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Submission + - AMA with Trsst: the open source kickstarter to disrupt Twitter and Facebook (

mpowers writes: Trsst is my nearly-funded kickstarter project to (1) extend RSS with self-signed and self-encrypted entries, (2) standardize a http convention for distributing and caching RSS entries kind of like NNTP, and (3) write open source reference implementations of both for others to use to build their own clients and host their own nodes.

The end result is a federated blogging platform that no one can own and no one can snoop, but interoperates with existing RSS feeds and readers as well as the rest of the open web.

I wanted to give slashdot a chance to ask-me-anything to help decide whether we're worthy of your support, and we need your support with just over two days to reach our goal.

Comment Re:Perfect game in less than 90 minutes? (Score 3, Insightful) 142

But apparently they researched how long to keep the contest open AFTER getting their first winner in less than 24 hours. It would be interesting to know how many copies of the game they sold on Day 1 and how many they sold from Day 2 to when they actually announced they had a winner.

Submission + - Could seawater fuel your car? (

Nerdfest writes: The CBC is reporting that a cancer researcher in Erie, Pa., has stumbled on a technique that could turn salt water into fuel (hydrogen) using RF. John Kanzius happened upon the discovery accidentally when he tried to desalinate seawater with a radio-frequency generator he developed to treat cancer. He discovered that as long as the salt water was exposed to the radio frequencies, it would burn.

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