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2017
Edward Snowden has teamed up with two groups to develop a new, free app that turns smartphones into surveillance beacons for journalists seeking to secure sensitive laptops or parents seeking a more advanced baby monitor. (via Freedom.press)   Edward Snowden's journey has been remarkable, and it seems he is continuing the mission. (See my Snowden movie review)   Whether you are a journalists seeking a tool to protect sensitive electronic information from compromising physical attacks ...
(Image credit: Public Domain Pictures)   How do we get this kind of job? I’d search for extraterrestials all day!   According to a story from the New York Times, government research into unidentified flying objects didn’t end with the cancelation of Project Blue Book back in 1970. The Times stumbled onto the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification” program while perusing the Defense Department’s $600-billion annual budget, which the Time’s quoted a ...
CDC’s Roybal campus in Atlanta, Georgia. (Image credit: James Gathany via Wikipedia)   Not to be confused with George Carlin’s “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television,” the CDC were supposedly given their own seven-word/phrase list from the Trump administration the agency couldn’t cite on official documents according to the Washington Post. Those words and phrases were listed in the documentation for next year’s budget and included- vulnerable, enti ...
  In a 3-2 vote last week, the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules enacted in 2015 to keep big telecoms from capping internet usage, throttling bandwidth and charging more for services such a streaming media. Most tech companies and the public, in general, were against the repeal, and the ruling left a bad taste in the mouths of some but seen as an opportunity by others such as Vice and Motherboard, who have decided to build their own community-driven internet network.   Vice Medi ...
Thirteen of those climate scientists are from the US, where budget cuts have stifled projects after the US pulled out of the Paris Global Warming Accords. (Image credit: Joint Chiefs of Staff)   It’s no secret that the Trump administration doesn’t believe in global warming, or rather they believe it’s happening naturally and not manmade even though they released a report in November stating otherwise. We’ve also pulled out of the Paris Global Warming Accords and the ...
Hey, there! Guess how I was taken by the embedded train loaded with MCUs, FPGAs, COBs, PCBs, crosstalk, EMI, plants and birds and rocks and things? My grandpa had an electronics store ... No, It was by chance! For me, until 2010 when I got into the university, electronics were TVs, PCs, Blenders and so on, not capacitors, resistors, transistors. The things inside those electronics were delivered by the storks, they were there by magic, I only had a vague question: Where are these stuff from? ...
  We’re down to the wire now. The repeal of “net neutrality” is imminent, which the FCC will vote on this Thursday (December 14) and is expected to pass. That being said, there’s been a tremendous outcry of those who want to keep net neutrality rules in place, with some of the most significant voices coming from those in the tech industry. The Pioneers of the Internet- a conglomerate of tech business executives that include Mitchell Baker (Mozilla), John Borthwick (B ...
(Source: Girl Scouts)   The Girl Scouts (GSUSA) pride themselves on being able to accomplish anything through learning and instruction. Like the Boy Scouts, these young ladies gain merit badges and awards for performing or being proficient in specific tasks, such as first aid, community service and even philanthropy (among a host of others). They can now add the STEM fields to that ever-growing badge list, through the organization’s first computer science program and Cyber Challenge f ...