Daily Archives: January 26, 2012

Views from the Solar System (22)


                                                                                                                                        
SPACE WATCH

Blue Marble
NASA – A ‘Blue Marble’ image of the Earth taken from the VIIRS instrument aboard NASA’s most recently launched Earth-observing satellite – Suomi NPP. This composite image uses a number of swaths of the Earth’s surface taken on January 4, 2012. The NPP satellite was renamed ‘Suomi NPP’ on January 24, 2012 to honor the late Verner E. Suomi of the University of Wisconsin.

Suomi NPP is NASA’s next Earth-observing research satellite. It is the first of a new generation of satellites that will observe many facets of our changing Earth.

Suomi NPP is carrying five instruments on board. The biggest and most important instrument is The Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite or VIIRS. Image Credit: NASA/NOAA/GSFC/Suomi NPP/VIIRS/Norman Kuring

The Lesson the Tech Community Should Have Learned from SOPA


By Aaron Ross Powell – Imagine you’re an expert in some field of technical knowledge. Your field impacts quite a lot of people but most of them don’t understand the details the way you do. One day, Congress proposes legislation called the Make Things Better Act, which, its sponsors say, will make things better.

But wait. The Act happens to deal with exactly the field you’re knowledgeable about. And you know what? It won’t make things better. In fact, it will make things far, far worse. Not only will it make things worse, but any benefits the legislation does create will accrue exclusively to a small but powerful interest group.

So you and your other technically-minded friends mobilize against the Make Things Better Act and, through coordination and outcry, succeed in killing it. Two days later, Congress proposes another piece of legislation called the It’s Good for the Children Act. more> http://tinyurl.com/7x7ss77

The Biggest Challenge Facing Both Romney and Obama


By William A. Galston – Unless something dramatic happens—fast—the general election will soon be upon us, with Mitt Romney as the Republican nominee, and President Obama fighting for a second term. But if the primary season has proven largely predictable, the next phase of the presidential campaign will likely have more than a few surprises in store. Romney and Obama will be competing on a playing field more polarized along partisan and ideological lines than at any time in recent history.

In the context of a more polarized electorate, both Obama and Romney will be challenged to maintain a precarious balance between the full-throated liberalism and conservatism that their respective bases are demanding and the stances that can appeal to the increasing group of Independents and shrinking but still pivotal band of moderates. more> http://tinyurl.com/6nu9yd2

CAD’s New Age of Functionality


By Beth Stackpole – In the 2000s, CAD was in a rut. Sure, there were regular updates with lots of new power features, but the advances did little to attract or inspire new users beyond the traditional base of CAD jockeys. Other emerging design platforms like Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and new Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) tools grabbed the spotlight.

Lately, CAD has made a resurgence. Thanks to an array of new 3D modeling advances and, in some cases, a complete rethinking of how CAD functionality is delivered, we’re starting to see an exciting generation of new platforms. more> http://tinyurl.com/899fz7z

THOMAS Top Ten – compiled on Jan 22 2012


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  1. H.R. 3261 [112th]
    Stop Online Piracy Act
  2. S. 968 [112th]
    Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act of 2011
  3. H.R. 1981 [112th]
    Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011
  4. S. 1867 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  5. H.R. 1540 [112th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012
  6. H.R. 3012 [112th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act
  7. H.R. 3699 [112th]
    Research Works Act
  8. H.R. 2055 [112th]
    Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012
  9. H.R. 3630 [112th]
    Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011
  10. S. 1228 [112th]
    Combating Military Counterfeits Act of 2011