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Hardware Hacking

Home-Built Turing Machine 123

stronghawk writes "The creator of the Nickel-O-Matic is back at it and has now built a Turing Machine from a Parallax Propeller chip-based controller, motors, a dry-erase marker and a non-infinite supply of shiny 35mm leader film. From his FAQ: 'While thinking about Turing machines I found that no one had ever actually built one, at least not one that looked like Turing's original concept (if someone does know of one, please let me know). There have been a few other physical Turing machines like the Logo of Doom, but none were immediately recognizable as Turing machines. As I am always looking for a new challenge, I set out to build what you see here.'"

Comment Re:any large organization (Score 1) 105

"a pile of paperclips running Gentoo Linux"
Can I get one of those? Does it move around when you are compiling something? At least my wife would think that would be worth staring at instead of a bunch lines of text when doing my daily 'emerge --sync && emerge -uDNav world'.

Comment Re:And yet (Score 1) 493

I liked the "Awesome Bar" when I first installed 3.x

Then after Chrome came out, I tried that. I liked it, it even had something similar to the "Awesome Bar". But then after switching between FF3 and Chrome, I noticed that Chrome would bring up what I would want, but FF3 not so much. Then add in the fact that the "Awesome Bar" can be very slow some times, I have stopped using FF3 except for FireBug and testing.

The "Awesome Bar" was a good idea, just not implemented well.

"Old age and treachery will beat youth and skill every time." -- a coffee cup