h00manist writes: Two Ohio state legislators plan to introduce a resolution to promote research and development of energy from thorium reactors, and ask the U.S. Department of Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission to license liquid fluoride thorium reactors to be built and operated by private industry.
h00manist writes: While everyone is looking for ways to convert cellulose to energy, this company in India, better known for its hybrid solar+wind power solutions, is quietly also researching and selling other types of backup power turbines which can generate power on-demand whenever there is no wind or sun. The turbines powered by cellulose. While each one only produces approximately 500W, they can start up ten of them, on demand, to get 5KW.
h00manist writes: The police executed an order to detain Google's top executive in Brazil, Fábio José Silva Coelho. Google refused an order to remove a youtube video which accused a mayoral candidate of several crimes. Police say he will be released today; Brazilian law for the case allows for a one-year max sentence. Streisand Effect, anyone?
h00manist writes: Nicholas Merrill ran a New York based ISP and got tired of federal "information requests". He is planning another ISP, which would be built from the ground up for privacy. Everything encrypted, maximum technical and legal resistance to information requests. Merrill has formed an advisory board with members including Sascha Meinrath from the New America Foundation; former NSA technical director Brian Snow; and Jacob Appelbaum from the Tor Project. Kickstarter-like IndieGoGo has a project page.
h00manist writes: If http://www.onlive.com/ can stream a game to an old computer, there should be a way to do it on computers at your own LAN too. What is the software Onlive uses? Is there anyone developing a public-use version for it? Can we too get all our old computers to run modern games by getting some sort of "graphics accelerator for the LAN"?
h00manist writes: Mesh networking protocol 802.11s is getting ratified by the IEEE. LWN has news from the Linux Wireless Summit. — "802.11s Mesh Networking was ratified by IEEE for integration into 802.11. Javier Cardona has been leading its implementation and support on mac80211. In this session he reviews 802.11s with open and encrypted environments." — You can set it up on OpenWRT. It's been in the kernel since version 2.6.22. So it seems like it should be stable by now. Has anyone used it?
h00manist writes: Several clients, facing a crisis, have asked us to reduce their costs. Thinking of open source, thin clients, and migration viability, and costs. It seems the best I've come up with is Userful for ultra-light terminals,, and IBM/Virtual Bridges VERDE for a terminal server. I know a bunch of apps will never become open source and will remain on Windows. Anyone know any similar proposals?
h00manist writes: Libya's Internet activity has been basically nothing since February 17, when an uprising against dictatory Gaddafi began. Watching Libya's dictator fall, live, via Twitter and Al Jazeera, the next thing we should see Internet activity displaying free communications.
h00manist writes: What do you think are the best ways to encourage more open source development? How can enough programmers be motivated so that open source becomes the way most software is developed? Should Kickstarter projects be the way most of them are funded? Open source competitions? More Summer of Code style projects? Open source camp events? More development of standards and tools that help coordinate all coding, such as XML, html, API's, portability, etc?
h00manist writes: Libya's Gaddafi apparently loves radio hacking. Confirmed to be using signal jamming to disable Thuraya satellite phones. Also satellite TV network provider Arabsat, affecting vast areas in the Middle East, Gulf, Africa and Europe. Perhaps cellphone and internet transmissions also too, which work intermittently. Soldiers confiscate electronics, too. This has gone on for days, allowing killing carried out largely hidden from the world view, quite different from what happened in Egypt. The locations of the jamming signals is known to company executives, around capital Tripoli, but nobody can do anything. Only POTS available, and monitored. Technically, could this happen everywhere? Alternatives?
h00manist writes: Online pages call for protests in 13 cities in China, at 2:00 pm Shanghai time, 1:00 am EST, Twitter tag being used is #cn220. In spite of China censoring Middle East protests, now known as "Jasmin Revolutions", Chinese people are inspired. Instructions for participating are being censored, help re-posting is requested. They keep disappearing, and then popping up everywhere on the net, and being censored again. Yes, I used the google translated version to understand Chinese.
h00manist writes: Internet connectivity is returning in Egypt after a historic censorship, 100% total disconnection, country-wide, for several days. The attempt to quell the protests did not work. Google's voice-call-to-twitter SayNow, dialup, ham radio, Al-Jazeera all established communication via many other channels, mixing Internet and other paths. Everyone is waiting for the exit of the dictator.
h00manist writes: Severalsources are reporting Egypt has shut off all Internet accesses. There is still no official confirmation. Blackberry, twitter and SMS seem confirmed off. So, if you were there, what would you do to get communications for everyone? Do you still have a POTS modem?