DroneDefender - A Shoulder-Mounted Anti-Drone Weapon

The US military appears to have access to a drone-zapping "gun", to aid them in disabling drones sent by the bad guys. Yes, ISIS has drones too. These drones are generally smaller, consumer-type drones that may be used for surveillance or delivering small amounts of explosives. They are are hard to detect and to shoot down, even at close range, but the Batelle DroneDefender can interrupt their control signals and cause them to lose control.
DroneDefender has a range of “several hundred meters,” but it’s made much more effective when it is teamed with an Israeli-made radar, the Army source said. The radar system consists of two, 40-pound components and can be carried in two mountain rucksacks. When assembled, it provides 360-degree radar, detecting drones from “several kilometers” away, the source said.



Funny How Things Work, Isn't It?

When Donald Trump and the RNC were having their convention, my little Google newsfeed on my smartphone would bring me "fact check" stories every day, sometimes more that one per day, from the new York Times, Washington Post etc.

The Democratic Convention is almost over and I have not seen one fact check story in the same news feed. I'm not saying there are no fact checking articles, just that I have not had any on my feed this week.

So, either the Democratic speeches are to be treated akin to holy writ, or something is a little off kilter. 

Just the way things are, I guess.


Apple Has Sold A Billion iPhones

One billion is a big amount of anything, and that's certainly the case with a smartphone. Apple, who popularized the current smartphone format with the iPhone, has already sold one billion of the things.
“We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference,” [Apple CEO, Tim] Cook said, holding number one billion aloft for the crowd, during a not especially understated address. “Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”


A LAMP To Light The Way

Websites can be a lot like a swan swimming on a lake; above the surface, the swan glides serenely, but underwater the webbed feet are furiously churning away to provide forward motion. 

All we usually see is the glossy surface of the web, and have no regard for all the whirring and clicking going on "in the back". 

A lot of times, that whirring and clicking is provided courtesy of LAMP, a set of freely available, open source software products - also referred to as a "LAMP stack". While these are independent products, they tend to be used together and so the LAMP acronym stuck. 

The four software components are Linux, Apache, MySQLand PHP (sometimes Perl or Python replaces PHP).
Linux - the operating system running the web server computer
Apache - the web server software that allows pages to be displayed
MySQL - the relational database server that manages web site data
PHPPerl, Python -  the scripting language used to build dynamic web pages

Not something you need to know as a web user, but it's good water cooler fodder!