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January 28, 2009

Helicopter accident may have been prevented by Software

Filed under: Software News — netmobil @ 9:19 pm

I just returned from the Chicago area and wanted to share some news from the windy city: The NTSB had previously claimed that the pilot flying the medical helicopter which tragically struck the radio tower close to Aurora and killed 4 was simply flying at too low an altitude. Apparently, the helicopter had been equipped with a device that helps with navigation, but the software had inexplicably never been installed, unfortunately. This particular software very well may have signaled the pilot of the obstruction and prevented the said deadly personal injury accident.
The NTSB reported that the competent aircraft pilot Delbert Waugh was, for reasons as of yet unknown, flying many feet below the normal flight altitude.

Waugh had been transporting a 14 month old child, a nurse and paramedic when the accident occurred and no one survived. They had been on route to a hospital in Chicago, Illinois from the town of Sandwich. By the way if you happen to live in either the windy city of Chicago or nearby illinois communities and require a superlative Chicago Personal Injury Attorney then may I suggest the Law offices of John Buden because he is simply one of the top Chicago Personal Injury Attorney and can assist you with a plethera of different accident related cases including boating, aircraft and vehicle crashes. He helps those who have had personal injury and he has a lot of experience.

The helicopter in question was equipped with a standard Global Positioning System which was mounted on the control panel. It appears that this device could have prevented the tragedy by displaying the radio tower, and yet for some strange reason the needed software was not installed.

All in all, the results of this investigation of the tragedy showed no obvious signs of mechanical failure in the aircraft itself. This software really needs to be installed in the future to help prevent needless personal injury as well as fatalities.

September 23, 2008

Google’s Picasa Software Technology

Filed under: Software News — netmobil @ 5:29 am

Hartmut Neven, a German-born Physicist, has developed new software technology that was bought by Google. It is facial recognition software that is able to immediately identify faces. This new technology will no longer be going through thousands of computer file names and folders when looking for a particular person. Instead, it will be able to identify photos that you have uploaded to the web. Neven joined Google’s Picasa program and photo editing and management software to come up with the new facial recognition software. He spent 2 years developing this new technology.

The new software is now being used and as expected, getting rave reviews for its accuracy. Neven now works a lead technical manager at Google. The facial recognition software incorporates the Picasa Web Albums and Google online photo sharing service.

Google upgraded its Picas desktop photo-editing application so that it can upload pictures faster. The Face Recognition program uses the web.  After you upload the picture you want to the Web Album, you add the nametag. Your photos will be put into groups of people based on their faces.

All you have to do is match the right name with the right faces. After that you can open up groups of photos that have those particular faces connected to the names you are looking for. The new software takes measurements of where the eyes and nose are for example. This new software is expected to be very popular because more and more people are trying to organize their pictures and this will make it much easier. It is going to save the consumer a lot of time.

The new facial software may later become useful with government agencies for use in passports. This way when passengers go thru security in airports, they will be able to be recognized by computers instead of people and this should save time also.

September 1, 2008

World’s Fastest Graphic Card?

Filed under: Software News — netmobil @ 7:04 pm

AMD is releasing what it touts as being the world’s fastest graphic card. Its latest ATI Radeon 4870×2 graphic processor has over 2 teraFLOPS of processing power. AMD put two GPUs on one single board that was connected by a wide pipe and has 2 GB of memory installed. The 2 teraFLOPS equals to 2.4 trillion floating points per second of operation.

 The combination of the two ATI RAdeion 4800 series of graphics processing units or GPUs is how they were able to boost up the power to lightening speed and not by using a more powerful chip. When they mixed in the 2 GB of memory they achieved the success they were looking for.

 In addition to the much faster and improved performance, this card was built for efficiency. Delivering four times the performance speed of AMD’s prior graphic card, this one is a winner hands down.

 Priced at $549, the card will be sure to enjoy a high demand.

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