Daily Archives: August 6, 2015

Video: How to Drive a Lunar Spacecraft

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Space Station’s New Experiment: Aging Whisky

Bottles of Suntory’s Hibiki and Yamazaki brand whiskies.

Associated Press

Not content with having the best whisky in the world, Suntory Holdings Ltd. plans to take its whisky out of this world and into space.

The Japanese brewing and distilling company said this week it would send a total of six samples of its whiskies and other alcoholic beverages to the International Space Station, where they will be kept for at least a year to study the effect zero gravity has on aging.

According to a spokesman at the company, the samples, which will be carried in glass flasks, will include both a 21-year-old single malt and a beverage that has just been distilled. Research has shown that whisky aged in an environment with little temperature change, convection of fluids and shaking tends to be become “mellower,” he said.

The company hopes to learn how the ultimate zero gravity environment affects the taste of their products, he added.

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Wi-Fi-enabled sniper rifle hacked to change target

We know that our new robot overlords are coming, that drones can already be rigged with guns for remote shooting, and that artificial intelligence might well decide that the world would be better off if our species were to be exterminated.

The latest computer-assisted nightmare: sniper rifles equipped with computers and Wi-Fi can be tampered with so that they fire off-target or even at a target the hacker substitutes for the intended one.

The exploit comes from security researchers Runa Sandvik and Michael Auger, who spent a year hacking a pair of $13,000 TrackingPoint self-aiming rifles and who plan to present their findings next week at the Black Hat hacker conference.

In a demo for Wired, the researchers showed how they’ve been able to exploit vulnerabilities in the rifle’s software and compromise it over its Wi-Fi connection.

As the video shows, the $13,000 computer-assisted, self-aiming, long-range sniping rifle is designed to fire only when its barrel has perfectly lined up with a target, promising accuracy even to amateur shooters.
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Fed Admits Economy Can’t Function Without Bubbles


In short, the dot-com bust was the last chance for the Fed to pivot and liberate the American economy from the corrosive financialization it had fostered. A determined policy of higher interest rates and renunciation of the Greenspan Put would have paved the way for a return to current account balance, sharply increased domestic savings, the elevation of investment over consumption, and a restoration of financial discipline in both public and private life. Needless to say, the Fed never even considered this historic opportunity. Instead, it chose to double-down on the colossal failure it had already produced, driving interest rates into the sub-basement of historic experience. This inexorably triggered the next and most destructive bubble ever. – David Stockman, The Great Deformation

Over the course of the roughly twelve and a half years from Black Monday to the beginning of the end for the dot-com bubble, the Fed effectively engineered a mania by facilitating the explosion of bank loans, GSE debt, and the shadow banking complex, which together grew from under $5 trillion in 1987 to $17 trillion by the beginning of 2000.

For evidence that this expansion was indeed the work of monetary authorities and was not funded by an increase in America’s savings, look no further than the following chart which shows an accommodative Fed and an increasingly savings averse American public:

When the Nasdaq collapsed, the Fed was given an opportunity to restore some semblance of order and discipline to a market that had learned to rely on the Greenspan put. Instead, it chose to inflate a still larger bubble and now, courtesy of Janet Yellen’s friends at the San Francisco Fed, we know precisely why.

From the San Francisco Fed

Interest Rates and House Prices: Pill or Poison? 

Wild swings in asset prices over the past 20 years and the associated boom-bust cycles have sparked considerable debate about how monetary policy might play a stabilizing role.

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Is Windows 10 Inspired By Linux?

Just a few days after the long awaited Windows 10 was launched by Microsoft,Free Software Foundation took a rather bold step by issuing an appealing statement motivating computer users across the globe to embrace Linux and say good bye to Windows 10 forever. While Microsoft prohibits people from getting involved with its core, Free Software Foundation criticises the tech firm for their draconian laws. Windows 10 Inspired By Linux, draconian laws, Windows 10, Windows 10 was launched by Microsoft, Free Software Foundation, Multiple virtual desktops, One platform for multiple devices, convergence across mobile and desktop devices, The intelligent Search bar, An array of running apps, Borderless windows, flat icons, Linux, Ubuntu 14.04, KDE 1.0 , Unity Dash, Ubuntu Software Center, GNOME

“The Free Software Foundation urges everyone to reject Windows 10 and join us in the world of free software. Like all proprietary software, Windows 10 puts those that use it under the thumb of its owner. Free software like the GNU/Linux operating system treats users as equals and gives them control over their digital lives,” reads the statement published by FSF.

While, Microsoft plans to release the first major update for Windows 10 within this month, we bring you five interesting features which seem to be inspired by Linux.

Multiple virtual desktops

Windows 10 rolls out multiple virtual desktops in its latest operating system which allows its users to segregate the running applications in different workspaces. This feature takes us back to 1998 when KDE 1.0 was released. It had a similar multiple desktops kind-of specification which made switching between the apps much easier. These are, however, known as workspaces in the Linux world.

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Georgia Sues Website for Publishing the Laws of Georgia

The Georgia legislature seems to have lost the idea of transparency in government. The Peach State is suing Carl Malamud, operator of the Public.Resource.org website, for copyright infringement. His transgression? He published the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (OCGA) and made it available to the public free of charge and without restriction.

Georgia has an agreement with Lexis-Nexis to make the annotated laws available in book form and on the Internet, but the Internet site is available only to users who agree to the “Terms and Conditions” of the website. When a user enters the site (after having been redirected from the Georgia General Assembly website) he is greeted with this notice:

Your use of this service is subject to Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions do not apply to the Statutory Text and Numbering contained in the Content of the site. However, the State of Georgia reserves the right to claim and defend the copyright in any copyrightable portions of the site. Please indicate your agreement to the Terms and Conditions by clicking “I Agree” below.

This is troubling, because Lexis-Nexis refers to the OCGA as “the essential reference you need to guide you quickly and efficiently in understanding the Georgia statutory scheme.” Furthermore, those terms and conditions do not allow the information to be copied or shared. Section 2.1 warns,

You may not copy, modify, reproduce, republish, distribute, display, or transmit for commercial, non-profit or public purposes all or any portion of this Web Site, except to the extent permitted above. You may not use or otherwise export or re-export this Web Site or any portion thereof, or the Content in violation of the export control laws and regulations of the United States of America. Any unauthorized use of this Web Site or its Content is prohibited.

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