- Fused filament printing with water-soluble support
Make shows off a clever 3D print of an approximation of a Hilbert curve that uses two extuders, one of which uses a water soluble feedstock. I first heard about something like this at the wonderful talk on 3D printing at Ohio Linux Fest but I suspect this is still a pretty clever improvement in the area of using extrusion based printers to produce designs that have a good deal of negative space and otherwise would be unprintable except in a powder bed.
- Old techies never die; they just can’t get hired
Aaron Glantz at the New York Times describes the continuing problems faces by aging technologists even in the heart of Silicon Valley where many firms have continued to hire despite the recent economic woes. Glantz leads with one hurdle that is arguably legitimate, the constant moving target of the skills hiring managers want and need. Glantz discusses hardware engineers being in an understandable hard spot post lay off when all the openings are software jobs. Even within software, the incessant pressure to keep skills current can lead to a similar hill that it isn’t always feasible to climb. Worse, the article continues to dig into the sort of ageism that has long been rumored in the industry, unmasking many of the veneers companies try to draw over practices that, in my experience, are actually incredibly short sighted given what more experienced technologists have to offer not just in a proven track record of getting things done but generally a greater emotional maturity.
- Jailbreaking the Internet: For freedom’s sake
Writing at InfoWorld’s The Deep End, linked to by Slashdot, Paul Venezia draws parallels between the popularity of jail breaking locked down devices and the possible response to the sort of locked down Internet the entertainment industry is trying to craft through policy like SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. I think tools like MafiaaFire and the anti-SOPA browser extensions that cropped up last week substantiate Venezia’s optimism that not only will the net route around this legislatively wrought damage but hackers increasingly will follow established models of usable, accessible circumvention tools.
- Flaw in YouTube takedown process exposed, Slashdot
- Git 1.7.9 offers more secure modification requests, The H Security: News and Features
- The sinister sons of SOPA, Alt Text: Underwire at Wired.com
- Mozilla questions web orthodoxies with ‘Pancake’, Webmonkey at Wired.com
- New KDE tablet to liberate Linux enthusiasts from walled garden, Ars Technica
Posted in Links.
– January 30, 2012