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  • (FReep Poll) Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime?

    03/30/2012 7:45:41 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 70 replies
    IO9 ^ | Mar 28, 2012 | By Charlie Jane Anders
    Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Science fiction is full of fantastic and horrifying scenarios, many of which seem like they could come true any time. But which of them is really going to materialize — and which is most likely to happen in your lifetime? Vote in our poll for the science fictional scenario that you're most likely to live to witness for yourself: Which Science Fictional Scenario Is Most Likely to Happen in Your Lifetime? Global Pandemic Moonbase World War III/Nuclear Apocalypse Suspended Animation The Singularity Something Else (See Comments) Martian Colony...
  • Insurgents Used Cell Phone Geotags to Destroy AH-64s in Iraq

    03/29/2012 7:27:51 AM PDT · by rpierce · 19 replies
    Defense Tech ( ^ | March 15th, 2012 | Defense Tech
    Insurgents Used Cell Phone Geotags to Destroy AH-64s in Iraq Here’s a battlefield safety issue that some people have been warning about—and others have been ignoring—for a while now; an enemy using social media and cellphone geotagging to identify the precise location of troops on a battlefield. When you take a photo with your cellphone, the gps coordinates of the location you took the picture is embedded into the image. When you upload said photo onto the internet for all to see, people can pull the location data from that picture. If you think this is just people being paranoid...
  • Vegan Red Velvet Cupcake, Sprinkles ATM

    03/28/2012 9:23:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The Family Kitchen ^ | MARCH 19TH, 2012
    The new Sprinkles Cupcake ATM in Beverly Hills has been hyped up for a few weeks now. More details in Average Betty’s video post here. But would the crazy-cool idea for an ATM that dispences freshly baked cupcakes actually be successful? Would the cupcakes be tasty and moist? How many flavors would there be to choose from? Well after my visit to the ATM this weekend to pick up a few vegan red velvet cupcakes with my husband – I can give you my review of the experience.. My First Cupcake-Run at the 24-hour ATM. We were leaving Saturday brunch...
  • Recovering three-dimensional shape around a corner using ultrafast time-of-flight imaging

    03/20/2012 2:48:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 4 replies · 2+ views
    Nature ^ | March 20, 2012 | Andreas Velten, et al
    The recovery of objects obscured by scattering is an important goal in imaging and has been approached by exploiting, for example, coherence properties, ballistic photons or penetrating wavelengths. Common methods use scattered light transmitted through an occluding material, although these fail if the occluder is opaque. Light is scattered not only by transmission through objects, but also by multiple reflection from diffuse surfaces in a scene. This reflected light contains information about the scene that becomes mixed by the diffuse reflections before reaching the image sensor. This mixing is difficult to decode using traditional cameras. Here we report the combination...
  • Colleges, employers ask for Facebook passwords

    03/20/2012 7:05:19 AM PDT · by madison10 · 49 replies
    Some employers and college are asking to see applicants' Facebook pages from job applicants and student athletes, according to a report on Tuesday. MSNBC's Red Tape Chronicles blog said job applicants at the Maryland Department of Corrections have been asked to log into their accounts so that interviewers could see their wall posts, friends, photos and anything else they may have behind the social network's privacy wall... ...Facebook spokesperson Frederic Wolens said many such school and employer policies appear to violate the site's terms.
  • Lasers can 'unprint' documents

    03/17/2012 3:48:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 52 replies · 2+ views
    British researchers say they've developed a laser process that can "uncopy" toner ink from paper as an alternative to traditional recycling. Scientists at the University of Cambridge say the process involves short laser pulses to erase words and images by heating the printed material to the point that it vaporizes. The technique works with commonly used papers and toner inks and is more eco-friendly than recycling, they said. "When you fire the laser, it hits the thin toner layer and heats it up until the point that you vaporize it," researcher David Leal-Ayala told the BBC. "Toner is mostly composed...
  • US Army to soldiers: 'Check-ins' can kill

    03/15/2012 12:52:01 AM PDT · by U-238 · 5 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 3/15/2012 | Athima Chansanchai
    While the U.S. Army knows its soldiers live in the modern world and carry location-aware, socially networked smartphones, it is reiterating the dangers of broadcasting too much information, because oversharing could cost lives. "Someone with the right software and the wrong motivation could download the photo and extract the coordinates from the metadata." As civilians, we're constantly giving out warnings about the dangers of revealing real-time locations via Facebook and Foursquare check-ins, or via tweets. We also tell you how to disable location tracking in your smartphones. Not only does it make individuals vulnerable to stalking, but also to robbery...
  • New 'thinking cap' technologies that control weaponry 'a step closer'

    03/02/2012 12:49:11 AM PST · by U-238 · 7 replies · 35+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/1/2012 | The Telegraph
    Researchers believe that new "thinking caps", could help provide super-human strength, highly enhanced concentration or thought-controlled weaponry. A British ethics group is investigating the ethical dilemmas posed by inventions that interfere with the brain's inner workings. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics (NCB) has launched a consultation on the risks posed by such new technologies, the global market for which it says is worth $8bn (£5bn) and "growing fast. With the prospect of future conflicts between armies controlling weapons with their minds, the Council, an independent body, is wanting to identify what issues that come with blurring the lines between humans...
  • How to Build a Speech-Jamming Gun (SpeechJammer: Artificial Speech Disturbance)

    03/01/2012 9:37:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 40 replies · 107+ views
    Technology Review ^ | 03/01/2012 | kfc
    How to Build a Speech-Jamming Gun Japanese researchers build a gun capable of stopping speakers in mid-sentence. The drone of speakers who won't stop is an inevitable experience at conferences, meetings, cinemas, and public libraries. Today, Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji Tsukada at Ochanomizu University, both in Japan, present a radical solution: a speech-jamming device that forces recalcitrant speakers into submission. The idea is simple. Psychologists have known for some years that it is almost impossible to speak when your words are replayed to you with a delay of...
  • Why You Never Hear About World-Altering Inventions Created by Committee

    03/01/2012 3:43:42 PM PST · by James C. Bennett · 26 replies · 4+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | March 1, 2012 | Gizmodo
    Modern corporate culture is in L-O-V-E, love with meetings (and any opportunity to engage in groupthink). But if you look back, history's real intellectual heavyweights weren't "team players." Intellectual giants like DaVinci, Einstein, and even Steve Wozniak, all developed their best works in near solitude. Quiet, by Susan Cain, examines why the world's best thinkers have usually been lone wolves. March 5, 1975. A cold and drizzly evening in Menlo Park, California. Thirty unprepossessing-looking engineers gather in the garage of an unemployed colleague named Gordon French. They call themselves the Homebrew Computer Club, and this is their first meeting. Their...
  • Linux Fans Gorge on Raspberry Pi ($35 PC is a smash hit!)

    02/29/2012 3:42:35 PM PST · by bigbob · 28 replies · 1+ views
    Tech News World ^ | 2-29-12 | Richard Adhikari
    Raspberry Pi is the name given to an ultra-low-cost computer that went on sale recently for just $35. The bare-bones PC, which is built to run a few different flavors of Linux, is capable of hooking up to a mouse, keyboard, HDTV and Ethernet. Initial interest has been strong -- the first batch quickly sold out. Frantic buyers cleaned out the shelves of two UK retailers offering a small US$35 Linux computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
  • Avatars Invade Military Training Systems

    02/26/2012 11:12:00 PM PST · by U-238
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 2/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    A lot of virtual training happens in video game-like environments, where soldiers see combat through the eyes of a superhero character. But if the Army is going to train its troops through gaming, officials say the characters in the virtual world should perform more like actual soldiers. That is one part of the reasoning behind a new idea the Army has to create avatars for every soldier. These digital representations would accompany service members throughout their training and allow them to see, through simulation, how their skills, or lack thereof, would play in life and death situations. The influence of...
  • Soldier Energy Needs Outpacing Technology, Policy

    02/23/2012 5:59:43 PM PST · by U-238 · 14 replies
    National Defense Magazine ^ | 3/1/2012 | Eric Beidel
    Eric Shields, an engineer with the Naval Surface Warfare Center’s Carderock Division, never thought he would have to monitor the use of a microwave oven in Afghanistan. But that is exactly what he and his colleagues have been doing to gauge how much power Marines are using in theater. “If the microwaves and coffee pots are turned on at the same time, it could trip your generator,” Shields told a recent Institute for Defense and Government Advancement symposium. Sometimes a generator is left on too long, and the temperature inside the tent drops so much that Marines are forced to...
  • (High-tech) Drive-In Theater Coming to Fort Worth

    02/22/2012 10:15:58 AM PST · by BuckeyeTexan · 64 replies · 1+ views
    NBC5DFW ^ | 02/22/2012 | Andrew Tanielian
    Get ready for some retro entertainment because the drive-in theater is returning to Cowtown. The Tarrant Regional Water District gave Coyote Theaters the go ahead Tuesday to develop a drive-in theater along the Trinity River just south of La Grave Field. "We are producing the first urban drive-in right now in the U.S.," said J.D. Granger Trinity River Development Director. It’ll have digital projectors and ways to listen through your car or smart phones. The tech will allow it to be the first drive-in in the country to offer first run movies simultaneously in both English and Spanish. There will...
  • 5TH Graders Design Improved Military Helmet (Video)

    02/21/2012 10:08:12 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Platts Energy Week ^ | February 16, 2012 | Mike Hydeck
    We made two stops for this Cool Schools report: Leesburg, Va. and the White House. A team of fifth graders came up with an invention so impressive, the President of the United States even noticed! Learning about the war in Afghanistan could be pretty daunting and the graphic scenes can be scary, but for these 11 year olds, it was a motivation to do something positive. Jack Dudley, a student at Stone Hill Middle School in Ashburn, Va. told us, "Our inspiration for the project...Specialist Robert Warren lost part of his skull in an IED blast in Afghanistan." Virginia 5th...
  • Deadliest weapons ever invented - Metal Storm

    02/18/2012 10:46:35 AM PST · by doug from upland · 24 replies
    youtube ^ | 2-12
    YOU MIGHT ENJOY THIS VIDEO. I wonder when Obama will say we are not allowed to use it.
  • Air Force Special Operations Command eyes Russian security software for iPads

    When the Air Force Special Operations Command decided to buy 2,861 made-in-China Apple iPad tablet computers in January to provide flight crews with electronic navigation charts and technical manuals, it specified mission security software developed, maintained and updated in Russia. The command followed in the path of Alaska Airlines, which in May 2011 became the first domestic carrier to drop paper charts and manuals in exchange for electronic flight bags. Alaska chose the same software, GoodReader, developed by Moscow-based Good.iware, to display charts in a PDF format on iPads. Delta Air Lines kicked off a test in August for electronic...
  • Windows 8's five biggest enemies

    02/16/2012 5:59:37 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 15 February 2012 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Summary: There are lots of reasons why I think Windows 8 will having trouble finding acceptance. A major one is that Windows 8 will face more competition than ever before. Here are Windows 8’s biggest rivals. Windows 8 biggest rivals are already hitting it. We’re finding out more and more about Windows 8 as its beta release approaches. And, you know what? The more I find out, the more I feel secure about saying Windows 8 will be a flop.I’ve already explained in general terms I think Windows 8 will follow in Vista’s footprints as a strategic failure. Here’s specifically,...
  • Is Computer Tech Support the Equivalent of TV Tube Testing of 50 Years Ago?

    02/11/2012 1:33:46 PM PST · by CARTOUCHE · 73 replies · 2+ views
    So I'm on the phone with Samsung Tech support in SOUTH CAROLINA - not Bombay or Sri Lanka, (thank you very much Samsung) to troubleshoot the connection problems with the other half's inability to print wirelessly from across the room to our recently acquired Samsung Color Laser Printer CLP-325W. (The HP 6300 was a gross waste of time, talent, and energy, NEVER AGAIN as they say in Tel Aviv)) And I'm musing that the process is not much different than when I would accompany my long past Dad with a paper bag full of Philco TV tubes to the local...
  • Small modular reactor design could be a SUPERSTAR

    02/11/2012 7:59:11 AM PST · by Wonder Warthog · 65 replies
    R&D Magazine ^ | Feb 9 2012
    Home > News Though most of today's nuclear reactors are cooled by water, we've long known that there are alternatives; in fact, the world's first nuclear-powered electricity in 1951 came from a reactor cooled by sodium. Reactors cooled by liquid metals such as sodium or lead have a unique set of abilities that may again make them significant players in the nuclear industry. At the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a team led by senior nuclear engineer James Sienicki has designed a new small reactor cooled by lead—the Sustainable Proliferation-resistance Enhanced Refined Secure Transportable Autonomous Reactor, or...
  • Congress Demands Drones Over America

    02/10/2012 8:42:52 PM PST · by lbryce · 20 replies ^ | February 10, 2012 | Harley Geiger
    Congress is demanding drones in the air over the United States - without considering the civil liberties issues. Within the span of three days last week, the House and then the Senate passed a law - H.R. 658 - requiring the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to speed up, within 90 days, its current licensing process for government use of drones domestically and to open the national airspace to drone aircraft for commercial and private use by October 2015. While the law requires the FAA to develop guidance on drone safety, the law says absolutely nothing about the privacy or transparency...
  • U.S. Oil Fields Stage “Great Revival,” But No Easing Gas Prices

    02/10/2012 8:09:59 PM PST · by lbryce · 17 replies · 1+ views
    National Geographic ^ | February 10, 2012 | Mason Inman
    The United States has long been seen as a nation in its twilight as an oil producer, facing a relentless decline that began when President Richard Nixon was in the White House. He and every president since pledged to halt the U.S. slide into greater dependence on foreign oil, but the trend seemed irreversible—until now. Forty-one years later, U.S. oil production is on the rise. U.S. oil fields yielded an estimated 5.68 million barrels per day in 2011—their highest output since 2003, thanks largely to a surge of new production from shale oil that lies beneath the Great Plains. The...
  • Santorum: Moon base idea is 'crass politics'

    01/26/2012 7:53:18 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 79 replies
    Politicio ^ | January 26, 2012 | EMILY SCHULTHEIS
    POLITICO's Robin Bravender reports from Tallahassee, Fla.: Santorum was asked at Florida State University about whether he'd expand NASA programs after Newt Gingrich's pledge for a new moon base. "I go back to trying to be very up front and honest with the people of Florida, the people of the country," he said. But given a potential explosion of inflation, he said, "the idea that anybody's going out and talking about grand, new, very expensive schemes to spend more money at a time when we do not have our fiscal house in order, in my opinion, is plain, crass politics."
  • A Digital Learning Success Story

    01/23/2012 7:08:39 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/20/2012 | Michael Van Beek
    Suttons Bay School district is small in size — but big on innovation. This school district in northwest Michigan probably doesn't get much attention outside of Traverse City. That's unfortunate, because it is blazing a trail in education innovation through digital learning. Superintendent Michael Murray says the district aims to shape school to fit the student, not the other way around — which, unfortunately, is how many schools have operated for decades. With digital learning, Suttons Bay is personalizing the learning experience for each student and in the process providing a wide variety of choices for all. See the video...
  • iBooks Author is cool, but will not save education

    01/21/2012 6:48:31 PM PST · by walkwu · 34 replies
    John's Wise Thoughts ^ | 21 Jan. 2012 | John Walker
    If you paid any attention to the rumblings in the technology industry this week, you would know that Apple released a piece of software that will supposedly revolutionize the educational industry. iBooks Author is the culmination of many years of internal developments at Apple. Modernizing education was, of course, the passion of Apple's late legendary leader, Steve Jobs, and was the project he most wanted to see come to light. Let me be clear, what Apple released Thursday, Jan. 19., is revolutionary. It will change many aspects of education within the United States and potentially worldwide. However, it will not...
  • Can Technology Save You? Alex Daley Says Yes!

    01/14/2012 8:43:38 AM PST · by appeal2 · 1 replies ^ | 01/13/12 | Kerry Lutz
    Alex Daley is the editor of's Casey Extraordinary Technology Newsletter. Alex isn't into technology, just for technology's sake, but also to achieve extraordinary returns. His record is the stuff of legends. He has an uncanny ability to identify emerging technological trends and then find the companies which are most likely to prosper greatly. All it takes is a disciplined approach and ability to see the world as it might when new tech takes hold. And Alex as an industry insider of the highest order,has been involved in numerous startups as an advisor to venture capital companies. He’s also a...
  • Another Oministration Sellout of American Technology and Ingenuity to China

    01/05/2012 4:06:34 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 1/5/12 | Pamela Geller
    China REQUIRES all foreign investors to give up their technology to them for the "right" to build goods there. Obama-seized GM can deny it till the cows come home, but it's still a lie. Dismantling America, chunk by chunk, piece by piece. Anybody see the tyrant-in-chief's body language, facial expressions and hand gestures, not to mention his words, at his Ohio press conference today? He simply can't hide his hatred for America. The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America -- read it. GM deal moves electric car development to China -- a 'shakedown'? USA Today (hat tip Van)...
  • Obama to Share Missile Defense Secrets With Russia?

    01/05/2012 11:19:30 AM PST · by ColdOne · 64 replies · 1+ views ^ | 1/4/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Bill Gertz of the Washington Times reports that President Barack Obama has indicated he is prepared to convey information about secret American missile defense technology to Russia: In the president’s signing statement issued Saturday in passing into law the fiscal 2012 defense authorization bill, Mr. Obama said restrictions aimed at protecting top-secret technical data on U.S. Standard Missile-3 velocity burnout parameters might impinge on his constitutional foreign policy authority. As first disclosed in this space several weeks ago, U.S. officials are planning to provide Moscow with the SM-3 data, despite reservations from security officials who say that doing so could...
  • The return of Newt Skywalker

    12/31/2011 1:36:04 PM PST · by JediJones · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/11/2011 | Michelle Quinn
    Twenty years ago, Gingrich’s appreciation of technology was more novel among Republicans, showing that there was a conservative libertarian interest in preserving the burgeoning Internet from efforts to regulate it. At the time, Gingrich talked up the transformative power of the Internet and a world where schools and hospitals would be wired. In 1996, Gingrich — then the speaker of the House — resisted an attempt to fight porn on the Internet. When the Senate began to push for the Communications Decency Act of 1996, Gingrich put up a roadblock that helped undermine the act, which was later struck down...
  • Can Technology Cure The Educational System's Failure?

    12/31/2011 1:21:00 PM PST · by appeal2 · 29 replies ^ | 12/31/2011 | Kerry Lutz
    Are you fed up with the near complete failure of the American educational system? We may finally be at the cusp of a solution. The combination of technology and the current system’s un-sustainability, could lead to sweeping change and improvement of education at every level. The wealthy always had access to the best tutors to make their children literate. Public education was created to allow the non-wealthy to do the same. Unfortunately the system become classroom/lecture based, rather than student centered, thus the personal intimacy of tutorial education was lost. The advent of the Kindle/Nook/iPad could be an important part...
  • Odd technology job interview questions revealed

    12/29/2011 6:16:52 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 47 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/28/11
    "If Germans were the tallest people in the world, how would you prove it?" That was the head-scratcher asked during a job interview for a product marketing post at Hewlett-Packard. Technology firms featured heavily in this year's list of the 25 most oddball questions compiled by the US employment website Glassdoor. Careers experts said the questions were intended to make a candidate display a thoughtful approach to problem-solving. As well as HP's brain-acher, interviewees at other companies were asked:
  • Solar Breakthrough: Cheap Quantum Dot Solar Paint

    12/28/2011 1:22:04 PM PST · by bananaman22 · 21 replies ^ | 24/12/2011 | John Daly
    Researchers have reduced the preparation time of quantum dot solar cells to less than an hour by changing the form to a one-coat quantum dot solar paint. How? Titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles are coated with cadmium sulfide (CdS) or cadmium selenide (CdSe.) The composite nanoparticles, when mixed with a solvent, form a paste that can be applied as one-step paint to a transparent conducting material, which creates electricity when exposed to light. Although the paint form is currently about five times less efficient than the highest recorded efficiency for the multifilm form, the researchers predict that its efficiency can be...
  • President Spam-a-lot

    12/15/2011 6:53:04 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 6 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 12-14-11 | Stoutcat
    It was bound to happen sooner or later. For a crew who uses thug tactics as a matter of course, this should come as no surprise to anyone: "The Obama presidential campaign is launching an effort to collect Republican email addresses by inviting its supporters to submit information about their Republican associates to the Obama 2012 website. The effort in question is found on the Obama campaign donation page, and suggests a little bit of mean-spirited but ultimately innocent fun... Of course, it goes deeper than that. It could be that the Obama campagn wants your email address so that...
  • Internet Copyright Protection Bills Threaten ISPs, Web Sites, Users

    12/08/2011 5:06:29 PM PST · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/8/2011 | Bruce Walker
    Two bills intended to stem digital piracy of movies, software and music are winding their way through both houses of Congress. House Resolution 3261, the "Stop Online Piracy Act," or SOPA, was debated Nov. 16 in the House Judiciary Committee. Its sister bill in the Senate, the “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act" (Protect IP), was introduced last May. Also called the "Enforcing and Protecting American Rights Against Sites Intent on Theft and Exploitation Act" (E-PARASITE Act), SOPA has generated opposition from a wide range of groups, including far-left Public Knowledge, libertarian Electronic...
  • Obama Blames Job Losses on Technology

    12/07/2011 9:14:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | December 7, 2011 | The Godfather
    We’ve been told that President Obama is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. Anybody who gets into Columbia and Harvard has to have some smarts. Then please tell me why he often sounds so stupid.At a stop in Atkinson, Illinois, the President spoke about the need for education at an agricultural company named Wyffels Hybrids, Inc. He said that America is no longer a place where you can just “work hard” and thereby find a good job. Actually, just working hard has never been the ticket to...
  • "Truth, Logic, Siri, and"

    12/02/2011 10:42:05 AM PST · by hocndoc · 9 replies ^ | December 2, 2011 | Beverly Nuckols, MD (hocndoc)
    The Lord does work in mysterious ways. But most of the time, He just uses the laws of physics and the logic that He invented. Still, I was surprised to find an argument for pro-life versus abortion logic on a technology blog at And the simple logic of pointing out that abortionists don't use the word "abortion" when advertising their services is much more telling than I believe the author knew. ""Siri is doing exactly what it was built to do—provide answers to questions like, "Where can I get an abortion?" using its own algorithms and the online resources...
  • Mystery Robot Space Plane Still Flying, 7 Months Later

    11/30/2011 2:52:25 PM PST · by Neil E. Wright · 49 replies
    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. –  The secretive X-37B robotic space plane is about to set its own space-endurance record on a hush-hush project operated by the U.S. Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office. The craft, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle-2, was boosted into Earth orbit atop an Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Fla., on March 5. Tomorrow (Nov. 30), the X-37B spacecraft will mark its 270th day of flight — a lifetime in space that was heralded in the past as the vehicle's upper limit for spaceflight by project officials. "It's still up there," U.S. Air...
  • What company gave us the 21st century?

    11/16/2011 1:59:07 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 29 replies
    11/16/2011 | WesternCulture
    Walter Isaacsson has, recently, completed a great work on Steve Jobs. My relatives will probably force me to read it (even though Isaacson was the former head of CNN, they're Conservatives and I'm a 42 year old with a will of my own) but prefer his magnificent study of Einstein as far books go. Anyhow, what do people actually understand about how and in what ways the IT sector of the economy has transformed all of our lives? Being Swedish, I wish to draw attention to what a marvelous revolution a certain poor peasant boy from the region of Värmland...
  • Cable cos. to offer $9.95 broadband for poor homes

    11/09/2011 8:57:24 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies
    AP ^ | November 9, 2011 | PETER SVENSSON
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches. The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband. One third, or about 35 million homes, don't have broadband. That affects people's ability to educate themselves and find and apply for jobs, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said.
  • On the Story of the Tower of Babel and What it Says to Us Today

    11/07/2011 1:02:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 7, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In our Parish Sunday School classes I have asked that we read basic Bible Stories and discuss them, along with the rest of the curriculum. There is nothing like an old Bible story to teach fundamental points. For my part I teach the parents while their children are in class. Today we discussed the story of the Tower of Babel (Gen 11). It is a story that has much to teach us, especially in this modern and proud world.I’d like to ponder one particular aspect here on the blog, the issue of technology, and how it relates to modern times...
  • Goodbye and good riddance to long gun registry

    11/06/2011 3:12:27 AM PST · by Clive · 21 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | 2011-11-06 | Connie Woodcock
    One sunny afternoon in early fall, a bunch of my neighbours were standing around watching a sick raccoon die on somebody’s front lawn. In the old pre-gun registry days, someone would have gone home, got a shotgun or .22 and put the poor creature out of its misery. But, as one said to me, his gun wasn’t registered and he didn’t want to be seen with it. Someone might call the cops or a cruiser might happen by. That, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with the gun registry: It makes criminals out of perfectly ordinary people doing nothing wrong,...
  • Why Science Majors Change Their Minds (It’s Just So Darn Hard)

    11/04/2011 1:57:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 4, 2011 | CHRISTOPHER DREW
    LAST FALL, President Obama threw what was billed as the first White House Science Fair, a photo op in the gilt-mirrored State Dining Room. He tested a steering wheel designed by middle schoolers to detect distracted driving and peeked inside a robot that plays soccer. It was meant as an inspirational moment: children, science is fun; work harder. Politicians and educators have been wringing their hands for years over test scores showing American students falling behind their counterparts in Slovenia and Singapore. How will the United States stack up against global rivals in innovation? The president and industry groups have...
  • U.S. Navy's Incredible, Sci-Fi Railgun Fires 1,000th Bullet

    11/03/2011 12:00:46 AM PDT · by Windflier · 35 replies
    Fox ^ | November 02, 2011 | Fox News staff
    Navy scientists with the Office of Naval Research (ONR) hit a new milestone, succesfully firing their electromagnetic railgun for the 1,000th time as the state-of-the-art weapon edges closer to real world deployment. A theoretical dream for decades, the railgun is unlike any other weapon used in warfare. And though still in testing, it's quite real, as the U.S. Navy proved in a record-setting test Monday, Oct. 31, in Dahlgren, Va. Rather than relying on a explosion to fire a projectile, it uses an electomagnetic current to accelerate a non-explosive bullet at several times the speed of sound. The conductive projectile...
  • Coming Soon: Computer Chip Implants For Human Tracking

    11/01/2011 2:12:41 PM PDT · by JDW11235 · 75 replies ^ | November 1st, 2011 | Mac Slavo
    ...What that basically means is that in an emergency situation, such as a declaration of martial law, chipping stations will be immediately deployed. It will be for you and your family, and will ensure that you’ll receive emergency rations and other services in the event of a serious catastrophe. Next, they’ll require all government healthcare recipients to be chipped in order to prevent rampant fraud. An off-shoot may be to implement nationwide chipping programs for those receiving any government benefits including social security, Medicaid, Medicare, and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance. Prisoners and even detainees will be part of the first adopter...
  • Google Publishes Takedown Requests From US Government

    11/01/2011 7:04:16 AM PDT · by csd · 6 replies ^ | Oct 30, 2011 | gearfuse
    Ever wonder what kind of content world governments ask Google to remove from their search results? Well, Google has just published their “Transparency Report”, which details the type and nature of takedown requests that they’ve received from all over the world. What do you think US government officials have asked to be taken down? Turns out, most of the recent US requests seem to be related to police brutality, and content that “defames” law enforcement officials. Google states that takedown requests in the US from officials have risen 70% compared to their previous reporting period. Other countries, such as India,...
  • Army to Test ‘Power Dreaming’ to Combat PSTD-Related Nightmares

    10/22/2011 12:38:20 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 21 October, 2011 | Liz Klimas
    The U.S. Army recently awarded a contracting firm a nearly half a million dollar contract to support its “Power Dreaming Project.” Wired Danger Room reports the following scenario that the Army hopes to begin testing next here to help soldiers suffering with PSTD: A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses. He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldier’s re-lived this scene in his head...
  • What if the revolution that ends 'gun control' is a technological one?

    10/20/2011 3:57:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 October, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    One of the many major problems with "gun control"--beyond the fact that it is an attempt to regulate by law the behavior of the lawless--is that it is based on denying people access to centuries-old technology. Just how many centuries, of course, depends on what level of firearms technology we're talking about, but even metallic cartridges, smokeless powder, and semi- and fully-automatic weapons have been around for well over a hundred years--and New York City mayor (and Mayors Against Illegal Guns founder) Mike Bloomberg wants oppressive control over weapons far more primitive than those (flintlock technology dates back around four...
  • If you pre-ordered AT&T iPhone 4s, are you happy?

    10/19/2011 10:16:14 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 17 replies
    20 October 2011 | Racehorse
    Browsing various AT&T iphone related forums, pre-order customers are livid ... to ssy the least. Like my wife and I, we ordered our iphones at the AT&T store, asked all the right questions (we thought), and left with the understanding that our purchase would be back ordered. If you knew the ancient state of our current cell phones, you'd understand why that was a perfectly understandable representation by the AT&T sales person. But . . . as furious AT&T online discussion groups blast AT&T, had we not pre-ordered the iphone 4s, we could have walked into any of their stores...

    10/19/2011 5:50:54 AM PDT · by SWAMPSNIPER · 50 replies
    My Photobucket ^ | October 19, 2011 | swampsniper
    This is cool!
  • Woman charged $201,000 for phone bill

    10/18/2011 11:55:02 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    CBS ^ | 10-18-2011 | CBS/AP
    Cue the outrage button. A South Florida woman got a shock when she opened a recent cell phone bill: she owed $201,000. Say what! It was no mistake. Celina Aarons has her two deaf-mute brothers on her plan. They communicate by texting and use their phones to watch videos. Normally, that's not a problem. Aarons has the appropriate data plan, and her bill is about $175. But her brothers spent two weeks in Canada and Aarons never changed to an international plan. Her brothers sent over 2,000 texts and also downloaded videos, sometimes racking up $2,000 in data charges. T-Mobile...