Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

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Orion Crew Module at Kennedy Space Center

NASA – Astronaut Don Pettit watches as a technician works on the Orion crew module inside the Operations and Checkout Building high bay at Kennedy Space Center on March 21, 2013.

The last of eight reaction control system (RCS) pods for the first flight test of Orion has arrived at Kennedy Space Center‘s Operations and Checkout Building from the manufacturer, Aerojet, in Redmond, Wash. The pods will provide the critical maneuvers necessary for Orion’s re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere during Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1), scheduled to launch in 2014.

Orion is the exploration spacecraft designed to carry humans farther into space than ever before. The spacecraft will provide emergency abort capability, sustain crews during space travel and provide safe re-entry from deep-space return velocities.

Read more about Orion

Image Credit: NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis

The Great American Hospital Pricing Scam Exposed

By Rick Ungar – For the very first time, the federal government is publicly releasing the “rate card” (the full charge before insurance company discounts) prices hospitals throughout the nation charge.

While hospitals have long been required to share this data with the CMS–raising questions as to why the federal government has been willing to participate in keeping this data secret for so long–hospital providers have traditionally guarded this information from the public as carefully as the launch codes required to start a nuclear holocaust.

Until today (May 08).

Take a look at this fascinating graphic provided by The Huffington Post showing the comparative pricing for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in the New York area – $99,690 (New Jersey), $7,044 (Bronx). more> http://tinyurl.com/c3p4q4l

Is Europe losing faith in the EU?

By Frederick Kempe – Happy Europe Day!

If you don’t know May 9 is Europe Day, then you find yourself in good company with a majority of Europeans. Even in the most buoyant time, this holiday – marking the Schuman Declaration, presented by French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman in 1950, that launched the European Coal and Steel Community – doesn’t come with the transcontinental fireworks of America’s July 4.

The percentage of European nationals who distrust the European Union is growing with alarming speed, according to the Eurobarometer, a public opinion service of the European Commission. In November 2012, some 72 percent of Spaniards said they “tended not to trust the EU,” compared to just 23 percent five years earlier. In Italy, the figure has spiked to 56 percent from 41 percent. more> http://tinyurl.com/cwltxbm


Creating Virtual Platform Models

By Jason Andrews – Designing models is different than designing hardware in Verilog or VHDL because the actions are much more abstract, and the goal is usually to provide the needed functionality with high performance. This means there is less thinking about state machine design and clocks, and more thinking about the register interface and what is supposed to happen when registers are accessed.

Recently, I found an old piece of scratch paper in my backpack that I had used to create a new model. The picture is a little hard to see, but what I did was draw some pictures of the key registers and fields and map out what kind of actions were needed on reads and writes to those registers, and what kind of side effects (such as changes to other registers) were needed. more> http://tinyurl.com/brn4l54

Updates from WordPress

WordPress.com – I (Lorraine Murphy) came to WordPress.com after I lost 400,000 words on my first blog, when the Diary-X service went down with no backups. I searched for the most secure, turnkey system I could find; everyone I trusted suggested WordPress, and WordPress.com in particular — they knew I didn’t want to get “under the hood” and tinker. more> http://tinyurl.com/cvvhw8s


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