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Scientists Twist Radio Beams To Send Data At 32 Gigabits Per Second

craighansen I dub thee "Swastika Modulation" (115 comments)

Nice diagram of a left-facing swastika in the article - or is that a southern-hemisphere hurricane?

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

craighansen Re:It's not really that bad (211 comments)

Uhh. No. The number of people previously infected is very low, and concentrated in areas not part of the current outbreak.

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

craighansen Re:It's not really that bad (211 comments)

I would also add that the 52% fatality rate is much better than the 90% rate that other outbreaks have sufferred, and it suggests that the heroic medical intervention that is underway is having a beneficial effect.

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

craighansen Re:It's not really that bad (211 comments)

Perhaps you are unaware of exponential growth - http://www.geert.io/exponentia...

It's going to be difficult enough to get the 1700 beds constructed quickly enough to make a dent in this problem, and the magnitude of the problem is approximately doubling every month.

From the comments I've been reading to most of the Ebola news articles these days, American's have been demonstrating their stupidity at a truly alarming rate.

yesterday
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Obama Presses Leaders To Speed Ebola Response

craighansen Re:Why Africa? (211 comments)

Pease take off your tinfoil hat - it's acting as an antenna and overconcentrating the paranoid thoughts the CIA is putting into your tiny brain.

yesterday
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

craighansen Re:don't they already vent hydrocarbon gasses? (81 comments)

This solar process replaces up to order 80% of the fossil fuel that must already be employed to generate steam 'round-the-clock. There is also a gas-fired steam generator present to make steam at night and/or days with insufficient insolation, though they discuss on their website the notion that steam injection rates may vary - more during the day and less at night in order to increase the use of the solar-generated steam (to get up to the 80% level). Otherwise, the typical peak-rate to average-rate problem of solar power would make the amount more like 50% utilization absent additional hardware for steam storage.

3 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

craighansen Re:Wait until global warming really kicks in (81 comments)

Nope - it's the high temperatures that make the heavy oil flow more easily. But "Global Warming" of only a few degrees doesn't really do the trick.

3 days ago
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Solar Powered Technology Enhances Oil Recovery

craighansen Re:Renewable (81 comments)

It'd be nice if they could use something like this to heat the water they use to extract oil from tar sands. Canada could turn even more of itself into a barren wasteland.

Fortunately, this technology isn't so useful in Canada because of its lower solar insolation.

3 days ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

craighansen Simpler Solution (324 comments)

I'm not convinced that this is a problem that needs a solution, but to me, a simple solution to the problem is this:

Start the car with the cell phone. In that way, which cell phone is associated with the driver is simple.

A more detailed disclosure follows:

Instead of starting the car with a key or a button, start the car by sending a text message. The car then blocks sending text messages by that phone for as long as the car is moving, (or in an alternative embodiment, as long as the car is operating). This prevents that particular phone from being used in whatever prohibited manner is desired, such as no texting when the car is moving (or when the car is operating).

In an alternative embodiment, an application running on the cell phone is started to start the car operating, and beginning making the cell phone operate in a restricted manner. In an alternative embodiment, well-known cryptographic techniques are employed by the software application to start the car in a secure manner. Thus, the car replaces a physical or electronic key. As a side effect, the phone in control by the driver is identified for restricted operation.

Similarly, in an alternative embodiment, the phone can be prevented from other prohibited uses, such as (but limited to) web browsing, non-hands free calling, and so forth. When the car is turned off (with button, or ignition key), normal operation of the phone can resume.

Technologically, this is most easily enforced by the phone itself, under command from the car. In an alternative embodiment, the car can block attempted communication by that particular phone advertising itself as a micro-cell-tower that only that particular phone connects to.

In an alternative embodiment, the car can signal that the phone should enter a lower-power operating condition, and take over monitoring communications on behalf of the phone, such as by advertising signals matching what the phone would normally employ to maintain cell-tower communications and wake up the phone to a higher-power state when an incoming call or incoming message arrives. In an alternative embodiment, this operating mode would use car hardware to maintain hands-free communications mode in replacement to the normal communications modes of the cell phone.

All patent rights reserved. Contact me for licensing.

4 days ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

craighansen Re:(EDIT) Symptom of Greater Issue (475 comments)

Solution C: Deputize driverless cars to enforce traffic rules of surrounding cars and report it to the authorities. Make it enourmously expensive to drive cars manually, causing the free market to make driverless cars mandatory. When you include all the little potential violations, the frequency at which drivers violate traffic rules is probably several times per mile.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

craighansen ASUS RT-AC66U with Shibby firmware (427 comments)

I've outfitted quite a few WRT-54GL over the years, but I've moved on to the ASUS RT-AC66U with Shibby variation of Tomato.

The features that grab me most are (0) GHz Ethernet LAN connections (1) QOS rules and graphical pie charts of relative usage both incoming and outgoing (2) multiple SSID's and both 2.4 and 5 GHz bands, triple antennae (3) graphical displays of bandwidth usage that can drill down to show individual machines (4) display of bandwith of individual TCP/IP connections (5) VPN support with enough processor bandwidth to perform the encryption (6) WDS to extend coverage without a wired backbone (7) DDNS for remote access by domain name.

I've found the Shibby releases to be very stable and rarely have to reboot. The price is a few times that of the WRT54GLs, but the improved coverage helps to reduce the number of boxes I need to use. I wish they were prettier to have around the house, though. I've placed some Engenius EAP600's in ceilings where esthetics were important, using them as access points to extend coverage - they also support multiple SSID's and POE so you don't have to run AC power.

Does anyone have favorite devices for extending links between buildings that are a few hundred feet apart? I put a high-gain antenna onto a WRT-54GL with tomato and used WDS, but without a matching antenna on the other side, it was as solid as I would have liked. Ideally, I'd put something on an exterior wall and use POE to power it.

about a month ago
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Amazon Seeks US Exemption To Test Delivery Drones

craighansen Re:Shrug. (155 comments)

Drones had better learn to deal with traffic, too.

about 2 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

craighansen Recycleable? (198 comments)

Carbon fiber itself is just as recycleable as bamboo fiber. However bamboo, once combined with epoxy, it's just as unrecycleable and toxic as carbon fiber. I've got several ASUS bamboo laptops, where bamboo was used instead of plastic for a portion of the case. It was marketed as better for the environment, but to me it was just more esthetically pleasing than plastic. The bamboo components held up better than the hinges and the electronics.

about 4 months ago
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Quad Lasers Deliver Fast, Earth-Based Internet To the Moon

craighansen Obsolete Article (131 comments)

Readers here should know that LADEE was crashed into the moon more than a month ago. Yes, NASA did research on laser communication using LADEE, but reporting it in present tense is misleading. (...and the last Slashdot article on LADEE incorrectly reported where it crashed.) Previous Slashdot articles already reported the laser communication research.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Communication With Locked-in Syndrome Patient?

craighansen Re:Brain stem strokes and recovery... (552 comments)

As a person who has been in two ski accidents where I've sustained serious injury (but no head injury), and recently having suffered an unrelated concussion, I would second CaptainLard's view. We all play the odds in life, and the odds of being injured by a ski helmet are seriously outweighed by the the odds of being protected by one. If the AC has some insight into improving the design of ski helmets - that could be all to the good, but I wouldn't condone going without a helmet.

For the Brain-stem stroke AC above, I'd hope you can provide a useful response to how helmets can be improved; I imagine that a larger rear cut-out might have prevented the issue you had, though if the flexion of the neck was severe, that itself could have been the cause of your injury, rather than the helmet. Helmet designs vary lots, and we don't know what type you had.

For the original poster (cablepokerface) I can only offer my condolences and advise patience as there's reason to expect that her condition can improve with time and treatment. Please ignore the insensitive idiots that jump to negative conclusions.

about 4 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

craighansen Re:Just one detail they've overlooked (355 comments)

My Garmin seems to have stopped showing ads entirely. Perhaps there aren't enough 265WT still turned on to make it worthwhile selling ads for it.

about 4 months ago
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Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

craighansen Re:FG (355 comments)

Sure. Right. As if no company would think of putting the newly minted ad revenue in their own pocket instead of mine.

about 4 months ago
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The Lithuanian Mob Was Smuggling Cigarettes Into Russia With a Drone

craighansen So much for the "Secure Fence" (81 comments)

The US-Mexico border is nearly 2000 miles, and the estimate for complying with the "Secure Fence Act of 2006" which builds 700 miles of fence, at $4.1Billion, greater than the budget for the Border Patrol ($3.6Billion). Attempts to extend this to a complete fence have failed multiple times in Congress.

At that rate a complete fence would cost at least $12Billion, and it would be completely useless against drug-smuggling drones that could probably be built for less than a thousand dollars, that could fly lower than radar coverage as for the "Virtual Fence," and would not be easily traceable to the origin or destination of the flights.

Drones that could carry humans would probably cost just a little more. Right now, about 500 migrants per year die crossing the US-Mexico border - drones could most probably be safer than that, but it's hard to speculate what safety features human smugglers would employ in illegal drones.

about 4 months ago
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Court: Oracle Entitled To Copyright Protection Over Some Parts of Java

craighansen Re:GPL release that Sun did might seem to apply... (303 comments)

Not accurate. In order to implement "Full" Java, Oracle wants you to certify it with them, then you can have a "free" license. Not the same as not purchasing a license.

about 4 months ago

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SEC alleges Bitcoin Savings & Trust is a ponzi scheme

craighansen craighansen writes  |  about a year ago

craighansen (744648) writes "According to the complaint http://www.sec.gov/litigation/complaints/2013/comp-pr2013-132.pdf During 2011-2012, Trendon Shavers, operating under the user-name pirateat40, collected investments of over 700,000 Bitcoin from at least 66 "investors" with a valuation of $4.5M with the promise of at much as 7% weekly returns. These "investors" received about 500,000 Bitcoins in returns, so on average, they're probably much better-off than investors in Madoff's scheme.

Nevertheless, with the rising value of Bitcoins, the $4.5M investments would be worth $65M at recent pricing if they had actually been left in Bitcoins, which approximates the 1% per day returns that the scheme promised."

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ATM-enabled 'gone in 60 seconds' casino heist

craighansen craighansen writes  |  about 2 years ago

craighansen (744648) writes "ATM machines specifically marketed for providing casino spending money in 60 seconds were the key to an million-dollar gone-in-60-seconds bank fraud. According to the FBI press release, defendant Ara Keshishyan and 13 co-conspirators opened accounts at Citibank with small initial deposits, and multiple withdrawals were made nearly simultaneously at ATM machines in several casinos in California and Nevada. They allegedly used much of the proceeds to gamble and enjoy casino "comps." According to another article, Citibank found the breach, closed the loophole, and notified law enforcement authorities. Because the were transactions below $10,000, in addition to the bank fraud and conspiracy charges, they got charged with "conspiracy to illegally structure financial transactions to avoid reporting requirements, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, and a $250,000 fine." A previous on-line journal named this caper Ocean's 14, even though Danny Ocean isn't among the list of defendants."

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