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Old 2012-03-13, 01:15   Link #581
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Flight system avionics (for aircraft or missiles) go through some grueling QA/QC, V&V testing so that's why builders don't upgrade very often and try to get maximum efficiency out of every RAM bit and CPU cycle.

That's why AP-101 series are still used though the design is about 40+ years old. Most missile avionic gear is "unique" but is typically based on a MIL-STD 1553 bus architecture. Equipment details are usually classified.
That is why I often tell IPhone buyers to appreciate the technology they have; girls don't listen though, the astronauts used 16MB to fly to the moon, and they used 64GB to take photos of themselves.
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Old 2012-03-13, 01:16   Link #582
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You can afford to be efficient if the computer only does one thing and one thing very well.

Also if you have government money.

Civilian computers have to do everything, and not always in the best ways. So they are inefficient.
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Old 2012-03-13, 12:49   Link #583
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Not sure if this has been posted before, but here you go:



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Old 2012-03-13, 12:55   Link #584
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Scary.
Watch this to find out why:
stephen coleman: the moral dangers of non lethal weapons
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Old 2012-03-13, 13:11   Link #585
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So...it is effectively an invisible water cannon to disperse crowds.
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Old 2012-03-13, 13:17   Link #586
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The problem is if someone gets *trapped* in front of the beam (like in front of a crowd that can't disperse easily). It basically amounts to torture and burn injury in that case.

The other issue is, outside of pirates, what is this for except to be used against US citizens? The US DoD seems to be spending a LOT of money on various "crowd control" devices --- since when is the DoD mandated with "crowd control"?

Tin foil hats away (or maybe tin foil jackets... I wonder if they've tested the effects on someone wearing reflective metal)
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Old 2012-03-13, 13:53   Link #587
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The problem is if someone gets *trapped* in front of the beam (like in front of a crowd that can't disperse easily). It basically amounts to torture and burn injury in that case.
I am quite sure that water cannon is even more capable at causing physical harm. A hit on the face can blind you. With high enough pressure it may even damage your bones and internal organs. Second degree burn is a comparably mild injury and the lack of after-effects is nice. I think the biggest potential problem is the trampling of people when they all try to get away.

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The other issue is, outside of pirates, what is this for except to be used against US citizens? The US DoD seems to be spending a LOT of money on various "crowd control" devices --- since when is the DoD mandated with "crowd control"?
The non-lethal nature, invisibility, and long range of the beam means it has use both in combat situations and in crowd control. It is very common to see military equipments finding a use by local law enforcements.
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Old 2012-03-15, 09:06   Link #588
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Science Daily: Researchers Send 'Wireless' Message Using a Beam of Neutrinos

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A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos -- nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The message was sent through 240 meters of stone and said simply, "Neutrino."

"Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables," said Dan Stancil, professor of electrical and computer engineering at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the research. "Neutrino communication systems would be much more complicated than today's systems, but may have important strategic uses."

Many have theorized about the possible uses of neutrinos in communication because of one particularly valuable property: they can penetrate almost anything they encounter. If this technology could be applied to submarines, for instance, then they could conceivably communicate over long distances through water, which is difficult, if not impossible, with present technology. And if we wanted to communicate with something in outer space that was on the far side of a moon or a planet, our message could travel straight through without impediment.
If they can miniaturize this technology enough (which should take about a hundred or so years give or take), then physical obstructions will cease to be a factor in long-range communication.
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Old 2012-03-16, 01:21   Link #589
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PopSci: Russian and Korean Researchers Will Inject Mammoth DNA Into Elephant Eggs, Resurrecting 10,000-Year Old Beast



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Old 2012-03-16, 01:47   Link #590
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That's pretty cool. If it works, and the thing isn't an insane mass of mutated fur and limbs, I'm kind of curious what they are going to do with it. You'd have to keep it somewhere reasonably cold.

One day, we'll have dinosaurs, or reasonable facsimiles of them.
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Old 2012-03-16, 01:57   Link #591
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That's pretty cool. If it works, and the thing isn't an insane mass of mutated fur and limbs, I'm kind of curious what they are going to do with it. You'd have to keep it somewhere reasonably cold.

One day, we'll have dinosaurs, or reasonable facsimiles of them.
Think about the hunt! And the solution to food shortage! Mammoth steak here we come!
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Old 2012-03-16, 02:24   Link #592
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I'm told it can be quite cold in North Korea and Manchuria. And certainly Siberia.
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Old 2012-03-19, 11:33   Link #593
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DuQu Mystery Language Solved With the Help of Crowdsourcing

"A group of researchers who recently asked the public for help in figuring out a
mysterious language used in the DuQu virus have solved the puzzle, thanks to
crowdsourcing help from programmers who wrote in to offer suggestions and
clues.

The language, which DuQu used to communicate with command-and-control
servers, turns out to be a special type of C code compiled with the Microsoft
Visual Studio Compiler 2008."

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http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...nguage-solved/
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Old 2012-03-19, 14:35   Link #594
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That's pretty cool. If it works, and the thing isn't an insane mass of mutated fur and limbs, I'm kind of curious what they are going to do with it. You'd have to keep it somewhere reasonably cold.

One day, we'll have dinosaurs, or reasonable facsimiles of them.
Apparently they didn't learn anything from Jurassic Park. Life finds a way.

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I'm told it can be quite cold in North Korea and Manchuria. And certainly Siberia.
The reason why there weren't any fat cavemen is because they had to chase their food for a week!

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Old 2012-03-19, 14:48   Link #595
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Yeah, but that was when the hunt entailed hoping you could find it and then spear it before it speared you. Now we have ranches, radar, and guns. They don't stand a chance!
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Old 2012-03-19, 15:43   Link #596
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That was more "let's scare it until it runs off a cliff" times.
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Old 2012-03-20, 14:34   Link #597
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since when North korea update their websites 0_o

http://www.korea-dpr.com/index.html
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Old 2012-03-21, 22:44   Link #598
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Rapid Response: Navy’s Mad Scientists Seek ‘Sixth Sense’

"The Navy is pulling an M. Night Shyamalan. In a tough fight, rely on a “sixth sense,”
say its mad scientists, not just your reasoning skills. That’s the way to win wars.

Promising “new insights into intuitive decisionmaking,” the futuristic Office of Naval
Research is putting together a new program to turn what it actually calls a “sixth
sense” into a military advantage. “Evidence is accumulating that this capability,
known as intuition or intuitive decision making,” the scientists say in a new
proposal, “enables the rapid detection of patterns in ambiguous, uncertain and time
restricted information contexts.” Mastering with intuition, the Navy says, should help
troops with “Cyberwarfare, Unmanned System Operators, Information Analysts,
Small Unit Leaders and other domains.”"

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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012...y-sixth-sense/
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Old 2012-03-22, 14:51   Link #599
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Cure for baldness? Researchers identify scalp chemical that stops hair growth

"Researchers at the Univ. of Pennsylvania say they have identified the scalp
chemical that stops hair from growing, and believe it may finally—finally!—lead to
the elusive cure for male pattern baldness.

The scientists found that a protein called PDG2 was three times as prevalent on
the scalps of balding men. (PDG2-blocking drugs are already being tested by
researchers working on alternative treatments for asthma, so they're hopeful
testing for baldness can be expedited.)"


"Until then, men will undoubtedly continue to resort to expensive treatments for
hair loss and regrowth. According to In Touch, actor Tom Cruise wears a "helmet-
like device"—the $699 "Hands Free Hair Rejuvenator"—for 25 minutes a day to
stave off hair loss."


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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow...143906562.html
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Old 2012-03-23, 06:40   Link #600
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Doesn't the gene for male pattern baldness show up in females as breast cancer? Sooo... any crossover for the two with that treatment potentially could mean cure for at least one type of cancer. or at least a way to limit it.
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