PAO Seek To Reduce Incidents Of Combat Photobombing

Officials estimate the cost of photobombing to the Army — in terms of wasted man-hours and ruined photographs — at roughly $125 annually. “This might seem like a trivial amount,” says Hutton, “but there’s no way to put an appropriate price tag on the cost to our soldiers in terms of the headaches, frustration, and bitterness they suffer as a result of photobombing incidents, not to mention the mental anguish of having a potentially amazing shot ruined by some infantryman who isn’t supporting our mission.”

via Public Affairs Officials Seek To Reduce Incidents Of Combat Photobombing | The Duffel Blog.


World Restored To Order As Season 3 Of A Game Of Thrones Starts.


The Daily Informant

World. People everywhere, are celebrating as news pours in from around the world of possible world peace. President Obama confirmed that he’ll be withdrawing the troops from Afghanistan and bringing them home just in time for the beginning of Season 3 of a Game of Thrones. He said, “This is not the time for war; this is the time for watching fictional wars between delusional people who all think they have a claim to the throne.”

Elsewhere, protesters in Egypt, who have been opposed to President Mohamed Morsi’s rule, have agreed to stop protesting saying, “There is no time to protest, I don’t want to miss a single episode, but protests will continue as soon as season 3 ends.”

Surprisingly, even North Korea has agreed to stop building nuclear weapons. Jon Un of the House Kim, the First of his Name, King of the Mongols and the Khitan…

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In Honor Of Earthday, 13 Worst Earthday Predictions

I like number 8….it has become somewhat true–in China.

Economics For Morons

Predictions made circa 1970 by the world’s brightest and smartest:

1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner

3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the…

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Drone Manufacturer, AeroVironment, cries private/public to InsideDefense

The Global Observer Joint Capabilities Technology Demonstration (JCTD) program has the goal of helping solve the capability gap in persistent ISR and communications relay for the US military and homeland security. The Global Observer JCTD is demonstrating a new stratospheric, extreme endurance UAS that can be transition for post-JCTD development, extended user evaluation, and fielding.

“can” not “will”

Perhaps if AV had exceeded expectations of the customers (and done more expectations management beforehand) they would have found a willing user.  As it is, they got paid to create new, very cutting-edge, technologies that can be used and licensed for other uses.

AV;  why don’t you ask GD about the Crusader field artillery system.

via No One Wants the Pentagon’s Gigantic Hydrogen-Powered Drone | Danger Room |

Is this really a well thought out solution? Military data on Chinese Satellites.

“That bandwidth was available only on a Chinese satellite,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Space Policy Doug Loverro told a House Armed Services Committee panel, in remarks first reported by “We recognize that there is concerns across the community on the usage of Chinese satellites to support our warfighter. And yet, we also recognize that our warfighters need support, and sometimes we must go to the only place that we can get it from.”

via Pentagon Paying China — Yes, China — To Carry Data | Danger Room |

Case-Shiller: Comp 20 House Prices increased 9.3% year-over-year in February

Data through February 2013, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices … showed average home prices increased 8.6% and 9.3% for the 10- and 20-City Composites in the 12 months ending in February 2013. The 10- and 20-City Composites rose 0.4% and 0.3% from January to February.

via Calculated Risk.

Happy 20th Birthday to the World Wide Web

These simple technologies — the humble URL, HTTP, and HTML — were developed by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in the early ’90s, but it wasn’t until they were open-sourced that the WWW actually became the web. If CERN had decided otherwise, much of what you consider to be the internet probably wouldn’t exist, including Facebook, Steam, and the humble website that you’re reading right now.

via The World Wide Web is 20 years old today | ExtremeTech.

Piezoelectric skin provides human-like sense of touch

The research team foresees the material being used for advanced touchscreens that can read fingerprints or even register the exact pressure used at different points of a signature to enhance security. The advanced tactile sensors could also help in creating prosthetic skin with a greater sense of touch for both robots and prosthetic limbs, which could in turn lead to life-like features, such as hair follicles that react more realistically.

Go, go Georgia Tech

via Piezoelectric skin provides human-like sense of touch.

Baby dies from whooping cough in Orange Co.

Officials said the family chose not to vaccinate their child. Some parents are choosing not to fully vaccinate their children because they worry there is a link between the vaccinations and autism.

Jenny McCartney et. al., you owe a personal apology to these parents.  This did NOT have to happen.

via Baby dies from whooping cough in Orange Co. |

Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream

The technology, often called a brain computer interface, was conceived to enable people with paralysis and other disabilities to interact with computers or control robotic arms, all by simply thinking about such actions. Before long, these technologies could well be in consumer electronics, too.

Could?  I’ll go ahead and be more brave than the NYT and say a definitive: Will.


via Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream –

Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes

A hormone called betatrophin was surprisingly found to cause mice producing insulin-secreting pancreatic beta cells at up to 30 times the normal rate. The new beta cells only produce insulin when called for by the body, offering the potential for the natural regulation of insulin and a great reduction in the complications associated with diabetes.

Go, go Harvard.

via Newly Discovered Hormone Could Become Wonder Drug Against Diabetes : Health & Medicine : Science World Report.

Early signs for HIV cure are ‘promising’ as Danish scientists begin test on humans

The Danish trial uses a treatment that forces the HIV virus from so-called reservoirs it forms in DNA cells, bringing the virus to the surface, according to The Telegraph.

Once the virus is exposed, the body’s natural immune system can destroy it with the help of a vaccine.

It’s a strategy known as “prime-boost.” A DNA-based vaccine made with genetically engineered HIV material is given to prime the immune system to attack the AIDS virus. Then a different vaccine, encasing the same material inside a shell made of a disabled cold virus, acts as a booster shot to strengthen that response. Neither vaccine could cause HIV.

via Early signs for HIV cure are ‘promising’ as Danish scientists begin test on humans – NY Daily News.

‘ Cooling Period That Lasts 200-250 Years’ Russian Scientists Claim

“Evidently, solar activity is on the decrease. The 11-year cycle doesn’t bring about considerable climate change – only 1-2%. The impact of the 200-year cycle is greater – up to 50%. In this respect, we could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-250 years. The period of low solar activity could start in 2030-2040 but it won’t be as pervasive as in the late 17th century”.

You mean a regular cycle of events on earth.   Tell me it isn’t so.  Humans have done all of this

via ‘We Could Be In For A Cooling Period That Lasts 200-250 Years’ Russian Scientists Claim | The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF).

Engine of the future

The OPOC two-stroke engine is a markedly different concept than the four-stroke engines fitted to most modern automobiles. While two-strokes are generally lighter, have fewer moving parts and a higher power density than comparable four-strokes, they are often not as durable and burn a lot of oil, resulting in worse emissions. EcoMotors claims to have overcome these hurdles with its new technology.

via America’s engine of the future to get ‘Made in China’ label | Fox News.

Smartphone system determines source of gunfire

Each module is “about the size of a deck of cards” and contains microphones, along with the electronics necessary to process the gunshot audio, log its time, and then relay that data to the phone via Bluetooth. The group members’ phones then communicate with one another, comparing the times at which they registered the shots, and thus determining the whereabouts of the sniper.

I would tell the mayor of Chicago to employ this but with all the gunfire there, the system might get overloaded.

via Smartphone system determines source of gunfire.

How Government Regulations Distort the Television Airwaves

If you attach rabbit ears to your TV set or install a big aerial on your roof, you can watch all the over-the-air broadcasts you want without paying anyone a thing. However, when a cable company retransmits those same broadcasts, it usually pays the broadcasters for the right to do so. Aereo, on the other hand, isn’t paying broadcasters anything to transmit the signals over the Internet.

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