Think of the frequent flyer miles. First class to the moon and back on PanAm!
First, if you expect a retread of Snow Crash, go read something else.
I had a lot of "WTF!?" moments in reading Anathem. However, the book paid off. This is the next logical step in the progression from Cryptonomicon to the Baroque Cycle. In each book, he has tried to build a book around one or more important concepts. Baroque Cycle examined how the financial system (and the modern world) came to be out of the stew of European power struggles, the invention of advanced math, and the Reformation.
Anathem takes philosophy, physics and politics and blends them. If you have read some philosphy (esp. Plato), as well as quantum physics, it makes a lot more sense.
The wearable power system must weigh less than 4 kilos, provide 20W average for 96 hours (200W peak), and attach to an army vest. First prize is $1M US, 2nd is $500k, 3rd is $250k. The final trials will be in the fall of 2008.
Full details are at the DoD Prize page.
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Mozilla expects to ship the final version of Firefox 3, codenamed Gran Paradiso, in the autumn, said Brendan Eich, chief technical officer for Mozilla.
Users of Web applications like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, or Google Apps Premier Edition will be able to download their data, disconnect from the Internet, and work offline, if the application publishers make a few simple changes to their code to comply with Firefox 3's APIs for running applications offline.