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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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Did Alcatraz escapees survive? Computer program says they might have

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  2 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "This week Dutch scientists from Delft University of Technology presented findings from a computer modeling program they were working on, unrelated to the mystery, that demonstrated the escapees could have survived the journey. “In hindsight, the best time to launch a boat from Alcatraz was [11:30 am], one and a half hours later than has generally been assumed. A rubber boat leaving Alcatraz at [11:30 am] would most likely have landed just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The model also shows that debris in that scenario would be likely to wash up at Angel Island, exactly where one of the paddles and some personal belongings were found."
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FBI: The top 3 ways Congress could help fight tenacious cyber threats

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "There certainly has been no shortage of cyber crime in 2014. You need look no further than the myriad problems outlined by Joseph Demarest, the FBI’s assistant director, Cyber Division touched on during testimony before a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs hearing on cyber security today."
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Significant issues remain before drones can safely access national airspace

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The story sounds familiar – while the use of unmanned, sometimes illegally, is increasing, there are myriad challenges to ultimately allow them safe access to national airspace. The watchdogs at the Government Accountability Office issued report on the integration of unmanned aerial systems as it calls them, in US national airspace (NAS) today ahead of a congressional hearing on the topic. As it has noted in past reports, the GAO said the main issues continue to include the ability for drones to avoid other aircraft in the sky; what backup network is available and how should the system behave if it loses its communications link."
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Intelligence agency wants a superconducting, super cool, supercomputer

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "If there’s a away to overcome the power and cooling requirements to build a supercomputer beyond exaflop – that’s over 1,000 petaflops, about 30 times faster than the current fastest supercomputer — researchers at Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) want to find it."
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Are privacy and civil liberties a secondary concern for law enforcement?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Speaking at the Cybercrime 2020 Symposium in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell encouraged the debate but defended the US Department of Justice stating: “Almost every decision we make during an investigation requires us to weigh the effect on privacy and civil liberties, and we take that responsibility seriously. Privacy concerns are not just tacked onto our investigations, they are baked in. Privacy concerns are in the laws that set the ground rules for us to follow; the Departmental policies that govern our investigative and prosecutorial conduct; the accountability we must embrace when we present our evidence to a judge, a jury, and the public in an open courtroom; and in the proud culture of the Department."
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DARPA looks to connect complex security dots and wipe out malicious cyberwar

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The researchers at DARPA think its time for a change in the way security is handled in such systems and later this month will detail a program they call Transparent Computing (TC) they says “will develop technologies to record and preserve the provenance of all system elements/components (inputs, software modules, processes, etc.); dynamically track the interactions and causal dependencies among cyber system components; assemble these dependencies into end-to-end system behaviors; and reason over these behaviors, both forensically and in real-time.”"
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US intelligence wants access to the most prodigious sensor of all: Humans

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Your government wants to know exactly what applications are possible as wearable devices with all manner of sensors become more entrenched in our daily lives. The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) which falls under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, last week issued a Request For Information that looks into how wearable devices that offer “direct and persistent sensing of an individual and their local social and physical environment” can be used to better help monitor everything from your personal environment to health situations."
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NASA sets huge $5M cubesat competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA this week opened what it called its largest ever prize purse – the Cube Quest Challenge which will offer a package worth $5 million for competitors to build unique propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats.
When it first talked about offering a cubesat challenge in June, NASA said it wanted to focus on building better communications and propulsion technologies for the cube-shaped satellites are typically about four inches long, have a volume of about one quart and weigh about 3 pounds."

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Air Force evaluating high-frequency, focused mobile networks

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force this week said it was looking into the technologies like advanced antennae and amplifiers it would take to build high frequency, directional mobile networks. The idea is to develop networks that can be focused point to point to make more efficient use of higher bandwidth – over 500Mhz –which could make such nets less prone to interference and jamming while at the same time increase capacity."
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US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 1 month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE), hopes to get the industry, universities or other researchers to build automatic speech recognition technology that can handle a variety of acoustic environments and recording scenarios on natural conversational speech."
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US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Marshals office this week said it would auction off almost 50,000 or about $20 million worth of alleged Silk Road creator Robert Ulbricht’s Bitcoins. The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US Marshall’s office stated. In June a more than $17 million in Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road take-down was auctioned off."
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DARPA looking to drop "volleys" of small drones from larger aircraft

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Could a small pack of drones be launched from he underside of a B-52 to swarm a target or gather intelligence? That in part is what researchers at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are looking to explore. The agency recently put out a Request For Information to explore the feasibility and value of launching and recovering volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes – think B-52, B-1, C-130."
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NASA pondering $1.5 million stratospheric airship competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA this week said it was contemplating a public competition to build airships capable of reaching the stratosphere where it could remain for a period of time gathering astronomy data or watching environmental changes on the ground."
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TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "f you need a measure of the daily security pressure your local airport’s Transportation Security Administration personnel are under you need look no further than the fact that its agents have discovered more than 1,850 firearms, 1,471 of which were armed by the way, so far this year. And it is the third year in a row the number has gone up – from about 1,500 in 2012."
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Pacific Northwest Lab's sensor-packed fish gages hydropower facilities

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Sometimes it takes a fish to do a man’s job. Scientists at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a sensor-laden, synthetic Sensor Fish that can be used to swim into hydropower facilities like dams to evaluate structures and other environmental systems."
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Have E-ZPass? Watch out for slimy ASProx-based malware ploy

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Internet Crime Complaint Center today said it has gotten more than 560 complaints about a rip-off using the E-ZPass vehicle toll collection system that uses a phishing to deliver malware to your computer."
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Air Force envisioning swarms of tiny, inexpensive, almost disposable drones

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Air Force is pondering what it would take to develop a small, low-cost unmanned aircraft that it could fly in swarms to handle a number of applications such as protecting a given area or quickly gathering intelligence."
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Guinness Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles/sec

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA said today that a solid-state amplifier developed under its Terahertz Electronics program was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest ever recorded — one terahertz (1012 GHz), or one trillion cycles per second—150 billion cycles faster than the existing world record of 850 gigahertz set in 2012."
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