Tech Tuesday 3/13/18 – Freestyle Edition


Oscar Gordon

A Navy Turbine Tech who learned to spin wrenches on old cars, Oscar has since been trained as an Engineer & Software Developer & now writes tools for other engineers. When not in his shop or at work, he can be found spending time with his family, gardening, hiking, kayaking, gaming, or whatever strikes his fancy & fits in the budget.

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  1. fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

    04: Methylene blue, is there anything it can’t do? (Also used to treat methemoglobinemia, amyl nitrate poisoning, and also a fun fraternity prank to put in the punch. Ahem. I may watch more “Untold Stories of the ER’ than is good for me.)

    (We do use it in lab for staining cells with the intro classes, because it works, it’s non toxic, and it’s cheap)Report

  2. Avatar Veronica Straszheim says:

    [12] — Cool, but like, I’ll actually believe we have something when we can factor big primes.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      Hence my poker reference. At this point, they are mostly just figuring out chip architecture (or whatever the equivalent is for a quantum processor). Not a whole lot of actual work is being done with them.Report

  3. Avatar Veronica Straszheim says:

    [18] — This is relevant to my interests. Next time someone looks askance at some of the — shall we say — implements lying around my room, I shall say, “I like spiders.”Report

  4. Avatar Pinky says:

    No categories? But science itself is built on structure!

    That Uber idea is really good. The company could use the positive press.

    A question about the Renault: are those front seats backward-facing? It looks that way. I can understand the conversational benefit, but a lot of people get motion sickness riding backwards.Report

  5. Avatar Doctor Jay says:

    [1] I’m not sure how rubidium atoms at a few millionths of a degree above absolute zero can form a “cloud” at least not under earth gravity? Wouldn’t that be more like a “puddle”? Or is my physics flawed?Report

  6. Avatar Pinky says:

    5 sounds more like one of the urban planning articles we get around here. An outer beltway + increased population density = a city with cities inside it.Report

  7. Avatar Kazzy says:

    09 – How many LEGO bricks end up in landfill?Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine says:

      Judging by my basement? None. None LEGO bricks ever leave.Report

      • fillyjonk fillyjonk says:

        My brother reclaimed all his leftover lego bricks from his childhood for his daughter, and now she builds with them. So they’re going on their second generation. Of course that required my parents to save them (and even move them when they moved) with the thought that one of us would have kids and would want them….

        FWIW: I still have some of my childhood stuffed toys. No, I do not have children and won’t be at this point.Report

    • Avatar Pinky says:

      They put them all in one giant square landfill.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

      I’m not sure, but Lego reports they recycle in-house something on the order of 70 million bricks a year.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy says:

        Are those defective ones? LEGO works because every piece you get fits with every other piece anyone else has ever gotten. Even if they’ve achieved an insane hit rate, I still reckon they’re producing many misses just because of volume. If they melt and reform them and count that as recycling, that could be a big part of that.Report

  8. Avatar Chip Daniels says:

    This caught my eye:

    “Robots have already enabled mass production, but with artificial intelligence (AI) they have the potential to enable mass customization and personalization in almost everything we produce,”

    I also see this, that AI we are moving away from the era of mass production into something like bespoke production, where it is as cheap to make a million one of a kind items as it is to make a million identical ones.

    The consequences I think, can be enormous.

    Mass production shaped our politics and society, and helped determine the physical form of our cities, determining where and how we lived and moved.Report

    • Avatar Marchmaine says:

      On the optimistic side, if this opens up machine based competition vs. industrial mass production, then broadly distributed AI Machine platforms could greatly diversify production and wages and revolutionize our relationship to work, production and supply chains.

      On the less optimistic side, riiiiight.Report

    • Avatar Oscar Gordon says:


      Mattershift is working on nanoscale 3D printingReport

  9. Avatar bookdragon says:

    18 – LOL That is awesome. However I’m afraid to let my son see it for fear of what may be done with our tea strainers…

    12 – If only it were qualoos instead of qubits, that would be a great Star Trek referenceReport