podcast May 4, 2021

Podcast 335: Open source contributors helped a helicopter fly on Mars

You drop an open source contribution like a stone in a pond. The ripples may land somewhere you never imagined.
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Episode Notes

On today’s episode we celebrate all the contributors, maintainers, minders, and menders who crafted or cleaned up the code that let a helicopter fly on Mars.

You are all part of the sci-if future we imagined. You can check out the badge Github gave to folks for helping with the Mars flight here. You can learn more about F´, NASA’s open source flight software and embedded system framework, here.

Paul tells the story of a shady financial operator who offered to take his blog public during the dot com boom. Yes, Ftrain.com was once an IPO candidate.

Who copies and pastes from Stack Overflow? We dig into some of the data from our April Fools joke to get a sense of the scale and collaboration happening across our community.

Paul takes a tutorial on coding with Ethereum but decides decarbonizing is the real future for software.

Today’s lifeboat badge winner is Scott M., who answered the question: How to remove one line from a txt file?

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