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GasPot Experiment: Unexamined Perils in Using Gas-Tank-Monitoring Systems

TrendMicro Report, Kyle Wilhoit and Stephen Hilt Forward-Looking Threat Research (FTR) Team: “…In places like the United States (US) and others worldwide, gas stations are primarily privately owned. Some business owners can be described as independent, tech-savvy, and modern. Gas retailers are aware of the risks tied to their business and so heavily invest inContinue Reading

Google Maps Streetview Player

Excellent work by Brian Folts – “The google maps streetview player will take in either a starting point and end point, or a provided file of a route and provide a playthrough of the google streetview images that are available.” Users may choose from a list of languages to enter origin and destination.

GM Sets Pace for Zero Waste

Great news via GM: “Ten years ago GM reached a significant milestone in our waste reduction journey when our Flint Engine plant in Michigan became landfill-free. With 122 such facilities under our belt now, we now aspire to send zero of our manufacturing waste to landfills. We produce vehicles in 30 countries, so this commitmentContinue Reading

Google’s Waze road alert map of America

US states ranked by % of alerts reported by users for each issue. Press the buttons below to see different alerts. ‘Accident’, ‘Traffic Jams’ and ‘Hazard on road’ are ranked as % of total user alerts, all others within the ‘Hazard’ category Waze is the world’s largest community-based traffic and navigation app.

GAO Reports – BLM, Central America, DATA Act, International Trade, IRS Case Selection, Managing for Results, Motor Carrier Cases, Affordable Care Act

Bureau of Land Management: Improvements Needed in Internal Controls over Mining Law Administration Program Funds, GAO-15-562: Published: Jul 23, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. Central America: Improved Evaluation Efforts Could Enhance Agency Programs to Reduce Unaccompanied Child Migration, GAO-15-707: Published: Jul 29, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 29, 2015. DATA Act: Progress Made in InitialContinue Reading

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection

Airline Passenger Rights: The Federal Role in Aviation Consumer Protection. Rachel Y. Tang Analyst in Transportation and Industry. July 21, 2015. “The 1978 deregulation of the airline industry in the United States eliminated federal control over many airline business practices, including pricing and domestic route selection. However, the federal government continues to legislate and enforceContinue Reading

Wireless carjackers can exploit vulnerabilities in cars, trucks, SUVs

Wired: “[Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek’s] full arsenal includes functions that at lower speeds fully kill the engine, abruptly engage the brakes, or disable them altogether. The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch. The researchers sayContinue Reading

Laser playing role in repairing aging US infrastructure

Bloomberg – With 65 percent of U.S. roads rated in less than good condition, cities and states no longer leave funding decisions to intuition and influence: “Instead, they use data vacuumed up by arachnid-armed “spider vans” with bulbous cameras and global-positioning equipment protruding from roofs. Six computers inside Phoenix’s four-ton vehicle stored data for engineersContinue Reading

MIT – 50 Smartest Companies 2015

“This year, when the editors of MIT Technology Review began our annual search for the smartest companies, we did not have trouble finding big ideas. To make the list, a company must have truly innovative technology and a business model that is both practical and ambitious, with the result that it has set the agendaContinue Reading

GAO Reports – DOD Business Systems Modernization, Insider Threats, Patient Protection, Senate Public Records, Space Launch System

DOD Business Systems Modernization: Additional Action Needed to Achieve Intended Outcomes, GAO-15-627: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Insider Threats: DOD Should Improve Information Sharing and Oversight to Protect U.S. Installations, GAO-15-543: Published: Jul 16, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 16, 2015. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: Observations on 18 Undercover TestsContinue Reading

GAO Reports – Propane and Heating Oil Programs, HUD, IGs, International Space Station

Check-Off Programs: Observations from the Propane and Heating Oil Programs, GAO-15-769T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. HUD Public and Indian Housing Programs: Progress on Prior GAO Recommendations to Enhance Accountability and Efficiency, GAO-15-747T: Published: Jul 10, 2015. Publicly Released: Jul 10, 2015. Inspectors General: Additional Efforts Needed by the Department ofContinue Reading

Overcoming Barriers to Deployment of Plug-in Electric Vehicles

“In the past few years, interest in plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) has grown. Advances in battery and other technologies, new federal standards for carbon-dioxide emissions and fuel economy, state zero-emission-vehicle requirements, and the current administration’s goal of putting millions of alternative-fuel vehicles on the road have all highlighted PEVs as a transportation alternative. Consumers areContinue Reading