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  • Geometers Engineer New Tools to Wrangle Spacecraft Orbits

    05/06/2024 4:02:36 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 15 replies
    Quanta ^ | 15APR2024 | Leila Sloman
    Mathematicians think abstract tools from a field called symplectic geometry might help with planning missions to far-off moons and planets. In October, a Falcon Heavy rocket is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, carrying NASA’s Europa Clipper mission. The $5 billion mission is designed to find out if Europa, Jupiter’s fourth-largest moon, can support life. But because Europa is constantly bombarded by intense radiation created by Jupiter’s magnetic field, the Clipper spacecraft can’t orbit the moon itself. Instead, it will slide into an eccentric orbit around Jupiter and gather data by repeatedly swinging by Europa—53 times in total—before...
  • Frontier Communications Shuts Down Systems Following Cyberattack

    04/19/2024 6:08:20 PM PDT · by BigEdLB · 6 replies
    Security Week ^ | 4/19/24 | Ionut Arghire
    Telecommunications giant Frontier Communications on Thursday informed the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that certain systems were shut down following a cyberattack. The incident, the company said in a regulatory filing with the SEC, was identified on April 14, when a third-party “gained unauthorized access to portions of its information technology environment”. Frontier said it immediately initiated its incident response protocols and took steps to contain the incident, including shutting down certain systems, which “resulted in an operational disruption that could be considered material”. According to Frontier, the attack was likely the work of a cybercrime group that gained access...
  • Elon Musk Went Public With ALL NEW Water Engine That Changes Everything

    04/07/2024 12:09:19 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 101 replies
    For decades, scientists and inventors have flirted with the concept of a water engine, but their attempts often hit insurmountable roadblocks. However, Elon Musk, known for pushing the boundaries of technology, has provided a fascinating insight. His revelation might just revolutionize the transportation industry at all levels. But people are asking exciting questions. Is water a viable source of fuel? What other innovative solutions are available for transportation problems? Join us as we unravel how Elon Musk went public with the new engine that changes everything. Transcript Follow along using the transcript. Show transcript
  • Tesla Is Already Back To Cutting Vehicle Prices After Disastrous First Quarter Deliveries

    04/05/2024 8:57:55 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 17 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 04/04/2024 | Kit Norton
    Tesla's price CUTS in Australia follow the company's decision on April 3 to announced 0% financing for new orders of the Model 3 and Model Y in China. The incentive runs through the end of April and is Tesla's first interest-free promotion for China, the world's biggest EV market.Meanwhile, Tesla INCREASED its U.S. prices for all Model Y trims on April 1. Tesla RAISED prices on Europe Model Y vehicles on March 22. In China, Tesla also HIKED prices on its entire Model Y line by around $690 on April 1, even as some incentives expired.
  • High Pressure Gas Pipeline Halts Salvage of MV Dali

    03/31/2024 3:06:57 PM PDT · by linMcHlp · 58 replies
    gCaptain ^ | Saturday 03/30/2024 | John Konrad (aka gCaptain)
    Salvage efforts to remove the MV Dali from Baltimore’s Key Bridge were delayed indefinitely yesterday after a high-pressure subsea natural gas pipeline was discovered under the wreckage. Yesterday, the Maryland Port Authority held a meeting at the unified incident command center located at the Maryland Cruise Terminal in Baltimore. The Army Corps of Engineers and the US Coast Guard outlined their priorities: firstly, to open the shipping channel; secondly, to secure and remove the MV Dali; and thirdly, to initiate salvage operations “from the inside out”.
  • Report: Microsoft to build ‘Stargate’ supercomputer with millions of chips for OpenAI

    03/30/2024 5:27:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 87 replies
    siliconanagle ^ | 03 29 2024 | Maria Deutscher
    Microsoft Corp. plans to build a supercomputer with millions of processors to support OpenAI’s research, The Information reported today. The system will be geared toward running artificial intelligence workloads. Reportedly codenamed Stargate by Microsoft executives, the supercomputer is believed to be part of a broader initiative that is also set to see the company build several other AI clusters. The project is expected to cost as much as $100 billion. OpenAI already uses Microsoft infrastructure to train its AI models. In 2020, the cloud computing and software giant disclosed that it had built an Azure-hosted supercomputer with 10,000 graphics cards...
  • Climate: The Movie

    03/30/2024 8:36:53 AM PDT · by I got the rope · 8 replies
    Ceres with youtube link ^ | March 21, 2024 | Martin Durkin
    A new documentary on climate change by Martin Durkin, "Climate: The Movie", was posted online today (March 21st, 2024). The film presents a different perspective on climate change from the standard narratives promoted by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
  • If you watched certain YouTube videos, investigators demanded your data from Google

    03/24/2024 1:31:53 PM PDT · by libh8er · 47 replies
    Mashable ^ | 3.23.2024 | Chase DiBenedetto
    If you've ever jokingly wondered if your search or viewing history is going to "put you on some kind of list," your concern may be more than warranted. In now unsealed court documents reviewed by Forbes, Google was ordered to hand over the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and user activity of Youtube accounts and IP addresses that watched select YouTube videos, part of a larger criminal investigation by federal investigators. The videos were sent by undercover police to a suspected cryptocurrency launderer under the username "elonmuskwhm." In conversations with the bitcoin trader, investigators sent links to public YouTube tutorials on...
  • FCC launches crackdown on signal jammers sold by Amazon, others

    03/23/2024 12:53:42 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 33 replies
    interesting engineering ^ | 3/23/24 | Rizwan Choudhury
    Uh-oh, Amazon. Looks like the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is not playing around when it comes to selling illegal signal jammers. The agency just went public with an investigation into Amazon and other major retailers for allegedly pushing these dodgy devices that can block your cell signal, GPS, and more. Typically advertised as “drone deterrents” or “privacy tools”, these nefarious gadgets are specifically designed to block radio frequencies. This has serious ramifications, cutting off cellular devices and GPS units and impacting emergency communication channels.
  • China to launch 26,000 satellites, vying with U.S. for space power

    03/16/2024 2:18:48 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 35 replies
    Nikkei Asia ^ | January 10, 2024 | Shunsuke Tabeta
    BEJING -- China will start building this year its own version of StarLink, a satellite internet constellation using low Earth orbit, with plans of launching some 26,000 satellites to cover the entire world led by state-run companies.Now that the military use of satellite-based communications systems for warfare in such places as Ukraine and Gaza is increasing, China will set up its own satellite network to compete with the U.S. as a "space power."
  • Roku hackers breach 15,000 accounts, used data to subscribe to streaming services

    03/15/2024 5:47:33 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies ^ | March 12, 2024 4:17pm EDT | By Aislinn Murphy
    The need for cybersecurity is 'nothing like we've ever seen before': Dan Ives Wedbush Managing Director of Equity Research Dan Ives reflects on the 'golden age for cybersecurity' on 'The Claman Countdown.' Bad actors may have illegally gotten into thousands of people’s Roku accounts, Roku told the offices of two state attorneys general. In a data breach notification to the Office of the Maine Attorney General, the video streaming company estimated the number of accounts affected by the breach at over 15,300. It let those customers know about the situation on Friday via a letter. The "unauthorized actors" changed the...
  • Spaceflight Now Launch Schedule - SpaceX 8:00AM EDT Mar. 14, 2024

    03/14/2024 12:02:29 AM PDT · by linMcHlp · 76 replies
    Spaceflight Now ^ | 03/14/2024 | Spaceflight Now
    March 14 Starship • Orbital Flight Test 3 (OFT-3)Launch time: 7:00 a.m. CDT (8:00 a.m. EDT, 1200 UTC) for 110-min. windowLaunch site: Starbase, Boca Chica Beach, Texas A SpaceX Super Heavy booster and Starship vehicle will make a third fully-integrated test flight during a 110-minute launch window.The plan is for the Starship to achieve near-orbital before reentering the atmosphere and splashing down in the Indian Ocean.The Super Heavy booster will target a splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • 'Biden's DEI rules are worse than HAMAS': Top microchip makers are postponing US expansion and instead expanding in dangerous Israel and Russia because American grants come with so many 'equity' caveats

    03/09/2024 4:37:38 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 45 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | Joe Hutchison | 09 Mar 2024
    Top microchip makers are postponing their expansion into the U.S. and setting up shop in Israel and Russia due to equity caveats that are required for them to receive grants from the U.S. government. The Biden administration promised earlier this year that they would be handing out $39 billion in grants to encourage semiconductor manufacturing in the U.S. Shortly after the announcement however, Intel announced they would be holding off on their Columbus factory, while Samsung also delayed their facility in Texas. Despite the billions in subsidies, two experts believe the tech companies' decision to back out of building manufacturing...
  • US Patriot System May Have Been Vaporized in the Ukraine

    03/09/2024 9:17:07 AM PST · by Trumpisourlastchance · 71 replies
    Twitter/X ^ | 3/9/24 | squatsons
    Large convoy of Ukrainian air defense systems destroyed by what looks like an Iskander. Update: it looks to be multiple Patriot launchers and a possible radar.
  • Rise of the slaughterbots: AI drone designed to 'hunt and kill people' is built in just hours by scientists 'for a game'

    03/09/2024 6:42:51 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 81 replies ^ | 03/08/2024 | By WILIAM HUNTER
    In just a few hours, Luis Wenus, an engineer and entrepreneur, converted a $115 (£89.99) drone into the basis of a deadly weapon. Using AI facial recognition the drone was programmed to recognise individuals and race towards them at full speed. ... In a video posted to X, formerly Twitter, Mr Wenus and his engineer colleague, demonstrated how a commercial drone can be programmed to chase down targets. In the post, Mr Wenus writes: 'I thought it would be fun to build a drone that chases you around as a game.' The drone uses an AI 'object detection model' to...
  • As FCC Formally Announces Last Full ACP Month, Providers Face Big Decisions

    03/08/2024 7:29:11 AM PST · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | March 5, 2024 10:14am | by Joan Engebretson
    In a public notice released late yesterday, the FCC officially said that April will be the last full month for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) due to insufficient funding. The commission also said it will let providers know later this month about the amount to expect per customer in May, leaving the providers with a choice to make. Should they end their participation in the program after April? Should they pass on a partial benefit to customers for May and require the customers to pay the extra portion? Or should they offer a full ACP benefit in May by contributing...
  • Google’s AI Is As Dumb And Racist As The People Who Designed It

    02/27/2024 9:22:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 02/27/2024 | Peachy Keenan
    Google Gemini is just the latest iteration of the hottest trend in entertainment: white erasure from the culture.The future is here and it’s not only stupid, it’s racist.After playing around with Google’s powerful new “artificial intelligence” tool called “Gemini,” I can safely say two things: First, AI will never replace human artists.Second, AI will replace white people.Like other AI tools, Gemini also has a nifty image creation feature where you can ask it to create specific images. But within five minutes of Gemini’s release, everyone realized that the one thing Gemini could not do was create an image of a...
  • GPS war: Israel's battle to keep drones flying and enemies baffled

    02/27/2024 7:19:20 AM PST · by Salman · 7 replies
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | Feb 23, 2024 | Guillaume LAVALLE
    Omer Sharar had just received the first delivery of his new GPS anti-jamming technology when Hamas militants attacked Israel on October 7. Since then he and his team at InfiniDome, a start-up based in Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, have been working around the clock to prevent the Israeli army's mini-drones from being intercepted by cheap and simple jamming in Gaza. Israel -- one of the world's main exporters of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) -- has for years waged a drone war along its borders, allowing it to monitor or target its enemies remotely with large, sophisticated airborne platforms. During...
  • Google has Usurped Democracy

    02/22/2024 1:27:03 PM PST · by Heartlander · 32 replies
    Brownstone Institute ^ | Feb 22, 2024 | Robert Malone
    Google has Usurped DemocracyWe hear a lot about “election integrity” or lack thereof, particularly around the issues of counting the vote and the ballot box. But the truth is that elections are more likely to be stolen via search engine manipulation effects (SEME).What is SEME?SEME is an abbreviation for the search engine manipulation effect. In a series of randomized controlled experiments, it has been shown that more than 20% of undecided voters can be manipulated into voting one way or the other, by simply manipulating the rankings of search engine results.These studies were published in an article titled “The search...
  • AT&T customers report massive outage, disrupting phone service across America | Here's what we know

    02/22/2024 6:56:05 AM PST · by silent majority rising · 81 replies
    CNN Wire ^ | February 22, 2024 | ByMelissa Alonso and Brian Fung, CNN, CNNWire
    AT&T's network went down for many of its customers across the United States Thursday morning, leaving customers unable to place calls, text or access the internet. Although Verizon and T-Mobile customers reported some network outages, too, they appeared far less widespread. T-Mobile and Verizon said their networks were unaffected by AT&T's service outage and customers reporting outages may have been unable to reach customers who use AT&T. More than 73,000 AT&T customers reported outages on digital-service tracking site DownDetector. That's not a comprehensive number: It tracks only self-reported outages. Although outage reports fell a bit in the 5 am ET...