It’s About Time

Synchronous electric clocks count the oscillations of the mains current to keep time: After 50 or 60 cycles (depending on where you are in the world), one second has elapsed. This works wonderfully as long as the average mains frequency is constant, or—in practice—adjusted to compensate for errors. Things get a little tricky when 113 GWh of energy somehow go missing and all microwave clocks on an entire continent go slow…” — www.metafilter.com.

It’s an interesting article, IMO. Be sure to read the comments and to check out this Wiki item: wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_clock#Accuracy.

Meet the judge who codes — and decides tech’s biggest cases

“Judge [William H. ] Alsup would like everyone to know that he doesn’t know Java.

Not very well, anyway. He can, however, definitely code. He’s been coding in BASIC for decades, actually, writing programs for the fun of it: a program to play Bridge, written as a gift for his wife; an automatic solution for the board game Mastermind, which he is immensely fond of; and most ambitiously, a sprawling multifunctional program with a graphical interface that helps him with yet another of his many hobbies, ham radio.

His interests have served him well on the judicial bench, informing his outlook on the multibillion-dollar intellectual property cases that come to him. The fortunes of tech companies can rise or fall depending on his rulings. Oracle v. Google has wide repercussions for big companies and smaller developers alike, to say nothing of the $9 billion at stake. The yet-to-be-totaled billions Alphabet is seeking from Uber in the ongoing Waymo v. Uber suit could make or break Uber as a player in the nascent self-driving car market.”

Read the whole interesting and well-written article by  at theverge.com.

For more about Judge Alsup, search [judge ham radio map court technology san francisco alsup].

“Right to Repair” – Who can fix your software-infested product?

“Following on from his earlier article on US farmers hacking their tractors with Ukrainian pirated software (previously), Jason Koebler has teamed up with Lara Heintz to make a short documentary for Motherboard about some of the people involved: farmers, tractor repairers as well as the politician who introduced a “right to repair bill” (previously).”

Read the full article and the comments at www.metafilter.com.

Steel Armor — The Technology of Another Time

“Nothing remains of the Royal Armor Workshops at Greenwich. What does remain are many of the great masterpieces of the Greenwich armorers, which allow us to stand in the presence of great princes and knights long dead. For those who take the time to look, they live on in ways their makers could never have imagined.” -Tobias Capwell

This Metafilter page includes a link to an interesting hour-long BBC video.