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Apr 22

Episode 43

 

Tonight’s Guests: Thaed, Scott “Churba” Gibbs, Jason Gauci, and Victor

 

We’ve all done it at least once or twice, either out of convenience or necessity, but Wired Magazine recently published an article asking “Is WiFi Squatting Illegal”? What are your thoughts on the legality, or even morality, of this happy collision of technology and circumstance.
Original article: http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/pr_burning_wifi_squatting/
It’s almost universally understood that smoking is bad for you and, through second hand smoke, those around you. Almost every state in the U.S. has some kind of ordinance banning smoking within twenty feet of public buildings, but now there are cities like Pasadena, California looking to ban smoking altogether within city limits, including in private residences. They say a “man’s home is his castle”, so is this an admirable show of progressive thinking or a violation of the sovereignty of one’s own home?
Pasadena Article: http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_14509079

The DIY revolution is here and it’s stronger than ever. Manufacturing technologies that were once available only at an industrial level, such as CNC Machines and 3D printers, are now being brought down to the desktop level. Amateurs and professionals alike are using these tools, as well as rapid prototyping services like Shapeways and Ponoko, to build fantastic new designs. They can then bring them to life with flexible, inexpensive programming platforms like the Arduino. Have you done any of this? If so, what have you DIY-ed lately?
Wired Interview with Limor Fried (LadyAda): http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/03/ff_adafruit/
Maker Bot: http://www.makerbot.com/
Home CNC Kit: http://www.amazon.com/Zen-Toolworks-CNC-Carving-Machine/dp/B002ARTLUG
Ponoko: http://www.ponoko.com/
Shapeways: http://www.shapeways.com/
Arduino: http://www.arduino.cc/


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