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+ - US intelligence unit launches $50k speech recognition competition->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "The $50,000 challenge comes from researchers at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The completion, known as Automatic Speech recognition in Reverberant Environments (ASpIRE), hopes to get the industry, universities or other researchers to build automatic speech recognition technology that can handle a variety of acoustic environments and recording scenarios on natural conversational speech."
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+ - US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins ->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Marshals office this week said it would auction off almost 50,000 or about $20 million worth of alleged Silk Road creator Robert Ulbricht’s Bitcoins. The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US Marshall’s office stated. In June a more than $17 million in Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road take-down was auctioned off."
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+ - DARPA looking to drop "volleys" of small drones from larger aircraft->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "Could a small pack of drones be launched from he underside of a B-52 to swarm a target or gather intelligence? That in part is what researchers at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are looking to explore. The agency recently put out a Request For Information to explore the feasibility and value of launching and recovering volleys of small unmanned aircraft from one or more existing large airplanes – think B-52, B-1, C-130."
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+ - TSA has seized an outrageous 1,850 guns on travelers so far in 2014-> 1

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coondoggie (973519) writes "f you need a measure of the daily security pressure your local airport’s Transportation Security Administration personnel are under you need look no further than the fact that its agents have discovered more than 1,850 firearms, 1,471 of which were armed by the way, so far this year. And it is the third year in a row the number has gone up – from about 1,500 in 2012."
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+ - Guinness Record: Amplifier operates at a speed of one trillion cycles/sec->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "DARPA said today that a solid-state amplifier developed under its Terahertz Electronics program was recognized by Guinness World Records as the fastest ever recorded — one terahertz (1012 GHz), or one trillion cycles per second—150 billion cycles faster than the existing world record of 850 gigahertz set in 2012."
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+ - Quick look: The 76 year-old "War of the World" broadcast rumpus->

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coondoggie (973519) writes "One of the country’s biggest overreactions occurred 76 years ago this week when on Oct. 30, 1938 a radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds was mistaken for an actual Mars invasion.

According to many, the radio broadcast read by actor Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre on the Air repertory group, fooled millions of Americans into thinking the world was pretty much going to end that night. The truth about how many citizens actually felt the Martians were invading is up for debate."

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