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September 21, 2007

LOTD for September 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 3:24 pm

The nuclear power plant shut down after an earthquake in Japan just had a big fire break out in it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7003975.stm

Mysterious disease has been killing off China’s pig herds, and China’s slow rate of providing information about this might have been to preserve its pork and pork product exports the article states:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7003975.stm

Note: 2 people in Vietnam died after eating infected pork according to Vienamese media.

Kite-sized UAV is being used to protect endangered Hawaiian monk seals and coral reefs:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070918/ap_on_sc/debris_monitoring

MIT has been working on a strap-on exoskeleton that would give super-strength for lifting…but unfortunately it is hard to walk with it now:
http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/exoskeleton-0919.html

Boeing’s virtual border fence has a significant software glitch, homeland security is now witholding payment:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/virtual-border-.html#more

Red tape currently prevents military commanders from actually using their UAVs in Iraq:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/the-american-mi.html

New study by the Congressional Budget Office, given the current White House plan for Iraq, leads to an estimate of the Iraq military expenses reaching $2 trillion:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/is-40-billion-a.html

Homeland Security gave a sole source contract to try to use the work being done by a Russian mind control lab:
http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2007/09/mind_reading?currentPage=all

The British have a toy-sized remote-control craft that hovers above streets to film what is going on:
http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/article2452224.ece

Cool (and scary) YouTube video here shows this mini-robot in action, including how it can zoom in on a sunbather in a bikini:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/british-polices.html

Diary by a soldier in Iraq:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/09/iraq-diary-welc.html#more

Both Verizon and Vodafone will likely converge on the same 4G standard, LTE. I didn’t realize that the EV-DO folks and the HSPA folks could both migrate to LTE:
http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=134382

Google is planning a multi-terabit undersea communications cable across the Pacific Ocean for launch in 2009:
http://web20.telecomtv.com/pages/?newsid=41910&id=e9381817-0593-417a-8639-c4c53e2a2a10

Google may be planning to buy spectrum in the upcoming UK auction:
http://media.guardian.co.uk/newmedia/story/0,,2174104,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=4

New phone charger standard would allow for the same charger to work with all cell phones, plus the connectors for headsets and data cables would be standardized:
http://www.news.com/Pros-seem-to-outdo-cons-in-new-phone-charger-standard/2100-1041_3-6209247.html?part=rss&tag=2547-1_3-0-20&subj=news

Discussion about whether or not unlocking cell phones is legal:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6978110.stm

Cellular coverage is coming for NY subways…the stations will be wired for cell phone use but the subway tunnels will not:
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/20/nyregion/20cellphone.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1190390568-Em6YASgzaiH45pt9Ttf8FA&oref=slogin

16-year-old girl and her family (they live in Dallas) are suing Virgin Mobile for stealing her Flickr photos and using it in their Australian advertising campaign without her consent. The big problem is that the tag line is derogatory…and her church friends saw the ads when they were touring Australia:
http://www.postchronicle.com/news/strange/article_212104922.shtml

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