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Comment Re:Then what is the point? (Score 1) 98

I mean for fucks' sakes, this stuff was in use by the German navy during WW2- 70 years ago. All this kid did was apply the obvious, and apparently, it's so obvious, someone thought of it 40 years ago.

This stuff was used in World War One:


Underground & Underwater Radio

( Static-free Reception & Transmission Underwater & Underground )

Comment Re:This doesn't just apply to caving I expect. (Score 3, Interesting) 98

No one has yet answered the Coal Mining Location Challenge: The is a much harder problem to solve than most people think, as explained at the link. The first thought is always "Use GPS". GPS does not work underground... etc. Range is an issue because Coal absorbs most radio waves. There are also limitations are power due to Intrinsic Safety Regulations.

Comment Mordoc Runs IT here (Score 1) 605

Mordoc Rules:

Really several of those have happened here, and a couple of more from Dilbert[TM] that don't show up in that link. I thought Dilbert[TM] was meant to be a cartoon, not a documentary?

IT controls the virus checkers on all the machines, but they never keep them up to date for Windows, nor alow us to update them. "Linux is just a Toy" is a direct quote from IT. The other day a colleague told IT that someone had to move down from Mac to Windows, and ITs reply was "at least they didn't take even more steps backwards to Linux", but I digress.

After IT discovered the Virus, they declared, without any evidence, all Open Source Browsers, like Firefox and Opera, and Email programs must be ameliorated from all company computers, or you would be terminated. They then decreed that in the name of security only IE6 and Outlook would be acceptable for Internet access for any reason (so much for using any other ports, those do not exist per IT). Makes lots of sense to force the usage of the two most attacked programs in the history of Mankind in the name of security. I've about given up on Internet at work and do most of what I need at home now.

IT always says "we must protect The Server". If The (Windows) Server is so vulnerable that it needs so much protection, why do they keep using it? I've asked to be removed from The Serve as I don't use it to do my job other than for backups, and IT says my source code backups are to large and want them removed (WTF?).

I develop Embedded Systems. Right now I'm trying to write a USB driver for a AVR, that has to work with Windows, but IT says I don't need Admin Rights. Boss says "do what IT says". Guess I'll just tell the customers "sorry I could not test this, talk to the boss or IT if it does not work", as I'll have no idea if it works. Its a small company, telling me to talk to someone higher up won't help. Resume anyone?

Comment Verizon charnged Mom $100 for Dad's death (Score 3, Interesting) 178

My Father died in October. He had a shared Verizon account with my Mother. They charged Mom $100 to terminate his account, even after I explained that he was dead. I wanted to terminate Mom's account as well, as she only talked to Dad on her cell phone. They refused to do it without having to pay more than $100 beyond the first $100! They told me Mom had to keep the account until it expired in July. While she racks up charges for a service she will not use; Her income is now very limited, she should be using the money to buy food and keep the house heated. A bit off topic to this tread but all of the paperwork and people you have to contact when someone dies is an absolute nightmare. People have been dieing for a really long time now, you would think it would be an easy one click process. Who is up for stating such a service? Oh right, Amazon already has that patented...

Comment "The Battle for Your Mind" (Score 1) 295

The Mind Has No Firewall by Timothy L. Thomas at the Army War Collage.

If you want to take this subject seriously, and I really recommend that you do, then you need a copy of this book:

Controlling the Human Mind : The Technologies of Political Control or Tools for Peak Performance by Dr. Nick Begich; ISBN 1-890693-54-5.

It is a well researched book on what is going on in the field, based on publicly available documents.

For full disclosure Dr. Begich sent me a free review copy of the book when it was released. I have supplied Dr. B. with background material over the years.

Links to the following papers here:

  • Mind Control: The Ultimate Brave New World by Dr. Nick Begich
  • US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights - by Peter Phillips, Lew Brown and Bridget Thornton
  • Advanced Neural Implants and Control - DARPA.
  • Soviet and Czechoslovakian Parapsychology Research - Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Paraphysics R & D Warsaw Pact - Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Controlled Offensive Behavior - USSR Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Science & Technology for New DoD Capabilities
  • Interactive Neuronal and Nanoelectronic/photonic Circuits
  • Darpatech 2002 Symposium - Transforming Fantasy
  • Synthetic Telepathy and the Early Mind Wars by Richard Alan Miller
  • USSR Hypnosis at a Distance Defense Intelligence Agency

I'll add The Battle for Your Mind to the list.

Comment Are DIY UAV/UAS's even legal? Probably not. (Score 1) 259

Even the coolest UAV/UAS run by GNU/Linux probably are not legal for you to fly most places, at least in the US. See:

"Subcommittee on Aviation Hearing on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and the National Airspace System"

from March 29 2006, which now has turned in to this, on Feb 24th 2009:

"Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)" .

I'm holding out for a good Counterbary based system myself...

Comment Re:VA system is public domain (Score 2, Informative) 111

The oldest medical database systems are based on MUMPS, now called M by some, which is still used by the VA. They have
updated it to "VistA", which predated Microsoft Vista (wonder if Microsoft chose that name for a medical reason?).

VistA® / CPRS Demo Site:
The code: is the library. covers your Financial question.
VistA Data Extraction Framework (VDEF).
"OpenVista is the open-source version of VistA, which is an enterprise grade health care information system developed by the
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and deployed at nearly 1,500 facilities worldwide."

1,500 is not all that many considering the market.

Intersystem's Cache' is the contemporary equivlent to MUMPS, a database that claims it can
run rings around things like MySQL in the number of transactions per second.

There are a number of Open Source Medical Databases,they are summarized here:

My very first job was writing medical software, this is when few people even knew what computers were in 1977. Still have my DEC
MUMPS badge that I got at the very first MUMPS conference in DC. Have always felt I should get back into that field. To bad
Dr. Armor and I didn't patent what we were doing then. The pharmacists called up the office in disbelieve asking if these
computer printed prescriptions were real, because *THEY COULD READ THEM*.

The other side:

1. FY07 Year-End Med SAS and DSS CNDE Files Available
The fiscal year 2007 (FY07) year-end Medical SAS (Med SAS)
Inpatient and Outpatient files are now available."

Requesting Access to VA Data:

"Click this button for information, guidance, and FAQs relating to the VA Research Data Security and Privacy initiative."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - WiFi Biologically Exposure Limits? (

SaffronMiner writes: "Dr. Nick Begich has released a public letter to introduce everyone to Cindy Sage's work at BioInitiatives, on how exposure to things like Cell Phones, and WiFi, are affecting our health.

From page 24 and page 587:

Although this RF target level does not preclude further rollout of WiFi technologies, we also recommend that wired alternatives to WiFi be implemented, particularly in schools and libraries so that children are not subjected to elevated RF levels until more is understood about possible health impacts.


Submission + - Enforcing Insurance Health Incentives

SaffronMiner writes: "Employers and Insurance companies are talking of "incentives" to keep premiums low, by punishing those that do not have good health habits. 'They' now have the tool to enforce the monitoring. Do you want an Ankle Bracelet from your Insurance Company?

Using 2.4 GHz RF to monitor good health habits is counterproductive if the monitor itself adversely affects your health.

Nordic Semiconductor — News December 6th, 2007


Combating the obesity crisis: US healthcare and wellness program providers to offer reward incentives to individuals achieving recommended daily activity levels measured using 2.4GHz wireless networking technology.

Comprised of wearable, coin-cell powered ultra-low power (ULP) wireless sensors based on Nordic Semiconductor 2.4GHz transceivers, the ActiHealth BodyLAN monitoring system from FitSense provides guidance and timely motivational feedback to start and maintain active and healthy lifestyles. Accuracy and reliability in field trials has persuaded leading US healthcare and wellness providers(1) to offer reward incentives for policy-holders that achieve recommended daily activity levels as measured by ActiHealth — as it reduces healthcare costs(2)

For more information, please goto: Nordic Semiconductor — News.

Nordic Semiconductor"

Submission + - National ID to use Texas Instruments RF360? (

SaffronMiner writes: "The Texas Instruments RF360 has been announced for use in National ID cards , and Extended Access Control (EAC) requirements developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) .

"RF360 smart integrated circuit platform for the government identification market The Texas Instruments RF360 is the first contactless smart integrated circuit (IC) platform developed specifically to meet the rigorous demands of the government electronic identification market. It integrates TI's ultra-low power MSP430 microcontroller, advanced embedded Ferroelectric Random Access Memory (FRAM) and high-performance RF Analog Front-End (AFE) technologies. Leveraging a low power architecture and enhanced write capability, the RF360 smart IC platform provides fast chip transaction speeds enabling governments to quickly and efficiently produce a multitude of passive electronic identification (ID) such as electronic passports (e-passports) and national ID cards . (See .)"


"Answering the Security Call

The RF360 platform provides both the memory and processing power to accommodate current and future security and encryption requirements, such as Basic Access Control (BAC) and Extended Access Control (EAC) requirements developed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) . It integrates advanced security countermeasures and is designed to meet the stringent requirements of the Common Criteria EAL5+ security certification per the BSI (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik) Smartcard protection profile (BSI-PPP-0002). The RF360 platform features innovative, fast hardware co-processors on chip which support both public key cryptography (RSA, Elliptic Curve) and symmetric key cryptography (DES/Triple DES, AES). The RF360 architecture supports both contactless (ISO/IEC 14443 air interface protocol) and contact (ISO/IEC 7816 smart card interface protocol) communication."

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