Posts Tagged ‘Engineer in Wonderland’

Lateral thinker cuts artificial leg cost

Dr Viquar Qurashi is a British Pakistani working in the West Midlands.

He is a pretty amazing bloke – spurred on by a natural disaster in Pakistan, he adapted an already clever low-cost artificial leg design to make it applicable to even poorer people.

The brilliant bit is that his…

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An Engineer in Fairyland – Targets for MPs

And while I am shouting at MPs on the radio,

If MPs and ministers are so keen on targets for the NHS, teachers and other public servants…

… why are they not imposing targets on themselves?

After all, to impose targets on others, they must be convinced that targets work…

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An Engineer in Fairyland – MPs and schools

I heard a lot of drivel on the radio the other day where MPs had loads of brilliant reasons for sending their kids to private school.

One brilliant reason was that a parent should always do the best for their children.

Well yes, obviously…

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White space radio conundrum

White space radio – quietly using spectrum that is licensed to someone else while they are not using it – on the old UHF TV bands involves consulting a live database before transmitting.

But who is going to maintain the database.

If I was a TV company, I would not trouble myself…

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Object oriented, oh god.

Code Club has got me interested in MIT’s Scratch computer language again – the last time was when the Raspberry Pi Foundation mentioned it for teaching primary school children.

So I read a bit about it, and got tangled-up in object-orientation – once again completely failing to get it…

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You can help small kids learn to programme

Some of us folk got to meet Linda Sandvik and Clare Sutcliffe, the two amazing women behind a plan to teach programming to primary school kids.

Called Code Club, the idea is to have once-a-week after-school programming clubs for 9-11 year-olds in as many schools…

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Don’t shoot the messenger, and do thank the hackers

Richard Feynman was known as a fine theoretical physicist, and a safe cracker – the latter from his days working on the first atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

As I remember, from reading his autobiography, he wasn’t really a safe cracker.

He opened safes for fun, by dialling in the…

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Dev board becomes 10MHz 8-channel logic analyser

The ever-observant Andy C has drawn my attention to a Hack-a-day article that points to a neat-looking logic analyser built on a Texas Instruments development board.

The only hardware required is the board – a Stellaris Launchpad.

Stellaris is TI’s family of ARM Cortex-M3 and…

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´╗┐Long flumes and sad ends

Log flumes were long chutes used to transport rough-sawn wood from where trees were cut to a sawmill, and were used extensively in California in the late 1800s to get logs out of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The boards slid on water flowing in the V-profile chute.

For…

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Brave computer might make it

Fed up with debating ARM vs Intel x86?

No need to decide, because Asus has made a giant tablet-cum-desktop with both.

Called Transformer AiO, its 18.4in screen unclips to be a tablet, running Android 4.1 on its ARM based Nvidia Tegra 3 quad ARM core…

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