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GIANT FLESH-EATING DEVIL CHICKENS roamed North Dakota

William Higinbotham

Re: Giant Demon Chickens

Or where you referring to Atomic Rooster (British)?

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5 Eyes in the Sky: The TRUTH about Flight MH370 and SPOOKSATS

William Higinbotham

Followup

Check out Swoardfish, India's long range radar http://defence.pk/threads/history-of-indias-state-of-the-art-radar-making.243398/ and other web news

Also another author did have the right question

http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_03_13_2014_p0-672073.xml

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William Higinbotham

I was talking about land based over the horizon radar. Totally different than Satellite.

Wrote to Ministry of Defence

Dear Honorable Senator the Hon David Johnston, Minister for Defence I was reading about your military's radar capability at http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/100years/stories/jorn.html. It would be terrific if your military data from radars was evaluated. I am afraid that because there has not been any data released, that your radar program is defective or the military personnel are failing to do their job. I am afraid that this may show the Russian military that their is a weakness in your system that they can exploit. Sincerely William B. Higinbotham

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William Higinbotham

Why does Austraillia not have information on flight 370

After reading about the capability of Australia's military capability here, I am wondering who is not watching at the controls? http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/100years/stories/jorn.html

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DARPA hands IBM £3.4m to develop SELF DESTRUCTING CHIPS

William Higinbotham

Manufacture in China

Just have these manufactured in China. QC is such that thy will self destruct at the most (un) convenient time

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For Windows guest - KVM or XEN and which distro for host?

William Higinbotham

Have a good backup plan.

Backup, backup. HDs are cheap these days. Mirror your drives to external. Why rebuild, when it is so much easier to restore (unless your MB goes bad and you do not have another of the same - get another board for insurance). I replace my computer about every 5 years - but I buy cheap low end ($200 Lenovo desktop). Duel boot. I had VM with OS/2 on it. OS/2 Lotus Suite. Was fun. Have fun with your new system. Wish I could afford such a nice unit.

Billy

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

William Higinbotham

Duplacate Web Site

Same company most probably did the initial U.S. Obama Care Site. Need I say anything more?

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Don't PANIC, but these SMARTWATCH-stuffed boxes are going NOWHERE

William Higinbotham

alternate option

http://www.ti.com/tool/ez430-chronos&DCMP=Chronos&HQS=Other+OT+chronos

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Cisco: We'll open-source our H.264 video code AND foot licensing bill

William Higinbotham

Save bandwidth

It would make sense it the compression is better for minimizing bandwidth. Then they say that the new routers work better to deliver the bandwidth the companies want. And so on...

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The web needs globally backed, verifiable security standards – says Huawei

William Higinbotham

Verifyable

Verifyable in NSA means breakable!

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

William Higinbotham

Total Overhaul - Really

How many projects failed under the stress of total overhaul. They should build in sections. I'll bet they put the contract to end when their system/software maintenance contract is up. Way too soon. The present system contracts are probably adjusting their monthly/yearly contracts agreements for when that day happens.

Reference: http://www.pcworld.com/article/246647/10_biggest_erp_software_failures_of_2011.html

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

William Higinbotham

EBCDIC

Remember Esoteric IBM EBCDIC? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EBCDIC

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

William Higinbotham

I was a tech during DOS, Win 3.x and so on. Thank God for QEMM. Lots of Autoexec and Config backups (We numbered them for historical reference - and bat files to load different versions depending on tasks and software to be used). Our facility use to use Wordperfect. Everyone was sad to see it go because Washington DC went to Microsoft office apps. I miss those DOS boot jokes that made the characters fall to the bottom of the screen or flashed some message at the user. Had a lot of laughs within our group playing joke at one another.

The ASCII Guy

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Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

William Higinbotham

Remember The Homeless WIFI Hotspots?

First Homeless WIFI Hotspots http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/technology/homeless-as-wi-fi-transmitters-creates-a-stir-in-austin.html.

Now they want homeless to wear their computers as well!

What will we call these Homeless Hotspot Geeks (HHGs)?

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

William Higinbotham

Apps on top of OS

I personally feel that the browsers or applications(that uses internet communications) that run on top of the OS can compromise the OS faster than the OSes themselves. But nothing beats a cinder-block on top of hand written paperwork. Just had to say something for NSA to read.

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

William Higinbotham
Facepalm

Vision Study

My problem is that I personally cannot follow moving objects very well. I think it comes from closing my eyes when something came at me fast (reflexes) when I was young. How the eyes and brain work is still being studied. An article I saw was "The Myth of Persistence of Vision Revisited," Journal of Film and Video, Vol. 45, No. 1 (Spring 1993). But I could not understand it. Here are the notes - The article is copyrighted.

NOTES

[1] A sampling of recent texts that perpetuate the notion of persistence of vision are:

• Steven Bernstein, The Technique of Film Production (Boston: Focal Press, 1988) 3

("retention of image").

• Thomas W. Bohn and Richard L. Stromgren, Light and Shadows, 3rd ed. (Mountain

View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Co., 1987) 6.

• Steven E. Browne, Film Video Terms and Concepts (Boston: Focal Press, 1992)

132.

• David A. Cook, A History of Narrative Film, 2nd ed. (N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., 1990) 1.

• Louis Gianetti and Scott Eyeman, Flashback: A Brief History of Film (Englewood Cliffs,

NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1991)2.

• Gorham Kindem, The Moving Image (London: Scott Foresman, 1987) 16.

• Bruce Kawin, How Movies Work (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992) 48,

550.

• Lynne S. Gross and Larry W. Ward, Electronic Moviemaking (Belmont, CA:

Wadsworth Publishing Co.,1991) 81.

• Gerald Mast and Marshall Cohen, A Short History of the Movies, 4th ed. (NY:

Macmillan, 1986) 9-11, 28.

• James Monaco, How to Read a Film (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1981) 2.

• Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher, The Filmmaker's Handbook (N.Y.: New American

Library, 1984) 2

[2] For an explanation of the "phi phenomenon" see Lloyd Kaufman, Sight and Mind:

An Introduction to Visual Perception (NY: Oxford University Press, 1974) 368.

[3] Portions of this historical survey were presented in Joseph and Barbara Anderson,

"Motion Perception in Motion Pictures," in Teresa DeLauretis and Stephen Heath (eds.),

The Cinematic Apparatus (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1980): 76-95.

[4] See, for example, Andre Bazin, Qu'est-ce que le cinema? 4 vols. (Paris: Cerf, 1958-

62); trans (selection) What is Cinema? 2 vols. (Berkeley: University of California Press,

1967 and 1971); George Sadoul, Histoire generale du cinema (Paris: Denoel, 1948); and

George Potonniee, Les Origines du cinematographe (Paris: P. Montel, 1928).

[5] Joseph A. Plateau, as quoted in Georges Sadoul, Histoire generale du Cinema, Vol.

1, p. 25:

Si plusieurs objets differant entre eux graduellement de forme et de position se montrent

successivement devant l'oeil pendant des intervalles tres courts et suffisamment

rapproches, les impressions qu'ils produisent sur la retine se lieront entre elles sans se

confondre, et l'on croira voir un seul objet changeant graduellement de forme et de

position.

[6] For discussion of work done by Rudiger von der Heydt and Esther Peterhans on the

response of cells in V1 and V2 to illusory contours, see Zeki 76.

[7] In the motion picture, a series of rapidly presented, closely spaced images, the

duration of each image (34.72 ms with two interruptions of 6.95 ms each), the interval

between images or interstimulus interval (6.95 ms), and the spatial displacement from

one frame to the next (generally less than 15' of visual arc), fall well within the

parameters of short-range apparent motion.

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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

William Higinbotham
Boffin

High School Reunion Contact List

Obama just really wanted to be sure to be the organizer for his high school class next big reunion. They put it under threat of terrorism so that he will not be embarrassed by charges of abuse of governmental resources and authority.

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

William Higinbotham
Mushroom

Re: "Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'"

What Microsoft (Apple is not far behind) is not telling anyone is that their operating system is going toward that of Cell phones. A locked OS where you can only add programs from the Cloud or legitimate online store. They are allowing themselves that capability to leave the PCs behind at a moments notice. I actually grin at what big business is trying to do such as Adobe. This is the future - love them or live without their products. Mankind (starting with the next generation) will be assimilated into the Corporate Borg. The rest of us will be sitting on the roadside curb with our pencil and pad wondering what just happened.

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'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

William Higinbotham
Coat

Ultimate old type game machine

Why have something emulate such an old technology. Yeah; I owned a Commodore VIC-20 and 64. Got allot of use on CompuServe in 1982-1986 and fun out of them. What we need is a embedded system that has the following items in addition to central chipset - HDTV/VGA out, Wifi, sound chip(HDTV compatable) and output (if VGA setup is used), ports for controllers(again-non royalty), and USB. Must be small enough to fit in pocket. Now all we need is a simple language to have fun programing. It should be new so not to have to pay royalties. Simple enough for the average person to use. Complete documentation as the early computers gave to their users to program and ... Guess what, these products already exist! Such as http://www.viaembedded.com/en/products/systems/1990/1/ARTiGO_A1250_%28Pico-ITX%29.html

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Scramjet X-51 finally goes to HYPER SPEED above Pacific

William Higinbotham
Mushroom

SR-71 Intake Design

I wonder if the design of the intake is similar in basic concept as the SR-71 http://www.wvi.com/~sr71webmaster/j-58~1.htm ? I just wonder what this could be used for. Delivering your owed taxes 1 second before midnight!

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The ten SEXIEST computers of ALL TIME

William Higinbotham
Linux

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Mine was my first computer in 1981. The Heathkit ET-3400. http://www.vintage-computer.com/heathkit3400.shtml

It awoke me to the fact that I can program this to do what I want or dreamed up. It was a tool that I can customize to my imagination. It was not anything I had before. Well there was building blocks and erector sets:-). That New Math really came in handy.

William B. Higinbotham, The ASCII Guy, Bellport, NY, USA

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

William Higinbotham
Coat

Lets try this

Extra fuel can be put into space by a conventional rocket to be rendezvous later. The rocket will have two chutes. One to slow it down, the second to steer it to the location to land. If failure, the rocket will launch it into the drink to be humbly picked up by the ships :-)

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The LINUX TABLET IS THE FUTURE - and it always will be

William Higinbotham
IT Angle

My idea of what the android OS is made from

Enbedded system programming.

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John McAfee blogs for help, offers $25K reward for neighbour's killer

William Higinbotham
FAIL

$25K seems low these days for awards of this type. Maybe he can throw in Bobby Fischer's autobiography signed by him.

I may be crazy, but I am more sane than most folks.

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To Russia with Love? Georgia snaps 'cyber-spy' with his own cam

William Higinbotham
Black Helicopters

Face recognition

I am not familiar with Apple or Facebook face recognition software. Has anyone tried this to see what they hit? Post hits below.:-)

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New York tech firms form 'bucket brigade' to fuel flagging servers

William Higinbotham
Pint

Use the cloud

Why do they not have redundant Cloud? Fast, reliable, and not affected by disaster, war, political discontent. Though in this case, it will still be hard to not have your cloud become part of the hurricane. Maybe we should think of having a more inland alternate backup Wall Street. The military has multiple redundant headquarters. How about the Poconos? Any site suggestions?

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

William Higinbotham
Pirate

Liquid Nitrogen Safety

This is a great way of showing the dangers of handling liquid nitrogen. I know a story where a home thermos was used for holding liquid nitrogen (never use a non-approved container). Even the persons knew how to handle this gas, the lid was accidentally closed tight enough to cause pressure buildup. Extremely lucky enough, for the individual, he suffered injury which was not permenent. It could have been much worse.

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BIG BOOBS banished from Linux kernel

William Higinbotham
Boffin

Big Boobs as in implant

So this is a coding implant with big impact on disassembler viewers (male of course)? Silicon implant? Mmmmm.

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Kiwi pooches turn into ROACH MUNCHING DOPE FIENDS

William Higinbotham
Pint

Comedy Dogs

Reminds me of Cheech and Chong's Dog segment RALPH AND HERBIE - Dogs talk about poo and fiffie.

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DARPA aiming for Mach-20 hypersonic rocketplane 'by 2016'

William Higinbotham
Facepalm

Re: But the important question --

What type of catapult? Magnetic rail gun as used here - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/02/railgun_durability_milestone/ might work. But the acceleration needed might cause body organs to disembowel, grab a towel and find haven in a Bogon ship.

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Computer error triggers mass rocket launch

William Higinbotham
Devil

I think I saw the Gold Particle in the show

All these big machines and we could do it with pyrotechnics <Grin>

Now to sift through the data from the videos and submit to Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics June 22, 2012 • New York • United States

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William Higinbotham
Linux

Reverse Polarity without Diodes

Maybe the leads where reversed. Without proper diode protection, if I read it right, the first signal will set them all off possibly - ground loop effect.

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Intel invests millions in social computing research center

William Higinbotham
Holmes

I do not see the connection

I feel that Palo Alto Research Center did not fail. What fails with most research centers is the managers decisions on projects. The lack of concepts, ideas/connections to applications or more applicable - fads/gimmicks. Also allot of research is on cutting edge design and development - high cost to manufacture. Most research is only to provide incentive to build patents (to possibly sell to another company) and publish papers. It looks like IBM beat Intel already. See NY Post - Big Blue is turning into your Big Brother

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/big_blue_is_turning_into_your_big_vAJ2J6957DSgTPYGAl1lDO#ixzz1yxMCdohP

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/big_blue_is_turning_into_your_big_vAJ2J6957DSgTPYGAl1lDO

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US military gives NASA two better-than-Hubble telescopes

William Higinbotham
Angel

Lets do it in stereo

Do not be so negative. This is where universities and amateur astronomy organizations get involved to help redesign. I say we send both up and get stereo views. The design of cameras and instruments are always evolving. Yes, the scientists want to put as much into it as military do to their multifunction hardware. I say make it just a basic telescope, but design the craft such that newer/upgraded imaging modules can be switch in later maintenance missions. Just ensure that the appropriate power sources for all possible instrumentation is in place at the start. PS: How about selling advertisement logo on the outside of the telescope to help fund it. Just do not make it Facebook for the project will fall flat on it's face <grin>.

Lets get them out there!

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Commodore founder Jack Tramiel dies at 83

William Higinbotham
Linux

VIC 20, 150K Modem and CompuServe

I got addicted when my father gave me a Heathkit Microprocessor Trainer. Got trained in the USAF in 1982 as a computer and switching system specialist. Bought the VIC 20, tape drive storage unit and 150k baud modem. Got on CompuServe which had to be done after 7PM and before 5AM unless you want to pay $50/hr. Rest is the greatest fun I ever had. Did it before most of you.

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NASA brainstorms with John Q Public for 2018 Mars mission

William Higinbotham
Black Helicopters

Re: What If Your Buggy Breaks Down?

I think it would be cool to have Dave Letterman take dropping to the next level <grin>. What would he drop on Mars? I have some ideas, but he has rights to his segment of the show.

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MYSTERY programming language found in Duqu

William Higinbotham
Mushroom

Re: ADA, Forth, Assembly, etc.

Don't Panic - Need to decode using babble fish

Then have 2 gargle blasters during the end of the universe

For the code only goes looking for the ultimate answer

<What was the question?>

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William Higinbotham
Linux

ADA, Forth, Assembly, etc.

Gotta be some cross compiler developement tool.

The ASCII Guy

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Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

William Higinbotham
FAIL

Recycling

I wonder how many that was sold is now on EBAY for a higher price?

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Russian rocket flub threatens to empty ISS

William Higinbotham
Angel

Who's up there?

We have astronauts from Japan (1), USA (2), Russia (3)

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html

I wrote my representatives explaining that it would be very embarrassing if these astronauts died because we decommissioned the shuttles instead of putting them into storage in case of emergency. Maybe FEMA has a plan.

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Samsung 'mulls bid for' HP's orphaned webOS

William Higinbotham

All Samsung has to do

Show the courts that their product supports Adobe Flash and Apple does not!

Fun!

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US Marines not allowed to fart in Afghanistan

William Higinbotham
Headmaster

What are we feeding our Marines anyway?

What is in these MREs anyway to give our men affluent gas anyway? It is the fault of the company making these meals. The military's health experts will have to redo the MREs recipes to minimize gas.

FFFFFfffffffff!!!!!!

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14 arrested in crackdown targeting Anonymous

William Higinbotham
Holmes

Kevin Mitnick was the last martyr

Sorry - No more sympathy

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Boffins devise way to hide secret data on hard drives

William Higinbotham
Grenade

Agree

This was used on Commodore Game software media to prevent copying. I wonder what happens when you use Spinrite by Gibson Research http://www.grc.com/intro.htm

Good Stuff

Billy - The ASCII Guy

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Five amazing computers for under £100

William Higinbotham
Pint

Commodore Anyone

You can now buy a atom processor computer that looks exactly like a Commadore 64. Why? Nostalga. http://www.reghardware.com/2011/04/07/commodore_usa_c64_vic_pro_vic_slim/

Billy - The ASCII Guy

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DARPA: Send limbless troops back to war with robo-arms

William Higinbotham
Grenade

Oooops

Has anyone figured how to protect these poor folks if they get caaried away masterbaiting?

It's got a hold on me!!! Yikes!

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Steve Jobs chops student hack down to size

William Higinbotham

What Goes Around

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Steve-Jobs-Should-Apologize-to-Journalist-to-Be-Chelsea-Kate-Isaacs-Report-157682.shtml

I hope she learns that waiting till the last minute and still no answer, that it is time to make up a story. Gonzo journalism style!!!

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MOON SHRINKING FAST - shock NASA discovery

William Higinbotham
Alert

Cheeze Wiz and Rats

I knew that it had to be rodents that got on and off Apollo 13. Now they are eating the cheese beneath the surface of the moon.Litter of 12 pups every 25 days. second generation 144. Third 29736 and so forth. How long till they equal the mass of the moon?

Billy

The ASCII Guy

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Hair-stripping fungus threatens future of judo and sumo

William Higinbotham
Boffin

Why airports ask us to take our shoes off

Goatan Posting was close to correct: "That'll be cos the CIA engineered the fungus to attack non Americain DNA".

I think this was to make Fidel's beard fall off.

Ooops - It was sneaking thallium salts into Castro's shoes.

This must be what the security guards are actually looking for at the airports.

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