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  1. Ezra Spier on desktop milling machines

    The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Creating an accessible tool for professionals and makers.Two years ago, the Othermill desktop CNC mill made machining radically more accessible. Priced at $2,200, it found its way beyond general small-scale milling and into electronics prototyping; it can mill copper away from an FR-1 PCB blank to make a circuit board. Other Machine’s latest work is the Othermill Pro, whose spindle speed and rapid movement are 60% and 70% faster than the original’s, respectively, and whose accuracy makes it possible to fabricate traces as small as six thousandths of an inch.

    In this episode of the Hardware Podcast, we talk with Ezra Spier, the vice president of product & software at Other Machine Co., maker of the Othermill. Spier walks us through the development process for the improved machine and gives us an overview of the desktop prototyping market.Every week we ask our guest about his or her favorite tools. Spier’s are his Bose noise cancelling headphones, essential for reducing distractions in a noisy factory.

    This week’s click spirals:

    David Cranor: In the 1930s, the Radio Relay League released a series of tools, including “lightning calculators.” Cranor has re-created a lightning calculator that solves Ohm’s Law. His files for this, and further explanation, are here in GitHub.

    Jon Bruner: Poles of inaccessibility, the areas of land that are farthest from coast. In 1958, a team of Soviet explorers reached the point of inaccessibility in Antarctica and erected a bust of Vladimir Lenin, which subsequent explorers have re-discovered.

    Ezra Spier: Incoterms (International Commercial terms), rules published by the International Chamber of Commerce that set standard terms for international transactions, and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTF), a database of product categories for imports and exports.

    Disclosure: Other Machine Co. is a portfolio company of O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, O’Reilly Media’s sister VC firm.

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  2. Ryan Cousins on field programmable gate arrays

    The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Making hardware programmable.With interest growing in field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)—witness Amazon’s recent addition of AWS EC2 instances that include dedicated FPGAs—this episode of the O’Reilly Hardware Podcast looks at what FPGAs are and how their capabilities are different from microcontroller boards (such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi). Jeff Bleiel and I speak with Ryan Cousins, co-founder and CEO of KRTKL (pronounced “critical”), the makers of Snickerdoodle, a board that’s based on an ARM/FPGA hybrid chip.Discussion points:

    The reconfigurable nature of an FPGA board, and how this flexibility enables developers to change what a device’s hardware is capable of doing

    How the FPGA development can be more iterative because of the ability to upgrade hardware by pushing out a software update

    How the FPGA and ARM chips interact with each other, and the performance benefits which result

    The factors that led to the development of the Snickerdoodle board and the company’s goal of making FPGA technology more accessible to audiences such as educators and makers


    The Zynq SoC, which integrates ARM and FPGA software and hardware programmability

    OpenCores, a community repository of open source IP cores


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  3. Everything is a Remix, including Star Wars, and that’s how I became a writer / Boing Boing

    Are you one of the many Star Wars fans eagerly awaiting the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story later this month? As you watch – and rewatch – the trailer, take a break to tune into Re:Create’s new Copy This podcast to learn about copyright and the role it’s played in the success of the fan-favorite series.

    As part of our ongoing work to elevate the discussion around copyright issues, the role copyright plays in our lives, and the need for balanced laws, Re:Create today launched Copy This hosted by writer, director and remixer Kirby Ferguson. The monthly podcast will bring to listeners conversations with some of the leading authors, policy minds, legal experts, and members of the creative community to take on the important questions and topics driving the copyright debate today.

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  4. Interview with James Gleick about his new book on the history of Time Travel / Boing Boing

    5 years ago, Boing Boing described James Gleick’s The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood as "a jaw-dropping tour de force history of information theory… The Information isn’t just a natural history of a powerful idea; it embodies and transmits that idea, it is a vector for its memes (as Dawkins has it), and it is a toolkit for disassembling the world. It is a book that vibrates with excitement, and it transmits that excited vibration with very little signal loss. It is a wonder."

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    A biographer of science ideas, Gleick is usually found exploring unusual corners of science. His latest book looks at the surprisingly recent concept of Time Travel. How recent? H.G. Well’s The Time Machine, published in 1895, was the first mention of time travel. I am looking forward to diving into Time Travel: a History.

    I interviewed him at Bloomberg for my radio show/podcast (MP3), and Gleick opened up about his researching and writing process. He describes himself – too modestly in my opinion – as “merely a journalist.”

    His approach to writing is somewhat humbling – he claims he starts out knowing nothing of his subject, and keeps researching until he feels he has learned enough to communicate about the subject. “Each book, each time I feel like I am figuring it out, starting from scratch … I don’t need to dumb anything down, I need to raise my own understanding to the level of grasping the stuff I am writing about.”

    Its fascinating stuff.

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  5. The Digital Underground: with The Grey Lodge’s Joseph Matheny | Joseph Matheny : ars est celare artem

    The Grey Lodge was an underground private torrent tracker used by millions of people per month in their quest to uncover the esoteric, strange and the downright weird. In this episode we hear from Joe Matheny, one of the founders of the site, about how it kicked off in the very early days of BitTorrent,…

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  6. Security and feudalism: Own or be pwned - Cory Doctorow (EFF)

    Cory Doctorow explains how EFF is battling the perfect storm of bad security, abusive business practices, and threats to the very nature of property itself, fighting for a future where our devices can be configured to do our bidding and where security researchers are always free to tell us what they’ve learned.

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  7. Request For Commits #11: Funding the Web with Brendan Eich | Changelog

    Brendan Eich, founder of Brave and creator of JavaScript, joined the show to talk about the history of the web, how it has been funded, and the backstory on the early browser wars and emerging monetization models. We also talked about why big problems are hard to solve for the Internet and the tradeoffs between centralization and distribution.

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  8. The Coode Street Podcast » Episode 288: Kai Ashante Wilson and A Taste of Honey

    Discussion and digression on science fiction and fantasy with Gary Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan.

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  9. The Winter Fortress: An Evening With Neal Bascomb

    In 1942, the Nazis were racing to build an atomic bomb. They had the physicists. They had the will. What they didn’t have was enough "heavy water," an essential ingredient for their nuclear designs. That changed when they occupied Norway and took control of Vemork hydroelectric plant, the world’s sole supplier of heavy water.

    Join best-selling author Neal Bascomb as he shares highlights from his extensively researched new book, The Winter Fortress, about the daring and successful commando raid on Vemork.

    Learn the incredible true story of how the British Special Operations Executive brought together a brilliant scientist and eleven refugee Norwegian commandos, who, with little more than parachutes, skis, and Tommy Guns, would destroy Hitler’s nuclear ambitions and help end the reign of the Third Reich.


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  10. Text and Audio of “The Quality of Life: The Implications of Augmented Personhood and Machine Intelligence in Science Fiction”

    This is the audio and transcript of my presentation “The Quality of Life: The Implications of Augmented Personhood and Machine Intelligence in Science Fiction” from the conference for The Work of Cognition and Neuroethics in Science Fiction.

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