Daily Archives: 2022-06-24

The supply chain crisis: a paradigm shift #makerbusiness

Source: adafruit industries blog

Article note: I read the post this references a month or so ago when it came out, it's a lot to digest. A lot of very scary things about the unraveling of our technological society. A few interesting/hopeful things about going back to a maintain-and-repair-oriented practices, distributed manufacturing, and backing away from shortsighted centralized JIT manufacturing and disposable designs. Years into the situation I'm still not sure what to make of it.

Brian Crabtree of Monome recently posted about some of the supply chain issues he’s seeing.

To lead with an actual case: we have not been able to get the STM32 microcontroller used in the Crow (and Grid) for well over two years now, and all estimates are “unknown” (the words from various sales reps I’ve spoken to, ie those at Mouser). Since we’ve sold out and also exhausted our backup-repair-stock, if someone contacts us with a hardware-related break– for example, somehow the STM32 is fried– there’s basically nothing we can do (that was previously standard procedure).

In his words the new normal is, well, not normal. While things may get easier over time, there are ways to reduce some of the pain for now.

…I’d like to instill this message, as strongly as possible: your machines are not easily repairable. They may be incredibly difficult (interpret: expensive) or impossible to repair. Please let this inform your treatment and expectations of the machines in your life.

It’s also potentially a good time to learn some repair skills. Soldering a DIY kit is a good start, but doing careful repair and salvaging is a fine craft.

Equipped with a soldering iron we move forward.

It’s hard to see a return. More likely I’m expecting a sort of paradigm shift.

Read the whole post here.


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Goodbye Zachtronics, Developers of Cool Video Games

Source: Hacker News

Article note: Huh. They've been making cool niche games without a lot a regard about their potential audience for quite a while, and departing on their own terms is perfectly consistent. I suspect they'll seed interesting people and ideas around as they disband.
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The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade

Source: The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts

Article note: Aw fuck. This is the one to freak out about. Not just because the immediate consequences are heinous, with pregnancy complications including most kinds of assisted reproductive technology turning into death sentences, forced pregnancies, and a wave of child neglect abetted by our non-functional social safety net. Not just because the secondary consequences are heinous, with Thomas going after Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell - contraception, same-sex relationships, and same-sex marriage - (and presumably not Loving (interracial marriage) because that's the one that would affect him) in his opinion. Not just because it shows all the recent appointees who agreed in their confirmation hearings that Roe was settled law will lie under oath to accomplish their ends. But because it fundamentally rejects the idea that individuals have any meaningful right to privacy or autonomy. I hope the response is nationally debilitating.

The Supreme Court has issued a bombshell ruling officially eliminating the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, undoing nearly 50 years of precedent. 

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday abortion is not a constitutional right and that the 1973 ruling guaranteeing that right, Roe v. Wade, is overturned. Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion, and he was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, and John Roberts. 

"Roe was egregiously wrong from the start," Alito wrote. "Its reasoning was exceptionally weak, and the decision has had damaging consequences. And far from bringing about a national settlement of the abortion issue, Roe and [Planned Parenthood v. Casey] have enflamed debate and deepened division."

Alito added that "it is time to heed the constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people's elected representatives." Chief Justice John Roberts wrote a concurring opinion stating he would have only upheld Mississippi's law banning abortion after 15 weeks and that the majority's "dramatic and consequential ruling" was "unnecessary to decide the case before us." 

In May, an initial draft opinion leaked and revealed the Supreme Court was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, and protesters gathered in Washington on Friday in anticipation of the final decision. 

The court's liberal justices, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, dissented, writing, "Whatever the exact scope of the coming laws, one result of today's decision is certain: the curtailment of women's rights, and of their status as free and equal citizens."

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