Bookmarks for July 31st from 05:56 to 08:41

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 31st from 05:56 to 08:41:

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire – Bloomberg – “Here’s the cleanest tale of hypothetical decline I could come up with, keeping away from the more partisan or hysterical scenarios, or those involving a catastrophic deus ex machina.”
  • NASA Awards Top Teams at Second Phase of 3D-Printing Competition | NASA – 10 points to the Foster + Partners team for wearing worm logo NASA shirts.
  • NASA’s Centennial Challenges: 3-D Printed Habitat Challenge | NASA – “NASA and its partners are holding a $2.5 million competition to build a 3D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. The multi-phase challenge is designed to advance the construction technology needed to create sustainable housing solutions for Earth and beyond.”
  • Five Teams Win a Share of $100,000 in 3D-Printed Habitat Competition | NASA – “Phase 3 (current), the On-Site Habitat Competition, challenges competitors to fabricate sub-scale habitats, and has five levels of competition – three construction levels and two virtual levels. For the virtual levels, teams must use Building Information Modeling software to design a habitat that combines allowances for both the structure and systems it must contain. The construction levels challenge the teams to autonomously 3D-print elements of the habitat, culminating with a one-third-scale printed habitat for the final level. ($2 million prize purse)”
  • Hello World on z/OS | Hacker News – “One of them kept pressing: “but Facebook could just take all the engineers they’re devoting to building reliable infrastructure and shift those people to writing customer facing code!”
    The other director stopped him and said, “don’t you see? They’ve already done it. There’s no reason for them to go back now. People have figured out that they don’t need mainframes to get mainframe reliability”. The other director just kept shaking his head and we moved to other subjects.”
  • The DCMS “fake news” report may finally have an answer to how we regulate social networks – “These rules, called “platform” rules – for the idea that they provide a platform for others’ speech, rather than publishing their own – govern modern social networks, despite not really being applicable. Both Facebook and Twitter curate what we see, choosing how prominent different pieces of content are, and enforcing their own rules: Facebook, for example, has decided that while Holocaust denial is fine, hell shall freeze over before a woman’s nipple is visible on their site.”