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Comment: Re:Could be a good idea.. (Score 1) 85

by Hognoxious (#48475089) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap

I learned to write C code by writing code, sitting in an office between two experts, one of whom later sat on the original ANSI C committee that defined the standard.

So it's all your fault recruiters always want longer experience in something than it's existed?

Comment: Re:Next step - Semiconductors (Score 1) 68

by Hognoxious (#48465413) Attached to: ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space

it's that you can't stock Digikey on the space station, but can "print" all of the knobs, buttons, and switches you need when one breaks.

And another, when that one breaks, which it will. Still, no problem - just print another another one...

Might as well take a tub of Play-Doh.

Comment: Re: Yes! (Score 1) 178

by Hognoxious (#48465389) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

I, however, want privacy, free speech, and other fundamental rights. I recognize that a life without these things is not a life worth living.

Try going without food for a couple of days and spending a couple of winter nights in a shop doorway. You won't be talking so tough then, kid.

ISS

ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space 68

Posted by Soulskill
from the made-in-space dept.
An anonymous reader writes: NASA reports that the 3-D printer now installed on the International Space Station has finally finished its first creation. After it was installed on November 17th and calibrated over the next week, ground control sent it instructions yesterday to build a faceplate for the extruder's own casing. The process was mostly a success. "[Astronaut Butch Wilmore] Wilmore removed the part from the printer and inspected it. Part adhesion on the tray was stronger than anticipated, which could mean layer bonding is different in microgravity, a question the team will investigate as future parts are printed. Wilmore installed a new print tray, and the ground team sent a command to fine-tune the printer alignment and printed a third calibration coupon. When Wilmore removes the calibration coupon, the ground team will be able to command the printer to make a second object. The ground team makes precise adjustments before every print, and the results from this first print are contributing to a better understanding about the parameters to use when 3-D printing on the space station."
Hardware

How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the one-man's-trash dept.
anavictoriasaavedra sends this quote from Wired: "Eccentric billionaires are tough to impress, so their minions must always think big when handed vague assignments. Ross Perot's staffers did just that in 2006, when their boss declared that he wanted to decorate his Plano, Texas, headquarters with relics from computing history. Aware that a few measly Apple I's and Altair 880's wouldn't be enough to satisfy a former presidential candidate, Perot's people decided to acquire a more singular prize: a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer." The ENIAC was a 27-ton, 1,800-square-foot bundle of vacuum tubes and diodes that was arguably the world's first true computer. The hardware that Perot's team diligently unearthed and lovingly refurbished is now accessible to the general public for the first time, back at the same Army base where it almost rotted into oblivion.

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