Archive for October, 2010

Be Love Now

October 31, 2010

Tune in to the live whale song network

October 27, 2010

Dispatches: Iraq's Secret War Files (part 1/5)

October 26, 2010

The surprising truth about what motivates us | Science |

October 25, 2010

Secret Button Sequence Bypasses iPhone Security | Threat Level

October 25, 2010

A security flaw in the iPhone allows strangers to bypass the handset’s lock screen with a few button presses.

In the video below, a Brazilian iPhone customer demonstrates the quick method to circumvent an iPhone’s passcode-protected lock screen: tap the “Emergency call” button, then enter three pound signs, hit the green call button and immediately press the lock button. That simple procedure gives a snoop full access to the Phone app on the iPhone, which contains the address book, voicemail and call history. tried out the procedure with complete success on an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

Apple did not immediately return a phone call or e-mail requesting comment.

Though hailed as one of the best-selling handsets on the market, security researchers have criticized the iPhone for its weak security. A very similar security flaw discovered on the iPhone in 2008 allowed people to easily bypass the lock screen to access mail, contacts and bookmarks. Apple later acknowledged the bug and issued a software update patching the issue.

Hat-tip: 9 to 5 Mac

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October 25, 2010

Wi-Fi Alliance: Wi-Fi Direct™

October 25, 2010

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct™: Personal, portable Wi-Fi® that goes with you anywhere, any time

Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct™ is a certification mark for devices supporting a game-changing new technology enabling Wi-Fi devices to connect directly, making it simple and convenient to do things like print, share, synch and display. Products bearing the Wi-Fi Direct certification mark can connect to one another without joining a traditional home, office or hotspot network.

Mobile phones, cameras, printers, PCs, and gaming devices can now connect to each other directly to transfer content and share applications quickly and easily. Devices can make a one-to-one connection, or a group of several devices can connect simultaneously. Connecting Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices is easy and simple, in many cases only requiring the push of a button. Moreover, all Wi-Fi Direct connections are protected by WPA2™, the latest Wi-Fi security technology. With Wi-Fi Direct, you do not need an access point or internet connection – your personal Wi-Fi network goes with you wherever you go.

See it in action! 


When would I use Wi-Fi Direct?

You will use Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices for all kinds of applications – to share your content, synch your data, socialize, play games, play audio and video, and more – all the things you do with your Wi-Fi devices today, only easier and without worrying about finding an internet connection.  Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices can form connections with nearly all the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices you and your friends already have.  You only need one Wi-Fi Direct device to form a group.  Now, Wi-Fi isn’t just about accessing the internet – but about connecting all the Wi-Fi devices you and your friends have – anytime, anywhere – to enable your connected life.

In a recent study, consumers around the world told us they would most want to use Wi-Fi Direct for instant messaging, sharing pictures with friends and family, displaying those pictures from a portable device to a monitor or TV screen, video chatting, and playing video games with others while not at home, such as when using public transit.1

How does Wi-Fi Direct work?

Wi-Fi Direct device connections can happen anywhere, anytime – even when you don’t have access to a Wi-Fi network.  Your Wi-Fi Direct device will signal to other devices in the area that it can make a connection.  You can view available devices and ask them to connect, or you might receive an invitation to connect to another Wi-Fi Direct device.  When two or more Wi-Fi Direct-certified devices connect directly, they have formed a Wi-Fi Direct Group, using Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ and the latest Wi-Fi security. Now you can get started doing all the exciting things that Wi-Fi Direct enables!

1 Wi-Fi Alliance and Wakefield Research, Global Wi-Fi Survey, August 2010.

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US approves world's biggest solar energy project

October 25, 2010

US approves world’s biggest solar energy project

October 25, 2010 –> Solar panels generate electricity in Chicago


Solar panels generate electricity in Chicago, Illinois. The United States approved on Monday a permit for the largest solar energy project in the world — four massive plants at the cost of one billion dollars each in southern California.

The United States approved on Monday a permit for the largest solar energy project in the world — four massive plants at the cost of one billion dollars each in southern California.

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“The Blythe solar power plant will consist of four, 250-Megawatt plants, built on public lands in the sun-drenched Mojave desert,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said.

“When completed the project is expected to generate up to 1,000 of energy… That’s enough electricity to power up to 750,000 average American homes and to make Blythe the largest facility in the world.”

The total capacity will be roughly equal to the turbine output of a or a large modern coal-fired power plant, according to Solar Millennium, the company developing the facility.

Solar Millennium plans to begin construction on Blythe this year, the company says on its website. At the height of construction, the project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs.

The Blythe facility is one of a raft of renewable energy projects that have been approved in recent weeks by the Interior Department.

Earlier this month, Salazar approved the first five renewable energy projects on public lands, four in California and one in Nevada, both states that have been hard hit by the .

Two weeks ago, Salazar inaugurated the world’s largest wind tower manufacturing plant in the working class town of Pueblo, Colorado, which will be run by Danish company Vestas Wind Systems.

One week earlier he signed a lease for the first major , off the coast of New Jersey.

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  • WhiteJim – 38 minutes ago
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    When the banks pay back the 600 Billion it can be spent on 600 plants at one billion dollars each… end of energy problem for most of North America. The money is obviously available since it is used for financial problems easily enough.
  • Eikka – 30 minutes ago
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    I don’t see how you can equate the waxing and waning of solar power to the power output of a nuclear powerplant, unless you take the word “roughly” quite literally.

    In any case, all the best for the project. Wake me up when they’ve figured out how to smooth the output without using “virtual batteries” (aka. coal power running somewhere else)

    The reason being that all the solar energy in the world can’t break the dependence on fossil fuels unless you figure out a way to put sunlight in a bag and release it when needed.

  • Bob_Wallace – 16 minutes ago
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    Eikka – the current need for power is during peak hours, not at night. It would be extremely expensive to build a nuclear plant and use its power only half the day. Solar works great for peak hour supply.

    Output is smoothed via inverters on panels. It doesn’t matter if one or a few panels are temporarily shaded.

    Finally, we know how to store energy. We’ve been using pump-up storage for a hundred years. We built quite a bit back when we were building nuclear in order to time shift nuclear plant output. We’re building more.

    (Not that we need storage for solar at this time. The grid can adjust for varying inputs/outputs as it already does.)

  • El_Nose – 3 minutes ago
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    easiest way to smooth out the output is … and the type of solar plant is not mentioned — but to built a solar concentrator. These plants tend to be the most expensive type of solar plant to built. They basically fous the sun’s rays on a column of salt and make that baby boil. The boiling salt puts pressure into the system and drives turbines and keeps energy production going well into the night…. It’s not perfect but it smoothes out that curve for you.

    Or heating a salt mine in the ground and using that pressure when night comes to provide extra long lasting power throughout the night.

    The only question is how economic these technologies are.. and how low the cost can go with more and more development.

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Dalai Lama – University of Miami

October 24, 2010

The University of Miami is honored to host a return visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, who will speak on “The Quest for Happiness in Challenging Times,” at the BankUnited Center at 1:30 p.m. on October 26. The event, which is intended for the UM community, will be open to UM students, faculty, staff and invited guests.


In 2004, the Dalai Lama spoke on “A Human Approach to World Peace” to the University of Miami, which honored him with an honorary doctorate of humane letters in recognition of his role as both a spiritual and world leader. Based in Dharamsala in Northern India since his exile from Tibet more than 50 years ago, His Holiness the Dalai Lama leads his people in a non-violent struggle for justice in their homeland.


“We are honored once again to host His Holiness the Dalai Lama on our campus,” said University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala.  “His Holiness teaches us all an important lesson in hope, compassion, and humility.”


The Dalai Lama’s speech will be webcast live. Details regarding the live webcast will be posted when they become available.

Generosity Might Keep Us Healthy: Scientific American Podcast

October 23, 2010

Generosity Might Keep Us Healthy

Psychologist Liz Dunn spoke with us from the PopTech conference in Camden, ME about the link between greed and long-term health. Christie Nicholson reports