Linux, politics, and other interesting things
Scott Adams has an interesting idea for political debates he calls “Fact Bubbler” . It sounds implausible the first time you read it, but then so did Wikipedia.
Arstechnica has an interesting article on software defined radio . This could change many things.
The Nieder Family has another update on the way patents threaten their daughter’s ability to communicate . Also Apple is making things worse by taking pre-emptive strikes against iPhone apps which are involved in legal disputes – never use an iPhone (or other proprietary system) for anything important if you have a choice.
In more positive news crowd-funded gene sequencing has found an explanation for Maya Nieder’s developmental delays . This will revolutionise medicine!
EyeNetra is developing a smart-phone based system for testing eyes . It’s apparently possible to manufacture glasses for $0.75 so the cost and difficulty of performing eye tests is the main factor that prevents poor people in developing countries from getting glasses. So a cheap portable eye testing system is going to help many people get the glasses they need.
Maco wrote an interesting article about crochet and reverse-engineering along with a Python program to print a crochet pattern . I wonder whether anyone has tried to make a crochet robot, something like a 3D printer but which crochet’s things rather than printing them. Holding the wool would be a real challenge, it’s not nearly as easy as printing on something that’s stuck down and incapable of movement.