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IBM chip
alex_m1   6/25/2014 10:30:49 AM
There's this IBM FPGA for text analysis[1] , which is probably the basis for the IBM chip. It gives 320X improvement over a cpu, but it uses a $12K fpga, hence the asic.

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IoT is useless and dangerous
robert-in-houston   6/26/2014 3:18:36 PM
The "internet of things" is the most useless and dangerous idea since nuclear weapons, except that nukes were at least useful once to end WWII.  But they are equally dangerous.  We cannot secure PCs, much less phones.  Imagine a thief programming your vacuum cleaner to collect your valuables and rendevous with a trolling van.  Imagine an opposing government programming all doors in the country to lock and defeating any manual overrides.


Imagine people fiddling with devices in their house while driving.  Oh, yeah, my office mate reminds me they'll be driving a Google car, which can only find locations that have paid Google advertising so that they exist in the virtual world.  I am headed up an abandoned mining 4WD road next week to climb a 14'er.  There will be no cellphone connection.  After a decade of infatuation I find I no longer use email or internet on a cellphone, and increasingly do not talk on it.  When I'm not at home I do not have time to check and adjust devices at home.  When I am at home, I do not have time to wait for security updates before I power on and use my microwave oven. 


I was discussing repair of a 1995 model car with a mechanic the other day and he pointed out you still see cars running from the 1920s, 30s, ... up through 70s.  But not the 80s.  Why?  Because of the computers.  Not supported and not repairable.  A car you can throw away if it gets too annoying, but your house?  I propose we veto the IoT.

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Re: IoT is useless and dangerous
Susan Rambo   6/26/2014 11:18:15 PM
What if the future is more diverse: some people may never want to be connected or prefer to limit or avoid technology, and so there may be lower tech versions of products; however, they would probably more expensive and niche. Technology also may not be a good solution for everything anyways. I agree that any extra maintenance puts a burden on the user; naturally a lower-maintenance product that functions as well, or at least better, may win market share because the average consumer would rather be doing something else besides updating appliances.

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All Digital only?
_hm   6/27/2014 3:33:58 AM
It looks chips are only digital and processing related. How about other chips? They should be hot too.

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Re: IoT is useless and dangerous
Sheetal.Pandey   6/27/2014 4:13:54 AM
Whether we like it or not Internet of Things is going to come and going to overpower the future of mankind like how internet is right now. When human were born or evolved they lived in jungles and got everything from nature to live. As their needs grow they invented many things.. its not that humans cannot live wihout phone.. they can but only thing they will be in an unconnected world. I remmeber when Internet or web boom came many elders told they still like conventional way of banking and talking etc..but now even 70 year old can use phone so well and talk about serching in google. THings will change and people will adapt Internet of Things. As they say " You can either love it or hate it but you cannot ignore it"

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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