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Less Pessimism, Please

POCV is the Latest Salvo in Improving Timing Analysis Accuracy

by Bryon Moyer

When I was a teen, I remember someone coming to help my Dad plan a big move of some piece of equipment on our orchard. What struck me was how this guy could pre-visualize all the various scenarios and then consider the consequences and, in particular, all the things that could possibly go wrong for the different cases.

I was pretty impressed. It seemed like such thorough analytical capabilities were a skill and a gift. Over time, however, I’ve noticed that such an ability isn’t always appreciated. Because most of the world likes to assume best-case conditions, the “value add” of the more thorough approach is to point out that there are potential negative consequences too. Which makes you Mr. Negative. The pessimist. Always there to dash cold water on a hot idea. Doesn’t matter if you’re right.  Read More

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The Industrial Internet Reference Architecture

Posted on 11/30/15 at 9:53 AM by bmoyer

Do you see industrial IoT designs converging on the ideas in the IIC's reference architecture? Or do you still see architectures proliferating?

FDA names salmon the first genetically modified animal safe to eat

Posted on 11/29/15 at 9:47 PM by SteveNordquis4

Exactly one growth hormone, and you get unvetted salmon in 18mos. instead of a year. The huge win is, to get them some current to swim in in so they don't taste like garfish, you're doing water-moving cross-fit and are guaranteed the salmon are the uglies…

Researchers teaching robots how to best reject orders from humans

Posted on 11/29/15 at 9:25 PM by SteveNordquis4

Case 5 is going to fail in all cases, so that's nice. "I am standing on the table, stylish_dismounts.lib failed to load, it can't get much worse...what is the tipping use-case in this room?"

Yeah, I can see they drilled on the bar crane safety drills, …

German robot practices hitting humans to ensure future safety

Posted on 11/27/15 at 8:18 PM by SteveNordquis4

Sounds legit. Wholly owned by the My Watch Already Mansplained It To Your Healthcare Provider Group PLC, MENA.

Late enough in the episode to say "Those aren't galvanic response and Burr Discomfort Index curves!"

Researchers create working electronics inside a rose

Posted on 11/26/15 at 1:21 PM by SteveNordquis4

For people who can't keep SOCs on, crack PCBs just by fingering a connector, but can grow plants, plant surgery gone...well, they their transistor characteristics fast rather than keep the leaves in D.I. water for a week, but just look at it. (CC licensed…

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:10 PM by SteveNordquis4

Not pictured; Hair was in French Braid before alarm phase 1.

Face-slapping alarm clock refuses to let you sleep in

Posted on 11/26/15 at 12:08 PM by SteveNordquis4

Good children of the world will of course choose vagus nerve interference devices, automated room blinds on light days, and canny direction of the projector on their cellphone to stop recording long-term memories and stop the second phase of rapid skeleto…

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/26/15 at 2:05 AM by Dick Selwood

Dick Selwood
Just under 30 years ago, when the word FPGA had to be explained, a stealth mode company published a paper in Electronics (The leading technical publication of the time). It was called something like Counting Gates and compared how Altera and Xilinx used …

Marketing Math 201

Posted on 11/24/15 at 2:23 PM by tentner

You should note that Altera is using ALMs, not 6-input LUTs. ALMs contain 2x 4-input LUTs + some logic to fancy combine them + 2 dedicated adder-bits. (At least I assume that Stratix 10 uses the same type of ALM - I could not download meaningful documents…

Synopsys Hacked

Posted on 11/23/15 at 10:19 AM by bmoyer

What do you think about EDA break-ins such as what happened to Synopsys, and their implications for networked and cloud implementations?

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