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Submission + - NASA to Catalog and Release Its Open Source Codes

An anonymous reader writes: By the end of next week, NASA will release a master catalog of over 1,000 software projects it has conducted over the years and will provide instructions on how the public can obtain copies of the source codes. NASA's goal is to eventually 'host the actual software code in its own online repository, a kind of GitHub for astronauts.' Since these are open source codes, anyone can use them for private or commercial purposes without having to pay royalties or copyright fees. Scientists not affiliated with NASA have already adapted some of NASA's software. 'In 2005, marine biologists adapted the Hubble Space Telescope’s star-mapping algorithm to track and identify endangered whale sharks. That software has now been adapted to track polar bears in the arctic and sunfish in the Galapagos Islands.' The Hubble Space Telescope's scheduling software has reportedly also been used to schedule MRIs at hospitals and as control algorithms for online dating services. The possibilities could be endless.
Education

Submission + - Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age (latimes.com)

David Hume writes: "The Los Angeles Times has a story entitled Cyber Corps program trains spies for the digital age, about the two-year University of Tulsa Cyber Corps Program. About "85% of the 260 graduates since 2003 have gone to the NSA, which students call "the fraternity," or the CIA, which they call "the sorority."" "Other graduates have taken positions with the FBI, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security." According to the University of Tulsa website, two programs — the National Science Foundation's Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service and the Department of Defense's (DOD's) Information Assurance Scholarship Program — provide scholarships to Cyber Corps students."
Censorship

Submission + - Alice Cooper and the Banned Book (youtube.com)

David Hume writes: "The Alice Cooper — Only Women Bleed (Sex, Sharia remix) Music Video is actually the second music video to include the entire contents of a suppressed book. [The first was the Stuck Mojo Open Season (Sex, Sharia remix) Music Video]. The Alice Cooper — Only Women Bleed (Sex, Sharia remix) Music Video is a remix music video dedicated to Mariwan Halabjaee, "the Salman Rushdie of Iraqi-Kurdistan." Mr. Halabjaee is the author of the book "Sex, Sharia and Women in the History of Islam." He was forced to flee Iraqi-Kurdistan and obtain political asylum in Norway because the Islamic League of Kurdistan issued a fatwa to kill him, and the Kurdistan Regional Government refused to offer him protection or to arrest those who threatened his life. Youtube — its not just for videos anymore."

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