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DARPA Fractionated Spacecraft Program Starts

coondoggie department of redundancy department (59 comments)

not so much a ripoff of gizmodo but this story was already slashed last week: DARPA Funds Development on Modular Satellite Network....

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DARPA developing the ultimate auto-pilot software

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  11 hours ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Call it the ultimate auto-pilot — an automated system that can help take care of all phases of aircraft flight-even perhaps helping pilots overcome system failures in-flight. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will in May detail a new program called Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) that would build upon what the agency called the considerable advances that have been made in aircraft automation systems over the past 50 years, as well as the advances made in remotely piloted aircraft automation, to help reduce pilot workload, augment mission performance and improve aircraft safety."
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For Red Hat, it's RHEL and then?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  yesterday

coondoggie (973519) writes "Red Hat is hosting its annual summit this week — this year in San Francisco — where the company is seemingly basking in the glory of making more than a billion dollars off a free open source project. But as successful as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has been for Red Hat — the company announced a new beta version of RHEL 7 this week — there’s a question of how long the RHEL gravy train will keep growing, and what’s next for the company after that."
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Vintage 1960s era film shows IRS defending its use of computers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  2 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "It’s impossible to imagine the Internal Revenue Service or most other number-crunching agencies or companies working without computers. But when the IRS went to computers — the Automatic Data Processing system --there was an uproar. The agency went so far as to produce a short film on the topic called Right On The Button, to convince the public computers were a good thing."
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Cold War sneakiness: CIA confirms using Dr. Zhivago as a weapon

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  3 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Interesting admission from the Central Intelligence Agency as it confirmed the long-held suspicion that it indeed had a role in publishing the first Russian-language edition of Doctor Zhivago after the book had been banned in the Soviet Union in 1958. The details: April 11th the CIA posted to its public website nearly 100 declassified documents that detail the CIA's role in publishing Boris Pasternak's iconic novel — 1958 Nobel Prize for literature — in Russian which gave people within the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe the opportunity to read the book for the first time."
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Tiny camera brings big league applications to petite satellites

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  4 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The European Space Agency has developed a tiny spectrum-revealing camera that can fly inside tiny satellites known as CubeSats making it ideal for many applications from agriculture to environmental research. The hyperspectral camera could fit in the palm of your hand and works by dividing-up hundreds of narrow, adjacent wavelengths which reveal 'spectral signatures' of particular features, crops or materials, providing valuable data for fields such as mineralogy, agricultural forecasting and environmental monitoring, the ESA stated."
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US takes out gang that used Zeus malware to steal millions

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Department of Justice today charged nine members of a group that used Zeus malware to infect thousands of business computers with Zeus malware and illegally siphon-off millions of dollars into over-seas bank accounts. The DoJ said an indictment was unsealed in connection with the arraignment this week at the federal courthouse in Lincoln, Neb., of two Ukrainian nationals, Yuriy Konovalenko, 31, and Yevhen Kulibaba, 36. Konovalenko and Kulibaba were recently extradited from the United Kingdom."
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NASA setting up $250,000 Mars lander competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "ASA this week said it is exploring setting up one of its iconic Centennial Challenge competitions for companies to build a robotic Mars landing spacecraft. NASA said it would expect to have about $250,000 worth of prize money for a robotic spacecraft that could land on the Red Planet, retrieve a sample and return it to orbit."
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Dept. of Justice: IRS tax refund fraud at all-time high

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Calling it an "increasingly urgent problem" US Attorney General Eric Holder warned consumers and businesses alike that scammers looking to snatch fraudulent tax refunds based on stolen identities is at an all time high. Holder said that a growing pool of criminals are engaged in tax fraud, including gangs and drug sellers seeking quick access to cash. He urged Americans to protect themselves by reporting suspicious activity and learning more at the IRS website, the Justice Department's Tax Division website.."
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NASA laying foundation for Jupiter moon space mission

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA recently began laying out the groundwork for the technology it will need to fly an unmanned mission to Jupiter's intriguing moon Europa.

Scientists say Europa — which orbits the planet Jupiter about 778 million km (484 million miles) from the Sun — could support life because it might have an ocean of liquid water under its miles-thick frozen crust. NASA said in December the Hubble Space Telescope observed water vapor above the frigid south polar region of Jupiter's moon Europa, providing the first strong evidence of water plumes erupting off the moon's surface."

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Mars look bigger and brighter than usual? It should

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Mars is closer to Earth than it has been for nearly seven years and with a 4-inch or larger telescope you may be able to get quite a view. According to Sky & Telescope in the middle two weeks of April, Mars will shine with a brightness of magnitude -1.5, matching the luster of Sirius — typically the brightest star in the night sky."
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FBI: Elaborate $1 million Verizon iPhone, iPad fraud busted

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI said a man admitted he ripped off more than $1 million worth of iPhones and iPads from Verizon Wireless using an elaborate scheme that involved misappropriating corporate purchasing accounts and bribing Federal Express drivers."
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Dinosaurs Live! The (mostly) cool 50-year history of the IBM mainframe

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "In its history the IBM mainframe has been hailed and vilified. It has been born, reborn (many times) and pronounced dead. And yet the Big Iron remains a key computing resource for many large companies and will do so for many years. Here we take a look at the mainframe’s long history, from its use with the US space program to its prominence inside large business data centers."
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The government as whopping UFO skeptic

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "A newly released response to public UFO sighting only increases the notion that the military — which was often forced into looking into "flying saucer" sightings — was exceptionally skeptical about such reports. The National Archives this week published a letter and photo collected under Project Grudge — an Air Force investigation into flying saucer sightings in 1949. The Archives writes that the document "is a classic example of the skeptical tone taken by the [Air Force and Grudge] study [stating bluntly the letter doesn't even deserve a response].""
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How do the FBI and Secret Service know your network has been breached before you

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "By all accounts, many of the massive data breaches in the news these days are first revealed to the victims by law enforcement, the Secret Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). But how do the agencies figure it out before the companies know they have been breached, especially given the millions companies spend on security and their intense focus on compliance? The agencies do the one thing companies don’t do. They attack the problem from the other end by looking for evidence that a crime has been committed. Agents go undercover in criminal forums where stolen payment cards, customer data and propriety information are sold. They monitor suspects and sometimes get court permission to break into password-protected enclaves where cyber-criminals lurk."
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NASA snaps shot of flashy Mars-bound comet

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA today released images of a comet that will make a pass within 84,000 miles of Mars — less than half the distance between Earth and the moon.

NASA said the Hubble Space Telescope captured the image on the left March 11 of comet C/2013 A1, also called Siding Spring, at a distance of 353 million miles from Earth. Hubble can't see Siding Spring's icy nucleus because of its minuscule size. The nucleus is surrounded by a glowing dust cloud that measures roughly 12,000 miles across, NASA said."

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NTSB reminds pilots to land at correct airport

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "There are a ton of details involved in flying an aircraft no doubt but you might think landing at the correct airport would be one of those things that just wouldn't be a serious problem. Well I guess we'd be wrong on that score because today the National Transportation Safety Board has issued a Safety Alert to remind pilots to um, land at the right airport. There have been at least two wrong landing incidents in the past year that prompted the NTSB's missive entitled "Landing at the Wrong Airport." The most recent occurred in January when a Southwest Airlines 737 landed at the wrong airport in Branson, Missouri (the video in this story shows the plane leaving that airport); then last November a Boeing 747 cargo plane landed on a 6,100-foot runway instead of the 12,000-foot one at its intended airport 12 miles away."
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Artificial Intelligence challenge: Could a robot give its own TED talk?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

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x prizeWithout a doubt the most presentations and presenters for that matter at any given TED conference deliver leading edge material. And now that group — who's tag line if "Ideas worth Spreading" — wants to make them even more advanced by challenging the Artificial Intelligence community to develop a thinking robot to deliver a TED presentation. The TED organization has teamed with competition extraordinaires at X Prize to develop a contest whose ultimate goal would be to have an AI-based robot "deliver a compelling TED Talk with no human involvement.""

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US Navy preps Black Box finder for Malaysia Flight 370 search

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The US Navy is sending an emergency system that will help searchers find the Black Box of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which mysteriously disappeared March 8. The Navy system will help find the Black Box in the event a debris field of the plane is ever located."

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Feds call $1M IRS scam largest ever

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "f you think online and telephone scammers just couldn't fool more people — think again. The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration this week issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them. "This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen," said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration."
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"We need more scientific mavericks"

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Gotta love this letter published in the guardian.com this week. It comes from a number of scientists throughout the world who are obviously frustrated with the barriers being thrown up around them — financial, antiquated procedures and techniques to name a few — and would like to see changes. When you speak of scientific mavericks, you might look directly at Improbable Research's annual Ig Nobel awards which recognize the arguably leading edge of maverick scientific work."
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