One geeks dream An ATAT for America

first_imgIt’s been years since the United States had a massive monument that all of its people could rally around, regardless of their political, ideological, religious, or personal beliefs. Sure we have the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, but those are all old and historic. What about something new, like a fully-functional, full-scale AT-AT Imperial Walker from Star Wars? Now that would be something to rally around.Sure, America has no shortage of monuments, but how many national monuments could walk their way from coast to coast, touring the country, and stopping in cities along the way for everyone to see? Over at Tumblr, one person has called upon the nerds of America to put our collective heads together and make this a reality: a creation to give the American people something to believe in.Putting aside whether or not it’s actually possible to build something like an AT-AT Imperial Walker, and how it would be fueled and propelled if it were a real object, the project is interesting. Mike, the person behind the site, points out that he has no mechanical aptitude, and no budget to make this happen by himself, but with the power of every geek, nerd, Star Wars fan, and interested party in America, we could have a real working AT-AT strolling through the cornfields of the Midwest or watching the coast off of New York City.According to the site, the idea has already been bounced off minds like Adam Savage from Mythbusters, Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing and Make Magazine, and Ken Denmead of GeekDad, and everyone’s in agreement: this needs to happen now. So far the page has drawn well over a hundred people re-blogging the effort, a mention on G4TV’s Attack of The Show, support to raise funding at Kickstarter, and the author has posted contact information for interested parties to reach out if they want to lend their skills, resources, or money to the effort. Time will tell who’ll answer the call.Read more at AT-AT for Americalast_img read more

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BitTorrent preps secure private Dropbox alternative called Sync

first_imgBitTorrent Sync is coming, and it’s going to offer a very different take on multi-device file synchronization than what current apps like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and SugarSync do. Sync shoves aside the cloud locker and instead opts take care of business using good old P2P transfers.Client apps are available for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems, and there’s also a web-based version that can be utilized on NAS devices. Your data is transmitted securely, and it’s only shared with the people you want to share it with. As you would expect, synchronization happens silently in the background. The bigger the private swarm you establish for your sync jobs, the faster the transfers will occur… and the more redundant your backups become.There are some tradeoffs, of course. The biggest may be that many of your devices are probably sharing the same internet connection at any given time. The fact that you’ve got multiple seeds at hand to potentially accelerate transfers won’t matter since everything’s trying to squeeze out the same pipe. You’ll also be giving up a bit of convenience. More traditional sync services give you access to all your files via a web app, too. While you could certainly configure your router to allow access to a web-based management interface for an app like BitTorrent Sync, it’s not nearly the same kind of hassle-free setup Dropbox or Google Drive provides.Still, Sync is only in the pre-alpha development phase right now — and if anything is clear from watching BitTorrent’s other apps evolve over the years, it’s that you never can tell what the company is going to do next. When your motivation is to “make a better Internet using P2P,” just about anything is fair game.If you’re interested in checking BitTorrent Sync out, head to the source link below and sign yourself up.More at BitTorrent and TorrentFreaklast_img read more

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