I just received an email from a Russian friend who said: “I never cease to marvel at the Free Enterprise System. When a product reaches the point where it's almost impossible to improve its functionality, someone will still come up with a way to make people want to ditch their old one and get yours. For example, check out these motorcycle helmets.” These words were followed by the pictures shown below.
Now I’m not sure if these are real helmets or just Photoshop creations (I couldn’t find them on the Internet, but I really didn’t search long, so if you know where to find them please add a comment to let the rest of us know).
As an aside, this reminds me of a bit of fun we had a couple of years ago. This was after Hurricane Katrina when the gas prices shot up. A friend of mine – a German lady – purchased a modern version of the classic Vespa Motor Scooter.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.