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Comment: toolchain? (Score 1) 66

by convolvatron (#45704579) Attached to: Want a FPGA Board For Your Raspberry Pi Or Beagle Bone?

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?

Comment: yeah, ok, this is silly (Score 1) 108

by convolvatron (#42489281) Attached to: DRONENET: An Internet of Drones

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

Comment: go sonic (Score 2) 113

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

Comment: editorial criteria (Score 1) 103

by convolvatron (#37902170) Attached to: Open Hardware Journal

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?

Comment: who's over-inflated idea of his own importance? (Score 2, Insightful) 425

by convolvatron (#37435900) Attached to: Why Star Wars Should be Left o the Fans

>> 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

Comment: Re:Can I pick two options? (Score 1) 469

by convolvatron (#34414344) Attached to: WikiLeaks Should...

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.

Comment: Re:Why not show hubris? (Score 1) 311

by convolvatron (#33549698) Attached to: Microsoft Holds iPhone Funeral Event

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

Comment: why not (Score 2, Interesting) 462

by convolvatron (#33409476) Attached to: What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

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

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.