tubes get plugged together,
maybe how dns works at a high level just to give them some example of a simple distributed system,
and give some meaning to web addresses.

what a trivial von-neumann machine looks like

what a program is at a high level, how images are represented and manipulated.

how to write a simple game in something like scratch.

what you describe seems pretty tortuous for a 9th grader (learning gimp, ooo), even for one that
has an interest

actually give them some semantic reference for dealing with computers, rather than teaching them
about the details of the current crop of open source menu-driven applications

more than 4 years ago

When I no longer use a hard drive, I typically keep it for..

convolvatron Re:Keep them in reserve (308 comments)

a joy? if you enjoy welding with marshmallows which are just as likely to slag off completely as make a decent seam

and to make it even worse you cant grind it, and machining a weld is hazardous due to the creation of oxides

but i guess it works ok. its easier just to cut things out of billet

more than 4 years ago

Netflix deal expands instant watch catalog

convolvatron preferred? (1 comments)

not really. sitting at home looking through an extensive catalog is about the same
as driving 10 miles to my local strip mall, and spending 30 minutes in an
overly lit blockbuster outlet listening to advertisements while i consider the 4 new releases
and the same 500 titles that i've been looking at for the last two years while trying
not be be too annoyed at someone else's unrly children.

and i really dont mind taking the same trip the next day just to drop the thing
off, it gives me a sense of importance.

more than 4 years ago

IT Infrastructure As a House of Cards

convolvatron implemented (216 comments)

i guess its ok that the sysadminds coopted the work 'implemented' where one would normally
say 'installed'

but that kind of leaves the actual implementors without a word now

and in this particular usage, its kind of odd, because usually the best time to
find and fix these problems is exactly when its being implemented, rather than
when its being installed

more than 4 years ago

How To Behave At a Software Company?

convolvatron throw fits over minor things (842 comments)

stop bathing
be awkward around the opposite gender
come in at noon and leave after midnight
be extremely condescending towards anyone at the company who is not an engineer
never admit that anything is your fault
drink 20 cans of free soda a day
claim to be a libertarian if you dont already

more than 4 years ago


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