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Comment: Already Done before - 1998 (Score 1) 258

by birukun (#47800391) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

http://www.lasvegassun.com/new...

"(1998) Beginning in June, the Energy Department plans to haul nuclear waste from 41 foreign countries by rail through California, Nevada, Utah and Idaho for temporary storage at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory. Plans call for the shipments to begin in Concord, Calif."

At least it was protested against, any bets the trips went as scheduled maybe a little later?

A little more Google-fu and you can read about all the nuclear WAHEADS being TRUCKED around the U.S.
http://www.thegovernmentrag.co...

Comment: Wanting to know hot stuff worked (Score 4, Interesting) 153

by birukun (#47133037) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

How did I start?

Age 6 - taking apart any old electronics. old radios, walkie talkies, whatever
Age 11 - Commodore 64 and IBM PC XT comes to the house
Age 12 - learn how to solder, mostly unsoldering components from old electronics
Age 14 - Introduced to Borland C
Age 16 - CB and dabbled in HAM
Age 18 - College for Comp Engineering, only to fail out after spending every hour in computer lab instead of class (uudecode anyone?)
Age 20 - US Navy working on 60s era computers
Age 24 - First Net admin job migrating from Novell to WinNT + First home PC of my own! .....computers ever since along with car repairs, etc
Today - job in cybersecurity doing all kinds of different stuff, with side projects in the Internet of Things related to security

What makes a good hacker today?
Same thing as always, the desire to not just have technology, but the desire to know how it works!

Comment: Support Mesh Networking (Score 1) 331

by birukun (#40023323) Attached to: Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

My dream - someday to walk around as my mobile phone is making IP-based calls and getting passed from WLAN to WLAN.

I was wondering when Google was going to buy up some fiber and a frequency space (or maybe use >3Ghz which is currently unlicensed) to support their own infrastructure for Android devices.

I am patenting this post. LOL

Comment: California Gun Laws have been hacked (Score 2) 115

by birukun (#39795865) Attached to: Hacking the Law

Check out www.calguns.net for a description of a gun law hack in California.

Want to own an AR-15 series rifle in California? You can, thanks to the work of some online collaboration and combination of laws.

In a nutshell, the definition of 'detachable magazine' combined with the poorly written assault weapons law, some case law and testimony from the California Dept of Justice Firearms folks resulted in a movement for building AR series rifles legally in California with all the goodies like pistol grips, etc.

Same principles applied for importation of handguns not on the 'safe' list - import it as a single shot weapon, then repair it so it is back to a semi-auto configuration.

The Courts

After Online Defamation Suit, Dismissal of Malicious Prosecution Claim Upheld 267

Posted by timothy
from the that's-a-shame dept.
Christoph writes "I'm the Slashdot user who was sued for defamation (and six other claims) by a corporation over negative statements on my website. I prevailed (pro-se) in 2008. The court found the other side forged evidence and lied. In 2009, I sued the other party's lawyers for malicious prosecution/abuse of process (the corporation itself is dissolved/broke). One defendant had stated in writing their client was lying, but the trial court dismissed my claim for lack of evidence. I appealed, and this Tuesday the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal, completely ignoring the defendant's written admission (and other evidence). They further found it was not an abuse of process to sue to 'stop the publication of negative information and opinion.'"
Emulation (Games)

A JavaScript Gameboy Emulator, Detailed In 8 Parts 62

Posted by timothy
from the behind-the-scenes dept.
Two9A writes "JavaScript has shed its image of being a limited language, tied to DOM manipulation in a browser; in recent years, new engines and frameworks have given JS a reputation as a language capable of bigger things. Mix this in with the new elements of HTML5, and you have the capacity to emulate a game console or other system, with full graphical output. This series of articles looks in detail at how an emulator is written in JavaScript, using the example of the Gameboy handheld: starting at the CPU, and (as of part 8) running a copy of Tetris."
Australia

Aussie Research Company Brings Wi-Fi To TV Antenna 74

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the humdrums-and-spectrums dept.
joshgnosis writes "The CSIRO has unveiled new technology that could bring internet to people in rural or remote parts of Australia using their existing TV antennas. Analog TV signal is set to be switched off in 2013 but this technology could see the spectrum used to deliver internet straight into people's homes through their TV antenna. Gartner expert Robin Simpson told ZDNet Australia that this would make it much easier for companies to get new customers. 'What appeals to me about it is that it re-uses existing infrastructure, all of the competing wireless technologies tend to use high frequencies and therefore require new base stations, new spectrum and new receiving antenna infrastructure as well,' he said. 'The fact that they're re-using the analog TV stuff gives them a much easier market entry strategy.'"
Iphone

Flash Comes To the iPhone Via App 182

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the doesn't-seem-very-convenient dept.
An anonymous reader writes "While the HTML5 and Flash standard debate rages, Apple, a major promoter of HTML5, has allowed its iOS devices to run Flash videos. Apple has given approval to an app developed by Skyfire that translates Flash code into HTML5. According to CNN, when a user clicks on a Flash video the Skyfire app downloads the Flash video on Skyfire's server where the video is decoded and then encoded in HTML5 and is delivered to an iOS device. The app is embedded in the Safari browser."
Displays

Gigabit Wireless Will Link Smartphones To TVs 75

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the radiating-your-junk dept.
judgecorp writes "More progress for WiGig, the proposal for 3Gbps wireless links on 60GHz radio waves. The WiGig group has signed a deal with VESA, the display standards group, to include WiGig as a fast wireless option in VESA's DisplayPort standard. As well as letting you use a TV as a display for your phone, without having to connect a cable, it will also make synching and file transfer quicker."
United States

An Anonymous, Verifiable E-Voting Tech 236

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-didn't-see-what-you-did-there dept.
Kilrah_il writes "After the recent news items about the obstacles facing E-voting systems, many of us feel it is not yet time for this technology. A recent TED talk by David Bismark unveiled a proposal for a new E-voting technology that is both anonymous and verifiable. I am not a cryptography expert, but it does seem interesting and possibly doable."
Technology

With the Jack PC, the Computer's In the Wall! 119

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the that's-pretty-sweet dept.
cylonlover writes "The Jack PC from Chip PC Technologies offers a neat and novel thin-client desktop computing solution where the computer doesn't just plug into the wall, it is the plug in the wall. Running on power provided by the ethernet cable that also connects it to the data center server, the computer-in-a-wall-socket supports wireless connectivity, has dual display capabilities and runs on the RISC processor architecture."

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