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  • Intel x86s hide another CPU that can take over your machine (you can't audit it)

    06/25/2016 9:26:23 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Bing Bong ^ | 06/15/16 | Damien Zammit
    Recent Intel x86 processors implement a secret, powerful control mechanism that runs on a separate chip that no one is allowed to audit or examine. When these are eventually compromised, they'll expose all affected systems to nearly unkillable, undetectable rootkit attacks. I've made it my mission to open up this system and make free, open replacements, before it's too late. The Intel Management Engine (ME) is a subsystem composed of a special 32-bit ARC microprocessor that's physically located inside the chipset. It is an extra general purpose computer running a firmware blob that is sold as a management system for...
  • Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants

    06/11/2016 12:53:20 PM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 19 replies
    Fastcompany ^ | 06/11/2016 | Steven Melendez
    Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants | Fast Company | Business + Innovation Steven Melendez 06.11.16 6:00 AM Under My Skin: The New Frontier Of Digital Implants "Biohackers" are putting microchips and magnets in their bodies for everything from unlocking the front door to detecting moon earthquakes. Snip Steven Melendez 06.11.16 6:00 AM Tim Shank can guarantee he’ll never leave home without his keys. Why? His house keys are located inside his body. Shank, the president of the Minneapolis futurist group TwinCities+, has a chip installed in his hand that can communicate electronically with his front...
  • Intel, Micron unveil memory chip 1,000 times faster than Flash

    07/28/2015 2:40:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 29 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/28/2015 | Mike Rogoway
    Chipmakers Intel and Micron said Tuesday they've created a hyperfast memory chip, up to 1,000 times faster than standard NAND Flash memory. Intel and Micron say they've been working more than a decade on their new, "3D XPoint" chip, which is based on a new, three-dimensional structure and a different set of materials than standard memory chips. The new chip doesn't use transistors, which are the standard on/off switches in microprocessors and nearly every other category of computer chip.
  • CHIP, a $9 computer with WiFi, Bluetooth, 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM and 4GB storage

    05/10/2015 3:56:53 PM PDT · by ShadowAce · 59 replies
    The Next Digit ^ | 10 May 2015 | Suzanne Jean
    With the sizes slimming down, it is certainly not a huge surprise that we have a Chip sized computer amidst us. What is really astonishing is the fact that this chip sized computer costs only $9 and can do literally everything for you. The Chip as it has been named runs on Linux and includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as well.In fact, CHIP from Next Thing Co. also offers a VGA or an HDMI post for monitors, adding immense versatility to it. To be true, this is certainly one invention that all of us might just have been looking forward to.CHIP has...
  • New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip'

    04/11/2015 10:29:03 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 33 replies ^ | 4/8/15
    New understanding of electromagnetism could enable 'antennas on a chip' Apr 08, 2015 Enlarge Anechoic chamber. Credit: University of Cambridge A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas - the so-called 'last frontier' of semiconductor design - would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications. In new results published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers have proposed that electromagnetic waves are generated not only from the acceleration of electrons,...
  • Senate Dems threaten to oppose deal on Medicare doc fees

    03/15/2015 1:08:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 15, 2015 3:44 PM EDT | Alan Fram
    Democratic senators would oppose a potential House bipartisan deal preventing cuts in physicians’ Medicare payments if it doesn’t finance a children’s health program for four years, senior Senate Democratic aides said Sunday. […] According to lobbyists and congressional aides, bargainers have discussed including money for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for two more years, costing around $5 billion. Its money is due to expire Oct. 1. […] The overall agreement—eliminating the Medicare reimbursement formula, slightly boosting those payments and adding money for children’s health—would cost roughly $200 billion over 10 years, aides and lobbyists say. …
  • ObamaCare exchange not allowing addition of newborns to policies

    02/22/2015 11:14:06 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 14 replies ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    With all of the new bad news coming out this week from ObamaCare, here’s another horror story about the exchange from Utah that exemplifies the incompetence of government bureaucracy. One basic and nearly ubiquitous feature of health care — and indeed of family life — is the birth of children. Health insurance plans have made it simple to add children to family plans for decades, allowing new moms and dads to have the costs of childbirth covered ex post facto, as long as the covered individual notified the insurer within a set period of time, usually 30 days. Now,...
  • Hillary calls for extending CHIP funding (no sighting yet, perv *Bubba not mentioned)

    02/13/2015 2:23:10 AM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/12/15 | Jesse Byrnes
    Hillary Clinton is pushing for Congress to reauthorize the federal government's child healthcare program, lending her support to congressional Democrats looking to keep the program around. "[D]espite strong bipartisan support, we are concerned that gridlock in Washington and unrelated disputes over the Affordable Care Act could prevent an extension of the program," Clinton and former GOP Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (Tenn.) wrote in an op-ed in The New York Times on Thursday. "As parents, grandparents and former legislators, we believe that partisan politics should never stand between our kids and quality health care," the pair added. Clinton, the presumed...
  • Office puts chips under staff's skin

    01/30/2015 4:29:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 January 2015 Last updated at 12:01 ET | Rory Cellan-Jones
    Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin. Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door and holds his hand against it to gain entry. Inside he does the same thing to get into the office space he rents, and he can also wave his hand to operate the photocopier....
  • Is there a microchip implant in your future?

    08/30/2014 3:42:26 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/29/2014 | Fox News
    You can inject one under your skin and no one will ever notice. Using short-range radio frequency identification (RFID) signals, it can transmit your identity as you pass through a security checkpoint or walk into a football stadium. It can help you buy groceries at Wal-Mart. In a worst-case scenario – if you are kidnapped in a foreign country, for example – it could save your life. Microchip implants like the ones pet owners use to track their dogs and cats could become commonplace in humans in the next decade. Experts are divided on whether they’re appropriate for people, but...
  • Homeowner: 2 teens shot were 'vermin,' not human

    04/24/2014 11:07:12 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 214 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | April 23, 2014 | Associated Press
    LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers who broke into his home can be heard on an audio recording talking to himself for hours after the shooting and at one point, apparently describing the slain teens as "vermin." Byron Smith, of Little Falls, faces first-degree premeditated murder charges in the deaths of 18-year-old Haile Kifer and 17-year-old Nick Brady on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. Smith, 65, claimed he was defending himself and feared for his life after several break-ins at his home. Prosecutors, though, say Smith planned the killings. They say he sat in a chair...
  • CT Obamacare Exchange, Praised in Rose Garden, Gave Wrong Info for Every Single Individual Plan

    12/12/2013 11:25:05 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    PJ Media ^ | December 12, 2013 - 9:07 am | David Steinberg
    In October, Obama took to the Rose Garden to praise Connecticut’s state-run ACA exchange, Access Health CT, for being a rare success story among the nationwide failures of state exchanges and the federal exchange. Local CT media was quick to point out his speech was misleading, however. In his push to encourage the young to sign up, Obama mentioned that one-third of Connecticut enrollees were under 35, and were now receiving “a good deal at low cost.” In reality, a full two-thirds of that one-third had signed on for Medicaid or CHIP, programs which fit the description of “welfare,” not...
  • IBM makes atomic chip breakthrough

    03/22/2013 5:02:54 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 11 replies
    TGDaily ^ | 3/22/13 | Mike Magee
    Scientists at IBM claimed today that it has cracked a materials conundrum that may well create a new class of memory and logic chips. The scientists discovered a way to operate chips using small ionic currents. That’s streams of charged atoms mimicking the way the human brain works. Moore’s Law is close to bust at the CMOS level, IBM thinks and low power and high performance semiconductors using different techniques will soon be needed. The IBM scientists have figured out that you can reversibly transform metal oxides between inslating and conductive states by inserting and removing oxygen ions through electric...
  • Wear radio chip or leave, school tells students Superintendent issues warning: 'There will

    10/06/2012 11:46:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 99 replies
    WND ^ | 10/6/12 | Jack Minor
    Brushing aside privacy concerns by parents and civil rights activists, a Texas school district has gone live with a controversial program requiring all students to wear a locator radio chip that will enable officials to track their every move – or face expulsion. At the beginning of the school year students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School within the Northside Independent School District were told their old student ID badges were no longer valid. During registration they were required to obtain new badges containing a radio frequency identification tracker chip.
  • IBM makes breakthrough in new kind of “universal” memory chip

    07/01/2011 11:41:34 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies
    VentureBeat ^ | 6/29/11 | Dean Takahashi
    IBM researchers have made a breakthrough in a new kind of memory chip that can record data 100 times faster than today’s flash memory chips. That means scientists are one step closer to creating a universal memory chip that is fast, permanent, and has lots of capacity. If they really work as billed, these multi-bit phase-change memory chips could transform enterprise computing and storage by around 2016, according to IBM. The technology could lead to chips that are lower cost, faster, and more durable in storing applications for consumer devices, including mobile phones and cloud storage. It could also benefit...
  • Barack Obama to be able to text terror warnings to all US phones

    05/11/2011 1:20:06 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 81 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/10/2011 | Alex Spillius
    From next year, new phones and other hand-held devices will be required to be fitted with special chips to receive the alerts, which will also be sent by state and local authorities. Users will be able to opt out of every type of alert except those from the president, said the Federal Communications Commission. The system will include alerts about missing children and will supersede all other phone traffic to avoid delays. Mr Obama, who has been dubbed the "texter-in-chief" thanks to his devotion to his BlackBerry and heavy use of text messages during his 2008 campaign, may face criticism...
  • Ultra-Orthodox protest planned ID cards in Greece

    02/13/2011 3:50:01 PM PST · by Gamecock · 10 replies
    tmcnet ^ | 6 Feb 11
    More than 2,000 Orthodox Christian fundamentalists have gathered at Syntagma Square in central Athens to protest at a government plan to issue new electronic ID cards that would include biometric data The protesters charge that the state aims at tighter control over its citizens and many believe that the design of the cards includes the number 666, the "Number of the Beast" described in the Book of Revelation. Hundreds of Orthodox priests and monks and a few dozen members of far right groups have joined the demonstrators. The protest has been peaceful except for a brief altercation with motorists when...
  • Intel demos chips that can transfer an HD movie in 1 second

    07/31/2010 5:40:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies · 3+ views
    VentureBeat ^ | 7/27/10 | Dean Takahashi
    Intel announced today that it has created a breakthrough data-transfer technology in its labs, using a combination of silicon chips and lasers to transfer data over a fiber optic cable at a speed of 50 gigabits per second. That is far faster than the maximum possible today with copper wires, which hit their peak around 10 gigabits per second. The new Intel Silicon Photonics Link is fast enough to transfer a high definition movie from iTunes in one second, or to transfer 1,000 high-resolution digital photos in a second, or send 100 hours of music in a second, or to...
  • ObamaCare Requires Micro Chipping of Americans?

    04/05/2010 2:25:16 PM PDT · by TigerBait · 54 replies · 2,716+ views
    Required RFID implanted chip Sec. 2521, Pg. 1000 – The government will establish a National Medical Device Registry. What does a National Medical Device Registry mean? National Medical Device Registry from H.R. 3200 [Healthcare Bill], pages 1001-1008: (g)(1) The Secretary shall establish a national medical device registry (in this subsection referred to as the ‘registry’) to facilitate analysis of postmarket safety and outcomes data on each device that— ‘‘(A) is or has been used in or on a patient; ‘‘(B)and is— ‘‘(i) a class III device; or ‘‘(ii) a class II device that is implantable, life-supporting, or life-sustaining.” Then on...
  • The Dependency Agenda

    02/14/2010 5:42:10 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 261+ views ^ | February 14, 2010 | George Will
    WASHINGTON -- Only two things are infinite -- the expanding universe and Democrats' hostility to the District of Columbia's school choice program. Killing this small program, which currently benefits 1,300 mostly poor and minority children, is odious and indicative. It is a small piece of something large -- the Democrats' dependency agenda, which aims to multiply the ways Americans are dependent on government. Democrats, in their canine devotion to teachers unions, oppose empowering poor children to escape dependency on even terrible government schools. Unions and their poodles say school choice siphons money from public schools. But federal money funds D.C.'s...
  • Casey, Specter push health-care reform amendments

    12/13/2009 7:20:30 PM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 476+ views
    The Times-Tribune (Scranton PA) ^ | 12/13/2009 | Borys Krawczeniuk
    As the U.S. Senate debates health care reform this week, the state's senators are pursuing amendments to bolster children's health insurance and toughen the Medicare fraud law. Sen. Bob Casey's amendment would ensure the future of the Children's Health Insurance Program by keeping it separate from a national health insurance exchange proposed under the Senate's reform bill. "No matter what anyone says, we've got to figure out a way to do this," he said. "And if it costs more money, then it costs more money. I think it's essential that we have all of the protections that we can in...
  • UPDATE 1-VeriChip shares jump after H1N1 patent license win...

    09/24/2009 9:38:23 AM PDT · by TaraP · 27 replies · 1,311+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 23rd, 2009
    Sept 21 (Reuters) - Shares of VeriChip Corp (CHIP.O) tripled after the company said it had been granted an exclusive license to two patents, which will help it to develop implantable virus detection systems in humans. The patents, held by VeriChip partner Receptors LLC, relate to biosensors that can detect the H1N1 and other viruses, and biological threats such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, VeriChip said in a statement. The technology will combine with VeriChip's implantable radio frequency identification devices to develop virus triage detection systems. The triage system will provide multiple levels of identification -- the first will identify the...
  • RFID Tracks school kids in Tucson

    05/28/2006 5:15:09 PM PDT · by Tucson_AZ · 82 replies · 1,487+ views
    arizona daily [red] star ^ | 05.28.2006 | Jeff Commings
    "The district-wide program would start with kindergarten through fifth-grade students, Rowley said, because they are less likely to complain about wearing a tracking device. As the children get older, the program could work its way into middle and high schools. "By the time a kindergartner gets to sixth grade, they'll get used to it," Rowley said."
  • Secretary Sebelius Announces Availability of $40 Million in Grants to Help Insure More Children

    07/06/2009 6:35:40 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 488+ views ^ | July 6, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text SNIPPET is a quote: News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 6, 2009 Secretary Sebelius Announces Availability of $40 Million in Grants to Help Insure More Children HHS Secretary, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter Encourage Community Organizations, State and Local Governments to Apply HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the availability of up to $40 million in grants to help reach families whose children qualify but are not yet enrolled in state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). Sebelius was joined for the announcement by Colorado Governor Bill Ritter. Colorado has been a leader in the...
  • Will Your ID Soon Be a Microchip Under Your Skin?

    07/06/2009 6:49:21 AM PDT · by BGHater · 56 replies · 2,776+ views
    Singularity Hub ^ | 02 July 2009 | Drew Halley
    Yet another sci-fi milestone is upon us: microchips implanted under your skin and used to identify you. The VeriChip is the first radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip that’s been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in humans. The chip is the size of a long grain of rice, and can be implanted pretty much anywhere in the body (most commonly along the tricep). Depending on how it’s used, the chip could do anything from telling doctors your medical background to buying you a round at the club.Outside of human bodies, RFID is already used for a wide range...
  • CHP Aircrew Assaulted! Upon landing an aircrew receives a not-so pleasant greeting

    03/21/2009 8:05:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 1,308+ views ^ | Updated: March 17th, 2009 06:40 AM GMT-05:00 | KENNETH J. SOLOSKY
    SNIPPET: "On February 15, at approximately 2200 hours, officers from the California Highway Patrol had just landed their Bell 206 LongRanger at Fullerton Airport in California. The aircrafts rotors were still spinning and the crew was just about to begin their shutdown checklist when a man suddenly appeared at the pilot's door yelling and screaming. The pilot opened the door and the man, identified as Edwin Rosales of Anaheim was irrational and was believed to be under the influence of narcotics, forcefully grabbed his arm. With the aircraft still running, the pilot pushed the Mr. Rosales backwards and told him...
  • Radio chip coming soon to your driver's license?

    03/01/2009 3:12:39 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 49 replies · 1,776+ views ^ | February 28, 2009 | By Bob Unruh
    Privacy advocates are issuing warnings about a new radio chip plan that ultimately could provide electronic identification for every adult in the U.S. and allow agents to compile attendance lists at anti-government rallies simply by walking through the assembly. The proposal, which has earned the support of Janet Napolitano, the newly chosen chief of the Department of Homeland Security, would embed radio chips in driver's licenses, or "enhanced driver's licenses." "Enhanced driver's licenses give confidence that the person holding the card is the person who is supposed to be holding the card, and it's less elaborate than REAL ID," Napolitano...
  • Senator Murray Joins Democrats In ‘Sticking It To The Poor’

    02/05/2009 6:05:36 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 5 replies · 481+ views
    Clark County Conservative ^ | February 5, 2009 | Lew Waters
    Washington States own Senior Senator, Patty Murray, tennis shoed lovable little mouse that she is, has joyfully announced how she and other Democrats have locked arms and decided to “stick it to the poor” people they claim to care about and want to help. Of course that isn’t exactly what she says, but that is the obvious outcome of their strong support and passing of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, CHIP. After all the bleeding heart fearmongering of children receiving no health care today and all the millions of dollars that will come to Washington State, Murray unwittingly reveals how...
  • Proposal Letter Reshaping NY State's Subsidy for AMD Chip Fab Plant [Vanity => Public Service]

    01/05/2009 5:02:34 PM PST · by Fitzy_888 · 3 replies · 965+ views
    FreeRepublic (right here) | (right now) | Citizens of NY
    Albert P. Carey, President and CEO Frito-Lay North America 7701 Legacy Drive Plano, Texas 75024 Dear Mr. Carey, I would like to make a proposal for Frito Lay to consider. Please bear with me as I 'Lays' the ground work. If your not aware, New York State is offering 1.2 Billion dollar subsidy for a chip fabrication plant to be located in Saratoga New York. We the citizens of New York, are led to believe this is an effort to bring new jobs to the State –roughly 1,400 jobs. The State has been in lengthy discussions with Advanced Micro Devices...
  • Nano Engineers to Create "Field Hospital on a Chip"

    10/27/2008 7:03:32 AM PDT · by BGHater · 11 replies · 423+ views
    Azom ^ | 23 Oct 2008 | Azom
    With a $1.6M grant from the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR), UC San Diego NanoEngineering professor Joseph Wang will lead a project to create a "field hospital on a chip" that soldiers can wear on the battlefield. The automated sense-and-treat system will continuously monitor a soldier's sweat, tears or blood for biomarkers that signal common battlefield injuries such as trauma, shock, brain injury or fatigue. Once the system detects a battlefield injury, it will automatically administer the proper medication, thus beginning the treatment well before the soldier has reached a field hospital. "Since the majority of battlefield deaths occur...
  • Phoenix - 30 Picowatts Chip (Uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode)

    07/18/2008 9:11:32 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 20 replies · 286+ views
    The Future of ^ | 07/15/08 | Anuradha Menon
    Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a low-power microchip which uses 30,000 times less power in sleep mode and 10 times less in active mode than similar chips now on the market. Named the Phoenix Processor, it is intended for use in cutting-edge sensor-based devices such as medical implants, environment monitors, and surveillance equipment. � Professor David Blaauw (Credit: University of Michigan) In the future, sensors may be implanted in our bodies to measure blood-glucose levels of diabetics or retinal pressure in glaucoma patients. In practical terms, the chips would have to both be very small and...
  • UConn Developing Implantable Chip For Soldiers

    01/02/2008 11:15:30 AM PST · by BGHater · 11 replies · 93+ views
    The ^ | 01 Jan 2008 | Audrey M. Marks
    By 2014 the Army may issue more than combat gear to deploying soldiers. University of Connecticut researchers are developing an implantable chip that would be injected under soldiers' skin to help monitor vital health information while they are out in the field. “It sounds like science fiction but it's not,” said Fotios Papadimitrakopoulos, professor of chemistry and associate director of the Institute of Materials Science at UConn. “We're taking components from traditional biology and nanotechnology and trying to marry them.” Six UConn faculty members have been working to create a nanosensor, just millimeters in length and width, that will be...
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison votes for children's health insurance bill (Texas)

    10/22/2007 8:43:33 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 23 replies · 95+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 10/22/07 | Suzanne Gamboa
    Hutchison votes for children's health insurance bill Move could help with gubernatorial run, analysts say. Click-2-Listen By Suzanne Gamboa ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday, October 22, 2007 WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas consistently voted for a children's health insurance bill President Bush opposed. But only after voting for a bill GOP leaders favored. No flip-flopping. Hutchison was covering her bases. Texas leads the nation in uninsured children. But the state remains strongly Republican. The party's conservatives who see the program as a step toward government-run health care still turn out heavily in Texas GOP primaries. "I think...
  • Bush: Kids' health care will get vetoed

    09/22/2007 7:39:11 AM PDT · by libertarianPA · 17 replies · 597+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | 9/22/07 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    WASHINGTON - President Bush again called Democrats "irresponsible" on Saturday for pushing an expansion he opposes to a children's health insurance program. "Democrats in Congress have decided to pass a bill they know will be vetoed," Bush said of the measure that draws significant bipartisan support, repeating in his weekly radio address an accusation he made earlier in the week. "Members of Congress are risking health coverage for poor children purely to make a political point." At issue is the Children's Health Insurance Program, a state-federal program that subsidizes health coverage for low-income people, mostly children, in families that earn...
  • Reid: Bush Must Drop Threat To Block Health Coverage For America's Children

    09/20/2007 9:31:06 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 17 replies · 59+ views
    September 20, 2007 Reid: Bush Must Drop Threat To Block Health Coverage For America's Children Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today in response to President Bush’s comments this morning repeating his threat to veto renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program: “Democrats and Republicans came together to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program 10 years ago, and we are coming together again to reauthorize and improve it before it expires in 10 days. But President Bush – who ran on the promise to enroll millions of more children in CHIP – is going back on...
  • Texas CHIP changes coming Sept. 1

    08/07/2007 6:41:11 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 8/7/07 | Corrie MacLaggan
    Texas CHIP changes coming Sept. 1 Children will be able to stay longer in the health insurance program By Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, August 07, 2007 Starting Sept. 1, Texas families will be able to stay in the Children's Health Insurance Program for a full year rather than having to reapply every six months, and, in most cases, they won't have to wait 90 days to enroll. The changes, which are expected to expand enrollment, come as debate in Washington continues on federal funding of the State Children's Health Insurance Program. In Texas, families will be able to deduct...
  • Children’s Health Plan Focus of New Struggle (Socialist-Dem Bias Alert)

    08/01/2007 9:59:37 AM PDT · by hocndoc · 11 replies · 405+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2007 | Robert Pear
    August 1, 2007 Children’s Health Plan Focus of New Struggle By ROBERT PEAR WASHINGTON, July 31 — The Children’s Health Insurance Program has suddenly become a vehicle for an ideological struggle between President Bush and Congress over the future of the health care system. But in the short term, members of both parties say, the broader outline of that struggle is likely to be reduced to a simple question: “Are you for or against children?”
  • IBM uses self-assembling material in chip advance

    05/03/2007 6:32:58 AM PDT · by bedolido · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5-3-2007 | Scott Hillis
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - IBM has developed a way to make microchips run up to one-third faster or use 15 percent less power by using an exotic material that "self-assembles" in a similar way to a seashell or snowflake. The computer services and technology company said the new process allows the wiring on a chip to be insulated with vacuum, replacing the glass-like substances used for decades but which have become less effective as chips steadily shrink.A cross section of a microprocessor shows empty space in between the chip's copper wiring in this undated handout photograph. REUTERS/IBM/Handout
  • Medicaid lawsuit could cost state of Texas billions

    03/07/2007 8:12:44 AM PST · by Cat loving Texan · 10 replies · 490+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 3/7/07 | Jason Embry and Corrie MacLaggan
    Medicaid lawsuit could cost state billions Legislators want to delay decisions till case ruling By Jason Embry and Corrie MacLaggan AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Wednesday, March 07, 2007 A pending lawsuit expected to cost the state millions — perhaps billions — of dollars threatens to prevent lawmakers from spending more on a range of services, the Senate's chief budget-writer said Tuesday. The uncertainty could slow, or halt, efforts to increase spending on the Children's Health Insurance Program, college financial aid, pre-kindergarten and other programs. "What the Legislature probably needs to do is to hold back some money and avoid expanding any discretionary...
  • Bird-brained China scientists learn to fly pigeons (borg pigeon at your service)

    02/28/2007 9:42:00 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies · 806+ views
    Reuters ^ | 02/27/07
    Bird-brained China scientists learn to fly pigeons Tue Feb 27, 12:53 AM ET BEIJING (Reuters) - Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said ther electrodes could command them to fly right or left or up or down, Xinhua news agency said. "The implants stimulate different areas of the pigeon's brain according to signals sent by the scientists via computer, and force the bird to...
  • Teraflop chip hints at the future

    02/12/2007 3:41:29 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 5 replies · 537+ views
    BBC ^ | 2/12/07 | n/a
    A chip with 80 processing cores and capable of more than a trillion calculations per second (teraflop) has been unveiled by Intel. The Teraflop chip is not a commercial release but could point the way to more powerful processors, said the firm. The chip achieves performance on a piece of silicon no bigger than a fingernail that 11 years ago required a machine with 10,000 chips inside it. The challenge is to find a way to program the many cores simultaneously. Current desktop machines have up to four separate cores, while the Cell processor inside the PlayStation 3 has eight...
  • Intel Says Chips Will Run Faster, Using Less Power

    01/27/2007 11:32:30 AM PST · by skeptoid · 11 replies · 293+ views
    DRUDGE, New York Times ^ | January 27, 2007 | JOHN MARKOFF
    Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, has overhauled the basic building block of the information age, paving the way for a new generation of faster and more energy-efficient processors. Company researchers said the advance represented the most significant change in the materials used to manufacture silicon chips since Intel pioneered the modern integrated-circuit transistor more than four decades ago.
  • Novel Chip Architecture Could Extend Moore's Law

    01/16/2007 7:29:19 AM PST · by Red Badger · 16 replies · 943+ views (MIT) ^ | 01/16/2007 | Kate Greene
    Hewlett-Packard researchers have designed a faster, more energy-efficient chip by packing in more transistors--without shrinking them.These nanoscale crossbars, developed at HP, could lead to an entirely new chip architecture that would improve chip performance without shrinking transistors. The crossbars are to be placed on top of the transistors, replacing the wire interconnects currently found between them and freeing up space for more transistors. Credit: Hewlett-Packard Company In the chip-making industry, the best way to increase the speed of electronics and make them cheaper has always been to shrink a chip's transistors to create room for more. But now researchers at...
  • Teen With Medical Microchip Dies in Fla.

    10/01/2006 7:58:01 PM PDT · by Aliska · 60 replies · 1,709+ views
    Quad City Times online ^ | October 1, 2006 | None given
    BOCA RATON, Fla. - A teen engineering prodigy who gained national attention in 2002 when he and his family received identification chip implants on live television was killed in a motorcycle accident, authorities said. Derek Jacobs, 18, lost control of his motorcycle early Saturday and crashed into a guardrail and a pole, the Palm Beach County sheriff's office said. He was wearing a helmet. "It was just a crazy accident of a bump or something, and he was catapulted," said his mother, Leslie Jacobs. "He had, of course, potential, because he was brilliant, and he was just a wonderful son....
  • Engine On a Chip

    09/28/2006 10:15:48 AM PDT · by Paul Ross · 50 replies · 1,623+ views
    ISA InTech ^ | 9/28/2006 | Staff
    Engine on a chipISA InTech, September 28, 2006 Engine on a chip A tiny gas-turbine engine inside a silicon chip about the size of a quarter could run 10 times longer than a battery of the same weight can, powering laptops, cell phones, radios, and other electronic devices. It could also dramatically lighten the load for people who can’t connect to a power grid, including soldiers who now must carry many pounds of batteries for a three-day mission. All this technology can come at a reasonable price. In the long term, mass production could bring the per-unit cost of power...
  • Cardiologist's 'living chip' changes science of disease monitoring

    09/20/2006 7:19:22 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 2 replies · 219+ views ^ | 18-Sep-2006 | Karin Christensen
    For patients living with heart failure and other health conditions, blood draws and diagnostic tests are commonplace in order to evaluate their condition. Often, though, chemical or physiologic changes silently cause damage that is not detected until much later. But what if in the future a tiny device, one the size of a nickel or significantly smaller, could be implanted in the patient to monitor and detect abnormalities, and could then relay data to physicians, or provide therapy on the spot, in real time? It may sound like science fiction, but this concept is moving toward reality at Physiologic Communications...
  • New Chip Design Promises Terahertz Processors

    08/21/2006 6:59:35 PM PDT · by annie laurie · 48 replies · 1,392+ views
    InformationWeek ^ | Aug 18, 2006 | Thomas Claburn
    Proponents of the new Ballistic Deflection Transistor technology say it will produce computers that are faster, more powerful, and more efficient at using power. Scientists at the University of Rochester have come up with a new "ballistic computing" chip design that could lead to 3,000-gigahertz — that's 3-terahertz — processors that produce very little heat.Marc Feldman, professor of computer engineering at the University, characterizes the design, the Ballistic Deflection Transistor (BDT), as radical. "There's a real problem for standard transistors to keep shrinking," he says. The BDT doesn't have a capacitance layer that becomes problematic at very small scales the...
  • IBM servers use chips by AMD : Sunnyvale company gets boost in battle with rival Intel

    08/03/2006 10:12:13 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 24 replies · 466+ views
    IBM servers use chips by AMD Sunnyvale company gets boost in battle with rival Intel Benjamin Pimentel, Chronicle Staff Writer August 2, 2006 ------------------------------------- IBM Corp. unveiled a line of business computers using Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Opteron microprocessor on Tuesday, giving another boost to the chipmaker in its rivalry with Intel Corp. Tom Bradicich , chief technology officer of IBM's systems and technology group, said the Armonk, N.Y., company has embarked on a major expansion of its relationship with AMD by introducing Opteron-based servers. The roll-out of five computer systems and blade computers follows the announcement in May by...
  • Intel aims to reclaim market dominance with new chip

    06/27/2006 9:45:27 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 12 replies · 654+ views ^ | 06/26/2006
    Intel aims to reclaim market dominance with new chip Jun 26 4:37 PM US/Eastern US computer chip maker Intel began shipping a speedy, power-efficient processor it claimed would turn the tables on arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). "We're back to a position we are used to having, undeniable leadership in the area of performance," Intel Vice President Tom Kilroy told a briefing of analysts and the press in San Francisco. "It's an exciting day. Our end customers were waiting for this." Kilroy touted its freshly released Xeon 5100 series chips as the "fastest dual-processor ramp" in Intel's history. The chips,...
  • Imagine any chip, and India's IT wizards can design it

    03/31/2006 8:26:03 AM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 733+ views ^ | March 31, 2006 | Elizabeth Corcoran / Forbes
    Michael Fister has come to India not to save money but to make money. He has seen opportunity budding at Beceem Communications, a young chip design company tucked into a few floors of a building in a bustling residential area of Bangalore. He has watched it surge at Wipro, one of India's outsourcing giants. And Fister has spotted a burst of opportunity at MindTree, an R&D and consulting firm that is building a 15-acre campus west of downtown Bangalore, a few kilometers away from streets choked with shanties. Fister runs Cadence Design Systems, a $1.3 billion (sales) vendor of software...