By timothy from Slashdot's put-an-ssid-on-it department
An anonymous reader writes "Comcast engineers want to put WiFi transceivers in rental cars, taxis, buses and even on humans to extend reach of its Xfinity WiFi network. They also detail an idea for offering incentives to drivers to move WiFi-enabled cars to areas where it needs WiFi coverage. The plan was detailed in a patent application published today by the USPTO (I wrote a story about it for FierceCable)."
Speaking of extension, this sounds like a logical outgrowth of using wireless routers to grow the network
. (I hope they choose their humans carefully
, if this plan bears fruit.)Read Replies (0)
By Roblimo from Slashdot's quit-looking-under-my-skirts-said-lady-liberty department
, C|net's Chief political correspondent, has covered politics since the late 1990s for a variety of publications. He is a strong libertarian
, privacy advocate, and long time Slashdot reader who is not happy about how the NSA and other government bodies are sticking their noses into our personal business. He and I originally talked about doing an interview based on a story he wrote for C|net on July 12 titled How the U.S. forces Net firms to cooperate on surveillance
. Scheduling problems put the interview off for a bit, but here we are. Note that Declan has written millions of pixels worth of material
about privacy, NSA spying, and related matters. With new revelations about unsavory government activities coming to light seemingly every day the interview delay is no big deal. And this question still remains: Can we repeal the Patriot Act
? New Jersey Congressman Rush Holt wants to
. What about your
representatives? Are they willing to join Rep. Holt? Do you think they might if a bunch of people -- perhaps starting with you -- asked them to?Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's tell-me-when-it-can-hide-in-a-cabinet-for-fun department
An anonymous reader writes "Artificial and natural knowledge researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have IQ-tested one of the best available artificial intelligence systems to see how intelligent it really is. Turns out–it's about as smart as the average 4-year-old. The team put ConceptNet 4, an artificial intelligence system developed at M.I.T., through the verbal portions of the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, a standard IQ assessment for young children. They found ConceptNet 4 has the average IQ of a young child. But unlike most children, the machine's scores were very uneven across different portions of the test."
If you'd like to play with the AI system described here, take note of the ConceptNet API
documentation, and this Ubuntu-centric installation guide
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By timothy from Slashdot's everyone-will-have-one department
DeviceGuru writes with this excerpt from LinuxGizmos: "GlassUp, an Italian startup, has started taking pre-orders on Indiegogo for an Android eyewear display system billed as a simpler, lower-cost alternative to Google Glass. The GlassUp device is a receive-only Bluetooth accessory to a nearby mobile device, providing a monochrome, 320 x 240-pixel augmented reality display of incoming messages and notifications. GlassUp was unveiled at CeBit in March, and is now up for crowdfunding on Indiegogo, where pre-sales opened today ranging from $199 to $399, depending on whether it's a pre-release, pre-production, or full-production version. This is less than a quarter the price of the $1,500 Google Glass Developer Edition. Already almost two years in development, GlassUp is expected to ship to presales customers in Feb. 2014, around the same time Google Glass is expected to ship in commercial production form."
And for Google Glass itself, there's at least one project to bring Google's own hardware an alternative operating system
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