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Journal Journal: They patented *what* now?

Looking stuff up on the Internet, I ran into US patent 6529975. I'm no patent lawyer, but as far as I can tell it's a way of getting around the limited number of registers in the AC97 specification by writing to one register the address of an extended register to access, then reading
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Submission + - Mechanical computer designs implemented with nano (sybpipe.com)

mi writes: "Although the first mechanical computer was, likely invented by an ancient Greek, it was not until Charles Babbage, that serious attempts to create a computing machine were made again.

Babbage's designs never saw a successful implementation due to the sorry state of the technology in his times — the multi-ton computer would've consisted of thousands of cogs, ratchets, &c. The makers back then simply could not supply enough of the hardware, that would match the quality and uniformity requirements.

Today, however, his designs are revisited, because advances in nano-technology may allow for his blue-prints being implemented on the nano-scale resulting in mechanical computers capable of working, where the more fragile silicone can not be used."

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