Not Now, Not Ever

Not Now, Not Ever

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Small Revolutionary Change In Ball Bearing Design Could Save Billions Of Dollars A Year

A Japanese firm, Coo Space, has eliminated the need for a cage inside ball bearings with a small groove that keeps the balls separated and eliminates the sliding friction that cages have so that the bearings do not need grease anymore and spin freely with a reduction in friction reportedly up to 90%!.

Article Summary
The humble ball bearing is a key component of nearly every device with moving parts, taking advantage of the vastly reduced friction you can achieve when rolling a ball between two surfaces as opposed to sliding them across one another. Now, a Japanese company has come up with a simple design that removes a key component from a typical bearing – the cage that keeps the balls separated as they roll around. Coo Space's Autonomous Decentralised Bearings don't need to be greased, and according to their inventor, this fact alone can reduce their friction by up to 90 percent compared with standard bearings.

My bold.

This simple change could save Billions of dollars a year in automotive applications alone by reducing the rolling friction in wheel bearings that would result in better fuel mileage.

When I first started working out of High School I went to work in the construction industry working around heavy equipment and the majority of my job was walking around with a grease gun in my hand pumping grease into bearings all day.
I would literally be covered in grease by the end of the day so I am intimately familiar with several different types of bearings and bushings.

Anyone who has ever had a wheel bearing on their boat or travel trailer seize up and weld its self to the spindle should be rejoicing right about now too. I have had to cut a few of those off in my day.
The implications of this new bearing design and the reduced operating costs for just about anything with moving parts can not be overstated. The Big Oil companies will be gnashing their teeth though. Grease sales will plummet.

This video is a bit hard to understand as Japanese does not lend its self too well to translation into English but pay attention to the small groove they are talking about and watch how much longer this new bearing spins compared to the ones in use today.(2:45 mark)
( There is no sound for about a minute and a half)

Go read the rest at Gizmag.

US Govt proposes to classify cybersecurity or hacking tools as weapons of war

What's the old saying?
The government hates competition?

Our government hacks the shit out of other countries computer systems and sends out computer viri on a regular basis.

This could be disasterous for Anti Virus businesses unless they design some kind of loophole for them.

Typical governmental operating procedure, overkill because no one has any fucking common sense or can see any potential long term effects anymore.

You know how they say that peoples attention spans have gotten way shorter than they used to be?
That is who is running our government too.

US Govt proposes to classify cybersecurity or hacking tools as weapons of war

By Manish Singh
Published 3 days ago

Until now only when someone possessed a chemical, biological or nuclear weapon, it was considered to be a weapon of mass destruction in the eyes of the law. But we could have an interesting -- and equally controversial -- addition to this list soon. The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of the United States Department of Commerce that deals with issues involving national security and high technology has proposed tighter export rules for computer security tools -- first brought up in the Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) at the Plenary meeting in December 2013. This proposal could potentially revise an international agreement aimed at controlling weapons technology as well as hinder the work of security researchers.

At the meeting, a group of 41 like-minded states discussed ways to bring cybersecurity tools under the umbrella of law, just as any other global arms trade. This includes guidelines on export rules for licensing technology and software as it crosses an international border. Currently, these tools are controlled based on their cryptographic functionality. While BIS is yet to clarify things, the new proposed rule could disallow encryption license exceptions.

The new proposal is irking security researchers, who find exporting controls on vulnerability research a regulation of the flow of information. You see, these folks need to use tools and scripts that intrude into a protected system. If the proposal becomes a law, it will force these researchers to find a new mechanism to beat the bad guys.

As per the agreement, the new definition of ‘intrusion software’ refers to a tool which is capable of extraction or/and modification of data or information from a computer or network-enabled device. The modification also includes tweaking of the standard execution path of a program. In addition, the tool could also be designed to avoid detection by “monitoring tools” (software or hardware devices such as antivirus products that monitor system behaviors or processes running on a device). Tools including hypervisors, debuggers and others that are used for reverse engineering software won’t be considered as “intrusion software”.

My emphasis.

Yet another example of governments pissing down their legs and seeing every problem as a nail sticking up when they have $600 hammers laying around all over the place.

Link originally found at Blacklisted News.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Let us not forget the men and women today who gave everything they had in defense of what this country used to be, the land of the free and the home of the brave.

We still have half of that equation anyways.
Let us pick up our burdens and carry on their fight, God willing, to finish what they started.

Eliminating tyranny in the world.

Foreign and Domestic.

Image courtesy of Grizz.

Cross posted at Antidote To Tyranny