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Submission + - Australian Draconian Anti-science Law starts April 2, 2016 (

An anonymous reader writes: Defence Report warns the Australian Government is pushing ahead with draconian anti-science law despite warnings it will kill Australia's "Innovation Agenda", and Geoffery Robertson QC warning it is "so sloppily drafted" it threatens academic research with "no sensible connection to military technology". 229 Cryptographers signed a petiton against it. So have other scientists on Civil Liberties Australia. Why are the Aussie Defence Department doing this? Because they want to be a "powerhouse in civilian science"! Tell them they're dreaming!

Submission + - US Conducts Two ICBM Tests in 4 Days (

schwit1 writes: Less than two years ago, news of Russia test-firing an ICBM just as the east Ukraine civil war was heating up, was sufficient to send the stock market into a brief tailspin. Since then, the launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles has become an almost daily occurrence, with the market hardly batting an eyelid.

In fact, it happened just last night at 11:01pm PST at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where — for the second time this week — the US test-fired its second intercontinental ballistic missile in the past seven days, seeking to demonstrate its nuclear arms capacity at a time of rising strategic tensions with Russia, North Korea, China and the middle east.

The unarmed Minuteman III missile roared out of a silo at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California late at night, raced across the sky at speeds of up to 15,000 mph (24,000 kph) and landed a half hour later in a target area 4,200 miles (6,500 km) away near Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands of the South Pacific.

The entire launch was caught on the following video, which was released by Vandenberg just 4 days after the previous ICBM launch.

Submission + - IBM added 70,000 people to its ranks in 2015, and lost that many, too (

walterbyrd writes: Even with adding 70,000 people to IBM's payroll in 2015, IBM actually ended the year with slightly lower headcount than when it started, according to an SEC filing.

IBM is always very careful when talking about its global headcount, which has been going through major shifts for years.

It won't say many people it lays off each year, or how old they are or in what areas they work. It only talks only about "resource actions" or "workforce rebalancing" in terms of the total amount of money it spends on them. It spent $587 million on such things in 2015 (and nearly $1.5 billion in 2014), it said.

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