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"build your own sputnik" -- not instructions, but a challenge ...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7049002.stm

Easy to build, not so easy to launch. It would be neat if someone could get around the legal/political obstacles for allowing homemade launches. Probably too difficult in the USA.

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There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult.

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