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This article is interesting from a business perspective, but is also provides a nice layman's overview of the difference between three categories of computer "chips":  microprocessor, FPGA, and ASIC. 
Intel has announced a new deal with ASIC manufacturer eASIC. This new partnership comes in the wake of Chipzilla's failed attempt to buy FPGA manufacturer Altera -- is Intel pivoting its datacenter strategy towards entirely different kinds of chips?
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It is almost here! Today, March 14, 2015, at 9:26am and 54 seconds, it will be 3.14.15.9:26:54. Happy Pi day! That's pi rounded to 10 digits!
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Believe me! these ants can STING!!!     Australia - Bull ants - Bull ants have a fearsome reputation, and deservedly so. Bull ants are large, alert ants that can grow up to 40 mm  They have characteristic large eyes and long, slender mandibles and a potent venom-loaded sting. They have superior vision, able to track and even follow intruders from a distance of 1 metre. Many species of bull ants have bright red or orange colours on the head or abdomen.

There are about 90 species of bull ants in Australia with diverse behaviours and life cycles. Nine bull ant species have been recorded in Sydney, but there may be more as yet undiscovered. Some of the smaller species are known as jumper ants after their habit of aggressively jumping toward intruders.
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One might think that in order to be the best engineer, one should study lots of engineering and only engineering.  Turns out that's not the case.  The best engineers certainly know engineering -- but the can also put it into context.  The best engineers are also critical thinkers, skilled communicators, sensitive empathizers, out-of-the-box innovators, and more.  Student of engineering can become great engineers not from a sole focus on engineering education, but from pursuing engineering within a broader liberal arts education.
The ability to draw from other disciplines produces better scientists.
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To much specialization makes one generally useless outside of highly specific, dedicated areas - not what is needed. That is part of the benefit of a liberal arts education - breaking the specialization.
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1TB memory for guests on ARM and lots of VM-wrangling fun for admins
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Dynamic Link Conference.  I can't make it to this, but others in my network might be interested.  http://cs.calvin.edu/activities/dynamiclink/ 

Dynamic Link invites working professionals in IT to spend a day with students about to embark on their careers in an atmosphere that celebrates the Christian perspective.  Working professionals are invited to spend a day talking with students about skills, craft and faith at Calvin College’s Computer Science Dynamic Link mini-conference on Saturday May 9th, 2015 in the DeVos Communications Center at Calvin College in Grand Rapid, MI.  
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DornerWorks Offers Xen Hypervisor Solutions and Design Services for the Xilinx Zynq Ultrascale+ MPSoC
DornerWorks has been selected as the Xilinx partner to provide the open source Xen hypervisor solution along with strong customer support and engineering services to make Xen an obvious choice for MPSoC-based products. On Feb 23, at the Embedded World tradeshow in Nuremburg, Germany, Xilinx announced the Zynq® UltraScale+™ Multiprocessor System-on-Chip (MPSoC), featuring a quad …
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DornerWorks, an embedded systems engineering design firm in Grand Rapids, MI, is seeking an experienced FPGA Engineer (mostly VHDL, perhaps a little Verilog).  We design partners with the major FPGA vendors including Xilinx, Altera, and Microsemi.
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Where Strategy Stumbles...
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The Xen hypervisor's latest version focuses all the more on performance, high availability, and feature support for ARM chip sets in the data center
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  • Michigan Technological University
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    Vice-President of Research & Development, 2005 - present
  • squishLogic LLC
    Partner, develop iPhone/iPad apps with a purpose, 2010 - present
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    Professor of Engineering - teach computer engineering, 1988 - present
  • Smiths Aerospace
    Software Engineer, Hardware Engineer
  • GE Aviation
    Software Engineer, Hardware Engineer
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  • Michigan Technological University
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