Reality Master 101 writes: "I'm about to embark on developing a new web service application from scratch, and part of the strategy is to have many distributed software components. These days there are a ton of RPC mechanisms. I'd like to hear from Slashdotters about what RPC libraries you've used recently, pro and con. These are going to be for internal communication, so my preference is for binary encoding of parameters (rather than inefficient XML). Of course, cross-language independence is a big plus. I will be using Apache running on Linux. Apache Thrift seems very interesting, but I'm open to suggestions."
Reality Master 101 writes: "You're big, bulky — and hungry. So you lumber into a restaurant to get a bite. You scan the menu for a tasty meal, but when it comes time to order the waiter refuses to serve you. The reason? You're too fat. Sound outrageous? You may want to steer clear of Mississippi, where legislation was recently introduced that would ban restaurants from serving proportion-challenged patrons."
Reality Master 101 writes: "Wired has announced that a new space prize will be announced September 13th at Wired's NextFest. According to the invitation, it will be the largest space prize ever, and, "The challenge is extreme, the destination is extraordinary, the prize purse is exceptional." Teaser video here. So what will it be? Orbit? Payload on the moon?"
Reality Master 101 writes: "Recently we had an Ask Slashdot about simple cell phones, now I'd like to ask the opposite question. I'm thinking of replacing my phone, and I'd like to replace it with the best "geek" phone. What are Slashdotters using these days? It should have a great browser and have good third party applications, especially ssh (and an RDP client?) for remote access. The iPhone is out, of course. What deals did you get from the US carriers?"
Reality Master 101 writes: "Super secret space start-up Blue Origin (financed by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos) had a super secret test flight on November 13, 2006. They've now released video and pictures of the very successful flight. Looks like they're making good progress. From the page: 'We're working, patiently and step-by-step, to lower the cost of spaceflight so that many people can afford to go and so that we humans can better continue exploring the solar system. Accomplishing this mission will take a long time, and we're working on it methodically.'"