Cellphone Carriers Try To Control Signal Boosters
I use the Wilson dual-band CDMA/Sprint version in rural TX. I don't have the model info in front of me, but it is 12vDC, comes with a contact retransmit antenna (you have to set your phone in contact with it to work) and a 25' magnetic uni-directional exterior antenna. It is designed primarily for use inside a vehicle, but my understanding is you can replace both antennas (BNC connectors to coax) with directional models. As long as you don't overlap the coverage (or you are effectively retransmitting inside a Faraday cage like me) it will work for a small coverage area (100 sq. ft. 'ish).
With the existing setup I go from 0-1 bar max to 3-4 bars, and on a good day can get full EVDO data. At some point I may swap the antennas and try the area setup, but that is another $100-150 in antennas unless I want to build my own.
Recommendations For Home Virtualization?
For ESXi you install using an iso or boot CD then use the web interface to do basic config on the VMM and then download the VMware vSphere Client for creating and manipulating your VMs. The is a free (last time I looked...) VM available that gives you access to the ESXi CLI.
FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?
Well stated. I'm gonna continue with a couple of points and apologize for calling troll since you put some thought on this response.
>A faster processor isn't going to get you to the moon, you still need a lot of fuel and a lot of hardware.
Yes, there is work to be done, and money to raise, but this group is not afraid of that. Those faster processors don't appear overnight, and this may take as long or longer than to go from 8088 to x64, or from Linus in his basement to Ubuntu. It may not work at all, but we may just learn something about how to do it on the journey. That knowledge or the quest for it may inspire someone who can figure it out down the road.
>But I'm also realistic enough to know that open source isn't a magic wand
I have to say it has become a marketing buzzword. I think a good few of us saw that coming. It sux when a paradigm shift gets co-opted by the marketers.
>I honestly think that if you have the resources to have a legitimate shot than $7500 isn't an amount you'd bother fund-raising.
I know they would like more than $7.5k, but you have to start somewhere. That amount will get you some bandwidth and hardware that can survive the /. effect or render a decent animation.
>I hope they prove me wrong, if this effort succeeded that would be unbelievably awesome on multiple fronts.
Me too, on that we can agree. I'm glad you aren't that jaded after all.
BTW, in case you haven't figured it out I know these guys and they are the type that are worth a flame war at least. On this Paul just wanted some CAD and since its not strictly his area he went with what he knew. There were some good responses in there that may at least help him balance the engineering side vs. the art/marketing.
FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?
Seven words - Parent Never Read a Software License
I left one as an exercise for the student.
FOSS CAD and 3D Modeling Software?
Ok, I'm gonna feed the Troll on this one...
>But you don't start by landing a manned spaceship on the moon using a development model that's never >effectively been applied to large scale hardware projects.
I thought that was just what Russia and the US did in the 50's and 60's. Granted they had the budgets of their whole countries to wager on it, but that doesn't hold water as an argument either for many reasons. I'll propose one - it may be hard, but not so fantastic to think that a project like this could be done in 2010 for a couple of orders of magnitude less dollars than in 1960. If it can't then maybe we haven't learned anything from history and we are all doomed. I hope not. I could say something about "shoulders of giants" now but I think that was already somewhere on the openluna.org website.
I'm sorry you are so jaded by your open source volunteer work that you have lost all ability to dream big. Go back to your cube now and do whatever it is you do. Let the dreamers dream big, you sir are apparently not suited to it.
Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations
> I think plugging a cartridge into a SNES is harder than installing a PCI card.
If this is not hyperbole you need to learn about ESD. This is probably what fried your all-in-one's motherboard after GS worked on it. When I work inside a server I'm always wearing a strap. When I work on a customer PC I make sure I'm grounded when before I touch components out of the static bag. When I work on my machines, well admittedly sometimes I roll the dice. YMMV.
Steorn's "Free Energy" Jury Comes Back To Bite Them
Careful there! You might violate one of Scientology's patents.
Siemens, Nokia Helped Provide Iran's Censoring Tech
We know via the Bush domestic spying program and the revelations to EFF about "secret NSA rooms" in the telco switching centers, that the US has this capability on a massive scale. Link for the uninformed My comment at the time was, "Think what you could do with that equipment."
To assume the Brits or any other mostly solvent government on the planet can't do the same 7 years later is not just naive and funny, it is downright ignorant.
Think-Tank Warns of Internet "Brownouts" Starting Next Year
Windows right? That's just the spambot taking over your machine and sending out its weekly spooge.
Nothing to see here.
NSA Overstepped the Law On Wiretaps
Well I would say that it came a little later in this little thing we call the Bill of Rights:
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." - The Ninth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
But I do like the way you think! Wish I had mod points tonight.
Volunteers Recover Lunar Orbiter 1 Photographs
I read TFA but didn't find any reference to Keith doing any actual work. I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on what he actually did in this process? From my experience all Keith does is play "journalist" and stand around taking pictures on the "projects" he works on. Then he takes credit for just being there as actually "working" on the project. Anyone know? All I've ever seen Keith to do is stand around some then blog about it, maybe occasionally he makes some ad hominem attacks against something/someone he didn't personally like. Maybe I need to rethink my chosen profession.
Even Dirtier IT Jobs
Exploitation begins at home. - Unnumbered Ferengi Rule of Acquisition
Mars Desert Research Station Simulates Mars Base
Oh, you mean like in Nunavut, say on Devon Island, would that be far enough north?
Why look, they already did that: www.fmars.org
In Leaked Email, NASA Chief Vents On Shuttle Program's End
After reading the actual email I'm more impressed with Griffin than before. I think quite possibly he is the best appointment that Bush has made while in office. Now why Griffin would take such a suicide role I can't begin to fathom. He knew he wasn't going to get what he wanted, and has been saddled by an administration that won't listen to his opinions. You have to admit though, the man has balls and its good to see him thinking ahead to the next administration.