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White House Wants Ideas For "Bootstrapping a Solar System Civilization"

Myself So, we've already paid experts to plan this... (352 comments)

And it's pretty cool:
The integrated space plan is an update of the document originally drawn up in the 1980s, and has been variously rediscovered since.

It's a long-view look at where we need to go and what we need to get there. In the 1980s, commercial spaceflight was envisioned somewhat differently than it's happened, and robotics have gotten way more capable, so the refresh is definitely needed.

about 3 months ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

Myself Re:What about ... (274 comments)

That was my answer.

about 5 months ago

'Selfie' Helps Doctors Diagnose Mini-Stroke

Myself Helped diagnose an allergic reaction, too! (47 comments)

After popping a bunch of benadryl and being satisfied that my condition wasn't worsening, I elected to make a regular appointment with my GP instead of going to Emergency.

I decided to take a few photos of the skin rash before it went away, which allowed the doctor (three days later, when I was totally fine again) to quickly identify that it was indeed an allergic reaction, and based on where it appeared, the subsequent interview helped diagnose the cause. Worked great!

about 7 months ago

Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 Years

Myself It would be a breakthrough of Gaussian proportions (282 comments)

...and allow us to acquire the solution in a dramatically more efficient manner!

  Now, I should emphasize that such an approach is purely theoretical. So far, no one has been able to accomplish such constructions, yet..

about a year and a half ago

FCC Considering Proposal For Encrypted Ham Radio

Myself It's dead either way, why not try this? (371 comments)

Whenever I try to convert part-15 geeks into part-97 geeks, they're interested in high power, they're interested in DIY equipment, they're interested in satellites, they're interested in propagation, and as soon as I mention that you can't swear or encrypt, they walk away.

"If I can't send useful traffic over it, why would I bother?"

Ham radio is losing a generation of geeks who've grown up on a more-free network and aren't interested in a restricted one. Should we just let them go?

about a year and a half ago

Private Networks For Public Safety

Myself Ricochet did this post-9/11, routing worked fine. (45 comments)

While much of Manhattan's traditional communications infrastructure was literally a smoking crater after 9/11, the Ricochet mesh network was alive and well, built to barely notice the loss of individual nodes.

The company had recently gone bankrupt, but all the hardware was still in place, so some ex-employees drove from Denver to NYC with a bunch of modems and laptops, to bring mobile connectivity to the recovery effort.

Mesh works in this case because MCDN uses geographic routing -- the packet header literally contains a packed lat/long for the destination, and nodes make their routing decisions by angle and distance. There's a layer of name-to-geo resolution which makes that all work, and in the Ricochet days it was centralized, but I believe it could be made to operate with DHT like torrent networks do now.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up a Summer Camp Tech Center?

Myself Your local hackerspace. (49 comments)

Look at the list of hackerspaces, visit as many as you can find in the local area, and talk to as many people as you can. Most spaces don't have a spokesperson or overarching organization except what's necessary to keep the lights on, so making contact with individuals is important.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Software For Learning About Data Transmission?

Myself An oscilloscope and a spectrum analyzer. (79 comments)

Start at the bottom, work your way up. Any local hackerspace should be able to help.

more than 2 years ago

Meet Interesting People at a Mini Maker Faire (Video)

Myself Blame yourself. (18 comments)

It sucked because you didn't submit your awesome project thing which is surely cooler than any of the junk those losers came up with. And better-documented. Right?

more than 2 years ago

Samsung Unveils Windows Phone 8 Device and Android-Based Camera

Myself General-purpose OS for a camera (179 comments)

A decade ago, there was a small series of digital cameras that ran a somewhat-open OS: Slashdot covered DigitaOS before. Yes, some people ran games on their cameras; I was one. But more importantly, new applications could be developed. Long before EXIF and geotagging, there was a guy with a GPS hooked to the serial port (yes, back when cameras used RS232) of a camera, and a Digita program to save the coordinates where each shot was taken. There are countless new ideas waiting to happen, when an open OS is paired with serious optics. I can't wait.

more than 2 years ago

I found my current job through ...

Myself Hackerspace connections (239 comments)

I got my current job because another guy at the local hackerspace saw me working on stuff and figured I'd be a good fit at the place he worked. No big deal, makes sense, okay. But the sheer number of times this has happened, still astonishes me. With a membership of about 70 people, I can count 9 who've gotten jobs through connections made at the hackerspace. That's noteworthy.

more than 2 years ago

How Madefire Is Changing the Visual Grammar of Comics

Myself Re:Let me tell you about Homestuck... (74 comments)

I remember discovering the animated treats within Dead Winter, on the 100's. Link goes to 199, so you can read a bit of the story before clicking Next to hit 200. (Story is violent and text in strip 200 is definitely NSFW.)

How did a product placement make it to /.'s front page? Le sigh.

more than 2 years ago



Myself Myself writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Myself writes "With Penguicon starting today and Notacon/Blockparty next weekend, spring's a busy time for geeks in the midwestern US. With so many events on the coasts, what others in the middle of the country do you have experience with?"



Notacon 2007 is coming: Get involved!

Myself Myself writes  |  more than 8 years ago

After three successful years, Notacon's 2007 event will also be host to Blockparty, a North American demoparty. In the past, Notacon has tackled its goal of being a creativity-oriented technology event by pushing themes of art, music, history, communication, community, and hacker culture. This year, there'll be talks from some of the biggest names in the demo scene, competitions, and even more great prizes. Also in the works is a talk given by a dead guy. (His sense of humor would totally approve.) There's a ham radio station planned for this year, plus the streaming-audio Notacon Radio. Oh yes, bring your contraptions for Anything but Ethernet, my absurd networking contest.

Now here's what makes it all interesting: Notacon just announced the first three speakers for the 2007 event, but the Call for Proposals is still open. Notacon's all about giving interesting ideas a venue, so if you have something to contribute to the milieu, write it up! Submit it! Do it today!

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