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June 29, 2009

LOTD for June 29

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:40 pm

The US expects an uptick in violence as it withdraws troops from Iraqi cities by tomorrow:
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/24/US.iraq.violence/index.html?iref=newssearch

Discovery channel has a special about putting a dome over Houston if environmental problems worsen:
http://dsc.discovery.com/tv/mega-engineering/explore/houston-dome.html

Next-generation bullet proof vests will combine cement with recycled carbon fiber materials:
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/media/press_releases/current09/bullet.htm

Minnesota company is recalling *two years* of food products because of possible salmonella contamination:
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/06/29/Company-recalls-two-years-of-food-products/UPI-46391246278941/

Study found that dolphin flippers behave like modern engineered aerofoils:
Article link

Land Warrior-equipped brigade is headed to Afghanistan:
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/06/high-tech-brigade-heads-to-afghanistan-loaded-with-gagdets/

Raytheon demonstrated a low-drag extremely small antenna solution for aircraft:
http://www.flightglobal.com/articles/2009/06/26/328932/raytheon-demonstrates-low-drag-airborne-satcom.html

Airmen helped compile the stupidest rules in the Air Force:
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2009/06/airforce_stupid_rules_062809/

DARPA wants a 19-inch supercomputer:
http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/43073

The airport screening company that just went out of business plans to sell their sensitive customer data, but at least the sale will be restricted to a company authorized by the TSA:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=government&articleId=9134882&taxonomyId=13

UK startup says that beamforming (instead of using omni antennas) can increase the data rate of cellular base stations by up to 10x while cutting electricity consumption in half. I actually showed similar throughput increase results in simulations 7+ years ago, so it is great if this technology finally gets to the market:
http://www.eetimes.eu/uk/218101337?cid=RSSfeed_eetimesEU_uk

One reason why Nokia was able to buy Nortel’s CDMA and LTE business for just $650 million is that the sale *excludes* much of Nortel’s key LTE IP. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a bankrupt company selling off its business units while excluding the key IP for those business units!
http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=178537&

Nortel’s creditors filed objections to the CDMA/LTE sale to Nokia, saying that the bidding process rules may prevent competing bids:
http://www.reuters.com/article/technologyNews/idUSTRE55P6DJ20090627

Sprint never got the BlackBerry Storm and in order to get the BlackBerry Tour the same time as Verizon, Sprint apparently promised a certain volume of sales and promised a big advertising push for the Tour. If Sprint is forced to spend a lot of money to get consumers to want to get the BlackBerry Tour and consumers realize that Verizon also has the phone, couldn’t that hurt Sprint?
http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/tradingdesk/archive/2009/06/29/expect-rim-turnaround-in-back-half-of-2009-ubs.aspx

Telecom firms back the agreement to standardize phone chargers for all data-enabled cell phones sold in Europe…it would be great to be able to use the same phone charger when we get a new phone:
http://www.reuters.com/article/GCA-GreenBusiness/idUSTRE55S1XZ20090629

If the economy forces families to cut back on spending, Americans will first cut back on their mobile data plans:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/167508/mobile_data_found_expendable_when_budget_tight.html

The “Buy American” requirement has been removed from the broadband stimulus funding:
http://telephonyonline.com/independent/news/broadband-stimulus-american-0626/?smte=wl&dsq=11868584#comment-11868584

It is great that a number of businesses are offering aid to those who lose their jobs in this economy. Kudos to Walgreens for offering free health-care services to families that suffer a job loss and have no health insurance:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/26/AR2009062605025.html?wprss=rss_business

Article questioning whether or not sealed-in batteries (the MacBook Pro is the first mainstream laptops to prevent battery swapping) is a good idea;
http://www.infoworld.com/d/hardware/are-sealed-in-laptop-batteries-good-idea-990?source=IFWNLE_nlt_daily_2009-06-29

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