sterlingda writes: As if our country isn't already galloping toward tyranny, now The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agencyââs computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a âÅ"controversial opinion,âÂ according to an internal email obtained by CBS News. The new rules came into force on July 1, and prevent TSA employees from accessing such content, though what is deemed âÅ"controversial opinionâÂ is not explained.
sterlingda writes: The associated press reports that Austin police arrested Omar Ramos-Lopez, 20, on Wednesday, charging him with felony breach of computer security. Ramos-Lopez used a former colleague's password to deactivate starters and set off car horns, police said. Several car owners said they had to call tow trucks and were left stranded at work or home. "He caused these customers, now victims, to miss work," Austin police spokeswoman Veneza Aguinaga said. "They didn't get paid. They had to get tow trucks. They didn't know what was going on with their vehicles."
sterlingda writes: Yesterday, Slashdot ran a story with the title "The Future of Wind Power May Be Underground". Also published yesterday was a story about the MYT(tm) Engine (Massive Yet Tiny, by Angel Labs LLC), which also has application as a pump or compressor. The company says the engine as a pump/compressor is able to combine all three key elements of pumping/compressing — pressure, volume, and flow — into one device, making it the ideal candidate for applications like pumping and retrieving pressurized air from wind turbines into underground chambers, making the storage cycle much more efficient and cost effective. Yesterday's article was about applying the MYT engine technology to geothermal energy harvesting. On May 15, 2010, Angel Labs will be demonstrating its engine to the Oregon Section of the Society of Automotive Engineers. The MYT (Massive Yet Tiny) Engine by inventor Raphial Morgado, is an award-winning internal combustion engine of new design that features multiple firings in one cycle, producing enormous torque in a small area. They claim 40 times higher power to weight ratio, low parts count, low maintenance, high mechanical efficiency, and low pollution.
sterlingda writes: Wired writer, Ryan Singel says the biggest threat to the open internet is not Chinese government hackers or greedy anti-net-neutrality ISPs, it’s Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence. And Infowars.com points to the cybersecurity bill (HR 4061) that has passed the U.S. House and is now in the Senate under the direction of the renown internet hater, senator Jay Rockefeller. It would pave the way for requiring that websites be registered with the Federal Government in order to operate, essentially obliterating the free speech pillar of freedom that allows for dissent. The software standardization provision (section 3.1) would require that all software would have to go through the cybersecurity panel, with oversight by NIST, which cooked the books in its report blaming fire as the cause of Building 7 of the WTC collapsing at free-fall speed on 9/11, defying the laws of physics they are supposed to champion. Watch Alex Jones and Jason Bermas discuss the various draconian aspects of the bill, reading from it and commenting [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3]. I can't imagine any slashdotter supporting this bill if they knew its contents. How did it pass the house with such a strong margin? With your help, maybe we can stop it in the Senate.
sterlingda writes: Bruce Marshall has filed a patent for a hydrothermal system that would harness the vast energy available from deep sea hydrothermal vents in which water seeps into near-surface magma, where it is continuously heated and ejected through vents at around 750 degrees Fahrenheit. The hot water and minerals would be brought to the surface to turn turbines. The vent output is very consistent and energy dense and at very high volumes. This is a brand new, previously untouched, energy source — a discovery on the scale of man's harnessing nuclear power, but cleaner and potentially cheaper. National Geographic estimates the power of just the known worldwide vents at around 17 million megawatts, with thousands of miles of ocean still unexplored. It's difficult to estimate the quality and number of vents that are convenient enough to be practical, but Marshall believes that several thousand gigawatts of power are recoverable worldwide-- the equivalent of perhaps 1,000 or more nuclear power plants. Also, as the hydrothermal fluid rises it carries with it some of the richest ores to be found anywhere, laden with just about every metal and mineral that we mine the surface for now. Anyone have a few spare billion to help build the pilot plant?
sterlingda writes: Jack Passerello, who was involved with the invention of the first computer chip, proposes that the fractal antenna technology that is used in cell phones could be engineered to capture naturally-occurring electromagnetic waves and convert them into usable power. An engineering breakthrough would be needed, along with a multi-discipline cooperative approac, to get sufficienty coherence from the wide array of miniscule power inputs.
sterlingda writes: Mr. Ohmasa, president of Japan Techno, Inc., has devised a method of producing an unusual hydrogen-oxygen gas by using low frequency vibrations to circulate the water upon which electrolysis is run, creating a highly stable H2-O2 gas called Ohmasa gas which exhibits unusual characteristics. Also, while oxygen normally liquifies at -183 C, and hydrogen liquiefies at -253 C, Ohmasa gas liquefies at -178 C. Also, the Ohmasa gas does not escape from containers that hold oxygen but not normal hydrogen; it holds its pressure in the container, making storage and shipment feasible. Similar to Brown's Gas, one can wave their hand through the Ohmasa gas torch flame, yet that same flame will vaporize Tungsten in a second. When Ohmasa gas is burned, its emission is water vapor. Hence, with this new method, water could conceivably become the energy carrier of choice for energy produced from renewable sources such as solar and wind. Some modifications would likely need to be made to existing engines for it to work well with them, and it would require new tanks (gaseous rather than liquid), and new dispensing orifices.
sterlingda writes: "Scientists working on behalf of NASA built a device to simulate variable levels of gravity. It consists of a superconducting magnet that generates a field powerful enough to levitate the water inside living animals. Experiments are being run to test how they respond to microgravity, both physically and psychologically."
sterlingda writes: "Begun officially on August 4, 1977 during the Carter administration, now with 16,000 employees, 100,000 contract employees and an annual budget of over $24 billion, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) was created to reduce America's dependence on foreign oil; develop energy efficient technologies; strengthen America's energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality; and...bring clean, reliable and affordable energy technologies to the marketplace. Three decades later, how has this well-funded federal department done? PES Network has posted a Poll, the results of which so far give an overwhelmingly negative assessment of the DOE's performance. What's your take? Has it become a matter of the foxes guarding the henhouse? (Regarding the response option: "Our NEC is going a better job", the "NEC" refers to the New Energy Congress, a relatively small group that specializes in finding and facilitating the best clean energy technologies."
sterlingda writes: "Isn't it about time we achieved the Jetson-like capability of personal flight via a jetpack type of apparatus? Raphial Morgado, inventor of the NASA-award-winning Massive Yet Tiny (MYT) engine, is setting forth to devise just such a flight pack, named after his company: Angel Labs, LLC. He says his systems will be comprised of two 3.5-inch diameter engines, one for backup, that would power a counter-rotating turbofan engine. "It would be practical and safe, with redundancy built in." But this is just his hobby. His primary objective is to go into production of a MYT engine that could be retrofit into existing cars, claiming that the energy density of his engine is so high that the engine size needed to retrofit an SUV would be a little larger than an alternator — tiny in comparison — even while having essentially the same cubic inch cylinder displacement. The resulting vehicle would have better performance, while achieving the mileage of a Prius."
sterlingda writes: "Fulton Innovation's eCoupled technology(TM) has added Energizer to their list of partners that also include Motorola, and Texas Instruments, with a promise of wireless power products arriving on the market in 2009. eCoupled technology enables one power transmission device to cover the range of power needs from milliwatts to kilowatts — simultaneously — by dynamically adapting as it seeks resonance at high frequencies. They can power directly or charge devices. Until some distance can be achieved, the eCoupled approach merely eliminates the "plug in" step. It doesn't eliminate the constraints of distance to the recharge console. However, it does render a one-size-fits-all aspect for all portable devices. No doubt, it's a fun baby step toward a wireless power future. Those first few steps can be the most enjoyable. No doubt, there will yet be astonishing leaps in the future, including the ability to not be constrained by distance — something Nikola Tesla was working on a century ago. Someday we might catch up to him."
sterlingda writes: "Is it possible to build a device in which the forward motion (e.g. on a treadmill) turns a wheel that turns a propeller which provides enough wind propulsion to accelerate the device forward? Some investigators appear to have accomplished just this. One, who goes by "spork33" on his YouTube account, is convinced that existing laws of aerodynamics can explain this phenomena, and he is in process of composing a scientific paper for publication in a refereed journal that will detail the mechanics involved. Bear in mind that you will not be able to just plop this on a flat surface such as a gym floor, give it a good push, and it take off accelerating. The device on the treadmill is analogous to a cart going along with a tail wind of the same speed, and the mechanism makes it go faster than the tail wind."
sterlingda writes: "Raser Technologies had a ribbon-cutting for their first geothermal plant Thursday. Senator Orrin Hatch, after whom the plant is named, praised the development as opening a new chapter in energy independence — one based on clean, renewable, and affordable electricity. He sees the Raser approach as opening the door for geothermal power in the United States, and even the world, to eventually account for as much as a third of the entire electricity production."