Faster on light.

Sisoft Company in Mexico has developed a technology that can illuminate a large work space, an auditorium or an office, while providing full mobile internet to every device that comes into the range of the light spectrum.

The Mexican group managed to transmit audio, video and Internet across the spectrum of light emitted by LED lamps. This new technology, called Li-Fi or light fidelity, is presented as an alternative to Wi-Fi because it will maximize the original provided speed of the internet to offer safer data transfer and a transfer rate of up to 10 gigabytes per second.

The Li-Fi device circulates data via LEDs that emit an intermittent flicker at a speed imperceptible to the human eye. “As Wi-Fi uses cables to spread our connections, wireless transmission Li-Fi uses LED lamps that emit high brightness light,” said Arturo Campos Fentanes, CEO of Sisoft in Mexico.

Nut Neutrality

An avalanche of net neutrality comments have been dumped on the Federal Communications Commission, highlighting the passions stirred over whether Internet service providers like Comcast should be allowed to charge companies more money for quicker delivery of their movies and television shows.

The 670,000 comments — many of them laced with profanity — are about half the number of complaints the FCC received when Janet Jackson’s breast flashed across tens of millions of televisions on Super Bowl Sunday.

Probably a little late blogging tomorrow.

On the road in beautiful Pueblo Colorado and I have a little setup to do early and I’d like to get a run in before it gets too hot.

A rather bold step for a former French colony.

About 1,000 people in French Polynesia have marched through Papeete in protest at plans to build Tahiti’s first mosque.

The rally was directed mainly at the 23-year-old imam, Hicham El Barkani, who last year set up a prayer room in town, and is now asking for donations from Muslims in France for a Tahiti mosque.

Some demonstrators say his form of Islam is dangerous while some women at the rally have been quoted as saying they fear losing their rights.

Strange death.

And a rather strange looking prostitute.

Police arrested an alleged high-end prostitute, Alix Tichelman, last week in connection to the murder of a Google executive named Forrest Hayes aboard his yacht in the Santa Cruz harbor. …

… Hayes made various improvements to the tech on the yacht, including installing a video surveillance system. He hooked up the cameras so he could watch the boat being remodeled from his cellphone.

The video surveillance equipment upgrade is what ultimately led to the arrest of Tichelman. Video footage allegedly showed her making no effort to help the suffering Hayes after giving him an injection of heroin and then drinking a glass of wine and drawing the blinds before leaving the boat.

Even a problem for elephants.

African elephants in captivity are getting fat. While the thought of a pudgy pachyderm might produce a chuckle, it is a situation with potentially serious consequences for the species.

“Obesity affects about 40 percent of African elephants in captivity,” said Daniella Chusyd, M.A., a doctoral student in the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Nutrition Sciences. “Much as we see in humans, excess fat in elephants contributes to the development of heart disease, arthritis, a shorter lifespan and infertility.”

Infertility is the aspect that may be most troubling to Chusyd and colleagues. Nearly half of zoo African female elephants exhibit abnormal ovarian cycles, which is strongly correlated with a high body mass index, said Chusyd.

According to a 2011 report by scientists at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, zoos in the United States need to average about six births each year to maintain a stable elephant population. But the current average is only around three births a year.

An inside look at woolly mammoths.

CT scans of two newborn woolly mammoths recovered from the Siberian Arctic are revealing previously inaccessible details about the early development of prehistoric pachyderms. In addition, the X-ray images show that both creatures died from suffocation after inhaling mud.

Lyuba and Khroma, who died at ages 1 and 2 months, respectively, are the most complete and best-preserved baby mammoth specimens ever found. Lyuba’s full-body CT scan, which used an industrial scanner at a Ford testing facility in Michigan, was the first of its kind for any mammoth.

No wonder the price of gas is so high.

How U.S. Taxpayers Subsidize Fossil Fuels in Russia, Saudi Arabia While Being Penalized at Home

I hate to see this one go.

Much has been written about the pending retirement of the A-10. Clearly, opinions are deeply divided about the Air Force’s plan to jettison its entire fleet of 343 A-10s.

Unfortunately, deep divisions will remain, no matter what new arguments might be made for or against the aging yet popular jet. That’s because there is no single “right” answer on what to do with the A-10. And this dilemma, but one among the hundreds that the Pentagon and Congress must address and resolve upon each year, is a symptom of a much larger problem: the complete and total disconnect between military requirements, planning and resources.

The A-10 debate, though complex, can be summed up in two main arguments. Those who wish to keep the A-10 in service make a capabilities argument. They highlight its effectiveness in battle, the number of troops it has saved, and the gap it fills — a gap left by other close air support aircraft like the B-1s and F-16s.

I’m sure it will be tested.

Just under three months ago, we wrote about a coding project called LibreSSL.

LibreSSL was started by the redoubtable OpenBSD team in the wake of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, a very widely-used open source cryptographic toolkit for secure communications.

The iPhone threat in China.

China has cited Apple iPhone’s ability to track and time-stamp users’ whereabouts as reason to declare the mobile phone hazardous to state security.

On Friday, the state media TV broadcaster, China Central Television (CCTV), criticised the iPhone’s “Frequent Locations” function for allowing users to be tracked and information about them to be revealed.

Accidental take down of electrical grid in Gaza.

A rocket fired from Gaza knocked out a power line in Israel that supplied electricity to 70,000 Gazans, according to the IDF Spokesman’s Office on Sunday night.

The outage was caused by shrapnel from the rocketfire that hit the high voltage line that feeds electricity into Gaza, the Israel Electric Corporation said.

Good read.

How to Think about Immigration

The U.S. government is generally expected to act in the interest of the people of the United States.

1. Borders are a fundamental aspect of national sovereignty. They are, in part, what defines a country — indeed, the word “define” means to put borders around something. In the United States, we have a federal system, in which the national government exists to do things that are impossible or impractical for the states to do severally. …

… 6. The United States of America is not the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federal Register. It is not a legal entity, and it is not an abstraction. It is a particular people, with a particular culture and particular institutions. It is an open society — you can become American in a sense that you cannot become Mongolian — but it is not an infinitely plastic one. …

Still looking down the road.

In what could be the latest move toward a 2016 presidential bid, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) offered a wide-ranging critique of President Obama’s domestic and foreign policies.

Speaking to reporters at the National Governors Association on Saturday, Christie labeled Obamacare, the administration’s signature legislation, a “failure on a whole number of levels” and said it should be repealed.

“But has to be repeal and replace with what. It can’t just be about repeal,” Christie told the audience. “What I’ve said before is, what Republicans need to be doing is putting forth alternatives for what should be a better healthcare system.”

Link trips a video.

Worldwide Protests Condemn Israel’s Attack on Gaza

Of course. Somehow firing thousands of rockets at civilians is missed in this article.

Former Bush lawyer convicted.

A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted on Friday of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago.

The lawyer, John Michael Farren, 61, who also was once general counsel for the Xerox Corporation, was permitted to be absent from his trial after he said he would be unable to handle the stress of it. But he was in the courtroom on Friday when the jury returned guilty verdicts on charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and risk of injury to a child.

Prosecutors alleged that Mr. Farren choked his wife, Mary Margaret Farren, and beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness at their multimillion-dollar home in New Canaan in January 2010. She managed to flee the house with her two young daughters. The attack occurred two days after she had served him with divorce papers, the authorities said.

A ban on selling antique weapons?

Gun owners are taking on the Obama administration over a new rule they say would trample their Second Amendment rights by banning the sale of antique firearms that contain endangered elephant ivory.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) announced Friday it is joining the fight to rollback the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s controversial ivory ban, just months after musicians began complaining about the policy.

The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) says the rule is intended to protect endangered African elephants, but Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s lobbying arm, says it would be “disastrous” for gun collectors.

“While the goal of restricting illegal commerce in endangered species is laudable, the effects of the ivory ban would be disastrous for American firearms owners and sportsmen, as well as anyone else who currently owns ivory,” said Cox, who backed Republican efforts to reverse the ivory ban through legislation.

Is Israel going back to Gaza.

A fresh slew of rockets were fired from Gaza at southern Israel on Sunday morning as the IDF alerted tens of thousands of residents in northern Gaza to vacate the area by noon ahead of more intensive IAF attacks on rocket launchers and commanders there.

“This is a place that fires significantly more rockets than other areas. We plan to increase our attacks,” an army source said. People were still leaving the Beit Lahiya area and the IDF had yet to launch the promised attacks an hour after the deadline had passed Sunday.

Meanwhile, a rocket fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip landed in Ashkelon on Sunday shortly after noon, causing moderate-to-serious injuries to a 16-year-old boy and lightly wounding another person.

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Hacking for a living.

“Security Princess” is the actual title Google’s Parisa Tabriz has on her business cards.

Tabriz is one of the more than 250 Google security engineers responsible for protecting our user data and the company’s infrastructure. In an excellent Elle profile, Tabriz told reporter Clare Malone that she chose the title before a trip to Japan, because she wanted to one-up the “hired hacker” moniker.

Tabriz leads a team of of more than 30 engineers who focus on sniffing out and fixing security threats to Google Chrome. She and her team essentially get paid to think like criminals.

This has been predicted for a number of years.

It does not take to much intelligence to understand why.

X-off the EX-EM

Geez … ya think?

Women would benefit from being prescribed exercise as medicine, according to a study that revealed moderate to high intensity activity is essential to reducing the risk of death in older women. “What we are saying is that high-intensity exercise is not only good for your physical health but also your brain health. Doctors should be developing exercise programs that are home-based and easy to incorporate as part of everyday activities,” authors say.

It’s time to shut them down.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s federal regulator has proposed risk-based capital requirements for private mortgage insurers that homebuyers are required to use when making down payments of less than 20 percent on home purchases financed by mortgages guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie.

The Federal Housing Finance Agency proposes conducting risk-based evaluations of each Fannie and Freddie-approved insurer’s portfolio, to make sure each has enough capital to pay claims “under a scenario of significant market stress.”

It will be way too easy and too attractive to change these rules when politicians are buying votes.

Late blogging.


Beautiful morning for a hike. Middle of July but cloudy cool weather.


Probably not the first introduction of ‘crazy’.

The yellow crazy ant Anoplolepis gracilipes is ranked amongst the top 100 worst global invasive species and is responsible for catastrophic ecological impacts on islands. A new study examines and assesses the effects and dangers of the introduction of the yellow crazy ant to the unique and often endemic ecosystems of the mature palm forest of the Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on the Seychelles.