Friday, July 29, 2011

Flatbad scanner as a music star !

Crazy video.

MTV News Explains The Internet In 1995 [VIDEO]

Finally, a truth.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Internet then was a gadget used by 10 million people !

Space history chronicled through missions that didn't happen

Thursday, July 28, 2011

State of the PC in 2015:

Taken together, the most likely scenario for 2015 is that Intel will be in high volume production of 14nm chips while the rest of the industry is shipping 20nm products.


Motorola nano watch

It looks like Motorola might be prepping to give the Nike+ SportWatch a run for its money. An intrepid tipster sent along a screenshot from a recent survey showing off what looks like a tricked out nano watch. Described as an "all-in-one fitness and music personal fitness device" (redundant much?) that packs a GPS for "accurate performance tracking," the as of yet unnamed gadget also sports a "smart music player" that compiles a list of songs based on the tunes that help you sweat your best. It also lets you wirelessly sync to your PC for workout analysis, and apparently does the same for Android devices. Among the possible names listed in the survey is the MotoActive, hinting at, but certainly not pinning down, Motorola branding. Of course this is just an online survey, so we wouldn't get too excited about your new running mate just yet.

And I saw the new Earth ! First Earth Trojan Asteriod Discovered

300m across.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Not enough place for all of us.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Google tablets seen overtaking iPad in 5 years

Tablet computers running Google's Android software will catch up with Apple's iPad and surpass it in 2016, research firm Informa said on Wednesday. 
Android has developed even more rapidly in the tablet sector than in smartphones, with a penetration rate of more than 30%. In terms of core application processors, Nvidia's Tegra series has been widely supported by brands other than Apple.
From 2013, as cheaper and more advanced Android tablets enter the market, we forecast that sales will pick up considerably, eventually surpassing iPad sales in 2016," analyst David McQueen said in a statement. 

BAD HARWDARE WEEK:  If Google takeover Facebook and IPad, in 5 years we will see Google's dominance even in social networking based on tablets. Hundred millions of them

100G Ethernet to power Department of Energy network

A new national 100Gbps prototype network being built for the Department of Energy will provide about a tenfold increase in speed for labs doing research together on topics such as clean energy and climate change. Overall, the network will boast 4.4Tbps of capacity to support thousands of researchers at more than 40 U.S. labs and supercomputing facilities. R

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Internet2 announced an agreement to build one of the world’s fastest and most advanced scientific networks to further accelerate U.S. competitiveness in science and technology. The new network will be built for the Department of Energy by Berkeley Lab’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) for its Advanced Networking Initiative (ANI), a $62M American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) grant.

Under this agreement, which builds on a long-standing relationship between the organizations, ESnet and Internet2 will work together to construct and operate the new 100 gigabit per second (100 Gbps) ANI prototype network using one of the first national-scale deployments of 100 Gigabit Ethernet technology. The ANI prototype network will significantly increase the information-carrying capacity of ESnet’s present network, which uses 10 Gbps technology.

Why I was banned on Google+ (and how I redeemed myself)

It didn't like my name. I was told the account was being investigated for possible violations for Google's profile policies. So, being told what the problem was at last, I entered my full real name and I was told to check back. So I did, day after day last week.
I finally sent Google a feedback form, showing it my name and telling it that I was not violating its policies. That did the trick.
On Monday, my account was working.
So I posted a photo. I was horrified to discover that although I had set the privacy settings on my photos to default to be visible only to specific circles, the photo was marked as publicly visible. No amount of searching or clicking would get Google to declare that photo not public. I was even more horrified to discover that the photo somehow geolocated itself to the exact location it was taken ... which is amazingly creepy as it was taken on a trail in a state park on the iPhone of a friend and sent as a text to my Android phone.

Important Google Notice: 
“Personal information” is information that you provide to us which personally identifies you, such as your name, email address or billing information, or other data which can be reasonably linked to such information by Google."

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

For 7 years AMD GPU performance growth is faster than in Moore's Law

2 GPUs in forthcoming AMD's Southern Island based on PCI 3.0 ?

It might work in only one PCI 3.0 slot (being two time faster) with 2 old die shrink processors in 28 nm on a single graphic cards. Consumption will be not 294W, but lower. Likely in the range of 175W. Launch in Q3 , probably October/November this year.
MSI's PCI Express 3.0 supported motherboards are expected to launch in the third quarter of this year

The code names of AMD's upcoming Southern Islands GPUs, which will power the company's next generation Radeon HD 7000 video cards, have just been leaked to reveal that the product family will be comprised of at least four different graphics cores. What about triple slots PCI 3.0 use?

The four GPUs that were listed in the changelog of the HWiNFO32 v3.73 tool (the application is available for download here) are called Tahiti, New Zealand, Thames and Lombok.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Impressive are 2B+ transistors inside.

ARM Mali GPU !

Four-cylinders overtake sixes as America’s most popular engine

More American new car buyers are taking home vehicles powered by just four-cylinders than ever before, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that drivers are satisfied with less power.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Quick consensus, quite contrary to always bigger national debt congress talks?

New AMD's Buldozer based Opterons

Gateway, owned by Acer, has released its updated 2U rack systems with Dual-Socket configuration and reveal no less than four new Opteron models in the 62xx series based on AMD Bulldozer.

Model Opteron 6220 Opteron 6234 Opteron 6272 Opteron 6276
Architecture Bulldozer Bulldozer Bulldozer Bulldozer
Codename Interlagos Interlagos Interlagos Interlagos
Cores 8 12 16 16
Clockfrequency 3,0 GHz 2,4 GHz 2,1 GHz 2,3 GHz
Memory channels 4 4 4 4
ACP/TDP 80W/115W 80W/115W 80W/115W 80W/115W
Socket G34 G34 G34 G34

No more entry for zombies: Fingerprint scanner new generation

To combat such bloody skulduggery, researchers at Dermalog Identification Systems in Hamburg, Germany, have developed a way for a fingerprint scanner to differentiate between live and dead tissue.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Is the PC era coming to an end?

The global smartphones shipments are gradually gobbling the significant share of PC market. It is expected that by 2015, over 300 million tablets will ship -- not far behind 479 million PCs expected to be made.

Apple laptops are critically vulnerable

Security expert Charlie Miller of Accuvant says he's discovered that Apple laptops are vulnerable to being hacked through the chip that manages battery charging.

The next transistor: planar, fins, and SoI at 22nm

The race is on to redefine the transistor. Process developers working on 22/20nm logic processes appear to be scrambling to introduce new kinds of transistors for this node. Intel has made a huge fanfare over their tri-gate device. Many researchers are pushing finFETs. A powerful group of mainly European organizations, including ARM and US-based Globalfoundries, is serious about fully-depleted SoI (fdSoI.) And recently, start-up Suvolta and Fujitsu described yet another alternative.
 BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Add a T-FET in the future.

Amazing watch

CPU: IMX233, 64MB DRAM, Flash storage 4GB.
BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Works at 454Mhz. Quite enough for a PC watch.
Pentium III was first released at clock speeds of 450 and 500 MHz in 1999.
Uhmmm, yes if think on  computer evolution.

AMD's Scorpius Bulldozer 8 Cores Launch on September 19th

Taiwanese Motherboard manufacturers have leaked details of AMD’s Upcoming Bulldozer CPU’s and Release Date. According to them, AMD will start Mass Production of B2 chips in August and the processors will officially launch in September (Q3 2011).

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Unfortunately, Komodo will only fit into a new CPU socket FM2.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The real science done by Nasa has not involved humans

The space shuttle programme has been a multi-billion-dollar failure

1966 prediction of the home computer and multimedia

An utterly fantastic video from 1966 that speculates on what life will be like in 1999... so I thought I'd upload it to celebrate 2009! Unlike most videos from the past that speculated on flying cars and robots doing all our chores, this one went for the 'home shopping' angle, bank account unification and a way to send letters electronically all over the world.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: What I haven't seen is a inevitable cheap device called keyboard, though in 60ies the teletype machine was common in big business. Though, we can see predicted so called pen device.
Now , what about year 2032? In some 20 years from now.

After Buzz disaster, Google closes Google Labs

The firm has already announced an intention to streamline its efforts, and after a couple of false starts such as Google Buzz, it might be looking to narrow its focus, or something.

Cambridge man accused of hacking MIT computers

A Cambridge man who was a fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics is now facing federal charges that he hacked into a Massachusetts Institute of Technology computer archive system to steal more than 4 million articles from scientific journals and academic work.

Google finds search hijacking virus on 1 million computers

Google plans to warn more than a million internet users that their computer is infected with a virus that intercepts their web searches.

Decoding Moore's DNA

The inventor of a new machine that decodes DNA with semiconductors has used it to sequence the genome of Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, a leading chip maker. The Ion Torrent machine requires only two hours to sequence DNA. There are also two genetic variants in Dr. Moore’s genome said to be associated with “increased risk of mental retardation

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: The quoted source New York Times is a very serious newspapers.

Consumer demand for Intel in the U.S. and Europe has sagged.

On a conference call with analysts Wednesday to discuss Intel's second-quarter results, CEO Paul Otellini addressed how investors should measure Intel's success in those emerging markets, such as Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Defense Department IT In "Stone Age"

He cited problems with proprietary systems that aren't connected to anything else and are unable to quickly adapt to changing needs.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: On the contrary, if not so, DoD should bother with hackers and viruses like in all Microsoft compatible systems.  ;)

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Supercomputing D Day for EU, Not R Day

In 2010, IDC’s EMEA division set forth a number of recommendations for strengthening Europe’s HPC presence in the report, Development of a Supercomputing Strategy in Europe, which included a broad set of action items to propel Europe into the exascale era.
According to Foxton, Europe’s challenges when it comes to the future of high performance computing in Europe and the coming era of exascale go far beyond leadership enhancements and a focus on software.  As he put it, there is a great emphasis on R&D in Europe in general, but where Europe falls short is placing too much attention on the “R” and not enough on the “D”.

NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center, 400 Pflops (Part 2)

Project Denver is an 8-Core ARM, 256 CUDA Core APU?

8-Core ARM, 256 CUDA Core APU

Project Denver.

NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center, 400 Pflops (Part 2)

Self Correction:  400 Pflops exa capable machine  demonstration 
Based on Lustre parallel file system.

Conceived in December 2010 , to be completed in 2015

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Bullshit online: Could NAND flash kill DRAM in PCs?

"Over time, the price/performance gap between these two technologies will widen, driving NAND to become the memory of choice in the PC," said Jim Handy, the author of the study. "Once [system manufacturers] and end users discover this fact, PC DRAM capacities will stop growing."

Read BAD HARDWARE to be correctly informed . Flash is obviously nonvolatile media, well,  at least 300 days :)

There is no radiation, but Japan bans Fukushima beef shipments

The Japanese government has banned all shipments of cattle from the Fukushima prefecture on concerns about contaminated beef.

Apple to release Thunderbolt LED Display

The web has been abuzz with rumours of new Macbook Air and Mac Pro models.

Quantum step toward delivering quantum information to the home !

Today, fiber optics technology transports information in the form of classical data to homes and businesses. But researchers are currently working on ways to combine quantum data with the classical data in fiber optics networks in order to increase security. In a new study, scientists have shown how quantum and classical data can be interlaced in a real-world fiber optics network, taking a step toward distributing quantum information to the home, and with it a quantum internet.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: But, does Big Brother really want secure homes at all ?

ARM RISC chips to erode x86 market share

Who will be the victim, Intel or AMD?

ARM ICs to be in 23% of laptops in 2015

Monday, July 18, 2011

Intel confirms "8MB bug" in 320 Series SSDs

Many users have complained about their spanking new flash drives suddenly dropping from their full capacity to only 8MB
The so called "8MB bug" appears after a power failure or system crash and it's unclear whether a hardware defect is to blame or if the problem can be solved with a firmware update.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Well, 8MB was once long time ago considered a sufficient size of external storage. ;)

Friday, July 15, 2011

SpiNNaker: A million ARM cores to host brain simulator

Up to a million ARM processor cores are going to be linked together to simulate the workings of the human brain in a research project in the U.K. The chips, designed at Manchester University and manufactured in Taiwan, form the building blocks for a massively parallel computer called SpiNNaker (Spiking Neural Network architecture).

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Please note 1GB DDR atop of ARM multicore. Architecturally, resembles to Intel Knight Corner.

Sony's next gen. NEX-7 is expected to be announced sometime in August

Its expected price tag of US$1,200 for body.
The camera is rumoured to have a 24 Megapixel sensor and the EVF is suggested to be the same rumoured 3 million dot EVT used in the new Alpha models. Lens: Sony A850 | min 28/75 f2,8

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Surprise balloons: Windows 8 May Let You Play Xbox 360 Games ?

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Well, perhaps.
According to the unnamed, unknown sources, Xbox 360 on PC will be activated by a subscription fee, similar to box Live.

Orwell's 1984: Let's take back the Internet!

Video provided here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Unusual scanner

All Fukushima meltdowns

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

SSD Horror stories

Solid state hard drives are so freaking amazing performance wise, and the experience you will have with them is so transformative, that I don't even care if they fail every 12 months on average! I can't imagine using a computer without a SSD any more; it'd be like going back to dial-up internet or 13" CRTs or single button mice. Over my dead body, man!

What have happened with spectators during the Space Shutlle era ?

Adaptec SATA3 board allows SSD users to mirror to hard drives

Adaptec SATA3 board allows SSD users to mirror to hard drives
Adaptec's Hybrid RAID software allows users to set an SSD as the boot drive, mirror the SSD on a hard drive and use the rest of the hard drive as a different partition.

Ooops: Cisco Could Eliminate as Many as 10,000 Jobs !

Networking equipment company Cisco Systems Inc could eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, to revive profit growth, Bloomberg said, citing two people familiar with the matter.

Is the Air Bearing Heat Exchanger the future of CPU cooling?

The cooler has a stationary base plate and there's a 0.001-inch (0.0254mm) gap between the base plat and the rotating fins. Now we can see this becoming a huge precision manufacturing issue, as a gap that small is going to be hard to produce. However, this design is meant to alleviate what is claimed to be a layer of "dead air" that "clings to the cooling fins".

Intel plans to reduce overall PC power consumption

Intel plans to cut PC energy consumption from around 320 terawatts an hour to just 151.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: By delivering consumers half less PCs than up to now :( ? Intel however has some another plans, calling on Moore's law. Does it mean Intel sees no any chip performance enhancements in the future, because strong performance draw significant power consumption?

How Digital Detectives Deciphered Stuxnet, the Most Menacing Malware

Normally, Iran replaced up to 10 percent of its centrifuges a year, due to material defects and other issues. With about 8,700 centrifuges installed at Natanz at the time, it would have been normal to decommission about 800 over the course of the year.
But when the IAEA later reviewed footage from surveillance cameras installed outside the cascade rooms to monitor Iran’s enrichment program, they were stunned as they counted the numbers. The workers had been replacing the units at an incredible rate — later estimates would indicate between 1,000 and 2,000 centrifuges were swapped out over a few months.
The question was, why?
A computer belonging to a customer in Iran was caught in a reboot loop — shutting down and restarting repeatedly despite efforts by operators to take control of it. It appeared the machine was infected with a virus.
Ulasen heads an antivirus division of a small computer security firm in Minsk called VirusBlokAda. Once a specialized offshoot of computer science, computer security has grown into a multibillion-dollar industry over the last decade keeping pace with an explosion in sophisticated hack attacks and evolving viruses, Trojan horses and spyware programs.
Out of more than 12 million pieces of malware that antivirus researchers discover each year, fewer than a dozen use a zero-day exploit. The vulnerability was in the LNK file of Windows Explorer, a fundamental component of Microsoft Windows.
VirusBlokAda contacted Microsoft to report the vulnerability, and on July 12, as the software giant was preparing a patch, VirusBlokAda went public with the discovery in a post to a security forum. Three days later, security blogger Brian Krebs picked up the story, and antivirus companies around the world scrambled to grab samples of the malware — dubbed Stuxnet by Microsoft from a combination of file names (.stub and MrxNet.sys) found in the code.
Notably, one of the virus’s driver files used a valid signed certificate stolen from RealTek Semiconductor, a hardware maker in Taiwan, in order to fool systems into thinking the malware was a trusted program from RealTek.  “We rarely see such professional operations,” wrote ESET, a security firm that found one of the certificates, on its blog. “This shows [the attackers] have significant resources.”
Even the complex threats that we see, the advanced threats we see, don’t do this,” he mused during a recent interview at Symantec’s office. Only a small number of machines had Siemens Step 7 software installed – just 217 machines reporting in from Iran and 16 in the United States.
Zero days coctails: O Murchu looked at Chien. They’d been tearing at Stuxnet for more than a month and had seen hints of other exploits in it, but confirmation had eluded them. The e-mail was vague on details, but the mere suggestion that there might be more zero days within his grasp was enough to spark O Murchu’s competitive spirit. Additionally, Stuxnet exploited a static password that Siemens had hard-coded into its Step7 software. Stuxnet used the password to gain access to and infect a server hosting the database and from there infect other machines connected to the server.
It appeared the attackers were targeting systems they knew were not connected to the internet. And given that they were using four zero-days to do it, the targets had to be high-value.
Falliere determined that Stuxnet had three main parts and 15 components, all wrapped together in layers of encryption like Russian nesting dolls. Stuxnet decrypted and extracted each component as needed, depending on the conditions it found on an infected machine. The whole operation end date? June 24, 2012.
The fact that Stuxnet was injecting commands into the PLC and masking that it was doing so was evidence that it was designed, not for espionage as everyone had believed, but for physical sabotage. The researchers were stunned. It was the first time anyone had seen digital code in the wild being used to physically destroy something in the real world.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK:  Physical destruction? But, who then supplied Siemens' Step 7 PLC source code  for something like that? This surely can not be the end of this story.

JP Morgan FPGA supercomputer offers risk analysis in near real-time

The investment bank worked with HPC solutions provider Maxeler Technologies to develop an application-led, HPC system based on Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology that would allow it to run complex banking algorithms on its credit book faster.
Prior to the implementation, JP Morgan would take eight hours to do a complete risk run, and an hour to run a present value, on its entire book. If anything went wrong with the analysis, there was no time to re-run it.

Monday, July 11, 2011

How to block forever unwanted pop ups?

Is some unwabted pop ups slip somehow through firewall  into your browser, what to do? In Firefox in privacy section type them in blocked exceptions and save. Then simply delete the same sites from allowed cookie list. Thus, blocked then deleted from cookies list. No way to jump in back again. Simple, isn't it?

AMD finally seems big in Wall Street analyst eyes

And these chips should boost profits more than most expect, according to Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon. He forecasts earnings of $1.07 a share in 2012, compared with a consensus estimate of 75 cents. AMD could increase earnings by another 20 cents by 2013 simply by using free cash flow to pay down debt. With that in mind, shares look cheap at $7.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: AMD could have a real winner in their hands?.
After reducing Max TDP of 186W of tested UNLOCKED engineering sample we will see significant performance downgrade and that will give us mixed pro and con real world performance. However, still able to beat competitor Intel in some important applications.

Computers 'irreplaceable' for 1 in 4 Britons

A new survey claims that a glass of wine and the internet is the ideal night in for many, with computers becoming increasingly important as fashion statements.
Most users – 68 per cent overall and 78 per cent of 18 to 24 years olds – also said that they would rather have a PC than a TV.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Time for Internet TV as a compromise?

As Humans Take Leave of Space, Robot Explorers Will Go Farther and Look Closer Than Ever

Reflections on the passing of one era, and the dawning of another

Mozila Firefox 7.0 alpha consumes at least 30% less of memory ?

The discovery that increasing garbage collection on its Firefox Javascript engine resulted in an 80 per cent drop in memory usage raises questions about the quality of Mozilla's code testing.

BAD HARDWARE: However, I wonder what happens with browsing speed with reduced memory use? Anyway, Firefox 7.0a uses 30% LESS memory. First trade off compromise? I had 700MB memory usage today on Firefox 5.0 and Firefox was extremely slow. Download Aurora here.

BAD HARDWARE: Firefox 5.0 and 6.0 stink. Skip them now.

Meet the next big programing star: Node.js


Friday, July 08, 2011

Bue bue PSTN

"If current rates hold, only 6% of the U.S. population will still be served by the public switched telephone network by the end of 2018.

The world’s first Active Matrix EPD watch is launched.

This new E-Ink watch is an amazing advance in electronic watchmaking, as it required SEIKO to build a new IC with very high energy efficiency. It uses just one hundredth of the power needed to run a same size screen using the current e-book technology.

It is powered by a self-recharging solar battery, so that no battery replacement is ever required.

Analog Watches Are Rediscovered by the Cellphone Generation

After going watch-free for much of the last decade, the three men — all in their 30s and considered style influencers — are turning back time.
The Swatch Group, the largest watchmaker in the world, is scrambling to add factory capacity after net profits rose 42 percent last year (the company, which owns Omega, Longines and a more than a dozen other brands besides Swatch, is also a dominant supplier of movements for other brands). Fossil Inc., which manufactures a jaunty mall-friendly line of watches under the Fossil brand, as well as licensed watches for design labels like Burberry and DKNY, saw its global watch sales shoot up 44.4 percent in the first quarter, after sliding 1.8 percent as recently as 2009.

Cornell develops a lens-free, pinhead-size camera


AI's 787 Dreamliner dreams grounded yet again

In the year 2006, Air India ordered 27 Dreamliners as part of a plan to buy 68 passenger jets worth about $8.1 billion from Boeing. The aircraft were scheduled to be delivered in 2009, but later shifted to 2010 and now the delivery date has been shifted to the fourth quarter of 2011. To be delivered in 2012?

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 5 years is not so much, isn't it? Boeing officials are not comfortable with coughing up $840 million as the compensation amount," said a civil aviation ministry official, on condition of anonymity.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Europe Plans 45% Boost To Science Investments

Screw austerity: The E.U.'s science spending, which is running at about US$79 billion for the current 2007-2013 period, is getting a boost to $114 billion for 2014-2020. The E.U.'s proposal recognizes that only by spending money on innovation and future tech can income growth be assured

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Fukushima power plant remained in complete darkness after tsunami !

"So people were out scavenging batteries out of cars and trucks," says Lake Barrett, a retired nuclear engineer who led the Three Mile Island cleanup. He says that workers brought those batteries into the control rooms, "wiring them with hot wires to the instrumentation to try to determine the water level in the cores, and to control the pumps they had."

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: Couldn't expect that, being so close to the ocean ?

Tablet 2015: End of School textbooks

Why not end of school at all?
South Korea will create a cloud-based server system for its schools that allows students to download textbooks on their tablets . Other will slowly abandon cursive.

Sony ready to kick off PS4 production

Sony will reportedly begin production of its next-gen PlayStation 4 console by the end of 2011.

TSMC may beat Intel introducing 3-D chips

Chip foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) could deliver its first semiconductors with 3-D interconnects by the end of 2011, potentially beating Intel Corp. to the punch in offering the first 3-D chips, according to a report circulated Tuesday (July 5) by a Taiwan trade group.

Direct PCI 3.0 support in Ivy Bridge in 1Q 2012

It uses a 128b/130b ((130-128)/130)encoding scheme, reducing the overhead to approximately 1.5%, as opposed to the 20% overhead of 8b/10b encoding used by PCIe 2.0. PCIe 3.0's 8 GT/s bit rate effectively delivers double PCIe 2.0 bandwidth.

Military crashing computer network have resulted in friendly deaths

According to two former US Army intelligence officers, the multi-billion-dollar DCGS-A military computer system that was designed to help the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan simply doesn't work. DCGS-A is meant to accrue intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, and provide real-time battlefield analysis and the current location of high-value targets — but instead, it has hindered the war effort rather than helped. Major General Michael Flynn, the top intelligence officer in Afghanistan, says that DCGS-A's faults have even resulted in a loss of lives.

Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) provides the U.S. Army fully integrated and timely intelligence on the battlefield. DCGS-A interfaces with other DCGS nodes through the DCGS Integration Backbone.

The DCGS program establishes the core framework for a worldwide distributed, network centric, system-of-systems architecture that conducts collaborative intelligence operations and production. The DCGS Integration Backbone provides a distribution of Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) data, processes, and systems.

The Distributed Common Ground System – Army will consolidate the functions of 12 programs into an integrated ISR capability:

All Source Analysis System-Light (ASAS-L)
Analysis and Control Team-Enclave (ACT-E)
Block II Analysis and Control Element (ACE)
Common Ground Station (CGS)
Counter-and Human-Intelligence Management System (CHIMS)
Prophet Control
Integrated Meteorological and Environmental Terrain System Light (IMETS-L)
Digital Topographic Support System-Light (DTSS-L)
Guardrail/Guardrail Information Node (GRIFN)
Tactical Exploitation System (TES)
Ground Control System (GCS)
Enhanced Trackwolf

BAD HARDWARE: Its price? $2,7B only.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Interview with Sony's LulzSec hacker

Now Antisec is the biggest movement in years, unifying all hackers and free thinkers across Anonymous and other groups. There's no going back.
Are you afraid of being caught?
There is no fear in my heart. I've passed the point of no return. I only hope that if I am stopped, the movement continues on the right path without me.

Sony's second generation VIAO gets optical link with docking station

Optical connection is the most viaoable solution for more powerful graphic card at the docking station.

Using Light Peak interface.

Boeing Dreamliner troubles continues

About 35 percent of the Dreamliner is being developed and manufactured by Japanese firms

Boeing, U.S. Labor Board Spar Over 787 Plant
The NLRB accused Boeing of illegally building its second 787 assembly plant in Charleston!

Space Odyssey 2011

In his famous SF novel Space Odyssey 2010, Clarke predicted huge space ships and (Juno) mission to Jupiter. We got both. Now, the only Clarke's missing fiction prediction remained is a monolith on Moon.

Don't stop coal burning !

Coal-burning China's rapid growth may have HALTED global warming

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: What to do with acid rains from sulfur out of burned coal, slowly killing all plants around the planet ?
Besides, Injecting enough sulfur to reduce warming would wipe out the Arctic ozone layer and delay recovery of the Antarctic ozone hole by as much as 70 years, according to an analysis by Simone Tilmes of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Monday, July 04, 2011

Glowing Japaneese: Radioactive Cesium Is Found in Tokyo Tap Water

Radioactive cesium-137 was found in Tokyo’s tap water for the first time since April as Japan grapples with the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. The levelwas below the safety limit set by the government.

Government sues Apollo 14 astronaut over selling lunar camera !

The item was labeled "Movie Camera from the Lunar Surface" and billed as one of two cameras from the Apollo 14's lunar module Antares. The lot description said the item came "directly from the collection" of pilot Edgar Mitchell and had a pre-sale estimate of $60,000 to $80,000, the suit said.

Moon landing farse: Apollo 15 has landed on the dark side of Moon !?

How then astronauts could communicate with Earth? How laser beam from Earth could hit refractor at dark (invisible) landing site?

BAD HARDWARE WEEK; You can check exact Apollo 15 landing position using Moon laser distance meter from Earth, if you don't believe me.
Is it possible to install laser light reflectors on Moon without astronauts?. Yes, since November 17, 1970.
The Russians did it.

Friday, July 01, 2011

Metulji, computer worm strikes

International law enforcement agencies are investigating what may be the largest documented botnet, a network of tens of millions of hijacked computers use to steal banking information, according to a security firm aiding the investigation.  Some members of the gang have been traced to the city of Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The June arrests of two men in Slovenia resulted from their use of real names and addresses when they registered domains used to control the Metulji botnet, Hijazi said.
More arrests may be imminent. The alleged author of the computer worm behind the Mariposa botnet, who may have also created the Metulji software, was arrested last year in Slovenia.

BAD HARDWARE WEEK: 'Indestructible' botnet based on TDL-4 snares 4.5 million computers

RIP Unix: Robert Morris, a developer of Unix, dies at 78

Today, Unix-based operating systems can be found on millions of Apple iPhones and iPads.
As chief scientist with the NSA's National Computer Security Center
Mr. Morris was the digital gatekeeper of the American government’s computer secrets. 
He had complications from dementia.
In 1983, Mr. Morris testified at a House committee hearing on the nascent phenomenon of computer viruses:

“The notion that we are raising a generation of children so technically sophisticated that they can outwit the best efforts of the security specialists of America’s largest corporations and the military is utter nonsense,” Mr. Morris said.
He had apparently underestimated his own son, Robert T. Morris.
Five years later, the younger Morris infected 6,000 computers connected to the Defense Department’s Internet with a program that paralyzed the machines’ activity with something later to be called in hacker jargon email-worm. The younger Morris case was investigated by the FBI, and the younger Morris was convicted under a federal computer crime law. He was sentenced to probation and fined $10,000. He is now a computer science professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Computer chess world champion plagiarized the rival programs !

Yet another world champion has been brought low for suspected use of a banned performance-enhancing substance.

Optically-switched interconnects for supercomputers !

The project to develop high-speed, optically switched interconnects for supercomputers combines IBM's electronic control circuity with Corning's all-optical switching technology.
R. P. Luijten and R. Grzybowski, B: The OSMOSIS optical packet switch for supercomputers,[ presented at the Optical Fiber Communication Conf., San Diego, CA, 2009, Paper OTuF3

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