Yes, with the whole thing unraveling I too had the thought that Dave Mustaine is, in addition to a good musician, a visionary about such things.
Isn't reactionary by definition not "paleo"?
I am a fan of the people who build their own computers from MSI components.
I discovered microprocessors around 1980, when I was 14 years old, but here in little Belgium I was never able to do something with that knowledge at that time, but my interest got me a bachelors degree in electronics, and a good (better) understanding on how software works. I was always interested in FPGA, but it is only since 2010-2012 that I got finally a possibility to do more than programming. I got my master degree in electronics, and on the way I learned VHDL (one of the reasons that I wanted to go for my master degree), and got an interesting school assignment about on the fly reconfigurable hardware and a thesis involving the Spartan-6 Atlys board.
Also, since 2004 I have been working on and off studying Common Lisp, and processor emulators.
Well, since September 2012 I have been designing a simple microprocessor, for which I first did the implementation of an assembler in Common Lisp, and a simulator, and start of this September I finally got around implementing the simple computer system in VHDL. I was surprised how easy it was, given that I only have about 1 to 2 hours a day in the evening to work on things. It is currently a 16-bit thing which uses 64kB of FPGA block RAM.
Thus, with software knowledge and VHDL, it should become even easier to build custom microprocessors.
And I am not even crossing this line. It has always interested me to go for both hard- and software, but due to circumstances I ended up more on the side of software.
Having the room for doing electronics properly is not that easy. One needs a place committed to it, which can not be used by other people in the family. For that reason, I like the concept of FPGA development boards. It lets me do what I want to, without needing to invest in dedicated space.
The Atlys board gives me all I need for growing in the future. The first part should be to make the system run using the on-board serial controller, so that I can control it through a terminal program, having access to a keyboard and a character terminal.
And I am not done with software, because one of my goals is to write a Lisp system for running on the system, and then start to optimize the ISA for better performance. Other things: go to a 32-bit implementation and start using the on-board 128 MB RAM memory.
"I always do what Teddy says"
In his main book, Michel Montignac also talks about this, about a person who never drank, but got cirrosis due to alcohol forming in his body. Unfortunately, he generalises it too much, saying that everybody can get it by eating too much fruit after dinner.
Where's old Stoneface when you need him?
No, it was someone brilliant who impersonated as the NSA to publish SELinux.
When the religious fascist really take over, educated geeks are the first to dispose of, because of the fact that they can see through all the bullshit.
No, no, what is wrong with Bill Gates? (My personal take says: everything)
Gates does not seem to be able to distinguish technology from the way people work.
I am married for fifteen years, and have a daughter of nine, but I sympathise with Snowden, not with the likes of NSA, CIA or FBI, or other likewise organisations.
As a middle class engineer who has to comply with all kinds of regulations and laws and has to pay taxes, I want that the organisations which are created by the lawmakers also obey the law.
Also, whistle blowers should be by default protected by the judiciary.
In anything at all, perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)