Posts By: David Solomonoff

DIY networking: The path to a more democratic internet

DIY community networks have been also used as social tools to reconnect citizens. The Sarantaporo.gr initiative in Greece has provided a community solution for affordable internet access, but it’s also a revolutionary model for building networking infrastructure. Source: DIY networking: The path to a more democratic internet | P2P Foundation

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How to care for communities and carnivorous plants before they turn into a little shop of horrors

Learn how caring for a carnivorous plant is much like caring for an open source community. I hadn’t considered how plants, like open source communities, are living organisms with different needs, and that thrive under specific kinds of care. For someone like me who lacks a green thumb, this was a huge and somewhat costly

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Blockchain Community Solar: the Value of a Renewable Energy Reputation – Medium

Ethereum blockchain tech used to share solar power on a community microgrid – Internet and cloud computing can use same model: Last Monday 6 community members on President St in the Brooklyn Park Slope neighborhood created the first local marketplace for renewable… Source: Blockchain Community Solar: the Value of a Renewable Energy Reputation – Medium

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WindTalker allows attacker to know sensitive keystrokes on mobile device through WiFi-based side-channel #MobileSecurity

Keystrokes on mobile devices will lead to different hand coverage and the finger motions, which will introduce a unique interference to the multi-path signals and can be reflected by the channel state information (CSI). The adversary can exploit the strong correlation between the CSI fluctuation and the keystrokes to infer the user’s number input. WindTalker

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Steps towards Biological Computing

At the IEEE Spectrum Neil Savage reports on the use of biological materials for more eco-friendly electronics. Applications include 3D-printable gelatins for medical sensors that could be swallowed and DNA used as an electron-blocking layer in the organic LED’s (OLED’s) used in computer displays. These promise to be both nontoxic and biodegradable – unlike the

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DIY implantable systems augment human capabilities; transcend limits of biology

Make Magazine reports on: “Biohackers [that] create DIY implantable systems to augment human capabilities and transcend the limits of biology.” Neil Harbisson was born colorblind, but a snorkel-like device mounted to his head now translates the visible spectrum into sound and transmits it to him via bone conduction. Rich Lee had two magnets implanted in

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David Morris: Will the autonomous economy set us all free, or just make the rich richer?

David Morris writes about “RoboCorps” –  Decentralized Autonomous Corporations that operate with minimal human intervention after being put in motion – in Aeon magazine: In the allegedly imminent world of the Internet of Things … these autonomous cloud robots will be able to run free. They will execute contracts, manage supply chains, even open new markets.

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