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DARPA Begins Work On 100Gbps Wireless Tech With 120-mile Range

December 17th, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments

Network

MrSeb writes “DARPA has begun development of a wireless communications link that is capable of 100 gigabits per second over a range of 200 kilometers (124mi). Officially dubbed ’100 Gb/s RF Backbone’ (or 100G for short), the program will provide the US military with networks that are around 50 times faster than its current wireless links. In essence, DARPA wants to give deployed soldiers the same kind of connectivity as a high-bandwidth, low-latency fiber-optic network. In the case of Afghanistan, for example, the US might have a high-speed fiber link to Turkey — but the remaining 1,000 miles to Afghanistan most likely consists of low-bandwidth, high-latency links. It’s difficult (and potentially insecure) to control UAVs or send/receive intelligence over these networks, and so the US military instead builds its own wireless network using Common Data Link. CDL maxes out at around 250Mbps, so 100Gbps would be quite a speed boost. DARPA clearly states that the 100G program is for US military use — but it’s hard to ignore the repercussions it might have on commercial networks, too. 100Gbps wireless backhaul links between cell towers, rather than costly and cumbersome fiber links, would make it much easier and cheaper to roll out additional mobile coverage. Likewise, 100Gbps wireless links might be the ideal way to provide backhaul links to rural communities that are still stuck with dial-up internet access. Who knows, we might even one day have 100Gbps wireless links to our ISP.”

Source: DARPA Begins Work On 100Gbps Wireless Tech With 120-mile Range

This Is What Happens When You Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

November 22nd, 2012 11:34 admin View Comments

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Too late for many east-coast Americans, but perhaps in time to stop a blaze or two in California, an anonymous reader writes with this video of “a controlled demonstration of why it is a bad idea to fry a frozen turkey.” My brother this morning assembled (despite poor directions and questionable parts fit) a deep fryer for a Thanksgiving turkey; we’re optimistic, and the turkey seems to be fully thawed at least.

Source: This Is What Happens When You Deep Fry a Frozen Turkey

Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

November 21st, 2012 11:49 admin View Comments

Science

First time accepted submitter almostadnsguy writes “There seem to be a lot of ways to cook a turkey the geekiest ones are probably out of the realm of possibility for normal geeks. However, Within the limits of normal society (or outside if you wish) what is the geekiest way to do it? Do you use a special brine, cook it in an inventive way, or raise genetically modified turkeys with extra legs?”

Source: Ask Slashdot: Geekiest Way To Cook a Turkey?

Birthplace of Indoeuropean Languages Found

September 3rd, 2012 09:10 admin View Comments

Communications

phantomfive writes “Language geeks might be interested in a recent study that suggests Turkey as the birthplace of the Indo-European language family. The Indo-European family is the largest, and includes languages as diverse as English, Russian, and Hindi. The New York Times made a pretty graph showing the spread.”

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Birthplace of Indoeuropean Languages Found

September 3rd, 2012 09:10 admin View Comments

Communications

phantomfive writes “Language geeks might be interested in a recent study that suggests Turkey as the birthplace of the Indo-European language family. The Indo-European family is the largest, and includes languages as diverse as English, Russian, and Hindi. The New York Times made a pretty graph showing the spread.”

Source: Birthplace of Indoeuropean Languages Found

Turkey Bans Pastebin and Tinyurl

March 15th, 2012 03:32 admin View Comments

Censorship

First time accepted submitter anonimim writes “Pastebin and Tinyurl have been blocked in Turkey. Pastebin was blocked last week by a court after the hacking of Turkish Information and Communications Technologies Authority (BTK). Four databases including email addresses and plain-text passwords stolen from BTK were posted to Pastebin last month, in retaliation for the blocking of Blogspot, Incisozluk (a popular Turkish community dictionary) and thousands of other websites. The more shocking ban was that of Tinyurl, a URL shortening service. Turkey currently blocks thousands of websites and is classified as one of the countries under surveillance by the 2012 Internet Enemies report (Pdf) published last week by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF).”

Source: Turkey Bans Pastebin and Tinyurl

Please Censor The Web America, The Rest Of Us Can’t Wait

January 18th, 2012 01:41 admin View Comments

You might notice many of your favorite websites look different today. Wikipedia is down. WordPress is dark. TechCrunch has adjusted it’s homepage logo to look even weirder than usual. So what’s the big deal?

Right now in Washington D.C., Congress is considering two bills that would censor the web and impose burdensome regulations on American businesses. Over here on the European version of TechCrunch we think that’s a fantastic thing. Utterly fantastic. No, really.

The PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House PIPA & SOPA will indeed censor the web. For you guys in the US!

Over here in Europe, we’ll be happily file sharing till the cows come home, allowing all you Yanks hungry for pirated to content to download or stream all the latest movies via other means you’ll be forced to dream up to get around your dumb lawmakers.

Admittedly these SOPA/PIPA powers are on the wish list of oppressive regimes throughout the world – and please don’t tell Russia or Belarus about them. They’ve been hankering for an excuse to shut down their Internet Tubes for years and a great nation like Uncle Sam doing it would be just the green light they’ve been looking for. Sigh. (Here in Europe we prefer to slightly forget about those guys. And please don’t ask us if Russian are Europeans – we’ve done our best to avoid that subject for 60 years and we ain’t about to start now.)

Meanwhile, although SOPA and PIPA also eliminate due process and provide incentives for American companies to shut down, block access to and stop servicing U.S. and foreign websites that copyright and trademark owners allege are illegal – here in Europe we are excited by this.

Why?

Well, it means two things. We can start developing an internet outside of North America. Yay!

Goodbye to that large, single, English speaking market who’s teats we have sucked on for so long. Hello to a “Eurasia” and Ingsoc” (wow, Orwell was right!?) where we can ply our wares, with you US guys sitting in blissful ignorance, having to watch re-runs of Giligan’s Island because everything else is ILLEGAL.

Ok, Ok, so you control .com domains and something weird would happen with ICANN. Hell, we’d figured something out… We rather like the sound of .tr domains from Turkey anyway.

And heres a message for corporate Amercia: Try suing us from Sweden! Hell, the Internet’s a human right here buddy…

The other reason we’re super excited is that your best and brightest entrepreneurs and developers – realising that your version of the Internet is now a sort of steam engine driven version controlled by Congress and unaccountable Corporations (steampunk!) – will now move to Europe to create their next global (“minus USA”, LOL!) Internet company.

The NAZDAQ will move to London and it’ll be IPOs all round for the Euros! And our coffee was always so much better anyway…

(The Google SOPA protest as channeled via an satirical alternative reality)

Source: Please Censor The Web America, The Rest Of Us Can’t Wait

In Confidential Email Samwer Describes Online Furniture Strategy As ‘Blitzkrieg’

December 22nd, 2011 12:27 admin View Comments

Rocket Internet, the Berlin-based incubator best known for German-language clones of US startups like Zappos and Groupon, now has big ambitions in the online furniture space according to information passed to TechCrunch Europe.

In a confidential email sent by Oliver Samwer which we have confirmed is genuine, the head (with his brothers Marc and Alexander) of European Founders Fund and the driving force behind Rocket, says their strategy is to become “number one” in the the ecommerce sector for furniture over the next year. But the language he uses – including the world “blitzkrieg” – indicates an aggressive and potentially insensitive management style which appears to be a ‘modus operadi’ of Rocket Internet culture.

In the email, Oliver Samwer tells his team at Rocket that “there are only 3 areas in ecommerce to build billion dollar business: amazon, zappos and furniture.”

“Never forget there are only 2 big areas in ecommerce: amazon and zappos. this is the last chance in your life! the chance for another billion dollar ecommerce company will never come again. This is over, after amazon there came only zappos, so we cannot lose this, because your grand children will ask why you why you did not become it,” he writes.

He then goes on to explain how they will achieve this: by being “German detail oriented”, being fast, being “aggressive” and “data driven”.

He also adds that managers he employed who did not do this lost him “a lot of money” in Russia and “the founders lost 50% of their equity” and had “no salary for 6 months.”

However the language used is quite surprising, to say the least. He tells his team: “You must assume everything [sic.] in your plan so that there are no surprises. i do not accept surprises. i want this planned confirmed [sic.] by all three of you: you must sign it with your blood.”

He adds: “i will only do a plan that you 100% believe in and that is signed with blood.”

Most controversially, especially for a high profile German businessman, he uses language more reminiscent of World War Two: “There are only 3 areas in ecommerce to build billion dollar business: amazon, zappos and furniture. the only thing is that the time for the blitzkrieg must be chosen wisely, so each country tells me with blood when it is time. i am ready – anytime!”

“Blitzkrieg” was of course a term used by the Nazis to describe their tactic of fast moving “lightning war”.

The well-placed source who passed us the email told us: “Samwer is known for using military terms as well as obscene language a lot, so that kind of ‘motivation’ is definitely “Olli Samwer style”. I don’t know a single other business person using such language.”

Everyone knows that in the realm of high-growth Internet companies people can sometimes get overly excited and perhaps over-step the mark. However the language used is less than tactful, to put it mildly.

Contacted by TechCrunch about the email Oliver Samwer confirmed it was genuine and responded on email with this statement:

“This was an email I sent to members of a project team back in October. In the midst of my enthusiasm and the idea of a fast roll-out I used the totally non-appropriate term Blitzkrieg. I am deeply sorry for this. I apologize to anyone who might have been offended by this word and the general tone of the email. It was really not my intention to hurt anyone’ s feelings. I am sending the same email of apology to the original recipients of this email. I know it was wrong and I will surely never articulate myself that way again.”

We reprint the email in full below.

From: Oliver Samwer
Subject: when is it time for blitzkrieg
To: [redacted]
Cc: [redacted]
Date: October, 2011

[Name], [Name] and the other founders globally in furniture, i need to know from you, when it is time to do the same in furniture, that means when it is time to take 100% of the market, full scale investment attack etc – as see below.

there are only 3 areas in ecommerce to build billion dollar business: amazon, zappos and furniture. the only thing is that the time for the blitzkrieg must be chosen wisely, so each country tells me with blood when it is time. i am ready – anytime!

Team in India, Turkey, Australia, South Africa, South East Asia,

I want you to change strategy and become the fastes, most aggressive and most succcessful company we ever built. You both face the same situation of coming late into market but sitting in the most interesting markets of the world and therefore I want you both to follow the same strategy. And do not tell me that you are following the strategy already, today from india to turkey, you have implemented 20% of this. Now it is time to either decide we will die to win or to give up.

So here is the important stuff for our strategy

Must:

1. We must be number one latest in the last month of next season. Full month, not a discount sales month.

Why ? Because only number one can raise unbelievable money at unbelievable valuations. I cannot raise money for number 2 etc and I have seen it how easy it is for me in Brazil and how difficult in Russia, because our team fucked up.

So to be clear, I will provide you with the money for the most aggressive plan of history. You must provide a plan and assume the following:

1. You achieve number 1. And you must achieve number in the categories that your competitors are active. So if your comeptitors are only in shoes, you must be number one in shoes. And then have clothes etc on top. But it will not that by not being number one in shoes you make up by selling in clothes. Leader in EVERY country that you have.

2. You must be in 2 seasons from now have at least 50% marketshare of the total online market in all your categories. A scenario where you have 35%, next 25%, next 20% will not give you the valuation that we need. we need an amazon valuation: seen as the 80% leader in the market.

3. You must assume that your competitors will raise huge amounts of money and will have revenues of 3x compared to this season.

4. i want all competitors with forecasts in your plan, so that it is clear what our position is.

5. i only care for net revenues, after returns and number of orders to prove that you are number one and have the required market share. no other currency. pls provide a business plan for 2012, not longer, not less.

6. in the last season month you need to be 100% bigger than biggest competitor in net revnues and order (both metrics)

7. assume that your competition will do crazy things: tv, groupons, selling below cogs, … you must assume eveything in your plan so that there are no surprises. i do not accept surprises. i want this planned confirmed by all three of you: you must sign it with your blood.

What you need and do not have (this is not criticism, this is oberservation):

1. You have not enough top buyers: you need to be number one in shoes, apparel, sports, jewelerey, whatever category makes sense. we can only get to 80% marketshare if we beat our competitors by aggressiveneess in each category, it must be a blitz-krieg-invasion. i think you should have 25 top buyers, top in each category, start looking now. you must OWN each category. australia mistake, not enough focus on shoes, instead apparel

and so they are losing out in shoes. the strategy is: own every country and if you have to sacrifice, focus on shoes as priority. best is if you can master all.

2. you need more top people. more mckinseys, goldman. find young talent, aggressive talent, smart detailed.

3. you need to ask much more brazil, russia and germany for their lessons, mistakes, improvements. russia did not do reports like germany and so they screwed up.

4. spend your money wisely. grow buying now, but it makes no sense to have 200 logistics people for 10 orders a day. so grow early, but wiseley.

5. control marketing, the key is in measurement. there is tons of lessons in russia mistakes and brazil there.

6. 2 of you should come some time for 2 days over one weekday and one weekend day to germany to get complete download.

7. find a top cto wizzard, build up a 30 people it team of top talent. amazon is it company, zalando 30% of value in it. it is always bottleneck.

Summary: i give you all the money to win, i give all the trust, but you come back with unmatched success. If i see that you are wasting my money, that you are not german detail oriented, that you are not fast, that you are not aggressive, that you are not data driven, that you are not doing logistics well, upload inventory fast, buying wrong inventory, then i get angry and do like in russia, where no people leading the company now and i lost a ton of money and the founders lost 50% of their equity and no salary for 6 months. we are in the same boat, everyone has to do his mission.

We are coming late, so we need to be the most aggressive, so aggressive that every competitor is surprised because he cannot imagine that we are SOO aggressive. to give you an example in brazil in groupon my competitor did 3m a month and had 80 sales people. i assumed in 4 months he would go to 300 salespeople and 6m so i told the team to have 500 salespeople in 4 months and 10m monthly revenues. we won. yes, there was some collateral damaage (it could have been done cheaper wiht more time), but i won and this it was matters so i could raise money and optimise all the missing parts.

Provide a plan over this weekend that includes all your recommendations, thinking because i can give you the money, the knowhow, the strategy, but i will only do a plan that you 100% believe in and that is signed with blood. this is not olis plan, this must be your plan, our plan.

Never forget there are only 2 big areas in ecommerce: amazon and zappos. this is the last chance in your life! the chance for another billion dollar ecommerce company will never come again. This is over, after amazon there came only zappos, so we cannot lose this, because your grand children will ask why you why you did not become it.

Surprise me with your aggressiveness, but smart and thought through aggressiveness – learn from the russian and japanese mistakes and the german and brazilian successes !

This is our last chance in ecommerce to build an Amazon company. After us, you can build an online games company, but no more in ecommerce. this is the LAST frontier in your life for ecommerce and I want you to rule this frontier. not 20%, not 30%, but 80% marketshare which is still possible in your countries.

I am the most aggressive guy on internet on the planet. I will die to win and i expect the same from you! =

Source: In Confidential Email Samwer Describes Online Furniture Strategy As ‘Blitzkrieg’

How Google Apps Can Help You Unplug for the Holidays

November 22nd, 2011 11:32 admin View Comments

oldthanksgiving150.jpgThis weird, wired century makes it difficult to let go of business and be present for the holidays. So many of us have powerful computers in our pockets, making it hard to resist checking our various Web thingies under the Thanksgiving dinner table. It’s important to have a strategy for managing and prioritizing work over the holidays, so we can plan ahead and stop worrying about it. In an always-on world, it’s all we can do.

With us in mind, Google sent along a list of free Web services it offers to help us manage our holiday workload. As a Google Apps team ourselves, we at RWW will certainly be using some of these strategies. Here are a few suggestions of how you can use Google’s vast toolbox of free Web gizmos to manage your workload and make your holidays more relaxing.

  • Gmail users can use Priority Inbox to filter out the important messages from those that can wait for after Turkey Day.
  • The Tasks tool in Gmail makes quick, synced to-do lists that can attach deadlines to Google Calendar.
  • Google Calendar has a Smart Rescheduler to take care of the unending challenge of finding appointment or gathering times that work for everyone.
  • Google Calendar is also smart about converting time zones so you don’t lose your mind trying to plan and travel at the same time.
  • Calendar’s next meeting reminders will count down to your next meeting for you, so you don’t have to think about it.
  • Google Docs has some holiday features, such as ready-made templates for invitations, wish lists and the like.
  • You can also use Google Docs forms to keep track of the RSVPs and dietary quirks of your holiday guests.

And if you have to be apart from your friends and family over the holidays, you can use Google’s Hangouts to spend time together virtually:

It’s very kind of Google to give us all these services for free (in exchange for our eyeballs). What other tools do you use to keep your work and life straight over the holidays?

Funny old photo via Flickr Creative Commons.

Source: How Google Apps Can Help You Unplug for the Holidays

Father of SSL Talks Serious Security Turkey

October 11th, 2011 10:27 admin View Comments

Security

coondoggie writes with an excerpt from a Networld World article: “SSL/TLS, the protocol that protects security of e-commerce, has taken a beating lately, with news items ranging from the violation of certificate authorities to the discovery of an exploit that beats the protocol itself. But despite the exploit …; and the failures of certificate authorities such as Comodo and DigiNotar that are supposed to authenticate users, the protocol has a lot of life left in it if properly upgraded as it becomes necessary, says Taher Elgamal, CTO of Axway and one of the creators of SSL.”

Source: Father of SSL Talks Serious Security Turkey