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Kinected Browser Lets You Flick Through Websites

fpgaprogrammer Re:Better Mousetrap (46 comments)

I'm the founder of Zigfu. We support both Kinect SDK and OpenNI with our browser plugin so we can run on both PC and Mac. Zigfu also runs in IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari because we built our plugin both as an ActiveX and NPAPI plugin. Our QA matrix is nasty.

about a year and a half ago

Researchers Claim 1,000 Core Chip Created

fpgaprogrammer Re: A New Chip (118 comments)

Now we need a chip that can take any given problem and divide it into one thousand parts so we can feed it into these processors. -Gives me a headache!

It's called a "programmer".

It's called a "fpgaprogrammer"

get it right.

more than 3 years ago

Preview of Ubuntu's Unity Interface

fpgaprogrammer Unity Namespace Collision! (382 comments)

The Unity namespace is already occupied by a great game engine for iOS and android and support multitouch and so on. Canonical is just going to make it a PITA for one or both sets of developers searching for "unity opengl" "unity GUI" "unity multitouch" "unity android."

more than 3 years ago

Intel Launches Atom CPU With Integrated FPGA

fpgaprogrammer Re:FPGA users already don't care (188 comments)

There are very cheap FPGAs too! Actel igloo nano are even under $1. These are often used as glue logic or nano-controllers like to connect a USB port to an ADC and DAC. In many cases, low cost ($1-20) FPGAs are use instead of microcontrollers and often FPGAs are even being programmed with microprocessor cores like the Nios(altera) or Microblaze (xilinx) or even soft ARM cores. You can run Linux on them!

more than 3 years ago

Intel Launches Atom CPU With Integrated FPGA

fpgaprogrammer Re:more jobs for me (188 comments)

i am an ee monster!

more than 3 years ago

Intel Launches Atom CPU With Integrated FPGA

fpgaprogrammer more jobs for me (188 comments)


more than 3 years ago

Arduino-Based, High Powered LED Lighting Over Wi-Fi

fpgaprogrammer Re:So .... ? (114 comments)

Summary is deceptive: They don't use an Arduino. They use their own ARM Maple board: which was designed to the Arduino form factor.

These lights lit up our burning man camp :)

more than 3 years ago

Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?

fpgaprogrammer Re:we need bigger space stations (503 comments)

contrary to the AC response, there are a lot of metal alloys that cannot be made on earth because gravity causes the mixture of liquid metals to form separate layers (like mixing oil and water) especially during the cooling process for making the allow. another possibility is the creation of metallic foams which cannot be made the same way on earth because gravity separates the liquid metal from the air bubbles.

more than 3 years ago

Twitter Faces Patent Infringement Lawsuit

fpgaprogrammer @TechRadium (236 comments)

@TechRadium, your #lawsuit is #bullshit.

more than 4 years ago

Suggestions For Learning FPGA Development At Home?

fpgaprogrammer Don't buy a board and (185 comments)

If you're tired of all the VHDL and Verilog nuances, try

Learn how to use core generator and a simulator before you even buy a board. you only need a board when you actually want to have hardware.

about 5 years ago

EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent

fpgaprogrammer Re:The list of the shameless "inventors" is (96 comments)

If you actually do a google search for "Brian Shuster Ideaflood Inc" you find this article about a porn-baron with a patent for pop-up ads. Truly a modern day Nikolai Tesla...


Ideaflood Inc. is an intellectual property holding company owned by Brian Shuster. He previously ran porn web sites that were accused by the Federal Trade Commission of deceptively charging customers. While he is said to have made millions from internet porn, with which he is still involved, he now sees Ideaflood's patents as his best potential revenue source.

His pop-up ad patent application was filed in 1998 and granted in 2002. Last week, Shuster modestly told MSNBC news, "I apologise for being a pioneer."

more than 5 years ago

Senator Applauds Pirate Bay Trial, Chides Canada

fpgaprogrammer Re:$58 billion saved! (526 comments)

That's an incredible saving. That money can be used to fix broken windows everywhere.

lol--and then the window makers can buy bread from the baker who can buy shoes from the shoemaker who can buy copyrighted textbooks for his child in high school. :)

more than 5 years ago

Senator Applauds Pirate Bay Trial, Chides Canada

fpgaprogrammer Re:Well... (526 comments)

I always thought those studies put piracy on the wrong side of the balance sheet: that's 56 billions dollars saved; not a 56 billion dollar cost. 373,000 jobs lost? That's over 15 millions hours each week of free time to spend with children

more than 5 years ago

DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

fpgaprogrammer Re:Holy CRAP! (135 comments)

i'm currently wrapping up a PDP-11 emulator on FPGA. I'm writing this post while waiting for the simulator to run test code that was written before I was born.... our contract also has us replacing a fixed-head disk with magneto-RAM.

more than 5 years ago

DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer

fpgaprogrammer Re:Neat... (135 comments)

A Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) is a fundamentally different type of architecture than what you think of as "modern processors." Instead of serial instruction stream execution engines you are provided with an array of programmable logic blocks in a sea of programmable routing. The programming model is akin to programming a spreadsheet in which each cell updates in parallel. Traditionally we think of this as "reconfigurable hardware" since the languages we use for designing physical hardware and FPGA emulations are the same (VHDL/Verilog). For most tasks that exhibit any sort of parallelism, an FPGA can grossly outperform a CPU of similar transistor count and cost both in terms of throughput and power consumption. The major barriers preventing the FPGA architecture from pushing serial instruction stream executers aside is the learning curve of the programming model and the economic barrier-to-entry: FPGAs are historically expensive VHDL/Verilog simulators and good design tools aren't cheap either. FPGA emulations of legacy systems can replace computing components that can no longer be purchased. This is what I do professionally.

more than 5 years ago

Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion

fpgaprogrammer Re:cost per square kilometer (414 comments)

what are you talking about? with 44 billion dollars we could put 44 of those $100 units every square kilometer. the issue to increasing the amount of bandwidth per transceiver to anything higher than 100Mbps was that we need to be able to LEGALLY USE more of the spectrum.

more than 5 years ago

Universal Broadband Plan Calls For $44 Billion

fpgaprogrammer cost per square kilometer (414 comments)

44 Billion Dollars / Area of US = 4,477.63 U.S. dollars per Square Kilometer

I can build a wireless transceiver for well under $1000 that can provide 100 Mbps coverage to 1 square kilometer (564 meter radius). It will cost more like $100 each if we're making 10M.

The real hurdle isn't technical, but political: we need to stop licensing bandwidth to private corporations and start sharing the entire spectrum.

more than 5 years ago


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