rwise2112 writes "The General Accounting Office (GAO) has completed a study of the TSAs SPOT (Screening of Passengers by Observation Techniques) program and found the program is only slightly better than chance at finding criminals. Given that the TSA has spent almost a billion dollars on the program, that's a pretty poor record. As a result, the GAO is requesting that both Congress and the president withhold funding from the program until the TSA can demonstrate its effectiveness." Link to Original Source top
rwise2112 writes "A new global report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development finds that Americans rank well below the worldwide average in just about every measure of skill. In math, reading, and technology-driven problem-solving, the United States performed worse than nearly every other country in the group of developed nations." Link to Original Source top
EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware
rwise2112 writes "A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.
The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware." Link to Original Source top
rwise2112 writes "Apple proposes a solution to multiple port requirements within limited space: the two in one port. The port is described as a "Combined Input Port", where two different interfaces could be in one port.
The input port includes an outer wall defining a receiving aperture, a substrate positioned within the receiving aperture. One set of contacts is configured to communicate with a first connector and the second set of contacts is configured to communicate with a second connector.
rwise2112 writes "According to Google: "Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty." if you resell, loan, transfer, or give away Google Glass." Link to Original Source top
Memory Effect Also Discovered in Lithium-ion Batteries
rwise2112 writes "Lithium-ion batteries have long been thought to be free of the memory effects of other rechargable batteries. However, this appears to be not the case. Scientists at the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI, together with colleagues from the Toyota Research Laboratories in Japan have now however discovered that a widely-used type of lithium-ion battery has a memory effect." Link to Original Source top
rwise2112 writes "Stanford researchers in physics and engineering have demonstrated a device that produces a synthetic magnetism to exert virtual force on photons similar to the effect of magnets on electrons. The advance could yield a new class of nanoscale applications that use light instead of electricity." Link to Original Source