“Lotteries are a tax on people who are bad at math.” — anonymous
We’ve all been there. Your friend posts something stupid on Facebook, so you add a comment, patiently pointing out that they’ve mindlessly forwarded some bogus, ill-informed, or downright fabricated meme as if it were gospel truth. No, the airlines are not giving away free tickets today to celebrate their anniversary. Diet … Read More → "Learn Programming from Facebook!"
Cloud-based acceleration as a service is officially a thing, for real. You can go online right now, sign up for an AccelStore account, and within minutes (four of them, according to Accelize) you can hop on Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OVH platforms and be happily gZIpping at 25x the speed of a CPU, find/replacing 6,000x the speed of sed, real-time transcoding HD BMP video to JPG, and … Read More → "App Store for Acceleration"
It’s that time of year again. The SPIE Advanced Lithography conference has come and gone, and the time has come for our annual update on EUV technology, along with directed self-assembly (DSA). Gone are the days of big news for either of those categories. Which means there’s lots of little news of the update variety.
Let’s start with basic stats for EUV. They represent … Read More → "The Annual Lithography Issue"
When I was a kid, a local furniture mogul gave away free haircuts to entice customers into his showroom. The haircuts were all the same, and on Monday mornings at school it was easy to tell whose mom went furniture shopping over the weekend. Free is an interesting price point. It can mean incredible savings for some really … Read More → "Free is a Very Good Price!"
Even if you are Dresden for a high-tech trade show, like the DATE conference, you cannot avoid the layers of history. For a long time, it was the capital of different incarnations of an independent State of Saxony, in later times sharing a King with Poland. It became part of the German Empire when it united multiple German speaking states in 1871. By the turn of the twentieth century, it … Read More → "Silicon Saxony"
Tell a crowd of nerds that software is coming to an end, and you’ll get laughed out of the bar. The very notion that the amount of software and software development in the world will do anything besides continue on an exponential growth curve is unthinkable in most circles. Examine any industry data and you’ll see the same thing – software content is … Read More → "The End of Software"