Data Engineer In Google Case Is Identified
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FEMA, FCC Hope To Forestall Panic Over National Emergency Alert
Well - the FEMA EAS test is happening:
0. One day after the IAEA delivers to the UN the report on Iran's uranium enrichment activities at Qom.
1. One Day after the Arizona State Emergency Management Office finishes their first nuclear terrorist incident scenario exercise
2. On the day that South Carolina has its annual earthquake response exercise starting at 9:30 am ...
3. On the first day of PACWAVE11 - the two-day military response exercise to a tsunami alert and recovery scenario involving PacRim countries.
4. Four days after incoming ballistic missile alert drills in Tel Aviv, Israel, to help the general public
practice shelter location and toxic chemical/biological/radiological containment procedures.
5. Six days after test firing of an intermediate range ballistic missile from Israel.
6. Three days after the major north-south strike fault running under El Hierro in the Canary Islands started to unzip
creating a chain of volcanic vents driven by a seismic energy release equal to over 600 tons of TNT since July 17th.
7. Three days after the Sparks, OK, 5.6 magnitude quake and aftershocks.
Anyone else can chime in here with other disaster preparedness training scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9th, 2011.
Be safe out there!
Airline Offering Plane Crash Survival Course to Frequent Flyers
Darn - I do wish BBC America was everywhere since clippings don't quite carry the value of the course. The BBC coverage of this story would help readers understand the course offering better:
British Airways is offering the standard cabin crew safety course to passengers for a fee. Passengers get to actually activate oxygen masks, inflate life jackets, open escape doors, and jump down emergency slides - without shoes of course. There is even a smoke-in-cabin exit drill.
We could chalk this course offering up to smart marketing - or we could demand that US airlines begin doing the same thing for high-school age and above - especially for the smaller commuter aircraft - to help increase aircraft survival awareness and provide continuing education credits to frequent flyers.
I suspect an advanced course is available for air marshals and British SAS members fine tuning close combat techniques for passenger aircraft.
Getting the details right can mean the difference between getting out alive - and not.
I would expect the public to insist on a passenger safety course before flying on Virgin Galactic - but I doubt they have a free-fall from 100,000 feet simulator. Yet.
Ford Uses Google For a New Type of Smart Car
... where a smart car discovered through car network chatter that the best way to optimize its service lifetime was to ... get rid of its aggressive driver owner through a series of false failures - and then find a little old lady for a second owner, who kept it parked in a garage 99% of each week.
Kudos to readers who can find the story citation and its authors.
NASA Wants To Zap Space Junk With Lasers
Not that stupid when the laser is a dynamically tunable Free Electron Laser (FEL) with two 10 Megawatt nuclear reactors behind it. With the number of ballistic nuclear submarines scheduled for decommissioning - there are a few that can be refit and put back to sea, with installations of orbital reaching FEL systems.
Besides, no one expects that punching holes in space junk with a static laser beam will amount to anything.
The key is that a FEL can be tuned to vaporize any material within its deliverable power range. Because it is tunable through tuning the frequency of the microwave resonance cavity used to capture and pump excited electrons - the delivered frequency can be boosted well into X-ray frequencies with sufficient power.
The optics system would "paint" the target - to create a reaction force by vaporizing the surface material. With dynamic feedback, the optics would be driven to selectively paint different surface regions as the target spun in orbit - and thereby cumulatively direct the change in orbital velocity required to drop a target into the upper atmosphere: Every available square centimeter of target could be turned into a precise reaction motor. This would effectively kick the can out of orbit.
This also should tell the audience a lot about the state of defense optics now orbiting in space, when defense contractors can propose real-time control systems that depend on "seeing" rapid velocity changes in a basketball-sized object over 24,000 miles high in orbit. Remember that there were originally only 3 mirrors created for the Hubble Space Telescope - and NASA has just one of them.
BTW: FEL's were first discussed in A.E. Van Vogt's "Weapon Shops of Isher" (1951) - an interesting spin on Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower's warning about the modern military industrial complex and its threat to the practice of governing a democracy through fear, intimidation, and corruption.
Of course, NASA isn't in the business of space defense - but the US Navy is - having effectively demonstrated a working tactical satellite defense against a real failed US recon satellite before the US Air Force could - thanks to the systems programming ingenuity of Raytheon Missile Systems.
Then again, space aliens wouldn't expect their orbiting derrieres roasted by a hidden submersible fleet.
The Weapon Shops slogan??
"The right to own weapons is the right to be free!"
Man Open Sources His Genetic Data
Wait - Not metal - Why not bones made from some kind of really neat carbon nanotube matrix. More flexible, lighter, and stronger than the Man of Steel.
Something like "spornygraphene" spun into "spork" composite structures ... (grin)
TiVo to brick all remaining UK PVRs on June 1
I wonder what an Orange branded 4G TiVo will look like ... Perhaps an Android app running on a Samsung Galaxy with 3D HDTV touch display ??
See any hot fembots lately??
TiVo to brick all remaining UK PVRs on June 1
Ack ... Atavistic capitalism: The Garden Tier pay-per-view model raises its prehistoric head.
Arguably the TiVo's ability to access Internet services is key to a move to Virgin Media cable services alignment since BSkyB started producing its own satellite DVRs. Without any Internet capability using current BSkyB satellite services, driving Internet video content over phone line connections are very trying.
On the other hand, next generation satellite services include the soon to be launched 4G broadband data services - which would obsolete the current BSkyB subscriber garden tier business model completely. This suggests that next generation TiVo models will be 4G broadband capable which would eliminate hardwired cable and satellite TV connections completely.
Still, I extend condolences to the loyal original BSkyB TiVo subscribers located on the Isle of Mann until 4G satellite services are widely available.
Perhaps someone could organize an online Facebook.com petition to extend the UK TiVo 1 service date until December 21, 2012?
I would draw the line at cloning...
"Right ... and who ordered the brontosaurus ribs and onion rings?"
Chinese Stealth Fighter Jet May Use US Technology
The fun part of looking at other people's tech is figuring out how different cultural traditions might contribute to the product.
We do know that large graphite composite surfaces are being built for Boeing in China - from all the delays to the Dreamliner program because of ever so slightly incompatible tail components that took forever to get right - long enough to get all the right answers of course.
So just imagine what if carbon composites weren't available to Chinese aerospace designers:
1. Brocade silk cloth for wing surfaces in bright red and gold patterns?
2. Laminated bamboo airframes and bamboo tubing for hydraulic controls powered with mountain spring water?
3. Fly-by-wire-and-abacus-bead flight deck computers?
4. Rice paper display surfaces with mah-jong tiled control buttons?
5. Black powder rocket assist JATO launch systems?
6. Cricket-powered in-flight entertainment systems?
Aw, heck, been there and done that over a thousand years ago during the Qing Dynasty.
On the other hand, the forward canard wings - double delta main wings - rear tails and elevators - and the vectored thrust components - one could say that the design does resemble the latest Russian Sukhoi fighter more than anything we are building. The airframe length gives away the likely turbine power plant specs - and the bet is the prototype is more designed for high-G combat flight during extended patrol missions - and not as a tactical stealth fighter-bomber for really tight low-altitude missions against Soviet-era anti-aircraft radar surface-to-air missile installations. The big Lexan cockpit bubble tells you that - since that would be useless protection against ground-based canon fire.
The other dead giveaway is the bloody big nose on the fuselage: That is large enough for an old-style air-to-air targeting radar which isn't very stealthy at all. It tends to look like a honking lighthouse in the radar spectrum when they turn that baby on.
In any case, if we really want to know what's in the bird, we just have to put a classified ad up on Craigslist for an unhappy pilot with marriage problems to fly the bird to Alaska for a debrief and a nice big red envelope and keys to a ranch in Montana. (Some guys prefer sheep after a Chinese-styled marriage.)
Either that, or just have a neutral country buy a few for disassembly and ship to Nevada for flight test where the rest of the current MIGs and Sukhois are flying.
Then again, like the light cavalry, manned combat flight is really an affectation of national pride: Manned flight has no place in a fight against hordes of Cylon powered UAVs.
Positive Correlation Between Monogamy and Alcohol
I just had a long hard laugh looking at some of the titles of their working papers, which remind me of the humorous article titles in the "Journal of Irreproducible Results".
Makes me wonder if there is a bright future in enology economics research.
AAWE Working Paper No. 67 Economics
Fraternity Membership & Frequent Drinking
Jeffrey S. DeSimone
AAWE Working Paper No. 68 Economics
Binge Drinking & Sex in High School
Jeffrey S. DeSimone
AAWE Working Paper No. 70 Economics
Return to Wine: a Comparison of the Hedonic, Repeat Sales, and Hybrid Approaches
James J. Fogarty and Callum Jones
AAWE Working Paper No. 71 Economics
Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach
Scott E. Carrell, Mark Hoekstra and James E. West
AAWE Working Paper No. 73 Economics
Collective Reputation Effects: An Empirical Appraisal
Olivier Gergaud and Florine Livat
AAWE Working Paper No. 74 Economics
The Role of Viticulture and Enology in the Development of Economic Thought
Well that's an interesting research topic: Is the quantity of economic thought in direct proportion to the quantity of wine consumed?
Guess we would have to drink to that!
Hari Seldon is starting to look less fictional
Today, NYU political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has a computer program which incorporates game theory and rational choice theory from mathematical economics which reportedly makes probabilistic long-term forecasts about political trends and predicts foreign conflicts, which was first used in the early 1980s and has been continuously refined.
See ScienceNews.org: Mathematical Fortune-Telling
Buena de Mesquita offers his services through Mesquita and Roundell, a company he founded that uses his model to advise businesses and governments. "It's pretty exciting when you sit down with a client," he says, "and you know that they're making decisions involving life and death questions or billions of dollars, and at the end of the day they are relying on a body of equations."
Still, at the end of the day, the client has to be capable of removing all of their existing biases and prejudices to appreciate the forecasts, and then be able to decide to take optimal political action to drive desired results. Many clients are immobilized by the fear of political forces beyond the scope of individual rational actions.
Hence, Shell Oil's recent public forecast of $5 dollar a gallon gasoline in the US before the Fall of 2012 - suggesting a likely collapsing US national economy in a Presidential election campaign year. The potential public backlash forebodes civil disturbances in major metropolitan cities and intermittent to permanent disruptions of energy and food distribution networks.
Check out the DVD "Collapse" featuring author Michael Ruppert.
Trek Tech That Most Needs To Be Invented Before I Die:
Whereas, with a transporter, you will be subject to quantum oscillators, Heisenberg uncertainty compensators, and active bio-filters that can deactivate weapons in transport - or accidentally blend the passenger with the cargo - as well as accidentally reassemble incorrectly due to an Eigenvalue transformation matrix flip caused by stray cosmic-ray radiation - as demonstrated by Mel Brooks in "Spaceballs" and by Mad Magazine's infamous Star Trek spoof issue.
Bones McCoy was right ... I'll take the stairs and the TSA, thank you.
BTW: A working quantum oscillator was built and demonstrated this year at UC Santa Barbara by grad student Aaron O'Connell and his advisors Professors Andrew Cleland and John Martinis. See "UCSB Physicists Show Theory of Quantum Mechanics Applies to the Motion of Large Objects". The large object was a miniaturized blade of cryo-cooled semiconductor that literally existed in two locations at the same instant of time. As always, the task of scaling up and then re-animating cryo-cooled humans is strictly an "engineering exercise."
X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth
OH - and let's not forget to mention how Warren AFB lost silo comms and power, while X-37B was in orbit - just weeks after former Warren AFB staff reported a 1960's UFO visit with the same effect.
Q: So, just maybe, pulsed-ion orbital cannons don't exist - and a former NASA administrator doesn't fly in planes that suddenly lose all electrical and engine power over Alaska while fishing with a senator of ill-repute??
"Mr. President, sir, shall that be wide or narrow-beam setting? Stun or well-done?"
X-37B Robotic Space Plane Returns To Earth
Correction: Make that "Unmanned winged and wheeled-landing reentry vehicle."
"Unmanned reentry vehicles" have been going up since German V-2's and landing with parachutes for years.
BTW: Expect Russia to now pull the plans for Buran out of storage and commercialize the airframe with new nav gear for lease to FedEx.
Q: Who else can you trust to overnight deliver spare modules to orbit for the ISS??
SpaceX can deliver crew and cargo for USPS - but there's nothing like a Proton booster stack to put habitat modules into space.
Visible Light 'X-Ray' Sees Through Solid Objects
One expects the hidden 3D image reconstruction process to improve with multiple image capture sources at different angles:
This would imply that public surveillance cameras could be used in a "phased-array" configuration to provide data for hidden 3D image reconstruction, unless
the photons are routed around the target volume using metamaterial fabrics.
Rapid adoption of hidden 3D image reconstruction technology could result in a commercial demand for metamaterial fabrics to provide pedestrians with relative privacy.
Harry Potter is a fashion setter with his father's invisibility cloak!
On the flip side, plastic surgeons may discover a new source of revenue: Commercial brand placements INSIDE of patients willing to sell ad space to sponsored plastic surgery services.
"Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?" -- Mae West
Govt To Bomb Guam With Frozen Mice To Kill Snakes
"If the current experiment works – scientists will know because they’re also packing the dead mice with radio transmitters for the snakes to ingest ..." --
The tracking radios is an interesting note: Afterall, a mouse-kabob not dangling in a tree could be food for other predators as well and ingested by unintended (nontarget) animals such as dogs, cats, pigs, or monitor lizards. It would be good to track the corpsicle to make sure it is consumed by the target brown tree snakes, and not some other arboreal carrion feeder.
On the other hand, if tracking radio, then why not go whole hog and provide tracking video? Pin hole videocams are a small additional payload and this might make it quicker to verify that the bait is finding its intended target.
Now some bright spark out there is going to catch on really quick: There was a recent TEDtalk where Nathan Myhrvold seriously proposed developing a laser mosquito zapper to prevent diseases carried by mosqueto bites. See: "TED 2010: Death Star Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead"
If the key to this whole exercise is to dangle food in trees to find brown tree snakes in trees, then perhaps what is required is a tree monitoring system that detects snake motion in trees and lasers them out of the canopy. The image recognition problem is even simpler with power lines and utility poles, especially since a brown tree snake has a specific IR signature when it is in a tree.
This has to be far easier than shooting down mosquitos, and the image processing requirement is less real-time intensive. Further, combat CO2 laser optics has certainly reached the pinnacle of point-and-shoot, so with an overhead laser platform, an entire forest could be quickly pruned of brown tree snakes -- even if the current population density exceeds 13,000 brown tree snakes per square mile.
It is known that Guamians have developed recipes for roasted brown tree snake meat - so a high-powered laser application could also satisfy human market demands for prepared snake meat.
Re-outfitting a small fleet of Predator UAV drones should allow deployment of a laser-based brown tree snake eradication program within the year while effectively addressing budget constraints of the ongoing brown tree snake control program. Manpower would not require additional UAV pilots stationed on Guam, but could be sourced from mainland US UAV piloting centers and trainees who need to log effective flight time experience before engaging in actual combat missions.
With many available targets automatically selected for pilots to consider, a pilot's principal role will be to prevent mis-identified kills. With a maximum length of 3 meters, pilots will need to make sure that someone's pet python is not accidentally mistaken for a brown tree snake.
Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found
That's Gliese 581g - Pardon my presbyopia.
Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found
Well, in 1.5 million years, Gliese 710 will be in the Solar System's neighborhood - with perhaps enough gravitic influence to disturb the local Oort cloud.
Yup - it may be raining comets in the local neighborhood for a few million years after that close encounter.
So, to get a jump on the Backup Earth plans, if we were interested in camping out on Gliese 531g, 20 light years means a Space Ark would have to begin traveling 78 million miles a year today in order to get to Gliese 531g before Gliese 710 closes in for the kill in 1.5 million years.
Time is awasting - Earthlings!
Earth-Like Planet That Could Sustain Life Found
Funny thing about ALF - aka Gordon Shumway - ALF may be back on 3D HDTV!!
Given the unusual number of remake TV series in this 2010 US Fall TV premiere season - a recent street poll on network news reported that ALF was the most recognizable TV character from the late 1980s.
Technically, on 3D HDTV, ALF's virtual hair simulation and vocalizations will be a snap to do in realtime with a rack of Sony PS3's. A virtualized ALF will make it a lot easier to do multiple takes of ALF scarfing ham pies and kissing babies.
For several years now, Paul Fusco, ALF's creator and puppet master, has been in discussions for a feature film with ALF to be followed by a new TV series.
Rumor on the series is that ALF is waiting for Jay Leno to give him the Tonight Show baton in person as soon as Comcast greases NBC Universal's Jeff Zucker. Basically, Comcast would be cutting costs by out-sourcing the Tonight Show to a space alien who only needs to be paid in cats.
Shortly after that UNOOSA will consider the nomination of ALF as Earth's first ET greeter, since as a mechanical-trans-virtual, ALF would be impervious to space-borne infections - and jabs from FoxNews.
Why is that important?
Per the 1967 International Treaty on Space, alien visitors would be subject to "sterilization" as determined by UNOOSA -- which sounds peculiarly unfriendly if you just arrived on Earth to exercise the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of "happiness" -- and happen to have a stardrive pointed at UN HQ to guarantee timely Viagra deliveries to the launch pad.
A mecha ALF space ambassador would allow humans a chance to get to know the aliens on 3D HDTV before UNOOSA decides any space aliens require "sterilization" - or simply issued a visitor visa. Honestly, NASA's Robonaut 2 just doesn't cut it on the personality side.
--- Some choice ALF quotes ---
ALF: On Melmac, we have 1st class, 2nd class, -- and ham.
ALF: I wasn't known on Melmac as the whiz kid for my scholastic ability.
ALF: Putting humans in charge of the earth, is the cosmic equivalence of letting Eddie Murphy direct.
ALF: Raining cats? You open the skylight and I'll get the relish.
Time to start a Facebook write-in campaign to NASA to name Gliese 531g -- "PLANET MELMAC"
BTW: In case anyone cares, MEN IN BLACK 3 is filming around NYC this week, and is hiring "space alien" extras - the more unusual - the better.