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Wok On, Wokers! (1, Offtopic)

Yr0 (224662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192256)

Backstroke lover always hidin neath the cover
Still I talked to your daddy he say
He said you aint seen noting
till youre down on a muffin
Then youre sure to be a-changin your ways

I met a cheerleader, was a real young bleeder
All the times I can remaniesse
cause the best thing lovin
With her sister and her cousin
Only started with a little kiss, like this!

See-saw swingin with the boys in the school
And your feet flyin up in the air
Singin hey diddle-diddle with the kitty in the middle
You be swingin like you just didnt care

So I took a big chance at the high school dance
With a missy who was ready to play
Was it me she was foolin
cause she knew what she was doin
And I know love was here to stay
When she told me to

Wok this way, wok this way
Wok this way, wok this way
Wok this way, wok this way
Wok this way, wok this way
Ah, just give me a kiss - like this!

School girl sadie with the classy kinda sassy
Little skirt climbing way up her knees
There was three young ladies in the school gym locker
When I noticed they was lookin at me

I was a high school loser
Never made it with a lady
Till the boys told me something I missed
Then my next door neighbour
With a daughter had a favour
So I gave her just a little kiss, like this!

See-saw swingin with the boys in the school
And your feet flyin up in the air
Singin hey diddle-diddle with the kitty in the middle
You be swingin like you just didnt care

So I took a big chance at the high school dance
With a missy who was ready to play
Was it me she was foolin
cause she knew what she was doin
When she told me how to wok this way
She told me to

Wok this way, talk this way
Wok this way, wok this way
Wok this way, wok this way
Wok this way, talk this way
Just give me a kiss - like this!

Receive on tinfoil? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192264)

But can I receive it with a bit of tinfoil?

Tinfoil antenna would actually work (5, Informative)

maroberts (15852) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192336)

As long as you make it the right shape, there's no reason why a tinfoil dish wouldn't do the job too.

You should see how thin some dishes on real satellites are.

Who needs Office 2007 when you have a typewriter? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192272)

Another pro for a typewriter is the lack of options.

Re:Who needs Office 2007 when you have a typewrite (1)

Yr0 (224662) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192520)

Crashes are easily reset with manual intervention, with no loss of data.

and a fantastic serif font to boot.

Re:Who needs Office 2007 when you have a typewrite (-1, Offtopic)

dosius (230542) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192808)

Yeah, I still haven't found a good clone of Prestige Elite...I like it much better than Courier (btw I have Letter Gothic and Script Mono which are also authentic typewriter fonts)

-uso.

Focus (2, Interesting)

rossdee (243626) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192274)

Is a wok parabolic in cross section or is it circular?

Re:Focus (1)

julesh (229690) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192480)

The traditional design is, I believe, a spherical section. Obviously there are a variety of different wok designs, and some may well be parabolic.

It doesn't matter that much (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192532)

The reflector does a couple of thing. The most obvious is that it catches the signal and focuses it on the antenna. The bigger the dish and the closer it is to a parabola, the more signal to the antenna. The other thing it does is to shield the antenna from noise. The antenna in the article seemed to be nested right inside the wok. So, the wok probably improves the signal to noise ratio (SNR) by at least double and maybe by a factor of three or four (or more if it's done right). That's very important. If your signal to noise ratio is good enough, you can use amplification to get the signal you need. If the SNR isn't good enough, then almost nothing helps.

The wok will give a useful increase in signal strength but a more significant improvement in signal to noise ratio.

Alternatively (5, Funny)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192280)

More to the point, why pay to watch "45 South" when I can, more cheaply, scoop my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon from Honest Al's Hardware store.

Re:Alternatively (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192378)

Heh well no-one is paying for 45 South it's free!

I can, more cheaply, scoop my eyeballs out with a rusty spoon from Honest Al's Hardware store.
Noe THAT I would pay to see! :)

Re:Alternatively (2, Funny)

asliarun (636603) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192380)

Look at the bright side... this will help you wok from home much more effectively.

Check the numbers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192286)

While I applaud his nerdyness, check the following: The Wok replaced the dish, which "the same size as a wok, were $80". So, the price of the dish of $80 has been replaced with a cheaper part for $10.

Then: "We have spent a lot of time getting it right -- the first time we installed one we had it up a pole with the handle still on the end of the wok [...]".

So the $20,000 and the Wok are purely sensationalism on part of the press.

Re:Check the numbers (5, Informative)

Da Fokka (94074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192306)

If you'd actually read the entire article, which admittedly is a lot to ask, you'd have known that the local TV station used the same setup as an uplink, saving a cool $20.000

Re:Check the numbers (1)

Bobosan (917446) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192332)

I'd like to offer the same services to other customers needing uplinks. Pringles can installed...only $3999.99.

Re:Check the numbers (1)

arose (644256) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192342)

I gather that GP was pointing out that the wok only saves $70 of that, but is for some reason still made the focus point of the article.

So basically they made a loss? (2, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192370)

While I applaud his nerdyness, check the following: The Wok replaced the dish, which "the same size as a wok, were $80". So, the price of the dish of $80 has been replaced with a cheaper part for $10.

Then: "We have spent a lot of time getting it right -- the first time we installed one we had it up a pole with the handle still on the end of the wok [...]".


So, basically, depending on how much "a lot of time" is, they may have even made a loss? Time literally _is_ money when an employee or two are doing it. You pay salaries for that time. So having someone figure out the focal point, the mounting, build some contraption to hold the LNB in the right place, etc, can end up costing more than $70 quite easily.

Re:So basically they made a loss? (4, Funny)

mr_matticus (928346) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192430)

Ah, but the Linux enthusiasts will bring in a third variable--satisfaction of doing it yourself in spite of obvious, more attractive solutions within arm's reach.

Note that Debian users cannot endorse this wok technique because the wok isn't fully open source.

Re:So basically they made a loss? (4, Funny)

tttonyyy (726776) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192566)

Note that Debian users cannot endorse this wok technique because the wok isn't fully open source.
If only you'd written "open sauce" I'd have modded you +1 Funny. ;)

Re:So basically they made a loss? (2, Interesting)

Smidge204 (605297) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192526)

The article clearly states that they were volunteers, so there is a good chance they did it on their own time.

I wouldn't think the wok/dish is not the expensive part, the transceiver is. Unless the $80 for the "small dish" doesn't include the cost of the electronics I'm not sure how much was actually saved in that respect. Kudos regardless!

The article mentions that there's a how-to on the 'net somewhere. Anyone got a link? It should be added to the summary...
=Smidge=

Re:So basically they made a loss? (3, Insightful)

slntnsnty (90352) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192560)

Learning how to do something is not a waste of time. I will often consider doing contract work for less if it is a new experience.

In this case, the time they spent learning how to replace an $80 part, allowed them to apply the same knowledge and save ~$20,000. If they had just bought the $80 antenna, they would not have known how to create the $20,000 link.

when you cook on a 20.000 dollar kit.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192642)

When you start cooking on your 20.000 dollar network kit things get interesting for the real nerds....

why use a 10$ wok if you can use a 20.000$ network dish.

Re:So basically they made a loss? (1)

Eythian (552130) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192602)

On the other hand, they now know a lot about making parabolic antennas, which could serve well in the future. Or, say it was work a few thousand dollars worth of time, and now they can produce them at $10/each. That could pay off not too badly if they wanted it to. But for many people, the learning and fun of implementing could well be it's own reward.

Besides, if you RTFA, he's a volunteer who did it in his spare time.

de ZL4TRS :)

MacGyver would be proud. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192288)

Can you somehow add a ball point pen and chewing gum into making the dish?

MacGyver would just love that!

Re:MacGyver would be proud. (2, Interesting)

mpe (36238) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192428)

Can you somehow add a ball point pen and chewing gum into making the dish?

Ironically last night on Discovery was a programme which explained how Aldrin had to fix a broken switch in the LEM using a pen whilst Armstrong flew the craft.

Re:MacGyver would be proud. (1)

armomurha (1056282) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192518)

You can just use the ball point pen to create antenna. Just increase power (lot).

Actually you don't need the pen. Just increase power.

One of these will happen.. (5, Funny)

freedom_india (780002) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192296)

If the wok thing becomes more popular here, one or many of the following is bound to happen:
1. Prices of Wok will increase NOT due to increase in demand, but because sellers now think it serves a dual purpose.
2. FCC will jump in the bandwagon and demand wok makers put a minute dent to make sure it does not serve as a dish.
3. Homeland Security will jump on the FCC bandwagon and demand that woks be classifed as potentially "interesting" and "dangerous" weapons.
4. Carlyle Group will do a LBO against the largest Wok maker...Cheney will be richer.
5. Canada will impose a "musician's duty" on Woks since woks can be used to transmit pirated music...

that's all i can think of now.

Re:One of these will happen.. (5, Informative)

frup (998325) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192546)

This is in New Zealand... we're a little different to America

You forgot... (1)

alephnull42 (202254) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192570)

you forgot...

7. The RIANZ and MPANZ will demand the mandatory inclusion of the broadcast flag on all woks world wide. ... thus subtly destroying the entire Chinese DVD cloning industry

Re:One of these will happen.. (1)

bhima (46039) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192836)

6: The Chicago Bomb Squad will blow it up.

Re:One of these will happen.. (1)

Zeek40 (1017978) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192892)

I think you mean Boston [cnn.com] :)

Just Funny? (1)

Spacezilla (972723) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193094)

Just Funny? At couple of those points are actually pretty insightful, someone hand the parent some karma, please.

Oblig. (4, Funny)

cosmocain (1060326) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192302)

...and now the image quality is more like...err...sweet and sour? or: what about the signal being chopped? (that one takes a second more) duh.

Reruns Ought to do Well (5, Funny)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192692)

...and now the image quality is more like...err...sweet and sour? or: what about the signal being chopped?

How about: "I know I just watched the show an hour ago, but I'm hungering to see it again."?

And what's more... (5, Funny)

thetroll123 (744259) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192310)

You can't use a $20,000 commercial link to whip up a tasty and healthy stir-fry. There's a lot of value in that $10 wok.

Re:And what's more... (5, Funny)

Actinide (772269) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192648)

You can't use a $20,000 commercial link to whip up a tasty and healthy stir-fry

To be fair, have you actually tried this?

Missing link in TFA (1)

Silver Sloth (770927) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192324)

From TFA

The classic case of Kiwi ingenuity has made its way onto the internet and the technique has been posted by an American website, Mr Jones said.
"People wanted to know all the details about how to make their own, so it is now all publicly documented," he said.
Can anybody provide a link to the 'American website' - he can't mean /. because TFA was posted before the /. posting.

Re:Missing link in TFA (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192460)

I think it's here :
http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/ [orcon.net.nz]

Re:Missing link in TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192466)

It was digg, about a week ago. No link sorry.

Re:Missing link in TFA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192528)

And makeblog, they are into that sort of thing.

Ingenious Kiwis (3, Interesting)

AlHunt (982887) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192636)

A friend of mine is from New Zealand. They are fiercely independent and patriotic people, much like Mr. Chekov in Star Trek (everything was done first or better in Soviet Union, remember?). Well, the Kiwi's may even have a valid claim on the first Powered Flight [monash.edu.au] . Though Mr. Pearce never claimed to have flown first because he didn't achieve a controlled landing.

Re:Missing link in TFA (0, Redundant)

camperdave (969942) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192698)

Can anybody provide a link to the 'American website'

Perhaps he meant This Site [slashdot.org]

Numbers (2, Funny)

problemchild (143094) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192330)

Yep the 10$ wok replaced 80$ of antenna which I presume is NZ dollars which is £0.35 or $0.70 a pop so you have spent all day frigging with a second rate solution to save £20 ish which I don't think realy floats evn in in NZ. The other think is that this is going via computer to computer so it's most likely a 2.4GHz WIFI + Canntenna mission which I hoped had been done to death. Even I've done 3Km between my car with a router and a Coffee can and a USB stick strapped to a mates Van Window. Old hat!!At least I got to drink the coffee :)
 

Re:Numbers (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192364)

Read the whole article, then shut your stupid, stupid noise-tube.

Re:Numbers (1)

Bob54321 (911744) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192534)

Um not $80, it replaced a $20,000 dish. Just like is say in the summary. I can understand not RTFA but not RTFS...

No, it's $80 (3, Insightful)

a16 (783096) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192664)

The summary doesn't say it replaced a $20,000 dish, it says it replaced a $20,000 link. I imagine the 20k number is from asking a networking company to come install a link between Site A and Site B, ie. they would have setup everything, including the systems involved etc, not just the dish.

From TFA:

He discovered satellite dishes were between $100 to $400 retail and that smaller dishes, the same size as a wok, were $80. Mr Jones thought he could do better. Along with friend Murray Bobbette they worked out mathematical equations to prove the curved metal face of a wok would have the same effect as a small satellite dish.

So basically they've grown their own wireless solution, using woks. However, instead of spending ages working out mathematical equations and using trial and error, they could have bought the $80 dish and be done with it. Hence the grandparent post's point stands. Saving $20k by spending a few days developing a wireless solution is cool, but for a real world application, saving $60 on that wireless system to use a wok instead of a dish that will likely have years of development behind it is fairly silly. Like someone else has said, what about when the wok starts to rust?

Maybe if you're going to point the finger at people for not reading TFA, you should read TFA.

Re:No, it's $80 (1)

Dekortage (697532) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192778)

FTA:

When the television station 45 South (UHF channel 41) started up in September last year, Mr Jones thought the same technique could be applied. "The $20,000 for a commercial link was just money we didn't have, so we bought several woks from The Warehouse instead which was convenient and cheap," he said.

In other words, the work they did replacing the $80 link for wireless networking was then applied to the $20,000 commercial link for television. Sure sounds like they saved more than $60...

The Easy Part (3, Interesting)

Detritus (11846) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192350)

The dish is the easy part. I'd like to know what he used for the feed assembly.

In the past, people have also used those circular snow sleds as the basis for building a dish antenna.

I sure hope they bought rust protection... (2, Insightful)

ForestGrump (644805) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192352)

Else the wok rusts out and they're off the air!

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (3, Interesting)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192544)

The non-stick coating (so good, it won't even stick to the pan) would do the rust-protection thing. Although, you can get away with a few pinholes in a dish ..... just as a speck of dirt on a lens won't block out as much of the image as you might expect. Sky TV dishes are perforated to save weight and minimise wind effects.

Re your sig: Everyone in Britain (and France, too) learns to drive in a manual car.

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (1)

speculatrix (678524) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192760)

Re your sig: Everyone in Britain (and France, too) learns to drive in a manual car.

AIUI, No, you can learn to drive and pass your test in an automatic car, but then you're not licensed to drive a manual-gear-box vehicle.

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192944)

AIUI, No, you can learn to drive and pass your test in an automatic car, but then you're not licensed to drive a manual-gear-box vehicle.
while the gp was exagerating slightly by saying everyone learing to drive on an auto here is damn rare because as you say taking your test on an automatic gearbox means you can only drive vehircles with automatic gearboxes. Given that automatic gearboxes are by far the exception here and are generally belived to be less fuel efficiant thats a pretty nasty restriction to live with.

The only people i've heared of doing their tests on autos are those who tried on manuals and failed repeatedly finally trying the auto test out of desperation to get a license at all.

Re: "Re your sig" - offtopic (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192772)

Re your sig: Everyone in Britain (and France, too) learns to drive in a manual car.
Actually not everyone learns to drive in a manual transmission car in the UK, you do have the option of learning in an automatic only car and taking your test using an automatic, BUT the license granted is an automatic transmission only license and does not allow one to drive a manual transmission, so very few people take a test that limits what cars they can legally drive.

However, I am not sure where the dividing line is for the new wave of semi-automatic transmissions.

Re: "Re your sig" - offtopic (1)

MyGirlFriendsBroken (599031) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192884)

However, I am not sure where the dividing line is for the new wave of semi-automatic transmissions.

I would expect them to be classified as automatic as a semi-automatic is just a different implementation below the interface.

Offtopic: what was the sig? (1)

mjjw (560868) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192844)

What was the original sig?

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (1)

Dolohov (114209) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192954)

Most woks don't have non-stick coatings, particularly not the $10 ones (which also happen to be the best ones you can buy). Most such coatings can't take the temperatures woks are usually exposed to. As such, though, rust is a big problem with them, and they have to be maintained pretty scrupulously in the kitchen.

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (1)

ajs318 (655362) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193028)

If there's no non-stick, you have to make your own in the traditional way: by adding just a few ml. of cooking oil, heating the wok till the oil begins to smoulder and then wiping it around with a (thickly-folded, so you don't burn your fingers) paper towel. The partly-oxidised oil forms some sort of chemical bond with the hot metal. You have to do this every time you cook in the wok, until it's black.

In the UK, non-stick cookware (made to last a couple of years) is generally cheaper than non-non-stick cookware (made to last forever).

Re:I sure hope they bought rust protection... (1)

Alchemar (720449) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193078)

or you could just put a penny in a jar every day, and buy a new one ever three years.

Hire the guy who thought of it (4, Funny)

AceJohnny (253840) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192456)

I want to hire the guy who thought about this and implemented it. Well, I wish...

I work at a Big Company, where over-engineering, paying 10k where 1k would do, and endless discussion on the color of the bikeshed happen thrice before lunch every day.

I became an engineer because of McGuyver... how disappointed I am with reality :)

Re:Hire the guy who thought of it (5, Funny)

16384 (21672) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192508)

I work at a Big Company, where over-engineering, paying 10k where 1k would do, and endless discussion on the color of the bikeshed happen thrice before lunch every day.
Could the bikeshed be in cornflower blue?

Re:Hire the guy who thought of it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18193142)

Are there ... two bikesheds?

Pringles antenna (2, Funny)

Cow Jones (615566) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192474)

TV by wok, eh?
Reminds me of the tasty and very useful Pringles antenna [google.com] .

Geeks and their obsession with food...
What's next? A pizza box server? (no wait... scratch that)

Re:Pringles antenna (1)

Nappa48 (1041188) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192548)

And why not? It could also keep the pizza warm!
mmmm, server-heated pizza *drool*

How assanine. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192490)

Okay, so he spent $10 and "a great deal of time" to make what amounts to a small backfire antennae which I can buy online for $20. Or, I could buy a nice parabolic mesh antenna for about $40. Bottom line, retard. And why is the $20,000 figure even in this article? As long as we're completely making up nubmers, why not $500,000,000.32? Sounds even more impressive!

Re:How assanine. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192522)

If you would have read the whole article, you'd know that 20,000 is the price the TV station would have had to pay for a commercial solution.

But what if... (2, Funny)

Milton Waddams (739213) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192502)

...I want to cook up some chicken stir fry and watch telly at the same time?

Re:But what if... (2, Funny)

youthoftoday (975074) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192524)

Just turn the transmitter onto full whack. But keep your hands clear.

Re:But what if... (1)

Punch-Drunk Slob (973904) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193056)

No chance. You can TIVO the chicken, though.

Re:But what if... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18193090)

You would have to on a stretch and use one of the 1999 other woks you've purchased with the money you've saved compared to the commercial solution.

Ok (1)

Fist! Of! Death! (1038822) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192538)

But do they use a preferred wok supplier?

Who needs "tagging-beta"? (1, Offtopic)

AgainstItAll (1024947) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192540)

This post has nothing to do with TFA, but I couldn't resist my urge any longer. Can somebody please come up with some pseudo-useful reason for Slashdot's "tagging" feature? For the love of god I can't understand what good they are. Yours, "yes-no-maybe-haha"

Re:Who needs "tagging-beta"? (1)

NATIK (836405) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192574)

They are supposed to give people an idea about the content of the summary/article but since they rarely give any info not already in the headline or the first few lines of the summary, I agree they are a waste of space. It is just another one of those worthless web 2.0 things, ignore it if you dont need it.

*LE SIGH* Re:Who needs "tagging-beta"? (1)

terrahertz (911030) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192676)

Gentle reader,

I see that you have picked up on the meaning of "TFA." Here is a new acronym for you to study: "FAQ [slashdot.org] ."

Silly article: (4, Insightful)

Ancient_Hacker (751168) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192550)

Rather silly article:
  • A dish, for best effect, had better be parabolic. Most Woks are not.
  • The $20K cost includes not only the $50 dish, but the feed horn, the Gallium-Arsenide MOSFET low-noise amplifier, downconverter, mount, and warranty.
  • You have to compare the downside-- if the Wok setup goes down for any reason, what is the cost per hour to the station? Initial purchase price isnt a very good barometer here.

And this is not exactly new, mack in the 1970's we used to use $7 snow sleds to pirate HBO.

Re:Silly article: (5, Funny)

markov_chain (202465) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192644)

You're right, this thing will never wok.

Re:Silly article: (3, Funny)

Barny (103770) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192736)

Yeah, we will have to cook up something better :P

Late '80's C-Band (3, Interesting)

rohar (253766) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192554)

I used to install C band residential satellite dishes and we used a radar detector mounted in the front of a wok to measure microwave interference from ground towers when evaluating customer installation locatations.

I use a spider-skimmer (3, Interesting)

Two9A (866100) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192590)

I've got a wireless link (11g) set up between two Linksys routers. At one end, I've put a spider skimmer behind the antenna; it's one of those Chinese cooking tools used to pick items out of a deep fryer. Near-perfect parabola, wire mesh of 6-8mm, bamboo handle; ideal reflective surface for a 2.4GHz signal.

I get about +12dB gain with the "dish" installed; not bad for £5.

Re:I use a spider-skimmer (1)

blkwolf (18520) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192618)

I used the lid from my wok myself along with a D-Link USB 802.11bg nic/antenna, all nicely duct tapped to a cheap camera tri-pod.
So far with initial tests, I've been able to connect to standard wifi routers approximately 1.5 to 2 miles away.

Old news but... (1)

phiber9 (943697) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192604)

The main idea is to create a reflector. For even cheaper version You can also use cardboard+aluminum foil or as a reflector. Even a straight object like frying pan will boost the signal a bit. Although it won't be directed to the place you are expecting... it will work after some adjustements of the position.

New technology? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18192612)

I thought a wok was what you thwow at a wabbit...?

The other way around should also work. (1)

VincenzoRomano (881055) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192656)

Who Needs a Wok When You Have a Satellite Dish?
Just a little bit more expensive.

Not a satellite?! (4, Insightful)

bobbagoose (1070066) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192668)

Can this actually be considered a satellite transmitter as it is only beaming signal to a receiver on top a hill?

Re:Not a satellite?! (1)

Comboman (895500) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193136)

Can this actually be considered a satellite transmitter as it is only beaming signal to a receiver on top a hill?

You are correct, it is not a satellite transmitter. Both the original article and the Slashdot post make the common mistake of calling any parabolic dish antenna a satellite antenna, even when no satellite is involved. Conversely, many satellite antennas (both transmitting and receiving) are not parabolic dishes at all (think of a handheld GPS or satellite phone), but the most commonly seen (to most people) satellite antennas are satellite television receivers, which are parabolic dishes, thus the assumption.

Indeed, very cool. But.. (0, Redundant)

Cyrcyr (1070070) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192730)

Does it run linux?

Ratings Boon (3, Funny)

rodney dill (631059) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192740)

...and after watching once, people feel the need to tune back in an hour later.

Mom Was A Techie? (1)

SkyDude (919251) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192744)

My mom owned a three woks and I often wondered why she needed so many. Who knew she was an undercover techie ?

In the other news... (1)

messju (32126) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192754)

nzherald really seems to rock: Strange but true... [nzherald.co.nz]

Scousers, dishes and woks (1)

andyh (5426) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192802)

Scousers (those from the area of Liverpool) have been calling satellite dishes 'Woks' since the 1980s - "'as 'e gorra wok on the wall?" - I'm surprised it hasn't been tried this way round before before!

I'm feeling a strange disturbance in the Force.... (1)

StressGuy (472374) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192810)

As if millions of Slashdotters all cried out in unison, "Hey, I gotta try that!"

He should have installed it in the kitchen (1)

oliverthered (187439) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192818)

Wow, not only can it cook up a good stir-fry but it can also make a satellite dish.

I suppose one can say that... (1)

alchemist68 (550641) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192828)

It wokked right with a lot a work!

The article misquotes him (1)

bytesex (112972) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192908)

"A group of us wanted to connect our computers to each other and then we wokked out a way to get of getting the signal between two points," he said.

This is incredible! (2, Funny)

bopo_the_mofo (888877) | more than 7 years ago | (#18192972)

So... a curved bit of metal can function well as a curved bit of metal? I've got a flat bit of metal here. Wonder if I can use it as some kind of plate?

And for personal communication... (5, Funny)

kanweg (771128) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193022)

you can use a wokkie-tokkie

Bert

Just to confirm that (1)

Chris whatever (980992) | more than 7 years ago | (#18193102)

That just confirm that when companies invest billion in development, that also means that there are hiring incompetent people and we the consumer pay the price of those bad choices

man this guy is great, whish that we could have another INTELLIGENT guy to provide us with a cheap way to make our electricity like our own personal wind generator
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