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Alzheimers Cure – American Airlines Tablet Disaster – Feds Looking for Back Door – Show Notes

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

The team reports fully restoring the memory function of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue.

If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions, and Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of both types.

The team describes the technique as using a particular type of ultrasound called a focused therapeutic ultrasound, which non-invasively beams sound waves into the brain tissue. By oscillating super-fast, these sound waves are able to gently open up the blood-brain barrier, which is a layer that protects the brain against bacteria, and stimulate the brain’s microglial cells to activate. Microglila cells are basically waste-removal cells, so they’re able to clear out the toxic beta-amyloid clumps that are responsible for the worst symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

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Third-party app crashed American Airlines pilots’ iPads and caused flight delays

Dozens of American Airlines flights were delayed on Tuesday after “a faulty iPad navigation app” caused the tablets to crash. Despite Boeing 737 pilots’ claims of all 737’s being grounded and a system-wide outage, American Airlines spokesperson Casey Norton said, “Initial reports on social media of a system-wide problem affecting a specific type of aircraft are inaccurate.” Instead, “several dozen” flights were affected by the outage.

In 2013, American Airlines was the first commercial carrier to deploy electronic flight bags and discontinue paper charts. At that time, more than 8,000 iPads were deployed to replace the 3,000-page, 35-pound paper-based manuals in the airline’s Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD-80. The change saved the airline “a minimum of 400,000 gallons and $1.2 million of fuel annually” and eliminated “24 million pages of paper documents.”

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Feds trying to get a “Back Door” for encrypted communications. Irate Congressman gives cops easy rule: “Just follow the damn Constitution”

Apple expands data encryption under iOS 8, making handover to cops moot. “Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data.”

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement to convince a Congressional subcommittee that technology firms actually need to weaken encryption in order to serve the public interest, lawmakers were not having it.

Daniel Conley, the district attorney in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, testified Wednesday before the committee that companies like Apple and Google were helping criminals by hardening encryption on their smartphones.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said “It is clear to me that creating a pathway for decryption only for good guys is technologically stupid, you just can’t do that,” he said, underscoring that he found Conley’s remarks “offensive.”

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Robbery suspect pulls guilty plea after stingray disclosure, case dropped.

“They won’t go to trial because they don’t want to explain this stuff, so they ended up dismissing it,” said the lead attorney involved in the case.

Stingrays, known more generically as cell-site simulators, are used by law enforcement agencies nationwide, although new documents have recently been released showing how they have been purchased and used in some limited instances. And cops have lied to courts about their use. Not only can stingrays be used to determine location by spoofing a cell tower, they can also be used to intercept calls and text messages. Typically, police deploy them without first obtaining a search warrant.

It is highly likely that the St. Louis Police Department has a non-disclosure agreement with the FBI along the lines of one recently revealed in a court case in Erie County, New York. In that case, a rare unredacted form demonstrated the full extent of the FBI’s attempt to quash public disclosure of stringray information. The most egregious example from the document showed that the FBI would prefer to drop a criminal case in order to protect secrecy surrounding the stingray.

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Tesla’s Battery Could Power Utilities

Elon Musk had to resist the urge to strike a Dr. Evil pose Thursday night as he talked about “billions” of batteries like Tesla Motors TSLA -0.01 % ’ new Powerpack effectively ending the energy business as we know it.

Tesla may be taking a page from Apple’s book. Decades ago, Apple took a technically difficult tool used mainly by die-hards, the personal computer, and popularized it. In the same way, Tesla’s sleekly packaged take on distributed power is “talking to the 99% of people who think it can’t be done and making something people think can be done,” says Rob Day, partner at Black Coral Capital, a clean technology venture-capital fund.

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See how old a computer thinks you are with Microsoft’s new website

Don’t waste the whole day on this, but Microsoft introduced How-Old.net, a website to guess how old you are, at today’s Microsoft conference this Friday.

How-Old.net isn’t highly accurate, but it’s close, and it’s getting better. It thinks Vin Diesel is 28 (actual age is 47) and Jennifer Lawrence is 29 (actual age 24). Vin must have better makeup 😉

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Mobilegeddon has arrived!

From now on, mobile friendliness of websites is a ranking signal all over the world. This update affects all mobile search queries. So, we analyzed the winners and losers of this update for rankings on google.com.

Get the report at http://bit.ly/1Q9RIP4

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Tom Cruise Minority Report

UK Using Computers to Predict Crime

Cover of "Minority Report [Blu-ray]"

The London Metropolitan Police are investing in technology designed to forecast where crimes will be committed.

In an initiative that echoes the hit film in which a ‘precrime’ department detains murderers before they kill, the force is using computers to map out where future burglaries are likely to take place.

Computer algorithms combine crime statistics and criminal behaviour models to produce ‘predictive areas’ where burglars and muggers are likely to target. Officers are then deployed to those areas, which cover a radius of no more than 250 yards, to act as a deterrent or even catch the villain in the act.

Analysis suggests the computer algorithms are ‘seven times more accurate than chance’. A pilot scheme saw ‘significant reductions’ in burglaries in Hackney, Wandsworth, Newham and Lewisham.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe now wants to use the technology to tackle antisocial behaviour and vehicle crime and extend its use across the capital.

The system was developed in America from the same kind of calculations used to predict earthquakes. It analyses times, dates, and places of crimes and predicts how many are likely to be carried out if the trend continues.

‘It’s the classic Minority Report, trying to prevent crime before it happens.’

In Minority report Cruise plays a police captain who heads up a ‘pre-crime’ department which stops criminals based on the information provided by three psychics called ‘precogs.’

 

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Misapplied Technology and London Riots

POLICAM surveillance camera and enclosure.

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The days of the friendly London Bobby strolling through a neighborhood, talking with passers-by and being offered the occasional tea are long gone.  London’s residents have become the most monitored in the free world, as nearly 500,000 video cameras (some of which cost up to $50k each) and microphones are set throughout the city recording the everyday actions of millions of people as they pass through old London town.  One of London’s own, George Orwell, had a vision of modern-day London which is coming true.

The original problem?  London’s unarmed police offers were being harassed and attacked and had little ability to defend themselves.

The solution? Get the Cops off the streets, and put them behind video screens where they could “more effectively” monitor crimes in all its forms throughout the city.

The result? Thousands of cameras are allowing the police to do post-crime investigation (“Dial 911 and Die”) quite effectively, however they just aren’t on-the-streets anymore and can’t help stop a brewing situation from overwhelming the city.

This appears to be just another mis-application of technology.  Although the cameras have allowed the London Police from having to be on the streets, the overwhelming results is that the Police are now very much out-of-touch with the “feel” of the street.  Something which isn’t possible with shiny, new CCTV technology.

Not to mention, the civil liberty implications…

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