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Submission + - FPGA for Makers: The Dream of Drag and Drop Circuits ( 12

An anonymous reader writes: FPGA's are great, but learning VHDL/Verilog can be a daunting task! This new Kickstarter project has a unique new idea so simple that it just might put FPGA's into the hands of Makers everywhere. It's as simple as pairing an FPGA with an Arduino and creating software that lets Makers draw circuits. Instead of learning a new programming language Makers can draw circuits right away using open source building blocks such as stepper controllers, audio chips, video chips, and even a bitcoin miner. Circuits are loaded to the FPGA and then controlled by the Arduino. It's a very simple arrangement with mind boggling possibilities — everything from bitcoin mining, embedded vision, robotics, to reconfigurable System on Chip designs.

Comment Non US (Score 1) 130

I think there is a demand for a device that has an operating system made by a company not based in the US. After the recent stuff, how many people trust apple, or google, or microsoft not to have inserted under pressure something to spy on us to the us government. If my own government wishes to monitor me, and if it has good reason to do so, then ok. But I don't see why a foreign government should have that ability too.

Comment So why don't they do what's asked? (Score 1) 443

Presumable as they have raised so much money they actually have some kind of plan. Presumably they have a detailed breakdown of what it is then intend to work on and the efforts and costs involved in each item. Presumably they have a plan for what they plan to release and when. Presumably then know what costs they will have and what the plan to spend the money on. So sent it to paypal and sort it out. How hard can that be? And frankly if they don;t have some kind of plan, they don't have any business collecting all that money anyway Do you really imagine that any bank will provide credit card processing facilities for example, without some reassurance you're not committing fraud and that you will deliver what you are collecting payments for?

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