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Toyota To Show Off Autonomous Prototype Car At CES Show

January 6th, 2013 01:20 admin View Comments

Software

coondoggie writes “Toyota is going to show off its autonomous car/accident avoidance technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas nest week. The 2013 Lexus LS uses what the car company calls its Intelligent Transport System and is fitted with on-board radar, video cameras and sensors to monitor the road, surroundings, and the driver all with the goal of preventing accidents and avoiding problems.”

Source: Toyota To Show Off Autonomous Prototype Car At CES Show

DARPA Wants Wireless Devices That Can Blast Through the Noise

December 22nd, 2012 12:11 admin View Comments

The Internet

coondoggie writes “What if your wireless communications just absolutely, positively have to be heard above the din of other users or in the face of massive interference? That is the question at the heart of a new $150,000 challenge that will be thrown down in January by the scientists at DARPA as the agency detailed its Spectrum Challenge — a competition that aims to find developers who can create software-defined radio protocols that best use communication channels in the presence of other users and interfering signals.”

Source: DARPA Wants Wireless Devices That Can Blast Through the Noise

Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals

December 19th, 2012 12:41 admin View Comments

Image

coondoggie writes “Boeing calls it Project SPUDS — or rather, Synthetic Personnel Using Dielectric Substitution — that is, using sacks of potatoes perched on aircraft seats to test the effectiveness of wireless signals in an airliner cabin. Boeing said it was researching an advanced way to test wireless signals in airplanes and needed a way to effectively simulate 200-300 people sitting in seats throughout the aircraft.”

Source: Boeing Uses 20,000 Lbs. of Potatoes To Check Aircraft Wireless Network Signals

NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies

December 17th, 2012 12:00 admin View Comments

Earth

coondoggie writes “Insidious unknown planets lurking behind the sun ready to slam into Earth, supernova set to engulf the planet and giant, unseen asteroids screaming toward our globe are all theories espoused across the Internet as to how we will meet our demise on 12/21/2012. Do any of these theories even remotely hold out a scintilla of evidence they could happen? Not even remotely if you look at the material NASA has put out which pretty much debunks any and all of the notions being floated in across the cybersphere.”

Source: NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies

Nvidia Wins $20M In DARPA Money To Work On Hyper-Efficient Chips

December 15th, 2012 12:37 admin View Comments

Power

coondoggie writes “Nvidia said this week it got a contract worth up to $20 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to develop chips for sensor systems that could boost power output from today’s 1 GFLOPS/watt to 75 GFLOPS/watt.”

Source: Nvidia Wins $20M In DARPA Money To Work On Hyper-Efficient Chips

US Security Classifications Needs Re-Thinking, Says Board

December 6th, 2012 12:39 admin View Comments

Government

coondoggie writes “The US government’s overly complicated way of classifying and declassifying information needs to be dumped and reinvented with the help of a huge technology injection if it is to keep from being buried under its own weight. That was one of the main conclusions of a government board tasked with making recommendations on exactly how the government should transform the current security classification system.”

Source: US Security Classifications Needs Re-Thinking, Says Board

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

November 30th, 2012 11:50 admin View Comments

The Almighty Buck

coondoggie writes “It seems well past time that the U.S. ditch its $1 bill — considering such a move could save the country somewhere in the neighborhood of $4 billion. But there is much resistance, or perhaps a lack of real consideration of the issue from most people. Watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office this week testified before a Congressional hearing on the topic, and said dollar coins could save $4.4 billion over 30 years (PDF), or an average of about $146 million per year.”

Source: Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Sandia Lab Celebrates Inventor of the Modern Clean Room

November 27th, 2012 11:09 admin View Comments

Government

coondoggie writes “Sandia National Laboratories physicist Willis Whitfield, 92, passed away earlier this month and left a technological legacy that continues to reverberate today: The legendary clean room. The original laminar-flow 10 x 6 clean room developed 50 years ago by Whitfield was more than 1,000 times cleaner than any cleanrooms used at the time and ultimately revolutionized microelectronics, healthcare and manufacturing development. According to Sandia, with slight modifications, it is still the clean room standard today.”

Source: Sandia Lab Celebrates Inventor of the Modern Clean Room

Federal Officials Take Down 132 Websites In “Cyber Monday” Crackdown

November 26th, 2012 11:19 admin View Comments

Government

coondoggie writes “A team of world-wide law enforcement agencies took out 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online. The group, made up of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania, United Kingdom and the European Police Office (Europol), targeted alleged counterfeiters selling everything from professional sports jerseys, DVD sets, and a variety of clothing to jewelry and luxury goods.”

Source: Federal Officials Take Down 132 Websites In “Cyber Monday” Crackdown

High-Voltage Fences For Zapping Would-Be Copper Thieves

November 21st, 2012 11:30 admin View Comments

Crime

coondoggie writes “It may be a gimmick or the ultimate answer, but a California city this week okay-ed a draft ordinance that would let businesses install 7,000-volt electric fences to protect sites from rampant copper thieves. As reported by the Sacramento CBS station, the reaction from one business owner to the ordinance says it all: ‘It’ll be a little fun to watch one of these guys get electrocuted holding my fence trying to rob me.’”

Source: High-Voltage Fences For Zapping Would-Be Copper Thieves