I think geeks are understandably outraged that the US government is spending billions writing checks to individuals instead of robots or a planetary hive-mind.
So you plan to threaten someone's life, and you're still at the funding stage?
No, that's the distinct odor of things-you'd-think-were-awesome-if-someone-else-was-doing-them.
I have no problem with this technology. It could open up many small rural communities not "worth" reaching by conventional systems, and for that I applaud it.
But even many developing countries have high population density, and a disorganized system running on a narrow frequency band will quickly run into problems of scale.
And the summary's grandiose claims that this technology could "do for mobile networks what TCP/IP and open source did for the Internet...help mobile break free from the confines of telephone providers' locked-down spectrum...democratize telecommunications around the world" are patently ridiculous.
To use the
A village in the West Papua central highlands has built their own road. Despite being made of smoothed dirt and barely wide enough for one vehicle, it meets the needs of the twenty-some villagers. Proponents of the technology claim these independent 'dirt roads' could help free transit from the grip of the heavily regulated national road networks, and may soon democratize travel around the world.
As someone who used to own a TV with rabbit ears, I claim prior art on the use of strange gestures and body positions to control devices.
Because TFS claims this could revolutionize the world by letting mobile 'break free' from restricted spectrum.
Meanwhile, back in reality, in heavily congested areas you're lucky to get a signal twenty meters using omnidirectional antennas and public spectrum. And it would be even worse if power restrictions didn't keep transmission range short.
I realize Slashdot caters to the Libertarian fringe, but the whole reason we have 'locked-down spectrum' is to avoid the tragedy of the commons scenario that occurs when devices interfere at random and everybody keeps kicking the power higher and higher trying to shout over the crowd until the spectrum is no good to anyone.
Now try it in a developed country where the open spectra are awash with millions of interfering gadgets.
Like everything else in the world, there are multiple accepted standards, nerds rage, film at 11.
The simplest explanation is that the ancestors of domestic cats were a solitary species and so a region of the brain that aids in social interaction would be an ill use of resources.
Cats are at an evolutionary disadvantage compared to other domesticated animals, which are almost all social and equipped with the biological tools for living in a pack or herd.
Perhaps if prehistoric man had been been more daring and domesticated lions instead of F. silvestris...
This study was the first to actually look for a "voice center" in a non-primate. It seems more likely a great many animals have one, much as it may disappoint exceptionalists.
I disagree. Number one on my VR priority list was the ability to get up and interact with an environment possessing entirely different geometry from the world presented to my eyes and ears. Now I'll be able to walk down the street enjoying a fully immersive game of Carmageddon.
After Commander Keen.
It seems to be a cyclical problem.
I think that happened during the seventies.
This is all leading up to a "Fuck Uranus" joke, right?