Fighting space junk: UT, IBM project aims to bring order to orbital chaos – Business – Austin American-Statesman

It’s getting crowded in Earth’s orbital space.

More than half a million man-made objects — ranging from as small as a speck to as large as a school bus — are orbiting the planet at a variety of speeds and paths. Many of those devices are no longer active — space junk, if you will — and only about 26,000 satellites are being tracked.

Still, various governments and private companies have plans to send 20,000 more objects into orbit within the next five years.

Satellites serve a variety of key uses, from national security to keeping the Internet online. But for the most part space traffic — and the resulting debris — is being tracked imperfectly, inconsistently or not at all.

“There are no sort of laws or rules right now in the space. It’s the Wild West. Whoever can put stuff up, it’s yours,” said Naeem Altaf, an Austin-based

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Unfinished Live Episode 3 Asks “Is Technology Driving Progress or Chaos?”

NEW YORK, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unfinished, a new impact-driven network and media platform, streams the newest episode of Unfinished Live, “Technology + Humanity,” on Nov. 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. ET on The episode will explore questions about what’s possible now at a moment when the public is considering both the benefits and consequences of technology’s role in society.

Content and programming for the third episode was influenced by current events, including the ongoing antitrust investigations into big tech companies and disinformation campaigns during the recent U.S. election. Segments of the show were developed based on tech-related questions that were submitted to the Unfinished website and social media channels since the debut episode of Unfinished Live.

The new episode follows the first two productions, “Economy + Justice” and “Democracy + Voice,” using a variety of media and formats, including art, short stories, film,

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Candy manufacturer moves from technology chaos to data-driven operations thanks to integrated appliance

Two years ago, 50-year-old confectionary manufacturer Warrell Creations was in a legacy mess. Outdated equipment and cobbled-together processes had created an information technology nightmare, with employees unable to complete even the simplest tasks.

“When I first got here our users were complaining about not being able to print a Word document. I mean, not being able to print a document? That’s fundamental stuff,” said Clifton Dorsey (pictured), vice president of The Warrell Corp.

Dorsey spoke with Lisa Martin, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, for a digital CUBE Conversation about how Dell Technology Inc.’s integrative approach to data protection helped Warrell leave behind the dark ages of tech and take a data-driven approach to candy manufacturing. (* Disclosure below.)

Paving the way to technological confidence

Accurate data is critical for smooth operations at Warrell. Without clear lines of communication, purchasing, shipping, and the manufacturing floor are liable to

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Capital Markets Chaos at Hand as Trump Strikes at U.S.-Listed Chinese Firms

President Donald Trump has sought to bar U.S. investors from buying the securities of Chinese companies with ties to the military of Communist China.

Trump signed an executive order on Thursday evening that bans as of Jan. 11, 2021, securities transactions in 31 companies already identified as having links with the Chinese military.

It’s a short and simple order. A simple order with complex ramifications that will sweep through Wall Street.

I said in September 2019 that pressure was building over Communist China’s access to U.S. capital markets. It may have taken a year, but this is finally a concrete move to cut off access to Wall Street for state-linked Chinese companies.

The enormous Chinese telecoms China Mobile (CHL) and China Telecom (CHA) are included on the list of 31 affected companies. Both are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, which essentially will become pointless if U.S. investors are

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Trump Blasts “New Boss” Big Tech: “They Started The Chaos, All We Did Was Fight Back” | Video

President Trump delivered one of his final pitches Monday in North Carolina.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: In 2016 North Carolina voted to fire this corrupt political establishment and you elected an outsider as president who is finally putting America first.


And if I don’t sound like a typical Washington politician, it’s because I’m not a politician. Probably why I’m here!

If I don’t always play by the rules of the Washington establishment, it’s because I was elected to fight for you, and I fight harder than any president has ever fought for his people.

Think of everything we’ve been through — wow, you are an enthusiastic bunch! You are something… I’ll say this to the fake news: The rallies, biggest in the history of our country. And this isn’t exactly primetime, this is the early part of the day.

Before I even ran, maybe before I announced, we were under

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When Is God of Chaos Asteroid Coming?

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  • Astronomers announced that a potentially hazardous asteroid named for the Egyptian God of Chaos could make a close approach to Earth in 2068.
  • Apophis is also scheduled to make a close approach to Earth muchin 2029. The chances of it colliding with Earth during this pass, however, are negligible.
  • Astronomers discovered the asteroid in 2004.

    Pack your bags, Bruce Willis.

    A new report suggests an asteroid named after the Egyptian God of Chaos, Apophis, may get uncomfortably close to Earth in 2068. The scientists tracking the asteroid have discovered that it has sped up, thanks to to an orbital process called the Yarkovsky effect.

    🌌 You love our badass universe. So do we. Let’s explore it together.

    “The new observations we obtained with the Subaru telescope earlier this year were good enough to reveal the Yarkovsky acceleration of Apophis,” astronomer Dave Tholen,

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    Chaos Audio’s multieffects guitar pedal links to your smartphone

    Chaos Audio has unveiled a digital multi-effects guitar pedal on Kickstarter that could be ideal for budget-minded users or beginners. The Chaos Stratus marries a customizable digital pedal board, guitar tuner, looper and metronome, all controlled by the Chaos smartphone app that runs on Android and iOS devices. Much like Hotone’s Xtomp, it allows for a simple setup with just a single pedal, guitar, amp and mobile device.

    Chaos offers a “continuously updated” selection of pedals through an online library, including classic effects like reverb, overdrive, flanger, auto-wah and fuzz. It also lets you chain together multiple effects in any order, while controlling what the knobs are set to. Once you get an effect just so, you can use the app to create pedal board presets and access tools like a guitar tuner and metronome (both of which use the LED strip), along with a looper for basic backing playback.

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    Mega-dangerous asteroid called ‘God of Chaos’ is headed toward Earth

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    • The massive space rock known as Apophis will pass by Earth several times in the upcoming decades.
    • A collision with Earth has been ruled out for most of them, but one pass is still giving astronomers a reason to be nervous.
    • When the rock approaches Earth in 2068 there’s a very slim chance it might hit us.

    There are so many space rocks cruising around our Solar System that it’s hard to keep track of them, at least for those of us who don’t do it on a daily basis, but you’ve probably heard of the massive asteroid known as Apophis before. Apophis, also known as the “God of Chaos,” is an interesting object for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that astronomers haven’t been able to rule out the possibility that the rock may actually slam into Earth

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