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Comment Re:Price Point (Score 1) 67

One problem is that a lot of FPGA hackers write their functionality in Verilog or VHDL. Those provide a fairly high level syntax that makes it easy enough to design the hardware. The original chips, however, were designed using schematics.

I'd like to elaborate on this one: if you're using an FPGA to begin with, you don't really have the choice of using anything lower-level. First, the FPGA equivalents of machine language and compilers are usually closed systems, so Verilog and VHDL are often all you can do.

Second, the FPGA hardware itself is not infinitely malleable. You have a limited set of circuit elements and interconnects, and this coarseness is also a limiting factor on clock speeds. When implementing something new, decent hackers will use the FPGA quirks to their advantage, instead of trying to ape the features of hand-drawn circuits. This is of course a problem if you're trying to emulate a given piece of hardware exactly. OTOH, in the case of NES and its few MHz, you can probably make up for it in raw speed and software-like solutions.

FPGA design isn't a magic wand that just makes emulation perfect. You still need to figure out how the chips work internally.

Yes, the FPGA chips in particular.

Comment Re:Up to date? (Score 2) 328

The last point, about the college kids, is a good point. What engineers learn is that there is a new gradated class while employers pick the best of, and then replace their worst employees. From what I can tell employees get three years of training, and if they don't do well, they get replaced. It is not all milk and sugar for the graduates. There are years when less than 50% of graduates get hired because really only the bad employees are going to get fired.

One wonders why employees choose to train their replacements instead of just quit. It seems to me that if a person is so qualified that they are being fired no for cause but just because they are too expensive, they could get another job. It is like complaining that there are no more jobs in the US, but never buying a product made in the US.

Clearly if the visa program did not exist companies would be forced to hire the maybe less qualified US workers, or perhaps open office outside the US. OTOH, I tend to believe that the US is the greatest place in the world, with a great deal of cheap capital, and many people agree. The problem is that people in the US tend to be much more complacent about living up to that greatness than highly motivated people in other countries. It is the greatness of the US that encourages workers to come here, not the ability of employers to pay less. Yes it may lead to the same outcome, but if we look at the former we only complain, but the later gives us solutions.

Here is what happened to me early in my career. At first if was easy because I was competing with the to 5% of the 18-30 year old living in the US, those who had access to technology but also to schools who were more interested in teaching novel skills than the three R's as we used to call them. As the years went on, and more people became computer literate, in the broad sense, not MS Office, then I had to compete with more people. Finally, I was competing with the world, and at that point, since I was not in the top 1%, it all fell apart, so to speak.

Again, when I was a kid the entire engineering class would be hired straight out college. Now one can be in the top 50% and not be hired. It is not just visas, it is not just that technology has made things more efficient, it is also that so many of us are simply complacent about our futures.

Comment Re:Wayland bashing (Score 1, Interesting) 151

wayland initially was infested by the type of developers

Wayland was founded by the X developers who wanted to call it X12 but realized that people would freak the hell out if they fixed it the way that it needed fixing, based on their experience with X11.

Did you know that X11 has no security and that any stupid app running at the same time as your password manager can steal your keystrokes? Wayland fixes that, among other improvements to the 1980's architecture of X11.

Besides that, the baroque layering that means that you don't get good performance on modern hardware (because some breakage is considered unconscionable by the software conservatives). Those people can stay on X11 until they're old and creaky or their identity is stolen and they're too broke to own a computer.

Their kind of thinking is why traditional Linux DE's are stagnant and just adding circus tricks while ChromeOS and Android are the most successful linux distros.

Thank you, FESCO.

Comment Re: Why isn't this configurable? (Score 2) 136

Because the state of the form might be littered with Ajax operations such that simply refilling in the form won't accurately reflect the state of the page before it unloaded.

Right, he's saying that the state should be preserved. And it should be. ctrl-shift-t to re-open a tab can already do this - forward should as well.

Comment Re:More like 11 reasons to be depressed about tech (Score 1) 282

7, is just silly, blockchains dont in any way suddenly revolutionise anything - they are one cute solution to one specific problem.

You forgot the usual "it's a pyramid scheme, and besides I'm bitter for not being an early adopter, waaaaaaaa!". Also, what new technology _suddenly_ revolutionizes anything?

Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 100

NSA _and_ Russians had access to to all thus firewalled networks for 3 years... Should Cisco and it's customers start lawyering up?

Are you serious? The entire point of a government is that they can do things that are illegal for everybody else (ostensibly because they are morally indefensible actions) and never face any consequences for their actions. Everything else is just various arrangements of that maxim.

Comment Re:Your security services are under attack (Score 5, Informative) 272

It stopped being "my" country when it started keeping secrets in order to aggregate power. "My" country is run by the people, for the people, and of the people.

Many of us feel the same way, and are concentrating our efforts in one small geographic distribution. We've elected dozens into the State legislature and many more municipally across the state. Maybe you should vote with your feet. Free State Project

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