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Comment: Radio is the best option for disaster preparedness (Score 1) 582

by Eosha (#45562437) Attached to: The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

Eh. POTS may be slightly less vulnerable to system failure than cellular, but not much. And you're depending on physical wire which is more susceptible to damage. If you're really concerned about emergency communication capability, radio is the only way to go. No centralized ANYTHING, no infrastructure of any kind, and (with a bit of forethought) can work indefinitely, entirely off the grid. Go get your ham radio license.

Comment: New product, but not a new concept (Score 1) 89

by Eosha (#44650543) Attached to: Makerbot Desktop 3D Scanner Goes On Sale

Various forms of 3D scanners, using either light or physical probes, have been around for decades. It was a natural and simple extension of CNC technology, replacing the cutting head with a touch sensor. This product might be cheaper, or more user-friendly, or faster, but its capability is not revolutionary.


Breaking the Squid Barrier 126

Posted by timothy
from the calimari-for-the-5000 dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Steve O'Shea of Auckland, New Zealand is attempting to break the record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, with the goal of being able to raise a giant squid one day. Right now, he's raising the broad squid, sepioteuthis australis, from egg masses found in seaweed. This is a lot harder than it sounds, because the squid he's studying grow rapidly and eat only live prey, making it hard for them to keep the squid from becoming prey themselves. If his research works out, you might one day be able to visit an aquarium and see giant squid."

Comment: It's not a question of open or closed. (Score 1) 123

by Eosha (#30382120) Attached to: A Critical Look At Open Licensing For Hardware

The critical moment is when something is offered for sale. If I build an open design car for my own use, and it fails miserably, it's my own dumb fault. However, as soon as I sell that car to someone else, I am warranting it to be a saleable product, which carries a number of legal implications. To a greater or lesser degree, I am liable for its performance.

The underlying problem isn't "open" or "closed" design, it's that when you sell something you're liable for it. To be willing to sell something, companies need to do a lot of work to ensure that the product is safe, in many cases far more work than creating the product in the first place. That being the case, there is little financial motive for openness and a large financial motive for keeping it proprietary.


+ - Web-based eBook reader?

Submitted by
Eosha writes "I have a massive collection of eBook files, but I don't have a portable reader. I can read the text files on my website, but that doesn't provide the features of a reader, such as bookmarking and indexing. I want to be able to access the eBook from home and work, so a desktop app doesn't work either. Do you know of:

1) A website where I can upload a eBook file and read it (with bookmarks, etc.)?
2) A server I can host on my own website to accomplish the same thing?"
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SPAM: Group that advocated "President-for-Life" linked to Bush 15

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

Group that advocated Bush become "President-for-Life" linked to Bush Administration itself

Posted by ck4829 on Mon Aug-13-07 01:38 AM

You can't find the story now, they removed it after DU'ers, and other people possibly, exposed the story a little group called Family Security Matters was running.

But, just because they removed it, that doesn't mean it doesn't exist anymore.


+ - Secret Chinese Nuclear Sub. Images found on Google->

Submitted by another tom
another tom (1115419) writes "The first public images of a new Chinese nuclear-powered submarine has been found on Google Maps. From site:
"A commercial satellite image appears to have captured China's new nuclear ballistic missile submarine. The new class, known as the Jin-class or Type 094, is expected to replace the unsuccessful Xia-class (Type 092) of a single boat built in the early 1980s.
The new submarine was photographed by the commercial Quickbird satellite in late 2006 and the image is freely available on the Google Earth web site."

Interesting that Google continues to do its own thing without oversight or censorship from government authorities. Will it ever be legislated that they will have to censor or pass through governments content gathered for things such as Google maps? What other interesting things would you like to see found?"

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