~e; EM observations #12

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Sat, 9 Apr 2005 10:34:25 -0500

[keywords] cameras, language, robots, EM brain control,
spherics, personal FAB, more on google-god-status, oil,
nuke terror pond, dual-core, vein recognition, jailspam

electromagnetic observations -- #12

*  harddrive storage as RAM/ROM...  the increase in harddrive storage
size could be equivalent to the effect of RAM in computers during the
last decade, allowing more work to be done, smoothly and fluidly,
rather than stalling or breaking it up or slowing it down. that is,
if 'content' is held in state of limbo, such that it can always be
part of daily work done on computers, then files from 5 years ago
may stay in the daily loop, rather than be relegated to archives and
broken up from daily interactions with data. for instance, it can
be seen in Google's gmail adding 2 gigabytes of storage per user,
using storage as a container contextualizing present interactions.
it could thus keep more information 'in play' when using computers,
such that all digital photographs could be always accessible on a
secondary/external harddisk that becomes the main storage medium,
itself its own interace to the data (smart card interface, so to
access or upload data, and not just a zombie drive for a PC...).

* reading about how digital cameras work, specifically a
charge-coupled device (CCD). i did not know (or remember)
that a digital image is captured entirely in black & white,
nor did the fact that the image sensor is made of photo-
diodes - which take measurements of the light that hits
them, this light 'sensor' then being measured by amounts
of charge going through the diode that represents a photo
in an array of electrical charges. it would seem in some
way similar to silver-emulsion paper which reacts to light
by particles arranging themselves by way of light/magnetism.
this image-sensing technology would seem to eventually make
its way into artificial eye devices where, like last week's
story about 100 electrodes forming an image in the eye of
a blind person, where the 4+ (now probably 18+) megapixel
and 4+ million/18+ million diodes could make seeing even
bionic, better than human eyesight, if eyes were cameras.
such as with focal issues. and, to go further, with lenses
allowing microscopic and macroscopic vision, filters, etc.
it may be one future of VR goggles and augmented reality,
and another example of possible wide-ranging 'dual-uses'.


Russian hackers 'the best in the world' -- Russians who once hacked for  
fun are now teaming up to get rich through cybercrime, according to  

'Geek speak' confuses net users -- The average home computer
user is bamboozled by technology jargon which is used to warn
people about the most serious security threats online.

Electrifying Field of Art  // visualiizing EMFs. thanks *

Robotic parking garage approved for downtown Fort Lauderdale // ai...

	'At $30,000 a space, the 130-space robotic parking tower is about  
double the cost of a conventional parking garage, Bivens said.' .. 'The  
robotic parking system is a rarity in this country but popular in  
Europe, company representatives said.' ... '"[The machinery] slides  
[cars in trays] like an electronic Rubik's cube," said Bivens.'

// how can a 'directed' signal effect the human brain, and cell phone
// radiation not effect the human brain, in some fundamental way???
// if it is possible, it likely already exists in .gov R&D labs...
// and this would be a path to sanctioned commercialzation efforts.

Sony Gizmo Beams Senses Into Brain

	'"The pulsed ultrasonic signal alters the neural timing in  the  
cortex," the patent states. "No invasive surgery is needed  to assist a  
person, such as a blind person, to view live and/or  recorded images or  
hear sounds."'

[and] Sony patent takes first step towards real-life Matrix

	'The application contains references to two scientific papers  
presenting research that could underpin the device. One, in an echo of  
Galvani's classic 18th-century experiments on frogs' legs that proved  
electricity can trigger nerve impulses, showed that certain kinds of  
ultrasound pulses can affect the excitability of nerves from a frog's  
leg. The author, Richard Mihran of the University of Colorado, Boulder,  
had no knowledge of the patent until New Scientist contacted him, but  
says he would be concerned about the proposed method's long-term  

[e.g.] Non-acoustic sensors detect speech without sound // tuned EM  

	'DARPA, the US Department of Defense's research agency, is working on  
a project known as Advanced Speech Encoding, aimed at replacing  
microphones with non-acoustic sensors that detect speech via the  
speaker's nerve and muscle activity, rather than sound itself.'

Programmed DNA forms fractal

spherics // *** spherics recordings...

[and] spherics graph // see above

Rare earth minerals are hot // unique EM properties... **
15 natural metals: Demand driven by growth in electronics
	'Another key problem facing the company is on-going miniaturization.  
About 15 years ago, a shoebox size hard drive might have contained 50  
grams or so of neodymium. Today's mini hard drives, those small enough  
to be included in portable MP3 players or some higher end mobile  
phones, can hold more than 100 times as much information, yet may only  
need three grams of neodymium. The better the technology gets, the  
fewer rare earths that are needed.'

[IC] Chip market recession less likely, says forecast firm // 0 growth

Biomimicry.net -- Biomimicry is a new science that studies nature's
models and then imitates or takes inspiration from these designs and
processes to solve human problems, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a  

Magnetic heat exchanger will cool down your CPU
Without juice, but with nano oil // no E... via engadget.com

Does Security Run In Your Veins? // via macsurfer.com
Fujitsu's system uses palm vein patterns to identify bank customers in  

IMF warns on risk of ‘permanent oil shock’ // via drudgereport.com

	'The IMF based its forecast on a sharp rise in global oil demand,  
particularly from increased vehicle ownership in China, and non-Opec  
production reaching a plateau around 2010.'

[quote] U.S. Report Sees Gasoline Prices Moving Higher Still // drudge

	'... Democrats say they intend to use the renewed focus on energy  
issues to revive their case that Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick  
Cheney, both of whom worked in the oil business, are more interested in  
helping oil companies than in helping consumers. And several recent  
polls suggest that the spike in oil prices and the resulting rise in  
gasoline prices have undermined Mr. Bush's political standing.' ...  
'And Democrats say they intend to use gasoline prices to reopen issues  
they have previously invoked to hold up the Bush energy bill, among  
them their call for an increase in fuel economy standards.'

// world-historical-event captured by cultural satellite observation...
// funeral procession (and fog) as seen from 30+ miles above, in  

Eyeball of Vatican City 5 April 2005 // 1.5 MB .jpg (via cryptome)

Nine year jail term for e-mail spammer // of 10 most wanted spammers

// it may be off the mark, though i keep thinking of dual-core as an-
// other instance of the serial/parallel issue around processors and
// software design- that dual-core might be like parallel processing
// in the form of hardware, and hyperthreading, like serial processing.
// maybe not, though it is the same with circuits (serial and parallel)
// and so it would appear to be a common concept, between electronics
// and how they basically work, as manifested in software and hardware.
// what would be great, someday, is if all the slang was renamed into
// a common terminology across the landscape of information technology.
// it is entirely possible given how all these things are fundamentally
// of the same systems, logic, mathematics. maybe it quantum computing
// advances will necessitate clarification of how things fit together.

Intel ready to ship dual-core processors // overview...

	'In order to use dual-core technology to its best advantage, the  
operating system and the applications need to support thread-level  
parallelism, which basically means running multiple execution threads  
simultaneously...' [...] 'As dual-core technology becomes more  
prevalent, you can expect to see more multithreaded apps become  

US nuclear waste could provide terror target // dirty megabomb...

	'Members of the NAS committee, however, cannot say precisely how many  
of the 12-metre-deep cooling ponds are at risk. Those at the 34 boiling  
water reactors in the US might be more vulnerable because they are  
located above the ground under thin steel covers. The ponds at 69  
pressurised water reactors are at ground level.'

Physicists write microscopic paragraph // quixotic...

	'The feat - just for fun - shows off a data-storage technique  
developed years ago by the Microelectronics Institute of Madrid...' ..  
'It uses a device called an atomic force microscope, which runs a  
ceramic or semiconductor tip over a silicon surface in much the same  
way as a phonograph needle scans a record.' .. 'Using water vapour in  
the atmosphere and an electric charge, that tip basically etches out  
tiny letters on the surface, lead researcher Ricardo Garcia told the  
newspaper El Pais.'

Do it yourself -- High-tech home workshops could help
grass-roots inventors in poor countries. // (if only...)

	'In his new book, Fab , Gershenfeld describes how he and his  
colleagues developed the desktop 'personal fabrication' laboratories  
(fablabs) needed to turn dreams into reality. Gershenfeld, a member of  
the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of  
Technology (MIT), Cambridge, reckons fablabs will usher in a  
technological revolution that will rival or even surpass that in  
personal computing.'

Radar reveals purpose in butterfly flights // dual-use...
Miniature transponders show pattern among the erratic fluttering.

	'... Cant and her colleagues released [butterflies] into a field that  
was being scanned by radar. When a transponder receives a radar pulse,  
it sends out a characteristic reply signal that the researchers use to  
track the butterfly. Similar technology drives collision-warning  
systems on aircraft'

Portable scanner scoops chemical clues // NMR + external tuned  
Downsized magnetic device could help in search for oil.

	'For decades, a technique called nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) has  
allowed scientists to investigate the chemical composition of  
materials. Molecules interact with a magnetic environment in different  
ways. So when a sample is placed in a uniform magnetic field, subtle  
perturbations allow scientists to deduce its chemical make-up.'

// more evidence that 'google' is taking on 'god'-status...
// (maybe google will become the universal turing machine)

Google introduces feature to answer users' questions directly

// ~$800 of gadgets per passenger of electromagnetic loot...

Commuters burdened with mobiles, iPods and Blackberrys

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