Thursday, October 20, 2011

Video: Quantum Levitation

Very cool video.  Science at work!!

Tel-Aviv University demos quantum superconductors locked in a magnetic field ( For an explanation of the physics behind this demonstration, visit

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Computer Virus infects Drone Plane Command Center in US

A Predator drone spyplane-bomber
A Predator drone spyplane-bomber. A computer virus has infected computers used by pilots who fly US drones remotely from Creech air force base in Nevada. Illustration: Rex Features

A computer virus that captures the strokes on a keyboard has infected networks used by pilots who control US air force drones flown on the front line, according to a report.
Wired magazine reported that the spyware has resisted efforts to remove it from computers in the cockpits at Creech air force base in Nevada, where pilots remotely fly Predator and Reaper drones in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The story said there were no confirmed reports that classified data had been stolen and that the virus did not stop pilots from flying missions. Network security specialists were uncertain whether the virus was part of a directed attack or accidentally infected the networks, the story said.

The air force said in a statement that it did not discuss threats to its computer networks because it could help hackers refine their tactics.

"We keep wiping it off, and it keeps coming back," Wired quoted a source as saying. "We think it's benign. But we just don't know."

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Apple's SIRI: Serious AI & the Soldier's Servant

Artificial intelligence and associated devices are being built.  Below is a link to a detailed article; here is an excerpt.  Some amazing -- and almost scary -- stuff!

 Apple, artificial intelligence, Stanford Research, SIRI, DARPA, and technology that literally translates to, “Soldier’s Servant;”  It’s in your pocket, pinging your location, and learning more about you minute by minute.  It is designed to learn from your actions and begin making its own decisions.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs passes away...

Steven Paul Jobs, co-founder, chairman and former chief executive of Apple Inc., has passed away.

A visionary inventor and entrepreneur, it would be impossible to overstate Steve Jobs’ impact on technology and how we use it. Apple’s mercurial, mysterious leader did more than reshape his entire industry: he completely changed how we interact with technology. He made gadgets easy to use, gorgeous to behold and essential to own. He made things we absolutely wanted, long before we even knew we wanted them. Jobs’ utter dedication to how people think, touch, feel and interact with machines dictated even the smallest detail of the computers Apple built and the software it wrote.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Amazon Tablet: Kindle Fire

Some quick notes on the new COLOR Kindle Fire.

  • Not 3G yet...
  • But a good-looking tablet!  
  • At a great price!

Some other details:
  • 14.6 ounces
  • 7-inch screen
  • dual core
  • No 3G -- but Wi-Fi
  • New browser "Silk"
  • Some tech folks feel that the platform is a bit outdated (older version of Android)
  • No Memory Card / SD slot
  • USB slot -- yes.