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The ARPANET Dialogues » Blog Archive » Vol. IV - 3 views

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    Arpanet trolling from 1976. May even contain the original LOL. 
Ståle Brokvam

Americans Elect 2012 - 1 views

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    An initiative that aims to use the wiki model to "nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters" in the USA. An ambitious project, but not without critics: http://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2011/07/26/the-problem-with-americans-elect-2012/ lists some reservations.
Ståle Brokvam

Secrets of the little blue box - 0 views

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    The 1971 article about phone hacking that inspired Steve Jobs.
Ståle Brokvam

Vermont uses draft horse to lay cable for Internet access - 2 views

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    Surprising, but very efficient, low-tech approach to providing broadband for all.
Ståle Brokvam

DIY wireless Internet access in the developing world - 1 views

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    "like the "telephone" of your youth and the best MacGyver episode ever, all rolled up into one."
laila-hass

Smart Dust - Computerworld - 2 views

  • Smart dust" devices are tiny wireless microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) that can detect everything from light to vibrations. Thanks to recent breakthroughs in silicon and fabrication techniques, these "motes" could eventually be the size of a grain of sand, though each would contain sensors, computing circuits, bidirectional wireless communications technology and a power supply. Motes would gather scads of data, run computations and communicate that information using two-way band radio between motes at distances approaching 1,000 feet.
  • The goal for researchers is to get these chips down to 1mm on a side. Current motes are about 5mm, says Kristofer Pister, professor of electrical engineering at UC Berkeley, who's been working with smart dust since 1997.
  • The cost of motes has been dropping steadily. Prices range from $50 to $100 each today, and Pister anticipates that they will fall to $1 within five years.
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    "Smart dust" devices are tiny wireless microelectromechanical sensors (MEMS) that can detect everything from light to vibrations."
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    This is a great article and the smart dust devices have the potential to impact of so many industries and sectors of society. Thanks for sharing.
Ståle Brokvam

System Administrator Appreciation Day - 2 views

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    What does a sysadmin do? Well, let a sysadmin explain...
Ståle Brokvam

EMI - Computer generated music - 2 views

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    Collection of music "composed" by EMI (Experiments in Musical Intelligence)

    At http://www.radiolab.org/2007/sep/24/musical-dna/ there is also an Interview with David Cope, who's created a software that analyzes the works of famous composes and then composes new pieces in a very similar style. (ToK: is this art? Why (not)?)
samaraad

Google beats Egypt net blackout with voice tweets | News | PC Pro - 2 views

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    According to this Guardian article, it seems the automatic speech-to-text-to-tweet feature was dropped for some reason and instead a team of people transcribe/translate into English and manually post with the #egypt hashtag. http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/feb/01/google-twitter-egypt?INTCMP=SRCH
samaraad

BBC News - Facebook u-turns on phone and address data sharing - 1 views

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    "Facebook appears to have u-turned on plans to allow external websites to see
    users' addresses and mobile phone numbers"
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