Dave wrote:Because you opened the door. If it doesn't interest you that this door is opened, then it doesn't matter what threads we start - unless someone reproduces all your many years of work (which isn't going to happen) then the matter is moot.
Firstly, the largest part of my Q68 time went into the painful work of trying and debugging several different approaches for an FPGA CPU that is reasonably fast, compact, and can actually execute QL code. The final result was contributed back into an open source project. Maybe someone else would not easily get the same performance and QL specific system integration, but basically, my largest timeloss does not have to be repeated.
Secondly, I did a lot of driver development, everything was implemented OS-less by me first, and later moved into SMSQ/E. Again, the result is open source. I'm not sure my hardware work took longer than that.
Dave wrote:Nobody would expect you to support these extended, out of band uses of your hardware. However, people aren't going to use the hardware because it's closed, only available as complete units with mark-ups that mean only 5% or 10% of the market is even being tapped.... It's an interesting curio. If the programmed Q68 FPGAs were made available for, say, €25, then your IP would be protected AND the tech could be put to other uses.
If a reply from me is desired, new topic, please.