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World's Northernmost Town Gets Nightlights 144

Posted by samzenpus
from the goodbye-darkness-my-old-friend dept.
Velcroman1 writes "On October 26, 2,000 Norwegians watched the sun set. The next time they'll see it rise? Sometime in February. Extended nighttime is an annual occurrence for the residents of Longyearbyen, Norway — Earth's northernmost town. Located at 78 degrees north latitude in the Arctic circle, Longyearbyen experiences a phenomenon called Polar Night, in which the town remains in perpetual darkness for four months each winter. To lighten up the seemingly endless night, Philips has started an experiment called 'Wake Up the Town.' And anyone who's complained about the brief daylight hours in winter will want to know how it works."
Encryption

+ - Insurgents Hack U.S. Drones->

Submitted by ecklesweb
ecklesweb (713901) writes "Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they need to evade or monitor U.S. military operations.

Senior defense and intelligence officials said Iranian-backed insurgents intercepted the video feeds by taking advantage of an unprotected communications link in some of the remotely flown planes' systems. Shiite fighters in Iraq used software programs such as SkyGrabber — available for as little as $25.95 on the Internet — to regularly capture drone video feeds, according to a person familiar with reports on the matter."

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Comment: rule based DSS (Score 1) 342

by ecklesweb (#28628661) Attached to: What Would You Want In a Large-Scale Monitoring System?

Don't assume that you can successfully diagnose the problem based on your understanding of the indicators. You don't know my institutional context. Instead, give me a decision support system that I can use by adding rules that key off the monitored indicators and inject some of our own expertise into the diagnostic process.

Comment: $3,000,000 mint juleps at next year's derby (Score 4, Funny) 364

by ecklesweb (#23898037) Attached to: Water Ice On Mars

In other news, NASA announced today that a manned mission to Mars is planned to retreive the newly found ice in time for the 2012 Kentucky Derby. NASA plans to upstage Woodford Reserve's famous $1000 Mint Julep at the race with its own $3,000,000 version of the traditional cocktail. While plans are still being firmed up, the beverage will reportedly come in a limited edition collector's glass.

Government

+ - BIONIC legs assist US Marine to walk again

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Like2Byte writes "There's an interesting story on CNN where a US Marine that lost both his legs in Iraq is now able to walk again by implementing BLUETOOTH technology to coordinate his leg's movement. The article explains how the two legs communicate to keep the man in motion. An except from the article: "...Computer chips in each leg send signals to motors in the artificial joints so the knees and ankles move in a coordinated fashion. Bleill's set of prosthetics [legs] have Bluetooth receivers strapped to the ankle area. The Bluetooth device on each leg tells the other leg what it's doing, how it's moving, whether walking, standing or climbing steps, for example.""

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