Here are my notes from "Internet 0 -- Bringing IP to the Leaf Node," Raffi Krikorian's talk at ETCON:
IP "stuff" is expensive, but we can IPify more cheaply if the devices can manage
the complexity themselves.
Barcelona: really pissed to see "expressive" Gaudi beuildings being knocked
through with holes to accomodate power, network, etc. Why can't expressivity and
power/network be built into matter?
[[Shows video of lightbulbs with httpds in them and light-switches with
user-agents that work like regular lightswtiches over TCP/IP. You can move the
lightswitch to anywhere else in the building an it will still control the same
bulb. When you attack a new lightswitch, it doesn' tknow what bulb it controls.
You program the switch by touching the switch and the bulb with tweezers that
causes them both to announce that they've been touched and creates an
India: metering the power grid. Lots of power in India is stolen through
linetaps. Breaks the grid, can kill you. Need a way to detect theft and it's too
expensive to use poeple and conventional meters.
Sol'n: IP power-metersm, per village, use power-lines for transporting data
about how much current is sent and received so you can identify where power is
stolen. Byproduct is that you're creating 100kb/s connectivity to rural Indian
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
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Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]
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