Quad-Core Stick PC Runs Ubuntu
Navy Wants Cyber Weapons That Shoot Data Beams
Do a search someday on " Information Wars 2025, Air Force". The information is not always for machines. Our soldiers will have protection from nervous system interference. While the 'terrorists' will hear, feel, and see, etc what ever we project onto them. Ever notice how the Slashdot war helmet resembles the tin-foil hat?
Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years
You are correct, Americans are intentionally kept ignorant. Tea bags bring us back to the halcyon days of tarring and feathering. Most Americans barely understand a Watt. So a lumen, etc are beyond the goal of conformist society.
Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years
I, for one welcome our new fluorescent and LED masters.
Theoretical Breakthrough For Quantum Cryptography
I, for one welcome our new quantum overlords.
The Story Behind a Failed HPC Startup
FLOPS / Watt is the future. No doubt. Tesla (NVIDIA) has the edge on the low end now. Low power per cycle will win in the long term. Multi core x64 bit for now. But to the powers that be, 32 / 64 /128 bits per watt per cycle will rule someday.
Lockheed Snags $31 Million To Reinvent the Internet, Microsoft To Help
They skipped IP V5, so why not skip V6? IP V7, although alpha is more likely to be adapted than IP V3, or V5. Skipping generations seems the historical precedence. Probably the military had an IP V5, and V3 for internal use that was very secure, and DARPA funds less secure information for us.
Command & Conquer MMO a Possibility?
Supreme Commander (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supreme_Commander) is a great game for MMO. Already large scale, and scalable.
Linux Games For Non-Gamers?
Most of these games are good, and run on linux:
I have played "The Battle for Wesnoth", that is very good for turn based strategy.
Making Data Unvanish
You are are a single communication construct. No one outside the circle of trust has any idea what is communicated.
You are in a network (circle) of trust. moving data to each other is logged, and allowed/censored.
A typical LAN with verifiable security.
The internet, a net work of networks. Data can 'vanish', as a function of time/money spent on keeping the data stored.
Read the data security handbook summarized:
EU Funding "Orwellian" Artificial Intelligence Snooping System
Ignorance is strength,
War is peace,
Freedom is slavery.
All your base are belong to us.
Meet Uzbl — a Web Browser With the Unix Philosophy
The post about OS-X, is both a "flame-bait", and a noteworthy, free speech comment. Often when moderating and I read such a post, I will use "interesting" which does not penalize the remarkable comment. It would be nice to have the option to mark the post as "flame-bait" but not subtract rating points. "Off-topic" has the same problem.
Pi Calculated To Record 2.5 Trillion Digits
The reason the Babylonians, and the Egyptians, and we use 360 degrees is this:
355/113 = 3.14159292035
pi `= 3.14159265359
A difference of 8.5x10-6%
Which makes 355/113 close enough to pi. 360 is close to 355 which is why we use 360 degrees for angles and time.
IBM Pushing Water-Cooled Servers, Meeting Resistance
Pumping air is also much worse than pushing water around. Air is a compressible fluid, while water is practically incompressible. Extra energy is wasted at the pressure source (AC), and at the exit, as the air changes volume.
A similar effect from the "canned air" that turns cold when uncompressed. Unless you are pushing that air over your skin while sweating in hot weather, the energy is pure extra waste. You cannot make a can of "compressed water", because it is not compressible.
IBM Pushing Water-Cooled Servers, Meeting Resistance
All IBM is saying is that water is a better heat conductor, and air is an insulator.
Water ; 4 J /cm^3 K
Air ; 0.001 J /cm^3 K
Water/Air = 4000 times more heat transfer.
So, given the choice, you would use water to transfer heat.
CNet Promotes Essential Open-Source Software to Joe Public
The article is great. Can we mod ZOOLS karma up for posting this?
These are the kinds of things for newbies that old crusty sites like /. are often lacking.
We the freedom/software community should promote how great opensource is compared to the expensive programs. Anyone with a new computer he/she is setting up would immediatly benefit from the short list of programs the article reviewed.
And the post even makes the GIMP sound so easy to use! I.E. dont scare the willing.
NCamero hasn't submitted any stories.
Can you prove you're not a machine?
"Alan M. Turing was a mathematician and a co-founder of computer science and cryptography. He developed the Turing Test. Turing postulated that in developing a thinking machine or "artificial intelligence," the machine shouldn't have to duplicate human thinking processes exactly. All that should be required of a thinking machine is that it be able to "pass" as a human.
The Turing Test imagines a questioner and two unseen correspondents, one human and one machine. The machine would pass the Turing Test if the questioner couldn't correctly guess which of the two was the machine."
Shall we then deal with those who have surrendered themselves to God, as with those who offend him?
What hath befallen you that ye thus judge?
Have ye a Scripture wherein ye can search out
That ye shall have the things ye choose?
Or have ye received oaths which shall bind Us even until the day of the resurrection, that ye shall have what yourselves judge right?
Ask them which of them will guarantee this?
Or is it that they have joined gods with God? let them produce those associate-gods of theirs, if they speak truth.
On the day when men's legs shall be bared,6 and they shall be called upon to bow in adoration, they shall not be able:
Their looks shall be downcast: shame shall cover them: because, while yet in safety, they were invited to bow in worship, but would not obey.
Leave me alone therefore with him who chargeth this revelation with imposture. We will lead them by degrees to their ruin; by ways which they
SURA LXVIII.-THE PEN [XVII.]
koran12a.txt; lines 1923-1948
NASA pulls off mindreading act
By Lester Haines
Posted: 18/03/2004 at 15:43 GMT
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NASA boffins have pulled off a seemingly impressive feat - reading words which have not actually been spoken.
The system works by computer analysis of "sub-auditory" speech at the throat. NASA's Ames Research Center developer Chuck Jorgensen explains further: "A person using the subvocal system thinks of phrases and talks to himself so quietly it cannot be heard, but the tongue and vocal cords do receive speech signals from the brain.
"What is analyzed is silent, or subauditory, speech, such as when a person silently reads or talks to himself. Biological signals arise when reading or speaking to oneself with or without actual lip or facial movement."
To capture the necessary data, NASA put sensors on subjects' throats and under their chins. In trials, the software has been able to successfully recognise six words and 10 numbers with 92 per cent accuracy.
Although the technology is in its infancy, NASA has high hopes for it. The disabled are an obvious candidate group, but air traffic controllers and astronauts - both of whom have to work in difficult, noisy environments - may also benefit.
It will shortly be tested in an experiment to exert basic control over a Mars rover type vehicle, although NASA admits that there is much to be done on the pre-analysis amplification and noise reduction of the nerve signals: "The keys to this system are the sensors, the signal processing and the pattern recognition, and that's where the scientific meat of what we're doing resides." said Jorgensen.
Aesop's Fables - The Lion and the Mouse
Aesop's Fables Translated by George Fyler Townsend
The Lion and the Mouse
A LION was awakened from sleep by a Mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to kill him, when the Mouse piteously entreated, saying: "If you would only spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness." The Lion laughed and let him go. It happened shortly after this that the Lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by st ropes to the ground. The Mouse, recognizing his roar, came gnawed the rope with his teeth, and set him free, exclaim
"You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; I now you know that it is possible for even a Mouse to con benefits on a Lion."
H.R. 3162, the USA "PATRIOT" Act, gives the President power directly violating the consitution.
SEC. 106. PRESIDENTIAL AUTHORITY.
"(C) when the United States is engaged in armed hostilities or has been attacked by a foreign country or foreign nationals, confiscate any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, of any foreign person, foreign organization, or foreign country that he determines has planned, authorized, aided, or engaged in such hostilities or attacks against the United States; and all right, title, and interest in any property so confiscated shall vest, when, as, and upon the terms directed by the President, in such agency or person as the President may designate from time to time, and upon such terms and conditions as the President may prescribe, such interest or property shall be held, used, administered, liquidated, sold, or otherwise dealt with in the interest of and for the benefit of the United States, and such designated agency or person may perform any and all acts incident to the accomplishment or furtherance of these purposes."
Amendment IV (1791)
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
This is not anti-abortion, but pro-education.
"Note that "zygotic personhood" (the idea that a fertilized egg is a person) is a recent concept. For example, before 1869, the Catholic church believed that the embryo was not a person until it was 40 days old. (Aristotle agreed with this 40-day threshold.) Thus, the church did not believe a human had a soul until day 40. Pope Innocent III in 1211 determined that the time of ensoulment was anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks. This means that the Catholic church, for centuries, did not equate abortion with murder. (Pictured at left is a two day old human embryo at four cell stage of development, magnified 260 times.) "
from "Jefferson: Champion of the Free Mind"
I have been reading books as research for my own writing. This quote is related to my own book, currently at:
from "Jefferson: Champion of the Free Mind", by
Phillips Russell 1956, p327.
" Thomas Jefferson wrote a book called "Jefferson's Bible", which was a book made up from cuttings of the four gospels whereby all the sayings of Jesus were reserved but his so-called miracles omitted. He (Thomas Jefferson) wrote about his book to a friend:
"It is a document in proof that I am a real Christian, that is to say, disciple of the doctrines of Jesus, very different from the Platonists who call me infidel and themselves Christians and preachers of the Gospel, while they draw all their characteristic dogmas from what its author never said nor saw. They have compounded from the heathen mysteries a system beyond the comprehension of man, of which the great reformer of the vicious ethics and deism of the Jews, were he to return on earth, would not recognize one feature." "