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October 06, 2010

Why free city-wide wi-fi is impossible

That is, impossible right now with current laws. Technology Review: Blogs: Mims's Bits: Where's All the Free Wi-Fi We Were Promised?
The first problem is that because this spectrum is free for anyone to use, everyone does use it. That includes cordless phones, baby monitors, you name it. Worse, this high frequency portion of the spectrum is absorbed by just about everything: trees, walls, cars, so it can't travel very far. In addition, the FCC guaranteed that WiFi would forever be unsuitable for wide area use by limiting the strength of any transmitter to 1 measly watt. (For perspective, that's about the same amount of power used by an old-school christmas light.) As a result, anything with the characteristics of WiFi, deployed in the real world, which is full of obstacles that absorb, reflect, diffract and scatter a signal already attenuated by interference from countless other wireless devices, would require a very dense installation. The day proponents of municipal WiFi heard from customers that they could only get signal from the WiFi base station when they were sitting next to the one room in their house with a window facing the pole with the transmitter - a common occurrence in those days - they should have realized that without widespread indoor deployment, which would have been impossibly expensive, municipal WiFi would be unworkable.

Greening Bus Roofs

Bus Roots: Green Roofed Bus is a Garden That Goes | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World

October 05, 2010

My alma mater, ladies and gents

University of Michigan student hacks into Washington D.C. online voting...

October 01, 2010

This iPhone charger is amazing you guys

It's like someone watched Cronenberg's eXistenZ and said, "YES! EXACTLY!"

September 29, 2010

How To: Make a Halloween Meat Head

How To Make A Gruesome Meat Head For Halloween

September 28, 2010

Susannah Breslin's tips for interviewing people

SUSANNAH BRESLIN
1. Sit Somewhere Important. Where you sit matters. If you're interviewing someone who you really need to get stuff out of, sit close. Maybe stick your foot within three feet of them. Maybe let your mouth hang open a little while you stare into their eyes. But if you have time and they're weird in some way, you might want to sit further away. Like, if you want them to forget that you're there, even though you're right there. The latter technique works well for narcissists. The former technique works well for people you are trying to disarm. I guess if the person is in prison, your choices are more limited. 2. Record Two Times. I don't do this enough, but you really need to record the person on two devices, because if you only use one, and that gets fucked up, you will be fucked. You might feel stupid walking around and putting in front of someone two devices, but who cares? Your ass is covered. Get one of those little digital ones because people forget they're there, because they are small and also quiet and don't really look like much other than a pack of silver cigarettes or something. 3. Do All the Work Ahead of Time. Mostly you should know everything about your subject -- the person and the topic -- before you walk in the room. That's what the internet is for: finding stuff out. If you make a mistake in an interview and let someone know that you don't know something, you will feel stupid. This happens no matter what, but try and limit the amount of times it happens. People who think you're a moron will tell you less. This isn't the goal. You want them to tell you more. . . .
*Thanks, Jeff*

September 27, 2010

The New Yorker launches iPad app

The New Yorker debuts on the iPad : The New Yorker
Beginning with this issue, that generalized instantaneousness has come: The New Yorker will be available on the Apple iPad, on Mondays, wherever you happen to be. Print remains, by miles, our most popular form; unlike a Sunday newspaper, say, the print magazine is still a beautiful, portable, storable, slide-it-into-your-bag-able technology. This is not the first time we have brought The New Yorker to our readers digitally. Our Web site, newyorker.com, has been around, and evolving, for nine years; it’s also possible to subscribe to the magazine on electronic readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. We even offer a digital edition, which includes a replica of every issue, going back to the first, in February, 1925.

September 24, 2010

X24 was NOT REAL

The World Isn't Coming to an End -- It's Only...

September 20, 2010

Recipe: Pumpkin Curry

(The recipe is after the jump.)

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