kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Hardkernel released a new Raspberry Pi compatible board based on the Samsung Exynos SoC. The board is smaller than a typical Pi, keeping basic HDMI, USB and CSI interfaces. It also has 26 pin expansion board with more GPIO available, however it lacks an Ethernet jack. Initial prices as estimated around $30.
Interesting to note that the author calls out that the Pi Foundation is likely to run into similar name retention problems as Arduino has had as competitors call their boards "Pi Compatible".
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before tracking cell phones. The court ruled on a case involving violent crimes committed by Quartavius Davis, who was convicted using tracking records collected over 67 days. Prosecutors showed evidence that 11,606 location points, including recorded calls and location of towers was enough to determine the Davis' whereabouts. Defense attorneys cited 4th Amendment rights of privacy were violated in the warrantless search.
The police originally got authority to use a "D-Order", which allows them to gather records and is easier to obtain than a subpoena. In Judge Sentell's opinion paper, he notes, that the police effectively did an end-run around typical requests for this information. Choosing to treat the request as on-going investigative data instead of the precedent set in previous cases. The judge goes on to say, "...it cannot be denied that the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures shields the people from the warrantless interception of electronic data or sound waves carrying communications." His follow-on argument suggests that by using the location information the police gathered and the manner in which they gathered it is effectively monitoring an individual, which does require a warrant.
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "University of Manchester scientists have been working on a new composite of latex and graphine to make condoms. Scientists believe that the single atom thick graphine will make the condoms stronger and increase sensation. Dr Aravind Vijayaraghavan a materials scientist on the program says: "This will be achieved by combining the strength of graphene with the elasticity of latex to produce a new material which can be thinner, stronger, more stretchy, safer and, perhaps most importantly, more pleasurable."
The ultimate goal of the project is to increase use and help reduce sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy. Teens everywhere rejoice that condoms won't wear out as fast in their wallets." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "If you would very much like to spend the next couple of hours looking at sharks and where they have been I would highly recommend OCEARCH. The interface is a little slow to load but the information is AWESOME. Each shark in the program is tagged with a Smart Position and Temperature Tag (SPOT). Although the info is sporadic as it is only trasmitted when sharks surface, the info is pretty interesting. There is a profile for each shark captured including a travel path.
OCEARCH is a non-profit that is researching great white sharks and other apex predators and is working to save the worlds shark population.
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "The US Navy has been working to reduce capital IT expenditures. Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen is planning to make all Navy servers virtualized and to remove some 7,500 desktops moving them into a data center. Some of that work completed in July 2012 included removing 1/3 of its shore-side servers through virtualization. Interestingly the Navy has partnered with VMWare, which will necessarily require licensing fees and could quickly escalate costs as the strategy progresses. Hopefully Halvorsen has set an exit strategy if costs rise to quickly. One would also think he must be looking at open source as an alternative." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Hasbro is producing a new series of 6" Star Wars figures labeled the "Black Collection". High quality articulation, paint and accessories are the key selling features. Michael Crawford does a review of the Sandtrooper and Darth Maul figures in the attached story. There will be limited releases of these figures to ensure they are kept at a high value. The initial release character was a limited Boba Fett. First series includes Darth Maul, Sandtrooper, R2-D2, Luke Skywalker. Second series includes Boba Fett, Han Solo, Slave Leia and Greedo. (Han shot first.) These seem to be pretty expensive characters but it would be nice to have something high quality." Link to Original Source top
AT&T To Sell Anonymous Usage and Location Data to Advertisers
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "While not setting a date for the event, AT&T plans to begin selling usage and location information to 3rd parties. This includes browsing habits, mobile app usage, Wi-Fi location, etc. AT&T asserts the data will be anonymous and will protect customer privacy. Subscribers can also opt-out of the program if they wish." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "The filming was done by a small GoPro camera attached to a balloon, which was released into the air so it could film the fireworks being let off from the ground below. The video itself is in slow motion, to follow the trajectory of the fireworks. Looks like the balloon finally gets hit around 1:39." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "While uncovering an adult female mammoth carcass, scientists discovered a baby Mammoth Elephant that still contains traces of blood and intact DNA. Interestingly the blood was still flowing at -10C. The discovery brings up the debate of cloning DNA and reproducing a mammoth in a laboratory setting." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Five experts including: artist, environmentalist, aviation consultant, data visualization expert and philosopher interpret a flight map showing global flights. While the imagery of the visualization is intriguing, the interpretations are particularly interesting and show how individual background and experience impact they way they view the data." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Steve Wilhite, the inventor of GIF (Graphics Interchange Format), will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Webby Awards. The format was created in 1987 and is considered a mainstay of the internet. The format was originally designed to help convey images over CompuServe. Mr. Wilhite reminds us that the 'g' is soft so the correct pronunciation is Jif, sending shivers up the spines of elocution teachers throughout the United States." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "UK govvt passes Instagram act which effectively makes content posted on social media that has become orphaned into the public domain. Corporations now only need to have made a diligent search to find the owner of the content before use." Link to Original Source top
IRS Can Read Your Email Without Warrant for Tax Info
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "McKinney has produced a new video game concept framed up in traditional arcade form with Street Fighter styled game. While the game seems vanilla the most interesting feature is that the winner of the game is given, well, a beer." Link to Original Source top
NASA Loses Contact with Space Station Over Software Update
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Reports early Tuesday morning say that a software update to the Space Station caused a communication blackout with Houston control. Remediation of the update has allowed the astronauts limited communication every 90 minutes or so. It is expected that the issue will be resolved today." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "A quick Scientific American video describes why chimpanzees are stronger than humans. The video explains that chimps have less grey matter or neurons controlling muscles. Humans on the other hand have more refined muscle skill and fine motor control because we have more neurons controlling smaller bundles of muscles. In effect when a chimp engages its muscle mass it is an all or nothing proposition." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Before the bankruptcy deadline, Kodak manages to work out a deal with Intellectual Ventures to purchase 1,100 patents and raising over $525 million dollars which will make Kodak eligible to get an additional $830 million dollar note to get itself out of bankruptcy. Intellectual Ventures has filed several IP lawsuits against others in recent years." Link to Original Source top
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "Mayan temples located in the Guatemalan rain forest near Tikal are expected to be flooded with visitors during the last rush or tourist excursions leading up to Dec 21st. The Tikal Four were the same temples that Lucas sent his production crew to capture to represent Yavin 4 in the 1977 production of Star Wars: A New Hope while the country was enduring a civil war." Link to Original Source top
Russia, China to Have Greater Control Over Internet
kodiaktau (2351664) writes "A proposal put forth by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates seeks to give more control and government of internet addressing. The move would basically undermine ICANN and decentralize control of internet addressing." Link to Original Source
I found an interesting heat-map of the United States of America, showing 56 years of tornado tracks by fujita scale. After being on the front-end of one of the tornadoes going through Dexter, MI, I found it particularly interesting that injury-to-death-toll numbers have dropped off significantly and made me think about some of the early warning signals we get now. For instance the Dexter tornado had warnings coming at least 1 hour before the storm hit the area. It was a general warning, but we had tornado sirens screaming at least two different intervals during the period. Some interesting infographics can be found at http://uxblog.idvsolutions.com/. The data comes from NOAA, but you can never tell if the infographic is correct even though the source is correct, but the graphic is interesting.
An interesting video was passed to a friend of a friend who subsequently passed it on to me about the original intent and virtues of copyright in America. Not surprisingly the video outlines the original intent of copyright to encourage the creators to bring new content and protect them for a period of time. As the video points out one of the largest instigators of the new rules on time privilege for creators was the Disney Company.
The video is done in a light hearted style that makes understanding copyright easy for the less informed. Please share it with others!