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Comment Science Fiction... (Score 3, Interesting) 124

Vernor Vinge was my networking teacher at SDSU... He mentioned an idea in passing similar to this (around 1997ish), except that in his vision, the network would be explosively formed. Imagine that you could get these nodes down to the size of a quarter. maybe it had a solar cell + battery combo. You could fire off a missle or a shell over a field of battle, a low yield explosive would disperse these nodes over some area, and would automatically create a mesh network. I still think that the idea has merit, maybe somehow install Byzantium into a tiny embedded controllers, etc...
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Submission + - Apple: Tons of hardware updates in Q2, black iMac

An anonymous reader writes: "Sources told MacScoop there is strong possibility that most or all the Mac line-ups will see a refresh by the end of June and that the company should start making its first 2007 Mac hardware announcements as soon as during March." The site also claims a black iMac is on the way.

Submission + - Superconducting heat spreader to obsolete CPU fans

vinsci writes: R&D company Novel Concepts, Inc. has announced its new IsoSkin heat spreader material that dissipates heat 20 times more effectively than copper, according to the company. The thin (down to 500 microns) IsoSkin spreaders could eventually be used to replace the outer "skin" of portable electronics, thereby eliminating the need for heat sinks and fans that cool notebooks and PCs, ExtremeTech reports.

Submission + - Chimps Observed Making Their Own Weapons

tehfrr writes: Chimpanzees living in the West African savannah have been observed fashioning deadly spears from sticks and using the hand-crafted tools to hunt small mammals — the first routine production of deadly weapons ever observed in animals other than humans. le/2007/02/22/AR2007022201007.html

Submission + - The Ten Most Frequently-Guessed Passwords

darkreadingman writes: "IT people often create their own security problems by choosing administrative passwords that are easily hacked. Here's a list of hackers' ten most frequently-guessed passwords, along with some suggestions on better ways to create and maintain strong passwords. 988&WT.svl=news1_1"

Submission + - Widgets: Are these big mini-apps over hyped?

ffdixon writes: "Today, the widget landscape resembles the Wild Wild West where every vendor wants to show the rich graphical capabilities of their platform. When installed, they all offer a large analog clocks, weather status, one or two RSS feeds, and very little substance beyond that. The result is form over function. Serence tries to buck the trend and bring simplicity back with KlipFolio 4, the personal dashboard with small Lego-like Klips. See for screenshots and download (< 1 MEG)."

Real Programs don't use shared text. Otherwise, how can they use functions for scratch space after they are finished calling them?