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November 12, 2008

LOTD for November 12

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 4:55 pm

British Royal Navy repelled a Somali pirate attack, killing two pirates. The pirates surrendered when the Royal Marines boarded their ship:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article5141745.ece

Portable nuclear reactor could power 20,000 homes:
Article link

Blind NASA engineer led a US team to receive data for a Soyuz spacecraft just days after Russia asked for assistance:
Article link

It appears that the Department of Homeland Security’s program to use UAV-based anti-missile systems to defend commercial aircraft will be canceled because tests have shown that the problem is more complicated and costly than anticipated:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7053

The US lost a nuclear weapon in 1968 that still hasn’t been found (at least by the US or our allies):
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7054

Malmstrom Air Force Base failed its nuclear safety inspection:
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2008/11/airforce_nuclearinspection_failure_101108w/

Iran test fired a new missile near the Iraq border. Speculation over whether or not Israel will bomb Iranian nuclear facilities before Obama is in office has increased tensions in the area:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/11/iran-test-fires.html

Homeland Security will track fertilizer buyers because agricultural fertilizers can be used to make bombs:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/11/homeland-securi.html

New near-perfect absorber captures nearly all of the sunlight that hits it, potentially leading to a new generation of high-efficiency, cost-effective solar power:
http://rfdesign.com/military_defense_electronics/news/near_perfect_absorber_1112/index.html

New solar energy material is the first to be able to simultaneously absorb all the colors of the rainbow:
http://rfdesign.com/military_defense_electronics/news/new_solar_material_1112/index.html

New electronic sensor can potentially detect and categorize smells better than human or dogs:
http://rfdesign.com/military_defense_electronics/news/lead-story/electronic_sensor_outsniffs_1112/index.html

Elbit just bought Innovative Concepts from Herley Industries for $15 mil in cash…companies with cash to spend can probably get some pretty good deals right now in acquisitions:
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/Elbit-Systems-America-LLC-Completes/story.aspx?guid={04FABE3D-CD1F-4D7F-B226-8367A55E2055}

Microsoft really wants to outbid Google to be the default search engine on Verizon…offering about $600 mil over 5 years, about 2x Google’s offer. The Windows Mobile deal with Verizon would bring the total deal between Microsoft and Verizon to more than $1 billion:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122644861032019047.html

Pres.-elect Obama wants to “put his own stamp” on the FCC:
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6613719.html

Anti-virus developer says that the G1 phone might not need anti-virus software:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/11/07/Android_may_not_need_antivirus_software_1.html?source=NLC-MOBILEHARDWARE&cgd=2008-11-12

The estimated bill of materials for the G1 phone is $143.89. The first 8GB iPhone had an estimated BOM of $264.85:
Article link

Nokia’s new E63 smartphone will cost just $250 *before* any subsidies! That is about half the unsubsidized price of other smartphones with similar features!
Infoworld article

Google is launching Google Flu Trends to give early warning for flu outbreaks:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/uniontrib/20081112/news_1n12flu.html

Man in Florida was arrested when he tried to steal communion wafers during a church service. 6 or 7 church members held him down until police could come!
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27667151/

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