GoodNewsJimDotCom writes: Hyperdemocracy is a system where all the citizens of the country vote for the decisions of the country instead of having elected officials. Can someone make a site with encryption and security that could confirm users as unique citizens? Or is this impossible to do? I think if you made a site like this, you could make it go live, and use it to track to make sure Congress is doing what the people want. Finally in an unstable world as we have today, this hyperdemocracy might even be adopted by new regimes.
With these tools, you could make grep and diff work with binary files in a meaningful way - very useful at times. I bet you could even adapt the "Context-Free Grep" into a sort of packet sniffer with enough work. I'd sure like to try these new programs sometime.
cylonlover writes: According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, for the year 2008, over 700 fatalities resulted from drivers running red lights at intersections across the United States. Approximately half of the people killed weren't the errant drivers themselves, but were other drivers, passengers or pedestrians who simply happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Scientists at MIT have developed a system that identifies cars likely to run the reds, so that the other drivers can be warned to stay out of their way.
The idea Facebook embodies is fine in my humble opinion, it's their implementation that keeps me on Twitter and Diaspora. Facebook, as seen here, is loathe to respect your privacy. Diaspora, on the other hand, respects it pretty well. And I can always run my own Diaspora pod, if it get really paranoid.
An anonymous reader writes: Not everyone can afford an iPad, even the $200 Kindle Fire is going to be out of reach for many cash-strapped individuals. But one student in China has demonstrated you only need $125 and a bit of DIY to create your very own device.
Wei Xinlong wanted to get his girlfriend Sun Shasha a tablet for her birthday, but the cost put everything that was available pre-built out of reach. So Wei decided to see what he could create with his own two hands.
The end result was a Windows 7 touchscreen tablet that apparently has roughly the same measurements as the iPad, but created from a used laptop, touchscreen and battery he sourced online.
Well, those illegal arcade ROMs are "free" in the sense that you don't have to pay for them, but since they are still under copyright by their creators, who have deemed redistribution of those ROMs illegal, they are not "free" as in speech. Not to mention you're ignoring the fact that those ROMs are illegal, which is a far larger issue...
Who cares if everyone already pirates ROMs? That doesn't make it legal. Freeware ROMs are legal of course, but most of the titles the recipients of this gift have heard of don't fall into this category.