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  • Mask use does not lead to a higher risk of COVID-19 as viral social media posts claim

    10/14/2020 6:08:14 AM PDT · by where's_the_Outrage? · 24 replies
    Health Feedback ^ | 14 Oct 2020 | Flora Teoh
    CLAIM More people who wear masks become sick with COVID-19 compared to non-mask wearers, therefore masks don’t work or are making us ill SOURCE: Jordan Davidson, The Federalist, 12 Oct. 2020 DETAILS Flawed reasoning: The comparison made in the claim is not related to mask effectiveness, but is simply the result of the fact that the study included many more people who wear masks as compared to people who never wore masks to begin with. Of all 314 individuals in the study, there were only 11 who never wore masks. By default, a comparison of the proportions of people who...
  • This All-Electric Robotic Combat Vehicle May Accompany Army Units into Battle

    10/13/2020 6:32:01 AM PDT · by pingman · 30 replies ^ | 10/9/20 | Matthew Cox
    Textron Systems announced Thursday that it will deliver an all-electric version of its M5 Ripsaw Robotic Combat Vehicle prototype to the U.S. Army for experimentation next year. Earlier this year, the Army selected a Textron team to develop its subsidiary Howe & Howe's unmanned vehicle for the service's Robotic Combat Vehicle, or RCV, Medium platform. The Army wants to develop a light, medium and heavy version of the RCV to give commanders the option of sending unmanned vehicles into combat against enemy forces. The service selected QinetiQ North America to build four light versions of the RCV. Textron is scheduled...
  • How One Bureaucrat at an Obscure Agency Is Holding America’s 5G Industry Hostage

    10/07/2020 10:48:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | October 07, 2020 | by Michael Graham
    Aimee Jorjani, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Why is a Trump appointee stopping progress on America’s efforts to compete with China in the vital arena of 5G technology? That’s the question being asked in the wireless industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the White House itself. In June of 2019, Aimee Jorjani was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the first full-time chairman of the obscure Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP). The council is a creation of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and its job is to “promote the preservation, enhancement, and sustainable use...
  • Google Insider: Bombshell Book ‘Deleted’ Will ‘Shake the Foundations of Silicon Valley’

    09/01/2020 5:39:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 31 Aug 2020 | Breitbart Tech
    An upcoming book from Breitbart News investigative reporter Allum Bokhari is set to “shake the foundations of Silicon Valley,” according to a Big Tech source who has worked at numerous tech giants including Google. The book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election, will be published by Center Street on September 22, and is currently available for preorder at Barnes & Noble and other retailers. “When voters find out what big tech companies have done to meddle in the coming election, they’ll be rightly furious” said the source, who worked on key Google products...
  • Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it

    08/25/2020 6:44:53 AM PDT · by Heartlander · 123 replies
    New Atlas ^ | August 25, 2020 | Loz Blain
    Nano-diamond self-charging batteries could disrupt energy as we know it Here shown as a small, circuit board mounted design, the nano diamond battery has the potential to totally upend the energy equation since it never needs charging and lasts many, many years NDB California company NDB says its nano-diamond batteries will absolutely upend the energy equation, acting like tiny nuclear generators. They will blow any energy density comparison out of the water, lasting anywhere from a decade to 28,000 years without ever needing a charge. They will offer higher power density than lithium-ion. They will be nigh-on indestructible and...
  • The Air Force May Ditch GPS for Earth's Magnetic Field... We're long overdue for a new way to navigate.

    08/07/2020 7:46:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 92 replies ^ | By Kyle Mizokami Aug 4, 2020
    The Air Force, wary of losing its GPS satellites during a major war, is exploring alternatives. One alternative is using a magnetic field map of Earth. Maps of Earth’s magnetic field are very accurate, but we don't know how data is gained about possible enemy territory. =================================================================================== The U.S. Air Force, concerned that adversaries might target its fleet of GPS satellites in wartime, is looking into Earth’s magnetic field as an alternative, according to Defense One.Accurate and extremely difficult to jam, the magnetic field could be used as a means of navigation for ground troops, ships at sea, and...
  • Kernel Rising: Cotton Could Soon Feed The World

    07/26/2020 2:50:23 PM PDT · by ptsal · 70 replies
    AgPro-Farm Journal ^ | 13-July-2020 | Chris Bennett
    History is pounding at agriculture’s door. One of the greatest farming enigmas to afflict growers in the last 100 years has been solved, yet the answer sits idle. At its core, the cotton riddle is simple: How to remove a naturally occurring pest deterrent from seeds, yet preserve the toxin within plants? The long-sought solution means cotton can make a massive leap from fabric to consumption—and provide 10.8 trillion grams of precious protein for the animal feed industry and human intake. Bottom line: After 7,000 years of cultivation, cotton is at the cusp of helping feed the planet. Cotton has...
  • China’s Next Play: First in Space Warfare

    05/26/2020 4:04:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies ^ | May 26, 2020 | Katie Kiefer
    We – the United States – are at war with China. And China’s next play – following COVID-19 - is to be “first” in the multi-trillion-dollar market of space. President Trump is taking concrete steps to beat China in space: last week, he launched the Space Force as the sixth branch of the U.S. Armed Forces and, this week, he attends the launch of a public-private partnership at the Kennedy Space Center meant to ensure America is no longer reliant on Russia for shuttles to the International Space Station. "Our destiny, beyond the Earth, is not only a matter of...
  • IBM is cutting ‘thousands’ of jobs across the US amid COVID-19 pandemic

    05/24/2020 7:45:58 AM PDT · by Starcitizen · 30 replies
    News Observer ^ | May 22, 2020 | ZACHERY EANES
    Computer giant IBM, which has a large presence in Research Triangle Park, is laying off an unspecified number of employees, the company said Friday. The company did not directly blame the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic for the layoffs. Earlier this year, the company told analysts it was restructuring parts of its business, including its Global Technology Services division, in a move that could lead to savings of $2 billion. In April, IBM took a $900 million charge against its first-quarter earnings in relation to that restructuring. “IBM’s work in a highly competitive marketplace requires flexibility to constantly...
  • Magical Herd Immunity

    05/14/2020 5:29:07 AM PDT · by GLH3IL · 21 replies
    Facebook blog ^ | 05/13/2020 | Jennifer L Katsen, MD, MSc, MSc
    Conclusion: as the epidemic whirls on, the effective HIT drops dynamically, down-- at the end-- to only 10%. And-- for everyone worried about whether or not effective first wave suppression has just left everyone vulnerable, and implies a nearly-as-big second wave once distancing is reduced: the model nicely predicts that removing the "highly susceptibles" from the population in the first wave makes the second wave likely rather muted.
  • Cisco Webex Vulnerability Exploited to Join Meetings Without a Password

    05/11/2020 5:14:22 PM PDT · by piytar · 5 replies
    Security Week ^ | January 25, 2020 | Eduard Kovacs
    Cisco on Friday informed customers that it has patched a vulnerability that allowed unauthorized users to join password-protected Webex meetings. Cisco said the flaw had been exploited. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2020-3142 and classified as high severity, affected Cisco Webex Meetings Suite sites and Cisco Webex Meetings Online sites, releases earlier than 39.11.5 and 40.1.3. However, Cisco says the fixes apply only to the sites and users are not required to update their mobile or desktop Webex Meetings applications.
  • How Indian Information Technology Workers Discriminate Against Non-Indian Workers

    05/05/2020 2:06:07 PM PDT · by jroehl · 27 replies
    Brightwork ^ | January 31, 2019 | Shaun Snapp
    Indian discrimination against non-Indians and other out-group Indians is pervasive in the IT sector in locations where Indians have emigrated. This discrimination is invisible and uncovered by the major IT media entities. For this reason, this article you are about to read will seems dramatically different than any article published in any major IT media entity. We cover why this issue is blacked out in IT media in the article.
  • Time To Reboot Big Tech

    05/02/2020 4:11:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 2, 2020 | Mike Davis
    With the current coronavirus crisis creating a boom for video meetings, competition for secure platforms has become fierce. The recent controversies surrounding early frontrunner Zoom allowed Google to pounce at the opportunity, making rival Google Meet free to the general public. Google has begun positioning itself as the pro-privacy option because of supposed protections it has in place, even as many in the public remain skeptical. No protections in the world, however, will change that Google is a corporation whose whole business model revolves around tracking, mining, and selling personal user data, along with the history of privacy violations that...
  • Are we up and running? [Yes, we seem to be up and running fine now, after John tweaked our DDos prevention program - Jim]

    03/08/2020 2:18:46 PM PDT · by al baby · 99 replies
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  • Big Tech’s Civilization-busting Bias

    03/04/2020 9:48:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    American ^ | March 4, 2020 | Selwyn Duke
    If you could transport yourself back to the Middle Ages and tell people that living things too small to see can cause disease, they’d think you were crazy. Seeing is believing and, quite often, not seeing is not believing. Tragically, this phenomenon is also operative with the virus in our political system called Big Tech bias, which is, unseen by most and with no paper trail, killing Republican electoral chances and remaking our nation. What if I told you that Big Tech could have been responsible for President Trump’s impeachment? What about the credible expert who warns that Big Tech...
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  • Why did a Chinese university [Wuhan University of Technology] hire Charles Lieber to do battery research?

    02/18/2020 11:48:44 AM PST · by Missouri gal · 17 replies
    Science ^ | February 4, 2020 | Robert F. Service
    Among the ongoing mysteries surrounding last week's [Jan 29] arrest of Harvard University nanoscientist Charles Lieber is the precise nature of the research program Lieber was conducting in his cooperation with Chinese researchers.
  • Encryption battle reignited as US govt at loggerheads with Apple

    01/16/2020 5:02:28 AM PST · by DTAD · 31 replies
    Apple and the US government are at loggerheads for the second time in four years over unlocking iPhones connected to a mass shooting, reviving debate over law enforcement access to encrypted devices. Attorney General Bill Barr said Monday that Apple failed to provide "substantive assistance" in unlocking two iPhones in the investigation into the December shooting deaths of three US sailors at a Florida naval station, which he called an "act of terrorism."
  • US Army MPs use new Modular Handgun System to train, qualify

    01/15/2020 10:46:22 AM PST · by DTAD · 21 replies
    Soldiers and Civilians with the U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Ansbach Provost Marshal Office (PMO) practiced and qualified with the Army’s new weapons system during a range at the Oberdachstetten Training Area Jan. 9-10. Prior to being issued the M17 and M18 Modular Handgun System (MHS), the PMO used the M9 Beretta, a 1980s-era pistol. During the range, the reaction to handling and firing the new weapon was positive.
  • Y2K, 20 years later: Document’s contributors recall the armageddon that never was

    12/23/2019 9:00:15 AM PST · by Textide · 81 replies ^ | December 19, 2019 | Maraya Fisher
    20 years since Y2K. Never met anyone that built a bomb shelter, but do remember the tension that night as the clocks around the world ticked over.