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Technology

+ - Time may fly erratically, come September-> 1

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ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u writes "Field trials for the elimination of the time error correction (the intentional increase or decrease of the 60 Hz frequency many household clocks rely upon to keep time in order to compensate for load-driven variations) applied to the nation's electricity grid are tentatively scheduled to begin in September:

While it is intuitively obvious that any frequency offset that moves target frequency away from the reference point to which all other frequency sensitive devices (such as relays) have been indexed will have a potential impact on those devices' performance, the industry has by and large regarded Time Error Corrections as harmless and necessary as part of the service it provides to its customers. However, in light of this data, NERC's stakeholders are now questioning whether or not the intentional movement closer to (or in some cases, further away from) the trigger settings of frequency-based protection devices as is evidenced during Time Error Correction events is appropriate.

Accordingly, NERC is planning a Field Trial during which the practice of doing Time Error Corrections will be suspended. What will this affect? We don't think it will have much affect at all, but just to be safe, we are reaching out to various industries to get their thoughts on this. Those industries include appliance manufacturers, software companies, chemical manufacturers, companies that make automation equipment, computer manufacturers, and many others.

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Government

+ - Help the Air Force 'Aim High'->

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ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u writes "Help your country! The Air Force needs software to exponentially increase the amount of time they can waste on-line! From an Air Force solicitation: Software will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent. Individual applications will enable an operator to exercise a number of different online persons from the same workstation and without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries. Personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user's situational awareness by displaying real-time local information."
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Technology

+ - GFI Software Enhances its Security Product Offerin-> 1

Submitted by ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "I got the prerequisite email, and here is the scoop: Sunbelt has been "acquired". Does this mean the transformation of the rather lean Vipre antivirus into bloatware, and the eventual stratospheric repricing of one of the few cost-effective solutions that will run on Microsoft's server platforms? I hope not..."
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The Internet

+ - The saga of net neutrality continues....->

Submitted by ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "Our Cash'n'Carry Congress is attempting to force the FCC to permit Comcast et al to "shape" traffic as they see fit...needless to say, the members who are petitioning the FCC are fiscal favorites of the big ISPs. To quote the source:

Seventy-four members of Congress have just signed an industry-drafted letter urging the FCC to abandon efforts to protect Net Neutrality and promote universal broadband access. By signing this letter, these members have sold you out to Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

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Microsoft

+ - M$oft strikes...

Submitted by ibsteve2u
ibsteve2u (1184603) writes "I see this on my my.live.com homepage today:

Thank you for using My.live.com. On March 15, 2010, My.live.com will be discontinued and all users redirected to My MSN. Please note that your settings, feeds and gadgets will not be migrated to MyMSN. To make MyMSN your homepage today, click here.

Fat chance. Were it not for certain of my software's dependency upon Microsoft...a situation I will now have to investigate correcting; unbridled arrogance irks me."

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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