way2trivial writes "Many science fiction stories (Daniel Keys Moran anyone?) include the idea of wireheads/the ability to apply electricity directly to the brain in order to produce a unbeatable high...
It's here... ever been jealous of a mouse? Who could possibly resist, once it was implanted? perfect substance abuse-- dial it up to eleven.....
"Researchers from the University of Illinois and University of Washington have developed a wireless implant that uses LEDs thinner than a human hair to produce light, stimulating their test subjects to create dopamine, "" Link to Original Source top
Cable Kettle to Network coglomerate Pot, you're black!
way2trivial writes "This is cool, Bosch is using zeolite to reduce the energy consumption of some washing machines by having it generate heat at the end of the wash cycle, then takes the water back out for the next cycle by heating it. Better living through chemistry indeed!
It makes me wonder that I never considered; disposable handwarmers~ can I recycle them by overheating them dry??" Link to Original Source top
Criminals to be sprayed with DNA-- no, it's not what you are thinking
way2trivial writes ""Locard's principle holds that the perpetrator of a crime will bring something into the crime scene and leave with something from it, and that both can be used as forensic evidence" (quoth wikipedia)
Now a startup is installing a security system to spray hold up thieves with a combination of UV dyes and DNA to conclusively prove someone was present at the scene of a crime at some McDonalds in Australia..
"a system that sprays a “non-toxic solution with DNA Code” on would-be thieves on their way out the door of the fast-food outlets."
I find the claim that "With the installation of this high-technology security system, SelectaDNA says it will cut theft and burglaries significantly."
Why? because they'll nab someone who would have done it again? Personally I'm thinking hold-ups will still occur, this'll just help with the conviction, not prevention...." Link to Original Source top
way2trivial writes "Apparently google docs will no longer be free for small employers either.. $50.00 per seat per year, same as enterprise clients had been paying apparently." Link to Original Source top
Microsoft Warns Of Looming Digital Certificate Deadline
way2trivial writes ""That warning comes as Microsoft prepares to release an automatic security update for Windows on Oct. 9, 2012, that will make longer key lengths mandatory for all digital certificates that touch Windows systems."
" Internet Explorer won't be able to access any website secured using an RSA digital certificate with a key length of less than 1,024 bits"
"ActiveX controls might be blocked, users might not be able to install applications, and Outlook 2010 won't be able to encrypt or digitally sign emails, or communicate with an Exchange server for SSL/TLS communications."" Link to Original Source top
way2trivial writes "Your Government needs you- they'd like to ask what technology they should be advancing. "In February 2010, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council released a "Request for Information" to collect input from the public regarding the grand challenges identified in the President's innovation strategy, other possible grand challenges, and the partners (e.g. companies, universities, non-profit organizations) that would need to collaboration to achieve these ambitious goals. The deadline for responses is Thursday, April 15th."
way2trivial writes "According to the Wisconsin department of corrections, D&D is not to be allowed within cells because it "promotes fantasy role playing, competitive hostility, violence, addictive escape behaviors, and possible gambling,"
Yikes.. the policy has since been further expanded to block all fantasy games- I wonder if that includes fap races?" Link to Original Source top
The question I've been unable to answer for myself is- why not make every individual transaction a secure chunk?? Public key cryptography should enable the possibility of ALL the individual account data to be unreadable from the point of leaving my terminal until it hits the issuing bank. If my credit card terminal contained for each of the the six digit issuer identification numbers (IIN) a public key- why not wrap up the entire rest of the transaction in a public cypher-- send it to my processor- who sends that encrypted packet to the issuing bank, who decodes and sends back an approval with a re-encrypted proof of same... the only thing my processor needs to get paid and pay me is my merchant #, the 6 digit bank that I sent it to, and the dollar amount I ultimately expect to be paid on-- when the reply comes back- my processor knows if it was approved. Any individual interception en route or stored by individual merchants electronically is useless.
The only potential flaw I can think of on my own- is that perhaps as all the original clear messages are of fixed length and format- it may prove easier to decode than a usual message. I don't know enough about the depths of public key methods to know if that simplifies breaking the private keys- but even if so a very long key may solve that.
way2trivial writes "I run a small 4 story business- I'm going to decorate the exterior of building for Halloween-- and I've decided on a spider them-- big inflatable spiders..
I'm going to use manilla rope for the spokes, and some not 'cheap' garland for the web around the spokes.. I've poked around, I'm looking for a formula to compute the length of a spiderweb
(a decreasing coil) Any math folks wanna give me a hand?
First and foremost- I'm looking for someone to give me some math I can use to compute the amount of 'festooning' I need for a web that will be roughly 300ft long, and 50 ft high...
Second, I'm asking if anyone has any experience building such a thing so very large-- the rope I'm using is plain manilla 3/8's, ther festooning I've found has an apparent width of about 4"- and I'm wanting people to see this thing from the street-- about 80-100 feet away.. I'm sticking 5 constantly inflating 8' spiders on it...
I'm doing this early, so I can do it right..--- anyone have feedback?
PS-- Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau have made my personal research really painful through their use of arachnid terminology, now so pervasive throughout the internet-- I realize it wasn't personal~ but my god-- anyone doing arachnology must really suffer..." Link to Original Source top
way2trivial writes "Fathom and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios are proud to present WarGames back on the big screen after 25 years. Don't miss this one-night-only event in select movie theatres nationwide on Thursday, July 24th at 7:30PM (local).
The event will include never-before-seen interviews with cast and crew on how the movie was ahead of its time and its relevance today. Additionally, only at this one night event, get a sneak peek at the making of the sequel — WarGames: The Dead Code.
http://fathomevents.com/details.aspx?eventid=724" Link to Original Source top
way2trivial writes "'ccording news.com "The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings — or face fines of up to $300,000.
That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels,"
crap! first offenses start at 300k!
and they are ramming it through- it's for the children!" top
way2trivial writes "A lot of slashdotters say the reason music sales are off is the content.. it appears so too believe the music producers (at least some of them) in todays NY times magazine, an article with a lot of interesting attributions and commentary that the content of todays music is the problem.
Please Don't Ask writes "I need advice. I have been encouraged by the topics covered in the past, I believe the/.'ers can produce gems on any subject.
I am going to remain of neccesity ambigious and anonymous.
I have invested over a decade of my life at the same small business, and I love it.
It is changing, and it is given me a wonderful financial opportnuity, and I can see this being the launch point of serious lifelong financial success, and it could easily lead to me being involved in this small business for the rest of my decades.
it is going from single owner to effectively a small corporation with about 30-90 shareholders, with a specialist filling in for the single owner to oversee the 'flip'
I will become the lead agent/representative for the corporation.
now 2 years into the project, which may take 3-5 more, as I am perusing the reams of contracts under which the corporation was offered, and there are some contractual (template?) clauses that if noticed/enforced, would increase the costs of the single owner, but as it stands, the new corporate members are shouldering the costs...
I just noticed this, and advised the specialist, whose reply boils down to 'shush'
this is something I have to decide what to do about it, as it will affect (as planned so far) my entire life.
contractually, I am currently beholden to perform the instructions of the specialist.
in two years, I expect to be bound to the shareholders.
now/. how would you solve this issue or where do you go to find an 'ethics advisor' (I'd be happy to shell out a few hundered dollars in professional consult-if I was not afraid it was being wasted) to whom I could provide all the explicit story details and items, and get advice from someone who knows the whole ball of wax confidentially.
the stress of what to do here is killing me where do you go for business advice-when the efforts of your whole life to date (and its reward) is on the line?" top
I'm reading a story via yahoo news that says microsoft will be selling to dell linux server certificates. Part of it is a concise paragraph that encapsulates the differences in FOSS and closed IP company methods. Because it's available for free, Novell primarily relies on fees for customer support to make money off its Linux software. By comparison, Microsoft makes most of its money from sales of its proprietary software, but it has come under increasing pressure to loosen up.
and I can't help but wonder, will we ever reach the day where you insert the removable media of choice install the o/s, and similar to the claims of a certain fruit logo company it will "just work" not 99% of the time, not 99.99%, but it will just work 100%.
To where every failure will only be considered as a hardware component failure... because it can't be software, the software will be too good. The O/S will be able to recognize 100% of the hardware, because it will be written correctly, there will be enough renditions and versions and evolutions of the open source o/s that it doesn't need any more to work cross all existing and future hardware configurations. Hardware will have standards built in identifying to the o/s what resources and capacities and elements it has on installation. A video card will tell the o/s enough about itself that it will just work..
It won't require patches, it won't require configuration, (appearance preferences.. what's your wallpaper going to be) it will just work.
Will we ever see the day- and if so, what happens to FOSS programming then.. just a labor of love?