“We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
I hate writing about security. I hate it because I wish it were unnecessary. There was a time when engineering meant making a product that did what you wanted it to do. Now it means spending a bunch of time making it not do what other people want but … Read More → "Security: Hard and Soft"
Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.
— Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz.
This week’s episode of Fish Fry starts off with a bang — the Big Bang! We investigate a new study from a multi-national team of researchers that investigates the cosmic microwave background of the universe. This … Read More → "Type C or Not to Type C"
After forty years at the helm of National Instruments, founder Dr. James Truchard (Dr. T.) is stepping down. Given that NI was founded before most people working in electronics today entered the profession, it is one of those companies everybody knows – but what “everybody knows” varies from person to person. Do you know NI for test and measurement, for system design, or for system control? Or VST? What does … Read More → "What Part of the Elephant Do You Recognise?"
“Every man believes he knows how to do three things: drink liquor, woo a woman, and write.” – anonymous
You’ve just installed a shiny new multimillion-dollar computer system used to dispatch ambulances in a large, metropolitan city. You and your colleagues have spent years developing the software, which allows first-responders to efficiently locate the nearest ambulance in any part of the city. When an emergency … Read More → "Can You Get Sued for Bad Code?"
“Headlines, in a way, are what mislead you because bad news is a headline, and gradual improvement is not.” – Bill Gates
Well, that didn’t take long.
In yet another example of the “what gets measured gets done” syndrome, some TV manufacturers now stand accused of cheating on their energy-consumption testing. According to … Read More → "Qualcomm Discovers Its Long Tail"
“If the car feels like it’s under control, you’re not going fast enough.” – Mario Andretti
Electric cars have been around since the 1830s. That’s more than 175 years of progress, from the early Davenport autocar to the Tesla Model S, BMW i8, or Karma Revero. … Read More → "The Anti-Tesla"