August 2008

Automation by the Numbers


China is rationing electricity in more than half its provinces, and the projected national shortfall of power is 30 gigawatts, about 4.2% of current national annual capacity. Many Chinese factory owners simply cannot afford to buy fuel for generators. The rising value of China's currency against the dollar, the weakening global economy, and rising prices for inputs have pushed them to the edge. Export growth overall remains robust, but it is slowing. Exports rose 18.2% in June from a year earlier, compared with growth of nearly 28% for all of 2007.

1 in 3.4 x 1038

NetAnchor's physical device fingerprinting can sample well over 10,000 different points within a computer system to generate a unique signature, targeting upon both naturally occurring component manufacturing imperfections and intentional configuration differences. In one scenario, the technology uses 4,000 verification points. Sampling points can include hard drive damage maps, CPU benchmarking, chip benchmarking on sound cards and video cards, silicon degradation and damage, serial numbers, GUIDs (globally unique identifier), and MAC addresses, among others. The chance that two of 1000 computers will have identical physical device fingerprints is 1 in 3.4 x 1038.


GM is designing the Chevrolet Volt to run on battery power alone for 40 miles. However even the automaker's executives have questioned whether next-generation lithium-ion batteries will be ready for the 2010 release. The car would be the first mass-market rechargeable car and would go a long way in redeeming the company's failed SUV strategy. A unit of South Korea's LG Chem Ltd is ready to supply batteries for the Volt. German auto parts supplier Continental AG, adapting battery technology used by privately held A123 Systems, is also competing for the Volt battery contract.

300 Million

A cyber-shockingly large number, the U.S. Pentagon's computer network is scanned or attacked by outsiders 300 million times each day.