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Submission + - NASA Scientists Jubilant After Successful Helicopter Crash

Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes: Elizabeth Barber reports in the Christian Science Monitor that when a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter plummeted into the ground at more than 30 miles per hour, there was jubilation from the scientists on the ground at the culmination of some two years of preparation to test a helicopter’s crashworthiness. "We designed this test to simulate a severe but survivable crash under both civilian and military requirements," says NASA lead test engineer Martin Annett. "It was amazingly complicated with all the planning, dummies, cameras, instrumentation and collaborators, but it went off without any major hitches." During the crash, high-speed cameras filming at 500 images per second tracked the black dots painted on the helicopter, allowing scientists to assess the exact deformation of each part of the craft, in a photographic technique called full field photogrammetry. Thirteen instrumented crash test dummies and two un-instrumented manikins stood, sat or reclined for a potentially rough ride. The goal of the drop was to test improved seat belts and seats, to collect crashworthiness data and to check out some new test methods but it was also to serve as a baseline for another scheduled test in 2014. “It’s extraordinarily useful information. I will use this information for the next 20 years,” says Lindley Bark, a crash safety engineer at Naval Air Systems Command on hand for the test. “Even the passenger airplane seats in there were important to us because we fly large aircraft that have the same type of seating.”

Submission + - British security service hacks into unsaved documents (

00_NOP writes: The British domestic security service, MI5, has successfully contributed to the conviction of three would-be terrorists by recovering portions of documents the three had thought were unsaved. The three discussed possible terrorist targets by typing into a laptop but did not save the document. Yet MI5 were able to recover substantial portions of the document which was used as evidence. But why didn't MI5 use a Unicode capable hex editor?

Submission + - Conroe company still using computers museums want to put on display (

concealment writes: Sparkler Filters up north in Conroe still uses an IBM 402 in conjunction with a Model 129 key punch – with the punch cards and all – to do company accounting work and inventory.

The company makes industrial filters for chemical plants and grease traps.

Lutricia Wood is the head accountant at Sparkler and the data processing manager. She went to business school over 40 years ago in Houston, and started at Sparkler in 1973. Back then punch cards were still somewhat state of the art.

Submission + - Popular smartphone and free app used to get data from chip-enabled credit cards. (

An anonymous reader writes: CBC is reporting: Using a Samsung Galaxy SIII — one of the most popular smartphones available in Canada — and a free app downloaded from the Google Play store, CBC was able to read information such as a card number, expiry date and cardholder name simply holding the smartphone over a debit or credit card. And it could be done through wallets, pockets and purses.

Submission + - NASA Smartphone Satellites Piggyback Into Orbit on Antares (

Zothecula writes: When Orbital Science Corporation's Antares rocket lofted a simulated spacecraft mass into orbit on its maiden flight from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility in Virginia on Sunday, it also carried a piggyback cargo of three NASA nanosatellites. These “PhoneSats,” which were built using smartphone and off-the-shelf consumer components in a standard cubesat frame, may be the cheapest satellites ever launched.

Submission + - Apple to launch largest stock repurchasing plan in history (

An anonymous reader writes: In conjunction with its earnings report for the second quarter of 2013, Apple issued a press release announcing some major plans for its ever growing stockpile of cash. It is increasing its quarterly dividend payout to investors by 15%. What's more, the company will spend $60 billion in stock repurchases, making it in Apple's words, "the largest single share repurchase authorization in history."

Submission + - No hands or voice activated texting not safer (

Meshach writes: Recent study in the Washington Post verifies that using hands free or voice activated texting is no safer then texting with your hands while you are driving a car. Using a hand-held device to tap out a text message while driving has been banned in many states and provinces with the expectation that using hands free is safer.

Submission + - New Process Could Allow Any Plant to Serve as a Food Source (

Zothecula writes: Although the causes of world hunger are numerous, it certainly doesn’t help that factors such as arid conditions and limited land space make it difficult to grow food crops in certain places. If people in those areas could eat foods derived from plants that are hardy to the region, but that aren’t considered nutritious, it would go a long way towards addressing the problem. Well, that may soon be a reality, thanks to a newly-developed process that allows cellulose to be converted into starch.

Comment Re:Now? (Score 1) 172

Don't forget that on the original iPhone, apps were intended to be web apps run entirely within Mobile Safari. Apple certainly had the iOS SDK in-house where "professional" developers would build apps, have them code-reviewed, testes, etc, according to whatever Apple's development process dictates.

Looks like AC has something else on their mind this morning.

Comment Re:My GPS equipment. (Score 2) 186

I have a GPS 12, I use it when I need to measure distances outdoors. Then again, I also have a GPSMAP 696, GPSMAP 740, GPSMAP 175, GPSMAP 195, GPSMAP 295, Streetpilot Colormap, iQue 3600, iQue m5, Streetpilot c330, Forerunner 310XT, and GPS 72

It sounds like you could have provided all of the test units for this experiment.

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