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Interesting insight on the ways silicon fabs have been cheating Moore's Law (and the limits in continuing to do so).  Especially: "'dark silicon' refers to those portions of a device that need to be shut down in order to avoid overheating. [It recently] was projected to account for 'about one-third of total area in the 20nm technology node ..., increasing to as much as 80% by the 5nm node ... .'" http://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1325577
Although traditional dimensional scaling looks ever darker, the emerging monolithic 3D technology is poised to bring back the light.
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Anyone happen to have a spare airline ticket to Leipzig, Germany for May 12-18th? Y'know, just sitting around in that jar of leftover international tickets you have? http://battlemesh.org/BattleMeshV7
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The international summit would be more relevant to stuff I do, more diversity in its attendance (i.e. plenty of folks besides techies).  Battlemesh sees a more tech-oriented crowd, frequently with the results of its various competitions either being reported at (if not already implemented in code for) the summit later.  Doesn't rule out the possibility making interesting connections at Battlemesh for possible contract work in firmware development, but there are venues nearer afield for that, too.
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A future Thanksgiving that I think I would approve of ...
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A benefit to having a tin heart is that you can solder it back together when it breaks.
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http://wirelesssummit.org/ Whoo-hoo!  I will be traveling to Barcelona in October to present about the St. Louis mesh wifi network WasabiNet!
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That is very cool.
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Evidently some FUD from Belkin/Linksys about their level of support for open firmware (namely OpenWRT) on their new wifi router WRT1900AC.  No actual wireless driver source code has been shared with OpenWRT devs; open firmware would only work for wired.
 
Speaking a little truth to the Belkin marketing of their latest 802.11ac router:

https://openwrt.org/ says:

"Given the confusion that the mentions of OpenWrt support in Linksys press releases have caused, we would like to clarify the state of WRT1900AC support in OpenWrt and the ongoing collaboration with Linksys.

Members of the OpenWrt team have been in contact with Linksys for a while, discussing collaboration on device support in OpenWrt.
There had been no technical collaboration on device support until Belkin engineers posted a few incomplete patches in early April. These patches are currently being cleaned up, as they do not meet our quality standards.

The most important part that is still missing is a usable driver for the Marvell 802.11ac wireless chipset. Belkin is working on fixing this, but they have not given us an estimation on when such a driver will be provided.

The default firmware for this device seems to be using a proprietary driver provided by Marvell, which uses non-standard APIs for configuration. We don't know if Marvell will open source this driver, or will work on an alternative Linux driver. We believe that both approaches require a considerable amount of effort and time.
Because of these issues, we would currently recommend against purchasing this device until we have the missing pieces of software to make it functional with OpenWrt.

The Linksys press release claims that the device is "OpenWrt ready" and "Open Source ready". Given how much is still missing, and that not even the GPL code for this device was posted to the Linksys GPL code center, we consider these claims to be premature and unfortunately misleading.

Regards,
The OpenWrt Team"
What is OpenWrt? OpenWrt is described as a Linux distribution for embedded devices. Instead of trying to create a single, static firmware, OpenWrt provides a fully writable filesystem with package management. This frees you from the application selection and configuration provided by the vendor ...
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Getting the #github #unicorn , I believe with the implication that one "should" never see a unicorn in the 1st place.  Feeling special ...
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Now in Berlin for this year's Summit on Community Wireless Networks! #is4cwn
Ben West, WasabiNet's co-founder, is off to Berlin for this year's International Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN), being hosted by the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation. Exciting! Aufregend (in German)! Ben will be presenting a tech showcase about the ...
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Where does one appeal to have <curmudgeonly><curmudgeonly/> added to the +HTML5 standard?  I would have use for such a tag.
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How would you expect browsers to implement curmudgeon detection for the intended effects?
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I'm surprised about the lack of mutiple windows.  Seriously?  I thought a GUI capable of multiple simultaneous windows was established as a Good Thing back in the 70s or so.
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Oy, had to add --memory-model=low to +Chromium on my Ubuntu v12 laptop, since it was chewing up all memory and causing near constant paging (of other applications' data) to disk.  So, 2GB RAM is no longer sufficient for Chrome these days?  I remember switching to Chrome a couple years ago to work around +Mozilla Firefox being memory hungry and sluggish, and now things have come full circle.
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Thank you for your Advice. Much appreciated....
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