Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Technology. Show all posts

1/27/2015

Greek air force F-16 crashes [PHOTOS, RAW-VIDEO], 10 ten dead and 13 injured

Greek air force F-16 crashes [PHOTOS, RAW-VIDEO], 10 ten dead and 13 injured, A Greek Air Force F-16 crashes in Spain, causing at least 10 ten deaths and 13 injuries.

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The Greek Air Force F-16 crashed on takeoff on Monday afternoon in south-eastern Spain, according to the Spanish Ministry of Defense. Both pilots of the jet died in the crash.

"At the moment we have ten people dead and 13 injured," said the spokesman adding that among the wounded seven have serious injuries. 7 of those hurt were Italian.

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The fighter plane, which was due to take part in NATO training exercises, crashed to the ground upon takeoff at Los Llanos airbase.

Based on initial reports, there were no U.S. personnel killed but an unknown number were treated for minor injuries, said Air Force Lt. Col. Vanessa Hillman, a Pentagon spokeswoman.

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Los Llanos serves as one of the bases for NATO forces' training, where pilots hone their skillsets.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he was "deeply saddened" by the crash.

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"This is a tragedy which affects the whole NATO family. I express my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones and the nations of those who lost their lives, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured," he said in a statement.

"The plane was taking part in an exercise in the framework of NATO's Tactical Leadership Program, which aims to improve multinational cooperation in air operations," Stoltenberg said.



1/21/2015

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed

By Tashi Singh

[PHOTOS\VIDEO] 3D-printed apartment building Constructed, Chinese construction company WinSun has used a 3D printer to produce buildings.

After printing 10 homes at a cost of just $5,000 in 24 hours in March of 2014 using a mixture of ground industrial and construction waste as the material, WinSun achieved another incredible milestone: printing a five-story apartment building.

CNet reports that WinSun also printed a 12,000 square foot mansion in an industrial park. The company seemingly emerged from nowhere and surprised everyone.

WinSun managed to 3D print the entire apartment building, consisting of 6 stories, as well as an impressive house.
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These structures were unveiled at the Suzhou Industrial Park, of east China's Jiangsu Province, and the apartment building alone features a structure which is approximately 1,100 square meters in size.

Using a machine which measures a massive 20 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 132 feet long, the team at WinSun started with a basic CAD drawing which they fed to the staggering 3D printer that was able to create the structure piece-by-piece using a specially formulated and patented ‘ink’.

The ink includes construction waste like concrete, fiberglass, sand, and a special hardening agent. The walls and other pieces of the structure were constructed offsite with a diagonal reinforced print pattern, which were then shipped in and pieced together.

WinSun then placed beam columns and steel rebar within the walls, along with insulation, reserving space for pipe lines, windows and doors.



Boy makes braille lego printer for $350 [PHOTO\VIDEO]

By Toshiba Reynolds

Boy makes braille lego printer for $350 [PHOTO\VIDEO], A 12-year-old has invented a low cost braille printer made out of Lego bricks. Shubham Banerjee, is a California seventh grader and created the braille printer out of Lego for a science fair project.

Braille printers go for about $2,000 but Banerjee`s goes for around $350. He calls his invention the BRAIGO - as in braille with Lego.

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Executives at Intel were so impressed with Shubham’s printer that in November they invested an undisclosed amount in his startup. Intel officials believe him to be the youngest entrepreneur to receive venture capital, money invested in exchange for a financial stake in the company.

Banerjee, who has relatives in Toronto, has been featured on CNN, CBC, National Public Radio.

SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Shubham Banerjee has done something utterly remarkable: the seventh grader has used a $350 robotics kit made by Lego, plus some basic items from the hardware store, to build a braille printer. He calls his invention the BRAIGO - as in braille with Lego. And Mr. Banerjee joins us now from Santa Clara, California. Thanks so much for being with us.

SHUBHAM BANERJEE: Sure, no problem. It's a pleasure.

SIMON: Well, what inspired you to try and use a Lego kit to make a braille printer?

BANERJEE: First of all, I've been loving Legos since I was 2 years old. And so you know those flyers that come to your house that say help the blind people with donations, help the poor, right?

SIMON: Yeah.

BANERJEE: So, one of the flyers came to my parents and it said help the blind with donations. So then I just, out of curiosity, I just asked my parents how do blind people read? So, then I learned about braille and how it works and all the braille printers, how it can be very costly at times. So, then I thought it would actually be cool to combine my love with Legos and do something good with it. So, I actually did it. I made the braille printer out of Legos.

SIMON: Can you tell us how it works without giving away the genius of your invention?

BANERJEE: OK. Oh yeah, sure. So, it basically, it has three motors and each motor does its own cool thing. So, like motor B, it pulls the pin up and down so it can actually make holes. And motor A, it pushes the paper forward. And motor C, it makes the pin go right and left. Go here to read the rest of the interview.

Worst passwords of 2014 list

By Ann Warren

Worst passwords of 2014 list, For the fourth consecutive year, SplashData announces its list of the 25 most common passwords found on the Internet.

The incredible amount of times they are used makes them the "Worst Passwords" & will expose anyone to being hacked or having their identities stolen.


SplashData's yearly list of the worst passwords shows we tend to be kinda lazy about the whole “digital security” thing. The 2014 top 25 passwords represented about 2.2% of passwords exposed. Football, baseball, 696969, Batman and Superman are all new to the list.

Just take a look at the  list:

1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 123456789
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football
11. 1234567
12. monkey
13. letmein
14. abc123
15. 111111
16. mustang
17. access
18. shadow
19. master
20. michael
21. superman
22. 696969
23. 123123
24. batman
25. trustno1

To make matters worse, many of these bad passwords have been on the worst-passwords list for years, making hacking whatever they are supposed to protect seem like childs play.

Last year, 'password' topped the list so I guess there is some small progress that folks are not typing in the worst password you could ever use.