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Say what? When it Comes to Voice Control, The Future is Now!

When I was a little lad about six years old growing up in England circa 1963, my mom and dad were both working, so I used to spend the halcyon days of summer up the road at my Auntie Barbara’s house hanging out with my cousin Gillian (who was one year younger than me) and the other kids on the street.

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Brain-a-Palooza! Advancements in Brain-Hand Communication and Your Brain on Code

In our first Fish Fry podcast of 2021, we sit down with Dr. Scott Frey (Miller Family Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Missouri) and chat about the challenges and newest advancements in brain-hand communication. We take a closer look at how Dr. Frey and his team are helping to personalize recovery from ‘lost’ limbs and … Read More → "Brain-a-Palooza! Advancements in Brain-Hand Communication and Your Brain on Code"

Security Flaw Afflicts Intel x86 Boot ROMs

Another year, another Intel bug. 

What makes this bug interesting is that it’s so crafty. It’s fun to see what loopholes hardware and software can discover all by themselves. If you’re a homeowner, you know that water is amazingly devious. It can intrude anywhere, including moving uphill, through tiny holes, and along porous surfaces. Stopping leaks – or … Read More → "Security Flaw Afflicts Intel x86 Boot ROMs"

Say Hello to Deep Vision’s Polymorphic Dataflow Architecture

Over the years (actually, decades, now I come to think about it), I’ve seen a lot of great silicon chip architectures and technologies pop up like hopeful contenders in a semiconductor Whack-A-Mole competition, only to fail because their developers focused on the hardware side of things and largely relegated the software — in the form of design, analysis, and verification tools — to be “something we’ll … Read More → "Say Hello to Deep Vision’s Polymorphic Dataflow Architecture"

When Obfuscated Code Is a Good Thing

“Syntactic sugar causes cancer of the semi-colons.” – anonymous 

Obfuscated code is normally considered a bad thing. Plenty of us write unintelligible code by accident, but, as a rule, we’re supposed to write code that’s clear, understandable, and maintainable. Clarity of purpose is a mark of good digital hygiene. 

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