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Comment 20,000 Is Enough (Score 1) 342

The article points out that only "20,000 of the Army's 700,000 or so desktops and servers are Apple-made". This likely means that they have 20,000 Macs at the Pentagon alone, where the security is needed. Those other hundreds of thousands of computers probably belong to recruiters or low-level contractors, whose data is not too critical to national security. The Army would have no intention to spend money to upgrade systems, such as those belonging to recruiters, that don't have very sensitive data on it. I foresee that this Mac craze will be short lived, although I am not doubting it's impact on security.
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Journal SPAM: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise 20

One Nato figure said the effect was "as big a shock as the Russians launching Sputnik." American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine sailed within viable range fo

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Submission + - Overview of the Next C++ Standard (uwaterloo.ca) 1

Mike writes: "In a recent talk, C++ creator Bjarne Stroustrup described the goals he and the ISO C++ Committee have for the next version of the C++ standard. The new standard, tentatively 'C++0x', aims to make programs easier to write and maintain without sacrificing efficiency. Unfortunately, the challenges of revising an existing language and the rigor required make the standardization process slow and painful. The number of proposed features for C++0x far exceeds the number that can feasibly be standardized. Stroustrup describes two new features he believes will make the language much more expressive: initializer lists and concepts. The talk is available for download."

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