Monday, January 31, 2011
Red Russians and China said to be working on their own X37 type craft.
Chinese officials say that their rocket powered space plane program may be a reaction to U.S. ambitions to dominate space and develop space planes, hypersonic transports and bombers.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Isn't this too much for US space supremacy?
Friday, January 28, 2011
Why military technology doesn't matter always ?
BAD HARDWARE: Why? It is so easy to trick yourself to commit murder, but hard to reset memory.
And it is increasingly hard to live with bad memories.
The oldest still working computer center: Voyager - The flying one
Voyager - The flying computer center
BAD HARDWARE: It is not a consequence of space and time relativity but of inability of the latest solutions. :)
Carl Sagan was the first human on Mars :)
I believe that from the Mars orbit Viking lander seems the same size as Apollo LM on Moon surface.
Direct-Current Networks Gain Ground !!
Next-Generation Exaflops Supercomputers
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 583-rack computer includes more than 160 million microprocessor cores ! In a novel twist, Dally's design has 16 dynamic RAM chips directly attached to each processor. Each processor chip also has ports for connections to up to 12 separate routers for fast off-chip data transfers.
Solution for Manufacturing Full-Spectrum Solar Cells Found
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
What the irony! Zuckerberg's Facebook page hacked
Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page was hacked last night, bringing a smile to the face of anyone that feels the company isn't doing enough to protect users' privacy.
However, Facebook will soon introduce descent ID security.
The Spy Who Sold Stealth Bomber B2 Secrets to China
He sent information to operatives from Germany, Israel, and Switzerland.
And his biggest transaction was his transmission of a wealth of data to the People's Republic of China. That transaction allowed China to jump-start its stealth aerospace efforts and design a stealth missile.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: This B2 fall is due to spoiled moisture sensors ! That means moisture level is too military secret ?
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
America faces 'Sputnik moment', says Obama
The US faces a new "Sputnik moment", according to Obama. At stake, he stressed, is whether jobs are created in America, or somewhere else:
China to create largest mega city in the world with 42 million people
With metro network for 40M users ?
By the end of the decade, China plans to move ever greater numbers into its cities, creating some city zones with 50 million to 100 million people and "small" city clusters of 10 million to 25 million.
Cashphone TM: Apple iPad and iPhone 'aim to replace cash'
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Oh, not again: There will be no need for more than 5 computers ! Ever
All seeing eye: Gorgon Stare
The award for best — and creepiest — military name of the week? No contest, that’s "Gorgon Stare," the Air Force’s $150 million project to outfit its latest spy drones with super high-powered cameras.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The US may already have airborne radars able to spot stealth aircraft !
Not so fast, says Aviation Week. New, more powerful radars using active electronically scaled arrays can pick up fainter and fainter targets, and are fast catching up to stealth technology. "Anti-stealth will bring into question all stealth designs," it says, hinting that the US may already have airborne radars able to spot stealth aircraft.BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Moreover, perfecting stealth technology takes time. The US started its F-22 programme in the 1980s. To an experienced eye, the stealthy look of the Chinese jet "is just sort of cobbled together," Teal group analyst Richard Aboulafia told The Wall Street Journal. He thinks China may be able to deploy the new aircraft in a decade, but by then the US should have better technology. The age of phase radars only begun.
An End to America’s Air Invincibility?
No, that sounds eerily familiar. We used to call it an arms race. However, J-20 canards have little in common with the term airplane radar invisibility.
China's new stealth fighter may use US technology !
Balkan military officials and other experts have told The Associated Press that in all probability the Chinese gleaned some of their technological know-how from an American F-117 Nighthawk that was shot down over Serbia in 1999.
At the time, our intelligence reports told of Chinese agents crisscrossing the region where the F-117 disintegrated, buying up parts of the plane from local farmers.
"The destroyed F-117 topped that wish-list for both the Russians and Chinese," Kusovac said.
Russia's Sukhoi T-50 prototype stealth fighter made its maiden flight last year and is due to enter service in about four years. It is likely that the Russians also gleaned knowledge of stealth technology from the downed Nighthawk.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Angelogate: The Friends of Angelo
How many dollars were at stake in this? We’re still investigating. All I can say is it’s clear there were unethical practices, but it’s too early to suggest there’s criminality. We have to be careful about applying criminal labels to people until we’re very sure.
The crisis unit of 20 computer and risk experts, pulled from the prestigious consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton has been tasked to access and defend Bank of America.BAD HARDWARE WEEK: WikiLeaks might shed more light upon it soon.
We are eager to finally learn who is the hell Angelo?
WikiLeaks prepares Bank of America documents for subsequent release
Double floating gate: New device could revolutionize computer memory
New device could revolutionize computer memory
"Memories made using our new double floating-gate structure should be about as fast as DRAM—and will need to be refreshed as often—but their densities will be about the same as flash," said EE professor Paul Franzon at NC State.
Boeing cuts 1100 jobs
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Seems that Boeing flies pretty low these days.
Fake GSM base station trick targets iPhones
A number of iPhone users in the room expressed surprise that they had gotten a message asking them to join the network.
Model 600D gets 18M pixels sensor and 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD screen.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Yet another proof of evolution against creationism.
Searching its future: Google has transformed the whole world, but now the time has come to do it upon itself
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Scientists Generate Megawatt-Class Laser Beams for US Navy's Next-Generation Weapon System
The laser works by passing a beam of high-energy electrons generated by an injector, through a series of strong magnetic fields, causing an intense emission of laser light. ONR hopes to test the FEL in a maritime environment as early as 2018.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Hmmm, just in time to hit in midair invi(n)sible Chinese J-20 fighters in 2018. The Navy’s Laser Weapon System (LaWS) has already shot down UAVs in other than combat scenarios, bringing the total number of downed flying robots to seven.
Actually Internet pirate put Tunisian President walking the plank !
An active blogger and member of Tunisia's Pirate Party, Amamou is thought to have spearheaded Tunisia's online revolt which ran in parallel to a bloody coup and President Ben Ali's depature.
They don't even remember a time before e-mail, or IM, or Google !
What happens when mom unplugs teens for 6 months?
Maushart decided to unplug the family because the kids — ages 14, 15 and 18 when she started The Experiment — didn't just "use media," as she put it. They "inhabited" media. "They don't remember a time before e-mail, or instant messaging, or Google," she wrote.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
ARM, IBM extend collaboration down to 14-nm
BAD HARDWARE WEEK : Don't expect to see 450-mm wafers until 2015 or later, however.
The biggest caliber of WWI guns was 420mm (Big Bertha). During the WWII 800mm. I believe 450mm wafer is the last "big gun" in semiconductor production.
Use of third dimension will finally diminish need for ever bigger wafers.
Annual computer sales to pass 1 billion by 2014
The rise and rise of smartphones and tablets will help double the shipment of computers around the world in just five years, according to new research.
A total of 500 million computers, from desktop PCs to laptops and smartphones, were shipped in 2009. The accountancy group Deloitte predicts that will rise to 1.1 billion in 2014.
Happy 100th Birthday To The Aircraft Carrier
2011 will bring double SSD performance and capacity
Steve Jobs went to Switzerland in search of cancer treatment
What's wrong with Steve Jobs, and will Apple suffer?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Ten percent of users account for 90 percent of data traffic
Based on an analysis of data trends amongst its own customers, Bytemobile is predicting that video-based content will account for over 60 percent of network traffic this year. Most of this will be 'personal video communications', it says.
Mac, iPod Sales Fall Short: Bye, Bye Steve Jobs
At my request, the board of directors has granted me a medical leave of absence so I can focus on my health. I will continue as CEO and be involved in major strategic decisions for the company.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Bye, Bye Stevie
Steve Jobs To Take ‘Medical Leave Of Absence’, Stays On As CEO
Monday, January 17, 2011
Siemens indirectly slammed Iranian nuclear facility
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Seems that Energy Department did it by somone's request.
Intel will ramp up 22nm wafer production in 2H 2011
Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2
Friday, January 14, 2011
Bill Gates: My Computer in My Home
Thursday, January 13, 2011
AMD Bulldozer 8-core processor, Core i7 50% faster than Intel 950
Iphone 4 launch
F35B fighter ends vertically
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Confirmation Apollo 12 flew to the Moon
Vintage color calendar photo of Playboy Playmate Miss August 1967, DeDe Lind, which was stowed away in the Apollo 12 command module Yankee Clipper during its November 1969 voyage to the moon. Measuring approximately 4.5 x 6.5, the topless image is an original taken from one of the 1969 calendars published by Playboy and features the month and year of the Apollo 12 mission—November 1969. Prior to the mission, it was affixed to a cardboard cue card and, unbeknownst to the crew, secreted onboard their spacecraft. Normal wear as one would expect from an object that made the approximately 475,000 mile round-trip journey to the moon and back, this flown iconic piece of 1960s pop culture still retains its Velcro strips which were used to affix it inside the spacecraft. As provenance, signed in black felt tip on the reverse by the mission’s command module pilot, “Flown on Apollo XII. Richard Gordon, CMP.” Accompanying as provenance is a 2009 COA signed by Gordon that reads in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying 4.5” x 6.25” cue card…did, indeed, accompany me on my trip to the moon in the Command Module Yankee Clipper aboard the historic Apollo 12 lunar landing mission…This cue card, which flew with me to the moon, has been in my sole possession and part of my personal space collection since my return from the moon in 1969 aboard America’s second lunar landing mission, and it remains one of the all-time greatest Apollo era astronaut ‘Gotcha’s!’” Also accompanied by a color 8.5 x 11 photo signed with a somewhat racy yet firmly tongue-in-cheek inscription by Lind, referencing her image’s journey to the moon. The ‘flight of the Playboy bunnies’ has gone down in astronaut lore as one of the most iconic astronaut pranks. As fellow Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean explored the lunar surface—with small black-and-white photocopied Playboy images pasted into the wrist cuff checklists of their spacesuits—Gordon was left alone onboard the command module to circle the moon. It was there, in the silence and loneliness of lunar orbit, that he discovered his surprise stowaway crew ‘mate.’ This cue card was affixed via Velcro strips to the inside of one of his command module lockers. A uniquely risqué item from a successful risky space voyage—this flown artifact remains one of only two known original Playboy bunny color likenesses to have made it to the moon and back!
BAD HARDWARE: Nice clouds and pretty fresh air on Moon !
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Wireless encryption gets hacked in Amazon's cloud.
AN INSECURITY RESEARCHER reckons he can hack wireless networks using Amazon's cloud servers that anyone can lease on the Internet.
IBM DeveloperWorks site hacked and defaced
"You have been Hacked !!!, not because of your stupidity That's because we love you, and we want to warn you That your web still has large of vulnerability."
One security firm, the Oświęcim, Poland-based Ariko Security, claimed on the Full Disclosure list that it contacted IBM seven months prior to this breach to warn the company of the site's vulnerabilities. Ariko employee Maciej Gojny identified a number of techniques that could be used to gain access to DeveloperWorks and a number of other IBM sites, including Cross-Site Scripting (XSS), Directory Traversal and Frame Injection.
Gates: China's Hu confirms stealth jet test-flight !
Some analysts have said that the J-20 photos, if authentic, were a strong indicator that China was making faster-than-expected progress in developing a rival to Lockheed Martin's F-22 Raptor, the world's only operational stealth fighter designed to evade detection by radar.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Canards are visible in the shot above. China should operationally use J-20 in 2019. Possible a year earlier, to intercept in time stealth Russians in the sky. Look at the take off video. The maiden flight of the J-20 lasted 18 minutes and was conducted on January 11.
Sony to announce A77 24 Mpixel camera , ISO 100.000 on August 24th
Up to now, seen only in the top professional models.
Sony is interesting because use of mirror-less designs. Yes, with APS-C size sensor.
Using announced specs it could be a killer, compact basic angle angle camera.
Well, I am not sure on 24 Mpixel resolution at ISO 100000, but at lower resolution.
Anyway, a great camera. July - September, probably August 24th available.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: What do you say about 60 Mpixel Panorama shot size of this monster? Compared with your current 15Mp camera. And 70% viewfinder electronic enhacement.
PC sales set to plummet
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer Resigns, ARM in mobile designs?
Can ARM help AMD win the mobile game?
Friday, January 07, 2011
So, Now That We Know Facebook's Numbers, Is It WORTH $50 Billion?
2009 REVENUE: $775 million
2009 PROFIT: $200 million
2010 REVENUE: ~$2 billion
2010 PROFIT: ~$500 million
2009 EARNINGS: $200 million (actual)
2010 EARNINGS: ~$500 million (actual)
2011 EARNINGS: ~$1 billion (possible)
2012 EARNINGS: ~$2 billion (possible)
2013 EARNINGS: ~$3.5 billion (possible)
Is Intel killing x86 architecture?
We will no longer be bound by the shackles of x86 architecture.
Nvidia shares spiked by Windows 8 for ARM
Shift of Earth's magnetic north pole affects Tampa airport ?!
Shift of Earth's magnetic north pole affects Tampa airport
New research shows the pole moving at rapid clip—25 miles (40 kilometers) a year toward Russia.
"It's moving really fast," he said. "We're seeing something that hasn't happened for at least 500 years."
BAD HARDWARE: Having that in mind, how the hell Columbus only managed to find America in 1492 ?
Slots-theft case using software exploit expands "worldwide"
Bomber B2 falls without this ?
- compliant with the ATX 12V 2.3 and EPS 12V 2.92 standards
- 0.95 active power factor correction (PFC)
- efficiency of up to 92%
- top quality 105? capacitors
- single 12V rail and a MTBF of over 120,000 hours.
- equipped with a 140mm dual-ball-bearing flower-shaped fan
- double-forward switching circuitry for low power loss and high reliability.
BAD HARDWARE: Seems that B2 runs on Xeon based servers.
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Detroit: Obama, we have a problem. Guess which one.
The U.S. cut funding for the F-22 in 2009 in favor of the F-35, a smaller, cheaper stealth fighter that made its first test flight in 2006 and is expected to be fully deployed by around 2014.
Computerized LCD glasses
Or, for an I-can't-believe-I'm-this-impressed-by-glasses moment, slide your finger along the side of the specs to active a tiny gyroscope that'll adjust the focus as you move your head.
Houston, we've had a problem !
I believe we've had a problem here. 02 07 55 28
Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)
This is Houston. Say again, please.
02 07 55 35 Jim Lovell (CDR)
Houston, we've had a problem. We've had a MAIN B BUS UNDERVOLT.
02 07 55 42 Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)
Roger. MAIN B UNDERVOLT.
02 07 55 58 Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)
Okay, stand by, 13. We're looking at it.
02 07 56 10 Fred Haise (LMP)
Okay. Right now, Houston, the voltage is—is looking good. And we had a pretty large bang associated with the CAUTION AND WARNING there. And as I recall, MAIN B was the one that had had an amp spike on it once before.
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Google's new Honeycomb tablet OS will require a dual-core ARM
Bad hardware: I suspect that for 7 inch version will be quite enough single core ARM.