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Comment: Social networking is the Singularity (Score 1) 195

by greywire (#47909195) Attached to: The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

"one individual who would choose as his life's work the signaling, on a cosmic scale, of how he was getting along"

well, that certainly wouldn't be a problem for humans. There are already plenty of humans who make it their lifes work the signaling of how they are getting along. And if they could do it on a cosmic scale, they would.

It stands to reason that any sufficiently advanced alien race would reach a point where they invent their version of facebook. It also stands to reason that the invention of the social network is also probably the Singularity that marks the downfall of said civilization...

The Military

DARPA Funds Harvard's Soft Exoskeletal Suit 29

Posted by Soulskill
from the what-matters-is-on-the-outside dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The military and private contractors have been toying with exoskeletal combat suits for a while, but Harvard's Wyss Institute has a new take on the concept. Rather than using a hard metal frame and the massively overpowered mechanical servos necessary to move it, the Soft Exosuit is a lightweight mesh of webbing combined with a series of strain sensors and basic microprocessors. "The suit mimics the action of leg muscles and tendons when a person walks, and provides small but carefully timed assistance at the leg joints without restricting the wearer's movement." The suit continually monitors its wearer's body position, movement, and muscular strain, providing small amounts of targeted support. The team has now received $2.9 million in funding from DARPA to refine the suit's design. They say they'll be working on medical applications for the suit as well as military ones.
Transportation

For $1.5M, DeepFlight Dragon Is an "Aircraft for the Water" 76

Posted by timothy
from the ok-I-want-one dept.
Zothecula writes No one with red blood in their veins buys a sports car and hands the keys to a chauffeur, so one of the barriers to truly personal submarining has long been the need for a trained pilot, not to mention the massive logistics involved in transporting, garaging and launching the underwater craft ... until now. Pioneering underwater aviation company DeepFlight is set to show an entirely new type of personal submarine at the 2014 Monaco Yacht Show next week, launching the personal submarine era with a submersible that's reportedly so easy to pilot that it's likely to create a new niche in the tourism and rental market.

Comment: Code more.. (Score 1) 548

Code more, obsess less.

That is, just crank out more code and learn from mistakes rather than always trying to make it perfect the first time and never finishing.

Also, not to listen to people who say your idea wont work. Give it a generation or two and you'll have the speed and memory to do it.

Comment: solutiuon to non net neutrality.. (Score 4, Insightful) 364

by greywire (#47195397) Attached to: Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

Well this seems like a fine "solution" to companies that are trying to get rid of net neutrality.

What if every big content provider started popping up such messages? Let the user know directly that their content is being delivered slower because their net provider is throttling the data.

As long as the content provider can accurately determine this is happening, then what can anybody do to stop them from saying it? Verizon can huff and puff about it but if its provably true can they legally do anything to stop it?

I bet people start caring about net neutrality real fast..

Comment: The problem is parenting (Score 1) 355

by greywire (#46779795) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

This is no different than people saying TV is bad and is ruining kids (which is true to some extent if you let your kid sit in front of a TV all day) which is nothing new.

The problem is parenting.

If you let your kid spend all his time (insert "watching TV" or "using a tablet" or "playing video games" or "reading comic books" or etc etc) then you're going to have a problem.

Same thing if you let him only eat his favorite food ("mac and cheese" or "drink sodas" or etc. etc..)

Everything is about balance and variety.

My kids get a little bit of game time on the iPad, and afterwards they frequently act like a drug addict who can't get another fix. And so we explain to them, a little bit is fun, but now its time to do something else. Shortly later, they are playing lego, or kinex, or drawing, or experimenting with random crap they found around the house, or gardening, or running with the dogs, or... and with just a little guidance and interaction from mom and dad they will do most of this on their own.

The problem is not , the problem is lack of parenting.

Comment: Re:Not sure how standing up would solve anything.. (Score 2) 312

by greywire (#46779707) Attached to: Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

I agree to some extent about the 9 - 5 thing being in many ways bad.

I do exactly what you describe a few days a week.

The problem is that this makes it very hard to properly communicate with other people in your job setting. Nobody knows reliably when other people will be available, whether its for a meeting, or just to get some little bit of information. It works great if you are on a self directed task that lasts for the whole "day" and nobody needs you for anything. It sucks if you need 3 or 4 people to meet to discuss something.

I've also found that, with creator type people, they almost universally prefer larger blocks of contiguous work time in order to be efficient. So interrupting those work hours with other things reduces efficiency.

Clearly, sitting for 8 hours is not healthy. Personally, I could not possibly stand for 8 hours without my feet hurting horribly. Even 4 hours would kill me.

The ideal physical work envirionment would probably consist of a mix of walking, running, standing, squating, etc. IE, just like a human would have experienced while procuring food, defecating, mating, etc all day, in pre-civilization times (insert "evolutionary time" or "garden of eden" depending on your belief).

Thats hard to do for many lines of work these days (computer programmer, writer, artist, etc).

Comment: Distributed, cooperative method (Score 1) 273

by greywire (#46661203) Attached to: Algorithm Challenge: Burning Man Vehicle Exodus

You can't limit the exit queue by having to check for anything, even a plate's last character.

The only realistic way to do this is to have the "algorithm" parallelized and distributed among all the participants.

Instead of enforcing some kind of single point of exodus regulation, you have each individual vehicle calculate the best time for leaving.

It works like this: you watch the line. If its too long (for you) then don't get in line.

With cooperation and with the diversity of people, you could in theory then allow for some people who need to get out quickly, with the cooperation of the people who don't need to get out quickly who will cooperatively not get in line and do something else for a while.

This is probably what's already happening.

You could possibly create a mobile app that allows people to voluntarily enter the time they wish to leave, at which point the app would estimate based on past exodus statistics how long it will take to exit at that time. The wait time would change as more people entered their desired exit time. You could then change your exit time if the wait time becomes too long for you. This might create a better equilibrium than just "eyeballing the line" at the time of exodus.

Thus, its completely voluntary, and would make no negative difference to anybody not using the app (and might make things better, if anything). There's no checking cars at exodus time.

Comment: Here's an idea. (Score 3, Insightful) 323

by greywire (#46547245) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker

If you want to hire young, recently trained people so you can use them up and discard them before they hit 40, go right ahead and do so.

But don't expect any special help to further your goals.

Those people can simply move to america and become citizens if they want to work you. The whole H1-B visa thing is bullshit.

Or here's another idea. Instead of whining about the impracticality of retraining "old" tech people, why not help them keep their skills up to date while they are working?

Its called an investment! Its not just about money. Investments include your people. If you treat them right, and invest in them, you will get better results.

I'm really getting tired of the American mentality of just using up resources and discarding whats left. Its time to stop being the rugged individualists who just consume everything in their path, and start being members of a functional society that works together and supports one another in a conservationist manner.

Comment: Windows XP 2 (Score 1) 860

by greywire (#46412127) Attached to: Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Just release Windows XP 2, which is just windows xp with security fixes and the latest IE.

Guaranteed they sell more copies than windows vista, 7 and 8 combined.

Plus it comes with a gold embossed certificate that says "We're really sorry about Vista, 7 and 8. Really, really sorry, we apologise unreservedly."

Imagine the reviews: "Its so much faster than Windows 7" and "My new PC is usably fast!" and "I love that Windows now actually includes windows instead of that ugly metro UI".

Just sayin

Comment: Completely reinvent yourself (Score 1) 423

by greywire (#46401683) Attached to: RadioShack To Close 1,100 Stores
Here's an idea. F*ck all the consumer BS products that they can't compete with walmart on (cables, batteries, cell phones, etc). Fire everybody that doesn't actually know about electronics and building things. Stock the stores with awesome stuff like robotics kits and little computer boards and such. But thats not enough... Put in work benches. Turn the stores into maker-spaces. Have classes for all ages on making robots and spy devices and little computer controllers and such. Sponsor local schools that have engineering programs or create such programs. Make it so that when the next kid walks by the store in the mall his mind is blown when he sees robots and blinking lights and kids with their parents making cool shit. I never go into Radio Shack anymore. My son wouldn't even notice the store. But I guarantee if we saw THAT Radio Shack I wouldn't be able to tear him away from it and I'd probably drop some serious change there.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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