- We lost two greats in the past week, Neil Armstrong and Hans Camenzind.
- Oneirophoros — n. Bringer of Dreams
- Chris has been continuing his Chip Report TV project, check out the video below for the “buck fiddy” reference (Starting at about 6 minutes)
- XKCD has a comic about the number of people that have set foot on another planet diminishing.
- Jeff Hammerbacher was a former facebook employee quoted on BusinessWeek.com as saying, “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,” he says. “That sucks.”
- Our links for the show now live at reddit.com/r/theamphour. Much like the discuss server, you can add, vote and comment on each story for the coming shows.
- The spinnaker chip and associated boards were made to help model the human brain. That’s a lotta chips.
- DARPA is looking into analog computers as a next generation computing platform.
- Dave enjoyed the “NASA and we know it video”, lampooning the lander crew and their quirks.
- With ever increasing costs and needs for high volume chips, will large companies “insource” their chip manufacturing? Unlikely.
- The Apple and Samsung court case is over and was annoying.
- The 21st annual obfuscated C contest has started and runs until Sept 14th. Dave thinks this is a waste of time.
- This is done in hardware as well sometimes. People put in fake circuits either on the board or in an ASIC.
- Sometimes code doesn’t need to be obfuscated, like for people that don’t know how to properly write code. The Engineering Commons discussed scientists and non-programmers writing code.
- Chris has been working with the BeagleBone, trying to make a hardware development platform.
- Dave thinks the Bus Pirate might work for simple SPI communication.
- Other times, the best digital platform is the one you used last time.
- And the best development board is your final production board, with the assumption it might just be wrong.
- OSRAM has developed a footprint to make it more compatible with competitors devices.
- Old school Motorola modules for TVs made footprint matching with common tubes impossible (starting about 12:50 or so)
- Speaking of tough to find parts, EMSL showcases a 23kV, 15A fuse. Wowsa!
- If you’re a Tesla fan, The Oatmeal is helping raise money for a Tesla museum. Donate and get cool stuff!
- Or check out The Oatmeal’s (raunchy) comparison of Edison and Tesla.
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