Carnegie Mellon researchers visualize way to fend off DDoS attacks

Friends, this is some cool tech… Carnegie Mellon’s CyLab Security and Privacy Institute is touting research that provides visualization of the reams of network traffic data (i.e., IP addresses and time stamps) that IT and security analysts typically examine. This makes it easier to spot DDoS patterns.  “Visualization is one way to change abstract data into pictures, sound, and videos so you can see patterns in a very intuitive way”, so says Senior Systems Scientist Yang Cai of CyLab’s Visual Intelligence Studio.  Check out a demonstration below…

SOURCE: NetworkWorld.com

Metal Foam? In Body Armor?

Metal_FoamEver heard of “Composite Metal Foams” (CMFs)?  Turns out, this technology has been around for quite a while and has a wide range of applications.  These materials are tough enough to turn an armor-piercing bullet into dust on impact but weigh a fraction of plate armor.

Afsaneh Rabiei, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State, has spent years developing CMFs. The video below shows a specimen made out of her composite metal foams. The bullet in the video is a 7.62 x 63 millimeter M2 armor piercing projectile, which was fired according to the standard testing procedures established by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).  As you can see, the results were dramatic.

“We could stop the bullet at a total thickness of less than an inch, while the indentation on the back was less than 8 millimeters,” Rabiei says. “To put that in context, the NIJ standard allows up to 44 millimeters indentation in the back of an armor.”

Check it out:


SOURCE: NC State University

Quantum Chess?

quantum_atomFriends, The next generation of chess is here, and it involves Quantum Mechanics.  Say what?  As if the game isn’t difficult enough. Quantum Chess incorporates principles of quantum mechanics, such as superposition and entanglement, into regular chess gameplay. For example, a piece can exist in two places at the same time (superposition) until the player’s opponent observes the piece by moving another piece into one of the spaces that it might occupy, collapsing the quantum field and forcing it to exist in either one location or the other. And two pieces can become entangled when one piece tries to move through another that happens to be in superposition, joining their fates.  The ultimate goal of the game is to kill the opponent’s king, not to reach checkmate. This is some pretty deep stuff; check it out…

A quick primer on Quantum Chess Paul Rudd vs Stephen Hawking Quantum Chess match

SOURCE – USC.edu

Dynamic Research Technologies – DRT Ammunition

Friends, we all know that your ammunition choice is just as important your weapon selection.  One is basically useless without the other.  That said, checkout Dynamic Research Technologies (DRT) Ammunition.  According to the DRT website:

The powder core technology has been around for a while. However current examples on the market do not come apart uniformly and are not very accurate. DRT™ is the first company who has figured out how to stabilize the bullet in flight to achieve high accuracy and still have full frangibility.

The Terminal Shock bullet will not come apart until it hits something liquid or something harder than itself.  This bullet is barrier blind – meaning it will go through barriers like bone, sheet rock, light steel, car doors, plywood, and siding, without expanding.  It will not penetrate through a person, animal, water, or hardened steel, however.  Think catastrophic fluid shift…

Found a cool video review here:

SOURCE: DRTAmmo.com

Get ready for “Range 15″…

range15Friends, numerous high-profile military veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Hollywood talent like Danny Trejo and William Shatner will be starring in an upcoming movie called “Range 15.”  The movie, whose trailer recently debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, appears to be riddled with profanity and gallows humor, and makes it clear that veterans will be in on all the jokes. Think “Sharknado,” but with more wisecracks about the military.  Perfect!

Actors shown in the trailer include Marcus Luttrell and Mat Best, recent Medal of Honor recipients Leroy Petry and Clint Romesha and Tim Kennedy, a Special Forces soldier who also competes in mixed martial arts professionally in the UFC. Brian Stann, a Marine who earned a Silver Star for valor in Iraq and fought in the UFC, also makes an appearance.  The movie is funded using donations from the crowd-funding website Indiegogo. To date, “Range 15″ has raised more than $1 million while promising that “this movie is so hardcore military it makes Hollywood wet itself and run home crying to mommy.”

SOURCE – WashingtonPost.com

UPDATE – 06/09/16 – ‘Range 15’ to Premier June 15th, 2016…

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