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September 17, 2008

LOTD for September 17

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 5:36 pm

The US embassy in Yemen was attacked–at least 16 people died:
http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1841777,00.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/world/20080917-0943-ml-yemen-usembassy.html

Funny how yesterday morning McCain said that the economy was “strong” and a few hours later his campaign had changed the term to “total crisis”. I think that Gore’s “invented the Internet” claim was worse than the McCain campaign’s “created the Blackberry” claim…but it had to be embarrassing!
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20080917/news_1n17campaign.html

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/16/AR2008091603226.html

The Air Force plans to use a lot of Micro Air Vehicles (tiny UAVs that look like birds or insects). They hope to get the MAVs to be bird-sized in the field by 2015 and bug-sized by 2030:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-robo-bug_bdsep14,0,7757745.story

DARPA is funding work that is trying to get UAVs to be able to operate continuously for 5 years. Storing the solar energy is just one of the problems that has to be overcome in order to stay in the air for 5 years:
http://www.defensenews.com/story.php?i=3711816&c=FEA&s=TEC

NY is the first state to get the enhanced driver’s licenses. They cost a lot more than regular licenses ($80 vs. $30 for a regular driver’s license), but they allow people to go to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean without needing a passport. However, I’d rather just get a passport than pay $50 more for the driver’s license!
http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/441142.html

I remember when I was trying to get the Engineering part of Santa Clara University covered with WiFi in 1998…people thought of me as a radical! Even when I got companies to offer to donate the equipment, it took SCU about 2 years to agree to let us put up WiFi. Now, it is amazing to read that 99% of US Universities will have WiFi coverage by 2013! Interesting that Universities are the biggest early adopters of 802.11n:
http://mobiledevdesign.com/standards_regulations/higher_education_market_0812/

Rumor is that Verizon will start offering service without a contract starting on Sunday:
http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2008/09/16/vzw-going-contract-free/

Best Buy is buying Napster for $121 mil. This company used to be named Roxio, but it bought the Napster name:
http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-napster16-2008sep16,0,6058005.story

Interesting how after the AIG bailout the US government is basically the biggest sponsor of pro soccer team Manchester United ($50 mil over the next 2 years):
http://thebiglead.com/?p=7709#more-7709

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