Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Drugs have side effects. They are not completely safe.
This is not the first negative to be associated with Tylenol, either. Yes, aspirin has its negatives, too, but our ancestors have been chewing on willow bark for a long time.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Moore's Law comes to us from Gordon Moore, one of the founders of Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and, later, Intel Corporation (INTC). In a nutshell, Dr. Moore wrote a paper in 1965 describing his observation that the number of transistors on a given cost integrated circuit had doubled each year since the invention of the integrated circuit, and his belief that the number of transistors would continue to double, at the same cost, every two years for the foreseeable future. The subtle detail that is often missed in casual discussions of Moore's Law is that the number of transistors doubles AT THE SAME COST. So the size of a transistor has continually become smaller and less expensive.
This is almost unbelievable insight at a time where we were still four years away from landing on the moon, and we still didn't have the ubiquitous, and almost free, four function handheld electronic calculator.
Moore's Law (Moore's Observation) has been driving the progress in semiconductor technology for the past 50 years, and quite accurately, I might add. The feature size or "node" has been reduced from 10 um (micrometer) for the first commercial microprocessor (4004) to 14nm (nanometer) for the soon to be shipping Broadwell microprocessor. That is a 99.86% reduction in the size of a transistor. The 4004 had 2300 transistors and the Broadwell is expected to have about 1.6 billion transistors. That is almost 700,000 times more transistors than the first microprocessor!
The benefits we enjoy daily have been largely influenced by this miracle. But the subject of the article is that Moore's Law must come to an end.
We are about out of physics, here people. But the ride has been a good one. And this insight, as is mentioned, is truly amazing.
Monday, February 10, 2014
- Toyota's move is not a huge surprise after the Japanese company warned about the future of its Australian operations last year following the announcement of similar plans by Ford and GM.
- The exit by the car companies represents the end of an era for Australian manufacturing. Toyota's departure will hit 2,500 jobs directly, although the auto industry supports over 40,000 workers and 150 supplier companies. (PR)
Here is another list, from daughter Amy:
Jesus - because I think he would be an optimistic and peaceful person to meet - and he has changed the world more than anyone else in history.
Queen Elizabeth I - because she inspired my fascination with queens - powerful women.
Benjamin Franklin - his ideas probably align with mine and he was so instrumental to the foundation of our government. And, he would probably be pretty fascinating to talk to - always curious and knowledgeable about a lot of things.
Abigail Adams - a "behind the scenes" woman. She was married to a powerful man and probably inspired him as well. If she had lived today, we probably would have known more about her contributions.
Mary Magdalene - I believe she had a lot more to do with Jesus' ministry than we are led to believe in the Bible. I would want to know the truth. She is another "behind the scenes" woman who we don't know much about because of the role of women at the time. And, she would keep Jesus company at the dinner party:-)
Amy Barnhill, Ph.D.
University of Houston-Victoria
Associate Professor, Literacy Studies
Coordinator of Teacher Education Program
Not surprising that both of us mentioned QEI, that has long been a shared interest. Anybody else??
Friday, February 7, 2014
POST YOUR GUEST LIST ON HERE OR EMAIL ME AND I WILL POST IT (a bit difficult to post on here sometimes...)
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