Home-Built Rocket Launches Over Ghost Town on Saturday

“Mad” Mike Hughes is going to launch himself over the ghost town Amboy, in the Mojave Desert, this Saturday and televise it on his YouTube channel. He built his rocket by himself and plans on flying over 1 mile in distance and up to an altitude of 1,800 feet. All of this from a guy who says he doesn’t believe in science because it’s just a bunch of formulas. All I have to say is good luck because you’re going to need it, Mike.

On the morning of the launch, Hughes will heat about 70 gallons of water in a stainless steel tank and then blast off between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. He plans to go about a mile – reaching an altitude of about 1,800 feet – before pulling two parachutes. They’re discouraging fans – safety issues – but it will be televised on his YouTube channel . He said he’s been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Bureau of Land Management.


Warrant Served to Apple to Gain Access to iPhone Used by Sutherland Springs Killer

The San Antonio Express News researched court papers and discovered that the Texas Rangers had served a warrant to Apple to gain access to the iPhone used by the Sutherland Springs killer. At this point in time Apple has no comment because they won’t comment on law enforcement matters. I can understand that stance, but I believe this is one of those times where they need to help get information out of this phone. There’s no doubt who did it and there is a legitimate warrant. It’s time to play nice, Apple.

Christopher Combs, the FBI special agent in charge in San Antonio whose office is helping Texas Rangers, complained last week that the FBI was unable to access the files on Kelley’s phone. Combs declined to say at the time what kind of mobile phone Kelley was carrying.


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Scientists have discovered that rendering techniques used in the Harry Potter movies is also good for MRI scans. What it does is convert all of the data into images that can be used to explore the brain in 3-D and they found they can use VR to trace neurons. Using VR they aren’t limited to the old 2-D images that were standard before. What this means to me is that VR and it’s uses in medical treatment/diagnosis are really just beginning. Check out the video below.

Virtual reality can also be used to trace neurons: Scientists can don the headsets and step into their microscopic scans of neurons.
Just 1 cubic millimeter of human brain tissue packs about 50,000 neurons, each of which form some 6,000 connections with their neighbors. Traditional techniques require researchers to go through 2-D computer images of stained neurons, constantly rotating the view to see what’s behind a neuron’s branches.


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China’s Ministry of Science and Technology posted their plans last month on what they intend to do to combat Nvidia in the AI market. The plan lays out 13 technology project that they plan to spend money on are hoping for delivery in 2021. I’m not sure how they hope to beat Nvidia by 2021 when they don’t have anything that’s even somewhat close now. Furthermore, in 2021 I expect Nvidia to be so far ahead of almost everyone that China is really going to struggle to catch up. However, it’s good to see companies trying to catch up to the current King of the Hill. Bring on the competition!

One criterion for the project refers specifically to Nvidia: the ministry says it wants a chip that delivers performance and energy efficiency 20 times better than that of Nvidia’s M40 chip, branded as an “accelerator” for neural networks. Now two years old, the M40 is not Nvidia’s latest and greatest chip, but is still used in AI projects.


Hydrogen Cars For the Masses One Step Closer to Reality, Thanks to UCLA Invention

UCLA researchers have designed a device that can use solar energy to inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy, which could be used to power electronic devices, and to create hydrogen fuel for eco-friendly cars. he device could make hydrogen cars affordable for many more consumers because it produces hydrogen using nickel, iron and cobalt – elements that are much more abundant and less expensive than the platinum and other precious metals that are currently used to produce hydrogen fuel. All of this sounds good and the sooner it can reach mass production the better. Hydrogen powered cars just might be the future of transportation. Read the abstract here.

The device also is a step forward because it produces hydrogen fuel in an environmentally friendly way. Currently, about 95 percent of hydrogen production worldwide comes from converting fossil fuels such as natural gas into hydrogen – a process that releases large quantities of carbon dioxide into the air, said Maher El-Kady, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher and a co-author of the research.


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Amazon today announced that its new sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams will premiere on Friday, January 12, exclusively on Prime Video. Based on various writings from author Philip K. Dick, each of the ten standalone episodes are set in a different and unique world – some which lay in the far reaches of the universe, and others which are much closer to home. I don’t know about anyone else, but I believe this is going to be another home run for Amazon. They keep bringing great original programming to us streamers. Watch the trailer below.



Over at IGN, Kosta Anreadis tells us you shouldn’t be ashamed of lowering the difficulty on your games. He tries to make the argument that playing on easy is actually better for some games. I don’t know about the rest of you [H]ard gamers, but it makes no sense to me to play on easy because it’s just going through the motions in the game. If you don’t want a challenge then just read a book. Tell me [H]ard brothers, is he right? Are we ready to go the easy route? Did we give up when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?

The truth of the matter is that sometimes, “Easy” is hands-down the best way to experience a game. It can help keep the pacing brisk by removing artificial impediments and it can help you get more out of a game’s story or art direction.


Intel Aims to End Legacy BIOS Support by 2020

Intel’s Brian Richardson in a recent presentation suggested that Intel will no longer support legacy BIOS after 2020. The plan is to pursue UEFI only from that point forward. Anyway, progress never stops and it’s time to start getting rid of a lot of the legacy OS stuff running out there. This move to UEFI only will force updates to old software and devices unless a person decides to stay on old motherboards and OS.

Intel is deprecating legacy support. Intel is removing legacy BIOS support from client & data center platforms by 2020.
Platforms will be strictly UEFI Class 3
No 16-bit OpROM (VGA, LAN, Storage)
This will break any customer process that depends on “disabling UEFI” (“CSM ON”)


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Those rumors of Apple using custom ARM chips for more features inside Macs? According to engadget, they’re true… and you might not have to wait long to witness it in action. Jonathan Levin has combed through BridgeOS code that should accompany the iMac Pro, and it looks as if Apple will be using a cut-down version of the iPhone 7’s A10 Fusion chip as a co-processor. I guess if you are an Apple fan this is a good thing. Now you can talk to Siri all the time.

It’s possible that the A10 chip is always running, which would represent a break from the custom T1 chip driving the Touch Bar in some recent MacBook Pro models. That would line up with leaks which had custom ARM chips handling macOS’ Power Nap feature, which fetches data while the system is sleeping.