As people drive, they want to know where stuff is. For example a garage sale. I first check google-maps for garage sales and drive to them. Then I check my local newspapers' website and get their garage sales and drive to them. Shouldn't there be a way to consolidate via Geo-RSS all these GEO-sales? Google, Yahoo, Bing all have their map-ads. Its like a private street with a private garage sale. Contrast that to life today. We drive on public roads, and see signs from many vendors. Yes, the House-For-Sale sign has an agent like ReMax, but its still a public sale for all. So as Google-OS hits the street, they better watch it or craigslist might steal their thunder. I ask slashdot, whats in your crystal ball?
I run a website containing Speed Limit Signs. After four years of running it, I want to jump start it somehow. It started as a database used in a GPS-based cruise control that went flop, but eventually I started posting signs and letting others do the same. Since then it has evolved into wikispeedia.org the largest collection of boring old speed limits. There is occasional interest and I have sold snapshots for sub-$1k range which gets split out to everyone who contributes. So now I am in the business of information peddling. My governor once seemed mildly interested, but my goal has been to lessen tickets on the roads, so I don't need him as a bedmate. I have seen discussion on slashdot of who should own such information, and I think its fair that I own it. I could make a "community pledge", but what the heck is that. I don't know how to raise "open" money, and I doubt a tip-jar will work, so I am asking slashdot, what should I do?
After the disastrous DC Metro crash last week, I was wondering how would slashdot users improve on this highly automated system? They have sensors and a human at the front of the train. I am about to ride the metro in a few weeks and I am hesitant. My guess is the aging Metro needs sensor repair or computer upgrade, but I don't know what would make me feel safe again?
I recently bid on my first federal contract, to fix an $1800 circuit board. It was a one time only bid, no follow on work, just for experience. The board could be fixed or deemed too expensive to fix. First, I had to meet with 3 Dcma men who drove 1000 miles for our first meeting. They asked me when my oscilloscope was last calibrated. They asked what certifications I had. I said I have repaired scopes for Tektronix, have an MSEE, formed two startup companies, build and sold products at gpscruise, and have six patents. They denied me, said I couldn't do it. I then spoke with 5 other people including an ACO, and two PRA's whatever they are. Anyone have any experience with this? Do I first need to know the names of my congressmans' kids?
I tell my son to look at wikipedia when looking for honest answers. But wikipedia also explains porn terms with beautiful pictures, so isn't it time they create a wikipedia.nc17? Filters don't work. When I taught school I had a kid show me how repeatedly hitting an "F" key let him bypass the filters. I am surprised wikipedia doesn't have a "what would Britannica do" litmus test. Do you think most educators allow wikipedia and should they?
Camera/projector pairs are abundant. Can your slashdot reader help me build a distro which puts info/quizzes onto walls. I am asking your readers to help create this. First a name: ? Then camera software, perhaps kmando or ibm. Then a quiz generator? and maybe a coupon emailer to the winner, a high score recorder... Anyone want to do this together? I don't want to end up a single member project on slashdot...
While common gear-head products include red-light-camera locators like Speedchetah, and cop location sharing gizmos like Trapster, one Memphis company is hoping to cash in on just obeying the law. Announced at SEMA next week is the Speederaser, a simple device to mark where all the speed limit signs are located. Its linked to the open source speed limit database Wikispeedia. Once setup, your cruise will adjust to the speed limit of all things. For the dangerous minded, there is a speed-tolerance setting which goes to 11.