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Tesla, Edison, and the Patent Office

Surely underlying Jim's argument is the fact that that the patent system in the US, put in place after American entrepreneurs had run rough shod over European IP laws, but then started feeling the pain, are no longer about protecting the inventor but are …

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Wireless Wramblings

There must be more ways to use technology to make life better in fundamental ways.

How do we get our act together on this?

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chipKITs™ and JPEGs

The PIXI chip can provide good mixed-signal IO for monitoring and self diagnosis on a system I am working on.

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Black Helicopters & Foil Hats

Have you ever suspected that there was some alternate agenda for your project - one to which you were not privy?

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Analog Breakthrough?

What do you think about Pulsic's approach to automating analog circuit design?

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Mass to Maker

No real luck is required.
The heavy lifting has already been done.
The Minispartan 6 FPGA board is a Xilinx Spartan 6 LX9 board for $69, with daughter boards to add dual NTSC camera interface, or wifi, or arduino attachment for a total under $100.
See:…

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Combatting Complexity

I'll provisionally agree that software is more complex than hardware, and has hit the "complexity wall" sooner.
This however, has more to do with economic realities related to software production than any real necessity for software to be that complex.

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Crossbar RRAM Tweaks Nonvolatile Memory

Alternative non-volatile memory structures have come and gone over the years leaving a string of corpses on the side of the road, while the more standard floating gate EEPROM and flash has cruised along. Anyone remember bubble memory? How about all the …

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Aiming Wireless Power

Presenting the results as excerpts makes for pretty searchable...ah, lulz.
http://www.nature.com/cr/journal/v18/n12/full/cr2008306a.html
(letter to the editor, not article; sorry) is nice, but having "Non-thermal activation of...[blah blah hsp27/p38MAPK…

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Turning Brown Fields to Green

Do you have legacy equipment that you're trying to get connected? How's that working? Smoothly? Challenges?

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