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  • China will have the world's most powerful naval gun ready for war by 2025

    06/21/2018 3:42:48 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 17 replies
    CNBC ^ | 6/21/2018 | Amanda Macias
    China is currently testing the world's most powerful naval gun and people with direct knowledge of a U.S. intelligence report say it will be ready for war by 2025. Railguns use electromagnetic energy instead of gunpowder to propel rounds, and China's is capable of striking a target 124 miles away at speeds of up to 1.6 miles per second, according to the report. For perspective, a shot fired from Washington, D.C., could reach Philadelphia in under 90 seconds. Railguns have long appeared on Russian, Iranian and U.S. military wish lists as cost-effective weapons that give navies the might of a...
  • A Weapon Far More Important Than The AR-15

    06/08/2018 10:54:18 AM PDT · by davikkm · 11 replies
    IWB ^ | Daniel Carter
    echnology continues to advance at an unprecedented rate, and the technology of weaponry is no different. The science fiction of ten or twenty years ago is now becoming a reality. Killer robots are on the rise. And no, I’m not joking (as you will see below). There has been a loud debate in recent months over citizens’ rights to own AR-15s. Gun rights advocates are strongly in favor of citizens having the right to own AR-15s and so am I. The government-backed anti-gun groups are against this right for obvious reasons. However, to compensate for rapidly evolving technology, citizens will...
  • Google exec explains why tech firms aren't just looking for coders anymore

    06/07/2018 11:50:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 7, 2018 | Ryan Brown
    Some people looking to secure a career in the technology sector might fear they are at a disadvantage if they lack technical skills like programming. But according to the head of Google's co-working campus in London, technical skills are not a prerequisite. "When I first came into tech, I was like, 'Isn't that just coders?'" Sarah Drinkwater told CNBC in an interview this week. "And that perception is just not true. When I look at a great company, they've got an amazing business development person, they've got marketers, they've got sales people, they've got technical people — great companies need...
  • Rise of the McRobots

    06/06/2018 2:50:08 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 20 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 6 June 2018 | Jim Treacher
    Everybody has the right to a living wage. It's the responsibility of employers to pay their workers enough to live on comfortably, no matter what sort of work they do. No matter what it costs. No matter how much or how little value an individual employee provides. A job is a human right, and if you pay your employees anything less than a designated amount -- an amount that is not, and will never be, designated by you -- then you're a fascist and you'll be shamed and slandered and picketed until you comply. F*** your laws of economics, you...
  • Signs of sophisticated cell-phone spying found near White House

    06/01/2018 2:07:39 PM PDT · by Innovative · 40 replies
    Mercury News ^ | June 1, 2018 | Craig Timberg | Washington Post
    A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, according to a letter from DHS to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, on May 22. The letter didn’t specify what entity operated the devices and left open the possibility that there could be alternative explanations for the suspicious cellular signals collected by the federal testing program last year. The...
  • Elon Musk Needs to Dial Down on His Galactic Ambitions

    05/19/2018 7:47:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 19, 2018 | Nicholas Waddy
    During his sunset years, the great American inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Edison invested a great deal of time and energy in a project that he felt sure would be not just profitable, but essential for U.S. national security. Along with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, in the 1920s and 30s he sponsored botanical research into finding an alternative source of rubber. His reasoning was simple: at the time, rubber came from Europe's colonies in Africa and Asia, and from countries in Latin America. It was therefore possible that, in a major war, the U.S. could be cut off from foreign...
  • Dear iPhone—It Was Just Physical, and Now It’s Over

    05/16/2018 4:44:46 PM PDT · by ptsal · 10 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 11-May-2018 | Katie Reid
    s a kid, I’d sometimes try to imagine what life would be like without a particular sense or part of my body, like with questions from the Would You Rather? game. Would you rather be deaf or blind? Would you rather have no legs or no arms? I’d try to erase the sound of my mom’s piano playing, the sight of the ground growing smaller as I soared on the tree swing in my backyard, or the feeling of playing basketball so hard my lungs might explode, but I just couldn’t. How could life go on without these sensations that...
  • Dow Jones Futures Rise On Trump China Tweets; Keep Eye On This Tech Group

    05/13/2018 5:36:56 PM PDT · by John W · 7 replies
    Investor’s Business Daily ^ | May 13, 2018 | Ed Carson
    Dow Jones futures today rose modestly vs. fair value, along with S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq futures. President Donald Trump tweeted that it "will all work out" on U.S.-China trade. He also tweeted that he wants to help China's ZTE "get back into business, less than a month after the U.S. banned domestic companies from selling components to the telecom gear giant. That could be good news for U.S. optical stocks such as Oclaro, Finisar, Acacia Communications and Lumentum Holdings which also is an Apple iPhone supplier.
  • Cloning horror: Human clone fears as Euro scientists CREATE LIFE from ‘nothing’

    05/03/2018 6:35:45 AM PDT · by plain talk · 61 replies
    Express ^ | May 3, 2018 | Carly Read
    The experimental research combined two types of stem cells and created a viable embryo – which the team say would provide an unlimited stock for medical research. The created embryos would also be used for medical treatment testing and help shed light on one of the biggest infertility enigmas - why embryos fail to implant in the womb. However critics say it is a huge step towards human cloning. The researchers believe the wonder creation could see mice being cloned in three years time, and humans two decades later.
  • 12 Hilariously Wrong Tech Predictions

    04/28/2018 4:52:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    INC ^ | 04/28/2018 | Jessica Stillman
    Is Bitcoin a greed-driven fad or will the blockchain technology that underlies it revolutionize the internet? Will artificial intelligence produce a world of ease and plenty or turn on us and kill us all? Is that jet pack you always wanted arriving any day now, or basically never?There are no shortage of people who make their livings by claiming to have answers to these questions. You should probably meet their claims with a healthy dose of skepticism.Futurists aren't all snake oil salesmen, of course, and it's sensible for both individuals and businesses to think ahead and develop contingency plans for possible future...
  • 'Adversaries' jamming Air Force gunships in Syria, Special Ops general says

    04/25/2018 11:21:05 PM PDT · by familyop · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2018 | Lucas Tomlinson
    Russian mercenaries...attacked an outpost manned by American commandos and U.S.-backed fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprising Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters...Today, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is the U.S. military's best ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria, helping to take back 90 percent of territory formerly held by ISIS. It consists of well over 50,000 Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters.
  • NASA to Discuss Demonstration of New Space Exploration Power System

    04/20/2018 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Elderberry · 17 replies
    NASA ^ | April 18, 2018
    Media are invited to attend a news conference at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland at 9:15 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 2, to discuss a recent experiment to demonstrate a new nuclear reactor power system designed for space. News conference audio and presentation slides will stream live on NASA’s website. Kilopower could provide safe, efficient and plentiful energy for future robotic and human space exploration missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. The experiment was conducted November 2017 through March 2018 at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). News conference participants include: James Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s...
  • This AI Can Automatically Animate New Flintstones Cartoons

    04/13/2018 6:49:30 PM PDT · by Ciaphas Cain · 12 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 13, 2018 | Andrew Liszewski
    The Flintstones, a cartoon about life in the Stone Age, has just surpassed The Jetsons, a cartoon about life in the distant future, when it comes to technological innovation. Researchers have successfully trained artificial intelligence to generate new clips of the prehistoric animated series based on nothing but random text descriptions of what’s happening in a scene. A team of researchers from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, trained an AI by feeding it over 25,000 three-second clips of the cartoon, which hasn’t seen any new episodes in over 50 years. Most AI experiments...
  • Shhh … Alexa might be listening

    04/12/2018 12:41:20 PM PDT · by bitt · 106 replies
    the guardian ^ | 4/11/2018 | alex hern
    Amazon has filed a patent that could allow its Echo devices to one day listen in on conversations to help with user recommendations. A handy feature or more fodder for conspiracy theories? Should you whisper around your Amazon Echo, lest it whisper back to you? That’s the future suggested by a patent recently filed by the company, which examined the possibility of eavesdropping on conversations held around its voice-activated devices in order to better suggest products or services to users. The idea seems to be to turn Alexa, the company’s virtual assistant, from a dutiful aide under the user’s command...
  • Elon Musk Worries That AI Research Will Create an 'Immortal Dictator'

    04/08/2018 6:41:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    Space.com ^ | 04/08/2018
    Imagine your least-favorite world leader. (Take as much time as you need.) Now, imagine if that person wasn't a human, but a network of millions of computers around the world. This digi-dictator has instant access to every scrap of recorded information about every person who's ever lived. It can make millions of calculations in a fraction of a second, controls the world's economy and weapons systems with godlike autonomy and — scariest of all — can never, ever die. This unkillable digital dictator, according to Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk, is one of the darker scenarios awaiting humankind's future if...
  • The tech bubble gets its (w)reckoning

    04/08/2018 11:08:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Asia Times ^ | 04/08/2018 | Spengler
    The US tech sector does a great job of exchanging photos and recipes and family photos, but it doesn’t do much for overall productivity, which is stagnant as investment goes into apps rather than plant and equipment. This is how it always happens. Late Tuesday an obscure short-seller, Citron Research, announced that Twitter was the social media platform most vulnerable to privacy regulation – and its stock plunged 12% in the course of the day. All the other tech names followed, including the whole of the FANG+ Index (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google, along with a half-dozen other big names,...
  • Novel Hydrogel-Based Solar Vapor Generator Yields Clean Drinking Water

    04/04/2018 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 28 replies
    R & D Magazine ^ | 04/03/2018 | Kenny Walter
    Finding a cheap and effective water purification process would have global implications. A research team from the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering has developed a new cost-effective and compact technology that combines gel-polymer hybrid materials to improve the purification process for drinking water. The new materials possess both hydrophilic—an attraction to water—qualities and semiconducting, or solar-absorbing properties. This enables the hydrogel to produce clean, safe drinking water from virtually any source, whether it's from the oceans or contaminated supplies. “We have essentially rewritten the entire approach to conventional solar water evaporation,” Guihua Yu, associate professor of...
  • The Pentagon Needs to Reverse Course

    04/02/2018 11:32:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2018 | Peter Roff
    A lot has been written about the Pentagon's plan to move its computing operations onto the cloud. The contract to do the work is said to be worth $1 billion in just the first year to the firm that wins the bid, and billions more after that. The contract is sole source - meaning one company would be responsible for designing and maintaining the contracted services for at least a decade and probably in virtual perpetuity - so it's no surprise rumors about the bid being rigged are flying around. There's a lot at stake for the winners and the...
  • FTC confirms it's investigating Facebook

    03/26/2018 8:18:24 AM PDT · by bitt · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/26/2018 | Harper Neidig
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday confirmed that it had opened an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices following reports that data from 50 million users landed in the hands of a political consulting firm without their consent. Tom Pahl, the acting FTC bureau chief for consumer protection, said in a statement that the agency would be investigating whether the incident constituted a violation of a 2011 agreement that Facebook signed to settle charges over other privacy concerns. “Companies who have settled previous FTC actions must also comply with FTC order provisions imposing privacy and data security requirements,” Pahl said....
  • Raytheon Technology successfully tests high-power microwave capabilities against drones

    03/23/2018 8:11:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Homeland Preparedness News ^ | 03/23/2018 | Kevin Randolph
    Raytheon Technology recently participated in a Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX) at the U.S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, in which its advanced high-power microwave and laser dune buggy engaged and destroyed 45 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).Raytheon’s high-power microwave system engaged multiple UAV swarms, downing 33 drones, two and three at a time. “The speed and low cost per engagement of directed energy is revolutionary in protecting our troops against drones,” Dr. Thomas Bussing, Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems vice president, said. “We have spent decades perfecting the high-power microwave system, which may soon give our military a significant advantage against...