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Comment: Re:Mostly contribute on the Shapeoko site (Score 1) 37

by WillAdams (#47550559) Attached to: Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

The clear one was just scraps and poplar craft boards --- I'd love to do it again w/ a nice piece of maple and wrap the grain all the way around, but the red oak was much cheaper, but I found the grain boring enough that I went for the dark, dark finish (which is more delicate than I was anticipating...).

Here's the project page on Lumberjocks: http://lumberjocks.com/project...

Comment: Mostly contribute on the Shapeoko site (Score 2) 37

by WillAdams (#47549677) Attached to: Build Your Own Gatling Rubber Band Machine Gun

So the wiki and pages such as: http://www.shapeoko.com/wiki/i...

Have made a few things:

  - Wooden Box with hinged lid --- http://www.shapeoko.com/projec... --- cut w/ a CNC machine
  - wooden case for my Bear Custom Kodiak T/D --- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/3... --- done entirely by hand tools, including the dovetails save for drilling the holes for the arrow holder (used a jig and an electric hand drill for that) --- this build was documented on ArcheryTalk though: http://www.archerytalk.com/vb/...

Comment: Re:What's the point? (Score 1) 129

However, one doesn't read highway signs at arm's distance.

Also, lower resolution reduces the amount of information which one can fit on a given highway sign and diminishes legibility by obscuring finer details.

The human can distinguish the difference in character shapes at resolutions up to ~2,000 dpi --- see Smeijer's book _Counterpunch_ for an examination of this.

Current smart phones aren't quite able to adequately represent typeface designs w/ subtle curves such as Optima at text sizes, and engravings become a pixellated blurry mess compared to the sharp originals, some of which require extraordinary printing techniques such as two black plates to capture.

Comment: A.I. is still hard, Self-Awareness not on map (Score 2) 564

Given that China's recent supercomputer can't find enough work at the rates they have to charge to cover their electric bill, it seems to me that any such problem would be as simple as pulling the plug and waiting for the batteries to die down.

I'm also mystified as to how one gets a deterministic device to have volition and self-awareness --- Heinlein could handwave this by declaring that after a certain number of transistors a device ``woke up'' and became aware (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress), Marvin Minsky sidestepped it neatly (The Turing Option), and Victor Milán had to posit algorithms which produced random results and bolt on a radioactive cannister whose decay was used as a source of random input (The Cybernetic Samurai).

Comment: Re:Well that sucks! (Score 1) 484

by WillAdams (#47316111) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Building the right antenna helps a lot for OTA TV:

http://makezine.com/2009/01/12...

I had to build one when the local PBS affiliate reduced their power output when the other stations went digital --- also location, had to run a cable upstairs and put the antenna behind the sofa (have to move it to the window when the weather is bad --- my wife won't let me hang it on the wall).

Comment: Re:One Problem (Score 1) 619

by WillAdams (#47281139) Attached to: 2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

The bad thing is the per-axle nature of the vehicle taxes actually encourages the design of tractor-trailor designs which do even more damage --- change it to a tax based on GVW divided by the contact area of the tires (and do a tire tax based on the mass of the tire) and you'd encourage the design of vehicles which aren't so hard on the roads.

Comment: Re:FF Motorcycle Solved? (Score 1) 218

Agree, it's an interesting solution.

If the price point were more like to that of Elio Motors, $6,800: http://www.eliomotors.com/

it'd be a lot more interesting, and I'm certainly looking forward to seeing someone make an electric version of the Elio or something like it.

William
(who rode his daughter's bicycle in to work today)

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