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Submission + - World's First IC Microcomputer Found (

Tokolosh writes: It’s not often that a YouTube video on a technical topic gives one goosebumps. And it’s not often that someone unpacking a computer makes history.

Francois Rautenbach a computer hardware and software engineer from South Africa achieves both with a series of videos he has quietly posted on YouTube.

It shows the “unboxing” of a batch of computer modules that had been found in a pile of scrap metal 40 years ago and kept in storage ever since. Painstaking gathering of a wide range of evidence from documents to archived films had convinced Rautenbach he had tracked down the very first Guidance and Navigation Control computer used on a test flight of the Saturn 1B rocket and the Apollo Command and Service Modules.

Apollo-Saturn 202 or Flight AS-202 as it was officially called was the first to use an onboard computer – the same model that would eventually take Apollo 11 to the moon. Rautenbach argues that the computer on AS-202 was also the world’s first microcomputer. That title has been claimed for several computers made in later years from the Datapoint 2200 built by CTC in 1970 to the Altair 8800 designed in 1974.

The AS-202 flight computer goes back to the middle of the previous decade.

Submission + - Researchers orbit a muon around an atom, confirm physics models are broken (

schwit1 writes: The proton's charge radius shouldn't change, and yet it appears to.

This “proton radius puzzle” suggests there may be something fundamentally wrong with our physics models. And the researchers who discovered it have now moved on to put a muon in orbit around deuterium, a heavier isotope of hydrogen. They confirm that the problem still exists, and there's no way of solving it with existing theories.

Comment Re:Even if it is money, I get it.... (Score 1) 150

The US Constitution:

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power...

To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin...

Section. 10.

No State shall ... coin Money; ...; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts....

My take: The federal government has been granted to power to coin money and make it legal tender, but has not been granted a monopoly. Nothing in the Constitution prevents the People (not the States) from coining money.

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