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  • Within a week I get to upgrade to a SmartPhone...

    02/06/2012 2:47:42 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 87 replies
    06 Feb 2012 | US Navy Vet
    ...any recommendations, Suggestions?
  • DARPA-Funded Hacker's Tiny $50 Spy Computer Hides In Offices, Drops From Drones

    02/02/2012 11:10:30 AM PST · by alancarp · 15 replies
    FORBES ^ | 1/27/2012 | Andy Greenberg
    "...security researcher Brendan O’Connor is trying a different approach to spy hardware: building a sensor-equipped surveillance-capable computer that’s so cheap it can be sacrificed after one use, with off-the-shelf parts that anyone can buy and assemble for less than fifty dollars. At the Shmoocon security conference Friday in Washington D.C., O’Connor plans to present the F-BOMB, or Falling or Ballistically-launched Object that Makes Backdoors. Built from just the hardware in a commercially-available PogoPlug mini-computer, a few tiny antennae, eight gigabytes of flash memory and some 3D-printed plastic casing, the F-BOMB serves as 3.5 by 4 by 1 inch spy computer....
  • JET ENERGY Successfully Scores its SECOND COLD FUSION/LANR OPEN DEMONSTRATION AT MIT.

    02/01/2012 12:29:38 PM PST · by Widdy · 20 replies
    January 30-31, 2012 - Cambridge, MA. - As part of the IAP Course on COLD FUSION at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Mitchell Swartz, JET Energy, and Prof. Peter Hagelstein demonstrated cold fusion openly for scientists and engineers. The demonstration was a two day part of the detailed, yet overview, seven day course run by Prof. Hagelstein and Dr. Swartz, and followed the first open demonstrations of cold fusion at MIT in 2003. This JET Energy NANOR(TM) demonstrated a significant energy gain greater than 10, much larger than the previous open demonstration. This exhibition is also remarkable because it...
  • Textbook of the Future: The challenges

    01/30/2012 8:47:37 AM PST · by RicocheT · 13 replies
    ZD Net News & Blogs ^ | January 28, 2012 | Jason Perlow
    Summary: It’s actually cheaper to go to another planet than to give an iPad to every child. This month, Apple dropped a bombshell on the academic community by introducing iBooks Textbooks and iBooks Author. In combination, the two create a compelling framework for re-engineering the textbook in electronic form for K-12 students, permitting for rich color educational content and possibly an entirely new textbook ecosystem that could be made accessible to tens of millions of schoolchildren. The problems with Apple’s daring textbook plan are twofold. First, in that the iPad as a hardware platform is completely unsuitable to the needs...
  • Want to See the Soviet Union’s Massive Nuclear Equipped Super Plane?

    01/27/2012 8:41:38 AM PST · by mandaladon · 46 replies · 3+ views
    The Blaze ^ | 27Jan 2012 | Buck Sexton
    ...........During the darkest days of the Cold War, the Soviet Union decided to build a gigantic missile ship and troop transport to spearhead any future invasion of America or Western Europe. This Soviet sky monster was called an ekranoplan. The one you see in photos here is the Lun-class Ekranoplan. The most unique aspect of the “part plane, part boat, and part hovercraft” ekranoplan was its propulsion method, which is why it was also called a Ground Effect Vehicle (GEV) or “Sea Skimmer.” As Business Insider puts the GEV’s aerodynamic feat: “A GEV takes advantage of an aeronautical effect that...
  • Offsetting Global Warming: Molecule in Earth's Atmosphere Could 'Cool the Planet'

    01/26/2012 10:14:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Jan. 12, 2012 | NA
    Scientists have shown that a newly discovered molecule in Earth's atmosphere has the potential to play a significant role in off-setting global warming by cooling the planet. In a breakthrough paper published in Science, researchers from The University of Manchester, The University of Bristol and Sandia National Laboratories report the potentially revolutionary effects of Criegee biradicals. These invisible chemical intermediates are powerful oxidisers of pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide, produced by combustion, and can naturally clean up the atmosphere. Although these chemical intermediates were hypothesised in the 1950s, it is only now that they have been detected....
  • New microbe turns sugary seaweed into fuel

    01/25/2012 7:49:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 19 January 2012 | Jon Evans
    It may be slimy, slippery and rather unpleasant, but seaweed actually has a surprisingly wide range of uses, being a common source of food, chemicals, medicines and cosmetics. It may soon also be a source of biofuel, thanks to an engineered microbe able to transform seaweed directly into ethanol. Seaweed has a number of important advantages over other biofuel feedstocks. Unlike maize and sugarcane, it isn't grown on fields that otherwise would be producing food and unlike wood and energy crops, such as switchgrass, it doesn't contain any lignin, which makes the sugar molecules in it much easier to release.  As a...
  • Defkalion offers testing of cold fusion reactors

    01/24/2012 6:53:19 PM PST · by Kevmo · 34 replies
    Ny Teknik ^ | Jan 23 2012 | Mats Lewan
    The Greek company Defkalion has invited scientific and business organizations to test the core technology in its forthcoming energy products. The products are based on LENR – Low Energy Nuclear Reactions. In a press release on January 23, Defkalion has invited "internationally recognized and reputable scientific and business organizations" from now and two months ahead, to do independent testing with their own instruments on the reactors used in the Defkalion's forthcoming energy device, "Hyperion" . The apparatus is according to Defkalion based on "Chemically Assisted Low Energy Nuclear Reactions caused by Nickel and Hydrogen Nuclei", a technology supposedly developed by...
  • SOPA sponsor has another Internet bill that records you 24/7

    01/24/2012 10:53:44 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 37 replies
    Slash Gear ^ | 20 January 2012 | Chris Burns
    Senator Lamar Smith, lead sponsor of the currently dead SOPA bill you’ve heard so much about, has another bill in the works that uses Child Pornography as a screen to push through an amendment that’ll have your internet service provider tracking all of your financial dealings online. Each time you use a credit card, each time you read your bank statement, all of your IP information and your search history will be required by your ISP to be stored for 18 months at all times. This bill is H.R. 1981 and will have more dire consequences than SOPA or PIPA...
  • Feds Shut Down File-Sharing Site One Day After Web Protest

    01/19/2012 2:35:21 PM PST · by Biggirl · 16 replies · 1+ views
    http://thehill.com/ ^ | January 19, 2012 | Brendan Sasso
    The Justice Department seized Megaupload.com, one of the world's most popular file-sharing sites, and several of its related sites on Thursday. Prosecutors charged seven employees of Megaupload with criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit racketeering and other charges. Each faces up to 55 years in prison.
  • Left and Right Unite Against Hollywood's Failed SOPA Overreach

    01/19/2012 6:45:49 AM PST · by transducer · 12 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | January 18, 2012 | Larry O'Connor
    The Google logo has been blacked out today. Wikipedia, reddit, Mozilla and Twitpic are all blocking access to content. Even Star Trek icon George Takei has blocked his site. The moves are displays of cyber-protest against the heavy-handed and ill-conceived Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). From a political and public relations standpoint, this has already been a complete and utter failure for Hollywood and their formerly formidable lobbying arm, the Motion Picture Association of America. Former Sen. Chris Dodd became the new CEO of the MPAA after he realized he would never be re-elected in his home state of Connecticut...
  • 'India, Israel have made impressive strides in areas of critical importance'

    01/19/2012 4:59:07 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    ANI ^ | January 10, 2012 | ANI
    TEL AVIV: External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Tuesday said India and Israel have made impressive strides in areas of critical importance to both countries ranging from agriculture and water management to latest the hi-tech applications in communications, health and energy. Krishna in his remarks at the at the reception to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between India and Israel, said: "Twenty years may appear to be a short period but the impressive and multi-faceted development of our bilateral relationship shows how much can be achieved even in a few years given the necessary commitment and...
  • You can still read Wikipedia today

    01/18/2012 10:08:26 AM PST · by JustSayNoToNannies · 12 replies
    Wikipedia ^ | Jan 18, 2012 | Wikipedia
    The community has asked us to preserve emergency access options. The following methods will remain available to access content: Disabling JavaScript in your browser Using bookmarklets or other tools to unhide the content Visiting the mobile site at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/ Accessing site content via the API Appending ?banner=none to the end of page URLs.
  • Ionic polymers open door to greener, safer explosives

    01/18/2012 12:02:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 13 January 2012 | Phillip Broadwith
    Highly sensitive explosives could become safer and greener by exploiting newly characterised ionic polymer structures, say chemists in the US. Such materials could replace explosives based on toxic heavy metals like lead and mercury salts.Sensitive materials are routinely used as primary explosives in detonators to set off larger amounts of less sensitive high explosives in mining or military applications. The challenge is to make them stable enough to be handled safely in the field, but also sensitive enough to detonate reliably, packing as much energetic punch as possible. 'It's a very fine balance,' says Louisa Hope-Weeks of Texas Tech University...
  • Fake iPad 2s made of clay sold at Canadian stores

    01/17/2012 2:55:50 PM PST · by Red Badger · 20 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01-17-2012 | By Eric Pfeiffer
    As many as 10 fake iPad 2s, all made of slabs of modeling clay, were recently sold at electronic stores in Vancouver, British Columbia. Best Buy and Future Shop have launched investigations into how the scam was pulled off. The tablet computers, like most Apple products, are known for their sleek and simple designs. But there's no mistaking the iPad for one of the world's oldest "tablet devices." Still, most electronic products cannot be returned to stores. For the the stores and customers to be fooled by the clay replacements, the thieves must have successfully weighed out the clay portions...
  • Stripped down spectroscopy to probe single molecules

    01/16/2012 10:20:22 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 16 January 2012 | Kate McAlpine
    Spectroscopy, a key method of identifying atoms and molecules with light, has been taken to its most fundamental level - a single photon absorbed by a single molecule. In addition to paving the way toward new experiments that observe the interaction between light and matter at its most basic level, the researchers that accomplished the feat suggest that their technique could also work with other photon-emitters, including those under study for quantum communication.Spectroscopy works by finding the frequencies of light that will put an atom or molecule into an excited state - these comprise the chemical's unique absorption and emission...
  • Russian Official Suggests Weapon Caused Exploration Spacecraft’s Failure (Also Destroyed Kursk)

    01/11/2012 5:03:20 AM PST · by lbryce · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jauary 10, 2012 | Andrew E. Kramer
    A Russian scientific spacecraft whizzing out of control around the Earth, and expected to re-enter the atmosphere on Saturday, may have failed because it was struck by some type of antisatellite weapon, the director of Russia’s space agency said in an interview published Tuesday. He did not say who would want to interfere with the spacecraft, which was intended to explore a moon of Mars. The Russian craft, named Phobos-Grunt for the moon and the Russian word for ground, ran into trouble soon after it was launched in November, when its rockets failed to lift it out of low Earth...
  • New Storage Device Is Very Small, at 12 Atoms

    01/15/2012 10:26:09 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | anuary 12, 2012 | JOHN MARKOFF
    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Researchers at I.B.M. have stored and retrieved digital 1s and 0s from an array of just 12 atoms, pushing the boundaries of the magnetic storage of information to the edge of what is possible. The findings, being reported Thursday in the journal Science, could help lead to a new class of nanomaterials for a generation of memory chips and disk drives that will not only have greater capabilities than the current silicon-based computers but will consume significantly less power. And they may offer a new direction for research in quantum computing. “Magnetic materials are extremely useful...
  • Synthetic Windpipe Is Used to Replace Cancerous One

    01/15/2012 9:43:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 12, 2012 | HENRY FOUNTAIN
    Surgeons in Sweden have replaced the cancerous windpipe of a Maryland man with one made in a laboratory and seeded with the man’s cells. The windpipe, or trachea, made from minuscule plastic fibers and covered in stem cells taken from the man’s bone marrow, was implanted in November. The patient, Christopher Lyles, 30, whose tracheal cancer had progressed to the point where it was considered inoperable, arrived home in Baltimore on Wednesday. It was the second procedure of its kind and the first for an American. “I’m feeling good,” Mr. Lyles said in a telephone interview from his home, where...
  • How to Disappear Completely (From the Internet)

    01/12/2012 7:00:11 PM PST · by w4women · 40 replies
    Popular Mechanics via Instapundit ^ | January 10, 2012 | John Herrman
    If you’ve ever used the Internet, you have an online identity. Maybe it’s slight: a Hotmail account here, a comment on a news story there. Or maybe you’ve been more prolific, leaving a trail of usernames, accounts, messages, and profiles across the digital landscape. In any case, an active internet user owes it to himself to do a bit of self-Googling. What you’ll find will be both enlightening and humbling—even worrying. Read more: How to Disappear Completely (From the Internet) - Popular Mechanics
  • US killer spy drone controls switch to Linux

    01/12/2012 8:49:09 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | 12 January 2012 | John Leyden
    The control of US military spy drones appears to have shifted from Windows to Linux following an embarrassing malware infection. Ground control systems at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada, which commands the killer unmanned aircraft, became infected with a virus last September. In a statement at the time the Air Force dismissed the electronic nasty as a nuisance and said it posed no threat to the operation of Reaper drones, but the intrusion was nonetheless treated seriously. "The ground system is separate from the flight control system Air Force pilots use to fly the aircraft remotely; the ability of...
  • iPad 3 release date, specs, features 'revealed' at CES 2012 (iPad 2S?)

    01/11/2012 9:14:05 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | January 11, 2012 | Richi Jennings
    The iPad 3 release date will be this quarter, according to sources at CES 2012, who also blabbed about its specs and features. There seem to be few external changes, so, in IT Blogwatch, bloggers wonder if it'll be called the iPad 2S.
  • Celani, Piantelli Geneva LENR Presentations

    01/09/2012 8:37:40 PM PST · by Kevmo · 113 replies
    ECat News ^ | January 9, 2012 | Roy Viriglio
    Celani, Piantelli Geneva LENR Presentations January 9, 2012 Francesco Celani is a colourful and respected character in the evolving LENR scene. An experienced nuclear physicist, it was he who tried to sneek a peek at the radiation spectra during the January 2011 eCat demo before Rossi stopped him. An offer to test the eCat in order to settle the mud surrounding it was refused by the inventor who pointed out that such a move would only benefit competitors . Celani has not been idle and recently reported success working with Ni H reactions. It appears that his efforts do...
  • TOP SECRET: Your Briefing on the CIA's Cold-War Spy Satellite, 'Big Bird'

    01/01/2012 12:14:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 51 replies · 1+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | December 29, 2011 | Alexis Madrigal
    The amazing story of how our supersecret, Cold-War spy satellites took photos of the Soviet empire and dropped them to Earth, all without the help of computers, bandwidth, or digital cameras. Here's your mission, should you choose to accept it: build a camera that can take high-resolution photographs of the Earth from orbit and return them to the Central Intelligence Agency. There's only one catch: you don't get to use a computer or a single kilobyte of network bandwidth. That's the task that the United States government gave to a group of engineers at the optical instruments company Perkin-Elmer...
  • Japanese Premier Noda's India trip part of Japan's strategy to 'contain China'

    12/28/2011 12:50:55 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 2 replies
    The Economic Times ^ | December 28, 2011 | The Economic Times
    BEIJING: Japanese Premier Yoshihiko Noda's ongoing India visit aimed at boosting bilateral strategic ties was part of Tokyo's attempt to strengthen its alliances with Asia-Pacific nations to "contain" China, the official media here claimed today. Boosting ties with India is part of Japan's strategy of strengthening alliances with Asia-Pacific nations with an eye on China, state-run China Daily quoted security analysts as saying. The India-Japan summit is a continuance of Japan's "Arc of Freedom and Prosperity" strategy, which has been widely interpreted as an effort to contain China, Lu Yaodong, director of the department of Japanese diplomacy at the Institute...
  • No-glasses 3-D technology to showcase at CES 2012

    12/26/2011 1:55:15 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 23 replies
    Physorg ^ | 12/26/2011 | Physorg
    Ultra- D is the company’s display technology that can carry out realtime conversion of 2-D to 3-D without necessitating the use of special glasses for viewing. What’s more, the technology enables the realtime conversion of 3-D content with glasses to 3-D content without glasses. The company’s press announcement describes this approach as autostereoscopic 3-D imagery. The company’s Ultra-D is dependent upon custom hardware, middleware techniques and software algorithms to give viewers the instant conversions. The company says Ultra-D works with Blu-ray, DVD, PC gaming, Internet, cable and satellite content. The technology allows users the freedom to customize the 3-D effect...
  • Science and the Chattering Classes

    12/24/2011 11:05:17 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies
    The American ^ | December 16, 2011 | Daniel Akst
    To speak out against the anti-scientific orthodoxy that prevails among large segments of the educated class is to make yourself the skunk at the garden party. Imagine yourself at one of those fashionable dinner parties you go to now and then—you know, the kind where everybody has retro-chic eyeglasses and au courant haircuts, and the food isn’t just vegetarian but organic.You make the mistake of mentioning your headache and the woman on your left offers you some capsules from the health food store. Here is your side of the ensuing conversation:“Oh, thanks, but you know I only take medications that...
  • Marines in Afghanistan Execute the World's First Cargo Resupply with an Unmanned Helicopter

    12/21/2011 2:38:57 PM PST · by Utilizer · 20 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 12.20.2011 | Clay Dillow
    In Afghanistan, supply convoys have been a favorite target of insurgent fighters, not only because they make warfighting possible for troops at forward operating bases but also because they are so very vulnerable to ambushes and IEDs. But on Saturday, NATO logisticians hit a major milestone in Afghanistan, reaching out and touching one of the holy grails of robotic warfare when an unmanned K-MAX helicopter successfully delivered a sling-load of beans, bullets, and band-aids to an unspecified base for the first time.
  • Spare Parts for Humans: Tissue Engineers Aim for Lab-Grown Limbs, Lungs and More

    12/19/2011 11:33:46 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies
    PBS NewsHour ^ | Dec. 15, 2011 | Miles O'Brien
    A new research breakthrough has enabled scientists to grow human tissue to repair or replace organs, and someday, maybe even limbs. Science correspondent Miles O'Brien reports.Be advised: Some of the images are graphic.MILES O'BRIEN: I am not sure when or why I thought it was a good idea to go for a bike ride on a 100-degree Texas afternoon with a 26-year-old Marine corporal. There I was eating Isaias Hernandez's dirt. No surprise, right? Well, take a look at his right thigh.CPL. ISAIAS HERNANDEZ, U.S. Marine Corps: It looked like a chicken, like if you would take a bite out...
  • The Top 10 tech trends for 2012

    12/19/2011 12:09:21 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | 19 December 2011 | Pete Cashmore
    From the continuing rise of tablet devices to the daily-deals craze and the return of the Internet IPO, 2011 has been a transformative year for technology. The pace of change has become blisteringly fast, with traditional industries -- bookstores, video-rental chains, newspapers -- crumbling more quickly than we could have imagined. Predicting what will happen in 2012, therefore, is a shot in the dark: A year is virtually a lifetime in the digital era. And yet we can at least make a guess at what will happen in the early part of next year simply by looking at the trends...
  • Controversial Internet Piracy Act 'SOPA' Grinds Forward As Amendments Voted Down

    12/16/2011 11:05:27 AM PST · by Burkean Buckleyite · 23 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | Carl Franzen
    Eight hours into Thursday’s marathon hearing on the controversial “Stop Online Piracy Act” not a single amendment proposed by the bill’s critics in Congress had been passed. In fact, at the time of this posting, all of the amendments introduced by House lawmakers designed to improve the legislation for critics have so far been voted down by a core of SOPA-supporters in the House Judiciary Committee, moving the controversial bill closer toward passage. . . Another amendment that was voted down was proposed by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). It would have allowed ISPs to refuse takedown notices that would interfere...
  • Microsoft Co-Founder To Build Giant Plane To Launch People, Cargo Into Space

    12/13/2011 3:46:04 PM PST · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 13 Dec 2011
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan are building the world’s biggest plane to help launch cargo and astronauts into space, in the latest of several ventures fueled by technology tycoons clamoring to write America’s next chapter in spaceflight. Their plans, unveiled Tuesday, call for a twin-fuselage aircraft with wings longer than a football field to carry a rocket high into the atmosphere and drop it, avoiding the need for a launch pad and the expense of additional rocket fuel. Allen, who teamed up with Rutan in 2004 to send the first privately financed, manned spacecraft into space,...
  • Physicists Anxiously Await New Data on ‘God Particle’

    12/12/2011 10:28:18 PM PST · by neverdem · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2011 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    High noon is approaching for the biggest manhunt in the history of physics. At 8 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday morning, scientists from CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, are scheduled to give a progress report on the search for the Higgs boson — infamously known as the “God particle” — whose discovery would vindicate the modern theory of how elementary particles get mass. The report comes amid rumors that the two competing armies of scientists sifting debris from hundreds of trillions of proton collisions in CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, or L.H.C., outside Geneva, have both finally seen hints...
  • Is this for real?

    12/12/2011 12:49:04 PM PST · by oldfart · 60 replies
    Just recieved this. I'm a little suspicious but maybe it's legitimate. Anybody know anything about it? ********************************************************* Dear MSN and Hotmail Subscriber, ===================== Virus Notification A DGTFX Virus has been detected in your folders. Your email account has to be upgraded to our new Secured DGTFX anti-virus 2011 version to prevent damages to our web mail log and to your important files. Click your reply tab, Fill the columns below and send back to us or your email account will be terminated to avoid spread of the virus. Full Name: ................................... User name: ............................... Password: .................................. Reconfirm Password: .................. Date...
  • The Ascendancy of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions

    12/11/2011 8:19:37 PM PST · by Kevmo · 39 replies
    New Energy and Fuel ^ | Dec 9 2011 | Brian Westenhaus
    The Ascendancy of Low Energy Nuclear Reactions December 9, 2011 | Brian Wang put up two posts today [(1) + (2)] that link to what should seen as seminal events in the basic view of LENR (low energy nuclear reactions). Time passing as more hard credence evolves into research and the results, will show us which of the various physics are the activities of nature in LENR. The progress cannot come fast enough . Piantelli's LENR Experiment Apparatus. Click image for the largest view . As the technology sits today The Rossi E-Cat is in production facility exploration. Blacklight...
  • Romney or Obama: Another Time for.. (A Chew Toy For the Kitties)

    12/11/2011 1:49:51 PM PST · by VC2012 · 67 replies · 1+ views
    gopublius ^ | December 10, 2011 | Libertas
    As the merry-go-round of the GOP primary continues, the present darling of fickle voters is Newt Gingrich, Like a phoenix he’s risen from the ashes to claim, with typical humility, “I’m going to be the nominee,” dismissing all other candidates as a trifling irrelevancy. Unfortunately the belated choice of Gingrich is no choice at all, for there can be little doubt how the questionably conservative and enormously polarizing Gingrich would fare against a personally popular Obama in the General Election. There is, at present only one real choice to make regarding the next president. It’s either Romney or Obama. A...
  • Here We go AGAIN "503" "Service Temporarily Unavailable" time.

    12/11/2011 8:19:18 AM PST · by US Navy Vet · 95 replies · 1+ views
    11 Dec 2011 | US Navy Vet
    OK WHAT gives?
  • Don't pretend we know what causes climate change

    12/10/2011 6:32:50 PM PST · by Clive · 34 replies
    Sun Media via Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-12-10 | John Robson
    Not only is the Kyoto Protocol technically flawed, the so-called science behind it is utter twaddle. Never mind complicated things like non-linear mathematics or, indeed, mathematics of any sort. The alarmists can't possibly know how to predict the future of Earth's climate because they can't explain its past. At one point the UN's famous Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tried to tell us the climate story was pretty simple. Their infamous "hockey stick" graph showed temperature constant for 1,000 years, then shooting up sharply in the 20th century as Industrial Man started pumping CO2 and other GHGs into the atmosphere....
  • Apple's helpful guidelines for competitors to avoid patent infringement(Ya Think?)

    12/07/2011 2:11:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    IT World ^ | 12/05/11 | Chris Nerney
    Apple's helpful guidelines for competitors to avoid patent infringement As long as rival tablets and smartphones don't look anything like tablets or smartphones, everything's cool By Chris Nerney 6 comments December 05, 2011, 3:03 PM — /snip For the iPhone design, alternative smartphone designs include: front surfaces that are not black or clear; front surfaces that are not rectangular, not flat, and without rounded corners; display screens that are more square than rectangular or not rectangular at all; display screens that are not centered on the front surface of the phone and that have substantial lateral borders; speaker openings that...
  • U.S. judge rejects Apple bid to halt Galaxy sales (Samsung wins)

    12/02/2011 9:31:28 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/03/11 | Dan Levine
    U.S. judge rejects Apple bid to halt Galaxy sales By Dan Levine Sat Dec 3, 2011 10:22am IST (Reuters) - Apple (AAPL.O) failed to convince a U.S. judge to block Samsung Electronics (005930.KS) from selling some Galaxy smartphones and tablets in the U.S. market, depriving the iPhone and iPad maker of crucial leverage in a global patent battle between the two companies. In a ruling released late on Friday, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh in San Jose, California denied Apple's request for a preliminary injunction against Samsung. Representatives for Apple and Samsung did not immediately respond to a request for...
  • Greenpeace activists living in a dream world

    12/02/2011 3:10:24 PM PST · by Clive · 8 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-12-02 | Patrick Moore, Guest Columnist
    As environmental activists fly to Durban, South Africa to attack Canada’s climate change position at the UN climate change talks, I can’t stand idly by while false allegations continue to be made about one of Canada’s most innovative and important industries: The oil sands. Canadian oil is no “dirtier” than any other oil. When the full life-cycle is calculated, oil from the Canadian oil sands emits between 18 percent higher and 8 percent lower greenhouse gases compared to other sources of crude oil. I strongly favour reducing our dependence on fossil fuels by adopting technologies that use less of them....
  • Fantastic information on how nuclear reactors actually work and are fueled and maintained

    12/02/2011 10:08:30 AM PST · by lefty-lie-spy · 6 replies
    World Nuclear Association ^ | September, 2011 | http://world-nuclear.org/
    Nuclear reactors are powered by fuel containing fissile material. The fission process releases large amounts of useful energy and for this reason the fissioning components – U-235 and/or Pu- 239 – must be held in a robust physical form capable of enduring high operating temperatures and an intense radiation environment. Fuel structures need to maintain their shape and integrity over a period of several years within the reactor core, thereby preventing the leakage of fission products into the reactor coolant. The standard fuel form comprises a column of ceramic pellets of uranium oxide, clad and sealed into zirconium alloy tubes....
  • Congress Censors the Internet

    12/02/2011 7:13:01 AM PST · by Retro Llama · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | Nathanial Botwinick
    Congress is currently considering a bill that threatens to alter the Internet fundamentally. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is one of the most misguided Internet-reform efforts to emerge in years. SOPA's purported intent is to protect American copyrighted material against piracy and counterfeiting. Unfortunately, wide application of the bill's regulations would strangle the freedom of the Internet. SOPA would require the attorney general's office to target any website that is: Primarily designed or operated for the purpose of, has only limited purpose or use other than, or is marketed by its operator or another acting in concert with that...
  • Apple, Samsung Dispute Likely To Turn On 1994 Knight-Ridder Tablet(no iPad design patent?)

    12/02/2011 3:04:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    paidContent ^ | 12/01/11 | Jeff Roberts
    Apple, Samsung Dispute Likely To Turn On 1994 Knight-Ridder Tablet Jeff Roberts A leading design patent expert predicts that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) will be unable to stop Samsung from selling its Galaxy tablet in the United States in the near future, and says the press has misunderstood a dramatic moment in the patent trial taking place between the tech giants. Court filings unsealed this week in California suggest he is right. Recall that, in October, U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh waved two tablets in the air and asked Samsung’s attorney if he could tell which was the Galaxy and which...
  • Second iPhone 'explodes' in a week

    12/02/2011 2:00:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    TodayOnline ^ | 12/02/11
    Second iPhone 'explodes' in a week by Agencies 04:28 PM Dec 02, 2011 For the second time in the past week, an iPhone 4 has reportedly exploded, website Mashable reported. In the latest incident, which happened in Brazil on Wednesday morning, the Apple smartphone short-circuited and started to burn about 40cm from a man's face as he slept. Ayla Mota said he awoke to see the iPhone 4, which was plugged in for an overnight charge, sparking and emitting smoke. "At dawn, I woke up seconds before witnessing the burning of my iPhone when I saw a lot of sparks...
  • Expect Some Toning Down of Antipiracy Bills, Says Movie Industry Supporter (KEEP THE HEAT ON!)

    12/01/2011 2:47:31 PM PST · by Retro Llama · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | Miceael Cieply
    Look for changes in the proposed antipiracy legislation that has giants in the entertainment and technology industries squared off against each other, but nothing extensive enough to please all of the legislation's opponents. That was the message from Michael O'Leary, the senior executive vice president for global policy and external affairs of the Motion Picture Association of America, during a telephone news briefing on Wednesday. "We will come forward with language that will address some of the legitimate concerns" of technology companies that have opposed the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House, and a similar Protect I.P. Act in...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Is Losing His War on Privacy

    12/01/2011 12:40:19 PM PST · by Retro Llama · 4 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 11/10/11 | Adam Clark Estes
    An impending settlement with the Federal Trade Commission will require all new Facebook privacy settings to be opt-in rather than opt-out and sentences the social network to 20 years of scrutiny from government regulators.. The Wall Street Journal broke the news of the deal on Thursday afternoon in advance of the FTC's public announcement: The proposed settlement – which is awaiting final approval from the agency commissioners – would require Facebook to obtain "express affirmative consent" if Facebook makes "material retroactive changes," some of the people said. The agreement would require Facebook to submit to independent privacy audits for 20...
  • BUSTED TWO: Carrier IQ monitor-ware on iPhones too?

    12/01/2011 10:19:42 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 1 December 2011 | Richard Chirgwin
    Blogger and iPhone hacker Chpwn believes that the controversial Carrier IQ software isn’t confined to Android devices. In this blog post, he says a look at the /usr/bin folder reveals Carrier IQ’s agent software, identified as IQAgent in iOS 3, and either awd_ice2 or awd_ice3 on iOS 4 or iOS 5 devices. At this point, Chpwn believes the daemon does not have access to the UI layer, which means it may not be able to capture the kind of data exposed in Android devices. While Chpwn states that he is not certain the software is launched except when the phone...
  • BUSTED! Secret app on millions of phones logs key taps

    11/30/2011 10:51:57 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | 30 November 2011 | Dan Goodin
    An Android app developer has published what he says is conclusive proof that millions of smartphones are secretly monitoring the key presses, geographic locations, and received messages of its users. In a YouTube video posted on Monday, Trevor Eckhart showed how software from a Silicon Valley company known as Carrier IQ recorded in real time the keys he pressed into a stock EVO handset, which he had reset to factory settings just prior to the demonstration. Using a packet sniffer while his device was in airplane mode, he demonstrated how each numeric tap and every received text message is logged...
  • Apple iTunes flaw 'allowed government spying for 3 years'

    11/30/2011 9:59:15 AM PST · by for-q-clinton · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 24 Nov 2011 | Christopher Williams
    An unpatched security flaw in Apple’s iTunes software allowed intelligence agencies and police to hack into users’ computers for more than three years, it’s claimed. A British company called Gamma International marketed hacking software to governments that exploited the vulnerability via a bogus update to iTunes, Apple's media player, which is installed on more than 250 million machines worldwide. The hacking software, FinFisher, is used to spy on intelligence targets’ computers. It is known to be used by British agencies and earlier this year records were discovered in abandoned offices of that showed it had been offered to Egypt’s feared...