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

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

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.


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

iiii 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.

Submission + - NIST asks for help in building cybersecurity framework (

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."

Comment Re:It's a race... (Score 4, Interesting) 813

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!

Comment Faster? (Score 2) 71

...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

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

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

Comment Will this support the right to record police? (Score 2) 420

I hope someone will soon put to the legal test the assertion that what this allows police to do without a warrant can be done by any citizen, including by any citizen towards the police. This may help to support the rights of citizens to record police officers while they are on duty. Hey, if any property that doesn't have a building on it is fair game for surveillance, by anyone, it opens up opportunity for all of the citizenry. Not saying I like this, but maybe there is a positive side to it.

Comment Re:Could be a honeypot (Score 4, Informative) 157

Yeah, and the "who".

Their thought: "hey, well catch the bad guys who are trying to get around security!"
Reality: they catch the nerds who know how to hack barcodes and want to save 10 minutes of waiting in a security line.

But this is giving them too much credit. They are not thinking that far ahead. They are still stuck on shoe bombs (22 Dec 2001).

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