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Fermilab Begins Testing Holographic Universe Theory

SpectreBlofeld Re:Flip the switch (226 comments)

You'd only be able to verify if the Universe we live in were a simulation, if you could witness/observe something _outside_ of that Universe / simulation.

Not necessarily. If I wanted to find out if I were living in a computer simulation, I would start looking for an exploit. Hack the universe!


Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

SpectreBlofeld Re:A concept for higher education (335 comments)

Thanks for posting this. I'd love to know where this takes place, but I'll understand if you don't want to say.

about 3 months ago

Zuckerberg's $100 Million Education Gift Solved Little

SpectreBlofeld A concept for higher education (335 comments)

Some years ago, when fantasizing about being a billionaire, I gave thought to how I would improve upon education.

The solution I came up with was to found my own network of private schools and colleges, which I could hold to a high standard due to them being under my control.

The private schools and colleges wouldn't be free to attend, per se, but I'd make it sort-of-trivially-easy for an ambitious student to gain admittance to the private high school without paying tuition (say, the student must participate in on-campus work, organized charity volunteer work, or extracurricular research work, or simply be gifted, etc).

Exceptional students at the private schools would be given scholarships to the colleges, and billionaire-money would attract top-tier professors and researchers. I fantasized about eventually running the top private research institution in the world.

In essence, you create a brand. Use the money to create top-tier colleges under a brand name, then 'franchise' private high schools under the brand, and funnel kids from those schools to the colleges.

Punctuate the concept with aggressive job placement assistance, complimentary career counseling and even therapy for all graduates that extends for for a lifetime beyond graduation. (I think this point is a huge idea in itself, to be honest, and is something that universities should do anyway).

Being a graduate doesn't just mean you got a degree there - it means you're part of a lifetime club, a member of a 'living network' (as opposed to 'social network') with high ideals in mind. Graduates would be encouraged to serve as mentors to students in their spare time in exchange for their lifelong benefits.

Above all, this all could exist without being exclusionary toward non-'members'. For instance, tuition credits could be earned for students who agree to tutor public school students in the community and 'take them under their wing'.

Basically, in the end, you have what a real society should be - a nurturing network of educators, counselors, mentors, and just plain *people* helping each other out for their entire lives. A community, you know? Rising tide, lifting boats.

I actually think this sort of thing could be profitable, and not an expense, in the long run. Once you are established as a top-tier educator, your 'product' will become desirable and those with money will gladly pay for their child's enrollment. Build a solid reputation for producing high-quality, well-rounded, well-adjusted, successful graduates, and marry that to the benefits of being part of this fantastic 'life support group', and you've got one hell of a desirable thing, here.

In short, if you want to do something right, do it yourself. Throwing money at a flawed system isn't going to fix anything. It's like trying to fix a leaky bucket by pouring more water in it.

Slashdot-reading billionaires, feel free to run away with my ideas and do something great with them. Also feel free to contact me if you need help in the implementation. :)

about 3 months ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

SpectreBlofeld Re:I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

The world had one tenth of its current population sometime around the early 1800's, and gold was very much valued long before then.

about 5 months ago

Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

SpectreBlofeld I admire their spunk, but... (275 comments)

My friends and I have already switched to Dogecoin. Sorry. And when you start mining that, we'll move again, etc.

I'm not serious, I haven't invested in any virtual currency. But isn't this a sort of problem? When it looks like a Major Player moves in and starts dominating the generation of your pet virtual currency, why wouldn't you just jump ship to the next one, where you can stand a chance to make money in the early days of generation?

It's not like mining gold. Gold is gold and there's only so much of it, and it's there or it's not. These virtual currencies only have value due to consensus, and can be abandoned on a whim, especially when some guy comes in with his 1.4 million mining chips and upsets everything. I know there's a limited number of bitcoins available before computation is done, so in that sense it's 'limited' like gold and thus perceived to be a scarce valuable item, but unlike gold, the users can just up and quit Bitcoin forever, especially when they sense 'unfairness' in the operation.

about 5 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

SpectreBlofeld Re:EL and SCUBA (127 comments)

Don't worry, it involved sound too. In fact, I came up with the idea the other day during a discussion with someone about the current missing plane crises - he asked why airplane black boxes (that end up in the ocean) can't transmit an underwater ping that could be heard for miles by listening stations. That would never be practical, of course, but it got me thinking about underwater signaling in general. I live in South Florida and am surrounded by boat and diver culture.

about 5 months ago

NASA Puts Its New Spacesuit Design To a Public Vote

SpectreBlofeld Wow, timing. (127 comments)

I was working on a personal design project with very similar features, for undersea divers - an electroluminescent (EL) panel or wire system for divers to use to signal each other underwater, even at distances where hand signaling would be an issue. Different colors for different situations, and the ability to 'flash' a sort of morse code communique to one another.

A diver's illumination would also light up or flash when air reserves reach low levels or the diver is otherwise in distress, so others could recognize the issue and come to aid.

Feel free to steal the idea and run away with it, if anyone reading this is in the industry. Like I said, it was just a personal design project that I was planning on giving away to improve the general state of things.

about 5 months ago

LABONFOIL: A Portable Bond-Style Lab

SpectreBlofeld Dr. James Bond (30 comments)

Someone's obviously never seen a James Bond film in their life.

about 6 months ago

First Evidence That Google's Quantum Computer May Not Be Quantum After All

SpectreBlofeld It makes me feel better (224 comments)

I am at such a loss of understanding what exactly quantum computers are and how they work (no matter how hard I try)... so it makes me feel like less of an idiot when I find out that it's so complicated that even Google engineers aren't even sure if what they have IS one.

about 7 months ago

Startup Out of MIT Promises Digital Afterlife — Just Hand Over Your Data

SpectreBlofeld Dixie Flatline (241 comments)

`How you doing, Dixie?'
    `I'm dead, Case. Got enough time in on this Hosaka to
figure that one.'
    `How's it feel?'
    `It doesn't.'
    `Bother you?'
    `What bothers me is, nothin'~ does.'
    `How's that?'
    `Had me this buddy in the Russian camp, Siberia, his thumb
was frostbit. Medics came by and they cut it off. Month later
he's tossin'~ all night. Elroy, I said, what's eatin'~ you? Goddam
thumb's itchin'~, he says. So I told him, scratch it. McCoy, he
says, it's the _other_ goddam thumb.' When the construct laughed,
it came through as something else, not laughter, but a stab of
cold down Case's spine. `Do me a favor, boy.'
    `What's that, Dix?'
    `This scam of yours, when it's over, you erase this goddam


about 7 months ago

Google Sells Motorola Mobility To Lenovo For $2.91 Billion

SpectreBlofeld Re: ouch! (172 comments)

Yes, voice commands are mostly useless, and the the AMOLED notifications were first implemented by the trusty old Nokia N9 years ago.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

SpectreBlofeld Re:The basics... (324 comments)

You'll never find this reply because you're posting as AC, but...

- Laser pointers are cheap, and the spotting scope was purchased for the endeavor and then returned to get the money back (yes, lame, but there you go)

- FRS/GMRS radios are cheap and have a range of several miles, and when I say we were 'poor', I don't mean 'destitute', but in 2003 it wasn't common for lower-middle-class 20-year olds to have mobile phones

- Almost all the equipment used came from the company we worked for (a tech company - and not in secret, our boss knew what we were doing and didn't object), and it indeed had its facility at the foot of a mountain ridge. Yes, we ran power and backhaul up the mountainside, but keep in mind we only had to go a hundred feet up the hill or so, being a mile away - it's not like the stuff was at the crest of the ridge.

  And it wasn't 'all by its lonesome'. Hills and mountains aren't exclusive to the remote corners of the globe. This took place in Knoxville, TN, which has a population roughly the size of Fort Lauderdale, and is bisected by several mountainous ridgelines. Take a look on a topo map sometime.

about 7 months ago

Voynich Manuscript May Have Originated In the New World

SpectreBlofeld Re:Interesting as it points to how to decipher it. (170 comments)

That's not even remotely plausible. You can't develop a writing system overnight.


"In 1821 he completed his independent creation of a Cherokee syllabary, making reading and writing in Cherokee possible. This was the only time in recorded history that a member of a non-literate people independently created an effective writing system.[1][4] After seeing its worth, the people of the Cherokee Nation rapidly began to use his syllabary and officially adopted it in 1825. Their literacy rate quickly surpassed that of surrounding European-American settlers.[1]"

  So, yes, it's remotely plausible, in the sense that it's absolutely happened (at least) once.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

SpectreBlofeld Re:The basics... (324 comments)

LTE-Advanced will save us.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

SpectreBlofeld Re:The basics... (324 comments)

Did this once! 2003 or so. Had a workplace with a bitchin' high-speed internet backbone situated at the bottom of a mountain ridge about a mile away from where I lived. My roommate and I we were poor 20-year-olds and wanted fast internet without the cost. We climbed the foothills of the mountain and affixed an antenna on the mountainside using highly directional antennas to give us free high-speed internet at home. We used fancy stuff like spotting scopes and lasers to help us align the two antennas. The antenna on the house was lashed to the fireplace with aluminum bands.

It was a lot of fun to set up, but it didn't work very well. No matter how we tried to stabilize the setup, weather fucked with us. High winds caused things to wobble, which meant packet loss, and slowdowns. And when it would go down completely, one of us would have to - with an exasperated sigh - get in the car and drive a mile away and climb a hillside and check out the setup while the other person climbed on the roof... while communicating to each other with walkie-talkies because it was 2003 and we were poor. We eventually ended up springing for some DSL provider, I don't even remember which.

All that said... I cherish the memories.

about 7 months ago

New Home Automation?

SpectreBlofeld Re:WTF? (336 comments)

Do you think *he* is jealous too?

Nah. His house is 6,000 square feet.

about 7 months ago

Ford Exec: 'We Know Everyone Who Breaks the Law' Thanks To Our GPS In Your Car

SpectreBlofeld Re:If I ever own a Ford.... (599 comments)

From what I can tell, this works by syncing with a mobile phone. It appears to be an optional package when buying the car, too.

Just don't get the optional sync/navigation system, and put in your own head unit for navi, etc instead.

about 8 months ago



iTunes Intentionally Breaks Syncing with Palm Pre

SpectreBlofeld SpectreBlofeld writes  |  more than 5 years ago

SpectreBlofeld (886224) writes "Engadget has the scoop:

"Palm itself had warned that the Pre's iTunes sync functionality could be broken at a moment's notice (and at Apple's whim), but we're pretty sure no one expected it'd happen this quickly. We've been able to confirm that version 8.2.1 of the software prevents the sync from working, meaning that you've got to add music the old-fashioned way — the Pre functions as a USB drive, too — until Palm gets around to patching the hack (if they decide to patch it, that is). This could end up being a protracted game of cat-and-mouse, which is entertaining to watch but nightmarish for the consumers down in the trenches actually trying to use this stuff. Funny thing is, Apple's straight up saying in its release notes that the update "addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices" — in other words, they weren't being verified before, and now they are, thank goodness. Peaceful sleep is once again within our reach."

  You stay classy, Apple."

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Line Forms at Apple for Absolutely No Reason

SpectreBlofeld SpectreBlofeld writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SpectreBlofeld (886224) writes "According to EngadgetMobile, a line has formed in front of Apple's flagship Cube store in Manhattan. From the article:

So word on the street (literally) is that a large number of people are queuing in line outside of Apple's flagship store on 5th Avenue in New York City — keep in mind the Cube is open 24 hours a day. Our intrepid girl-on-the-scene reports that the group is more than 60-deep, though most people seem confused about what they're waiting for, but some believe they're actually camping out for a 3G iPhone.

  Prank, or mass hysteria?"

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How to Hack a Pacemaker and Kill a Man

SpectreBlofeld SpectreBlofeld writes  |  more than 6 years ago

SpectreBlofeld (886224) writes " Travis Goodspeed of the Extreme Measurement Communications Center outlines in great detail a method for exploiting TinyOS — an operating system specialized for wireless sensor networks. The exploit is triggered wirelessly, via machine code injection. Affected implementations of the software include battlefield operations, traffic control, and even surgically implanted medical devices. Indeed, a reminder that computer security is crucial even for the tiniest of devices."
Link to Original Source

SpectreBlofeld SpectreBlofeld writes  |  more than 7 years ago

SpectreBlofeld (886224) writes "Taking a page from Ghost in the Shell, students in Singapore have created a soldier's suit that can blend in with its surroundings. From the article: "Using what is called Electrochromism, the students created a soldier's uniform that can blend into any surrounding. They achieved this by using a material that can change colours. This is one of the many projects by secondary and JC students under the Young Defence Scientists Programme (YDSP), which has been running successfully for the last 15 years." Story is at calnews/view/264786/1/.html"


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