Daily Archives: May 7, 2013

The Republican Party’s Death Spiral Continues: Here’s How To Stop It

By Ralph Benko – The GOP has relapsed into a potentially fatal business-as-usual complacency.

That lesson — You’ve got to have the people on your side — if you want to win — applies with equal force to politics.  The national GOP is losing by old fashioned bad policy and bad politics: failure to champion a practical recipe for equitable prosperity for working people, failure to champion civil liberties, and failure to stand for (small r) republican principles.  The GOP thereby lost, and continues to lose, the hearts and minds of the people.  Instead of confronting this fact, the Republican Party elites now are focusing on — weaponizing bytes. more> http://tinyurl.com/cb9834g


Google Now: Is It Magic, or Just Plain Creepy?

By Mathew Ingram – Meanwhile, the second Google Now card showed the traffic on the highway and told me I should probably give myself more time than usual to get to the airport–and when I got closer to the time of my departure, a third card showed my boarding pass information, including boarding time and the gate number (Google Now got that info from my calendar, but it also supports scannable boarding passes for a limited number of airlines.) more> http://tinyurl.com/c5qrnfj

Unknown Signoff

By Graham Bell – Continued increases in SOC integration and the interaction of blocks in various states of power management are exacerbating the X problem. In simulation, the X value is assigned to all memory elements by default. While hardware resets can be used to initialize registers to known values, resetting every flop or latch is not practical because of routing overhead. For synchronous resets, synthesis tools typically club these with data-path signals, thereby losing the distinction between X-free logic and X-prone logic. This in turn causes unwarranted X-propagation during the reset simulation phase.

Lisa Piper, from Real Intent, presented a solution to the X-propagation problem that is part technology and part methodology. more> http://tinyurl.com/d77nhcg

Updates from BOEING

Boeing – The experimental X-51A WaveRider aircraft, powered by a scramjet engine designed to reach hypersonic speeds, did just that as it hit Mach 5, which is nearly 4,000 miles per hour. It flew for a total of six minutes, and three and a half of those minutes were with the scramjet engine, breaking its own record from its first flight in 2010 when the WaveRider flew for 143 seconds.

The X-51A WaveRider is an unmanned, autonomous supersonic combustion, ramjet-powered hypersonic flight-test demonstrator for the U.S. Air Force. The X-51A demonstrates a scalable, robust endothermic hydrocarbon-fueled scramjet propulsion system in flight, as well as high temperature materials, airframe/engine integration and other key technologies within the hypersonic range of Mach 4.5 to 6.5. more> http://tinyurl.com/d2pzp66


CONGRESS WATCH Begich on Increasing U.S. Icebreaking Capacity and Marine Traffic, YouTube [VIDEO 5:40] Begich on the NOAA Observer Program, YouTube [VIDEO 3:19]


CONGRESS WATCH Boxer Urges Department of Veterans Affairs to Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans at Risk for Suicide, US Senate Evaluation of Mental Health Treatment Continuity at Veterans Health Administration Facilities (pdf), Department of Veterans Affairs (va.gov)