Friday, February 4, 2011

Dropping unneeded info to print less

Usually, getting directions from home, the first six steps are completely useless. I wish I could skip them and get the directions to print on one page. You let me customize each step. Just add the option to drop (skip, elide, remove, delete) the steps I don't need to print because I know them well.

in reference to: Printing, saving and sharing - Maps Help (view on Google Sidewiki)

Sunday, July 25, 2010

So what does this enable?

What's the regulatory situation for this part of the EM spectrum? Does this mean it will be cheaper to provide backhaul for rural areas of the world? I don't think you want the mobile device itself to be using a ten watt chip, but hen again if it used it for a few nanoseconds each ten milliseconds, that might not be a big battery drain.

in reference to: Panasonic’s GaN Transistor Goes A Long Way (view on Google Sidewiki)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Let's cure HIV+ with GcMAF

In the peer reviewed Journal of Medical Virology, 81:16-26 (2009) Dr. Nobuto Yamamoto reports his clinical trial using the potent macrophage activating factor, GcMAF, to reverse HIV+ in 18 weeks or less. The treatment seems to be free of serious side effects. You can stop after a while. Who can fund an FDA approved clinical trial so we can start using it in the USA?

in reference to: BBC News - Scientists say vaginal gel cuts HIV-infections by half (view on Google Sidewiki)

Friday, December 1, 2006

Sharable WiFi could be cheap

I noticed that the OLPC project builds into each laptop a Marvell 83W8388 chip to support a self managed WiFi mesh network. No engineering needed, Just get power to the chip, hang an antenna on it and stick it on your roof or up a tree.

The whole OLPC laptop is less than $200 now and going down. Leave out the screen, the keyboard, the memory, the CPU, and the case. What would the WiFi part cost? Could I buy a dozen for $100 and unwire my whole neighborhood, linking in to my DSL or satellite high speed Internet connection?

Maybe Google would like to arrange for the availability of a suitable chip/antenna/power-supply in a weatherproof package. Of course, everybody now profiting from Internet access, or TV, or voice communication by wire or through cell phone towers would object to the idea. After all, a single month of service on any of those would cost more than the purchase price for another node in the mesh.

If just a fraction of the nodes were powered by solar cells with battery backup, that could provide an extremely robust communication system to assist in addressing any disaster, whether man made or delivered by Mother Nature. Thus even local government officials might lend their support for part of the system and for coordinating the emergency coverage aspect of the mesh network. See, government can be truly useful in certain circumscribed areas.