Monthly Archives: March 2012

Low-Orbit Servers for The Pirate Bay !!!

Did April Fools’ Day come early for The Pirate Bay? The controversial BitTorrent site posted an odd announcement last night stating that it had decided to “build something extraordinary” with its server infrastructure.

“We’re going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air,” wrote “MrSpock” on the Pirate Bay blog. “This way our machines will have to be shot down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. We’re just starting, so we haven’t figured everything out yet. But we can’t limit ourselves to hosting things just on land anymore.”

The so-called Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) prompted discussion at Hacker News and TorrentFreak, where some commenters debated the technical challenges to aerial hosting, and others were deeply skeptical. The Pirate Bay said it was experimenting with using GPS to control servers using Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized Linux computer.

BitTorrent news site TorrentFreak, which covers the Pirate Bay on a regular basis, appears to be taking the announcement seriously. “Although the line between reality and fantasy can be rather thin at The Pirate Bay, we were assured that the plan to launch a drone is real,” wrote Ernesto, who said the first drone would be launched over international waters.

The Pirate Bay has relocated its servers on numerous occasions seeking a haven from authorities and entertainment companies. At one point it considered buying the “micronation” of SeaLand or another data haven.

And They were All Mechanical Engineers !!!

bullet Scott
Adams
– cartoonist and creator of “Dilbert” – read an interview with
him in Prism
Magazine

 

bullet Yasser
Arafat
– Palestinian leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. Graduated
as a civil engineer from the University of Cairo.

 

bullet Neil
Alden Armstrong –
became the first man to walk on the moon on July 20,
1969, at 10:56 p.m. EDT. He and “Buzz” Aldren spent about two and one-half
hours walking on the moon, while pilot Michael Collins waited above in the
Apollo 11 command module. Armstrong received his B.S. in aeronautical
engineering from Purdue University and an M.S. in aerospace engineering
from the University of Southern California.

 

bullet Rowan
Atkinson –
A British comedian, best known for his starring roles in
the television series “Blackadde”r and “Mr. Bean,” and several films
including Four Weddings And A Funeral. Atkinson attended first Manchester
then Oxford University on an engineering degree.

 

bullet Leonid
Brezhnev
– leader of the former Soviet Union, metallurgical engineer.

 

bullet
Alexander Calder –
a native of Pennsylvania, received his degree in
mechanical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New
Jersey, and shortly thereafter moved to Paris, where he studied art and
began to create his now-famous mobiles. Many of his large sculptures are
on permanent outdoor display at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
where the first major retrospective of his work was held in 1950.

 

bullet Frank
Capra

– film director – “It Happened One Night”, “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”,
“It’s a Wonderful Life” – college degree in chemical engineering.

 

bullet Jimmy
Carter –
39th President of the United States. Attended Georgia
Southwestern College and the Georgia Institute of Technology and received
a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1946. In the Navy he
became a submariner, serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and
rising to the rank of lieutenant. Chosen by Admiral Hyman Rickover for the
nuclear submarine program, he was assigned to Schenectady, N.Y., where he
took graduate work at Union College in reactor technology and nuclear
physics and served as senior officer of the pre-commissioning crew of the
Seawolf.

 

bullet Roger
Corman –
film
director, industrial engineering degree from Stanford University. He
started direct involvement in films in 1953 as a producer and
screenwriter, making his debut as director in 1955. Between then and his
official retirement in 1971 he directed dozens of films, often as many as
six or seven per year, typically shot extremely quickly on leftover sets
from other, larger productions.
His probably
unbeatable record for a professional 35mm feature film was two days and a
night to shoot the original version of “The Little Shop of Horrors”.

 

bullet
Leonardo Da Vinci –
Florentine artist, one of the great masters of the
High Renaissance, celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer,
and scientist. His profound love of knowledge and research was the keynote
of both his artistic and scientific endeavors. His innovations in the
field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a
century after his death, and his scientific studies – particularly in the
fields of anatomy, optics, and hydraulics – anticipated many of the
developments of modern science.

 

bullet Thomas
Edison
– Edison patented 1,093 inventions in his lifetime, earning him
the nickname “The
Wizard of Menlo Park.” The most famous of his inventions was an
incandescent light bulb. Besides the light bulb, Edison developed the
phonograph and the kinetoscope, a small box for viewing moving films. He
also improved upon the original design of the stock ticker, the telegraph,
and Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. Edison was quoted as saying,
“Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.”

 

bullet
Lillian Gilbreth
– is considered a pioneer in the field of
time-and-motion studies, showing companies how to increase efficiency and
production through budgeting of time, energy, and money. Dr. Gilbreth
received her Ph.D. in psychology from Brown University and was a professor
at Purdue’s School of Mechanical Engineering, Newark School of Engineering
and the University of Wisconsin. She is “Member No. 1” of the Society of
Women Engineers. She and her husband used their industrial engineering
skills to run their household, and those efforts are the subject of the
book and family film “Cheaper by the Dozen.”

 

 

bullet Herbie
Hancock
– jazz musician and Mechanical engineer.

 

bullet
Alfred
Hitchcock –
British-born American director and producer of many
brilliantly contrived films, most of them psychological thrillers
including “Psycho”, “The Birds”, “Rear Window”, and “North by Northwest.”
He was born in London and trained there as an engineer at Saint Ignatius
College. Although Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for his direction,
he received the Irving Thalberg Award of the Academy of Motion Picture
Arts and Sciences in 1967 and the American Film Institute’s Life
Achievement Award in 1979. During the final year of his life, he was
knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, even though he had long been a naturalized
citizen of the United States.

 

bullet
Herbert Hoover
– having graduated from Stanford University in
California, Hoover was a 26 -year-old mining engineer in Tientsin, China,
when the city was attacked by 5,000 Chinese troops and 25,000 members of
the martial arts group known as the Boxers. (The Boxer Rebellion was a
violent 1900 uprising against foreign business interests in China.) Hoover
took charge of setting up barricades to protect Tientsin until its rescue
after 28 days of bombardment. Thirty years later, Herbert Hoover became
the 31st President of the United States; he and his wife continued to
speak Chinese when they wanted privacy in the White House.

 

bullet Lee
Iacocca
– former chairman and CEO of Chrysler Corp. Iacocca graduated
from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., in 1945 and received a master’s
degree in engineering from Princeton University in 1946. Best known for
his helmsmanship at Chrysler Motors, Iacocca started out as a sales
manager at the Ford Motor Co. in 1946 and by 1970 was president of the
company. Joining Chrysler in 1978, Iacocca helped drag the troubled
company from the brink of extinction by helping secure $1.5 billion in
government loans. Iacocca’s legendary status in the automobile industry is
reinforced by his role in the introduction of that American icon: the Ford
Mustang. He was also one of the first CEOs to proselytise
his company’s
products on national television with the K car campaign.

 

bullet Hedy
Lamarr
– a famous 1940s actress not formally trained as an engineer,
Lamarr is credited with several sophisticated inventions, among them a
unique anti-jamming device for use against Nazi radar. Years after her
patent had expired, Sylvania adapted the design for a device that today
speeds satellite communications around the world. She is also credited
with the line: “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand
still and look stupid.”

 

 

bullet Arthur
Nielsen –
developer of Nielsen rating system.

 

bullet Tom
Scholtz
– leader of the rock band Boston. Master’s degree from MIT in
mechanical engineering.

 

bullet John
Sununu
– former White House Chief of Staff for President George Bush,
former governor of New Hampshire, current CNN commentator on “Crossfire.”

 

bullet Boris
Yeltsin –
former president of Russia.

 



bullet Montel
Williams
– a highly decorated former Naval engineer and Naval
Intelligence Officer, he is now an author of inspirational books and host
of a popular syndicated television talk show.


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