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Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From Developer To Executive? 229

Posted by timothy
from the oh-just-grow-the-hair-it's-cool dept.
First time accepted submitter fivevibe writes "I'm about to switch from a position where I did hands on development to one where I will be building and managing technical team. I will be responsible for designing and implementing the company's overall tech strategy. I am excited about this move but also nervous. It will require a different focus than I had up to this point, different skills, and different orientation. What should I be learning, reading, thinking about in order to make this transition successfully and avoid growing pointy hair?"
Software

DARPA Seeks App Developers For War App Store 174

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-out-the-free-section dept.
MrSeb writes "DARPA has a problem on its hands: Satellites, unmanned drones (UAVs), and myriad other worldwide sensors are now so ubiquitous and omnipotent that the Department of Defense (DOD) doesn't actually know how to make the best use of them. In other words, the hardware is there, but the software isn't. To tackle this particularly tricky issue, DARPA is looking for smartphone app developers to help build 'sophisticated, adaptive applications.' Yes, DARPA wants to give smartphone developers access to the DOD's fleet of Hellfire missile-equipped UAVs. Instead of using a single, remote pilot to fly just one UAV, DARPA imagines 'an app [...] that allows a swarm of small deployed UAVs to be controlled as a single unit (a hive [mind] so to speak).' DARPA also wants app developers to help out with easy-to-use app interfaces, novel uses of smartphone-like sensors (accelerometers, cameras, gyros) — and ultimately, it wants to make a War Market where a soldier can simply log in with his DOD-issued smartphone or tablet and download Angry UAVs, Nuke Ninja, and other battlefield apps."
Education

OLPC Project To Air-Drop Laptops 130

Posted by Soulskill
from the gods-must-be-crazy dept.
sl4shd0rk writes "Nicholas Negroponte and the OLPC project are still going and have a new plan in the works: a laptop air-drop to help facilitate 'self-education' in areas with large poor populations. 'In the first year we'll go in and meet with tribal elders and aid organizations, people not involved with education, but then we let the kids learn,' Negroponte said. All of this work by Negroponte and others was essential, he explained, because market forces were leaving the poor of the world behind. Meanwhile, the largest countries had adopted strategies that offer little for the developing world."

Comment: Re:too bad this country can't do the same (Score 1) 387

by chemindefer (#36457074) Attached to: China Begins To Extend High Speed Rail Across Asia
If the current rails are adequate, why do I know of a lot of improvement and expansion projects in the US? And if those are happening, with Federal money helping, why can't passenger service be included in the plan? Especially since Federal money pays for lots of road repair for freight trucks, which do damage at a 55,000/1 ratio versus cars?

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