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The Australian company hopes to sell lidar systems with no moving parts for a few hundred dollars
If youve walked around a major city like San Francisco in the past couple years, youve probably noticed cars topped with bulky, spinning discsthe mark of self-driving vehicles in training.
Inside those flying-saucer-like rigs are upwards of tens of thousands of dollars worth of lasers used for light radar (lidar). Lidar detects objects like cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists by scanning them with laser light, then measuring the light that gets reflected back. Its a key enabling technology for self-driving cars. But those cars are going to stay in testing mode forever if lidar costs dont go down.
Sydney-based start-up Baraja, which came out of stealth mode today, plans to provide a less expensive solution by repurposing key technologies from the telecom industry, says CEO and co-founder Federico Collarte. Instead of using moving parts and multiple lasers, the Baraja design uses a single multicolor laser and prism-like optics to split and scan its beam over a field ranging 30 degrees in the vertical and 92 in the horizontal. To get a 360 degree view, the company places four of these sensor sets on the roof of a car.Photo: Baraja
Barajas design places the laser in a small box inside the car, ideally by the onboard computer, well away from the elements. Light from the laser travels to the roof over fiber-optic cables. Each of the rooftop sensor heads contains prism-like optics that split the beam into an infrared rainbow, with hundreds or thousands of different colors each emerging at a slightly different angle. To sweep a particular part of the field, just change the color of the laser to the right band of the spectrum, and the prisms will send beams to the desired place. This takes less than a millisecondno moving parts required. The sensor heads are resilient, and can be submerged in water or blasted with a hose, says Collarte.
The system can rapidly adapt to the circumstances, changing the visual field or providing more detail in a particular region by changing the color of the laser, says Collarte. The on-board computer might decide to use the lidar to get a more detailed look at who or what is in the crosswalk a couple feet away, or focus farther aheadup to about 250 meterswhen driving at freeway speeds.
Lidar images are made up of matrices of dots, each of which represents a beam of laser light that reflected off a person or thing in range of the system. The resolution depends on how many of these dots are packed into each image, as well as the size of the l...
Medani Bakery is bringing out fresh bread and falafel along Bronte Rd, Israeli style. Bronte Rd runs from Bondi Junction toward Waverley with a changing mix of shops and apartments. Medani Bakery is a recent addition, bringing an in-store wood fired oven to bake fresh bread, pita and bagels. This Israeli store has a mix of breakfast, brunch, lunch or linner options. You can choose
[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm. ] Remembering Dark Town: Experimental History, Decolonisation and Archival Activism at Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden Presented by Dr Kate Wright Date: Thu 19th Jul 2018 12:00pm-1:00pm Location: Oorala Lecture Theatre, UNE, Building E22 Contact: Dr Sophia Waters ?email@example.com?6773 3318 The Armidale Aboriginal Community Garden was established in 2015 as an experimental research site, and a decolonising activist platform, to experiment [...] full article
Because today is Thursday and alliteration is cool, weve decided to share a throwback Thursday banger with you. Today we share the iconic 1985 track BoomBox by VitaBeats, Its a verified funk atomic bomb, and were pretty sure youll love it!
This track was released as part of the Sydney based duos debut album Spot The Spanner in 1985 and reached the top 5 in the Aussie charts back in the day. The totally 80s video reached the number 1 spot at one point as well. With makeshift breakfast instruments and a dancing BoomBox its definitely worth a watch.
Comprised of husband and wife Andrew and Lissa Barnum, VitaBeats released new music in 2013. Andrew also still releases his own music as well, his most recent album Little Phoenix came out in February this year.
VitaBeats formed when the couple moved to Sydney from America in 1982. They also had success with the BoomBox follow-up single Audrey, also taken from Spot The Spanner. The video directed by Lissa is described as a style, story and art direction tour de force.
Both tracks are certified bangers, and Lissa is credited as one of the first female rappers in Australia. Audrey includes a Spanish verse at one point, referencing her Mexican heritage.
Lissa still sings on a lot of Andy Bs songs, as does their daughter Cayenne, a true family affair. The style of music may have changed a fair bit in recent years, but they still know how to throw out a banger.
My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.
New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:
The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.
Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.
On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.
Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.
Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption.....
Its been a dry year so far, with only scattered amounts of rain making the soil just moist enough for planting. Mostly weve had sunny days and warm temperatures....
The ridiculous saga of a Hunters Hill barber who politely declined to cut a girls hair in his mens salon, only to have her lawyer [more]
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This is the third national report on the 21 Better Cardiac Care measures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with updated data available to report on 14 measures. It shows that while the mortality rate from cardiac conditions is falling among Indigenous Australians, it is still much higher than among non-Indigenous Australians. And while access to cardiac-related health services is improving the incidence and recurrent rates of acute rheumatic fever among Indigenous Australians continue to be much higher than in non-Indigenous Australians.
http://ahha.asn.au/news/come-long-way-long-way-go%E2%80%94cardiac-care-aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-people Press release (AHHA): Come a long way, long way to gocardiac care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
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Alana Valentine, dramaturg on the latest Bangarra Dance Theatre production Dark Emu, lets Lucy in on how to turn a history-changing work of non-fiction into a powerful dance experience.
Dark Emu is based on a book by Bunerong clan writer Bruce Pascoe, which challenges the common characterisation of Indigenous groups at the time of European colonisation as nomadic hunter/gatherers, and instead paints a picture of a people employing highly sophisticated land management, architectural and agricultural techniques. Alana says the books message is a powerful one.
Alana praised artistic director Stephen Pages vision and collaborative approach in tackling the difficulties inherent in translating a non-fiction account into dance. Many cultural consultants worked on the production, and traditional song and story from the areas represented were integrated; the team working, as is Bangarras MO, with the communities it seeks to represent on stage.
Dark Emu refers to the dark spaces between the stars, explains Alana. It encourages us to look in a new way and this production, in seeking to interpret the relationship that Aboriginal people have with land and represent it through movement certainly does that.
For her part, Alana takes Lucy through the ins and outs of what a dramaturgs role is on such a production. She describes the relationship with Stephen Page as a collaboration which helps in continually evaluating the fidelity of the project to the central ideas, assisting Stephen to get to the deepes...
By Zeb Holmes and Ugur Nedim Politicians often invoke tough-on-crime rhetoric to win votes playing to popular perceptions that penalties are too weak and that, when dealing with defendants, magistrates and judges should lockem up and throw away the key. There is also a popular view that the tougher the penalty, the less likely
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A year ago, I wouldve said house prices were too high. And Id lament that I couldnt find an affordable place to buy.
But my outlook has changed.
Lately, property prices have fallen just enough to make a modest unit affordable.
I check out new properties frequently.
But I rarely get past the garage.
Before I even set foot inside a property, I measure the height of the car parking space. Unless it cracks that 2.4-metre mark, I turn and walk away.
Ive left dozens of puzzled real estate agents in my wake.
Look, my giant 4WD probably doesnt need its own house at night. But street parking for big cars is hard to come by. If I buy a unit with a shared driveway, its going to create problems for me and the neighbours.
Finding a new place has been a 12-month mission of mine.
The good news is that things are different a year on.
Around this time last year, one or two properties a month fell into my price range.
Nowadays, I can go to one inspection a week.
Its not because there are more properties on the market. In fact, the number of new homes for sale in Australia is down 28% in the past year.
But the properties I inspected last year that were out of my price range are now well within it.
While that may be good news for me, its a rather ominous confirmation that cracks are beginning to show in the Aussie housing market.
Four signs of a rickety housing sector
In Tuesday Daily Reckoning Australia, I reasoned that theres a mortgage debt reset coming our way as $400 billion worth of home loans move from interest-only to principal-and-interest repayments.
Turns out, thats just the start of the debt reset story.
Real estate website Domain claims that one-third of the 1834-year-olds cant refinance their homes due to falling property valuations.
Domain puts the blame for this squarely at the feet of property valuers, suggesting that they dont know how to how value properties during a market downturn.
Domain calls it the experience gap a younger generation of valuers being too conservative because property prices have dropped a few percentage points.
I disagree. In my view, assessments lowering the value of properties remove the hype that was partly responsible for driving up prices in the first place.
But there are other reasons to explain why Australias property market is rickety.....
Recreational cannabis will be legalised nationwide in Canada on 17 October. In the US, smoking pot is now permitted in nine states. And back in April, Australian Greens leader Richard Di Natale launched a campaign calling for the plant to be legalised in this country. However, South Australian attorney general Vickie Chapman hasnt been paying attention. Last
Rebecca Hatchs nomination for The Next Big Thing at the 2017 SMAC Awards is looking pretty prescient right now the emerging soul singer spent the last year filling her resume with awards and firsts all at the age of 17. She took a minute out of her hectic schedule of NAIDOC week performances to talk with Eddy Diamond on Mornings.
The 2017 Unearthed High Indigenous Initiative award-winner made history as the first person to sing in a native Indigenous language (Durrawul) on live television, and she stays connected to community as a crusader for youth engagement.
Theres a lot of really talented people in our youth and I think its important to give them a voice and a chance to showcase themselves
Her music is infused with a deep sense of her personal history, and Hatch often cites her Aboriginal and Pacific Islander heritage, and upbringing in Campbelltown, as influences on her music-making. Influential too, is the support system of young creatives, like producers and photographers, that she has been able to collaborate and grow with.
Its hard to come to terms with the fact that Hatch is only 17, as she discusses some of the funny obstacles that arise from balancing a musos lifestyle with an HSC-students schedule (can you rock a bad-ass show with the rents backstage?)
Theres all these people in their crazy costumes and then theres my mum just chilling with her handbag
Listen in to the whole lot up top.
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Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from 11.00am today, Thursday, 12 July.
The protest follows abrupt changes announced on Monday that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities.
On Tuesday, 9 July, Serco guards enforcing the new Border Force rules brutally arrested one woman who tried to take food back into the Lima compound, a previously allowed practice, now outlawed.
Guards tried to prevent detainees filming the arrest on Tuesday; but the exposure of the guards use of excessive force has resulted in a noticeable politeness from guards since the exposure.
The changes in Lima are just the latest move by Border Force imposing arbitrary controls on detention centres, in the wake of them taking overall control of the detention regime.
Among the changes introduced are changes to visiting that require elaborate visitor e-accounts to be established and require cumbersome application and five days notice of request to visit, designed to severely restrict visits to the detention centres.
The ban on mobile phones, now overturned by the Federal Court, was also pushed to prevent scrutiny of the detention regime and create the most punitive possible conditions inside the detention centre.
The women in Lima are demanding an end to the discrimination against them, the return to the previous conditions that applied in Lima, and an inquiry into the brutal arrest of a single female by nine male guards last Tuesday, and the arbitrary powers of the guards.
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713
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By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The Turnbull government recently began cutting off financial support to a new cohort of people seeking asylum, leading refugee advocacy groups to warn that this cruel policy has the potential to cause a humanitarian crisis on Australian streets. On 27 June, the Department of Home Affairs began distributing letters advising
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A FAIRY Meadow man is before the courts after being charged by Strike Force Raptor South with drug and firearm offences in the Illawarra region.
Officers from the Criminal Groups Squads Strike Force Raptor South commenced an investigation into the ongoing supply of and distribution of methylamphetamine.
ORIMA Research Submission to Senate Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No 108)
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Dolores Wells. Submission to Senate standing committee on Economics Re Proposed Radioactive Waste Management Facility
My husband and I lived, worked and began our family in Kimba over 45 years ago and we still regularly visit Kimba to stay with family on their farm at Cortlinye (north of Kimba). This farm has been in the family for 3 generations and is currently owned by our son-in-law and our daughter. Any decision to grant the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility to the Kimba district will not discourage or negatively affect our future visits to our family. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate Committee to answer further questions on the Kimba processes with particular reference to:
a). the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines.
I believe the financial compensation offered is not excessive and would be only a small percentage of future earnings from cropping and mixed farming and is in fact only a piece of an overall farm holding. No farmer would be a willing party to a perceived health risk for his family or future livelihood.
Over 45 years ago when my husband worked as Stock and station agent in Kimba it was a thriving country town and it is now in dire need of another industry to drought proof and ensure the continuation of this wonderful rural community. We have observed the trend of the small farmers struggling to survive (with the high cost of machinery, chemicals etc) and the larger farmer...
Kerri and Trevor Cliff Submission to Senate Inquiry re Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission No. 65) I have lived in Kimba for the past 34 years as part of a family that has farmed in the district for 100 years and am proud to see our children continuing that tradition into the fourth generation. I live on our family farm which is currently cropping over 4,000 hectares annually, with my husband, son and full-time and part-time employees. We are fortunate to still have his parents take an avid interest in our business (and this issue) in their declining years. Our home is only 8km from one of the two Kimba sites and we also farm land within 12 kilometres of the other site. We have nothing but support for the proposal that one of these properties may become the successful host of the facility.
We are passionate about our community and are involved with a number of community organisations and are pleased to hereby submit information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process.
The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:
We are very proud to see the Kimba community embraci...
The latest ACCC report on the National Electricity Market is an incoherent mess, reflecting the breakdown of the neoliberal/market liberal assumptions on which both the ACCC and the NEM are founded. But I can at least endorse this statement
There are many causes of the current problems in the electricity market. At all stages of the supply
chain decisions have been made over many years by many governments that set the NEM on the
As I said in a report to the Electrical Trades Union in 2014
The National Electricity Market was implemented in the context of National Competition Policy and at a time when faith in competitive markets was at its peak. The [resulting design flaws have led, over 20 years, to the failure of the NEM These failures are not accidental. Rather they can be explained by fundamental and incurable flaws in the NEM model of pricing, regulation and incentives for investment. Marginal adjustments such as those being proposed at present will inevitably prove inadequate.
Back then, as I recall, the idea of that the NEM was a failure was not so popular. Rather, the only obstacle to complete success was said to be the remnants of public ownership in NSW and Queensland.
As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedge's latest article "Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Don't Vaccinate Their Kids"), I'm re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom... And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, it's imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from "The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference - The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia" are now posted there (see here and here). Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution. In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so...
Refugee advocates are calling for a full inquiry into an incident recorded on mobile phone footage inside Villawood detention centre revealing nine male guards using unnecessary force arresting a single female detainee.
Towards the end of the footage, the guards can be seen holding her on the ground, and probably (although it cannot be discerned), restraining her with handcuffs or flexicuffs, the use of which is also standard detention operating procedure.
The woman in the video was taken from female compound, Lima, to an isolation cell in Hotham Compound around 12.00 midday, Tuesday, 10 July.
Tensions have risen in Lima compound since Monday, when, without warning or explanation, Border Force officers announced that Lima would be effectively locked down and separated from the Villawood complex. Female detainees are now confined to the Lima compound, and are only allowed out of the compound if they are escorted by guards. Confinement to the compound was previously used as a punishment; now all women are confined.
Under the new regulations, Border Force is preventing women taking their food on a tray into the Lima Compound; they must scrape the food on the tray into other bowls. When she attempted to take her tray of food into Lima compound she was pushed back by the guards, upsetting the food tray. Guards then seized her and dragged her out of Lima compound.
The footage is a small glimpse of what usually is unseen by the outside world, of the completely unaccountable but total control that guards exercise over people inside detention centers. Capricious rule changes, arbitrary brutality and punishment are a routine part of daily life in Australias detention centres.
This footage exposes the real reason that Peter Dutton tried to ban phones from detention centers, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition,
He wanted to prevent any scrutiny of the abuse that is integral to the detention regime. Border Force has a program of self-justification, ridiculously militarising the detention centers and introducing restrictive visiting arrangements, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
Serco and ABF officers are a law unto themselves. Detention centers are worse than prisons. There is no oversight of the conditions in detention; no review or limits on prolonged detention.
Australia is in serious trouble. Wages have not only stagnated. They provide for less than they used to. Most find that it is getting harder to make ends meet, and many can only maintain their standard of living, by getting into ever growing debt.
Pensioners of all kinds, and especially the unemployed are finding survival even tougher. Indigenous Australians are the worst off.
Despite this harsh reality, there are still grounds for optimism. Concern about poverty and the economy have now become a priority for the Australian community. There is a stirring among those who do not want to accept it, and who, as individuals or members of groups, work to make a difference. It brings great potential to draw others into building a powerful movement for change.
Activity founded on compassion and fighting for the right of everyone to have a decent life is having an impact. The truth is being uncovered. More people are speaking out. There is a higher level of anger, coupled with a growing realisation that the political system is failing and not providing answer to problems crying out for attention. Politicians are no longer trusted by most people, and this must inevitably lead to a search for alternative answers.
This ferment has been enough to pressure the media, to as least some recognition to the problems. Telling us that things are getting better, that there is light at the end of the tunnel, or we just have to wait for the trickle down effect doesnt wash. No one believes these things anymore.
On 3 July, an episode of Insight on SBS television exposed, just how tough life is for a considerable number of Australian, and that one out of five kids go without meals because of poverty. Mission Australia, the salvation Army and other welfare organisations have reported, that a rising number of older people are ending up homeless. Further reports show that young Australians are doing it hard and that women are particularly vulnerable.
Then there is the list of ongoing sagas involving Centrelink, the rolling out of the Indue welfare card, and the terrible treatment of Indigenous Australians.
The Australian Unemployed Workers Union (AUWU) is battling against the odds, campaigning for a....
In todays Australian, Janet Albrechtsen reminds us that efforts to enforce gender quotas and the like are examples of good old rent seeking by a small number of rich elite white women. Do you notice the lack of diversity in organisations such as Chief Executive Women? I doubt any live in the western suburbs of Sydney. As Albrechtsen notes, no one would think of insisting that 50% of all surgeons be female. Yet the Australian Government is now insisting on a quota (sorry, targets) for barristers
The Turnbull governments new equitable briefing policy, released last month by Attorney-General Christian Porter and Minister for Women Kelly ODwyer, requires all commonwealth agencies to meet targets 25 per cent for female silks and 30 per cent for female junior barristers when awarding legal work. No more asking for the best person.
Targets are the preliminary for of quota whats the use of a target if it isnt monitored, and actions taken to move towards that target?
As for those precious men male champions of change how many are resigning their positions to allow a female to take over? Why is it that they take on such a role only after benefiting from their male privilege? What do they think their junior male colleagues should do? Not apply for promotions perhaps?
Recently the Thai cave rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach has enthralled the world. All of the scuba divers who rescued the boys were men, selected purely on merit not on quota. Would we have seen such a happy outcome had the gender police been in operation and selected female divers purely by gender rather than merit?
And, finally, how are we to view all of the above in the context of the current review of the UKs Gender Recognition Act 2004? For it seems that this is to be liberalised by making it easier for people to declare their gender. If a person can be any gender, or no gender, it makes a mockery of the concept of gender. I can be Lucius today, Lucia tomorrow and back to Lucius the day after. Perhaps I wish to be referred to as he/him on Mondays, she/her on Tuesdays and ze/hir on Wednesdays.
Perhaps all of this is evidence of the decline of western civilisation we have moved beyond Maslows hierarchy of needs to some state where any fantasy can be entertained.
As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom
And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).
March 4, 2018
Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.
In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so
Parents there have formed their own community, whic...
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