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Comment RF next to the eyeball? Bad idea!! (Score 4, Interesting) 126

It may very well be practical to put electronics next to the eyeball to do a display or whatever, but you do NOT want to put any kind of RF source/sink there. There would only be two ways to power such a unit - solar and RF energy beamed in ala RFID. The pictures I've seen suggest the latter. Having a resonant antenna at such frequencies would scare the heck out of me. Local heating or perhaps re-radiation at microwave frequencies next to something that is essentially H2O? You do KNOW that is why microwave ovens work.

I think I'll stick with LCD monitors.

Comment Calling BS on this! (Score 1) 645

I've lived and worked in Silicon Valley for 29 years. I've worked at several start-ups. The VAST MAJORITY of start-aren't run by WASPs! Mostly Indians, Persians, or Asians! Why are there few Black entrepreneurs in High Tech...D'uh! There are very few Black engineers in High Tech. I've worked with maybe three! There was exactly one black gentleman in my graduating class of over 100 in Electrical Engineering from the biggest Cal State Engineering School.

So - whatever the reason - this is a self-selected situation. Blacks don't enter the field. The problem starts WAY BACK at the STEM education entry point - maybe in high school.

Comment Re:I actually agree with the Democrat here (Score 2) 239

I think you have this wrong. "The reason they weren't elected, and why there are two for every state, is that they were intended to be the body that looked out for the interests of the country as a whole and not the specific interests of the state they came from or the voters therein. "

This is inherently wrong when you consider that the constitution created to sets of co-equal sovereignty. The intention as I read the constitution was to create an upper house where the concerns of the States would be taken into consideration, while the house was the "People's house." Each state had equal representation, thus no state had a larger voice than any other. The Senate was designed to give the state governments a say in the Federal governments operation.

Though we come to the same conclusion - popular elections of Senators is a huge mistake.

Politics

Submission + - Admin tries to hard to help LightSquared (thedailybeast.com)

stevew writes: "The Pentagon has worried for months that a project backed by a prominent Democratic donor might interfere with military GPS. Now Congress wants to know if the White House pressured a general to change his testimony." LightSquared is trying to deploy a radio-based Broadband Internet access technology with ground-based radio systems that overlap the GPS band. Now it looks like the administration, in it's attempt to stimulate Broadband deployment, might have interfered with a Congressional witness from the DOD.
Intel

Submission + - Intel's Thunderbolt With Fiber Optics Years Away (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Intel's Thunderbolt high-speed interconnect technology could be years away from getting optical technology, an Intel executive said this week at IDF. Originally introduced in February on Macs, Thunderbolt was pitched as being optical technology but currently uses copper wires. Dadi Perlmutter of Intel's Architecture Group said copper wires are working much better than expected, and that fiber was expensive. 'It's going to be way out,' Perlmutter said. 'At the end of the day it's all about how much speed people need versus how much they would be willing to pay.'"
Google

Submission + - Google Offers Opt-out From Home Wi-Fi Tracking (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: Google is adopting a new policy that allows home users with wireless network connectivity to opt-out from the company’s Wi-Fi tracking technology. The Mountain View-based search behemoth announced this move on Tuesday. It has been greeted with only positive feedback so far. The move, according to analysts, will help significantly in lowering the privacy concerns of all those who otherwise would have turned critical of such an ‘invasion’ by the company into their personal domains.
Government

Submission + - FCC to test opening white spaces up to public (thehill.com)

GovTechGuy writes: The FCC will begin a test on Monday that will give the public access to "white spaces," the unused spectrum between TV and radio stations. The Commission is in the process of opening up the airwaves for public use; the last release of unlicensed airwaves eventually spawned a number of innovations such as WiFi, cordless phones and baby monitors. Officials hope this move will lead to better WiFi technology that can cover up to 50 miles.

Comment Re:Usage predicts lifespan (Score 1) 425

Nope - You present no evidence to the contrary - you just insult and make unsupported statements. I mentioned a segment that uses TCL as it's fundamental scripting language. The following EDA tools use it to mention a few.

Mentor Modelsim Verilog/VHDL simulation environment
Synopsys Design Compiler, and Primetime Timing Engine
Magma Designs Chip Design environment for all phases of the tools
Cadence Encounter Chip design environment

These are the MAIN players in the industry - and they tend to use TCL in all of their other tools that require a scripting capability. The only exception that I'm aware of iis the use of SKILL by Cadence in their Schematics capture tools.

If you design chips for a living - you need to be proficient in TCL to drive the tools.

That isn't to say that other scripting languages aren't useful - didn't claim that, merely that TCL had a very strong nitch that it fills which happens to be the reason Osterhout invented it while he was at Berkeley.

Comment Re:Does Not Compute (Score 1) 580

Maybe so - but facts on the ground in Silicon Valley prove his point.

There are thousands of out-of-work engineers looking for work here in all disciplines. Granted that the valley is not the entire US - but it is certainly one of the premier US technical hubs. Mind you - California prices and anti-business policies don't help any.

Comment Re:Solar dies, RADIATION LIVES. (Score 5, Informative) 694

This is so much BS - what killed off Solyndra was competition from off-shore competitors. Even with 0.5B infusion from the DOE - they couldn't build a factory that was cost competitive. Oh - I live in the town where the factory was built - they wasted huge amounts of money building a second fab when they had one two blocks down the street of similar size and capacity. There is nothing magical here - it is simple economic forces that killed them off. Get over your Evil Big Oil conspiracy theories.

It also proves that the government does a lousy job of picking economic winners and losers. That is a game the government should stay out of.

Comment Re:Usage predicts lifespan (Score 1) 425

I have bad news for you all -

TCL IS VERY MUCH ALIVE and being put to use daily in it's original intended Market! It is in use through-out the EDA industry. If you look at it's history - this is what it was intended for! All of the major Electronic Design Aid Tools in the Chip design business use TCL as their under-lying scripting language.

GNU = BS

Comment Re:Misfiled, should be under "Funny" (Score 1) 181

You are COMPLETELY correct about this guy. You can't trust ANYTHING he says - here is an example of what he said concerning PJ and Groklaw being paid by IBM back in the middle of the SCO lawsuits. He his completely unreliable as a reporter. He has an agenda that is transparent.

http://techrights.org/2010/08/06/record-straight-on-groklaw-ibm/

Maybe there IS a lawsuit between Apple and Mot in Germany. As others have mentioned, Mot is a BIG company and can take care of themselves. They do have fundamental technology in Cell phones, and many in radio technology. Apple just doesn't like competition, so they resort to lawsuits to clear the field for their milch-cow products. They're STILL whining about loss of the "look and feel" lawsuits over Windows 1 with Microsoft! ;-) They are just as anti-competitive as Microsoft.

Comment Re:Surprising? (Score 4, Informative) 107

You have to understand that TSMC has a different business model than Samsung. TSMC is the largest Chip Fab in the world - bar none. It is ONLY a chip fab. The article is actually in error when it implies that the relationship between ARM and TSMC is a big deal. The relationship between Samsung and ARM is likely exactly the same! They BOTH have a license to ARMs IP. The BIG difference between the two is that TSMC doesn't have System Architecture experience. They take designs from others - and create masks, then fab them for you. Most of the "fabless" semiconductor companies in the world use either TSMC or UMC (the number 2 player..)

Samsung is different in that they do both Architecture/Implementation of the design along with fabrication. TSMC doesn't really have that ability.

What Apple would have to do is take on the Architecture/Implementation roll by themselves and send the design to TSMC for fabrication. That would put Apple more in the "fabless" semiconductor business. What they do now is they buy most of the design from Samsung, i.e. they use Samsung's IP on their chip, then Samsung implements the device, and fabs it. They ship the completed device to Apple.

Hope this straightens out some of the differences between the two approaches.

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