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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....

more than 6 years ago

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FTC urges mobile carriers to help send cramming charges packing

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  yesterday

coondoggie (973519) writes "Looking to throttle the multi-million dollar industry known as mobile cramming, the Federal Trade Commission today issued a report outlining five key steps carriers and legitimate third party providers should do to stop the fraud."
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NASA looking for out-of-this-world Mars communications services

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  3 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA is exploring its communications options with Mars.The space agency this week issued a Request For Information that looks to explore options where it would buy commercial communications services to support users at Mars, including landers and rovers and, potentially, aerobots and orbiters."
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Finding life in space by looking for extraterrestrial pollution

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  5 days ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "If what we know as advanced life exists anywhere other than Earth, then perhaps they are dirtying their atmosphere as much as we have and that we could use such pollution components to perhaps more easily spot such planets in the universe. That’s the basics of new research put for this week by researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that stated if we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions, it would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence."
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The weirdest, wackiest and coolest sci/tech stories of 2014 (so far!)

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a week ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "There’s never any shortage of cool, strange or weird news in the high-tech world. The trick is whittling the sheer volume of those stories into a manageable presentation. This year we have everything from crop circles and advanced toilet tech to flying saucers and wild software development."
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Dumping an open source Honeypot on Rachel: FTC liquidates robocallers

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Federal Trade Commission today announced the rules for its second robocall exterminating challenge, known this time as Zapping Rachel Robocall Contest. “Rachel From Cardholder Services,” was a large robocall scam the agency took out in 2012."
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DARPA initiates reusable, aircraft-like spaceship development

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about two weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Looking to build a hypersonic transport would be the heart of less expensive satellite launch system, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) said it awarded three contracts to being work on the spacecraft. DARPA said Boeing (working with Blue Origin) Masten Space Systems (working with XCOR Aerospace) and Northrop Grumman Corporation (working with Virgin Galactic) would begin phase 1 work on the agency’s Experimental Spaceplane (XS-1) program that aims to design, build, and demonstrate a reusable Mach 10 aircraft capable of carrying and deploying an upper stage that can place 3,000- 5,000 lb. satellite into low earth orbit (LEO) at a target cost of less than $5M per launch."
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DARPA social media research stirs a murky, controversial pot

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA’s two-year old program to better understand and perhaps ultimately influence social media has begun to bear fruit but some of that harvest is raising a stink. DARPA said when rolling out its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program was to develop a social networks science that will develop automated and semiautomated operator support tools and techniques for the systematic and methodical use of social media at data scale and in a timely fashion. But in building that science the agency says it has funded myriad social media/Twitter research (including a study that looked at Lady Gaga’s Twitter following—a model of social media popularity, DARPA stated) as well as a look into Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Reddit and Kickstarter."
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Scammers want to wreck your business, vacation travel

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "es I suppose it is what it is, but sadly you can’t travel on business or vacation and let your electronic guard down. The Federal Trade Commission recently published a few scams it was warning travelers to be on the lookout for including: The late night front desk call..."
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Could a quadcopter land rovers on Mars?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about three weeks ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Taking a page from NASA’s rocket powered landing craft from it most recent Mars landing mission, the European Space Agency is showing off a quadcopter that the organization says can steer itself to smoothly lower a rover onto a safe patch of the rocky Martian surface. The ESA said its dropship, known as the StarTiger’s Dropter is indeed a customized quadcopter drone that uses a GPS, camera and inertial systems to fly into position, where it then switches to vision-based navigation supplemented by a laser range-finder and barometer to lower and land a rover autonomously."
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DARPA demos lightweight, 94GHz silicon system on a chip

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "Looking to bring lighter, more powerful and less expensive systems for various applications such as communications, radar or guidance systems, DARPA said this week it had recently demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz. DARPA claims that this chip is the first time a silicon-only package has achieved such a high frequency, which falls in the millimeter-wave range."
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FBI warns businesses "Man-in-the-E-Mail" scam escalating

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The FBI and Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) are warning businesses to be on the lookout for growing scam that tricks them into paying invoices from established that look legitimate but in fact are fraudulent."
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Carnegie Mellon system lets you get to the good parts of video, fast

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "While Video has become ubiquitous thanks mostly to smartphones it doesn’t mean you want to actually watch all of it. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists say they have invented a video highlighting technique called LiveLight that can automatically pick out action in videos shot by smartphones, GoPro cameras or Google Glass users."
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100Mb/sec Ethernet coming to a car near you?

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "As more and more infotainment and crash avoidance technology gets stuffed to cars and trucks, the need for better, faster and more reliable in-car networking equipment grows. In theory at least. With an eye towards that concept the IEEE this week said it formed the 802.3 Single Twisted Pair 100 Mb/s Ethernet Study Group to explore the technological needs for a 100 Mb/s speed for Ethernet in automotive networking."
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US intelligence wants brain-like algorithms for complex processing

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Office of the Director of National Intelligence will next month hold a Proposers Day to explain one of its new projects it says could revolutionize machine intelligence by constructing algorithms that utilize the same data representations, transformations, and learning rules as those employed and implemented by the brain."
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NASA bolsters Pluto-bound spacecraft for 2015 visit

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "When you are on a 3 billion mile trip through the universe at over 34,000 mph, you might need a check-up or two to make sure everything is function right. That’s exactly what’s going on this week as NASA said it will soon update and checkout its Pluto-bound spacecraft known as New Horizons. Mission controllers at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory will begin the spacecraft’s eighth check-up since the satellite launched in 2006. It will be the last before next year’s rendezvous with Pluto."
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FTC taking robocall death hunt to DEFCON

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "The Federal Trade Commission is taking its fight against robocallers to the upcoming DEFCON by challenging attendees of the conference to build the ultimate “honeypot” that would lure in and identify illegal phone spammers."
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NASA forming $3M satellite communication, propulsion competition

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA took the next step in forming a large-scale, $3 million competition to build advanced propulsion and communications technologies for small, inexpensive satellite systems known as cubesats. The Cubesat Lunar Challenge will be broken up into two areas: propulsion and communication while in orbit around the moon. In Request For Information published this week, NASA said the two challenges would provide competitive opportunities for a variety of competition teams to deploy cubesats on a NASA or third-party provided launch."
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DARPA wants inflatable bundles to make walls or blockades – without humans

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about a month and a half ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "This one sounds a little like something Wile E Coyote might order from the Acme Co. to stop the Roadrunner. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) announced that it is looking for information on the best way to build what it called a “ a compact system that can expand into a large structure, like a web, wall, blockade or barrier, without human intervention."
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Report defines barriers, calls for research in bringing drones into US airspace

coondoggie coondoggie writes  |  about 2 months ago

coondoggie (973519) writes "echnical, regulatory and social issues must be overcome if unmanned aircraft are to be successfully integrated into US public airspace. Those were the main conclusions in a report issued this week by the National Research Council. The 92-page report that identifies key barriers and provides research recommendations that could help answer the serious questions about how drones will be safely and efficiently integrated into the existing civil aviation structure."
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