Tech Tuesday for 10/16 Swimming Bullets and Mortal Coil

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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14 Responses

  1. Michael Cain says:

    TT4: No surprise to anyone who has studied the human vision system. The brain makes up an embarrassing amount of what we see, and can be readily fooled.

    TT11: With no disrespect to Paul Allen the person, I spent far too much of my technical career fighting with Microsoft’s horrid technology decisions, and a number of years watching them largely halt the development of video compression algorithms by buying up and suppressing anything that looked like it might be better than their own limited tech. No kind words or thoughts about Microsoft from me. I generally disagree with “giant of technology” other than in the sense that he got obscenely rich. His largest technical contribution appears to have been buying up QDOS so they could get the original IBM contract.Report

  2. Kolohe says:

    tt4 – so do we now owe Kanye an apology?Report

  3. Oscar Gordon says:

    TT7: Larger ships, especially carriers, often have workshops on-board for fabricating things. I can very easily see ships, even smaller ships, buying one or two of these metal fab printers and using them to print parts, so that the only things the shop would need are the tooling to finish the part (deburring, smoothing, etc.). Loading an assortment of powdered alloys would probably take up a lot less space in the hold than all the various spares, and would make the logistics a bit easier.

    On the other hand, the movement of the ship at sea might make printing a challenge.Report

  4. Oscar Gordon says:

    If anybody wants a different lefty to kick around, Seattle’s Kshama Sawant has some pointed criticism on how Paul Allen spent his money.Report