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Comment: Dean Kamen - Luke (Score 5, Informative) 173

by iiii (#43669879) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Would You Look For In a Prosthetic Hand?
Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has been working on much more functional prosthetics. He named his bionic arm "Luke", an obvious reference we can all appreciate. Demos of it look pretty amazing. Here's the official page for it: Also google "Kamen Luke Arm" and you find lots of pix, vids and articles about it.

Comment: Re:As a contractor (Score 2) 292

by iiii (#43218107) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To (or How NOT To) Train Your Job Replacement?

Parent post is well stated.

There really is no benefit to becoming adversarial or doing anything to undermine the future success of the project. And there are many possible down sides, including your rep within that company and your broader rep.

Continue to provide them the best value you can. It sounds like right now that value might be to advise them on the level of complexity of their codebase and the level of talent and experience needed to maintain and continue development on it. Even if that doesn't change their minds, you are on record with your attempts to help them steer a better course. And then, whatever their decision, do the best you can to transition knowledge and prepare the new guy for success.

If you leave with them knowing that you did everything you could to help them make good decisions, and you did everything you could to help them be successful given the decisions that they made, they'll be much more likely to call you for the next project. Or maybe the CTO will call you when he finds a challenging project at his next company. If you help people out, even when there is no angle for you, and create a history of doing this, you'll find that people want to work with you and there are more opportunities coming your way.

If you burn these guys, and do it again somewhere else, and create a history of that, you'll eventually find that people don't want to work with you.

Building a good rep and a network of people who recognize your value and enjoy working with you is a long-term investment worth making.


+ - Delaware prof's new techniques bring access to 30-100GHz spectrum-> 1

Submitted by iiii
iiii (541004) writes "University of Delaware prof Dennis Prather, author of many highly cited papers, recently published in Nature Photonics (abstract, full article paywalled) about new techniques that enable communications in the relatively untapped 30-100Ghz spectrum. “The ability to harness the capacity of a spectrum at higher frequencies is huge – no one is saying ‘give me a slower network.’ We’re the first to do it at this frequency, with this kind of fidelity, in this particular way,” said Prather, who is working to patent the concept. Prather has received $1.6 million in new funding to take the technology to the nanoscale."
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+ - NIST asks for help in building cybersecurity framework->

Submitted by
Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace writes "NIST to build cybersecurity framework, with your help

The Cybersecurity Framework will be a set of voluntary standards and best practices to guide industry in reducing cyber risks to the networks and computers that support critical infrastructure vital to the nation's economy, security and daily life, according to the NIST announcement published in the Federal Register .

The first meeting will be held April 3 at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. Registration information is available here.

If you have concerns about cybersecuirty or privacy, I urge you to participate in these discussions."
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Comment: Re:It's a race... (Score 4, Interesting) 813

by iiii (#42878827) Attached to: Missouri Legislation Redefines Science, Pushes Intelligent Design
That's really an excellent point that I had not considered. It would certainly be possible to build a curriculum that is completely in compliance with these laws, but that uses the presentation of Intelligent Design as a counterexample to show what science is *not*. You could teach the scientific method and the work that led up to our current understanding of evolution, including the abundant evidence supporting it and the hypotheses that have been shown to be true. Then teach a unit on logical fallacies, manipulation, rhetorical trickery, superstition and cult psychology. Then use what you have learned to examine the scientific merit of Intelligent Design. Fuck, I just convinced myself that we *should* be teaching ID!! And teaching it well, so people understand exactly what it is, what the claims are, what evidence exists (or doesn't) to support those claims, how the message is carefully crafted for specific effect, and how the whole thing relates and compares to actual scientific work. Once we have this curriculum ready, any time some idiotic state passes a law like this schools in that jurisdiction would be able to turn to it to maintain their standards. Make it so!
The Almighty Buck

Slashdot Story Helps Raise $43,200 For the FreeBSD Foundation In Three Days 84

Posted by samzenpus
from the not-done-yet dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The FreeBSD Foundation has posted blog article article talking about the remarkable surge in donations they've received in the last three days following a recent Slashdot article reporting on weak fundraising this year. Deb Goodkin reports that the FreeBSD Foundation, as with many non-profits, receives more than 50% of its annual funds at the end of the US tax year, but that the Foundation has never seen this rate of donations before, and will hit a new record for unique donors this year. She comments that it was Slashdot readers that made the difference! She does, however, appeal for further donations noting that they have a long way to go on their full goal."

Comment: Faster? (Score 2) 71

by iiii (#42244775) Attached to: IBM Creates Commercially Viable, Electronic-Photonic Integrated Chip

...thousands of times faster than current state-of-the-art copper and optical networks...

Nope. Electrons and photons still moving at the speed of light, which is relatively constant. (c what I did there?!?)

Ok, mostly I'm just being a smart ass. This may improve throughput and/or latency. But our chips are running into constraints due to the fact that the electrons can only go so far in on clock cycle. The stuff is cool, but it's not going to fix those problems.

Comment: Re:This is going to get very messy (Score 1) 401

by iiii (#41939295) Attached to: CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns, Citing Affair

Maybe. But most of the time they don't prosecute things like this, even though they are technically in violation. This is high profile enough that it might get a different response. My bet, though, is that they let him slip into retirement as quietly as possible.

FWIW, this is what she looks like:

Comment: Re:Will this support the right to record police? (Score 1) 420

by iiii (#41836491) Attached to: Federal Judge Approves Warrantless, Covert Video Surveillance
Yes, some people are trying to do that. That's the point. The way to fight it is to get some solid legal precedents established that clearly state that citizens have the right to record in public, including police doing their duty. Any decision that establishes that right or builds towards it helps. And this one might be a building block that helps the case.

Comment: Re:Could be a honeypot (Score 1) 157

by iiii (#41833565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is TSA's PreCheck System Easy To Game?

Committees have become so important nowadays that subcommittees have to be appointed to do the work.