Arm, avr and pic all have gnu c++ compiler environments.
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GMO corn is a lawsuite waiting to happen to somebody because genes some organisation belives belongs to them starts breaking out into the general pool. I religiously avoid gmo because I don't want to encourage or support scumbag companies like Monsanto, who are trying to sew up ownership of whole classes of organisms, by claiming their deliberate contamination is IPR theft.
The 3d printing part of it allows the creation of meta materials that cannot be created by any other means, with a fine enough printing system you can control the internal geometric structure of the material. All sorts of weird properties can created. The "cool" is not in the 3d printing, that is just a tool to create the meta material. The "cool" is in the structure of the material Itself.
Short of a working nano assembler tech, 3d printing is about as close as you can get to creating virtual alloys of materials with complex internal geometric structures.
Here in the philippines, water is often kept cool by storing it in porus pots, the water slowly seeps through the walls of the clay pot, and evaporates from the outside, there are no channels as its using the micro pore structure of the earthen ceramic pot. The evaporation lowers the temperature of the whole pot.
Checkout the "cyclone pcb mill", basicaly a small pcb focused cnc rig, for isolation milling and drilling custom pcbs.
It is almost completly 3d printed and can use a quadcoptor motor or a dremel as a spindle, its essentialy a small cnc machine made with 3d printer parts.
If you want a makerbot like machine, then the latest flashforge creator pro is a fantastic clone of the replicator 1. Dont get taken in by the flashforge dreamer which is a POS, its also the same machine being pushed by dremel.
on the software side you can use slic3r or cura with the GPX module, dont listen to those who say you can only use makerware or repg
Interesting, the first time they did that, it would trigger a wave of replacement world wide, so you get the situation where they wont because they dont want to burn that card.
It long past the point where the world needs a reliable supply of non-US based technology components, i now consider almost everything originating from the US as being irrevocably compromised. And china is not much better.
We have sold our souls to the devil for the nice tunes he plays, and now we have to pay.
For weight and space reasons I travel with only my wifi-only tablet. Generally that works well for me.
Every now and then I encounter a hotel with only wired access provided in rooms. (Often they have wifi in public areas.) Is there an answer to using the wifi-only device in such a circumstance. For sake of argument, let's assume I am an international traveller whose cellphone never works in the countries I visit. (True) That means the hotspot method mentioned will not work.
There are numerous mobile wifi router/bridges which can plug into a wired network and make ot available over wifi, either as a bridged or routed connection. At home they can also be used as a wifi range extender.
I bought a flashforge, who are ripping them off......
Agreed, this abhorrence of open plan offices seems to be a percularly american trait. I have no problens focusing in an open office, being able to tune out distractions is all part of the trade.