Dr. Kristin Yvonne Rozier – No More Helicopter Parenting: Intelligent Autonomous UAS's

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Dr. Kristin Yvonne Rozier – No More Helicopter Parenting: Intelligent Autonomous UAS’s

NASA’s efforts to promote careers in STEM

Jul 28, 2014

Safety is NASA’s top priority! The search for innovative new ways to validate and verify is vital for the development of safety-critical systems. Such techniques have been successfully used to assure systems for air traffic control, airplane separation assurance, autopilots, logic designs, medical devices, and other functions that ensure human safety. Safety is important to ensure at all stages of a system’s lifetime, from design time to run time.
We take a look at an exciting recent advancement in run time System Health Management (SHM) for totally autonomous Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) tasked with important missions like wild-fire surveillance and earthquake response.
Our real-time, Realizable, Responsive, Unobtrusive Unit (rt-R2U2) meets the emerging needs for SHM of new safety-critical embedded systems like automated vehicles, UAS, or small satellites. SHM for these systems must be able to handle unexpected situations and adapt specifications quickly during flight testing between closely-timed consecutive missions, and must enable more advanced probabilistic reasoning for diagnostics and prognostics while running aboard limited hardware without affecting the certified on-board software.
Come learn about the new technologies that can enable a fire-fighting UAS to fly!
The series is presented by the Office of the Chief Scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center as part of the Center’s 75th anniversary celebration.

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We only have so much time to chase down what we don’t know and we constantly run into “research” from “influencers” who are nothing more than  embedded, paid, PR hacks, who make a living by wasting my time. What ever makes a company think I want to read that!
So sick of it!!!
I only want to find the circle of trust. I want to find the honest broker of good information. If only a search engine would do that for me.

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance

U.S. Senate bill proposes sweeping curbs on NSA surveillance  By By Doina Chiacu\


Senator Patrick Leahy will introduce legislation on Tuesday to ban the U.S. government’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records and Internet data and narrow how much information it can seek in any particular search.  

The bill, which has White House backing, goes further than a version passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in reducing bulk collection and may be more acceptable to critics who have dismissed other versions as too weak.  

Revelations last year by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden prompted  President Barack Obama to ask Congress in January to rein in the bulk collection and storage of records of millions of U.S. domestic telephone calls.


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Fact Sheet: Senate’s USA FREEDOM ACT OF 2014

The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 bans the bulk collection of Americans’private records.
• This bill enacts significant reforms to the surveillance
authorities that the government has used to justify collecting Americans’ telephone records and Internet metadata in bulk.
• It bans bulk collection by requiring the government to narrowly limit the scope of its collection, and makes clear that the
government may not collect all information relating to a
particular service provider or to a broad geographic region, such as a city, zip code or area code.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 provides the Intelligence Community
with the authority it needs to collect phone records in a more
targeted manner.
To replace bulk collection, the bill authorizes the use of
Section215 to obtain two hops of “call detail records” on a daily basis, if the government can demonstrate reasonable, articulable
suspicion that its search term is associated with a foreign
terrorist organization.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 expands government and company
reporting to the public.
• The bill requires the government to report the number of
individuals whose information has been collected under various
authorities; the number of those individuals who were likely
Americans; and the number of searches run on Americans in certain databases. It contains exceptions for numbers that are not
currently possible to generate.
• This bill gives private companies four options for reporting
public information about the number of FISA orders and national
security letters they receive.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 reforms the FISA Court process.
• This bill requires the FISA Court, in consultation with the
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, to appoint a panel ofspecial advocates who are to advance legal positions in support ofindividual privacy and civil liberties.
• This bill enhances mechanisms for appellate review of
FISA Court decisions. The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 brings
Section 215 and National Security Letter nondisclosure orders intocompliance with the First Amendment.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 imposes new privacy protections for
FISA pen registers.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 prohibits the use of unlawfully
obtained information under Section 702 of FISA.
The USA FREEDOM Act of 2014 extends the June 2015 USA PATRIOT Act sunsets to December 2017, to bring them in line with the current
FISA Amendments Act sunset.

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Video interview of Snowden by the Guardian

A very interesting interview:
He doesn’t drink, he’s reading Dostoevsky and, no, he doesn’t wear a disguise. A year after blowing the whistle on the NSA, America’s most wanted talks frankly about his life as a hero-pariah – and why the world remains ‘more dangerous than Orwell imagined’.

FBI's new facial recognition database, containing data for almost a third of the US population

The Machine’ depicted in CBS’s ‘Person of Interest’
Who will watch/oversee the watchers?
If you thought that the NSA wanted too much personal information, just wait a few months. The EFF is reporting that the FBI’s new facial recognition database, containing data for almost a third of the US population, will be ready to launch this summer. Codenamed NGI, the system combines the bureau’s 100 million-strong fingerprint database with palm prints, iris scans and mugshots. Naturally, this has alarmed privacy advocates, since it’s not just felons whose images are added, but anyone who has supplied a photo ID for a government job or background check. According to the EFF’s documents, the system will be capable of adding 55,000 images per day, and could have the facial data for anything up to 52 million people by next year. Let’s just hope that no-one tells the Feds about Facebook, or we’re all in serious trouble.

butterfly labs scam

Butterfly Labs allegedly bought a site just to remove content that criticized it, a move that will only make its reputation worse

Thanks to Butterfly Labs vice president of marketing, Jeff Ownby
Bitcoin company Butterfly Labs was recently accused of buying the site Buttcoin.org with the intention of improving its reputation on search engines. Now, Buttcoin’s previous owner is making sure the opposite happens to Butterfly Labs.
One Buttcoin article that criticized Butterfly Labs’ hardware and often appeared in results for the search term “butterfly labs scam” now features an entirely new headline – “The $22,484 Butterfly Labs Mini Rig bitcoin miner is a sexy bitcoin mining machine” (the previous headline called it a “huge, broken, unstable piece of s—t”).
BFL initially estimated a ship date of late November 2012, but the deadline passed and the ASIC machines didn’t appear. Customers got progressively more agitated. In January 2013, Micon wrote on the Bitcoin Forum, the go-to locale for Bitcoin-related discussion, that he “smelled a rat“:

My personal best-guess as to what is going on in general at BFL is that they collected a massive amount (many millions when delimited in USD, exact figure unknown) of pre-orders, thought whatever sourcing they had contracted with could produce working ASIC chips, then there were many delays for many technical reasons likely costing BFL more money, so they responded by massively increasing advertising for more pre-orders. Many ads that are floating around Bitcointalk still say simply “xx Gh/s for $xxx Butterfly labs” when they are clearly not capable of shipping said product at this time. It is impossible to know the exact current state of the company, but it is my impression after my personal interactions with the company executives that they are stressed and lying to the public. They may have a hail-Mary play gambling community pre-order money on another run of chips, or they may have absolutely no product and are collecting as much as possible before they go belly-up, either legally with a chapter whatever bankruptcy or illegally by jumping on a plane with a thumbdrive full of BTC. 1 man’s thoughts, 1 man’s investigation. I smell a rat and I think this one may set the record for biggest btc community loss.

Soon after, Micon put his bitcoins where his mouth was, placing bets on the BFL’s ability to deliver hardware:

At least one ASIC-based Butterfly Labs product will demonstrate 350 Mhash/Joule or more, at stock frequency/voltage, at room temperature, for a sustained period of time of at least 60 minutes, with appropriate current-measuring equipment on the device’s power input(s). Power consumption shall be measured by adding up current from all the device’s DC inputs (12V jack, USB cable, etc.) It will not be measured “at the wall.” The purpose of this bet is to avoid wildly varying efficiencies of power adapters and computer hosts. This bet applies to all ASIC-based products that Butterfly Labs will deliver to the general public. This includes the “SuperComputer” family (Jalapeno, Single SC, Mini Rig SC), as well as possibly any unannounced product that the company will be shipping by June 30, 2013.
This statement is true if, for example, the Single SC achieves 40 Ghash/s at 114 Watt or less (40000/114 = 351 Mhash/Joule) as measured with a clamp meter on its 12V DC input and 5V (USB) input.
This statement is false if all Butterfly Labs products fail to achieve 350 Mhash/Joule, or if Butterfly Labs fails to deliver any product at all.

Finally, over a year after the first orders were placed, after hundreds of angry comments and reddit threads and tweets (example: “WTF is wrong with you? You can’t deliver shit yet u take more $$? Stop fucking delaying Singles on purpose!!”), BFL shipped its first machines in early June 2013. (Arsreceived a review model of the 5 GH/s low-end “Jalapeño” machine a few weeks earlier in May 2013. Look for our full review soon.)
This month, BFL announced it was selling the bare ASIC chips (without the associated hardware) for $75 apiece. BFL is also crediting chips to customers “as a thank you to our customers for being patient with us” for all orders placed before April 1, 2013.
Sonny Chris Vleisides, who pled guilty to one count of mail fraud in 2010 (PDF) for being involved in an international lottery scam, is an executive at BFL. Jeff Ownby, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at BFL, told Ars that Vleisides is the “lead product developer—he’s the guy who dreams up the projects,” though he declined to provide more details beyond that. By Vleisides’ own account on a Bitcoin forum, he’s the president of a hosting company called Webspawner.com—but it’s not clear if he has a background in electrical engineering or hardware design.
Vleisides doesn’t own the company, though. According to incorporation documents filed in Wyoming, BF Labs Inc. has two listed directors: Chris Vleisides, a Kansas City photographer who takes photographs of the Kansas City Royals baseball team for a living, and an Iranian living in France named Nasser Ghosieri, who is also a “senior IT consultant” with Société Générale, a major French bank.

Government made $100 billion in improper payments to citizens

The federal government says it made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have been entitled to receive them. Tax credits went to families that didn’t qualify, unemployment benefits went to people who had jobs and medical payments were made for treatments that might not have been necessary. Congressional investigators say the figure could be even higher. The Obama administration has reduced the amount of improper payments since they peaked in 2010. Still, estimates from federal agencies show that some are wasting big money at a time when Congress is squeezing their budgets. The improper payments include overpayments, underpayments, payments to the wrong recipient and payments made without proper documentation.
Feds Blow $100 Billion Annually on Incorrect Payments
Btween 2002 and 2012, federal agencies spent more than half a trillion dollars ($688 billion) on payments that should never have been made.   Every year, according to their own recordkeeping, the agencies that administer major federal programs are now paying out more than $100 billion dollars improperly, and even though they’re aware of the problem, they recover only a tiny fraction for taxpayers. This adds up to huge losses for the U.S. Treasury.
The prime offender in fiscal 2013 was the Department of Health and Human Services. According to its 2013 financial report, the agency estimated that across seven of the programs it administers, it paid out $55.9 billion improperly.
Last year, 10.1 percent of the payments made under Medicare’s Fee for Service program, which is administered by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, were determined to be either errors or the result of fraud. The result was a net improper payout of $33.2 billion.  Payments made through Medicare Part C, a supplementary insurance program, were improper 9.5 percent of the time in 2013, for a net loss of $6.9 billion, while payments through Part D, for prescription drugs, were wrong in 3.7 percent of cases, costing the agency another $1.4 billion.
Government made $100B in improper payments
Most of the payments were deemed improper because they were issued without proper documentation, said Shantanu Agrawal, a deputy administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In some cases, the paperwork didn’t verify that services were medically necessary.  “Payments deemed ‘improper’ under these circumstances tend to be the result of documentation and coding errors made by the provider as opposed to payments made for inappropriate claims,” Agrawal said in prepared testimony for Wednesday’s hearing.
Medicaid Made $14.4 Billion Improper Payments Last Year GAO: problem will worsen under Obamacare 
Report http://gao.gov/assets/670/663306.pdf
June 19, 2014 8:59 am  The federal government paid out $14.4 billion in fraudulent reimbursements through Medicaid last year, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO).  Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) highlighted a recent GAO report on the lack of oversight within Medicaid’s managed care organizations (MCOs) delivery system, which accounts for roughly $4 billion in waste each year.  “Today’s report is particularly troubling given Obamacare expands this broken program without substantial reforms to protect patients and taxpayers,” Hatch said in a statement Wednesday. “CMS is responsible for safeguarding the billions of dollars it receives from hard-working American taxpayers, and I strongly urge [CMS] Administrator [Marilyn] Tavenner to implement the changes recommended by GAO to improve CMS oversight of MCO payments.”  “This report underscores the need for Medicaid reform in order to ensure that scarce tax dollars are used properly,” he said.
Overall, Medicaid covered 71.7 million Americans in fiscal year 2013, totaling $431.1 billion, an estimated $14.4 billion of which were improper payments.