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June 30, 2008

LOTD for June 30

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As of June 21, the new rules makes it easier for people to board planes in the US without an ID. You no longer need a whole-body pat-down and a full luggage check…now, you fill out a form and they check you out with the public databases to verify your ID. Including an interview with a behavior-detection officer, the process is supposed to take just 6 minutes!

This airless tire invention could literally be a life saver for our troops:

Could Obama keep Defense Secretary Gates if he’s elected President?

It is sad to read about how poorly run our search for Bin Laden has been. The special forces have been waiting for more than 6 months for permission from Washington. It is also sad to read about how all of the CIA’s top people are being put on Iraq and many people assigned to Bin Laden are recent trainees! The Iraq war has most of the CIA officers with field experience in the Islamic world, so the CIA resources apparently “didn’t have much to choose from” for Bin Laden:

Scooter with a fancy air gun is going to be used by our Army in other countries:

Nice explanation of the new GI Bill. My Dad was able to afford to go to college due to the GI Bill, but these benefits seem like a big upgrade over the original GI Bill:

The Taliban is once again forcing cellular networks to be shut off at night in parts of Afghanistan:

Today is the Federal Agency deadline for IP V6:

Spanish researchers have developed an acoustic cloak using metamaterials that will silence unwanted sounds. Ships might use this to avoid detection, but there are tons of commercial applications possible:

The US and European Union are about to complete an agreement tol share their private data of their citizens with each other:

Rumor is that Best Buy and Radio Shack will also sell the 3G iPhone:

Amazing that iPhone users in Canada will have to sign THREE-YEAR contracts and will NOT be able to get unlimited data plans:
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iPhone users in Canada are upset and they are petitioning Steve Jobs about this:

Amazing that 56% of people in the US who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days plan to buy a 3G iPhone! This is also probably why the smartphone market has increased by 50% since the last study:

Sprint’s stock shot upwards after Verizon’s President praised Sprint:

The first commercial 16e network in the US is running at Jackson Hole, Wyoming:

The 12-17 year old market in the US appears to be saturated, which will slow the growth for the US cellular market:
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The hands-free cell phone law has been great for the sellers of bluetooth and other devices. I know that when we drove from Vegas to San Diego were constantly reminded about the change on July 1!

AT&T is moving its headquarters from San Antonio to Dallas…adding another huge telecom presence to the DFW area:

Chips from Qualcomm and Intel are directly competing for high-end smartphone and ultralight computer market:

Looks like they are going to start enforcing the size limits on carry-ons. The airlines say that this is because of crowded overhead bins, but I think that it is no coincidence that they are doing this now that they charge for the first bag! Every carry-on bag that has to be checked in means more money for the airlines:

Microsoft stopped selling Windows XP. Customers now have to buy Vista to legally “downgrade” to XP:

This man put up his life for auction on eBay (all of his belongings, a trial for his job, and his friendships) after getting a divorce and the winning bidder paid just under $400k:

Nintendo Wii sales are going so well that Nintendo decided to not bother with adding DVD playing capabilities to the Wii, despite talking about it since its launch in November 2006:


June 28, 2008

LOTD for June 28

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 11:47 am

Amazing that this dog was unhurt when a tornado picked him up!

Only 6% of men now wear ties to go to work, and the number drops each year:

Mother checks on why her 7-month-old daughter is crying at 1am…and finds a King Snake wrapped around the baby’s leg!

To prepare for the long period of darkness, this research base in Antarctica sure stocked up on condoms!

It is sad how Naples has had no garbage collection for months! The mafia apparently made a ton from garbage collection and the politicians who are supposed to be fixing the problem are under investigation for taking bribes:

Four of the five most conservative Supreme Court judges over the past 70 years are currently on the Supreme Court:

New study found that red wine is even more effective against aging than was previously thought:

Parents who push their overweight kids to diet actually end up tripling their kid’s chances to be overweight 5 years later. A better course of action is to help their kids eat more healthily and to exercise:

Research found that people who bottled up their feelings about 9/11 actually are feeling better off now than people who talked with others about their feelings due to 9/11:

Toyota has developed a new fuel cell car that will be available in Japan this year…but will not come to the US for awhile. This is a hybrid between hydrogen and electricity:

June 27, 2008

LOTD for June 27

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:29 pm

More on the classified assessment of how global warming challenges our national security:

ESPN and the NFL have volunteered to be white space device testers for the FCC:

Verizon is putting pressure on Vodafone to sell its 45% stake in Verizon back to Verizon. Interesting that Verizon can decide not to give out any dividends as a way to make Vodafone shareholders unhappy and make them want Vodafone to sell its Verizon stake:,dwp_uuid=e8477cc4-c820-11db-b0dc-000b5df10621.html

Despite selling the most smartphones in its history in the past quarter, Palm had a huge loss–apparently Palm doesn’t make much at all on its popular Palm Centro:

Hawaii is the first state to require solar water heaters in new single-family homes:

Apple filed a patent for solar cells on portable devices:

With this device you can dance to charge your cell phone:

Even vegetarians are not safe from mad cow prions:

June 26, 2008

LOTD for June 26

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:52 pm

Acoustic time reversal could allow wireless broadband communications under the sea:
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Concern over whether or not nuclear weapons could go off like “popcorn”:
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There is a big problem with the brain drain in the Pentagon, with the biggest need for systems engineers:

The military has to spend $100 bil or more to repair its equipment that is being worn out by the current conflicts…that money has to come from somewhere and might prevent the increase in size of the military because the Pentagon didn’t plan on the long and expensive war in Iraq:

The Army announced big changes to the Future Combat Systems due to the criticism of the program, with the changes possibly making FCS even more expensive:

The main changes for FCS are to bring the near-term technology to the field as early as possible and to push back the long-term projects not as applicable to major battles are more applicable to current conflicts:

A forum member posted a comprehensive manual on how to make long-range missiles. Having this 118 MB manual on all of the militant Islamic forums is scary:
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Report states that climate change could have made flooding as big a risk to the UK as terrorism is:
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The Department of Energy announced $1.3 bil in funding for clean coal technology:

Report states that major progress in technology is needed if the US is going to be able to affordably produce 25% of its electricity and motor vehicle fuel from renewable resources:

The first offshore wind farm in the US is being built off the coast of Delaware:

UC-Riverside physicists accidentally discovered how to control electron spin:
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University of Illinois researchers say that they are close to being able to make an invisibility cloak:
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France’s President is proposing a ban on ads on state-owned public TV. Instead of allowing ads on TV, he prefers to tax ISPs, telecom operators, and commercial TV providers:

Clearwire is looking for partners to help it build its 16e networks in Europe:

Chrysler has an interesting option for their 2009 cars: you can turn them into wireless hot spots!

Concern has been raised about people surfing the web while driving:

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Beijing is going to have a city-wide WiFi that will give free access during the Olympics:

Alltel is offering a nationwide Boingo-powered WiFi service, plus $70 per month for unlimited EVDO/WiFi access:

Man in wheelchair was charged with drunken driving:

Yoga class takes place on both sides of the border in Tijuana and San Diego:

June 25, 2008

LOTD for June 25

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:45 pm

The FAA made a Google Maps mash-up that shows the location of *every* US Military Base. And a user can zoom in on any base and see satellite imagery…is this something that the military really wants available to anyone?

The US Military will spend $24 bil to arm cargo trucks, adding 2000 pounds per truck:

The Defense Intelligence Agency is worried about terrorists and enemy countries being able to attack US satellites by 2020:

A second social scientist who was embedded with the military in Iraq was killed:

The National Intelligence Council Chairman says that global warming may significantly tax US military readiness:

Florida residents believe that global warming will have dangerous impacts on their state:

The Taliban made an estimated $100 mil from opium last year:

40 million people who are 65 years or older have their social security numbers printed on their Medicare cards. Social Security officials want those numbers removed due to identity theft concerns, but Medicare officials have refused:
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Article about the push for medium and large trucks to get hybrid systems:
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A third ethanol plant has been delayed due to the high price of corn and the low price of ethonal fuel:

80-story Dubai skyscraper has been designed with revolving floors to give a constantly changing view:

This commentator *really* went off about Motorola’s latest strategy announcement:

It appears that the 3G iPhone costs just $173 to make–so, Apple is making a killing since the phones sell for $199 and AT&T is paying them a $300 subsidy (plus a $100 royalty) per phone!
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Verizon is releasing the touch-screen LG Dare to compete with the iPhone:

Here is a photo of the LG Dare:

Article about why WiMAX is having trouble catching on with top-tier operators:

Article about how GSM will eventually be replaced by WCDMA because WCDMA is cheaper to run. LTE’s spectrum variations are also discussed, which will impact LTE phone designs:

Speculation about whether or not TD-SCDMA is ready to take off in China:

Vodafone is disputing a $2 bil tax bill in India:

T-Mobile has a new home phone service that will allow customers to make unlimited nationwide calls from their home phone for $10 per month. In test markets Dallas and Seattle T-Mobile found that 97% of their customers dropped their landline phone service since they took this offer:
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Article about how H-1B Visas do not create jobs:
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United Airlines plans to layoff 950 pilots, take early retirement from 600 flight attendants, and cut flights:,united062308.article

1.4 bil people use the internet regularly this year and the number is expected to grow to 1.9 billion by 2012:
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42-year-old Atlanta woman did not have air conditioning and decided to climb inside of her freezer…and she unfortunately died:
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The Orange County Register going to outsource some copy editing and page layout work to India:
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June 24, 2008

LOTD for June 24

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 8:11 pm

H-1B opponents are challenging the Bush Administration for their extending the OPT period from 12 months to 29 months. Chen and a lot of my former students at Santa Clara used the OPT period to work in the US while they were here on student Visas, which I thought was a great option they had. I didn’t realize that it had gone from a year to 29 months for that work period…that is a big change!
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Interesting that the high-tech job market is doing very well in metropolitan areas. High-tech salaries are well above the rest of the private sector jobs now:

The University of Texas filed a lawsuit against the border fence being created by the Department of Homeland Security:
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The Supreme Court rejected the lawsuit by two environmental groups over the border fence:

2 US troops were killed and 3 were wounded by an Iraqi council member:
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Video of the stun glove that is also called the “taser glove” and allows the wearer to reach out and stun someone:

Pretty cool to read about how Northrop is creating “smart binoculars” to help soldiers see where danger is:
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DARPA is looking for a new head of their Defense Science Office. The pay isn’t bad ($172k) and the projects will be very high-risk, high-reward types of cutting-edge research projects that would seem to be more interesting than the normal government PM job:

Interesting discussion about DARPA’s hypersonic plane program and how it relies on the development of a pulse detonation engine (basically, an engine powered with explosions) to work:

Article about DARPA’s goal to have 1/3 of the Air Force be unmanned by 2010 and 1/3 of the soldiers removed from the Army’s ground vehicles by 2015:
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Internal documents reveal that the Capitol Police are unprepared to deal with an attack on the US Capitol. Nearly half of the Capitol Police members are looking for other jobs due to the morale problem:

The head of the IAEA now says that Iran could have nuclear weapons in as quickly as 6 months!

New laser oscillator can make next-generation X-rays up to 100 million times brighter!

Robot is being created with 11 joints that will be able to climb vertically in oil, gas, and water pipes:

“Voice signatures” may be used soon to enable customers to do banking and other activities with their voices being part of the security process that verifies they are who they say they are:

Delta customers can pay $128 per year for speedier security lines:

The first SIP-based WiFi camera is available, this makes remote video monitoring even easier:

Nokia is planning to buy all of Symbian and make the operating system open source so that developers can add things for free. This will put Nokia/Symbian in direct competition with Apple/iPhone and Google/Android:

Google disputed yesterdays’ report that the Android launch was being delayed:
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The weak economy has hurt the sales of cell phones:
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Frost & Sullivan report is *very* negative towards WiMAX, saying that by next year operators will figure out that 16e cannot be considered a feasible mobile broadband access technology!

It appears that Comcast for nationwide spectrum set aside for WiMAX femtocells as part of its Clearwire deal, and those femtocells are key to Comcast’s wireless strategy:

Apparently users with long fingernails have a big problem with the iPhone:

Vets want $1 mil donated to a veterans charity for disproving the Swift Boat allegations:

Amazing that the Beatles songs might be licensed to the games Guitar Hero or Rock Band before they ever show up on iTunes:

Interesting blog entry about people who suffer from empathy deficit disorder. I think that I know someone like this that we’ve seen at some parties and activities…and I feel sorry for his wife:

This 61-year-old guy who became famous for dancing at Kansas football games last year just got engaged to a 22-year-old Kansas coed. This is his 3rd marriage and they have only known each other for a little more than a month…I’ve read a follow-up article that talked about how the coed’s father is concerned about the situation and wants to set up a discussion between them and a third party to discuss the upcoming marriage:

LOTD for June 23

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:53 am

The Air Force has put out a call for metamaterial antennas, another example of defense interest in metamaterials:

For years environmental groups have been warning that global warming could make global tensions worse and possibly result in new armed conflicts. Now the US Intelligence community appears to agree with them, as they have concluded that the changing weather patterns contributes to the creation of terrorist safe havens and could lead to conflicts between countries;

South Florida has figured out to have the iPhone to control one of the military’s most popular ground robots. All that is needed is a WiFi connection!

Ousted Air Force Secretary Wynne talked about how his conflicts with Defense Secretary Gates led to his firing:

It is interesting how the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has been monitoring the webcam of a distillery in a remote Scottish location, and how they reacted when they found out:

Article about how AT&T is the biggest beneficiary of the 3G iPhone price cut…but the article fails to mention that the iPhone price cut is due to the large subsidy that AT&T is paying on the iPhone!

Looks like it costs AT&T $425 for every 3G iPhone sold–AT&T is subsidizing $325 of the price of the 3G iPhone *and* it is paying Apple a $100 royalty for each 3G iPhone sold. AT&T says that these subsidies mean that the deal will reduce earnings by 10 to 12 cents per share for the next 2 years but they hope to make a profit in 2010…but isn’t that when the customers will be finished with their contract and might be looking for another subsidized phone?

Web searches for porn by iPhone users has increased 5x in the past 6 months! A third of all iPhone users watch porn on their phones, for more than any other phone. The porn industry is now targeting iPhone users, with hundreds of porn websites created for iPhone users:

The 3G iPhone is expected to present a huge opportunity for the porn industry. I didn’t realize that in Europe customers pay $50 per month to send text messages to actresses! With the 3G iPhone termed the “porn-friendliest phone” and with its ability to show video, that market opportunity is not being ignored by the porn industry:,8599,1815933,00.html

Google’s Android platform is having some trouble and the Android phone releases are being delayed:

The FCC detailed their plans for free nationwide wireless broadband:

Portland, Riverside, Cuptertino, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, and many other cities are losing the WiFi networks they had that were provided by the struggling MetroFi:

Amazing that the Pentagon plans to spend $4 bil on robots by 2010:

Pretty weird that environmentally-conscious Canada refuses to allow electric cars on their roads:

Researchers are looking at making plane wings out of glass instead of metal, avoiding metal fatigue:

Delta Airlines is experimenting with a cell phone boarding pass:

High gas prices have resulted in a weak market for muscle cars:

It is hard for me to imagine Microsoft without Bill Gates–but everybody has to retire eventually I guess:

Amazing that the broadcast networks took in a record $9.23 bil during the upfronts, despite falling ratings and a tough economy:

Looks like the syndicated TV programs also did really well in their advertising sales. I didn’t realize that CBS controlled about half of all syndicated programming:

Amazing how Speedo’s new swimsuit has changed the swimming world:

Article about how Google/Yahoo/Microsoft/AOL should get together to buy the Associated Press:

An NBC employee updated Tim Russert’s Wikipedia page with the news of his death before Russert’s family could be notified and before NBC could release the information themselves. That employee was fired:

Man was sentenced to 6 months in jail for having sex with a metal table:

June 22, 2008

LOTD for June 22

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 10:04 am

Interesting that lead-exposed children have a MUCH higher chance of being arrested for violent crimes. Every 5-microgram increase in blood lead level at age 6 correlated with a 50% increase in violent crime later in life!

This guy was given a little gold cup from his grandfather, and he used the toy for target practice with his air gun when he was a kid. Now he’s 70-years-old and was moving so he got the cup appraised…it is worth about $1 mil!

The designer of the Pringles can was cremated and part of his ashes were buried in a Pringles can:

Thoughts of our mortality results in overeating and overspending:

This 101-year-old Florida woman got her driver’s license renewed for 3 years!

Rising food prices have resulted in increased sales of Spam:

A spell check on a high school yearbook really messed up the last names of some unfortunate high school students:

Since the TSA was formed in 2001 it has fired 200 employees accused of stealing. Apparently designer glasses in luggage are a big target for thieves:

Interesting to see this Gallup Poll about the differences between Democrats and Republicans. It is hard me me to believe that in 2008 only 41% of Republicans believe that the effects of global warming have already begun when in 1997 47% of Republicans felt that way! So, over the past 11 years, more Republicans have decided that global warming isn’t actually happening. In 1997 Democrats and Republicans actually shared the same views on global warming…but now it is a partisan issue:

Acidic water in the Pacific Ocean is threatening the Pacific Northwest’s shellfish industry and could decimate the marine life off the coast of Oregon and Washington:

Rising crude oil prices have made the forecast for the global airline industry to go from a projected profit of $4.5 bil to an estimated loss of over $6 bil at current oil prices!

June 21, 2008

LOTD for June 21

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 8:37 pm

This might be useful for Lori and many others–nasal irrigation can help fight Spring allergies, possibly being even more effective than medication:

Carlyle bought Booz Allen Hamilton for $2.54 billion. They are keeping the defense consulting group and spinning off the commercial consulting group. Some of the defense people I know are Booz Allen employees…I wonder if their e-mail addresses will change soon:

Schools around the country have changed the minimum grade for a student that fails from 0 to 50:

Indiana man drilled for oil in his backyard! He first found natural gas in his backyard that heated his home, then drilled deeper and found oil:

Restaurant owner and security guard simultaneously tased each other during a dispute! Charges were dropped against the restaurant owner:

I didn’t know that 20% of marriages today are between first cousins. Interesting factoid that the risk of birth defects by first cousin couples is far lower than the risk of birth defects by women over 40:

This grosses me out for some reason. New York researchers created the world’s first genetically engineered human embryo. They made the embryos glow fluorescently:

Research found that reading aloud to young children, especially before bedtime, stimulates all aspects of their development–motor skills, memory, emotional and social development:,,2279621,00.html

FAO Schwarz is opening 75 full size toy stores and 200 small toy stores inside of Macy’s:

This blogger points out the flaw in the study that concluded that raising cigarette prices makes smokers happier:

A big explosion in China destroyed 20 fireworks warehouses and could lead to fireworks shortages for July 4:

June 20, 2008

LOTD for June 20

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 5:02 pm

Great job by the military to get their bases in Iraq to generate electricity from trash! This reduces the need for convoys to deliver fuel (those convoys are targets) and the 30x reduction in garbage reduces the need for garbage trucks (who are also targets) to be used:

The Pentagon’s budget includes $34 billion for classified programs:

Video of robotic arms folding a tiny origami bird:

The rise in ocean temperature and sea level (between 1961 and 2003) is actually 50% higher than was estimated last year:
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Google’s $20 mil moon rover prize has spurred a lot of teams to work on the project:

Cupertino man who was born in China was the first person convicted in violation of the Economic Espionage Act of 1996:

Sprint says that the Clearwire WiMAX network will benefit public safety:

Israel’s training exercise seems to be a rehearsal for bombing the Iran’s nuclear facility and their public display of the exercise seems to be intended to attract as much attention as possible:

Sacramento is considering a tax on text messaging:

Looks like a lot of senior people are bailing on Yahoo since their talks with Microsoft ended:

Wi-LAN just added Motorola, RIM, and UTStarCom to the list of companies that it is suing for patent infringement:

Businesses aren’t convinced they should be moving from the Blackberry to the iPhone:

Alcatel-Lucent’s CEO had boos and catcalls from the audience at their annual meeting:
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By the end of this year the Internet is expected to pass TV as the biggest advertising medium:

GM announces a $5 mil program at Carnegie Mellon to work on autonomous cars:

The CDC raised the number of salmonella cases due to tomatoes to 383, with the total continuing to grow:

Italy’s highest court says that Italy’s Military Police cannot have extra-marital affairs because that would sully the Carabinieri’s name:

This 12-year-old Canadian girl took her Dad to court about her Dad grounding her and the court sided with the girl, calling the grounding an excessive punishment! Why is a court actually ruling on a case like this? And this 12-year-old is posting photos of herself on dating sites, so I don’t really think the court should be trusting her judgement!

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