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The Man Who Owns the Internet

dheera Re:So the market sure is promoting innovation (369 comments)

"you're only a professional if your email address has a legitimate domain"

Side comment... fortunately, this still works for the .edu's.

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Linux-based, open source audio and lighting platform to hit market

dheera dheera writes  |  about 2 months ago

dheera (1003686) writes "Boston-based startup Belleds has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a Linux/OpenWRT-based home audio and lighting solution.

Besides using this to make your next dance party more awesome, in a vast sea of closed-source home automation hardware with varying implementations and standards, it's great to finally see some open source hardware hitting the markets which will truly let us realize a more well-integrated smart home of the future."

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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "In digitizing my CD albums to my computer for personal use on portable devices, I'm debating whether I should encode them to MP3 or Ogg format. While I support patent-free formats and have a feeling that Ogg sounds better at a given bitrate, I fear that in the long-run, Vorbis will be forgotten, especially now that very few hardware players natively support it, and that my entire collection will have to be re-digitized to MP3 or some other format too soon. What do you recommend — will Ogg Vorbis continue to hold up and will it continue to be an accessible format for, say, the next 10 years?"
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "FooPlot is a new online grapher that uses only JavaScript and the latest vector graphics support in browsers to display 2-D and 3-D graphs. It also has a point-and-click interface for finding intersections and roots of functions, permits easy scrolling, and allows plots to be easily accessed from the URL itself (for example, http://fooplot.com/cos(x)). With a lot of mathematics packages either expensive or difficult to use, this website offers an attractive alternative for educators and students needing a quick plot of any function."
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "Many of us have seen images of credit cards or statements online where information is blurred to hide sensitive information. I describe in an article why this is a bad idea and how it can be attacked in a method similar to a dictionary attack on a Unix password file."
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "Saddam Hussein's video has circulated through online video sharing sites including Google, YouTube, and Revver. While this was entirely expected of the internet community, it reminds us that the times are gone of media supression of actual content that is potentially perceived as graphic or gory, and of how such video sharing sites have now enabled such information to reach the public uncensored.

From the article: "While mainstream media avoided showing the whole clip, there's really no way to suppress user-generated videos on the web — the second they hit video sharing sites, they're saved to thousands of computers, meaning that they'll still be around even if these sites decide the clips are too gory for public consumption.""
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "A poll conducted by the Scripps News Service claims that one-third of Americans believe that the government permitted the 9/11 attacks on New York. The article describes the questioning of the government's honesty by the 9/11 Truth Movement, citing that the real danger of the movement is that "it will discredit and deform the salutary skepticism Americans increasingly show toward their leaders.""
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "A Dutch study shows that city birds vary their songs more than their natural counterparts. The team of reasearchers from the University of Leiden has studied birds in ten cities including London, Paris, Amsterdam, and Prague, and concluded that the city birds "have adapted to counter background noise and increase their chances of finding a mate.""
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "A recent study shows that premature babies may be able to feel pain, contrary to previously held beliefs by doctors. From the article: [Marco Bartocci]'s studies "using infrared spectroscopy ... show that pain signals from a pin prick are processed in the cerebral cortex of premature babies in the same way as in adults.""
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "Scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory claim it is possible to train bees to sniff out explosives for potential uses in combatting terrorism. USA Today explains: "From the outside, a bee bomb-detection unit in practice would look like a plain box with a few air holes, perhaps stationed outside an airplane entrance ramp or train platform. Strapped into straw-like tubes within the box, a sensing device already manufactured by the British firm Inscentinel Ltd., rows of bees would be exposed to puffs of air, constantly checking for faint bomb smells. A video camera tied to pattern-recognition software would signal when the bees suddenly start waving their proboscises in unison.""
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dheera dheera writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dheera writes "As of 26-October-2006 around 21:40 EST, major domain registrar and DNS provider register.com appears to be down. Any website that uses register.com's nameservers is currently failing unless you have a DNS cache."
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dheera dheera writes  |  about 8 years ago

dheera writes "Simmons Hall, an architecturally famous residence hall at MIT (designed by Steven Holl and opened in 2002) just completed a 2-story high 6x6 matrix of blue Luxeon LED's (possibly the brightest commercially available), turning the windows into single pixels. This home-made project, funded by a budget used to welcome freshmen to campus, enables the dorm to scroll text that can be seen from most of the west side of MIT's campus. See http://dheera.net/projects/simdisplay.php for details and plans on how this low-budget (under $150) display was built."

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