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Information for the World from Outer Space

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Facebook Looking Into Buying Drone Maker Titan Aerospace Facebook, one of the primary backers of the initiative, which aims to bring affordable Internet access to the 5 billion people in the world who still lack connectivity, is in talks with a company that could help further that agenda. TechCrunch is hearing that Facebook is buying Titan Aerospace, makers of near-orbital, solar-powered drones which can fly for five years without needing to land. According to a source with access to information about the deal, the price for this acquisition is $60 million*. From our understanding, Facebook is interested in using these high-flying drones to blanket parts of the world without Internet access, beginning with Africa.

Sustainable Commons Communication Strategy Debategraph Objective of the project The objective of this project is to design a communication strategy for the commons as meta-narrative to accelerate the emergence of a sustanable thrivable world. Framing communication, message as well as media, adjusted to different audiences (worldviews, priorities and stakes) so that they are received and acted upon in the most effective and convergent way. Service-oriented architecture See also the client-server model, a progenitor concept A Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) is a design pattern in which software/application components provide services to other software/application components via a protocol, typically over a network and in a loosely-coupled way. The principles of service-orientation are independent of any vendor, product or technology.[1] A service is a self-contained unit of functionality, such as retrieving an online bank statement.[2] By that definition, a service is a discretely invokable operation. However, in the Web Services Definition Language (WSDL), a service is an interface definition that may list several discrete services/operations. And elsewhere, the term service is used for a component that is encapsulated behind an interface.

Icis: It's like Google Glass, but classy Picture Larry Page: all nerd, all business. Not a man, one suspects, who worries too much about couture. Now take a look at Laforge Optical CEO and Founder Corey Mack in the video below. There's a little snazz there. So, it's not surprising that his startup is taking on Google's famed Glass at one of its more vulnerable pressure points: the embarrassment factor. Although he says he doesn't want to criticize Google Glass too much, as it isn't a finished product, Mack told me: "Our biggest competition is Google Glass but our approach is different, because we focused on creating a device that people don't mind being seen in."

For-Profit ISPs Are Trying to Prevent Cities From Offering Faster and Cheaper Net Service Buzzflash commentaries like this one aren’t funded by corporate advertising, but by readers like you. Can you help sustain our work with a tax-deductible donation? (Photo: hdzimmermann)If you want to know what a difference a municipally owned internet service can make, just look to Chattanooga, Tennessee. In an article on CNNMoney entitled, "Chattanooga's super-fast publicly owned Internet," journalist James O'Toole describes how Chattanooga is providing the gold standard of internet access, while commercial Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are leaving consumers in the dust, in terms of speed and service: Chattanooga, Tenn., may not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to cutting-edge technology.

the founding story — 100CAMERAS. 100cameras was co-founded by four women in 2008 on the premise that a child sees the world differently than adults.They believed a child could take a camera into their own community and capture stories of the world around them in ways an older or outside photographer could not. And they were confident these stories could change lives, both within the community and around the world. In late 2008, the concept was first tested when one of the friends went to South Sudan and gave cameras to kids at an orphanage. The photos that returned were remarkable. In a hard place that most would call hopeless, these images told a different story: one full of life, hope, and joy. Our four friends wanted to share the stories of these kids with their friends.

What is OSPF Metric value Cost and OSPF default Cost Reference Bandwidth Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) uses "Cost" as the value of metric and uses a Reference Bandwidth of 100 Mbps for cost calculation. The formula to calculate the cost is Reference Bandwidth divided by interface bandwidth. For example, in the case of 10 Mbps Ethernet , OSPF Metric Cost value is 100 Mbps / 10 Mbps = 10. ‘Wearable’ book allows reader to feel emotions of characters World | The Telegraph | 28-01-2014 | 23:48:14 Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a "wearable" book which allows the reader to experience the protagonist’s emotions. Using a combination of sensors, the book senses which page the reader is Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a “wearable” book which allows the reader to experience the protagonist’s emotions. Using a combination of sensors, the book senses which page the reader is on and triggers vibration patterns through a special vest. “Changes in the protagonist’s emotional or physical state trigger discrete feedback in the wearable [vest], whether by changing the heartbeat rate, creating constriction through air pressure bags, or causing localised temperature fluctuations” the researchers said.

Let There Be Li-Fi! As if underwater Wi-Fi wasn't fascinating enough, here's another wireless technology that could be potentially groundbreaking if and when it goes mass market. Chi Nan, an information technology professor at Shanghai's Fudan University, and her research team have experimented with using the light from a one-watt LED bulb to transmit data, rather than the radio frequencies that traditional Wi-Fi uses. Naturally, they're calling the technology Li-Fi. The bulb is equipped with a microchip and can produce data speeds of up to 150 megabits per second, Nan told Xinhua News, faster and cheaper than current Chinese broadband connections. One lightbulb can be used to connect four computers to the Internet.

Thinstation - a light, full-featured Linux thin client OS Thinstation is a basic and small, yet very powerful, Open Source thin client operating system supporting all major connectivity protocols: Citrix ICA, NoMachine NX, 2X ThinClient, Microsoft Windows terminal services (RDP, via RDesktop), VMWare Horizon View, Cendio ThinLinc, Tarantella, X, telnet, tn5250, VMS terminal and SSH (No special configuration of the application servers is needed to use Thinstation). Thinstation is mainly intended for schoolroom, office, company or department use, but can be used at home (eg. for a silent PC in the bedroom that 'runs' XP on your workstation in the back room). While Thinstation is based on Linux, users may actually never see Linux at all. If you decide to connect directly to a Microsoft Windows, Citrix or Unix server, the user will feel that they are running directly on the server. But, you can also have a local Desktop interface (with a local Browser & other tools). Thinstation runs on ordinary PC hardware (32/64 bit i686 class).

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