The Big Think

August 20, 2012

Shocker

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 10:45 am

From the Stanford Law Review:

The Dirty Little Secret of (Estate) Tax Reform – Stanford Law Review: “Spoiler alert! The dirty little secret of estate tax reform is the same as the dirty little secret about many things that transpire, or fail to transpire, inside the Beltway: it’s all about money. But no, it is not quite what you think. The secret is not that special interests give boatloads of money to politicians. Of course they do. That may well be dirty, but it is hardly secret. The dirty little secret I come to lay bare is that Congress likes it this way. Congress wants there to be special interests, small groups with high stakes in what it does or does not do. These are necessary conditions for Congress to get what it needs: money, for itself and its campaigns.”

Again, I think friends on both sides of the aisle (and on no-side) would agree that this is an intolerable status quo that should not continue.

PopFab

Filed under: Maker — jasony @ 8:06 am

MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase: “PopFab was developed by students Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek, from the MIT CADLab and MIT Center for Bits and Atoms respectively. Billed as a ‘portable fabrication multi-tool,’ the machine was revealed through an online video showing the whole device folding out from a metal briefcase and almost immediately printing a small object after a bit of setup. All it takes is to attach the printing head to the fold-out arm, feed in some printing material, and connect a computer to transmit a design”

Meet Digispark, Arduino’s little brother

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 8:04 am

Meet Digispark, Arduino’s little brother: “The open-source Arduino micro-controller is a very useful piece of kit which has been implemented by hackers to power countless endeavors from Musical Umbrellas to Angry Birds Slingshot Controllers. For some projects however, the flexibility of the Arduino can be overkill and it’s this issue which prompted Digispark to create a simpler, cheaper alternative – a tiny Arduino-compatible developmental circuit board that costs as little as US$12.”

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