Archive for January, 2011

Most Americans tend to think of "government debt" as only a problem of the federal government. ABut that is simply not accurate. AThe truth is that there are thousands of "government debt problems" from coast to coast. AToday, state and local government debt has reached at an all-time high of 22 percent of U.S. GDP. AIt is a crisis of catastrophic proportions that is not going away any time soon.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 5:57pm by Koookiecrumbles


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My Ninja, Please! : 1.19.11 : Remote Super Dogs

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Trained dogs are smart enough to find bombs, drugs, people, and the safest way to cross the street — but only with a capable handler nearby. Now a new system developed at Auburn University could turn canines into remotely guided "super dogs" that can take on risky tasks.

"With our system you don’t have to be in eyesight, versus human guides that do have to be within sight," said David M. Bevly, an associate professor of mechanical engineering atAAuburn University who worked onAthe research.

In the past, remote guidance research focused on other animals or relied on invasive implanted electrodes to give commands. Instead, Bevly and his team created an external, real-time navigation system for trained dogs.

They designed a custom harness equipped with GPS, sensors, a processor and a radio modem that connects wirelessly to a computer system. The pack vibrates slightly on the left or right side and emits different tones to direct the dog.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 5:51pm by Koookiecrumbles


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The Maker Generation

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Exciting times. Times when we have to make radical changes to concepts we have held for a long time. Concepts like identity and privacy and confidentiality. Concepts like teamwork and sharing. Concepts like sinecures and benefits and contracts of employment. Concepts like the theory of the firm and scarcity economics and rational individuals and linear workflow. Times that celebrate diversity, that celebrate divergent thinking, that celebrate the creative.

And how are we going to know what to do?

We won't.

Isn't it good that there's a new generation who can solve that for us? A generation who aren't as hidebound as their predecessors and their predecessors and their predecessors.

The Maker Generation. Choosing what they do. How they do it. Whom they work for. What do they look for? Choice.

So what should an enterprise do?

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 5:46pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Opportunity Knocks

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The engineer was bored.

His latest product was sailing through manufacturing, no surprising hitches or glitches to resolve, and he came to work each day wondering what to do to keep busy. Management and Marketing had not yet decided on the new projects, and so he had a couple months of free time on his hands. With nothing better to do, he spent a few days dreaming up a serial backplane interface based on passive directional couplers to provide slot-to-slot port isolation.

As far as he knew this had never been tried before, and he was curious as to whether or not it would actually work. With this technique a multiple-slot, high-speed serially-encoded data bus would not be susceptible to loading variations caused by filled or empty card slots, and each individual card could include true end-of-line matched termination instead of forming an open stub. The bored engineer rummaged through his junkbox and pulled out several directional couplers left over from a previous defunct project.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 5:41pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Kristian Larsen Flip Phone

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 5:32pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Protei

Protei is a fleet of Sailing Drones, developed primarily to collect Oil Spills under Open Hardware licensing by Open_Sailing, randomwalks and V2_.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 3:42pm by Koookiecrumbles


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Their finding? Forty-five percent of students made no gains on the CLA during their first two years in college. Thirty-six percent made no gains over the entire four years. They learnednothing. On average, students improved by less than half a standard deviation in four years. "American higher education," the researchers found, "is characterized by limited or no learning for a large proportion of students."

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 3:40pm by Koookiecrumbles


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A single new connection can dramatically enhance the size of a network - no matter whether this connection represents an additional link in the Internet, a new acquaintance within a circle of friends or a connection between two nerve cells in the brain. The results, which are published in Nature Physics, were part of a theoretical study carried out by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Gottingen and the University Gottingen.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 3:35pm by Koookiecrumbles


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American Soft Power is Vanishing

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American soft power is vanishing. Foreigners are much less interested in American television, movies, pop music… America once had a tremendous hammerlock on those expensive channels of distribution, but those old analog megaphones don't matter half as much in today's network society.

The USA has become a big banana republic; in other words, it's come to behave like other countries quite normally behave. The upside is that we don't get blamed for what happens; the downside is, nothing much happens. Decay and denial. Gothic High Tech.

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Posted: January 19th, 2011
at 3:29pm by Koookiecrumbles


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