Just a week ago, two passenger jets landing at West Country airports were targeted. Heathrow and Gatwick are also trouble spots. Last year there were 1,494 recorded cases in the UK, and in the summer of 2010 there were two “very serious near accidents”, where pilots of commercial flights – carrying up to 400 passengers – were forced to hand over control to their co-pilots and receive guidance from air traffic control after being temporarily blinded. Sergeant Richard Brandon of the Metropolitan Police Air Support Unit said: “This is a massive problem… I don’t think people realise the seriousness of the issue.”
Some 80 per cent of incidents occur during landing, where full concentration is required. In September last year Radu Moldovan, a Romanian strawberry-picker in Scotland, was jailed for four months for shining a laser into the cockpit of an RAF Tornado while it was conducting a complicated landing manoeuvre.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office in Conroe paid $300,000 in federal homeland security grant money and Friday it received the ShadowHawk unmanned helicopter made by Vanguard Defense Industries of Spring. […]
"The aircraft has the capability to have a number of different systems on board. Mostly, for law enforcement, we focus on what we call less lethal systems," he said, including Tazers that can send a jolt to a criminal on the ground or a gun that fires bean bags known as a "stun baton."
“You have a stun baton where you can actually engage somebody at altitude with the aircraft. A stun baton would essentially disable a suspect,” he said.
“Wellington, New Zealand - According to a statement, rats are confirmed to be the cause of a telecommunications blackout which lasted for more than four hours in New Zealand. The rats ate through cable crippling the telecommunications services infrastructure, and leaving telephone, mobile, and Internet services offline. Telecom New Zealand says the outages affected about 100,000 customers, and led to the nation’s stock exchange being closed for most of the trading day. According to the company, the rats ate through cable near Wellington, damaging a service pipeline on the North Island. Unfortunately, within hours a power company post-hole digger disabled another pipeline, causing the blackout. Telecom New Zealand is looking into bringing charges against the power company that took out their second pole, to help pay for the losses incurred by the failure.( All Headline News, June 24, 2005)”—Continuity Systems Report, via Blaine
Hackers interfered with the operation of two U.S. government satellites in 2007 and 2008, according to a report to be released next month from a congressional commission.
The hackers obtained access to the satellites through a ground station in Norway, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
A Landsat-7 earth-observation satellite, managed by NASA, experienced at least 12 minutes of interference in October 2007 and July 2008, and a Terra AM-1 satellite experienced interference for two minutes in June 2008 and again for nine minutes in October that year.
The report doesn’t indicate the nature of the interference, but notes that the hackers “achieved all steps required to command” the Terra AM-1 satellite, but never actually exercised that control.
“The eighteen-year-old soldier was a high school dropout who failed to qualify for the original position in the armed forces he’d applied for. It was suggested he try his hand at drone piloting, and according to Singer, “because of playing on video games, he was already good at it.” So good, in fact, that he was brought back from Iraq to become an instructor at a training academy.”—Soldier became ace drone pilot by training on video games | Joystiq
"The climate will allow them to just use only air for cooling the servers," said Mats Engman, chief executive of the Aurorum Science Park, which is leading the push to turn the city into a ‘Node Pole’, luring in other international computing giants. "If you take the statistics, the temperature has not been above 30C [86F] for more than 24 hours since 1961. If you take the average temperature, it’s around 2C [35.6F]."
NODE POLE. The machines live in other environments.
There is no distinction from day to day at Guantánamo for those 171 men who remain. One way the men can engage their minds and pass the time is to read. While Guantánamo has a library, it is not well stocked and has strict borrowing guidelines. One recent benefit awarded to the men has been allowing lawyers to send their clients books, which they are allowed to keep in their cells.
Reprieve has been eager to provide its clients in Guantánamo with books as this is the one small thing we can do to help improve their day-to-day lives. We ask for your assistance in buying books so we can send them to Guantánamo to let the men know they have not been forgotten.
When you swipe a card at the store today, the merchant sends a message through the Visa or Mastercard network and it arrives at your bank within a second with up to 120 fields of information included. They know your location, which terminal of a store you’re in, whether you’re in the pharmacy section of a Walmart or the register section. They know what category of transaction it is. They have a hugely rich corpus of information about every transaction and they just throw it out. All the bank cares about from a balance perspective is whether the transaction can be paid for.
This was all designed when storage was expensive and real time processing wasn’t the norm. We [BankSimple] keep all that information; storage is cheap and we do it all in real time. We correlate things with Simplegeo so we know what kind of store it is. We have really powerful search, all fast because it’s done browser side. You can say coffee last week in New York and see all the maps and all the details like how much you spent on coffee vs lunch that week. All this information makes people feel less anxious about their money.
Experts calculate that perhaps as much as 1.6 tonnes of wreckage - more than half the spacecraft’s launch mass - could ride out the destructive forces of re-entry and hit the planet. […]
"Up until now we’ve designed satellites to survive the harsh environment of space, and we haven’t given much thought to designing them for destructive re-entry," he told BBC News.
"But in future, we will have to consider whether we have got this balance right, and perhaps satellites should be designed in such a way that we can ensure more of what comes down is destroyed in the atmosphere and doesn’t hit the surface.
"Unfortunately, there is a whole legacy of spacecraft - 50 years of satellites - and we are going to have to put up with this situation for quite some time, I’m afraid."
Walker had a Tumblr called “Photos of Sara. She doesn’t know me,” which featured nothing but photos and videos of Merker. That was strange enough. Walker had a girlfriend and didn’t seem particularly interested in Merker, romantically or otherwise. But that wasn’t even the strangest part: Merker hadn’t posed for these pictures. She had never seen any of them before. In fact, she hadn’t known any of the pictures were being taken. Michael Walker had a Tumblr consisting entirely of photos and videos he had secretly taken of Sara Merker.
“After little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clock that wakes us to the air traffic control system that guides our plane in for a landing, software is shaping our world: it creates new ways of undertaking tasks, speeds up and automates existing practices, transforms social and economic relations, and offers new forms of cultural activity, personal empowerment, and modes of play. In Code/Space, Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge examine software from a spatial perspective, analyzing the dyadic relationship of software and space. The production of space, they argue, is increasingly dependent on code, and code is written to produce space. Examples of code/space include airport check-in areas, networked offices, and cafés that are transformed into workspaces by laptops and wireless access. Kitchin and Dodge argue that software, through its ability to do work in the world, transduces space.”—Code/Space - The MIT Press