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on Thursday, 18 July 2013
in Classic & Cutting-Edge Technology

Support science and education with Wide Computing

Crawlspace3Larry Dickson's Kickstarter project intends to revive the neglected half of computing that is the most friendly to original science.

This countercultural Wide Computing brings raw data from multiple inexpensive sensors, and even robotics, within reach of anyone with a C compiler. Simple, independent programs handle transmission and postprocessing, including heavy data streams. "Hiccups" can be prevented even if latency limits are very tight. No complex GUIs or interface specifications are needed.

The beauty of this is that it brings real science within reach of volunteers. You can make original contributions without multi-million dollar budgets and corporate bureaucratic approval. This is really important, because it can restore honesty to science!

In addition it is an educational tool that is unequalled in the bureaucratic computing world. The friendly new concept of a graphics slave has roused particular interest. More information is on the web site LAZM.org.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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