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Comment: Adding Value with WebRTC (Score 1) 89

by psema4 (#45124797) Attached to: JavaScript-Based OpenRISC Emulator Can Run Linux, GCC, Wayland

Under the name of Atomic OS, I've been playing around with related ideas (on and off) for nearly a decade now.

Although I have a number of others, my primary suggestion would be to add WebRTC-based network devices in jor1k or JS/Linux. This would allow SPAs (Single Page Applications) to provide an interface into new censorship-resistant networks.

Yes it's putting tubes in your tubes but I think it'll happen and likely sooner than you think. There's at least one project out there (name withheld by request of the projects' author, will go into beta soon) that I suspect will usher in a new era of web-based computing.

+ - The iPad Can't Hold a TI-83 Plus' Jockstrap 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: Writing in The Atlantic, Phil Nichols makes a convincing case for why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. Just messing around with TI-BASIC on a TI-83 Plus, Nichols recalls, 'helped me cultivate many of the overt and discrete habits of mind necessary for autonomous, self-directed learning.' So, with all those fancy iPads at their schools, today's kids must really be programming up a storm, right? Wrong. Nichols, who's currently pursuing a PhD in education, laments, "The iPad is among the recent panaceas being peddled to schools, but like those that came before, its ostensibly subversive shell houses a fairly conventional approach to learning. Where Texas Instruments graphing calculators include a programming framework accessible even to amateurs, writing code for an iPad is restricted to those who purchase an Apple developer account, create programs that align with Apple standards, and submit their finished products for Apple's approval prior to distribution."

+ - Will Robots Replace Rent-a-Cops?->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey writes: Now, an EU-funded, £7.2 million ($11 million USD) collaborative project, called Strands, is underway in England to develop 4D, artificial intelligence for security and care applications. It aims to produce intelligent robo-sentinels that can patrol areas, and learn to detect abnormalities in human behavior. Could their project eventually replace security guards with robots? It looks possible.

Strands, as Nick Hawes of the University of Birmingham said, will "develop novel approaches to extract spatio-temporal structure from sensor data gathered during months of autonomous operation," to develop intelligence that can then "exploit [those] structures to yield adaptive behavior in highly demanding, real-world security and care scenarios."

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+ - Mexican Village Creates Its Own Mobile Phone Service->

Submitted by Dave_Minsky
Dave_Minsky writes: The small indigenous village of Villa Talea de Castro (pop. 2,500) in the state of Oaxaca is showing the world that it doesn't have to rely on major cellular telecommunications providers for service.

With the help from indigenous groups, civil organizations and universities, village residents put up an antenna on a rooftop, installed radio and computer equipment, and created its own micro provider called Red Celular de Talea (RCT).

Service costs only 15 pesos ($1.2) per month and a few pennies per minute to make calls to the United States. However, there is one catch: calls are limited to a maximum of five minutes to prevent saturation of lines.

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+ - Indian Government to ban use of US email services for official communications->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec writes: The Government of India is planning to ban the use of US based email services like Gmail for official communications and is soon going to send out a formal notification to it half a million officials across the country asking them to use official email addresses and services provided by National Informatics Centre. The move is intended to increase the security of confidential government data and information and protect it from overseas surveillance.
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Comment: Re:It was a myth (Score 1) 986

by psema4 (#44618983) Attached to: Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

It's like talking about Americans when actually talking about people from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Canada because thay all live on continents with "America" in the name.

Surely the US Senate should be able to get it right, right?

Oh. Right.


+ - Apple Patents Crowdsourced P2P Mobile Banking->

Submitted by psema4
psema4 writes: Techcrunch has a story today on an Apple Patent application "that ventures a little farther afield than most, and describes a mobile banking concept that is truly innovative, which could essentially turn iTunes into a micro-lending bank."

What's particularly interesting (and depressing!) is that standards bodies working on developing protocols in this space can't discuss the patent online without serious risk.

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+ - RIANZ: Downloading P2P Software Proof of Wrongdoing->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds writes: Yesterday, a tribunal enforcing the three strikes law in New Zealand fined its first file-sharer. Today, Freezenet is providing a followup by pointing to a radio interview where the director of RIANZ said that the mere act of downloading a file-sharing program is proof of wrongdoing and that no one downloads copyrighted material without knowing that it's illegal.
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Comment: Re:Quick, who can we blame? (Score 1) 97

by psema4 (#41873291) Attached to: Canadian Island's Historic Hot Springs Dry Up After Earthquake

The thing is, if you blame Harper and the Conservatives for something - they are likely guilty of it :P

After receiving a (seismic v2) encoded message from God, the Conservatives went and drained these springs to convince the public. The need to privatize our hot springs is most pressing! Sell before they loose too much value!


+ - In the new Canada, the web browses you->

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psema4 writes: "FTA: "This fall, legislatures in both Canada and the U.S. are set to vote on bills that would force private Internet service providers (ISPs) to store information about their customers, in order to allow the government to spy on its citizens."

The most disturbing part to my mind is that, in Canada "The so-called 'lawful access' legislation would force ISPs to disclose customer information to the government on demand and without obtaining a warrant."

The "West" is increasingly becoming the very thing our forefathers fought to protect us from — for our own safety, of course."

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