frank_adrian314159 writes: The Seattle Times reports that Boeing's CEO is saying that the cost overruns on the 787 "Dreamliner" were greatly exacerbated by the company's heavy use of outsourcing. Although it is now fairly well accepted that outsourcing provides little cost savings and what cost savings there are often get spent in increased management costs and rework, the outsourcing drive goes on. It's nice to see a major industry figure saying that all is not so rosy as the MBAs would have us think.
Shareable writes: In the aftermath of Wikileaks and Net Neutrality setbacks, Douglas Rushkoff called for citizens to fork the net in The Next Net. Response to the call was overwhelming with the author getting 1,000s of e-mails and comments. Events in Egypt have only heightened interest. In response, a peer-to-peer solutions festival is being convened in New York to catalyze projects that build toward an independent Internet, one where a Wikileaks could operate without government or corporate interference. Could this be the start of a populist movement for a free and open Internet, something technology activists have worked tirelessly on for years?
coondoggie writes: Google today announced a new Apple iPhone app that promises to let users translate text in 57 languages and voice in 15 languages. According to the Google blog site, the new Google Translate iPhone app accepts voice input for 15 languages, and—just like the previously available Google Translate HTML5 web app for iPhone — users can translate a word or phrase into one of more than 50 languages. For voice input, users press the microphone icon next to the text box and say what they want to translate.
MarkWhittington writes: When President Barack Obama canceled the Constellation space exploration program, it was thought the Ares 1, the much-maligned planned rocket that would have launched the Orion into low Earth orbit, was dead and gone.
However, it looks like ATK, the aerospace firm that manufactures solid rocket boosters for NASA, has entered into a joint venture with Astrium, the European firm that builds the Ariane V to build a commercial version of the Ares 1.
kkleiner writes: Navy officials and military developers are beaming with smiles of success for they are the proud papas of the newest military marvel: a robotic jet fighter. The X-47B, built by Northrop Grumman, completed its first successful test flight on February 4th at Edwards Air Force Base in California without the assistance of an onboard or remote human pilot. It’s all automated. The aircraft’s sleek tailless design will make it harder to spot on radar, but proves a unique challenge for an unmanned aerial system (UAS). The US Navy is looking to place the robot jet fighter on aircraft carriers in the next decade, with ocean-located trials slated for 2013. From there, robotic jet fighters could prove to be valuable assets in a modern military that is increasingly automating its approach to war.