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I bought a CNC mill recently to prototype PCBs with a turnaround time on the order of hours instead of weeks. But I've been having a hell of a time getting the isolation routing to come out clean.

After a long story, it turns out the V-bits I've been using are just poorly machined! Inspection under a microscope shows all kinds of issues. It's so bad I'm tempted to write a blog post about it, if anyone's interested.

Chuck Norris can hand solder a BGA.
With his eyes closed.
Using his feet.
In shoes.
Made of concrete.
Under water.
With a soldering iron heated only by his anger.

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And who says comment threads are all bad?

Seasonal pranks and grammatical imperfections aside, I really like the sentiment of this slogan as a business philosophy.

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And the top comment on Hacker News is super high quality!

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

Short excerpt:

“Factorio essentially compresses real-world work patterns into a shorter time period, giving you the chance to see how someone works in the space of a couple hours. I don't know anything else that does that.”

- kentonv

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i'm not anti-copyright, but i've yet to hear a good explanation as to why scientific research paid for with taxpayer money should be published in expensive journals, with neither the authors nor the peer reviewers getting paid for their work

“All these companies have valuations in the tens of billions, making their founders and investors very rich, despite not making any money at all in the operating economy. In many cases, the money invested in these companies was used to create the illusion of growth, acquiring customers below the cost of delivering services to them. It is money invested in the promise of more money, a kind of Ponzi scheme decoupled from the operating economy.”

oreilly.com/radar/the-end-of-s

Ahhh, Hacker News. Come for the clickbait headlines, stay for the hilarious comments.

A self-hosted Trello/Asana clone with desktop apps. I just might have to give this one a try.

focalboard.com/

Wow, if you believe the hype, PolyMaker has produced a PLA filament that is carbon-negative to produce. And supposedly it's as good as regular PLA, but just a little bit softer.

fabbaloo.com/news/polymakers-d

"Within C++, there is a much smaller and cleaner language struggling to get out."

-- Bjarne Stroustrup, The Design and Evolution of C++

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