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Comment: Re:Ibuprofen (Score 1) 212 212

Heh... Almost any NSAID is performance enhancing. I've never heard of dosing with Ibuprofen, but they use Phenylbutazone ("bute") all the time with horses so long as they're not in the ring and about a month BEFORE they hit a race or ring. Bute used to be available for human use- but it's really very nasty and was banned for all but ankylosing spondylitis when the other treatments won't do- because it's effective for it...just dangerous. Knowing that it's effective (as is Naproxen) for this sort of thing, I'm unsurprised. Naproxen's not made for equine use, but vets will prescribe it all the same for compounded and other use for things that won't respond to bute. Any of the NSAIDs will be "performance enhancing" for a racehorse because they'll suppress the lactic acid inflammation response in their muscles so they can run longer and harder.

Comment: Re: I really don't care... (Score 4, Informative) 212 212

That's because it's difficult to get a horse to stay put long enough to have the bones heal. Hint for you- I happen to have a horse that was one of the last live covers he made before making a spiral break of his leg. The stallion, SJ Mikhail +++ (Hint: This is the highest level of champion of record status within the Arabian Horse Association), developed a spiral break of his leg similar to what had happened to Barbaro and lived. Freak accident in the case of Mikhail- there wasn't any speed or even that much hard riding (You don't expect a Western Pleasure horse to be galloping down the rail like in Working Cowhorse...) The reason that they trend to put down horses after a leg break, unlike humans, is because they're not sound even to be "merely a horse" once the leg breaks- and the odds aren't good because the horse won't do the right things for it to heal up, normally. The main reasons we don't put people down is we're like the friggin' Terminator over the rest of the Animal Kingdom. You heal differently/better than most of the rest. You're smart enough to largely not do stupid things so you CAN heal that way. As it is clear you don't know any of this, I strongly suggest silence and education until you DO get it. The feels won't get you very far, to be truthful.

Comment: Re:Why do people even care about this? (Score 1) 193 193

So long as I'm using the blob and the device using it can still function in perpetuity, meaning that it's effectively firmware for the hardware and I can copy it ad-infinitum and expect each generation of the driver and code associated with the device to work with THAT particular blob, I'm am "fine" with it.

It's still a problem, but it's so minor compared to closed drivers, etc., that I too question it being that much.  Needs to be noted.  Needs to have people aware of it.  Then we move on.  I'd love to have fully open HARDWARE as well as software, but that's not always the case, now is it?

Comment: Re:Xilinx (Score 1) 63 63

Biggest problem THERE would be that they'd have to open up the X86 kimono a bit more than they'd really want to do that with NIOS.  I won't be surprised in one way (your meaning of the situation) if they do it and surprised all the same- because they're giving stuff out that can be more readily reverse engineered through the tools, etc. that people would get as a result of that decision.

Comment: Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 63 63

Not a conflict of interest.  Just that a competitor just bought your supplier.  Big difference.  It's a problem that you need to find a new supplier.  The drawbacks with FPGAs is that there's nothing other than your sole supplier is just that.  You can't readily or easily swap out the FPGAs like you can SoC's in the ARM or MIPS space- or like RAM or eMMC's.  There's a bit of "standard" and "open" involved with things there.  I consider it necessary evil to be using them because they're not as open or "standardized" as the other stuff- but the moment someone wises up, even though it'll be a race to the bottom like the other plays, they will be the "king" there.

Comment: Re:So, what's the plan? (Score 2) 63 63

They're big and slow compared to an ASIC, yes.  But the thing is, they're not big and slow overall- they're reconfigurable and you can dynamically change the logic (Witness Altera's OpenCL offering on the higher-end stuff they offer...  You don't offer that unless you're competitive with GPUs...) on the fly.  They have a place and it's not always custom logic.  It's adaptable custom logic- which ASICs **CANT** do.  CPUs are slow and plodding in many of the tasks you're talking about in that space- and GPUs are cumbersome and painful to use compared to them for that use.

Comment: Re:Crap hardware, not surprising (Score 0) 192 192

Define "better". So very few devices work well for things in the $35 category. You typically have to spend double that for similar gear- and IT isn't any better- they're all bare boards and each have gotchas gallore for their use.

Most people aren't going to shell out $500 or more for the board that accounts for all the possible concerns- which is what you get to pay for someone to have done most of the gotcha removals on the design. Well, unless they're building a system to commercially control an industrial CNC machine or the like...

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