crhylove (205956) writes "I work for a small data center in a rural part of the US. We have a few solid and redundant Internet connections, a bunch of rack space and triple fail-safe power (including a generator if both of our power contracts simultaneously fail). While this is a great solution for our hosting and mail clients, it's not the stability and up-time that multiple international data centers would provide.
There's got to be some other small data centers like us who are looking for a distant location to have a few racks in. Is there currently a website or online meet up that provides a good forum for partnering with other small data centers and trading rack space/bandwidth straight across?" top
crhylove (205956) writes "The International Space Station is in many ways the first "real" space station. It has been inhabited for a while now, and I'm guessing that much of the initial engineering did not jibe perfectly with the intended purposes that the "real world" would impose on such a habitat. For one, we know they are now opting for Linux as the uptime is better than Windows. What other lessons have we learned about living in space, and/or how would the ISS be designed differently today with the new knowledge we've accrued on the ISS as-is?" top
The National Defense Authorization Bill effectivel
crhylove writes "Many sites all over the web are reporting on this, but there's been an almost complete TV and radio media blackout. The president signed into law today "The National Defense Authorization Act" http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1867: which effectively makes US citizens potential enemy combatants in a war zone and allowed to be held without any kind of due process.
crhylove writes "I find myself reading physorg and slashdot nearly every day, and I love them both dearly. Frequently, I'll find an article relevant to something a fellow engineer is doing, and send them over a link. Inevitably, I get a response about how this technology is cool, that idea is neat, but we'll have to wait 10 years before we can use the tech and it's available in the market. Is there a website devoted to new technology that is freshly available and not just a concept or vapor ware?" Link to Original Source top
crhylove writes "The Gamecube and Wii share some hardware, and the Gamecube emulation seen has been alive for a while now, even emulating some games in a playable fashion. By far the most advanced Gamecube emulator, Dolphin, has just released a new, much improved version, and also announced "Basic Wii Support", which means that it can load Wii isos, and play intro movies. There is currently no controller plugin to allow Wii to work (though probably there are numerous other problems as well), but it's all GPL, so, anyone?
http://www.dolphin-emu.com/" Link to Original Source top
crhylove writes "I just wanted a few more people to put their eyes on any part of wine to try to make it better before 1.0. In particular, you can test it out yourself and post your experiences in the app db over at http://winehq.org/ or if you know anything about the code, you can probably check the SVN or whatever they are using. This is one project that can really help end the Microsoft Hegemony, if any nerds want to step in and lend a hand." Link to Original Source top
crhylove writes "The other day I bought a rechargeable 18v drill at Autozone while working on my internal combustion engined car. It was $15. With the price of gas rising so drastically and so constantly, I was wondering how many of those batteries I'd need to buy to drive an electric car? I quickly realized I did not have the electrical engineering background to answer that question, and really wanted to know, since I really want an electric car and solar panels at this point in time. There is an old Dodge Dart for sale down the street for $400. Could I make an electric car that went 100 miles between charges for less than $2000? And wouldn't it be sweet if it was a 1964 Dodge Dart? Where can I get enough juice to push a Dart for 100 miles for less than $1500? Would 100 of the 18V batteries last for 50 miles? Would they deliver enough juice to go 55 mph? I'd like to start an open source car initiative. Somewhere that anybody can go to find information on cheap batteries and electric motors, and where to buy batteries in bulk etc. If enough geeks start really buying the hell out of the right batteries, the price would probably start coming down pretty quickly, too, then even more people would jump on board. Is something like this out there already? Is my electrical engineering completely lacking in knowledge and is there a free online class somewhere I can take to remedy that?" Link to Original Source top
crhylove writes "I have a very good idea, and could be good for the safety of our country. How do I give the DOD my idea and still make money? Or should I try the private sector first? What process should I go through? Does anybody on slashdot have experience in getting venture capitalists, and initial funding? What's my first step? Should I get a patent?
My idea is primarily defensive, rather than offensive, and could also have plenty of value in the private sector on it's own. So please don't get up in arms about me giving good ideas to murderers or anything, thanks. This is an idea to help save our troops, and their loved ones from losing them. It can't actually be used to kill, unless..... hmm... Well, the first generation would definitely solely be defensive, anyway, hopefully by the next generation we can have real elections again, and not worry too much about what "our" government has or doesn't have.
At any rate, I have the health, mind, spirit, and pocket book of the American consumer most squarely in mind as well.... And maybe have a cure for this global warming problem too.
I'm not kidding. I need investors. Much Love.
rhY" Link to Original Source top
crhylove writes "Ubuntu Feisty Fawn is out! For those of you not in the know, Ubuntu is aiming to be a full fledged desktop OS based on Debian Gnu/Linux. It is lightweight, fast, pretty, and by default works on most of the hardware out there that people will want to run it on. Included in this release are easy driver installation for commercial (restricted) drivers, Compiz (though turned off by default), Open Office 2.2.0, The Gimp, Gaim (now Pidjin) 2.0.0 beta6, Firefox 2.0, a bunch of great games, and easy codec downloads and installs. I've been running Feisty since about Herd 4, and most of my Windows friends who see it are contemplating switching, and two of them already have (I also installed Beryl, which helps out a lot on the "bling" front)! The latest torrents and such are up at the usual places: http://www.ubuntu.com/" top
crhylove writes "Apparently, a company called D-Wave is about to unleash a 16 qubit computer on the world as soon as next week. From the article(http://www.techworld.com/opsys/news/index. cfm?newsID=7972&pagtype=all):
"D-Wave of British Columbia has promised to demonstrate a quantum computer next Tuesday, that can carry out 64,000 calculations simultaneously (in parallel "universes"), thanks to a new technique which rethinks the already-uncanny world of quantum computing. But the academic world is taking a wait-and-see approach."
I'm going to sit in the skeptical seat for at least 6 days, but one can always hope?" top
crhylove writes "I live in San Diego county, and there is only one major broadband provider in my area (Cox). Aside from their rather draconian policies on several issues (bittorrent, etc.), their service is frequently slow and or shuts off seemingly at random. This service and a few crappy channels I barely even watch set me back almost $80 a month.
Is there some other ISP? Do any of the satellite services work well yet? Is there a cellular ISP that doesn't restrict torrent traffic? Is there ANY ISP that doesn't restrict torrent traffic? Do I have to start my own ISP?" top
crhylove writes "I was watching Fox news between 7 and 7:30 this morning, and they were talking about the proposed new 20,000 troops being sent to Iraq. They asked a reporter what he thought, and it seemed like he was trying to say that 20,000 extra troops would not help at all. There was a brief bit of fuzz, he was suddenly gone, and the main talking head said "we're having some satellite trouble.." then a different Fox reporter came on talking about what a great idea 20,000 new troops would be. Did any body else see that this morning? I'm in California, and the channel I was watching was Fox channel 6 (San Diego). Anybody got it Tivo-ed? Was this some non-Fox person pirating them for 5 seconds? Was this one of their own reporters not following the company line and getting shut off? What the hell was that?" top
crhylove writes "With all the talk of electronic voting, the corporate shenanigans that have gone on pertaining to that, and the ideas of "representative democracy", I was wondering how we could improve our whole political system with computers and networking.
There are many ideas floating around about voting from home over the internet, and many other ideas about replacing Diebold and other corrupt corporate interests that diminish the very concept of Democracy, but do we still need our senators and president to vote or veto for us?
Why not just have some or all of American laws and rules truly democratically decided by voting on a per issue basis over the Internet?
What is now possible that could improve the democratic process and has not yet been done?
Is there the computer security to truly allow for a fair and honest election?
If so, what is it?
Is there a way to still have your votes anonymous, and yet completely secure at the same time?
Do we REALLY have to look forward to President Hillary because the "Democratic" process only allows for two highly corrupt and anti-American parties? Is she going to take away my Grand Theft Auto?
Why can't us science and education fans have a political popular movement that can truly start to counter the bible belt down at the polls, including actually supporting the idea of real polls?"