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Comment: Filed way too late. (Score 2, Informative) 360

by Solder Fumes (#29346383) Attached to: Bootstrapping a New Technology?

You've spent two years on this, and only now getting into the patent? You should be prepared for disappointment. The odds are very high that someone has already patented your exact idea, especially if it's something that you could figure out with no prior RF electronics experience. It's difficult to let go of something that you've put your heart into for so long, but you need to be prepared to do that if you run into problems. Otherwise it could drag you even further down.

Comment: FPGA4Fun and KNJN Altera boards under $50 (Score 1) 185

by Solder Fumes (#28700067) Attached to: Suggestions For Learning FPGA Development At Home?

Read through some of the tutorials at and then head over to the sister site to find some FPGA boards. You can get a very good introduction to FPGA concepts for less than $50. The Pluto boards with Altera Cyclone FPGAs are perfect for getting your feet wet.

Comment: Re:Is lead truly that dangerous ? (Score 2, Informative) 459

by Solder Fumes (#23804255) Attached to: Tin Whiskers — Fact Or Fiction?
There is no such thing as "lead fumes" while soldering. Temperatures are NOT high enough to vaporize lead at all. Granted, some of the flux materials used in solder are not so good for you to breathe, but you will not inhale any lead while soldering. Wash your hands after soldering and your lead intake is practically zero.

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