Creator of C programming language, Dennis Ritchie, passes away

October 18th, 2016

Dennis Ritchie, the creator of the C programming language and co-developer of the Unix operating system passed away on October 8 at the age of 70, leaving a legacy that casts a very long shadow.

Source: Dennis Ritchie, Father of C and Co-Developer of Unix, Dies | WIRED

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Robotics for rehabilitation medical care

October 13th, 2016

This is total awesomeness! The application of robotics to assist those subject to physical disabilities:

It’s not only engineers who work in robotics

Source: It’s not only engineers who work in robotics | Robohub

My wife recently retired from nursing. She had worked as a Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurse, working with spinal cord injury patients, and sometimes with traumatic brain injury patients. She tells me that tremendous advances are  being made toward spinal cord regrowth and repair – this is still a ways out but is another exciting development for those with these types of injuries.

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Amazon uses 45,000 robots in its warehouses

October 12th, 2016

Amazon uses 45,000 small robots at about one-third of its U.S. warehouses to automate order processing. The robots look like bread boxes on wheels, lifting modular shelves stuffed with products and carrying the shelves to workers who pick out pieces.

Source: America’s Dazzling Tech Boom Has a Downside: Not Enough Jobs – WSJ

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#IOT “We have to go out to dinner” – Fridge and Stove not talking to each other!

October 11th, 2016

Click the link for the funny cartoon 🙂 Source: 05_klossnerj_internetofthings_03-24-2014-100535431-orig.jpg (1404×1006)

Imagine when you have to reboot the stove before you cook dinner!

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‘Industry 4.0’ made possible by #IOT

October 11th, 2016

Source: ‘Industry 4.0’ comes to B.C.: Smart machines and Internet of Things change the workplace

IOT changes everything for service and industrial businesses. As described at the link, IOT enables smarter machines/automation. But it also means deploying sensors throughout a “work environment” to monitor and detect safety issues, to identify productivity issues, to detect quality problems, to optimize production and much more.

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#IOT malware found in 177 countries

October 11th, 2016

Almost all countries on earth now have Internet of Things devices infected with Mirai.

Source: Internet of Things Malware Has Apparently Reached Almost All Countries on Earth | Motherboard

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EU proposing color coded “Security labels” for #IOT devices

October 11th, 2016

When the going gets tough, the tough form a committee

Source: The EU’s latest idea to secure the Internet of Things? Sticky labels – Naked Security

Hmmmm …. I guess this is to inform the purchaser or user of a device as to the state of the device’s security. Would this be like the color coding scheme used to triage patients at a major incident?

  • Green = can walk, help can be delayed
  • Yellow = injured, needs medical care, but stable, not immediately life threatening
  • Red = immediate attention needed/life threatening situation
  • Black = dead or expected to die before they can be cared for

At a mass casualty incident, responders must quickly sort through the injured and provide care to the worst off (Red) patients first.

For IOT Security, would this be:

  • Green = mostly secure, if properly configured
  • Yellow = secure from casual attacks but still vulnerable
  • Red = easily broken security
  • Black = no security at all


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How to get out of ObamaCare without paying a penalty

October 3rd, 2016

We, like many, have been  hit by extraordinary price hikes under ObamaCare. ObamaCare began in 2014. Since the first year, our premiums have risen 140% culminating in a 56% price hike in 2017. Obviously, ObamaCare’s nongroup market has failed and is collapsing (so say the insurance commissioners in Minnesota, Tennessee, the editors of the Chicago Tribune and others, former proponent Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), and former President Bill Clinton.)

There are ways to escape the crushing burden of ObamaCare’s extremely high insurance rates and rates that are increasing on an exponential trend line. Fortunately, there are perhaps 15-20 exemptions written in to the law. This post addresses only a few of those exemptions

The reason ObamaCare’s nongroup market has failed is due to a design and implementation error in the ACA. This is not rocket science.


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#Arduino #IoT Internet of Things kit announced

September 29th, 2016

The kit is available for pre-order as a KickStarter project, shipping in June 2017.

Source: Arduino unleashes a serious Internet of Things system for hardware hackers | TechCrunch

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Measuring people’s happiness using #IoT wireless signals

September 28th, 2016

By measuring subtle changes in breathing and heart rhythms, EQ-Radio is 87 percent accurate at detecting if a person is excited, happy, angry or sad – and can do so without on-body sensors or facial-recognition software.

Source: EQ-Radio: Detecting emotions with wireless signals | Robohub

Potentially scary: #IoT systems might be used to surveil all of us and record whether or not we are happy, angry, and so forth. Imagine a police surveillance state that scans individuals as they shop in a mall, board a bus, or walk through an airport – and subject you to additional scrutiny – because your ObamaCare premiums went up by 30% and you are feeling sad and angry.

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Many #IoT devices do not support software updates, cannot patch security holes

September 27th, 2016

And even if they can be updated, consumers and customers must visit the manufacturer’s web site, download a patch and then manually update firmware in the device. Which means even those that may be updated are unlikely to receive timely updates.

Source: No wonder we’re being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing? • The Register

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#IOT adoption slower in health care, utilities and government

September 26th, 2016

IDC’s report found that IoT adoption was on the low side in the healthcare and utility industries, mainly because of worries about compliance with regulations. Governments are also slow adopters, despite the heavy promotion of so-called “smart cities” by numerous vendors.

Source: Businesses like the Internet of Things, but they’re not doing it right | SiliconANGLE

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