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March 31st, 2008 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-31 11:12
  Subject:   "I have built a computer out of relays"
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  Mood:COMPUTING; UR DOIN' IT RONG
  Music:Vernian Process - Switchback
  Tags:  humor, reddit



General Features:

Data Bus (8 bits)
Address Bus (16-bits)
All relays are the identical part (Four-Pole-Double-Throw, 12 Volts)
415 Relays
111 Switches
350 LEDs
Max Power Consumption: Estimated 12 Amps @ 13.5 Volts (160 Watts)


http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~harry/Relay/index.html

http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~harry/Relay/RelayPaper.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3wPBcmSb2U

According to the paper, it has a ~200ms clock, and an 8 clock instruction cycle. Which means each instruction takes about 1.6 seconds. I sure hope it has a hardware multiplier! ;]

"If anybody needs, I'll be at my computer. Scrolling some text." -Dilbert
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-31 12:20
  Subject:   Stupidity runs rampant. Nobody notices, because stupid is the status quo.
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  Music:Adam Sandler - Somebody Kill Me
  Tags:  politics

Remind me not to read the editorials page...Collapse )
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-31 18:03
  Subject:   "Oh baby! You're... so cold... so stiff..."
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  Mood:straight to hell
  Music:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzh6gWUjKuY
  Tags:  digg, straight to hell

Art Price, Jr., 40, has been charged with four counts of public indecency after a neighbor videotaped him getting all nasty with the umbrella hole in the middle of his plastic picnic table. Apparently preferring the table's legs in the air, Price reportedly flipped the table over before forcing himself inside of it.

In addition to public outrage, we imagine there's considerable jealousy among Price's other lawn furniture. While barbecues and lawn chairs don't have many places for good loving (unless you're big enough for that drink holder), we're sure that plastic gnome hiding in the hedges is wondering why he wasn't chosen. The garden hose, however, is probably pretty relieved.


http://www.asylum.com/2008/03/31/no-picnic-man-charged-with-screwing-a-patio-table/

"Honey, I'm leaving you for... the picnic table! She understands me in ways you never will!"
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-03-31 18:42
  Subject:   OF COURSE Abu Ghraib was on purpose. You morons.
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  Music:Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
  Tags:  politics, reddit

I posted about Philip Gourevitch's and Erroll Morris's superb and disturbing recent piece on Abu Ghraib here. What it shows once again is how Abu Ghraib was never, ever an exception. It was permitted, enabled, authorized and pre-meditated by Bush, Cheney, Yoo, Rumsfeld, Miller, and Addington, among many others. The techniques testified to correspond with chilling accuracy to techniques authorized by the president, for which we now have overwhelming evidence.

One day this president and vice-president will be prosecuted for war crimes.


http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/03/the-war-crimina.html

No Andrew, they never will. Not ever.
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