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Comment: Re:What bright spark (Score 4, Informative) 48 48

Umm... Lets see. Fiorina's term as CEO ended in 2005. Hurd was CEO from 2005 till mid 2010. Apothekar takes over in mid 2010 and a year later Autonomy is acquired.

See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

I'm no fan of Fiorina but it's a stretch to lay this on Fiorina. The acquisition was probably started under Hurd but Apothekar had a year to do due diligence and back out.

Comment: Re:This might have been incompetence, not malice (Score 1) 700 700

What they should have done is just set the PID to some generic USB CDC serial port so that the counterfeit chips would no longer use the FTDI driver and would no longer show ups as FTDI chips to the OS.

If after upgrading your drivers, your device no longer works, I don't think most users would make the distinction between PID set to 0 vs set to something else. Not working, bricking, de-functionalized, unrecognized by the driver, etc are rather fine distinctions. It either works the way it did or it doesn't.

Comment: Re:Summary (Score 1) 60 60

Question: Are current FPGAs faster than 10-15 year old CPUs?

Umm, I think you have things backwards. For certain tasks, FPGAs are phenomenally faster than any general purpose CPU. The correct question should be:

Are current FPGAs faster than CPUs 10-15 years from now?

Comment: Re:Summary is completely misleading (Score 1) 60 60

Yes, I guess there is a spectrum of implementations of retina-like processing. On one side, there is the retina and on the other side, a digital camera followed by Photoshop. This is being done algorithmically in FPGA so is closer to the Photoshop end of the spectrum.

There are silicon models of retinal processing. See
http://authors.library.caltech...
And there is a book by Carver Mead (I think he was the thesis advisor for above dissertation) called "Analog VLSI and Neural Systems" with a chapter on in silico retinal processing. This is what I would call an artificial retina.

What they made at CERN would more honestly be called a real-time FPGA implementation of retina-like processing. The length of the wires have little to do with it.

Comment: Summary is completely misleading (Score 2) 60 60

Reading the abstract, it is clear that what they did was to do image analysis using an algorithm (albeit in FPGA) modeled on what happens in the retina. Other than the speed advantage, there is nothing special about this that makes it an artificial retina. If you take a picture with a cellphone and do edge detection using software, is that an artificial retina? I would argue no more or less than what is described here.

TFS makes it sound like the image detectors are actually doing edge detection like the retina. The image sensors (CCD or CMOS or whatever) is doing no such thing. The image sensors are providing raw images that are being analyzed using edge detection algorithms using an FPGA.

There are VLSI implementations of retina-like processing, i.e. center excite, surround inhibit, that can do edge detection/enhancement, but this ain't it.

Comment: Re:Dear Lord, what has happened to Slashdot?! (Score 2) 41 41

Jame's Clerk Maxwell (yes, the same one with the equations) figured out that the ring's of saturn must be made up of small particles. He came to this conclusion because a solid ring would have an unstable orbit and any disturbance would cause it to crash into Saturn. A fluid ring would form blobs and waves. Since neither of these happened, Maxwell concluded that the rings must be made up of small particles in orbit around Saturn. Bonus, he figured this out in 1856!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

Sort of amazing what the human mind is capable of. On the other hand, we have the kind that make the comments seen above.

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