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Comment Laugh at India all you want but... (Score 5, Insightful) 113

Doesn't the NSA or whatever intelligence agency in the Western world monitor all of you traffic? USA's the most paranoid about terrorism.

How much of your social activity is monitored by intelligence agencies? Does your democratic process expose any of it?

I know /. likes to mock and laugh at India, this happened before with the Blackberry encryption case.

As an Indian citizen living abroad I know about this now, what's your congress doing behind closed doors?

Comment Link to attached Paper about specialized cores... (Score 3, Informative) 137

http://cseweb.ucsd.edu/users/swanson/papers/Asplos2010CCores.pdf

They call the specialized cores "c-cores" in the paper. I took a quick skim through it. C-cores seem like a bunch of FPGA's and they take stable apps and synthesize it down to FPGA cells with the use of the OS on the fly. The C-core to hardware chain has Verilog and Synopsis in it.

Cool tech, guess they could add gated clocking and all the other things taught in classroom to further turnoff these c-cores when needed.

cheers.

Comment Speaking as a "young developer" (Score 1) 742

It's not that we're not interested in the kernel, it's that the kernel moves so rapidly along with the sheer size of the kernel, where's one supposed to start?
I've seen some Google tech talks from Andrew Morton and Greg Kroah-Hartman, they both recommend that patching the kernel is the best way of learning it.

Most universities that I know of either use OS161 [http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~syrah/os161/] , Nachos [http://inst.eecs.berkeley.edu/~cs162/sp10/] or Minix from Tanenbaum. These kernel's are small enough that a student can know all of it, but is that any good for "real" kernel's like Linux, BSD, etc...?

I don't think systems programming has lost it's "cool", any respectable university still has a low level operating systems course where they either work on simulated hardware like SYS161 or work on actual real hardware where they have to get their hands dirty with assembly for context switches/interrupt handlers/low level IO (UART's and Serial/Parallel) and do Processes/Multiprogramming/VM in C.

And no, we're not given any IDE's like Visual Studio, it is still just a text editor (vi or emacs, pick you weapon) along with Makefiles and gcc/gdb. And yes, we were taught Java/.NET/Scheme, and we know when and where to use these languages/tools appropriately.

Its more about transferring these experience from the "Ivory Tower" world of academia to the real world, and we have no idea how to start that.

How did you experienced developers start? Did any of these academic kernel's help at all?

Comment FPGA SDK's for Student's to work on... (Score 1) 301

This might be offtopic, but while we're on the topic here, does anyone know of any *afforable* FPGA kits for students?

Our university used the Altera DE2 boards, found here http://users.ece.gatech.edu/~hamblen/DE2/

I really liked the DE2 because it has a whole lot of peripherals and can be used with Quartus II. I wanted to get one so I could tinker with it in my own time for fun.

Any recommendations for one less than $500~ ?

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