Hieroglyph, web site, here. Neal Stephenson pumping big Big Science.
My life span encompasses the era when the United States of America was capable of launching human beings into space. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a braided rug before a hulking black-and-white television, watching the early Gemini missions. At the age of 51—not even old!—I watched on a flat-panel screen as the last Space Shuttle lifted off the pad. I have followed the dwindling of the space program with sadness, even bitterness. Where’s my orbiting, donut-shaped space station? Where’s my fleet of colossal Nova rockets? Where’s my ticket to Mars?
Business Insider, REVEALED: The Asteroid Mining Plan Backed By Google And Goldman Billionaires, here.
EE Times, Broadcom aims to spread 100-Gbit Ethernet with single-chip solution, here.
Broadcom Corp. Tuesday (April 24) announced its fourth-generation Ethernet network processor, which it claims is the industry’s first chip to use massive parallelism by virtue of its 64 packet-processing cores running at one gigahertz. Providing full-duplex 100Gbit per second performance, it can also be configured to provide a dozen 10-Gbit channels.
The VivadoTM Design Suite is a new IP and system-centric design environment that accelerates design productivity for the next decade of All-Programmable devices.
All-Programmable devices go beyond programmable logic and I/O, integrating various combinations of 3D stacked silicon interconnect technology, software programmable ARM® processing systems, programmable Analog Mixed Signal (AMS), and a significant amount of intellectual-property (IP) cores. These next generation devices enable designers to go beyond programmable logic to programmable systems integration, to incorporate more system functions into fewer parts, increase system performance, reduce system power, and lower BOM cost.
NYT, Carr, Navigating a Tightrope With Amazon, here. Buzz Bissinger got his book into a Starbucks promotion through Apple that subsidized his book sales. The Amazon pricer covered by offering the book at 0.00 dollars. My guess is Amazon will fix the pricing code to buy all the subsidized Apple copies and resell them as used copies at a non zero price to keep Buzz happy. Crowdsource as a Kickstarter project to pay 0.01 USD for each subsidized Bissinger book up to the limit you think is number of copies authorized by Starbucks, it could work.
MITx, web site, here. Anant Agarwal Circuits course is pretty good from the few lectures I watched. The guy has some I/O bandwidth.
MITx will offer a portfolio of MIT courses for free to a virtual community of learners around the world. It will also enhance the educational experience of its on-campus students, offering them online tools that supplement and enrich their classroom and laboratory experiences.
The first MITx course, 6.002x (Circuits and Electronics), will be launched in an experimental prototype form. Watch this space for further upcoming courses, which will become available in Fall 2012.