Pence Asks Jesus to Rapture Him Up Before Mueller Can Indict Him | The New Yorker


Vice-President Mike Pence has requested that Jesus Christ rapture him up before the special counsel Robert Mueller can indict him, a source close to Pence confirmed on Friday.

After the news of Pence’s conversation with Jesus leaked to the press, the Vice-President released an official statement, intended to tamp down speculation about his rapture request.

Source: Pence Asks Jesus to Rapture Him Up Before Mueller Can Indict Him | The New Yorker

The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 12/4/17


WEEK OF DECEMBER 4TH

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
On Monday, the House will meet at 6:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Motion to Go to Conference on H.R. 1, and Democrat Motion to Instruct Conferees

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:

1) H.R. 3731 – Secret Service Recruitment and Retention Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. John Katko / Judiciary Committee)

2) H.R. 3317 – SAFE Act (Sponsored by Rep. Dave Trott / Judiciary Committee)

3) S. 1266 – Enhancing Veteran Care Act (Sponsored by Sen. James M. Inhofe / Veterans Affairs Committee)

4) H.Res. 259 – Expressing concern and condemnation over the political, economic, social, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Ron DeSantis / Foreign Affairs Committee)

5) H.R. 2658 – Venezuela Humanitarian Assistance and Defense of Democratic Governance Act of 2017, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Eliot Engel / Foreign Affairs Committee)

6) H.Con.Res. 90 – Condemning ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya and calling for an end to the attacks in and an immediate restoration of humanitarian access to the state of Rakhine in Burma, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Joseph Crowley / Foreign Affairs Committee)

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.

On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.

H.R. 38 – Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson / Judiciary Committee)

H.R. 3971 – Community Institution Mortgage Relief Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Claudia Tenney / Financial Services Committee)

H.R. 477 – Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act of 2017, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Bill Huizenga / Financial Services Committee)

Consideration of Legislation Making Further Appropriations for FY 2017

Additional Legislative Items are Possible
Committee activity for the week of December 4 can be found here.

Source: The Leader’s Weekly Schedule – Week of 12/4/17

Scientists Look to Mushrooms to Create Next-Generation Antibiotics


A research team from the University of Bristol has combined the innovation of synthetic biology with chemistry to create a brand-new platform that will lead to the production of new antibiotics that are the derivatives of pleuromutilin, with the core pleuromutilin isolated from the mushroom Clitopilus passeckerianus.

Pleuromutilin derivatives are potent antibacterial drugs, but require difficult chemical modifications.

Source: Scientists Look to Mushrooms to Create Next-Generation Antibiotics

Turning Emissions into Fuel


MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products.

The membrane, made of a compound of lanthanum, calcium, and iron oxide, allows oxygen from a stream of carbon dioxide to migrate through to the other side, leaving carbon monoxide behind. Other compounds, known as mixed ionic electronic conductors, are also under consideration in their lab for use in multiple applications including oxygen and hydrogen production.

Source: Turning Emissions into Fuel

New Army trusted ground-control tech stops enemy drone cyber attack attempts | Military & Aerospace Electronics


cyber-hardening unmanned aircraft control stations is a way to better defend against enemy “hacking,” “jamming” and “interference” with video feeds, Army officials say.

The upgrade, described as a software and hardware obsolescence project, will use an emerging Army software architecture called Future Airborne Capability Environment, or FACE. The re-architected software is designed to lower costs and accommodate new technologies and upgrades more efficiently – while strengthening cyber security.

Source: New Army trusted ground-control tech stops enemy drone cyber attack attempts – Military & Aerospace Electronics

Marine Corps orders 1U rugged computer servers for the battlefield from Leonardo DRS


U.S. Marine Corps combat networking experts needed 1U-sized computer servers rugged enough for battlefield use in the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) tactical communications networks. They found their solution from Leonardo DRS Network & Imaging Systems LLC in Melbourne, Fla.

The DDS-M is part of the Marine Corps’s Tactical Networking Systems family of baseband networking hardware and software that provide services for MAGTF tactical communications networks. Marine Corps Tactical Networking Systems comprises the Tactical Data Network (TDN) Data Distribution System-Modular (DDS-M) core, and expansion modules; the digital technical control (DTC); and the tactical voice switching system (TVSS).

Source: Marine Corps orders 1U rugged computer servers for the battlefield from Leonardo DRS

Rockwell Collins to deliver new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye military aircraft tactics trainer to U.S. Navy | Aerospace


“The Navy will have the tools they need to maintain readiness and train personnel on the complicated mission scenarios involving the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye,” says Nick Gibbs, vice president and general manager of Simulation & Training Solutions (STS) for Rockwell Collins. “Our expertise and experience in developing previous iterations of E-2D training systems helped us meet the Navy’s exact requirements for this program when no one else could.”

The training system can be integrated with other trainers throughout the U.S. and can support high-fidelity training in a Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) environment. The new tactics trainer will be installed at Naval Base Ventura County in Point Mugu, California, and is expected to be completed by August 2020.

Source: Rockwell Collins to deliver new E-2D Advanced Hawkeye military aircraft tactics trainer to U.S. Navy – Intelligent Aerospace

New Ethernet MCU Could Simplify Creation of Sensor Networks | Design News


A new family of microcontrollers (MCU) from Texas Instruments Inc. promises to simplify the process of creating wired and wireless sensor networks for factory automation, building control, and other IoT applications.

SimpleLink MSP432 Ethernet MCUs are said to help design engineers by enabling them to more easily create Ethernet-based gateways, which are going to be increasingly important for applications with large numbers of sensors. “We solve the Ethernet hardware problem for our customers by putting everything into a single chip,” noted Dung Dang, product marketing engineer for Texas Instruments.

“So they can shrink the size of their (circuit) board, spend less time debugging their layout, and spend more time focusing on their application.”

Source: New Ethernet MCU Could Simplify Creation of Sensor Networks | Design News

7 Reasons Open Source Software Should Be Avoided | Design News


Throughout my travels I encounter quite a few development teams that seem to live by the adage, “The best software is free software.”

The moment they hear the words “Open Source” the heavens open, the choirs begin singing, and all thought about doing due diligence on the open source code is gone. That’s the direction, no matter the integration costs, no matter how badly support is lacking, that’s it! Put the blinders on, kick back, put the safety belt on and enjoy the ride.

As much potential as open source software can provide, there are several reasons why embedded software developers should avoid it like the plague.

  1. Lacks a traceable software development life cycle
  2. Designed for functionality not robustness
  3. Accidentally exposing confidential intellectual property
  4. Lacking automated or manual tests
  5. Poor documentation or documentation that is lacking completely
  6. Real-time support is lacking
  7. Integration is never as easy as it seems

Source: 7 Reasons Open Source Software Should Be Avoided | Design News

Pain Points and Compromises: How Ajay Bhatt Engineered USB Into a Standard | Design News


Since his retirement, Ajay Bhatt, who spent over two decades at Intel specializing in platform architectures and developing technologies such as accelerated graphics port (AGP) and PCI-Express, has spent the last year experimenting with the Internet of Things (IoT), specifically by building a own smart home.

“My whole mission in life is to make things easy to work with and easy to design. I’m just starting to play with things and figure out how it should be. Before I know the answer I want to know what the current problems are with existing systems.”

The irony of what he’s doing isn’t lost on Bhatt. As one of the key developers of USB Bhatt and his associates at Intel created a universal standard for connecting devices via cable. Today USB ports are as ubiquitous as wall outlets and you’d be hard pressed to find a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone that doesn’t take advantage of it in some way.

But right now the world of IoT is anything but standardized as companies compete over not only who can offer the best and “smartest” devices for your home, office, and even the factory but also over what standards and protocols will drive the entire Industry 4.0.

Source: Pain Points and Compromises: How Ajay Bhatt Engineered USB Into a Standard | Design News