February 2012: Is Hardware Sexy Again?

Victor Anderson, editor-in-chief, Waters

Let’s be clear here: That which qualifies as “sexy” is subjective, and therefore, relative. The white-coat-clad propeller-heads beavering away in Goldman Sachs’ IT department might, for example, find the latest high-performance chips and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) particularly fetching. I, on the other hand, prefer Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out of My Head video. (Those familiar with the video will agree that it is amazing what can be achieved with two modest strips of double-side

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