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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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Ebola crisis brings out another sickness: Vile scammers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  2 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Sadly we all knew it would happen, once the Ebola situation became international news, the contemptible fraud and scam artists would crawl out from under their rocks to exploit it. They have not disappointed."
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The oil that fries your eggroll at lunch might fly you to the coast later

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  3 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Boeing today said it has teamed up with Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) to turn waste cooking oil, commonly referred to as "gutter oil" in China, into sustainable aviation biofuel."
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Carnegie Mellon: Bigger may not be better with battery makers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  4 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Interesting research here from Carnegie Mellon University researchers that says when it comes to lowering the cost of batteries for cars, developing mass production factories for their fabrication might not achieve lower costs as predicted."
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Air Force's super-secret space drone comes home

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force’s acknowledged one thing about its secretive X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle today—it has returned from a 674-day trip into Earth’s orbit – or wherever else it might have snuck off too while it was up there."
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How do I know you're lying? My "Star Wars" algorithm told me

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Two researchers with BAE Systems’ Adaptive Reasoning Technologies Group have taken home a $25,000 prize for developing an algorithm that can help detect who's trustworthy and who isn't. The algorithm – known as JEDI MIND--was developed as part of crowdsourcing challenge that took place between nearly 40 competitors backed by The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and its Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity (IARPA) group."
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Gartner: Make way for digital business, risks or die?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "In his opening keynote Garter’s Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president and global head of research said that since 2013 650 million new physical objects have come online. 3D printers became a billion dollar market; 10% of cars became connected; and the number of Chief Data Officers and Chief Digital Officer jobs have doubled. By 2015, all of these items will double again, he said."
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DARPA delving into the black art of super secure software obfuscation

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "iven enough computer power, desire, brains and some luck, the security of most systems can be broken. But there are cryptographic and algorithmic security techniques, ideas and concepts out there that add a level of algorithmic mystification that could be built into programs that would make them close to unbreakable. That’s what the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) wants for a new program called Safeware."
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US offers $60 million for radical new energy technology

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Far-reaching changes in the way we cool large structures and make alternative energy products are driving $60 million worth of research and product development from the Department of Energy.

Specifically, the DOE’s advanced research group Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) this week announced two programs, one that would focus on developing low-cost, highly efficient and scalable dry-cooling technologies for thermoelectric power plants and another to advance automated systems-level technology that would speed improvement of plant biomass crops to increase alternative fuel options."

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DARPA technology uncovers counterfeit microchips

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said this week one of its contractors, working on one of the agency’s anti-counterfeit projects has developed and deployed what it calls an Advanced Scanning Optical Microscope that can scan integrated circuits by using an extremely narrow infrared laser beam, to probe microelectronic circuits at nanometer levels, revealing information about chip construction as well as the function of circuits at the transistor level."
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DARPA image technology would move way beyond X-Rays

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Getting a better view inside mostly dense objects like corrosion in aircraft wings and welds on ships or even gunpowder hidden in suitcases are just a few of the applications researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are hoping to develop with a new program called Intense and Compact Neutron Sources (ICONS)."
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FAA lets movie, TV firms fly drones in national airspace, what could go wrong?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 1 month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "I am all for realism in movies but this might be a little precarious. The Federal Aviation Administration has granted regulatory exemptions to six aerial photo and video production companies, the first step to allowing the film and television industry the use of unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System."
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Internet Crime Complaint Center warns scam uses IC3 e-mail as way to con victims

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Not that it needed the reminder that scams suck, but the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) warned today that a new e-mail scam is making the rounds that uses the IC3 as the fraud contrivance."
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To fight $5.2B in identity theft IRS may need to change the way you file taxes

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Crime in this case is paying lots of scammers. Based on preliminary analysis, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013 while preventing an additional $24.2 billion (based on what it could detect). As a result the IRS needs to implement changes in a system that apparently leaks like a sieve and such changes could impact legitimate taxpayers by delaying refunds, extending tax season and likely adding costs to the IRS."
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Is Pluto a planet? Kinda, sorta, well yes, maybe

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics opened one of those cans of worms that refuse to go away any time soon: Is in fact Pluto a planet or not? The short answer is yes but you know it's not that easy. The organization had 3 distinguished scientists present the case for and against Pluto. Pluto’s planet status you may recall has been redefined and questioned since about 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) set a definition of what it meant to be a planet."
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Take a spin in the world's first 3D –printed electric car

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The researchers say the two-seat car, known as a Strati, is built almost entirely of carbon-reinforced plastic, including the body and chassis and took 44 hours to make. The researchers noted that other experimental cars have used 3D printed parts before but this was the first to use the technology almost exclusively."
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NASA Inspector General lobs big rocks at agency's asteroid hunting program

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Lack of money, management structure and staff are hampering NASA’s ability to effectively identify and track comets, meteorites and asteroids that might threaten Earth. The space agency’s Inspector General, Paul Martin, issued a scathing report this week that said while NASA’s Near Earth Object program has done substantial work in identifying the sometimes massive rocks hurtling around the planet it is substantially behind in its goal of cataloging 90% of those 140 meters in diameter by 2020, among other issues."
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Is there a viable alternative to ubiquitous GPS?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "What’s the state-of-the-art in non-GPS based navigation and homing technology? That’s the main question behind a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) request to the industry this week as the group ponders where or not to go forward with a program that would seek an alternative to or a technology capable of augmenting GPS."
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DARPA targets complex software algorithm vulnerabilities

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Talk about finding a needle in a haystack. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it wants to develop sophisticated code that can find faults in key algorithms used to anchor major software packages that for example implement hash tables or conduct password checks."
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FBI: Criminal group melds scams to defraud retailers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 2 months ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) today issued a warning about a criminal group using e-mail account spoofing, phishing and a variety of social engineering attacks to defraud retailers of everything from laptops and routers to industrial equipment."
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