Monday, November 24, 2014

Memorable Quotes - Part 4

A follow on from:

- Alan Shore: My, uh, best friend has Alzheimer's, in the, uh, very early stages, it hasn't... He is a grand lover of life, and will be for some time. I believe even when his mind starts to really go, he'll still fish he'll laugh and love, and as it progresses he'll still want to live because there will be value for him, in a friendship, in a cigar... The truth is I don't think he will ever come to me and say, this is the day I want to die, but the day is coming and he won't know it... This is perhaps the, the most insidious thing about Alzheimer's... but you see he trusts me to know when that day has arrive, he trusts me... to safe guard his dignity, his legacy, and self respect. He trusts me to prevent his end from becoming a mindless piece of mush and I will. It will be an unbearably painful... thing for me, but I will do it, because I love him. I will end his suffering, because it is the only decent humane and loving thing a person can do.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993804/quotes
- "We are strategic but we stop at number crunching, we plan but we don't over manage, we inspire but we don't preach, we code but we're not monkeys."
http://www.seek.com.au/Job/calling-all-super-powered-geeks-to-enlist-in-the-fight-against-corporates/in/sydney-sydney/22545415 
- It was either Otto von Bismarck or Claud Cockburn who said, "Never believe anything until it has been officially denied." Whoever it was, and the internet seems a little confused on the matter, they were on to something.
http://www.smh.com.au/business/intelligent-investor/australias-most-overpaid-ceo-20130513-2jhmv.html 
- "Change is a big word that everyone is using. (United States President Barack) Obama uses it, but you have to actually feel it."
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/world/17135873/adrian-cheng-updating-a-hong-kong-family-empire-for-a-changing-china/
- Sandschneider agrees that personal relations have an impact on political relations: "International politics is not a dehumanized process. It is about people coming together. And it is true that it is easier for two people who get along well to negotiate and solve problems than two people who can't stand each other."
http://www.dw.de/germany-is-first-on-lis-eu-list/a-16834332
- "Skeptics don't make history"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/kerry-says-us-drone-program-strict-fair/2013/05/26/80058422-c615-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html?tid=pm_world_pop
- "Germany won," said Glasman at the debate. "We have a Champions League final between two supporter-owned and democratically governed football clubs. Tradition and the preservation of institutional virtue are a source of energy and modernisation precisely because change and continuity work together; a balance of power is the best system; a negotiated settlement is better than one that is imposed, the domination of any interest violates the demand of what is good; the discovery of the common good between forces that are estranged is the best good of all. It takes longer to get there but the benefits are more enduring."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/01/germany-champion-europe
- Secondly, for web site owners. Assume the entire world is out to get you. All of it; and everyone living there. It's easier that way! Do whatever you feel necessary to keep your name out of the press. Then do everything that isn't necessary, because it may-well prove to be necessary in the future. And if you're not sure what I mean, get advice, urgently.
http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/security/58893-abc-web-site-hacked-by-opponent-to-geert-wilders
- In his seminal 1931 book, Equality, R H Tawney lamented that the public did not seem resentful of the rich so much as fascinated by their goings-on. Little has changed. For most Brits, stupendous wealth has always been something that is aspired to more than resented. The post-crash fuss about the 1 per cent often seemed to be a civil dispute between its members: well-heeled activists, journalists and union chiefs castigating those who nabbed the best tables in restaurants or pushed up prices of Tuscan villas. And as successive prime ministers have realised, no government anywhere has helped the low-paid by railing against high wages.

The rich, to adapt Jesus in St Matthew's Gospel, will always be with us; the 1 per cent are likely to pull ever further away. But this has its compensations. The lower-paid half of the British populace have never had to pay a smaller share of income tax than today, because the wealthy have never forked out more. And while there is not much David Cameron can do about the rich, there is still plenty he can do about the poor. He doesn't shout about it. But he has rightly concluded that this is where his attention is best focused.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/10202546/Dont-blame-the-best-paid-1per-cent-theyre-worth-it.html
- "The problem is not ammunition, it's experience," one said, adding: "If we were fighting Americans we would all have been killed by now. They would have killed us with their drone without even needing to send a tank.

"The rebels are brave but they don't even know the difference between a Kalashnikov bullet and a sniper bullet. That weakens the morale of the men," he said.
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/syria-iraq-yemen-and-afghan-jihadists-join-war-against-assad_801575.html
- Obama said that "at a time when anyone with a cellphone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button," the notion that governments can control the flow of information is obsolete.Obama said that "at a time when anyone with a cellphone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button," the notion that governments can control the flow of information is obsolete.
http://www.skynews.com.au/topstories/article.aspx?id=799117
- Only about 1 in 1,000 Web readers clicks on the average display ad. On Facebook, that number is closer to 1 in 2,000, according to Webtrends. Even ads sent by unsolicited postal mail generate a response rate that is many times higher, according to published industry numbers.
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-facebook-display-ads-20120525,0,4871607.story
- Famous night owls include Winston Churchill, President Obama, Charles Darwin, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Keith Richards and Elvis Presley. Famous early risers include Napoleon, Ernest Hemingway and George W. Bush.

Professor Jim Horne, of Loughborough University, said: "Evening types tend to be the more extrovert creative types, the poets, artists and inventors, while the morning types are the deducers, as often seen with civil servants and accountants.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/like-staying-up-late-you-may-be-narcissistic/article13495020/comments/
- Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities. It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population. It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some fifty miles of concrete pavement. We pay for a single fighter with a half-million bushels of wheat. We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people. . . . This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.[1][4]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chance_for_Peace_speech
- Decades of reform. Globalisation, and the global financial crisis. The uncertainties of the post-September 11 world. Eric Knight: "Those circumstances are ripe for misinterpretation, for populist interpretation, interpretation that focuses on the surface of things and often misses the deeper logic of what's happening."
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/history-repeats-20120504-1y4ki.html
- "Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot."
E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/falling-in-love
- "No one ever fell in love gracefully."
Connie Brockway, The Bridal Season
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/falling-in-love
- "Have you ever longed for someone so much, so deeply that you thought you would die? That your heart would just stop beating? I am longing now, but for whom I don't know. My whole body craves to be held. I am desperate to love and be loved. I want my mind to float into another's. I want to be set free from despair by the love I feel for another. I want to be physically part of someone else. I want to be joined. I want to be open and free to explore every part of them, as though I were exploring myself."
- "Martin's dream is a vision not yet to be realized, a dream yet unfilled, and we have much to do before we can celebrate the dream as reality, as the suppression of voting rights and horrific violence...has so painfully demonstrated."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324591204579039772530945520.html
- Love is more easily experienced than defined. As a theological virtue, by which we love God above all things and our neighbours as ourselves for his sake, it seems remote until we encounter it enfleshed, so to say, in the life of another - in acts of kindness, generosity and self-sacrifice. Love's the one thing that can never hurt anyone, although it may cost dearly. The paradox of love is that it is supremely free yet attaches us with bonds stronger than death. It cannot be bought or sold; there is nothing it cannot face; love is life's greatest blessing.
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/dec/13/what-is-love-five-theories

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Writing eBooks For Profit

Over the years it's been clear that I've had a propensity for writing. What hasn't been so clear was how to monetise this. Recent research has indicated that if you're a writer it isn't as difficult as you think. If you work with standard word processors and office suites then it becomes clear that it's possible basically to just type things up, export to PDF, and then publish this.

- a good example of this are the 'Building a Cloud Computing Service', 'Convergence Effect', and 'Cloud and Internet Security' (has been cleared by Australian Intelligence Services for sensitive material so it's not a problem if you're curious) reports which are now available via Amazon and Google Play Book stores for 5 USD each (pretty decent content and research for the price to be honest. Will be curious to see how this experiment goes...)
For those who are curious here are some interesting notes:
- there are some plugins and standalone applications which will allow for this but at the end of the day you need to be able to run your book through the automated checkers to be able to get anything actually posted on to the online store
- another option could be paying someone to manually convert your chosen file. The problem is that you never know the quality of the work that you're going to get so I suggest going on your own
- most if not all stores will take a cut of what you sell
https://kdp.amazon.com/
https://play.google.com/books/publish/
- though there are other options out there if you want to sell in a different way
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-self-publish-an-ebook/
- some sites will ask for ISBN details while others will supply them for you for free
- depending on your status you may need to sign up to have a Tax File Number in the United States. There are often taxation agreements with more developed countries though
http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/International-Taxpayers/Taxpayer-Identification-Numbers-%28TIN%29
- many book stores will require you to use specific file formats or applications
- note that there are are many options/programs out there that will let you preview, manage, and convert your eBooks

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Cloud and Internet Security

If you've been watching this blog you may have noticed that there hasn't been a lot of activity lately. Part of this has to do with me working on other projects. One of these includes a report that I call "Cloud and Internet Security" which is basically a follow up of "Building a Cloud Computing Service" and the "Convergence Effect". If you're curious, both documents were/have been submitted to various organisations where more good can be done with them. Moreover, I consider both both works to be "WORKS IN PROGRESS" and I may make extensive alterations without reader notice. The latest versions are likely to be available here:


Cloud and Internet Security
ABSTRACT
A while back I wrote two documents called 'Building a Cloud Service' and the 'Convergence Report'. They basically documented my past experiences and detailed some of the issues that a cloud company may face as it is being built and run. Based on what had transpired since, a lot of the concepts mentioned in that particular document are becoming widely adopted and/or are trending towards them. This is a continuation of that particular document and will attempt to analyse the issues that are faced as we move towards the cloud especially with regards to security. Once again, we will use past experience, research, as well as current events trends in order to write this particular report. 

Personal experience indicates that keeping track of everything and updating large scale documents is difficult and depending on the system you use extremely cumbersome. The other thing readers have to realise is that a lot of the time even if the writer wants to write the most detailed book ever written it’s quite simply not possible. Several of my past works (something such as this particular document takes a few weeks to a few months to write depending on how much spare time I have) were written in my spare time and between work and getting an education. If I had done a more complete job they would have taken years to write and by the time I had completed the work updates in the outer world would have meant that the work would have meant that at least some of the content would have been out of date. Dare I say it, by the time that I have completed this report itself some of the content may have come to fruition as was the case with many of the technologies with the other documents? I very much see this document as a starting point rather than a complete reference for those who are interested in technology security. 

Note that the information contained in this document is not considered to be correct nor the only way in which to do things. It’s a mere guide to how the way things are and how we can improve on them. Like my previous work, it should be considered a work in progress. Also, note that this document has gone through many revisions and drafts may have gone out over time. As such, there will be concepts that may have been picked up and adopted by some organisations while others may have simply broken cover while this document was being drafted and sent out for comment. It also has a more strategic/business slant when compared to the original document which was more technically orientated. 

No illicit activity (as far as I know and have researched) was conducted during the formulation of this particular document. All information was obtained only from publicly available resources and any information or concepts that are likely to be troubling has been redacted. Any relevant vulnerabilities or flaws that were found were reported to the relevant entities in question (months have passed).

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Music Production and Experimentation

Of late, my interests have diversified into music production and composition. It's likely that over the next the next few blog posts I'll be detailing some of what I've been working on.

Sources for some of the better DAW software currently available:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_audio_workstation
http://www.futureproducers.com/forums/hardware-software/software/best-free-daws-423138/
https://www.ableton.com/
http://www.avid.com/us/products/family/pro-tools/
http://www.apple.com/logic-pro/
http://www.steinberg.net/en/shop/cubase.html
https://www.bitwig.com/en/bitwig-studio/download.html
http://www.image-line.com/flstudio/

Sources for some of the better VSTs that I've come across:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Studio_Technology
http://www.vst4free.com/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/
http://www.bestservice.de/en/
ttp://www.fxpansion.com/
http://www.magix.com/us/
http://www.image-line.com/
http://www.izotope.com/
http://sourceforge.net/
http://www.celemony.com/cms/
https://refx.com/
http://www.u-he.com/cms/
http://freeplugz.com/
http://www.camelaudio.com/
http://www.synthmaker.co.uk/
http://www.dsprobotics.com/
http://www.hermannseib.com/
http://www.waldorf-music.info/en/
http://freesoftsynth.com/
http://www.synthtopia.com/
http://www.partikkelaudio.com/
http://www.granularsynthesis.com/software.php
http://www.linplug.com/
http://www.pluginguru.com/
http://www.d16.pl/
http://www.zampler.de/
http://www.audiorealism.se/
http://www.fabfilter.com/

Manufacturers of music hardware:
http://www.roland.com/
http://www.korg.com/au/
http://www.akaipro.com/
http://www.arturia.com/
http://global.novationmusic.com/
http://www.native-instruments.com/en/

Sources for songs and samples:
http://www.loopmasters.com/
http://www.mixcloud.com/
http://bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/
http://www.beatport.com/
http://www.youtube.com/
http://soundcloud.com/
http://www.beatwinus.fr/
http://www.traxsource.com/

Sources for media and other resources:
http://www.musicradar.com/computermusic/
http://www.musicradar.com/futuremusic/
http://www.musictech.net/
http://www.soundonsound.com/
http://www.kvraudio.com/
http://www.syntorial.com/
http://www.vintagesynth.com/menufull.php
http://www.mpc-tutor.com/

Friday, August 30, 2013

'Firehol' Updates

Recently, I've been working on various software projects. One of them has involved integrating 'firehol' (a firewall management system) into a larger project of mine (more details later). Even though it is clear that the project was fairly mature it hasn't really been kept up to date of late. One of the main problems in my situation was the automated building of 'RPM' and 'DEB' packages. Digging through the various configuration files it was obvious that there some things that needed changing.

The first alterations required included the '.spec' file located in the root directory of the uncompressed archive. The 'COPYRIGHT' tag has to be changed to become the 'LICENSE' tag, a 'cheat' to get around the versioning problem when building the RPM is to change the line containing '#Source: %{name}-%{version}.tar.bz2' to 'Source: %{name}-1.tar.bz2'. This is required due to the way in which the tarball is dealth with at build time.
####Start Quote from .spec file####
Summary: An easy to use but powerfull iptables stateful firewall
Name: firehol
Version: 1
Release: 0
#Version: 1.273
#Release: rh7up
#Copyright: GPL
License: GPL
Group: Applications/Internet
#Source: %{name}-%{version}.tar.bz2
Source: %{name}-1.tar.bz2
####End Quote from .spec file####

Another problem is that it's still looking for a particular file called 'check-iana.sh' in the 'buildrpm.sh' script. You can either manually create the file to or else delete all references of this file from all relevant build files.

Several of the checking/scanning mechanisms in the 'get-iana.sh' file need to be re-examined. The obvious problems include the address from which the file is extracted, the mechanism which is used to parse this particular file (a rough approximation is given below but it should be given further review as my work is a quick hack to get things working), and also a file which is supposed to be generated '/etc/firehol/RESERVED_IPS' but isn't (via 'get-iana.sh'. It may simply be a case at examining the file further and working on it). The required changes are outlined below. The lines which are commented out represent the original content. The lines which aren't represent the altered files.

####Start Quote from get-iana.sh file####
#IPV4_ADDRESS_SPACE_URL="http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space"
IPV4_ADDRESS_SPACE_URL="http://www.iana.org/assignments/ipv4-address-space/ipv4-address-space.txt"

#wget -O - --proxy=off "${IPV4_ADDRESS_SPACE_URL}" |\
#        egrep "^[0-9]+/[0-9]+.*${IANA_RESERVED}"  |\
#        egrep -vi "${IANA_IGNORE}"                |\
#        cut -d ' ' -f 1                           |\

wget -O - --proxy=off "${IPV4_ADDRESS_SPACE_URL}"  |\
        egrep "^\ {1,}[0-9]+/[0-9]+.*"             |\
        egrep "(RESERVED|UNALLOCATED)"             |\
        egrep -vi "Multicast"                      |\
        sed 's/   //'                              |\
        cut -f1 -d ' '                             |\
####End Quote from get-iana.sh####

NOTE - the maintainer of the project has been contacted but has thus far not responded to any communication. The file involved is 'firehol-1.273.tar.bz2' downloaded from, http://en.sourceforge.jp/projects/sfnet_firehol/releases/ with the following MD5 checksum, 'cbbe1ba21cf44955827d5c906a55aa21'. For those who are lazy, I've uploaded updated files to:
https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/firehol-1-0.noarch.rpm,
57455222f6e5d8840bbf019751ade88b
https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/firehol_1-1_all.deb,
cd083ffa6285ccfc6661f41d78a74da9
https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Music Organisation From the Linux CLI

Over the last few days, I've been ripping music (using Windows Media Player) in locations where there has been no Internet access available. Previously, I had thought that if I navigated through the correct menu options I could get my music collection organised correctly. Apparently not. What I've found is that based on my recent experience Windows Media Player only seems to get the ID3 tag information but doesn't seem to alter the filenames and folders correctly.

These series of scripts attempts to rectify the problem by using this information to alter the ripped files. You then simply copy the files back into the music library for re-scanning by the program in question (Microsoft Windows Media Player or Apple iTunes are the one's you'll most likely encounter and the ones that I tested with.) They seem to work but more testing may be required.

########Start Quote########
ID3 Music Organiser Script

These series of scripts are used to organise a group of ripped MP3 files that have ID3 tags but not the correct file and folder names. It does so by calling a series of commands to rename files based on ID3 tag information and then attempts to move or rename files and folders based on artist or album. Using just 'master.sh' you can organise by album/artist but by using 'organise.sh' you can organise based on the more conventional artist/album system as used by Microsoft and Apple.

Either way, Windows Media Player should eventually figure out how to reorganise your files based on the information, files, and folders that are supplied (WMP only seems to get the ID3 tag information based on my recent experience which is why I built these scripts) by these scripts.

Obviously, you can run these scripts on an ad-hoc basis and/or you can also run it continuously with a scheduling program such as 'cron'. You also need the following utilities to be installed, id3, eyed3, and uuid-runtime.

As this is the very first version of the program (and I didn't have access to all test data  while I was cleaning this up it may be VERY buggy). Please test prior to deployment in a production environment.
########End Quote########

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Car of the Future, some Random Intelligence, and Defense Thoughts

A follow on from:
http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2013/05/going-green-part-2.html
http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com/2013/07/europeaninternational-economic-reform.html

Some of the following technologies are obviously extremely far off into the future while others are very easily adaptable and can be implemented basically immediately.

- a variation on shield technology I've been thinking of is pulse wave shields (we probably haven't reached energy density levels in small enough packages to enable medium/long term/time shields so I've been thinking of using super capacitor technology in combination with conventional projectile interceptors to send shock waves/ pulses as missiles come in). Obvious issue is altitude and also efficiency issues related to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach_number
May also be used in combination with constructive interference to break through accelerate through to supersonic speeds more quickly (possible to offset onset of sonic booms through destructive interference?). My preference is to power once more on environmental technologies. Peltier modules will once gain use the air temperature differential between engines and the external atmosphere in order to power shield/pulse wave generators. They could serve to give off decoy radar signatures (especially in the case of low RCS aircraft), may also reduce the IR signature of the aircraft by converting heat into electricity, slow down/reduce/stop the range of incoming missiles, concussion waves (similar effect to so called flash bangs) for non-lethal combatant control, etc...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stun_grenade
- a lot of renewable energy systems such as street lighting shorts to ground/wastes energy when not in use. Would like to send this back into grid whereever possible/reasonable. All lighting systems must have an output. May require an open standard here?
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article40963.html
- would like car manufacturers to reconsider seating format. 2+3 or 2+2 seems to be standard nowadays but as previously stated would like to see other lower seat capacity options/configurations. Single seater with 'Transformatech' capabilities, 1+2, 1+3 configuration also. Obvious reasons include reduced weight, easier export to alternative markets, etc... However, since we're removing so many extraneous parts it also means that we can have more room to move ballast. In this case, I'd probably try to move the front passengers directly over the front wheels for better traction (this is likely to be a rear mid engine configuration but numerous alterations will be made to aide safely because we'll me making more alterations to the front end of the car as you'll discover shortly)
- move towards plastic windows. Obvious issues regarding shatter/safety though for emergency services. Propose purposely embedding weak points (grooves) or else a lattice framework within the window so that the structural integrity is weakened at known points in case of emergency
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505123_162-43144729/shattering-glass-low-weight-plastic-car-windows-are-coming/
http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/the-first-day-of-the-rest-of-her-life-20130627-2p09z.html
http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/In-Gear/2013/0212/Will-your-next-car-have-plastic-windows
- move towards resin/glue on cars as a means of saving weight on welds, increasing strengh becoming more commonplace. Would like to see this filter down to all cars at some point
- am considering abolition of electrically based power windows/central locking systems (am unsure about efficiency/convience gain over current systems though. Will have to do some experiments). Moving to hydraulic system based on compressed air or a liquid system that is unlikely to require replacing we use high quality parts/fluids. Would be controlled through a central reservoir with a series of vales which would open/close and a pump which would dispense the required air/fluid to deal with each door/window
http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthread.php/weight-difference-power-vs-manual-windows-21817.html
- have also considered moving towards a braking system that is basically based on air but it's clear that there are compression/latency issues. Moreover, since I envisage moving towards superconducting brakes which don't generate heat (but are more effective and are used on Jetcars) it's likely that if we use high quality parts/fluids the brake fluid may never deteriorate/require replacing
- considered using ride height changes/dynamic rake (see Formula 1) but am concerned about reliability cost
- considered dyed plastic which means that if there is a scratch you can buff it out most of the time. Moreover, it saves the cost/time associated with painting parts
- consider using Coanda style aerodynamic solutions/vortex generators to clean up airflow around rear end (used on many super/hypercars). Air inflow will come from 'gill' like serrations that will open/close on the side of the car
- consider using hinged flaps over door hinges in to further clean up aerodynamics (these will seal the air flow flat to the side of the door with no indentation)
- mandate minimum drag coefficient levels?
- have considered using HUD's but am worried that they aren't easily readible in daylight. Have concerns that modifications to screen required to maintain good visibility may make price of screen prohibitive
- it's likely that I'll try to reduce the size (or get rid of) the dashboard (I'm only likely to keep a small portion of it for redundancy safety purposes) or get rid of it completely where possible. It will be replaced by a tablet like computer which will replace many of the onboard electronic systems and other functionality such as the ECU, security system, stereo system, etc... This will obviously result in large weight savings. It will also add a lot of extra functionality which I will details alter on which may have a dramatic impact on the way we drive in the future
http://www.itwire.com/opinion-and-analysis/shaw-thing/60104-reimagining-cars-for-the-digital-era
- conventional speakers will be replaced by flat panel speakers. The difference in sound fidelity/quality is problematic but is diminishing based on what I've been reading
- I previously said I'd like to get rid of rack and pinion steering. I've changed my mind for safety reasons. Gears will be replaced by a circular superconducters that are sliced up like pizza slices. Each slice will alternatate the polarity with the ratcheting mechanism on the steering arm. It may be suppemented by extra electromagnets that would allow you to adjust the amount of power steering assitance that you require. I'd like my version to have the same system on the back end as well while being connected with a central pole? This would reduce turning circles considerably (consider abolishing differential?)
- the other steering mechanism that I had with 'fancy differentials' that dealt with each wheel would have offered some benefits though. It would mean that the tyres would never angle outwards. This meant I could create door like covers on each wheel (no more wheel flares/edges which would impact on aero. They would be flattened to the side of the car now) itself. This would benefit aerodynamic obviously
- switch to racing style/bucket like seats. Almost as comfortable but at a lower weight. Unlikely to use power seats for weight savings
- since there is no major dashboard anymore some of the safety provided from it's presense is lost. We're going to replace it with honeycomb pattern of plastic/metal which is liked to vehicle telemetry which will alter the amount of charge applied to these crumble zones. This will increase the strength/weaken the strength of doors/bumper bars, etc... depending on the speed likelihood of an accident. This means that in lower speed accidents you're less likely to incur significant damage while in higher speed accidents you'll have more crumple protection (I'm guessing that in some cases if we can make enough progress in these materials we may be able to have cars which can basically repair themselves someday)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroactive_polymers
- would like to see them offer the option of being able to remove seats from car during purchase and add later on if need be for cost reasons as stated previously
- obvious option is simply to reduce dimensions of the car but it's unlikely I'd do too much of this to remain higher levels of comfort
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mazda6-more-than-just-a-finally-pretty-face-2013-06-29
- want to move to steel/composite hybrid engines. My hope is that we reach the stage in superconducter/materials technology where the walls of the piston chamber and piston itself are repelled only via 'magnetic forces' and there is enough compression to be adequate for power but not enough to generate significant friction which would require a radiator
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.25.4992
http://industrial.lukas.com/Products/Lifting+cylinders/Double_acting+hollow+piston+steel+cylinders.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cylinder_head
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piston
- want to see slightly more aerodynamic design of moving parts in the engine. This means that in combustion engines the top of valves and pistons will be shaped to become slightly bullet like to reduce drag. Am aware of experiments with piston shaping to increase efficacy. Would like to attempt to experiment with flexible face technology, hollow cores, as used in golf club drivers as well... Obvious issues related to lifespan though if using flexing to change shape of piston head as it moves up/down through cylinder
- as I've previously said I'd like to move towards low friction/frictionless technology across the board including engines. This obviously reduces cooling requires but also means that we can do away with a lot of other parts such as the radiator, radiator fluid, radiator fan, oil filter, oil sump, oil, power steering, power steering pump, power steering fluid, most of the transmission (I have an alternative design which is roughly based on the power steering system technology that I mentioned above), transmission fluid, etc... To give you an idea of how much this changes the car weight equation as it stands we use about 300-400kg for many current engine/transmission combinations
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080508232228AAH4DuR
http://www.f1technical.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2045&start=15
- would like to get rid of spark plugs as well. Achievable by altering fuel but that may require 'additives' or significant engine modifications which may detract from my desire for it to be truly 'multi-fuel'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_engine
- dirt repelling undertray which will result in less losses through lost fuel efficiency
- believe traction problems can be overcome through an array of measures. Obviously, better tyre compounds but am considering an array of other options. Among them are multi-chamber tyres, heating the rim of the types to attain the optimum temperature/pressure, tyres which have an electrical membrane/circuit (a number of independent sections) that are built into the wall. Each time the tyre comes into contact with the ground the switch/circuit is triggered metal/plastic built into the tire is flattened so that maximum tire adhesion/traction is achieved, another is a tire/rubber compound which becomes more tacky on contact with air (far off into the future), another is dynamic inflation technologies which involves a centralised inflation system working in combination with LIDAR/RADAR scanning technologies which would open up tiny pressure release valves in the wheels/tires. Once a tricky section had been bypassed the tire would be re-inflated to the original desired pressure. Another concept that I've been examining is using a concentric wheel/ball bearing configuration. The outer wheel/shell would be connected to the tire, the inner wheel/rim would be in the same configuration as a conventional ball bearing that you see in roller blades. The balls at the bottom would be significantly heavier though which means that you effectively have extra ballast pushing down at each tire which will increase it's traction
http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/bmw-says-performance-has-peaked-20130627-2ozk5.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroactive_polymers
At some point though I'd like to move away completely from pneumatic tyres to tires with just the membrace structure once we achieve gains in materials technology. Either way, with the increases in traction and the reduced weight my hope is that tires will last the entire life of the vehicle itself. Moreover, if we no longer have to rely on air we can no longer have 'flat tires'
http://us.coopertire.com/Tire-Safety/Replacement-Tire-Guide/Tire-Service-Life.aspx
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/car-life/tire-life-tread-carefully-beyond-five-years/article1358907/
http://www.autonet.ca/en/2013/07/03/spy-shots-reveal-bonkers-porsche-911-gt2
http://www.autonet.ca/en/2013/07/13/new-porsche-911-turbo-terrorizes-nurburgring-drifts-several-corners
- previously I said I'd like to move towards ground effect style vehicles which make better use of aerodynamic (dynamic aerodynmamics in particular). I'm wondering whether we should use a combination of passive and active dynamic aero technologies? The front/rear spoilers and floor would be passive with active technologies such as 'winglets' added/extended out of the sides of the car if desired/required
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroelasticity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electroactive_polymers
- would like to move toward more organic technologies in cars including the air filter which is currently mostly paper
- I think one thing we should keep in mind that we shouldn't be afraid to start car design from scratch once more. We've come a long way with many technologies but sometimes it seems as though the basics of car technology haven't changed over a long time
- curious to know whether we could create heat absorbant roads to suck up extra heat and put it back into the ground? Passive metal heatsinks/pipes? A coating? how would this impact on road car performance?
http://www.camdenadvertiser.com.au/story/1625465/city-expected-to-feel-heat-as-it-expands/?cs=7
- would like to get rid of car battery or at least reduce it's influence. Will be replaced by a supercapacitor that is charged through mains, wirelessly, or via an auxiliary battery system that is carried by the driver themselves. Battery/alternator only added if extra equipment added
- more efficient tech doesn't necessarily mean less power usage overall. Recently, I heard a stat which said that with the advent of flat panel televisions people have moved to increasingly larger screen sizes. However, the size of the screens have reached the point where power efficiency gains have been wiped out
- recently a town in Spain installed sensors everywhere to turn their city into a 'smart city'. I think there may be a cheaper way of doing this but I'm not sure whether sensor technology has reached the required level as yet. If you've ever poured a glass of liquid into a cup and then 'tapped' it when empty, half empty, full, etc... you'll notice that the sound/frequency changes. The same principle can be used here. Using wide spectrum, spread spectrum radio waves over the long term and in short periods/bursts of time we can determine the frequency of what is inside of an object at any point in time (similar to biosensory technology that you see in science fiction movies but which is basically a step up from current siesmograph technology). It's likely that such technology will require a leap current sensor technology as well as extensive tuning though. This technology obviously has other uses as well especially in the arms control arena. Sufficient advancements may even allow you to gain the blueprints of any remote device by pointing and shooting just like a camera. Another way is to have a smaller number of sensors from a high point. For instance, if you have cameras in streetlights you can take pictures of many car parking spaces and detect which ones are and aren't empty. This is also less likely to be tampered because it's less likely to be reached by potential vandals
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23281950
- this leads me to another point though if you have a proper computer in a car as we would here you open up a world of possiblities. Using wireless networking you can broadcast details of which spaces are empty in a car parking lot and direct drivers from one point to another using direction/triangulation. Moreover, if you get lost and your car is still connected to the car parking lot's computer you can use direction/triangulation to provide you with a 'compass' of how to get back to your car. While we're at it we could probably get rid of parking tickets as well. Collision avoidance technology is basically not too dissimilar to the logic used in games such as battleship but on a significantly more complex level so it's likely that if you have the sensors then you can add this and other functionality (such as driverless mode and automated parking) to your car anytime you desire
http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/volvo-reveals-new-life-saving-safety-tech
http://www.dw.de/smart-city-santander-takes-lead-in-europe/a-16945649
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23330681
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/action-for-roads-a-network-for-the-21st-century 
- considering using a gyro which will basically swing ballast in the car to increase cornering speed or increase stability (depending on needs/requirements)
- we often use salt or other additives such as radiator anti-boil/freeze fluid as a means of reducing/increasing the freezing point/boiling point of water. Wondering whether there is a substance we can add that is non-toxic that we can use to alter freezing point in polar ice regions? Obvious issue is tidal flow but as we've seen with oil wondering whether if increased viscosity and a 'long rope' may be enough to keep the substance where you need it? Moreover, would it be possible to time things so that we can change where the ice actually lies?
- guesttimation leads me to believe that many of the measures outlined here will result in huge weight savings (about half which means road cars will approach Formula 1 race car weights of about 650 KG. We could go below Formula 1 car weights if we're willing to move toward composite construction but this would likely come at huge financial cost. I recall a documentary which stated that a carbon fibre drive train alone could cost $200,000! Moreover, it doesn't deal with the issue of dynamic aerodynamics as I'd previously envisaged). This would likely mean a switch to 1 to 4 (it's unlikely that you'd require more than two cylinders based on the weight savings and subsequent power to weight ratio) cylinder normally aspirated engines (super/turbo charging would be my preference for a sportier ride) Would like to use these savings to add independent suspensions systems, stability control, more air bags, and other extra safety features for all cars from now on
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-to-weight_ratio
http://www.rcuniverse.com/magazine/article_display_preview.cfm?article_id=880
http://www.autoanything.com/suspension-systems/50A26A163A1.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suspension_(vehicle)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_suspension
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_Body_Control
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_absorber
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Formula_One_car
- for an idea of what such a vehicle is likely to resemble look at the movie 'Tron Legacy'. A motorocycle version is likely to look very similar to the one in the movie and the car would bear some similarities to the buggy/style car in it
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tron:_Legacy
- there are huge problems if we move towards to some of the technologies mentioned here in particular with the automotive industry. Cars are already becoming more reliable which has meant lower sales over the long term. This car would significantly remove wear and has far fewer fluids (my desire is for no toxic materials which need to be 'dealt with' upon disposal/service/repair), moving parts which can fail on top of this. This means less repairs/servicing (possibly/probably none if you take adequate design steps. All you'd need to do is hook it up to a computer with relevant software it would tell you what was wrong since many of the systems are centralised and are easily accessed/diagnosed). It's likely that some of the cost of these one off technologies and the overall reliablity (once perfected) would lead to an extremely expensive up front vehicle as well
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethylene_glycol
- there's a lot more that I've thought about but I think these are the major points. Will leave other points regarding future/sustainability technology (including plans for making travel beyond our own planet much (hopefully) easier) for another time

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/sound-waves-can-be-used-to-levitate-and-move-objects-study-says/2013/07/15/4d808a5e-eb15-11e2-8023-b7f07811d98e_story.html
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http://designbuildsource.com.au/developing-nations-close-the-renewable-energy-gap
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http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/1000km-at-130kmh--and-still-alive-20130620-2ok2x.html
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/us-politics/obama-to-propose-national-plan-on-climate-change/story-fngeyb4x-1226668330088
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/industry/10175702/Government-unveils-1bn-investment-in-car-of-the-future.html
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http://auto.howstuffworks.com/oxygen-engine.htm
http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2013/jun/carbon-ets.cfm
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2013/06/11/europes-clothes-dryers-consume-half-as-much-energy-as-americas/
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/global-warming-agreement-still-on-course-for-2015-1.1429487
http://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/Energy-Voices/2013/0614/GM-offers-5-000-discount-on-Chevy-Volt-to-boost-sales
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-11/tesla-model-s-sedan-output-speeds-past-400-a-week-ceo.html
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/07/02/honda-gm-general-motors-hydrogen-fuel-cells/2481809/
http://www.space.com/21941-nasa-green-rocket-fuel-test.html
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-15/energy-efficiency-would-add-biliions-to-economy/4821430
http://www.jpost.com/Enviro-Tech/Peretz-vows-to-bring-gas-export-decision-to-Knesset-314795
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/07/16/tesla-shares-plunge-on-goldman-skepticism/2521207/
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2013/06/11/electric-car-fuel-cost-hybrid-government/2413249/
http://www.euronews.com/2013/03/22/eco-labels-a-smart-strategy/
http://www.dw.de/e-cars-not-yet-a-hit-with-german-car-owners/a-16843752
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/lack-of-an-energy-policy-will-hurt-our-economy/story-e6frg9if-1226651688339
http://phys.org/news/2013-06-climate-giant-arctic.html#ajTabs
http://www.smh.com.au/national/groceries-may-get-health-star-ratings-20130613-2o6dr.html