Chaotic Moon Studios, a startup making, uh, about anything you can think of, invited me to their Austin offices today during South By Southwest to check out a live demonstration of a stun gun-loaded drone. Obviously, I came.
The gentleman here is an intern named Jackson, who is the most fearless person I have ever encountered. He got stunned like a pro.”
Runit Dome (or Cactus Dome), Runit Island, Enewetak Atoll. Aerial view. In 1977-1980 the crater created by the Cactus shot ofOperation Hardtack I was used as a burial pit to inter 84,000 cubic meters of radioactive soil scraped from the various contaminated Enewetak Atoll islands. The Runit Dome was built to cover the material.
Google Satellite view.
Danger Room, at Wired: New Jet-Powered Drone Can Kill 1,800 Miles From Home Base.Switching from propeller-driven drones to jets will allow the CIA to continue its Pakistan strikes from a more distant base, if and when the U.S. is forced to withdraw troops entirely from neighboring Afghanistan.“Avenger provides the right capabilities for the right cost at the right time and is operationally ready today,” said Frank Pace, president of the Aircraft Systems Group at General Atomics, in a statement. “This aircraft offers unique advantages in terms of performance, cost, timescale, and adaptability that are unmatched by any other UAS in its class.”
The sensors are deliberately quite low resolution, simply because the tracking software prefers pixilated lumps to high quality video. Also, the video is processed locally within the camera, and the only information that TfL’s central computer gets is the final score when a decision about what to do needs to be taken.
That’s partly for privacy reasons, but also, it is a lot cheaper to only send a simple number score over the backhaul connection than feeding high bandwidth video feeds from traffic junctions everywhere.
The video is also not recorded anywhere, which might disappoint crime prevention sorts, but frankly, the quality of the video we saw wouldn’t be good enough to use anyway.”
One type monitors crowd density, and can say that the waiting area is a certain percentage full. Another sensor counts numbers of people entering and waiting within the waiting zone.
Three seconds before the crossing light turns green, a decision is taken about the size of the crowd, and either 1, 2, or 3 seconds added to the crossing time.
Note, there is a legal minimum time for pedestrian crossings, so the system would never reduce crossing time, only add to it where needed.”
“The sensors are off-the-shelf equipment that is often used in supermarkets and shopping centres to track shoppers, which have been modified by TfL.”
On arrival, Mr. Papatheodoropoulos cleared US customs and immigration and was admitted to the US without incident. But when Dr. Von Der Haar took him back to the Indianapolis airport a few days later to pick up the items he had shipped by air freight, they were referred to the CBP office at the airport.
According to Dr. Von Der Haar’s complaint, armed CBP officers detained both her and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos, took them into separate rooms, and stood blocking the exit door while they interrogated Dr. Von Der Haar about, “the nature of her relationship with Mr. Papatheodoropoulos … the contents of email messages that Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos had sent each other … [and] if she and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos were having sexual relations.””
“[Child labor] is relatively low percentage of the labor violations happening in the supply chain, a relatively inexpensive thing to take care of,” Slaten says. “To pay a million workers unpaid overtime wages, it’s going to be a little chunk of their profit margin.”
Apple’s latest responsibility report says it found 71 facilities underpaying its workers in 2013, and forced them to repay $2.1 million in back wages.”
“If an event is not covering your expenses (travel & hotel) then you are paying to speak at their event.”
One Apple competitor, Samsung, the largest manufacturer of phone handsets in the world, said it found no underage workers (pdf) in its factories in 2012. The company didn’t respond directly to questions about how it addresses child labor, but it said that because 90% of its parts are made at its own facilities and not outsourced, it can “offer world-class working conditions and maintain the facilities in accordance with international labor standards in all regions in which it operates.”
Labor activists dispute that: In 2012, the NGO China Labor Watch found eight facilities (pdf) either directly owned or contracted by Samsung with significant labor violations, including underage workers and exploited student workers.”
“But firing the supplier was clearly not enough, given the questions the company was facing. Its executives decided to adopt a program designed in 2008 by Impactt, a social-responsibility consultancy based in the UK that operates in China, India, and Bangladesh. The plan calls for Apple to make any transgressing supplier pay not only for the education of any child laborers it is found using, but also keep paying them wages until they graduate (thus removing their incentive to stay out of school). Apple follows up with the former workers to ensure they are still in school.”
“After detaining and questioning Papatheodoropoulos for some time, CBP officials took Von Der Haar into another room and started asking questions specific to the emails between the two of them. According to the lawsuit: Given that Mr. Papatheodoropoulos had retained his hard drive that contained the emails, the only way that the Customs and Border Protection Agents could have reviewed the emails is for someone to have surreptitiously monitored the communications between Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos and reported those communications to the agents questioning her. Defendant Lieba admitted that employees of the United States had read email communications between Dr. Von Der Haar and Mr. Papatheodoropoulos.”
“This article has been removed as it was launched early. It will be reinstated at the correct launch time.”
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