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Build Your Own Drone

Elizabeth Case is back for the holidays to talk about how she went about building a custom drone for her graduate work, the lessons she learn, and the problems she encountered. She and David Bryant have a great dialog about… Continue Reading

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Our Holiday Wishlist of Unicorns

This is totally not a holiday gift guide. Some of these things exist now, some will exist in the near future, and some may never exist. It’s really a wish list of tech we’d like to see, and soon… and… Continue Reading

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My Next PC May Not Run on Intel

Last week, AMD partially unveiled its upcoming Ryzen processor, aka Summit Ridge. AMD only demonstrated the high-end model running at an estimated base clock frequency of 3.4GHz. AMD CEO Lisa Su compared its high-end Ryzen to Intel’s Core-i7 6900K. It’s… Continue Reading

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Whose Future Is It?

Who will shape the tech future? Which companies, NGOs, governmental organization, and other entities will shape how we use tech, view tech, and consume tech. The biggest impacts on daily lives may lie behind the scenes, not in our daily… Continue Reading

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Meet the New Dog, Not the Same as the Old Dog

Pets ingratiate themselves into your life in funny ways. About fourteen years ago, an 11-year old Elizabeth Case and I trekked to Sacramento to look at some Corgi pups. The breeder brought out the Corgi’s, who looked pretty bland and… Continue Reading

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Can Open Source Processors Thrive?

I recently attended part of the RISC-V workshop at the Google campus. RISC-V is a fully open source CPU instruction set developed at UC Berkeley developed by Krste Asanovic, Andrew Waterman, and Yunsup Lee. An academic instruction set is all… Continue Reading

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Strategic Asymmetry in Board Games

I recently wrote about what I called fully asymmetric board games. Fully asymmetric games can be great fun, but design challenges abound. A vast amount of playtesting needs to be done to balance the factions; otherwise you end up with… Continue Reading