• Modes are vim’s killer feature? Seriously?

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    Author of the original post in Russian: varanio

    You may have read a recent article suggesting that vim is great unlike IDEs, because of their allegedly low typing speed.

    Let’s recall that the main message of that article was that vim’s killer feature consists in its modes that sort of outshine everything else. That said, the author acknowledged that IntelliJ IDEA and other IDEs provide hotkeys and other user experience which can be easily used. However, since they lack modes, vim is supposed to be everyone’s first choice.

    The author then suggests that instead of pressing ctrl+arrows to move between words, it is easier to press Esc, e and then go back to the i editing mode. Understandably, all this trouble because the author finds it inconvenient to hold ctrl.

    I know that articles that criticize vim get many negative votes, but I just have to speak out.
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  • 286 and the network

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    Author of the original post in Russian: old_gamer

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    I'm a ragman. I have a closet full of old hardware. From Boolean logic microchips in DIP-cases to Voodoo5. Of course, there's no practical value in all of this, but some people enjoy messing with old hardware. If you are one of them, I invite you under the cut, where I will tell you how the computer based on AMD 286 processor worked with a modern network, and what came out of it.
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  • The hard-to-catch bug in LittleBigPlanet

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    Author of the original post in Russian: HotWaterMusic

    The history of the world's gamedev knows quite a few curious bugs that had to be tackled by developers. In fact, judging from the story that Media Molecule's CTO Alex Evans shared on his Twitter page this past weekend, many legends are still waiting to be heard. Evans is famous for his part in a demoscene performance of late 1990s and his work on the LittleBigPlanet game series and on Rag Doll Kung Fu.

    The case I am referring to in this article took place ten years ago, in 2008. While working on the first part of LittleBigPlanet — an original puzzle platform video game that was to be released exclusively for PlayStation 3 — the company's developers came across a really hard-to-catch bug.

    Normally, for a game to get the green light to be released for consoles, it needs to pass a certification process, i.e. meet a set of requirements predefined by the platform owner. The certification may also include more specific requirements, such as the game running smoothly without crashing for 24 hours.

    The development of LittleBigPlanet was at its last stage, with just two weeks to final deployment and distribution. Suddenly a tester from the company's QA in Japan reported that the game was consistently crashing when left overnight. Now the release was evidently out of question unless the bug was fixed.
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  • Как спланировать двухнедельный спринт

      Иногда молодые команды разработки охватывает неразбериха.


      Это случается в тот момент, когда они ещё не до конца разобрались, что такое эджайл; проджект и продакт спорят, кто из них кто, а задачи каждый ведёт сам по себе. Или все уже всё знают, но планировать спринты не получается — задачи не прорабатываются, демо и ретро проходят нерегулярно.


      У нас тоже была похожая история, но мы нашли свой путь.


      Это рассказ от команды личного кабинета Яндекс.Кассы, и подробнейшая инструкция для тех, кто хочет улучшить своё планирование.


      Как всё было

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    • A Practical Implementation of the Switching Generator Using Verilog HDL

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      Linear feedback shift registers are an excellent tool for implementing a pseudo random bit generator in hardware; they inhibit a simple and efficient electronic structure. Further, they are capable of producing output sequences with large periods and good statistical properties. However, standard LFSRs are not cryptographically secure, since the output sequence can be uniquely predicted given a small number of key stream bits using Berlekamp-Massey algorithm. Several methods have been proposed to destroy the linearity inherent in LFSR design. These methods include nonlinear combination generators, nonlinear filter generators, and clock controlled generators. Nevertheless, they remain vulnerable to many attacks such as side channel attacks and algebraic attacks. In 2015, a new clocked controlled generator, called the switching generator, was proposed. This new generator has been proven to be resistant to algebraic attacks and side channel attacks, while preserving efficiency and security requirements. In this project, we present a design of the switching generator using Verilog HDL.
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    • Real-time edge detection using FPGA

      Introduction


      Our project implements a real-time edge detection system based on capturing image frames from an OV7670 camera and streaming them to a VGA monitor after applying a grayscale filter and Sobel operator. Our design is built on a Cyclone IV FPGA board which enables us to optimize the performance using the powerful features of the low-level hardware and parallel computations which is important to meet the requirements of the real-time system.


      We used ZEOWAA FPGA development board which is based on Cyclone IV (EP4CE6E22C8N). Also, we used Quartus Prime Lite Edition as a development environment and Verilog HDL as a programming language. In addition, we used the built-in VGA interface to drive the VGA monitor, and GPIO (General Pins for Input and Output) to connect the external hardware with our board.


      ZEOWAA FPGA development board

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    • Stack-based calculator on the Cyclone IV FPGA board

      Introduction


      As first-year students of Innopolis University, we had an opportunity to make our own project in computer architecture. University suggested us several projects and we have chosen to make a stack-based calculator with reverse polish notation. One of the requirements for the project is to use FPGA board provided by the university.



      As our board, we have chosen Cyclon IV. Therefore, we had to write code on hardware description language. In the course we have studied Verilog, so we have chosen it. Also, the university has additional modules for FPGA, such as numpad, thus we decided to use it in our project.

      In this article, we want to share our knowledge about FPGA and Verilog, also provide you with a tutorial to repeat our project.
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    • How linear algebra is applied in machine learning

        When you study an abstract subject like linear algebra, you may wonder: why do you need all these vectors and matrices? How are you going to apply all this inversions, transpositions, eigenvector and eigenvalues for practical purposes?


        Well, if you study linear algebra with the purpose of doing machine learning, this is the answer for you.


        In brief, you can use linear algebra for machine learning on 3 different levels:


        • application of a model to data;
        • training the model;
        • understanding how it works or why it does not work.

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