In a year or two, after the next version comes out, you won't want to wear this any more. Battery life won't matter. Problem solved.
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I think the biggest difference between a Rolex and an iWatch is obsolescence. A 50 year old Rolex is still a nice watch. A one year old iWatch (when the new version comes out) is an ugly paperweight.
... isn't, but I hear his agent is.
Tell your friend Veronica
It's time to celebrate Chanukah.
What if we agree to spell out obscure acronyms the first time? Yes, I can google/bing it to find likely candidates, but what if you make life easier for all involved and actually use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)? Mmmmkay?
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.
Do I care?
Would I care?
Should I care?
Sounds like you should if you care about security/privacy. But since, I don't know what is going through your head, I don't know.
Could I care less?
Once again, don't know.
No strings but things still stick. You can't explain that!
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?
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
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.
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.
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!
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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Regarding pronunciation, I used to cringe/laugh every time Jobs said 'Jaguar.' It appears that there were three pronunciations depending on what you were referring to:
1. Mac OS: Jag-Wire
2. Large cat: Jaguar
3. British car: Jag u ah
Because you think the next one will be better?