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  • 12.23.2010
  • Poor contacts stop model trains on the track
  • I remember seeing a system advertised that used high voltage to generate a plasma at the contact points. I don't know if it actually worked, but it must have looked pretty cool with the lights out!
  • 03.18.2011
  • Putting a face on the Anonymous 50
  • On-site personnel will always be needed. What happens when the comm links go down? What happens when the remote sensors fail? How would you rig a work-around? Robots could do this stuff in the distant future, but for now....
  • 02.17.2011
  • What the IBM Watson—Jeopardy matchup really tells us
  • When I was six years old, my mother could hand me some money and tell me to get a quart of milk. Just think of how much human effort would be required to program a robot for this simple task. I learned by following my mother around. I knew that milk was food, that it would be in a refrigerator at a grocery store, where a grocery store was, how to walk there and back, how to purchase it, to put the milk into the refrigerator at home and to hand my mother the change. I could even bring back the right type of milk because I knew what type was usually in the refrigerator at home.
  • 12.01.2010
  • Actors can "switch gears", but can engineers do the same?
  • Employers today seem to want (contract) engineers with 3 to 5 years experience in the latest hot technology. If you don't have experience, you can't get the job. If you can't get the job, you can't get the experience.... Take all of the courses that you want. You still won't have the experience.
  • 11.04.2010
  • Is it time to get rid of Daylight Savings Time?
  • What people often miss is that Franklin proposed DST as a joke! Read his original article carefully. It was satire! It helps to know that the French aristocracy was in the habit of retiring around 3:00 AM and arising at noon. Sure, that burns a lot of candles! Since our product contains a day/date clock, changing the calendar dates a few years back cost us a lot in customer calls and software updates.