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Sunday 02 June 2013 The Forest Road Reader, No 63

Badger, badger, badger, badger

One of Natalie's maternal great-grandparents, who's name escapes me right at the moment, invented (and quite possibly patented, which was all the rage in the early 1900s) a mobile milking parlour. Instead of bringing all the cows in for milking everyday, you climbed into your tractor and pulled this enormous piece of machinery out into the fields and milked the cows there. One of the posited benefits of mobile milking was reduced transmission of bovine tuberculosis. Bovine TB was pretty rampant at the time, so that might just be marketing talk. On the other hand, TB spreads by through aerosol droplets so something which avoids jamming all your cattle into a confined where they can breathe all over each other every day might be a reasonable idea.

Here's quite a pleasing video of a modern pasture based milking system. They are suitable for buffalos too.

Computer Scientists Urge Court to Block Copyright Claims in Oracle v. Google API Fight. Not just computer scientists, programmers too. One of the signatories to the EFF's amicus brief, Martin Fowler, explains why he signed.

Mars pebbles prove water history. At last.

Oh dear. That's going to cast a cloud over the afternoon. And tomorrow. And quite possibly the rest of the week, if not month. Trust your Sunday afternoon was good for you.


Tagged milking-machines, and mars


Jez Higgins

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