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Racing for Computer Nerds

I think the most accurate assessment is in the blog article by Gary North: Bitcoins: The Second Biggest Ponzi Scheme in History

Most of us who have spent any time in the tech industry, have already seen a large number of super investments come, and go,…

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Saas: Software as Sadism

The ownership concept is slippery. That's the whole reason behind the licensing model: you don't, in fact, own it. You're merely given permission to use what they continue to own. For all the rhetoric about "ownership society," it's why so many companies …

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Optimizing the Energy Harvest

What do you think of these ideas aimed at improving the performance of energy harvesters?

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Xilinx vs. Altera

Node numbers are meaningless- they are the descendents of that equally meaningless measure- gate count.

The good news about the rivalry is that it means there is no immediate threat of a monopoly.

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Which Will be the First Penguin in the Water?

Thanks Mike

Acronym re-use doesn't seem like a good idea

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“Always On” is for Extroverts

I completely understand the quantified-self stuff; no issue with that. The scenarios that got me feeling queasy weren't those; they were the ones where your system is constantly trying to anticipate your next move, so to speak.

So to some extent, inclu…

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Of HIDs and HALs and Hubs

How do you view the impact of OS requirements on sensors? Do they help? Hurt?

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Adventures in Verification Land

What do you think is the hardest part of the design cycle? What do you think about the interviews in this week's Fish Fry?

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Monotonic Convergence

Ah gabor, you don't understand. For years the ASIC guys have been the cutting edge, demanding as much of everything that they can get, while regarding FPGA guys as knuckle dragging peasants who aren't really designers. So how could they learn from them th…

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Wireless Power Standards Proliferate

What do you think about the three standards? How do think they should resolve their differences? Or does it matter?

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Synopsys Does… Software?

Very odd acquisition indeed. I just don't see any product synergy between the two company product lines, so it only makes sense to let Coverity be run as a subsidiary of Synopsys. It will be certain death to Coverity if Synopsys decides to merge the sales…

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The Mid-Winter Grab Bag

New PCs don't offer much over existing PCs?? Why, they offer Windows 8!! With exciting upgrades, like "charms bars" that invade your screen randomly for no reason. And peripherals that don't work. And hidden gems... those would be the important functions …

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