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Comment Amazing use of factors (Score 4, Funny) 108

For those of you who missed TFA, here is a juicy tidbit:

Teig estimates that the footprint of a Tabula chip is less than a third of an equivalent FPGA, making it five times cheaper to make, while providing more than double the density of logic and roughly four times the performance.

That is 6X more impressive than any other use of factors in a sentence... ever.

Comment Literature search (Score 4, Insightful) 279

If this is true:

I've no experience on [research papers], not even read a complete one

Then you will likely have a hard time writing a legitimate paper. A key aspect of most papers is a comparison of your work to work previously published. You need to establish how yours is novel. Without ever reading any other articles, I doubt you'll be able to do that successfully. Of course you'd need to do this to get a patent as well if you go the route others seem to be suggesting.

Comment Re:Don't you love weasel language (Score 1) 124

Carnival Rube: Hey honey, let's see how good this guy is. What'd I win?

Navin: Uh, anything in this general area right in here. Anything below the stereo and on this side of the bicentennial glasses. Anything between the ashtrays and the thimble. Anything in this three inches right in here in this area. That includes the Chiclets, but not the erasers.

Comment Re:One in twenty? (Score 1) 884

Yes, those odds seem inconceivably low. If an unguided rock can hit a plane with that frequency (1 in 20 times), you'd think we'd be able to develop an anti-ballistic missile system that worked.

They said there was a 1 in 20 chance that some plane in the last 20 years could have been taken down with a meteor. Not that 1 in 20 meteors takes down a plane.

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - David Arneson, co-creator of D&D, dies at age (

Alotau writes: Following a two-year battle with cancer, David Arneson died Tuseday at the age of 61. He was a co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons. In an e-mail statement released by his family shortly after his death Tuesday, his daughter Malia Weinhagen, of Maplewood, Minn., said 'the biggest thing about my dad's world is he wanted people to have fun in life. I think we get distracted by the everyday things you have to do in life and we forget to enjoy life and have fun.'

Besides his daughter, Arneson is survived by his father, John, and two grandchildren.


Submission + - Immigrant Chinese, Indian techies heading home (

Alotau writes: A survey of 1203 returnees to India and China indicates that increased opportunities back home and the economic problems the U.S. are leading many immigrant techies to return home. The study's authors say it illustrates the need for the United States to do more to retain its skilled immigrants in the face of growing global competition, for example by increasing the number of permanent residency slots for them in science, technology, engineering and math. An interesting tidbit on this study is that it used LinkedIn to gather some of its data.

Don't Double Dip That Chip 2

A study by some Clemson University undergrads has shown that putting a food item in your mouth and then putting that item into a bowl of dip, causes that dip to have more bacteria than normal. Transfering 50-100 bacteria between mouths with every dip to be precise. Amazing. The results of their, "running downstairs with scissors in your mouth" study have been inconclusive.

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