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So, some interesting things have been happening in the world of drones. This TED video is a bit eye opening as to just how far things have gone. 
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Now this starts to open up some interesting territory, does it not? How far are we from the SWAT team just having the top of a truck open up and a swarm of meshed drones with infrared and other fun imaging start to hunt for folks? Drone enforced perimeters for protests?
How North Dakota became the first state to let police arm drones.
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Suppose you build an EMP device from a microwave oven...

a) How much can the range of the EMP be boosted?
b) Would that be "assault with a deadly weapon to a police officer equipment"?

I think I know the answer to question b), but I'm not sure about the answer to a).
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So I think the funny thing about this is that it's going to be mostly the private sector building space stations in either case. The question is what is the role of NASA at that point. Systems like Bigelow's inflatable modules pictured in the articles image, are designed to be mass produced, compact to launch, and modular to accommodate as many units as you can launch. I think as soon as the cost gets into the range of some nearer term ROI, the first station will launch. If SpaceX gets back in the air soon and gets that landing down, the cost will go down a whole lot sooner. Still waiting for the Bigelow test module to launch. That should be quite interesting to watch.
Commercial space stations could become a reality within the next 10 years if entrepreneurs and NASA can properly manage the tricky transition from the government-run International Space Station to privately built and operated facilities.
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+James Salsman Bigelow already has some pricing swags up for Space as a Service (http://bigelowaerospace.com/about/opportunities-pricing-services/) $25M USD and you can lease 110 cubic meters of space (1/3 of a B330 module for 2 months.) My guess is that they are just going to contract SpaceX to launch a new module as soon as they have a new one allocated. Granted, you have to also get a ride up there.
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This whole Ashley Madison crack seems to be easy content these days. I think the more interesting question is the topic of 'vigilantly' cracking. There is something 'noble' sounding about taking down adultery sites or pedophilia sites. The question is, is there a 'code of ethics' needed to not just enable the less skilled to turn around and exploit this data. i.e. there seems to be a fine line in this are between 'justice' and 'inciting chaos'. Is there a place for 'social justice' in the [h|cr]racker and if so, what should the 'rules' be?
TORONTO (AP) — The company behind the adultery website Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a group that hacked the site.
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Folks like this tend to justify actions after committing the crime. Again, that part interests me less here. To your 'property' argument, A.M. is on the defense now as there is a class action against them for not removing data folks paid them to remove. One  lawyer commenting on the case said:

"If I were representing Ashley Madison, I would look to see what my terms of use actually stated and I would argue I had in place reasonable security measures," Dayanim said. "And the fact those measures were hacked doesn't mean we breached our promises to our customers."

Like it or not, this is going to count against some precedent when it comes to the leaking of 'personal' data. There is no PCI or HIPAA here to protect this stuff.
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Another interesting side project out of Google. If you are in an area covered, you can calculate the amount of sun you get on your roof. Hopefully #SolarCity gets plugged into this. The interesting fact on this is that they are saying that lead generation actually factors into the base cost of solar panels currently. i.e. if Google can ease solar curious folk with solar providers, they can further drive down the base cost of going solar. Fun stuff. Alas, they have not got around to Minnesota yet. (Perhaps they did not want to deal with the complexity of adding snow to the calculations?)
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More progress. It's always good to be able to test as much as possible in the virtual world prior to the real thing. Way to go +SpaceX 
Provided that they stop spontaneously blowing up, SpaceX’s Dragon rockets will someday carry astronauts up to the International Space Station. It’s a long, potentially explosive road to a manned mission, but a recent ground simulation puts the team closer. http://gizmodo.com/spacex-explain... SpaceX Explains Why It Keeps Crash-Landing Rockets SpaceX Explains Why It Keeps Crash-Landing Rockets SpaceX Explains Why It Keeps Crash-Landing Rockets Spa...
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"Don't Tase Me Bro-bot!"
Extra points for nailing him in the back.
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So there are rumblings that the happenings with the Vivint reversal in Nevada are also bad news to #SolarCity, but there are 2 points that I look at with Nevada in particular. The 235 MW cap they talk about is for for net metered residential solar projects. (As a side note, how do you lose 20MW?... really?) Normally if you have solar and can't use the surplus during the day, you need the sell back to the grid to make the numbers work. If however you happen to have a battery (like <cough> the PowerWall) then you really don't care about the cap. Your ROI will come from not taping the grid at night (or what ever surplus you draw during the day). The second thing is that Tesla is also still due to outfit the Gigafactory (which may double in size) with solar. So it's not like there are no more large solar projects to be had in the state. While this may impact SolarCity some, I don't think it's going to have the Chicken Little impact that some folks are reacting to right now.
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So oddly enough, for all the press around what a difficult boss Elon can be, #SpaceX has rather high ratings on GlassDoor 4.0 stars is no small feat. 
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Not a bad idea. This puts Musk at owning near 21% of the company by the numbers. Looks like a maybe I time to pick up some stock.
The purchase comes at a time of transition, and a stock market lull, for the U.S. solar installer.
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This looks fun. If he can get this down to a science and the print time is reasonable, this could be a game changer.
 
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Are you a renter but still would like to contribute to getting more solar power in Minnesota? Well now you can. #SolarCity is helping XCel build out solar gardens with the energy being earmarked specifically for renters.
SolarCity (NASDAQ: SCTY), the nation's #1 solar power provider, and Minnetonka-based solar developer Sunrise Energy Ventures have partnered to create a new community solar program offering that allows renters, schools, municipalities and other current Xcel Energy customers to purchase renewable ...
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