Yoda: Hypertemporal Multispectral Imaging & Intelligence

Categories: Advanced Cyber/IO
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Fun this is.

Hypertemporal imaging: the next Big Challenge for high-performance embedded computing

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Military & Aerospace Electronics, 1 April 2014

It might be a fun exercise to sit with the leading practitioners of high-performance embedded computing (HPEC) to trade opinions about what are the toughest, gnarliest, most knee-buckling HPEC challenges in the foreseeable future.

We would hear the usual — bistatic radar, adaptive electronic warfare (EW), and wide-area communications intelligence. Well, I’ve got one that’s a real beaut, and one that I think we’re all going to be hearing a lot more about: hypertemporal imaging for persistent surveillance.

Yeah, it was a new one on me, too. Put simply, hypertemporal imaging involves multispectral or hyperspectral imaging over time. Where persistent surveillance is concerned, it’s also a gigantic exercise in gathering gazillions of bits of data, and then throwing most of them away.

Multispectral and hyperspectral imaging involves slicing an image into a few or even many different spectral bands to uncover details that otherwise might be lost. This alone already present a formidable digital signal processing challenge. Now add the dimension of time and the problem grows by orders of magnitude.

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Apr 23

Event: 24-25 June 2014 Rosslyn VA Next Generation Intelligence & Reconnaissance

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Technology Training Corporation has announced their spring 2014 symposium on:

“Next Generation Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance”

Dates: June 24-25, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge in Arlington, VA,
1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209 (703-807-2000)

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Apr 23

Berto Jongman: Pedophiles Raping and Snuffing Toddlers Online, Using Bitcoin, Police and Politicians Useless

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Disturbing new internet child abuse sees toddlers raped and burned live on webcam as paedophiles use Bitcoin to stop being traced, warns police chief

  • Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, warned of depraved new trend
  • Paedophiles pay for sick online ‘shows’ using untraceable Bitcoin
  • Mr Wainwright warned that police and politicians struggle to keep up

Kieran Corcoran

MailOnline (UK), 21 April 2014

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RELATED (Global Atrocity Epidemic):

Maple Leaf Gardens pedophile Gordon Stuckless pleads guilty to 100 more counts

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Apr 23

Neal Rauhauser: Central African Republic Maps

Neal Rauhauser

Neal Rauhauser

Updated Central African Republic Maps

The Central African Republic’s troubles were obvious to foreign policy watchers a year ago and now conflict has boiled over into outright ethnic cleansing. As a former French colony the best sources on this area are still in French and as a resource poor, land locked area there simply wasn’t much available in February of last year. Now that things have gotten really bad some new maps have emerged.

I would normally provide some sort of unifying commentary for a collection of maps. All I have to offer today is that someone commented on the lack of quality maps for the Central African Republic, and I decided to go digging.

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Apr 23

Berto Jongman: Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

Berto Jongman

Berto Jongman

Jihadists Now Control Secretive U.S. Base in Libya

A camp on the Libyan coastline meant to train terror-hunters has instead become a haven for terrorists and al Qaeda.

A key jihadist leader and longtime member of al Qaeda has taken control of a secretive training facility set up by U.S. special operations forces on the Libyan coastline to help hunt down Islamic militants, according to local media reports, Jihadist web forums, and U.S. officials.

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In the summer of 2012, American Green Berets began refurbishing a Libyan military base 27 kilometers west of Tripoli in order to hone the skills of Libya’s first Western-trained special operations counter-terrorism fighters. Less than two years later, that training camp is now being used by groups with direct links to al Qaeda to foment chaos in post-Qaddafi Libya.

Last week, the Libyan press reported that the camp (named “27” for the kilometer marker on the road between Tripoli and Tunis) was now under the command of Ibrahim Ali Abu Bakr Tantoush, a veteran associate of Osama bin Laden who was first designated as part of al Qaeda’s support network in 2002 by the United States and the United Nations. The report said he was heading a group of Salifist fighters from the former Libyan base.

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Apr 23

Yoda: Super-Capacitors to Store and Release Energy

Categories: 05 Energy
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Unethical, energy policies are. Repressed, possibilities are.

Ultracapacitors Made of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene are High-Functioning, yet Cheap

Using two one-atom-thick materials, scientists have created a high-functioning yet cheap ultracapacitor. The creation of the ultracapacitor was made possible after mixing graphene flakes with single-walled carbon nanotubes. This groundbreaking device is actually an energy storage device well capable of creating surges by rapidly releasing the power.

The ultracapacitors can play a significant role in boosting devices like electric vehicles, handled electronics, audio systems and more. What all is needed to be done for this is to combine the power of the energy-density of batteries and the high power-density of capacitors, an American Institute of Physics news release reported.

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Apr 23

David Isenberg: Interview on Private Military Corporations (PMC)

Categories: Commerce,Military
David Isenberg

David Isenberg

The following interview with David Isenberg [1] was carried out in Washington D.C., on January 15, 2014 by Patrick Renz and Frauke Heidemann. The main focus of the interview was on the definition of Private Military Companies (PMC), governmental oversight, the cases of Afghanistan and Iraq, the role of small arms in unstable states and the impacts of private contractors. All footnotes are remarks by Patrick Renz and Frauke Heidemann, aimed at giving some additional background knowledge and especially giving the links to the cited documents so that the reader can follow up on these issues easily.

QUESTIONS ONLY:

What type of PMC would you see as most important right now and in the future?

When you talk about the PMC operating in those situations, where do you see the challenges for governmental oversight? Will governments continue to employ PMC?

In Afghanistan, with the discussion about a ban of PMC, many local implementers or mining companies said they would leave Afghanistan if they felt no longer protected. Do you think one could argue that PMC are enabling investment and aid projects in unstable states or is that a false assumption?

From your experience with SIGIR, how did the protection of the oil pipelines and facilities in Iraq work in the post-conflict situation?

How do you see the link between PMC and the proliferation of small arms and light weapons, especially when looking at local PMCs?

What are the prime reasons for unstable states to allow for PMC to operate?

If PMCs hire locals, do you see a risk of taking away qualified people from the local police force or military?

What do you see as the biggest risk from having PMC operate in unstable areas?

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Apr 23

Stephen E. Arnold: Google Glass as Goose Poop

Categories: IO Impotency
Stephen E. Arnold

Stephen E. Arnold

Glass: Looking through the Obvious

I read “How Google Screwed Up Google Glass.” The capitalist tool does not have its heart in the analysis. Here’s the tip off: “It really is a great idea.”

What exactly is great about a virtual reality headset? As I wrote in Information Today, I have two or three devices that connect on my shelves. What became of them? Not too much.

In my view, Glass is less about wearing crazy eye glasses and more about dragging red herrings across real journalists’ paths, than a different play. I a report I prepared for an investment bank, I focused on the technology which is used to create the headgear and the contact lens demonstration.

The key figure in this technology is a fellow named Dr. Amir Parviz (aka Babak Parvis, Babak Parviz, Babak Amirparviz, and other variations). He studied at the elbow of Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard. This dynamic duo has demonstrated some chemistry in their research and patents. The contact lens work has roots which reach back to Dr. Parviz’s days at the University of Washington and its research group.

I am not going to rehash the information presented in the Information Today article and the financial institution’s report. Suffice it to say that Glass is less about wearing wonky headgear and more about nanoengineering. Is this self assembly work related to robots. By the way, yummy photos of Google’s X Lab at http://read.bi/1hkHTKl do not include the biomedical facilities. Slight oversight or Loon misdirection?

Seeing through Glass is important. There are strong personal motivations for Google’s top dogs behind the biological engineering research. Maybe running a query on Glass will sharpen the focus?

Stephen E Arnold, April 22, 2014

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Apr 23

SchwartzReport: Bill Moyers and Michael Winship on Government as a Protection Racket for the 1%

Stephan A. Schwartz

Stephan A. Schwartz

A democracy cannot long survive when its citizens perceive the government to be against their best interests

Government = Protection Racket for the 1 Percent
BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP – Bill Moyers.com

EXTRACT

PewOur now infamous one percent own more than 35 percent of the nation’s wealth. Meanwhile, the bottom 40 percent of the country is in debt. Just this past Tuesday, the 15th of April – Tax Day – the AFL-CIO reported that last year the chief executive officers of 350 top American corporations were paid 331 times more money than the average US worker. Those executives made an average of $11.7 million dollars compared to the average worker who earned $35,239 dollars.

As that analysis circulated on Tax Day, the economic analyst Robert Reich reminded us that in addition to getting the largest percent of total national income in nearly a century, many in the one percent are paying a lower federal tax rate than a lot of people in the middle class. You may remember that an obliging Congress, of both parties, allows high rollers of finance the privilege of ‘carried interest,” a tax rate below that of their secretaries and clerks.

And at state and local levels, while the poorest fifth of Americans pay an average tax rate of over 11 percent, the richest one percent of the country pay – are you ready for this? – half that rate. Now, neither Nature nor Nature’s God drew up our tax codes; that’s the work of legislators – politicians – and it’s one way they have, as Chief Justice John Roberts might put it, of expressing gratitude to their donors: ‘Oh, Mr. Adelson, we so appreciate your generosity that we cut your estate taxes so you can give $8 billion as a tax-free payment to your heirs, even though down the road the public will have to put up $2.8 billion to compensate for the loss in tax revenue.”

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Apr 23

Worth a Look: Stone Garden Economics

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Featuring the work of Jurgen Brauer, pioneer of Peace Economics

Articles, Books, Data, Lectures, Photography, Teaching

“Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:

1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

Excerpt from Bertrand Russell, “The Best Answer to Fanaticism: Liberalism.” New York Times Magazine, 16 December 1951.

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Apr 22