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According to the company’s You Tube video of the concept, the primary capabilities of the devices include “energy conservation, homeland security, public safety, traffic control, advertising, video surveillance.”
In terms of Homeland Security applications, each of the light poles contains a speaker system that can be used to broadcast emergency alerts, as well as a display that transmits “security levels” (presumably a similar system to the DHS’ much maligned color-coded terror alert designation), in addition to showing instructions by way of its LED video screen.
The lights also include proximity sensors that can record both pedestrian and road traffic. The video display and speaker system will also be used to transmit Minority Report-style advertising, as well as Amber Alerts and other “civic announcements”.
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Friday, September 30, 2011
SLIders People respond to it with amusement or amazement, with belief, disbelief, or relief at learning that it happens to others...
The mystery of street lamp interference
Saturday, August 13, 2011
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) - The city of Rockford is getting a little darker under a plan to save $500,000 by removing 2,400 streetlights.
The Rockford Register Star reported for Friday's editions that city officials and ComEd crews have already removed more than a third of the targeted streetlights.
The northern Illinois city will remove 1,400 lights from major streets and 1,000 from neighborhoods. Before lights started being removed, the city's streetlight bill was about $2.7 million a year.
Marcy Leach, Rockford's engineering operations manager, said officials spent hundreds of hours determining which lights to remove to make sure adequate light remains, and she said police were consulted to make sure safety was maintained.
Leach acknowledged that while not everyone is happy about the plan, the response has been more positive than officials were bracing for.
"We were expecting complaints, and we were expecting pushback. So we were prepared for that. In the end, it seems to be working out better than expected," Leach said. "For as many complaints as we've gotten, we've gotten just as many compliments on removing them or suggestions to remove more."
But Alderman Linda McNeely said residents in her ward want the lights to stay.
"What residents are telling me is that it's a matter of not being able to see anything anymore when they come home at night because it's so dark," McNeely said. "If it's making our residents feel uncomfortable, why are we doing it?"
ComEd hopes to remove 300 lights per month.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Last updated at 1:11 AM on 2nd May 2011 -Excerpts-
The chances of being struck by lightning once are high enough.
But one unfortunate man appears to have been electrocuted twice within the space of a minute by two almighty bolts of lightning.
The hapless pedestrian had been jogging along a quiet city street when CCTV captured the astonishing moment on April 11.
Shortly before the apparent freak accident a walker carrying an umbrella and a jogger had passed through the street unscathed.
The chances of being struck by lighting once in a give year are around one in 700,000. The chance of being struck twice within such a short space of time are virtually unmeasurable.
It is not known where the video was recorded, although there is Chinese writing in the top corner of the screen.
Cynics suggested that so high was the probability of such a freak accident that the video might have been faked.
Some internet users pointed to the lack of visible rain in the CCTV footage while one suggested that lightening hitting the ground would have caused the camera to shake.
Another stated that in the video the lightning lasted for only one frame, whereas, they said, real lightning would have 'overexposed the camera for at least a few frames on each strike'.
But other viewers said the video was genuine.
One wrote: 'Security cameras don't just shake every time it's windy don't they? Pause the video when the dude gets hit and look at the light, that's pretty hard to fake, don't you think?'
Another added: 'Photoshop can't make a thunder like that. Real.'
And one person wrote: 'I think this is the lesson for all of us - if you are hit by lightning don't get up because you will feel a second wave.'
Only around ten per cent of people who are struck by lightning die, usually because the bolt of electricity causes their heart and breathing to stop.
Those who survive tend to wake up from the shock within a few seconds but have little recollection of what happened before the injury. They could suffer minor burns and stroke-like symptoms. A doctor may later point to lightning strikes as the cause of injury.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Chevy Volt: The Car From Atlas Shrugged Motors
Patrick Michaels, 03.16.11, 06:00 PM EDT
Who is going to buy all these cars?
The Chevrolet Volt is beginning to look like it was manufactured by Atlas Shrugged Motors, where the government mandates everything politically correct, rewards its cronies and produces junk steel.
This is the car that subsidies built. General Motors lobbied for a $7,500 tax refund for all buyers, under the shaky (if not false) promise that it was producing the first all-electric mass-production vehicle.
At least that’s what we were once told. Sitting in a Volt that would not start at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, a GM engineer swore to me that the internal combustion engine in the machine only served as a generator, kicking in when the overnight-charged lithium-ion batteries began to run down. GM has continually revised downward its estimates of how far the machine would go before the gas engine fired, and now says 25 to 50 miles.
It turns out that the premium-fuel fired engine does drive the wheels–when the battery is very low or when the vehicle is at most freeway speeds. So the Volt really isn’t a pure electric car after all. I’m sure that the people who designed the car knew how it ran, and so did their managers.
Why then the need to keep this so quiet? It’s doubtful that GM would have gotten such a subsidy if it had been revealed that the car would do much of its freeway cruising with a gas engine powering the wheels. While the Volt is more complicated than the Prius, and has a longer battery-only range, a hybrid is a hybrid, and the Prius no longer qualifies for a tax credit.