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Friday, October 20, 2006

According to the AP, a law that expires in Sept 2007 removes Darpa’s authority to give out prize money for its now famous Darpa challenge for unmanned vehicles to navigate a course in the desert. Instead, there will be trophies. Some teams and team members have dropped out, but Darpa is confident the allure is still there.

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 12:56 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (PRI) recieved a gift of $2 million from Sean O’Sullivan, a founder and the first president of MapInfo and member of the class of 1985. The funds are seed moeny for the creation of the Rensselaer Center for Open Software, “an initiative that will support the development of open software solutions to promote civil societies in the United States and across the globe.”

via press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 08:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

To understand the “Moop” map, you need to know what “moop” is. Moop is “matter out of place,” otherwise known as “trash” on the desert floor (playa). Burning Man folks work hard to return the BLM land to a state at least as clean as they found it after the festival. The Moop Map shows which camps did well in clean up and others that did not so well.

- via resident of Camp AutoSub

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 07:15 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Undersound is a project to allow download and upload of music at London’s tube stations. Each piece is tagged with its station of origin. They sytems keeps track of what was uploaded and downloaded where. That may provide some insight into something…

- BoingBoing (via reader Larry)

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 06:58 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

“There’s absolutely no guesswork here. Everything is approximated exactly.”

Scituate, MA, assistant harbormaster Jill West, describing GIS (defined as “geospatial information system”)

- Scituate Mariner

by Adena Schutzberg on 10/20 at 06:43 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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