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+ - Open Design. It is The Way.->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Can you answer why we should push hardware companies to use Open Design? I can, and I think it's time we really start pushing for this as it benefits all end users and arguably benefits the engineers developing the hardware. I hope this philosophical rant with real world examples will win you over if you're skeptical."
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+ - Net Neutrality: The Comcast/Netflix mess one method of teaching the FCC a lesson->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Rick Osgood did a really good job of explaining the finer points of throttling accusations between Comcast and Netflix. It's not hard to understand, but this actually gives details for tech savvy readers instead of the lowest common denominator.

The article closes by talking about a script written by Kyledrake. It detects FCC IP addresses and throttles them down to 28.8kbps speeds. Hi idea is that if enough websites were doing this it would send a message of throttling==bad to the people making the laws about net neutrality."

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+ - Interview: Inventing the Linux 'sudo' command->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "We had a drink-up in San Mateo during Bay Are Maker Faire. Turns out one of the two inventors of the 'sudo' command turned up. Be careful what you mention in casual conversation because once we heard a tease of the story, we wanted to hear more. Robert Coggeshall shared the tale of why he and Cliff Spencer developed the now ubiquitous tool, and lets us know why he pronounces it differently than you do."
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+ - Alternate Reality Game running at Hack a Day 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now that Hack a Day has posted three weeks worth of puzzles I'm sure they're presenting a ARG (alternate reality game). The first two weeks were a fun chase, with last week's puzzle hiding a number station in a video. That lead to a telnet server which steganographic keys used to decode an image to a message. I thought that one was hard but this week's puzzle is a no starter. Anyone know how to get started on this? It's just a set of images:
http://hackaday.com/2014/04/15...

If you want to see the previous clues this link was in the comments over there:
http://hackaday.io/project/754..."

+ - Heroes of Hardware Revolution: Bob Widlar->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Aleksandar Bradic just wrote an epic post about Bob Widlar and his role in the early days of the modern IC industry. It includes a bit about the 1-finger salute which was so common with the early analog wizards, and covers his nearly mythological behavior when on the job.

If you're involved in electronics in any way this should be on the top of the week's reading list."

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+ - Loot Worth Winning: Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Are you and your crew awesome at designing and building electronics? Do you like Sci-Fi? Can you Combine the two? Now's your chance to be awesome and get rewarded for it. Produce the best Open Hardware tech inspired by your favorite Sci-Fi and get some of our booty. Win oscilloscopes, solder stations, dev boards, and Sci-Fi paraphernalia from the Hackaday Sci-Fi Contest:

http://hackaday.io/page/276"

+ - Hot or Not? Find Out How to Calculate Component Heat and Why You Should

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Calculating the heat of your electronic components is not hard. But you've got to know where to look in the datasheets for the values, and how to plug them into a simple equation. Bil Herd just posted a video that walks you through the process. He ices the cake with a way to calculate how much more reliable your parts are if properly cooled.

http://hackaday.com/2014/03/03..."

+ - ISS is akin to surviving on the frontier in the 1800s -- NASA Flight Director->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "NASA Flight Director Ed Van Cise just wrote an article that discusses the engineering feats used to keep the International Space Station running smoothly. As with the american frontier in the early 1800s, you can't just run to the store for spare parts. Often the solutions have to be improvised."
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+ - The Real Story of Hacking Together the Commodore C128->

Submitted by szczys
szczys (3402149) writes "Bil Herd was the designer and hardware lead for the Commodore C128. He reminisces about the herculean effort his team took on in order to bring the hardware to market in just five months. At the time the company had the resources to roll their of silicon (that're right, custom chips!) but this also meant that for three of those five months they didn't actually have the integrated circuits the computer was based on."
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