Category Archives: Technica

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Wimmin on bikes N873

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Wooden boats

There’s a beauty to wood which can’t be matched by other materials. Wiggia sends these pics from Pinterest:

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Pamper yourself with Next Two

The theme so far today has been insanity from on high but it need not be the on-highs – it can be a bog standard auto company too:

Renault wants to make your commute as chill as possible. Assuming your route is “protected” (free of pedestrians, cyclists or lane changes), the French automaker has a few tricks up its sleeve to make gridlocked traffic less of a hassle. Once you engage automated driving mode, the Next Two prototype releases scents to calm you down, adjusts cabin lighting, kicks the seat back and activates massage motors to melt away the day’s stresses.

The company purposely designed these features to activate at below 19MPH (30KPH) — about half of Audi’s cap — to take the frustration out of bumper-to-bumper traffic. With the push of a button though, the reins are back in your hands and everyone’s safety is up to you.

[H/T haiku]

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Not 100% clad wimmin, vaguely associated with bikes for a photoshoot N458

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Wimmin holding bikes and flowers N239

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Bill Krauser

0072286854501_300X300… and the birth of modern computing:

Ethernet at the time was very kludgy. It was this big, thick cable that at the time you had to screw a tap into, and then you had another cable that connected to a card that you connected to your computer. The biggest drawback was that and it was about $3,000. Who is going to spend $3,000 to connect a $3,000 computer? How is that to going to work? We knew we needed to get on to a VLSI circuit, a highly dense semi-conductor to quickly bring the cost down, and that was what we ultimately did. So that was one part.

More here …

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Wimmin on bikes #184

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Build report

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For those interested and who’ve been wondering about the build situation, it’s fourfold – other things laid on me, the weather, the drying up of the last lot of money and some design adjustments [necessary to comply], meaning I need another order.

Hopefully, within days I’ll be able to get back to it and get it finished.

In the pic above, ignore the hull, as mine is straight-sided and at its widest underwater. The point of the pic is the rig. If you can imagine the three masts in the pic a bit further forward and three identical sails of that type, [called a standing lug], then that is how it will be on shorter masts than you see here. Forget that little sail above – the masts are short.

These lug sails can be attached at the lower front corner [the tack] to the mast or boom or can be made free and brought round to the side rail on the edge [the gunwhale] and then the sail acts as a square rigger.

So, imagine a square sail with the top diagonal instead of square, the tack is attached to the mast below and the yard at the top leans forward almost as you see but more upright. That’s the simple rig. And the rig determines mast position and that determines cabins below, front deck and cockpit aft. They’ve all been built so conversely, the rig cannot now change.

Sorted a double rail system above and that will let me finish the deck in a week [weather permitting]. Once that’s done, it doesn’t matter what the weather does.

So it is going ahead. Pics will be coming.

A brief, incomplete, and mostly wrong history of programming languages

This via Chuckles:

Fortunately for computer science the supply of curly braces and angle brackets remains high.

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The great camera wars of yore

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Interesting history of music animation

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Quick bites to take our minds off “that” case

Can one aim straight after snorting coke ?

http://news.slashdot.org/story/14/01/30/2339258/half-of-us-nuclear-missile-wing-implicated-in-cheating

Good news – the Singularity has been postponed a tad:

http://arstechnica.com/science/2014/01/massive-open-lab-gets-volunteers-to-beat-computers-in-designing-rna/

The tech we need, the tech they want us to need

I’ve been saying this for years:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/business/international/moodys-cuts-rating-on-sony-to-junk.html

As we’ve said more than once, give them what we want to give them – and not what they want – and they will not come: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/27/automobiles/makers-pack-new-cars-with-technology-but-younger-buyers-shrug.html

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Wimmin, bikes and dreams of what could be …

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Starship 100 boarding now

Ken Craggs’s site is not live feeding and he wished to know what people thought of this project and the idea behind it.   Without further ado:

The 100 year starship project aims to make human travel beyond our solar system a reality by the year 2112 and is dedicated to identifying and pushing the radical leaps in knowledge and technology needed to achieve interstellar flight.

A way has been found to coax photons into binding together to form molecules — a state of matter that, until recently, had been purely theoretical. The coherent interactions between individual photons may enable a wide variety of scientific and engineering applications.

It is now possible to construct a digital photograph of a photon, which might be useful to scientists researching synthetic molecules, in order to produce synthetic photons that could be digitally/electronically controlled.

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