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Posted Friday, Oct 2, 2015 by Jeff Safire

"’The Martian’ movie is a dream come true, a faithful elucidation of the central technical dramas that made the Andy Weir novel it’s based on the surprise ‘space geek hit’ of the decade. The tale is something of a Robinson Crusoe in space: Astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on the surface of Mars when…"

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Posted Monday, Aug 24, 2015 by Shashidhar Sathyanarayana

Their 1965 paper starts with the unassuming words “An efficient method for the calculation of the interactions of a 2^m factorial experiment was introduced by Yates and is widely known by his name.” The paper does not use the word “fast” even once. But the algorithm described in that paper written by James Cooley and John Tukey[1]…

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Posted Wednesday, Aug 19, 2015 by Jeff Safire

Flash Memory Summit 2015 Technical Chairperson, Brian Berg, interviews some of the team responsible for creating the first flash drive. Eli Harari, founder and former CEO of SanDisk, along with Firmware Engineer, John Magnan and engineer and current SanDisk CTO, Kevin Conley, discuss the important contributions Bob Norman made to this effort. Norman was…

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Posted Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015 by Sean Murphy

Employment for Electrical Engineers and Computer Hardware Engineers 2002 385,000 2004 343,000 2006 382,000 2011 310,000 2012 335,000 2013 300,000 2014 271,000 This table as derived from four widely quoted ComputerWorld articles by Patrick Thibodeau Apr-9-2013 Unemployment rate for electrical engineers soars Jul-11-2013 Electrical engineering employment trending down Jan-16-2014 What STEM shortage? Electrical engineering…

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Posted Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 by Walt Maclay

Looking at wearable devices, many people say “this is just a fad,” and ask, “does anybody really use this for long?” In this short video, Walt Maclay explains why he thinks that wearable devices are just the electronic augmentation of what were traditionally mechanical or optical devices. He maintains that these “smart” wearable devices…

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