The entirety of Silicon Valley is based on the ability to "act fast and break the law." Got an idea for a scooter startup? No problem, just throw a bunch of scooters into the sidewalk, rubbish and trash laws to be doomed. Earlier this year, Swarm Technologies launched four rogue satellites on an Indian rocket. All commercial satellite launches by US companies are regulated by the FCC, and Swarm has just decided not to report to the FCC. This was the first unauthorized satellite launch of all time. Now, Swarm has been fined $ 900k. Now that we know the cost of launching unauthorized satellites, if you have a plan for a satellite startup, the cost of an unauthorized launch is just over $ 200,000 per satellite. Be sure to put this in your budget.
Santa claws! Liberty Games would like to donate to a charity this holiday season, but you can not just sign a check. This is no fun. Instead, they've connected a clamshell machine to the Internet and anyone can touch it. Setting up a webcam was fairly easy, but they also had to move the claw and press the button on the Internet. A Raspberry Pi came to the rescue.
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first journey of mankind beyond Earth's orbit. Now, using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA rebuilt the famous Earthrise photo taken by the crew. It's in 4K and we're getting an excellent diagram of the pictures taken when, through which window.
It's that time of year again, and the 176th Air Defense Squadron is on full alert. This squad, based at the Elmendorf-Richardson Joint Base in Anchorage, Alaska, has AWACS on the air, on patrol, just waiting for the inevitable. You can take a look at their progress here and please make sure to keep our service members in their thoughts at this time of holiday.
Show off your sculpture skills with small pieces of wire! Remove the torch because the copper work hardens! [Roger] can not enter the Circuit Sculpture competition, but he managed to to give a body to one of Tindie's heads.