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Comment Mesh Networks (Score 2) 131

I have been seriously considering lobbying my Congressman to consider changing the top 20 channels of Citizens Band radio to a digital Citizens band format, where every device that uses the bandwidth would have to function like a WiFi AP Bridge. This sort of network would still function even when there is a disaster and the local Cell towers go down. It would also create some competition to the CelPhone companies and eventually the Cable companies. It's just a thought at the moment but I'm planning on doing research into it's feasibility and if it looks possible starting a grass roots political movement.

Comment Alternative to Telecom? (Score 1) 324

Considering that Google was recently given permission to monitor the white space between channels by the FCC, and the political mindset of many Google employees, wouldn't it be great if Google open sourced a distributed White space Wifi network protocol, every transmitter works as a node in the network. The early adopters would get lousy transmission speeds, but over time, coverage and bandwidth would increase until it reached a tipping point where the radio network passes the wired in functionality. The best thing about this would be that short of jamming there would be no way to switch it off.

Comment Research? (Score 1) 288

Colonizing Mars is a great idea, but we really need to do a little bit of research to make sure it is even possible. Before we invest a lot of time and energy into getting to Mars we need to build an orbital centrifuge to determine how much gravity is required for mammals and other life forms to be able to reproduce. If 1/3rd G is not enough for people to have babies then large centrifuge nurseries will have to be built for child rearing. If that is the case then it may be easier to colonize the asteroid belt or other bodies in the solar system with lower gravity and minimal atmosphere to make centrifugal nurseries easier.

Comment Re:Bacteria (Score 1) 973

Personally I believe the purpose of life is to insure the survival of life, the closer to my personal genome the better. That said, I think that seeding planets such as Mars might be ok, as long as your certain your not destroying something already there. Mans colonizing of space should probably not be based on planetary colonization schemes any ways, gravity appears to play a critical role in embryonic development, and if centripetal acceleration is an effective substitute for gravity in this regard then smaller bodies with less or minimal Gravity might be best for building the necessary nurseries.

I personally would like to have my species be more significant then Panspermian ejecta bacteria. The colonization of the solar system will require the cooperation and support of the majority of people on earth. A tall order indeed, but if the people who contributed saw immediate and mutually beneficial rewards then it would not be as far fetched as it one might think. The beginning of building the largest public infrastructure in history would be best achieved by building flying space elevators that would not only reduce the cost of space flight in terms of Delta V but also become a series of platforms for international telecomunications, high speed intercontinental travel, and a staging area for rapid deployment of disaster relief supplies personnel and 15 minute insertion times for strikeforce security forces.

The necessity of a truly international agency capable of of administrating the use of the near space environment and satellite orbital control will be required.

Comment A good trend (Score 1) 1018

It has been my experience that the majority of people who don't actually work in sales, maintenance, or on production lines could, and most likely should be replaced with a few lines of code, if your job involves you doing nothing more than moving a few numbers around then your job could easily be handled by a computer with a much more consistent level of performance. Want to reduce costs and increase performance? Fire the vast majority of people holding meetings looking for ways to think outside the box, hire a couple of statisticians who know how to apply Benfords law correctly to the various metrics and data sets you already have, then send in the axemen where anomalies crop up. The biggest problem with management is that the computer revolution has failed to reduce the size of the management workforce, even though that is what it is best able to do and that is where the vast amount of corporate savings and higher dividend s for the stock can be created.

Comment Buy Rim and be done with it. (Score 1) 250

MS Mobile is doing much better than most people think because big business buys them in bulk to give crappy phones to there employees. Big Business does not care if you can watch videos, or share pictures, in fact many companies still ban cameras in the work place. Rim Blackberry are known to be good for business, just buy them out, keep a stable boring OS that works for business and sit back and wait for Jobs to die, Google to go the way of Yahoo and Facebook, and become the last guy left standing due to the insane nature of corporate culture and IT Infrastructure being unable to change.


Submission + - Neanderthal DNA found in most humans

Torino10 writes: A recent article in the magazine Science( ) and written about on the Ars Technica website states that the majority of humans found outside of Africa have between 1-4% neandertal DNA. Earlier comparisons of mitochondrial DNA did not show a link.

Comment Fight the FCC? (Score 3, Interesting) 232

Considering that the FCC can open up WiMax, and initiatives such as O3b may demonstrate that MEO satellite systems can offer nearly fiber speeds to third world nations, aren't the TelCo's just slitting their own throats? If companies like Google, ones that make more money by increasing the number of people who can access the internet and there services, are willing and able to offer free or nearly free internet access via low latency MEO satellite constellations and other radio transmission methods. why would agencies such as the FCC want to stop them?

Comment Free Market? (Score 1) 508

Elon Musk, one of the top competitors in the private space launch industry, has built and flown a satellite launch system with only $100 million dollars invested, his Falcon 9 sits on a launch pad at Cape Canaveral awaiting it's maiden flight and looks to be able to become human rated , while in service fulfilling the COTS cargo to ISS program, 2 years before the Constellation paper rocket program makes it's first flight. . If Elon Musk, or his competitors are able to reduce the cost of space launch by even half of what they claim, the number of launches will increase exponentially. What the Space coast loses in socialized pork will be more than made up in real free market beef.

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