~e; EM observations #24

From brian carroll <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Wed, 1 Jun 2005 17:18:21 -0400 (EDT)

[keywords]  Field Programmable Gate Array chips, google print,
Iranian energy development, Nuked treaties, Einstein's influence,
more of the crazy catbot, Nokia & Apple audiovisual net-tablets,
outlawing encrypted ideas/commerce/privacy, wi-fi speed, ergo...

electromagnetic observations -- #24

* no comments... (hope everyone is doing well enough...)


// a beautiful accouunt, well worth reading, of Einstein's influence
// with 5 seminal papers that changed physics and the world, forever.

A century later, Einstein's first ideas still hold power-- It's rare =20
that a person gets a chance to overturn humanity's conception of the =20


	'Einstein's theories were connected to experimental reality...'
Google Print - Search the full text of books // *** e.g. EM and culture

// the aspect of nuclear technology that is eminently understandable
// is, for instance, in the ability to develop new nuclear medicine,
// which is central in today's fight against cancer, or other realms.
// note: see page 2 about Iran's pending energy development issues...

[quote] Across Iran, Nuclear Power Is a Matter of Pride // ***

	'.. it is clear that Iran's attachment to nuclear development is =
rooted in its own tumultuous history. The Islamic republic is trying to =20=

use its nuclear program as a bargaining chip to end the varying degrees =20=

of international isolation it has been forced to endure since the =20
Islamic revolution in 1979.' .. 'The nuclear standoff also echoes an =20
older fight: Iran's colonial struggle to control its oil resources, =20
which it eventually wrestled away from the British. Some reach further =20=

back, reflecting a desire to revive the glory of ancient Persia. Others =20=

want to claim Iran's future, to prove that the Islamic revolution can =20=

overcome its reputation for abysmal management.' .. '"It is a symbolic =20=

thing for Iranians," said Mohammad Saeidi, the vice president for =20
planning and international affairs at the Atomic Energy Organization of =20=

Iran. "Our people are very clever, very smart and they want to use all =20=

the advanced technology in the world-nuclear technology, biotechnology, =20=

internet technology."'

Iran says US, Israel are the real nuclear threats // ***

	'Washington worked hard to prevent the conference -- which works =
by =20
consensus -- from approving any documents that refer to its 1995 and =20
2000 pledges to disarm, while Iran blocked anything that referred to it =20=

as a proliferation threat and NPT violator.' ... 'Egypt also worked =20
hard to prevent any substantive conclusion from the conference when it =20=

saw it had no chance of focusing criticism on Israel's assumed atomic =20=

arsenal.' .. '"Israel is the threat to the region," he said. "It is one =20=

of the great ironies of our age that a country outside the framework of =20=

legality in the area of nonproliferation is one of the countries that =20=

is the most active participants against Iran," he said.'

// followup on scary robocats/catbots video two weeks ago...

Here robot, robot: Your next pet may be of faux fur
in the future --  These robotic animals don't set off
allergies and can help disabled children and adults.

	'The whole scene makes you a little nervous. As you delve into =
the =20
future of pets on this planet, you discover at least three =20
possibilities: robotic, cloned and biologically reprogrammed. It's a =20
foggy, uncharted world of cuddly robots, copycat puppies, nonallergenic =20=

cats, glowing fish, gargantuan guinea pigs, miniature hippos and the =20
re-establishment of endangered or extinct species that could put us all =20=

in danger.' ... '... "We are being asked to take care of these =20
computers," [Sherry Turkle] says. "And that is one of the most =20
seductive things."'

// this person may be missing the point- cellphones do not work in
// apartments and this is a home-based device. second, like Nokia, an
// Apple wi-fi tablet is said to be in the works-- and like the iPod
// this may be a conceptual computer that defies existing reasoning
// and should there be a $350 open linux platform for VoIP, wi-fi
// networking, audio-visual, even e-commerce without being infront
// of a computer screen, -- that actually works well and is affordable
// as a satellite to a main computer/network connection, it may be an
// entrance into e-ink based e-books, newspapers, whatnot, that have
// little to do with telephony and a lot to do with a new platform...
// (e.g. such a device could replace old-style large paper catalogs,
// now extinct, with new shopping experience based somewhere between
// window-shopping experience and cold hard grocery cart checkouts).

Ingram: What's Nokia up to? // internet tablet. conceptual computing...

	'Theoretically, of course, the 770 can make phone calls by =
connecting =20
to a cellphone using Bluetooth wireless, or by using the built-in Wi-Fi =20=

connection and a VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) service such as =20
Skype. But it doesn't have a regular cellphone built right into it, the =20=

way all the rest of Nokia's products do. So why would the company =20
bother to come up with such a strange device?'

Minnesota court takes dim view of encryption // **
A Minnesota appeals court has ruled that the presence of encryption
software on a computer may be viewed as evidence of criminal intent.


pylon photograph

// recently read somewhere that wi-fi standards (imagine it to be
// 802.11 'b') were designed to be transmitted at up to 60mph...

Cisco Brings Wireless And VoIP To Indy 500 -- // 220+ mph
A wireless network feeds information on engine health,
vehicle dynamics, and aerodynamics back to the pit crew.

Database Hackers Reveal Tactics // lexis-nexis and meth-labs...

	'"You start looking at an account that's been logged into 500 =
times =20
and generated 9,000 reports, for example, that's a lot of information =20=

(to examine)," [REACT's] Sibley said. "I'm just saying it's not one =20
group that's compromised LexisNexis. Their security is really bad. This =20=

isn't a situation where you're talking about needing an =FCberhacker to =20=

compromise (the system). Their passwords weren't as secure as your =20
average porn site. I think it didn't take a genius to break them. =20
Although I think the way the hackers did it was creative. We'll give =20
them style points."'

Israeli firms 'ran vast spy ring'
Police in Israel say they have uncovered a huge industrial spying ring =20=

which used computer viruses to probe the systems of many major =20

Concept Maps Go to School // Nasa. could be used for EM edu...

// a dearth of creativity, design, imagination, and purpose...

Hand-helds need more reasons to be  (macsurfer)

I want to know your depths // painting by Sally Grayson

Introduction to Sensors // EMFs. thanks *

Self-wiring supercomputer is cool and compact // *** FPGA chips...
An experimental supercomputer made from hardware that reconfigures =20
itself to tackle different problems is being built by researchers

	'FPGAs can be reconfigured using software to mimic computer =
processing =20
equipment that is physically designed to take on specialised tasks. In =20=

contrast, conventional microprocessors are designed to act as fixed, =20
general purpose processing devices. Each FPGA chip consists of a block =20=

of programmable logic gates that can be electronically organised into =20=

different types of circuit.'

Pain-free computing // ergo tips...

[and]  Is your laptop a pain in the neck?

	'The main problem with laptops is that the screen and keyboard =
are so =20
close together. Without the aid of peripherals, laptop users have two =20=

choices, neither of which would win them any points for posture. They =20=

can cramp their neck down to view the monitor or they can elevate the =20=

machine to eye level, which can wreak havoc on shoulders and arms.' .. =20=

'And the wrists lose regardless, because the keyboard is so small, =20
leading to awkward hand positioning.'

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