Daily Archives: December 3, 2013

Views from the Solar System (175)

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Comet ISON Streams Toward the Sun

NASA – In the early hours of Nov. 27, 2013, Comet ISON entered the field of view of the European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. In this picture, called a coronagraph, the bright light of the sun itself is blocked so the structures around it are visible. The comet is seen in the lower right; a giant cloud of solar material, called a coronal mass ejection or CME, is seen billowing out under the sun.

Comet ISON, which began its trip from the Oort cloud region of our solar system, will reach its closest approach to the sun on Thanksgiving Day, skimming just 730,000 miles above the sun’s surface.

NASA is tracking Comet ISON’s journey and hosting events to discuss what the public worldwide may see as the comet traverses the sun. For the latest news and information, visit www.nasa.gov/ison.

Image Credit: ESA/NASA/SOHO

Get Ready For A New Way To Measure The Economy

BOOK REVIEW

The Structure of Production, Author: Mark Skousen.

Economic Logic, Author: Mark Skousen.

By Mark Skousen – Starting in spring 2014, the Bureau of Economic Analysis will release a breakthrough new economic statistic on a quarterly basis. It’s called Gross Output, a measure of total sales volume at all stages of production.

It’s about time. Starting with my work The Structure of Production in 1990 and Economics on Trial in 1991, I have made the case that we needed a new statistic beyond GDP that measures spending throughout the entire production process, not just final output. GO is a move in that direction – a personal triumph 25 years in the making.

GO is a measure of the “make” economy, while GDP represents the “use” economy. Both are essential to understanding how the economy works. more> http://tinyurl.com/py6vyg4

Updates from CHICAGO BOOTH

A simple way to reduce wasteful government spending
By Robin Mordfin – As in public-sector spending cycles around the world, most US federal agencies must use all of their discretionary budgets before the end of the fiscal year or return the unused portion to the Treasury. If Congress interprets the return of funds as a sign that the established budget is too large, lawmakers could cut the agency’s budget in the following fiscal year. Consequently, agencies have an incentive to spend any money left in their budgets, regardless of whether such spending is justified or not.

Solution: allow agencies to roll over unused funds into the next fiscal year and don’t let Congress use the funds as a gauge by which they reduce future budgets. more> http://tinyurl.com/o9cnc7t

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3-D images, with only one photon per pixel

By Larry Hardesty – In a conventional lidar system, the laser fires pulses of light toward a sequence of discrete positions, which collectively form a grid; each location in the grid corresponds to a pixel in the final image. The technique, known as raster scanning, is how old cathode-ray-tube televisions produced images, illuminating one phosphor dot on the screen at a time.

The MIT researchers’ system, by contrast, fires repeated bursts of light from each position in the grid only until it detects a single reflected photon; then it moves on to the next position. more> http://tinyurl.com/ltlrb7x

The real reason for the IP-propaganda

English: Connections on an Ethernet switch. Es...

English: Connections on an Ethernet switch. Español: Conexión en un Ethernet switch.
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Robert Morlan – There has been a long standing effort to bring about an all-IP (Internet Protocol) network. The real reason behind this effort is to make it easier for spying.

POTS, TDM & ATM is a nuisance to those that want to be able to spy on data networks. There is no industry led agenda to make these systems and technologies obsolete. The source of this agenda is coming from government and political forces to expand, converge, and exclusively operate Ethernet to make spying easier.

Common Sense tells us that when we start replacing TDM/ATM, SDH/SONET WAN with Ethernet, security is not our concern. The problem is that the old technologies make it almost impossible to hack into service provider networks. Ethernet makes it so much easier to collect data from the Internet and it’s users.

So we have all these political and corporate puppets promoting convergence.™¦

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