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Old 11-20-2018, 10:55 AM
 
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How about a sub-forum on technologies that aren't computers? (Although many of them may be enabled by the use of computers as a tool.)


For example, a few that I've been interested in the last few years:


Super high speed machining
The latest state of the art in fiber reinforced plastics
Thixotropic forming, either from liquid or from solid
what's the latest thing in die casting? Recent variants in squeeze casting? Others?
Indoor air quality management - beyond filters and basic HVAC - has anyone figured out how to heat/cool commercial buildings better, without freezing in summer and roasting in winter?
How is 3d printing making the transition from small batch production and prototype quantities to mass production quantities?


And so on.
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Old 11-22-2018, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Why do you want a sub-forum for a topic that barely gets any interest on the main forum? The science forum barely gets any activity as it is. Seems a waste to sub-divide further.
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Old 11-22-2018, 05:44 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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How about a sub-forum on technologies that aren't computers? (Although many of them may be enabled by the use of computers as a tool.)


For example, a few that I've been interested in the last few years:


Super high speed machining
The latest state of the art in fiber reinforced plastics
Thixotropic forming, either from liquid or from solid
what's the latest thing in die casting? Recent variants in squeeze casting? Others?
Indoor air quality management - beyond filters and basic HVAC - has anyone figured out how to heat/cool commercial buildings better, without freezing in summer and roasting in winter?
How is 3d printing making the transition from small batch production and prototype quantities to mass production quantities?


And so on.
All of those are computer-controlled to a certain degree. Some may have a simple electronic control or circuit board that accomplishes tasks such as adjustments or calculations, but even a calculator is a computer.

Modern HVAC systems are computer-controlled. In fact, you can have an HVAC app on an iPad that allows you to adjust the temperature setting for summer or winter via Wi-Fi. However, simple AC and heating systems at your home can still be manually controlled if you don't want automatic controls.
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Old 11-25-2018, 09:48 AM
 
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All of those are computer-controlled to a certain degree. Some may have a simple electronic control or circuit board that accomplishes tasks such as adjustments or calculations, but even a calculator is a computer.

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You missed my point. Just because a particular technology uses computers doesn't make it identical to computer technology. That's like saying that house building is just a branch of forestry.


I guess no one has any interest in technology that isn't computer software or hardware? Sad state of affairs, when there are so many things happening outside of the CS and IT realm, and no one except a few people in the fields is even aware of them.
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Old 11-25-2018, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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You missed my point. Just because a particular technology uses computers doesn't make it identical to computer technology. That's like saying that house building is just a branch of forestry.


I guess no one has any interest in technology that isn't computer software or hardware? Sad state of affairs, when there are so many things happening outside of the CS and IT realm, and no one except a few people in the fields is even aware of them.
You don't need a sub-forum if you want to post about them. I'd say few people on city-data have interest in science of any kind. There are more science-specific places on the internet with much more active user-bases.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:38 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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You missed my point. Just because a particular technology uses computers doesn't make it identical to computer technology. That's like saying that house building is just a branch of forestry.


I guess no one has any interest in technology that isn't computer software or hardware? Sad state of affairs, when there are so many things happening outside of the CS and IT realm, and no one except a few people in the fields is even aware of them.
Start a thread in the general S/T area. If there is enough interest to make it a sub, I'm sure it will become one. The point is that the other subs have the traffic to support it. There's no evidence of that in the topics you're suggesting.

I'd love to see a golf sub in Sports - but there simply isn't enough traffic to warrant one.
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