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Submission + - The city is planning to shut down Hacker Dojo (mv-voice.com)

John Sokol writes: "The Hacker Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
    Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

Submission + - The city of Mountain View is planning to shut down (mv-voice.com) 1

John Sokol writes: "The Hacked Dojo has become the hub of activity for the tech community in Silicon Valley. If you visit, it is a place full of entrepreneurial people working hard on their startups. In the Evenings it full of club meetings (like BAFUG, The Bay Area FreeBSD Users Group, and HTML5 developers) and lectures that are often frequented by successful entrepreneurs and VC.

Well I just learned they may be shut down by the City Tomorrow.

From a chat a few minutes ago -
  Matthew: Okay. There's not a lot of time since tomorrow is the popular closure date."

Submission + - We need a new model. (occupyinside.org)

John Sokol writes: "We need a new model. Treating intangibles as a service makes far more sense then placing the intangible on something tangible. With a bar code, or now days RF id. Then try to then charge for it as it it were a bar of soap or a bag of pretzels. That worked really well, ahuu for a while, maybe 80 years. Right until people started to gain tools work with the intangibles. So they thought they could fix it with laws, technical hacks, lawyers and finally police.

The Internet's created such apprehension for those in power and control the purveyance of intangibles.
It's up to us to re-invent, re-educate and forge new solutions or there only be further escalations.

I was thinking of compensation right instead of copyright. As much as I love FOSS and P2P, You need to be able pay if you want talented people. We weren't all born rich, or willing to live in abject poverty to hack code. Been there done that, not fun after a while.
Does anyone have any ideas or opinions?"

Comment 3DTV.com (Score 0) 125

I friend of mine (former CEO of a startup I founded) asked me to write one.

He called and kept offering more each time. I actually spent some time investigating this and decided that it was a good way to give my self a stroke.

It's hard enough implementing and getting things right when you know what to do, with 2D to 3D there isn't even a clear algorithmic method to use, few papers and no examples of a good automated conversion. DDD seems about the best.

I must admit I've seen some decent human with software assist do a surprising good job but even that isn't nearly as good as a 3D camera or rendering CGI direct in to 3D.

John L. Sokol
videotechnology.com

Comment I have been following Transparent OLED for a while (Score 1) 227

This is just the next generation of Transparent OLED's that I have already posted about.
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/2011/08/transparent-oled-screen.html

Here is my post from CES:
http://videotechnology.blogspot.com/2012/01/ces-2012-transparent-samsung-smart.html

Comment He needs an upgrade. (Score 1) 289

It's truly amazing what having to think before you speak can accomplish.

If I remember correctly he was stuck on some long discontinued TI speech synthesis chip. I remember the initial story when they first did it in particular because I also was playing with a similar part at the time in High School.
Finding parts and people has to be getting difficult.

At the same time I can completely understand him not wanting to upgrade his system, from the GUI he's used very successful for 25 years or Voice that has now become that trademark of Steven Hawking's.

Well I am thinking we should be able to emulate that whole system including the speech syntheses. Worst case it can be done as a series of recordings from the original chip.

Maybe do it as a Kickstarter project or something, do the whole thing open source. Surely there must be others with this problem.

I can imaging upgrading him to AR goggles with eye tracking, that's all off the shelf today. Then in to a little Mini PC or ARM board, and nothing but software.

With something like that we should be good till we get direct brain interfaces and quantum computing wrist watches in another 25 years, if he still even needs it.

Comment Yahoo was working on Something like this. (Score 2) 79

I interviewed with them down in Santa Monica maybe 4 years back. They had hired the WinAmp guys and they were working on a media player with HTML integration in it. It really didn't seem like all that good of an idea.

HTML 5 Makes most of that obsolete and most of what I see people doing like Apps, Flash, download players etc.

To be honest, I only have a Yahoo Account just for IM and have never even looked to see what they are doing with Music these days.

I still think the Original Napster was the best service, if there were such a service for a flat rate I'd be a happy camper.

Comment Here is what's happening. (Score 1) 839

The Tsunami that is the Internet has washed over industry after industry as it's speed and reliability has improved. TV now finds itself the next set of businesses suddenly knee deep in an ocean of rising cheap bandwidth. How will they fair compared to their fellow media companies that lived a little lower down in bandwidth requirements such as the newspapers, music labels, and telephone companies?

Now toss in Moore's law and how I have a camera in my phone that can shoot HD video and edit and distribute and do a better job then I ever could 15 years back with $20K worth of gear.

Change will be coming.

Internet Video has been my life's work.
I write a blog on this http://www.videotechnology.com/

Government

Submission + - Occupy Inside (occupyinside.org)

John Sokol writes: "(O) It's great that people are sitting outside in the Freezing cold in New York in November, but we are in the Internet age. Then only to get harassed by the authorities. We can do a lot more digitally on the Internet and with Software then we every could outside in a courtyard.

Yes, we needed that to wake more of us up, but we are in 2011 and have better tools at hand.

I propose that we start a campaign where we can post a symbol for the occupy movement that we show support, something we can put on bumper stickers, web sites, blog posts, our facebook page. Something other then the Anonymous Logo. I am proposing the logo I on the OccupyInside.org site or a somewhat modified version of it. The O surrounding the text is something I like.

Maybe placing an (O) preceding each facebook post, Blog Post and tweet. And share this information with other. Nudge Nudge Pass it on."

Comment Generation of Random Number from PING (Score 1) 189

I have been using the network for a source of randomness for years. Another good source is the Hard Drives internal servo coefficients, or a TV Stations video or radio station in to an Audio card. If people bug me maybe I will write that up too. On a Linux box this is simple. But bash isn't well suited for audio processing. (although it's possible) For the video in you need C code.

http://churchofbsd.blogspot.com/2011/11/generation-of-random-number-from-ping.html

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