Hackaday Podcast 178: The Return Of Supercon, Victory For Open Source, Exquisite Timepieces, And Documentation To Die For

Hackaday Editor-in-Chief Elliot Williams and Managing Editor Tom Nardi start this week’s podcast off with an announcement the community has been waiting years for: the return of the Hackaday Supercon! While there’s still some logistical details to hammer out, we’re all extremely excited to return to a live con and can’t wait to share more as we get closer to November. Of course you can’t have Supercon without the Hackaday Prize, which just so happens to be wrapping up its Hack it Back challenge this weekend.

In other news, we’ll talk about the developing situation regarding the GPLv3 firmware running on Ortur’s laser engravers (don’t worry, it’s good news for a change), and a particularly impressive fix that kept a high-end industrial 3D printer out of the scrapheap. We’ll also fawn over a pair of fantastically documented projects, learn about the fascinating origins of the lowly fire hydrant, and speculate wildly about the tidal wave of dead solar panels looming menacingly in the distance.

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Episode 178 Show Notes:


What’s that Sound?

  • No winner this week, because the one person who got it right actually won last week. Damn, son!
  • Alvin Lucier — I’m Sitting in a Room (YouTube)

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2 thoughts on “Hackaday Podcast 178: The Return Of Supercon, Victory For Open Source, Exquisite Timepieces, And Documentation To Die For

  1. There was a recent meme outbreak when some germans found out that some other germans have a ~~weird~~ idiotic way to say 15-past-the-full-hour.

    This is a rough summary: https://imgur.com/a/LBWSswF

    This phenonemon actually exceeds the fidelity of the german wordclock that was featured in this episode, if I checked that correctly.

    1. I’m pretty sure that in the original “minute-exact word clock” thread on mikrocontroller.net there was _someone_ who insisted on the “quarter 11” is “10:15” way. That’s a minority path, but it has its own logic.

      All (?) Germans say “half 11” and mean “10:30”. Here in Munich, there are definitely people who say “three quarters 11” and mean “10:45”, although this isn’t universal. So if you follow that logic, then “quarter 11” has to be 10:15. QED.

      I don’t know anyone who reads time that way, and it’s surely confusing to me, but that’s the way dialects go. You can always ask “before or after” — and people do because of the multiple ways of reading out time.

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