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Comment Digital Group - Z-80-based CP/M system, circa 1976 (Score 1) 857

My older brothers Digital Group Z-80 based CP/M with 4K of RAM, audio tape recorder, eventually upgraded to 8K of RAM and Phi-Decks (automated streaming audio tape). Graphics card..., yeah, that's cute. We played with TRS-80 Model 1s, IMSAI 8080s, Apple ][+s, //es, IIgs-es, Heathkit... He built a Cosmic Elf back in the day. We boxed with an Atari 400 and later an 800 with 300 baud acoustically coupled Novation CAT modem. We did SOMETHING with every Mac ever released in its own day. Later on in the 80s I spent some real quality time maintaining an LMI Lambda and Silicon Graphics machines and a Pixar PII graphics engine. That machine was the most beautiful computer I'd ever laid eyes on. Steve Jobs' shiny new NeXT was fun. SunOS 2.anything was a unpolished turd. These days its commodity hardware and virtual machines that have no character what-so-ever. The days of AT&T T-Carrier are pretty much gone as well. I lived with T-1 and T-3 for almost 30 years. Actually laid hands on a T-2 circuit as well. Never got to touch the mil-spec higher bandwidth stuff. Now 10Gb links look small. We need to be writing this down for posterity, you know?

Comment IceComm: serverless video conferencing, very easy. (Score 1) 115

Set up IceComm on a web site that only you and your kids can access, and give them the Chrome browser with a bookmark to go there at scheduled times ..

Very easy to set up server less video conferencing. Add a bit of TogetherJS to the mix and you've got realtime chat as well - without needing to install anything on any local computers besides the Chrome browser.

I use IceComm on my main server as the 'front door' to my business - I have a browser sitting on my front door all day, and whenever clients visit I'm ready for them. Its just like having a virtual front door to the business .. very handy and very care-free for the customers.


LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants 338

vinces99 writes The U.S. economy has long been powered in part by the nation's ability to attract the world's most educated and skilled people to its shores. But a new study of the worldwide migration of professionals to the U.S. shows a sharp drop-off in its proportional share of those workers – raising the question of whether the nation will remain competitive in attracting top talent in an increasingly globalized economy. The study, which used a novel method of tracking people through data from the social media site LinkedIn, is believed to be the first to monitor global migrations of professionals to the U.S., said co-author Emilio Zagheni, a University of Washington assistant professor of sociology and fellow of the UW eScience Institute. Among other things, the study, presented recently in Barcelona, Spain, found that just 13 percent of migrating professionals in the sample group chose the U.S. as a destination in 2012, down from 27 percent in 2000.

Comment Elephants. Rooms. (Score 1) 80

I think the big elephant in the room is more to be found further upstream, in the area of manufacturing. Worrying about software hacks is one thing - not having the faintest absolute clue exactly *what* is inside the chip package is something else entirely. Think its an accumulator bank? Oh sorry, maybe we forgot to mention the harmonic bundles associated with wave guidance within the interstitial distances of the rapidly blinking transistors .. yeah, those can be read from space. With a satellite (or 12).

The game is over folks, or rather .. the game is on, depending on how you look at it. Until you are capable of investigating and participating, directly, in the sub-assemblies, you will always have a weak back door. Either we, ultimately, become able to assemble our own chips on the desktop, or there will always be a power class: those who can build such devices, and those who can only be ruled by them.

Comment No question about it! (Score 1) 94

We need to evolve to adapt to this new threat to the species, and instead of seriously *resisting* its effects on our being, we - the true power - direct the feature to our favour. If, out of the NSA catastrophe, we gain a "New Internet" wherein *everything, everywhere* for 15 years, was available to everyone, then we'd have indeed a new era in the human species. A truly evolutionary step, made by mistake - perhaps.

Comment Standing up a new cloud and don't count hours... (Score 1) 119

I'm in the process of standing up a new cloudy little provider and we don't count hours or minutes. Is that so wrong?

The assumption is that the Internet is open 24/7 so why should we be marking time when we know you want it 24/7? We would rather cultivate the developers and geeks as customers. We'll soon have one portal for instant gratification but we're also happy to hand-craft VMs in a private place for you too. And it's built around CloudStack4 so it should feel familiar to many.

Come talk to us while we're young and dumb, before we figure out that our prices are too cheap. 20Gb/s out to the net, BGP/4, IBM BladeCenters for hardware, and we also rent bare metal. Anything from 1vCPU/512MB up to 336 CPUs and 10.5TB of RAM in bare metal if you're willing to pay for it.

Disclaimer: Yup, its a commercial plug. I'm pretty much both the King and the garbage man.

Comment It all comes around again on the big wheel (Score 2) 188

Having been very close to WinAmp and the AmpDev team in general in its infancy (circa 1996-1999) it's good to see that someone else is taking an interest. When AOL/Time Warner bought it for $100 Million in 1999 we all knew the direction it was going: large, corporate, and stupid. Let's face it, AOL bought WinAmp for the community that came with it. It should be no surprise that they did nothing memorable with it. And I can't fault Justin for taking the money and running.

I remember well the Stupid Factor being turned up to 11 when AOL ditched FreeBSD for SunOS/Solaris when they moved the hardware off of its "home" network. They practically ended up doubling the hardware to accommodate a (much) less functional OS. I could see the downward spiral start months before that happened. So they bought it for $100 Million and they're selling it for $5-10 Million. Good job, guys. Way to build shareholder value. Go, Team! ...Still, you beat Microsoft to the punch.

The TAP/WinAmp Memorial Hot Tub still lives and I use it every day. And I still use WinAmp every day, just not a CURRENT version. ( I still keep the pre-brain-damaged versions around despite some known security issues.)

That little pieces of it survive here and there is a nice reminder of what was, and what could have been, and what still might be. We'll see what Radionomy does with it. I, for one, will be happy to give them a chance to become relevant again.

Good luck, guys! Whip that llama's ass!

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - On the Ethics of TLD Censorship ( 1

NoOnesMessiah writes: I run my own name servers for a variety of reasons. Now, thanks to ICANN, I have to consider whether I go down the slippery slope of being a BS sifter by black-holing certain top-level domains.

Oh, I know those .TV, .WS, .INFO, and .CC TLDs are hiiiiiighly coveted, and I just can't wait for .COKE and .WALMART, but I can't help but think that brand-specific TLDs will be more abusive rather than useful. .RUSSIANMAFIA anyone? Can we get a .LULZSEC or .WIKILEAKS TLD while we're at it?

So my attitude it going to be, "use my name servers, deal with my real-world choices." Oh, I'm censoring all right. I know this. And its really going to help with the spam sorting and tagging. Question is, "as a network operator am I really over-stepping my bounds?" What do you think?

Submission + - What are my alternatives to a broken patent system 1

NoOnesMessiah writes: I've got a good crypto/VPN/VPR thing germinating, and the master sergeant and the cryptologic linguist and the ranger medics all agree that I should pursue it, and that they will use it if I build it. However I also firmly believe that we are all standing on the shoulders of giants when it comes to software and software patents, so I want this thing to be unquestionably free (yes, as in both speech and beer).

I've sired several companies that have done well in the past but this time its about giving back to the community that has been so good to me. And rolling it up with some other open source projects yields a decent security product. Could I sell it? I suppose, but the real answer is, "you don't sell it. You give it back to the community, maybe you productize one flavor of it, and you sell commercial support for it." Not a bad business model in my mind, so it is worth pursuing. But it's still mostly about giving back.

Oh wait..., enter the US Patent and Trademark Office, who'll let you patent "ones" and "zeros" and probably "twos" because they're new and innovative (even though there's no such thing as "two" according to Philip J. Fry). I have no doubt that reptiles in two-thousand-dollar suits will try to pursue intellectual property rights on my ideas again (as they certainly have in the past) but I am willing to take the effort now to protect future rights and freedoms up front.

So how do I do that?

How do I effectively "patent-proof," copy-left, and make-free-to-all-in-perpetuity, in the public domain, one or more of the core, innovative (and presumably patentable) ideas so that they remain free, simply because they could be useful to others? (That, and the fact that I wish to see a lot more encryption on the Internet in the future.)

I wish that John Gilmore, Bruce Schneier, Phil Zimmermann, or Vint Cerf had time to talk about such things but they really don't know, or care about, who I am or what I might be doing. So I thought maybe some snarky Slashdot comments might help. Well, they couldn't hurt.

So, what say you, Slashdotters? What is the intellectual property equivalent of taking a dump in a box and mailing it to the USPTO? I know this is right down your alley. How does one keep an idea truly free? How does one un-file an anti-patent?

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