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Python to Silicon !
How is it I was the first to g+1 that site?  Are people crazy?  Git it
http://www.myhdl.org/
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"Medical laws and ethics of Babylon as read in Hammurabi's code
should be applied to computer programmers"

I have read a couple times, and in print back as far as 1912, that ancient Chinese doctors were paid yearly and while the patient was well.  The payments stop when the patient is sick.  Likewise the Code of Hammurabi has strict regulations on the practice of medicine, with sliding scale fees based on patient income and cutting off the hands of bumbling surgeons.

The same should be true for computer programmers.  When there are bugs, they don't get paid.  Whacking off hands for major security flaws would be fine too.

http://ispub.com/IJLHE/4/2/10352
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Quick B.S. detector...
1) read this nice short article
2)decide what entities should insure deposits, if at all
3)call your Senator or Representative and ask their position on the topics of the article and see if they sound informed. 

my two cents
Should deposits be insured because it allows more little fishes in the wealth making game?  Big fishes and their regulators are fond of little fishes.  (Perhaps this is why residents of the USA save so little ;- ) Crowd-funding is essentially innovators paying insurance accessible innovations continue.  As a modern microcosm of informed investors investing, crowd-funding is a bellwether.  Will crowd-funding sites become better at delivering their promises or worse?  Is a mechanism of intelligent feedback, an invisible hand, at work in crowd-funded ventures?
So-called "shadow banks" were at nexus of the financial market meltdown that brought on the Great Recession. But what's a "shadow bank" and why does it cause problems?  Daniel Sanches offers an overview in "Shadow Banking and...
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Today is International Day Against DRM (Digital Rights Management)
https://www.defectivebydesign.org/

Regarding digital media, especially sent over the Internet, DRM concerns two things.  1)insuring payments are made for copyrighted material, 2)censorship.  Due to the way DRM is currently envisioned, both 1) and 2) are joined together and cannot be separated.
 
Some of you reading this may have listened to Voice of America radio broadcasts, or Voice of Russia, or Radio Free Europe, or pirate radio.  The problem with Digital Rights Management is where to put encryption hardware, which end, the transmitter or the receiver?  If the mechanisms of DRM are implemented the way the large commercial companies wish, consumers of messages will never be able to listen to a pirate broadcast, producers of messages unable to send an uncensored statement to their constituents.

People should realize that totalitarian states and Hollywood movie companies find common ground in DRM.  There's not a single politician who cannot see a use for it, controlling exactly what their voters get to hear.  Their dreams of power contained in a Pandora's Box labelled "DRM".

DRM is not well thought out, a defective piece of merchandise from the beginning.  While normal machines simply wear out, there's no reason a computer couldn't be useful forever.   And so the computer, the cel phone, has defects designed into it and its protocols, and though there are "lemon laws" for automobile manufacturers, there are none for computerized technology.

These defects are common enough in computing technology that the defectivebydesign.org website sprang up to help keep people informed  about their choices.  For example, Microsoft left an autorun feature in Windows for 16 years.  Autorun what exactly?  Automatically run any program I stick into the computer.  Even if the program is a virus?  Yes, even if it's a virus.  The designers of this feature chose user convenience over system security.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2379901,00.asp

There are so many examples, Microsoft is not alone at all in this regard.  I chose the example for brevity and ease of understanding.

Was this feature for making it easier for users to run programs or for hackers to install viruses or both?  Can these computer designers serve two masters?  Of course they can and have and what you get to do is hold the shitty end of the stick.

Take some time to learn about DRM and write your elected officials.  Thay aren't stupid, they're just lazy.
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This week, the senate's inability to generate further income for itself, by getting money into the hands of people that will spend it, demonstrates the senate's desire to destroy the government.  What will replace it, the future or the past?
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In addition to the mod DaVinci reference, this clever bugger has a boat-load of nice videos on YouTube using FreeCAD and other CAD/CAM tools for making objet d'art.  I still wonder whether maker-mania is an oil company plan to get more profit from raw plastic stock than Intel make from chips!

Regardless, this person has done some great work on tutorials.
https://plus.google.com/106721687252269204682/posts/d7Wvnmz37KA
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I have no problem with copyrights, and I agree with the central interpretation of the law, that patents and copyrights are for stimulating the arts and sciences as a primary effect, and protecting the creator's opportunity to make money a secondary effect.

The problem with copyright protection is transmission thru nonsecure channels.  The solution is so simple.  If I can hear something I can record it, or see something and video tape it, then normal human faculties cannot be used in the enjoyment of the copyrighted materials.

Sooner than we think people will have communication jacks placed in their heads, the problem will take care of itself, and in the meantime, learn to sing and dance, and copy-left a new birthday song.
Copyright protection has lost touch with its intended purpose. Derek Khanna lays out some striking evidence in "Guarding Against Abuse: Restoring Constitutional Copyright," published as R Street Policy Study No. 20 (April 201...
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working title, "A Handbook of Functional Inks" is good, easy to remember, apt to search well,
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A dozen people MUST send this man 10 quid NOW and celebrate their act on Cinco de Mayo!!!!!
step 1)watch one of his nice videos, like this one on building a microwave kiln for super cheap...
How to make a microwave kiln (Furnace) from scratch for £5

step 2) look over the list of videos he's contributed...
https://www.youtube.com/user/RobertMurraySmith

step 3) send a little do-re-mi
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/conductive-ink#home

Yes, the world will be a better place, less infrastructure, less energy consumption for creating long term high tech (essentially ceramic) durable goods.
Regards, Spencer
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