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Slashback: Pliancy, Antennae, Gobe

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the alabama-soon dept.

Slashback 232

Slashback tonight with more words on printable, organic transistors; the off-screen saving-Farscape saga, wireless schools, Gobe Productive, and 802.11 antennae to extend you connection. Read on for the details.

Go be something! Simon Gauvin writes "As a follow up to your article on Gobe Productive, beunited.org is setting up a donation site to allow people to donate for the purchase of the source to make it open. You can check out the comments here. And our announcement on our main page."

Thinner is better. Factomatic writes "The The New York Times reports that a new polymer by Xerox can be used to make organic transistors on a plastic substrate, which can then be used to inexpensively make light, flexible flat-panel displays for computers, laptops and mobile phones. The material, polythiophene, has achieved performance on electronics benchmarks that is an order of magnitude greater than current polymer materials. It would be used in a new manufacturing process that Xerox is experimenting with to imprint circuits using inkjets." You may remember this story about a company called Rolltronics' research into printable circuitry.

What about reviving The A-Team? Julio Ojeda-Zapata points to his Update: 12/10 01:25 GMT by T : [Errr, not "her" -- sorry about that.] "in-depth article on the Save Farscape movement. Though I have an obvious bias, I believe this is the most comprehensive article on the subject you'll find anywhere. Predictably, I've been deluged by mail from Scapers. I can't say I wasn't warned about that :-)"

Soon, every Thomas Aquinas, Dickinson and Harvard will have one of their own ... Amadaeus writes with news of another all-campus wireless blanketing. "The new University of Ontario Institute of Technology is offering new students an IBM laptop, included with tuition, that is wired with 802.11b access. The reason behind that is the entire campus (read: cafeterias, stairwells, washrooms, "special areas") is covered with the university wireless network hubs. In fact, the university campus itself is designed with charging outlets for every seat in the classroom and ergonomic seating for computer usage for all students.

Either they're trying to improve wireless education or promote in-class LAN parties and all-night wireless hack-o-thons, UOIT is on the right track to some sort of wireless educational future."

Wireless Weapons: A mini-Howitzer or a Liberator. We've run several stories on 802.11 antenna projects that require more time, more esoteric parts, or a bigger budget, and some that don't take much at all. Daniel Marsh writes with another one in this last category: "If you thought Pringles were fun, check out the Cookie Cantenna. Several have been built and tested by Seattle Wireless members and they blow Pringles cans out of the water, as well as taste better."

On the other hand, if convenience is more importance than raw power, you might find this commercialized alternative attractive. The Cantenna is inexpensive (19.95 by itself, plus the cost of a pigtail) and means you don't have to touch a soldering iron, glue, or anything besides a shipping container.

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In labour uk (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4848894)

First posters go on strike!

IN SOVIET MICHIGAN (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4848912)

faggots cram dick in mouth behind server rack!!

Oh yeah? (-1, Offtopic)

ekrout (139379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848976)

In Soviet Russia, funny fifteen years ago stopped being this joke!!!

Re:Oh yeah? (1, Troll)

coryboehne (244614) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849035)

No, that was more of a Yoda quote... Funny stopped being this joke 15 years ago,, yes......

IN SOVIET RUSSIA
The Joke Tells you.....

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849132)

Moderators tell YOU what's funny!

In Communist China (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849316)

In communist China you would have been shot by now for using that stupid joke.

Re:In labour uk (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849510)

Slashback: Aftenposten!

In soviet pants (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4848900)

Nuts itch you!

Slashdot Haiku (-1, Troll)

grasshoppers (632679) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848903)

Slashdot is so sad Although the trolls are not bad Taco eats my ass

Re:Slashdot Haiku (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849288)

It is so nice to see a fellow poet here on slashdot! Here is a sampling of my own works ... let me know if you want to go to a slam or do a reading sometime.

Here is my ass
Which you may kiss.
Take time and aim well
You don't want to miss.

For if you aim low
And your lips they do fall
Then you will find
You'll be sucking my balls.

If you aim high
Despite your true heart
Sucks to be you
Now you're eating my fart.

Re:Slashdot Haiku (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849321)

It is so nice to see a fellow poet here on slashdot! Here is a sampling of my own works ... let me know if you want to go to a slam or do a reading sometime.

my cunt is a'drippin',
your lips are a'sippin',
my ass is a'crappin',
your mouth is a'lappin'

all that comes out of an oracifce
you eat for a main course-ifice
poop and pee, all a'yummy
Sitting proud inside your tummy!

IN NON-SOVIET AMERICA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4848907)

ekrout is a rampant homosexual pedophile!

The A-Team, for all you kids (5, Funny)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848939)

Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team [everything2.com] .

What's the protocol? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849037)

How can the A-Team get found by customers, without also being found by LEOs? If I can find them to hire them, officer Bustem can find 'em to arrest 'em.

Re:What's the protocol? (1)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849108)

They seemed to find work wherever they went.

The real mystery is how Hannibal maintained his off-hours job as an actor.

Talent scout: "Aren't you the same Hannibal that's wanted by pretty much every law enforcement agency in the country?"

Hannibal: "No, that's a different Hannibal."

Suspension of disbelief, indeed.

Re:What's the protocol? (1)

CableModemSniper (556285) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849249)

I thought Face was the actor....?

Re:What's the protocol? (2, Informative)

SweetAndSourJesus (555410) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849374)

Nah, Face was just, uhm, Face. He never really did anything except for the odd con-job. He did drive a wicked-cool vette, tho, so he's not completely without merit.

Hannibal liked to act in monster flicks. Remember the opening scene when he's in the lizard costume [ateamshrine.co.uk] ?

There were a couple episodes that centered around Universal Studios, where Hannibal had some ridiculous role in a movie.

Re:What's the protocol? (2, Funny)

larry bagina (561269) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849253)

I caught a few reruns on cable a while back... Now, I admit i loved it when I was a child (I even had the BA action figure!), but are we supposed to believe that with all the dynamiting and gun shooting the only injury to be had is when they have to gas BA to get him on a plane?

Somebody's gonna get tossed, sucka! (2)

spun (1352) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849486)

If you've never heard of the "Mr. T versus" phenomenon, go take a look at Mr. T vs. everything [wisc.edu] to see Mr. T toss every damn fool in the world, from AC/DC to Zippy the Pinhead.

antennae are for bugs! (3, Informative)

walterfb (9138) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848942)

An electrical antenna is pluralized "antennas".

Re:antennae are for bugs! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849424)

Only buy electical engineers and others that don't know english.

Re:antennae are for bugs! (2, Interesting)

djenigma (631693) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849604)

actually, either form is correct, according to merriam-webster. :P

wireless (3, Interesting)

chunkwhite86 (593696) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848943)

Glad to see a college catering to the students in the internet accessibility department. I've read too many stories lately about colleges that are in bed with the MPAA and RIAA and are trying to limit students 'net usage. Glad to see a school giving students MORE 'net options. Hopefully this school isn't one of the ones blocking P2P ports and confiscating PC's though...

Re:wireless (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849656)

1000 times 0 is still zero...

Dangerous! (5, Funny)

unterderbrucke (628741) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848961)

"an IBM laptop, included with tuition, that is wired with 802.11b access"

But then you would be aiding and abetting terrorism (per FBI)! [slashdot.org]

Holy crap... (2)

autopr0n (534291) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849460)

Would people please stop repeating that rediculous lie? The government never said anything like that, only insanely paranoid slashdotters.

Re:Holy crap... (2, Informative)

unterderbrucke (628741) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849529)

I just want to know that I just finished rubbing off at your site when I saw this comment. Thanks for brightening my day :-)

I can see it now! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4848971)

Instead of paying £1000 for a decent (ie 19" and over, when CRTS that size are 1/10th that price) lcd monitor, I can print myself a nice wide screen display with a packet of A4 paper and a xerox printer.

Re:I can see it now! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849516)

I can do it now with my ink jet printer albeit with a pretty slow refresh rate.

You're not thinking big enough! (5, Insightful)

x136 (513282) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848980)

"The The New York Times reports that a new polymer by Xerox can be used to make organic transistors on a plastic substrate, which can then be used to inexpensively make light, flexible flat-panel displays for computers, laptops and mobile phones."
Laptops screens? Pfft. I'm thinking wallpaper. Just jack the wallpaper into your computer, and load up iTunes, Geiss, Milkdrop, Quake III, RtCW...

Re:You're not thinking big enough! (2, Interesting)

Cheeziologist (596855) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849077)

and load up iTunes, Geiss, Milkdrop, Quake III, RtCW

Sweet Jesus, I didnt think of it till you said that but can you imagine quake3 wrapped around your entire room...or at least one wall. That and some surround sound speakers.........

Re:You're not thinking big enough! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849250)

Nah, Imagine a couple of tabs of LSD and Winamp Visualisation Studio

Can you say tripeeeeeee...

wirelss everywhere (3, Interesting)

Maskirovka (255712) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848985)

My school [alaska.edu] has had campus wide wireless for almost three years. They also allow students to check out wireless cards and dell laptops freely for varying periods of time.

What's even better is that anyone with airsnort and a laptop or ipaq can get free wireless access nearly anywhere in town with Costco selling $100 basestations. heheh

Dude, You're In *Alaska* (5, Funny)

Myriad (89793) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849308)

My school [alaska.edu] has had campus wide wireless for almost three years. They also allow students to check out wireless cards and dell laptops freely for varying periods of time.

You're in Alaska! Slap a single 802.11b Linksys Router on the network and the entire town is set!

I don't think that's a fair comparison...

:)

Re:Dude, You're In *Alaska* (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849677)

Too bad Anchorage is the largest City in the US for square miles. That would have to be one big pringle can.

Re:wirelss everywhere (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849645)

What high moderator gave this a -1 troll? It's not even OFFTOPIC.

Try -1 Banal

Me and timothy, down by the school yard... (2, Insightful)

StuffYourReligion (452006) | more than 11 years ago | (#4848992)

Julio Ojeda-Zapata points to her

Um, are you guys sure Julio isn't a guy?

Re:Me and timothy, down by the school yard... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849283)

This is America damnit, we take our Julio, Jose, and Jesus in female form. Ok maybe not Jesus.

Re:Me and timothy, down by the school yard... (2, Insightful)

haroldK (96625) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849347)

He is, in fact, a guy. His column is in the tech section of my local paper.

Ahoy hoy. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849002)

and 802.11 antennae to extend you connection
Aye matey, antennae to extend me connection!

"Sexy" Antenna design! (5, Funny)

nufsaid (230318) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849008)

My favorite line from the description:

"1 - chasis mount female N connector, preferably the type that mounts with a single large nut."

I know I should just grow up and get over it, but that kind of talk just excites me!

Great... (5, Insightful)

DAldredge (2353) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849033)

We are talking about Xerox. You know, the company that could come up with a pill that cured cancer,improved your sex life, and made you perfect looking then sell it for 5 dollars yet get no one to buy it because they can not market anything well.

"which can then be used to inexpensively make light, flexible flat-panel displays for computers, laptops and mobile phones. The material, polythiophene, has achieved performance on electronics benchmarks that is an order of magnitude greater than current polymer materials."

Re:Great... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849340)


We are talking about Xerox


This is great news! This means that everyone will be selling this stuff in a few years. (except Xerox of course)

Wireless university (2)

minesweeper (580162) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849054)

For over a year now, UC Berkeley has been rolling out its own campus-wide wireless access system, dubbed AirBears [berkeley.edu] , based on 802.11b technology. Coverage is still limited to a handful of buildings around campus, however.

I'm still waiting for my free laptop. :)

Re:Wireless university (1, Flamebait)

mike3411 (558976) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849309)

We at Carnegie Mellon have had wireless coverage throughout campus and dorms for at least 3 years now. & it works with linux.
Suck it, Berkeley.

Farscapers... (5, Insightful)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849055)

The new new cult! Shave your head, say "frell" three times, and send $5 to...

Seriously, we will only be taken seriously if we come up with a better handle than "Scapers" -- which sounds like something halfway between scapies and scalpers. Seriously. :)

Even Trekkies or, for those with savoir-faire, Trekkers, was better.

I am very impressed by the Farscape insurgency. You didn't see this when they took "Three's Company" off the air. Stand up for what you believe in, even if it is only frelling television.

Re:Farscapers... (2)

2nd Post! (213333) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849413)

How about the name 'Farsci'?

Hereforth thou shalt be known as the Far-sci, pronounced 'Far-see' and therefore a clever pun on Sci-Fi, far sightedness, Farscape, and of course the Persian language of Farsi

Re:Farscapers... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849513)

That would be spelled "frel", you frelnick!

Re:Farscapers... (3, Interesting)

Khomar (529552) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849616)

And Farscape is not the only show that may be leaving for good. There is also talk of cancelling Firefly [fox.com] on FOX. I find it somewhat depressing that we finally get two creative and innovative sci-fi shows, and both are squashed. Both actions are blaimed on "lack of ratings", but what do you expect when putting a show on on a Friday night. Only nerds have time on Friday... er, oh right. I'm posting this on Slashdot...

Anyway, I wish more people knew about these two shows because they are far more intelligently written and produced than 90% of the junk that's on TV the rest of the week. Are these shows too intelligent for the average viewer, or is it the sci-fi image that pushes people away? Or is it simply the strange times that these shows are offered (anyone remember Babylon 5 at 11:30 pm if you were lucky)? When will sci-fi get its fair share of good time slots? Will sci-fi ever be considered as or more valuable than the rehashed sitcoms we have today?

American University make the wireless jump (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849069)

Many many months ago... Of course, the story was rejected, but, hey, that's Slashdot. Anyway, here's a story on it from (ironically) Wired [wired.com] . Makes me kinda wish I still went there... well, maybe not.

Cantenna (5, Funny)

ocie (6659) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849074)

Looks like any other bong I've seen, but what is the LED for?

Re:Cantenna (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849207)

It's not an led , it's a socket for mounting on a tripod

Re:Cantenna (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849547)

That's a great idea! Bongwater stains on the carpet are a thing of the past!

Laptops in College? (2, Insightful)

caseydk (203763) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849103)

Starting the fall of '95 my college Rose-Hulman [rose-hulman.edu] started requiring everyone to buy their laptop freshman year. It sounds like a great idea until you get to be a junior or senior...

Re:Laptops in College? (4, Insightful)

dlur (518696) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849191)

I also went to Rose-Hulman the same year you started. The laptop was great for MUDding in class, but after dropping out due to poor grades from being up all night MUDding and drinking beer and not going to class (bed time), it sure made for an expensive year.

Those things were pretty crappy notebooks that they made us buy anyways. AMS Soundwaves 486DX4100 with 400MB HDs and 12" LCDs. The specs weren't bad, it's just that they fell apart if you looked at them wrong. I'm all for colleges pushing technology, and I hate to say that the notebook was one of the factors I considered when I chose Rose-Hulman, and it turned out to be nothing good for me at all.

The day will come (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849123)

When toilet rolls will have multimedia advertisements, and no, you will not be able to "use" it until your padllium enabled toilet has checked to see if its digitally signed, you will pay $29.95 for every sheet you use, and you must agree to the EULA every time.

For the future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849126)

The slashquote at the bottom of the page is:

Xerox your lunch and file it under "sex offenders"!

Thought processes of Universities... (3, Funny)

pXgray (464284) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849130)

Step 1: Blanket campus with awe-inspiring wireless coverage.
Step 2: ...
Step 3: Learn!

The A-Team (2, Insightful)

Corby911 (250281) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849136)

The A-team is still aired on TV-Land. Or at least it was as of around 6 months ago - I haven't watched much TV since then.

Pliancy? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849176)

For a second I thought it said "piracy" and I thought it was another article about that DeCSS trial, and that thief Jon Johnson or whatever. And Linux is illegal too - it should be, since everyone and their brother has their fingers in it it is a) unstable b) virus ridden c) unsecure and finally d) crap.

Gobe... (1)

PoiBoy (525770) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849177)

Speaking of commercial office suites being hammered by free alternatives, does anyone know what the future of ApplixWare is? Has Vitasoft or whoever owns them said much lately?

Getting out of hand... (5, Funny)

dghcasp (459766) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849182)

This whole thing with 802.11 antennas is getting way out of hand... I mean, really, all these people investing time and (not much) money into building things with their own two hands instead of throwing money at corporations! The very idea! And recycling things like cookie or potato chip cans instead of dumping them in landfills where they belong!

Fortunatly, people are now realizing that only terrorists use 802.11 [slashdot.org] , so soon the police will start profiling people seen with cans of pringles and shipping them off to prison.

I know I'll feel much safer... But what will then these terror-hackers be doing? How long until we see a frontpage slashdot story on How I built an 802.11 network using three frozen chickens and a '57 chevy?!?

Here at the University of Hawaii.... (2)

saihung (19097) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849186)

they've been rolling out a wireless network for a while now, but it has been wildly unsuccessful for a variety of reasons:
1) low on-campus residency rate. There are too many commuters here, and if your laptop isn't in your dormroom then you're probably going to leave it at home when you commute to school.
2) stupid, incomplete coverage. Some FLOORS of some buildings are covered while other floors are not. The network extends down the central mall (outside) but not into the buildings fronting it, and only covers part of the first floor of the library.
I think this kind of thing can only be useful if it exists as part of a real project to cover the entire campus.

Re:Here at the University of Hawaii.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849273)

they've been rolling condoms onto their erect penis for a while now, but it has been for wild gay sex not hetero reasons:
1) low hot-chicks rate. There are many pan-faced darkies here, and if you're attracted to that ugly vague oriental liik you're probably whacked in the head.
2) stupid, game frat boys. Some FAGS are completely covered in sperm. My penis extends deep into their central cavity (anus) but not into their vagina, since they are men and do not have one. Also, I am a homosexual myself.
I think this kind of thing is useful if it involves oiled naked men.


fag

Re:Here at the University of Hawaii.... (2)

Ian Peon (232360) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849666)

Didn't you read the article?? It clearly states that performance may be inhibited by six dots:

Cantenna makes no guarantee of actual performance as several factors including but not limited to .......may inhibit the Cantennas effectiveness.


So, there ya go. There are probably five dots in the way on those floors. A little cleaning may help.

Ugh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849206)

Xerox is experimenting with to imprint circuits
Noun verb verb preposition preposition verb noun? What?

Ever since Slashdot started offering subscriptions, the journalistic quality has gone downhill. Almost makes me want to get one...

Help Save Farscape! (Use one of the links below) (3, Informative)

ekrout (139379) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849222)

Results 1 - 10 of about 46,800. Search took 0.10 seconds.

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Farscape.wdsection.com has moved to www.savefarscape.com.
You will be redirected in 3 seconds.
Description: Headquarters of a fan-based effort to save the show. Includes news and contact information.
Category: Arts>Television>...>ScienceFictionandFantasy>F>Far scape [google.com]
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Re:Help Shave Farscape! (Use one of the links bel (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849299)

I agree with your fundamental goal, but your technique needs some polishing. Providing all of those links to people means that the campaign won't get /.'ed as fast. You need to ease them into things, and then make sure that the servers get blasted hard.

From the 802.11 article: (5, Funny)

Eric_Cartman_South_P (594330) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849241)

female N connector, preferably the type that mounts with a single large nut.

How many females do you know that would mount something with one large nut?

Oh, and I'm building this cantena tomorrow. Kewl.

University of Ontario? (1)

davey_darling (590598) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849260)

Hell, I'm _from_ Ontario and I've never heard of this place.. (It's in Oshawa if you were similarly out of the loop)

I figured it was going to be one of the degree-granting colleges but it looks like a legit university (perhaps hoping to get in on the "double-cohort" craze?). Says they're going to be accepting about 1000 students come September.

Their high-tech website seems a bit sluggish at the moment..

Dave

"Me too" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849285)

The reason behind that is the entire campus (read: cafeterias, stairwells, washrooms, "special areas") is covered with the university wireless network hubs.

Purdue has this also. They are not completely done with the wireless-ing yet, but most of the dorms, the outdoor areas, and almost all of the major buildings have wireless access.

I think this is something you are going to see more and more colleges doing over time, until the idea a college wouldn't have wireless internet is as ludicrus as the idea of not having broadband in the dorms.

Ironic... (5, Insightful)

angst_ridden_hipster (23104) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849337)

The LA Unified School district can't afford books for all its kids, but they just spent a million dollars to roll out fiber optic drops to one of the Junior High schools. As far as I know, they are wiring all the schools.

network != education

Really.

Re:Ironic... (2, Funny)

The-Perl-CD-Bookshel (631252) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849428)

But now all of these poverty stricken students can cruise the net on their laptops while they walk down the hallway seemlessly migrating through an extensive...oh wait your right. Maybe Adobe can get these kids some eBooks to go with their cool network?

Re:Ironic... (2)

angst_ridden_hipster (23104) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849624)

Well, it's frustrating.

Some bureaucrat wants to show how he's helping bring kids into the 21st century by bringing technology to the schools. No question, that's important! But there needs to be a foundation to build on.

I wish I knew the solution. It seems like the deck is now heavily stacked against the LAUSD by years of corruption, sudden directional changes in the world of education, tax cuts, etc. It's really too bad. That's our future.

Blatant 802.11b homemade antenna self promotion (3, Informative)

yack0 (2832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849338)

I used Andrew Clapps designasa starting point for my 'improved collector'802.11b PVC antenna. And unlike the pringles can, this one is weather-tight.

It's at this link [adsp.net] .

Blatant self promotion over.

Farscape - "Eye popping special effects" (1, Troll)

dpt (165990) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849339)

That statement was from the Farscape article. Where were these great effects? All I remember is laughable CGI and an embarrassingly obvious Muppet.

Why has this show got such rabid loyalty? I watched 3 episodes, and everything about them was cliched, hackneyed and lame, from the basic premise through to the characters, writing, acting and "special" effects. It seemed even *worse* than Voyager, if such a thing is possible. Why on earth didn't they take all that money and do something *original* for a change?

By all means, protest the passing of decent sci-fi, but when you rail against *any* sci-fi being canned no matter how pathetic, you just look like sad losers.

No doubt there will be a chorus of replies stating that I must watch more than 3 episodes to "appreciate" this drivel, but I'm going to pre-empt that by asking exactly how much of my life must I spend looking at crap to determine that it is, in fact, crap?

I will enjoy watching Farscape die a well deserved death. Rubbish like this that fails is what prevents *decent* science fiction from being made.

Re:Farscape - "Eye popping special effects" (0, Offtopic)

dpt (165990) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849495)

To the anonymous moderator:

This is *not* a troll, you retard. Read the moderator guidelines. If you disagree, replying is the appropriate mechanism. You should show me where these "eye popping special effects" are. Or better yet, the "critical acclaim" mentioned in the article.

Something along the lines of: "That Muppet portrayed a very convincing and emotive sock" by [some credible (ie not a fan-boy) reviewer] with a link will do.

Meta-moderators, do your duty!

Making money, post dot-com (1)

dcuny (613699) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849343)

OK, the pattern is clear.
  1. Gather products from your failed .com
  2. Offer to make them 'free'
  3. Profit!
I suppose this is better than the prior method, which was to have your technology bought by some company, held for years, and then finally released 'free' as a goodwill gesture (such as DRI's GEM).

Of course, the problem with that approach is that if anyone showed an interest in the product, you would retain the license (such as DR DOS).

I understand there's cool stuff out there (like the BeOS) that has so much proprietary stuff embedded in it that it can't be released without scraping through the code for ages. I'm starting to doubt if the non-Sybase code will ever be removed from OpenWatcom.

Personally, I liked it better when companies released things for free just to spite their competitors, like Sun did with OpenOffice when they discovered it wasn't profitable. (I'm talking about source and a reasonable license, so Microsoft 'giving away' IE doesn't count.)

Hey! Who removed the funny part from my sig?

Printable displays! (2)

JanusFury (452699) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849350)

I wonder if this means I'll finally be able to get a T-Shirt with a changing message. That way I could use some sort of scanning system to detect when people walk by. When a RIAA lawyer walks by, my shirt changes to the EFF logo, when CowboyNeal walks by, my shirt changes to a picture of Tux... wait, no, that'd be a bad idea. That shirt'd get dirty within minutes of CowboyNeal coming near.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849382)

the posts troll YOU!

farscape? really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849384)

so where do we sign up for 'fuckfarscape.com'? cause we really dont give a damn about it.

Just wondering...

(no, it's not a troll, or off-topic - but some people really just dont give a damn about it and are amazed at the people trying to save the mediocre show)

i'm totally (-1)

macksav (602217) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849385)

drunk! but does that have anything to do with my pathetic life? at this point, i would gladly suck anyone's cock so long as he or she would promise to cum in my mouth and say i luv u in the morning.

is that too much to ask!?

oh, btw, is this too much on topic?

Can someone tell me... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849397)

a great site to find plumper mpegs? Thanks in advance!!!!

Good thing its in Canada... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4849399)

Here in the states the school would now be catagorized a terrorist training camp and shut down.

UOIT....why? (2)

BSDevil (301159) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849474)

(For the record I'm a Toronto kid in my first year of McGill ECE, finishing high school with a B+ average from a Toronto-area private school)

Am I the only one that sees this whole UOIT thing as a waste of money? No, not the idea of laptops (seems nice to me), but the whole concept of a new University in Ontario is stupid and shortsighted. In the past few years we've had enough spors at the major Universities for everyone, but they need money to continue to grow and develop new programs.

Based on the timing of this thing, it looks like it's designed to accept the double cohort kids (when two grades come out of high school in the same year, a once-in-a-lifetime thing) - so it will be full for a few years because kids can't go anywhere else, and then we'll have a sinkhole of money in Oshawa...I mean really, who wants to go to school in Oshawa. Kids who want to go to a high-end school will apply to the same places they have always applied - U of T, Queen's, McGill, Western - and kids who don't want something that's offered at one of those schools have plenty of choices as-is.

<RANT>Bottom line is that the sixty million the province is spending on this could be used in a myriad of better places: high-schools, polution cleanup, OHIP...the list goes on. What we DON'T need is another second-rate school in the middle of nowhere. </RANT>

Helix antennas for 802.11 (3, Informative)

LM741N (258038) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849551)

Ray Cross has an exellent program for designing helix antennas, using a spreadsheet for generating the segments, and then the ASAP antenna simulator for seeing the resulting pattern. His website is at home.att.net/~ray.l.cross/asap/index [att.net]
If you are really into this stuff, check out the Python ASAP code on my site. Rob.

farscape fans are being used, here is how... (3, Informative)

geekoid (135745) | more than 11 years ago | (#4849572)

...
Farscape was removed from the air so they can afford Taken. You can spend all the money you like, but if Taken is a hit, there will be no Farscape.
Now I know what your thinking, they could air both, unfortuantly do to the half ass way sci-fi does there financing, they just can't afford to run both. They would hzve to renegotiate with all there advetisers for more money.

Perhaps if some avertiser said, sure you can charge us twice the amount we contracted for, then it would happen. that ain't going to happen.

Now how are you being used? if taken fails, then farscape will be back, and the execs will spin it that they are just swell people who listen to there viewers.

OTOH, if you can get a campaign to stop people from wating taken, Farscape might be back.

the good news is, you can still go to sci-fi to watch some guys "speak with the dead".
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