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The Military

Submission + - SecNav, CNO: Women should serve on subs (

lousyd writes: "No less than the US Chief of Naval Operations has come out on the side of reviewing the policy of male-only submarine crews. Women make up approximately 12 percent of the 1.2 million U.S. service members on active duty. With women having served in the United States military throughout American history, the claustrophobic confines of the submarine force are one of the last frontiers for women warriors. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said, "I believe women should have every opportunity to serve at sea, and that includes aboard submarines." As a former submariner myself, I say it's about time."

Submission + - Andy Grove to Industry: Get off your Ass

lousyd writes: Andy Grove, former CEO of Intel and present instructor at Stanford Business School, has a message for industry. He believes that health care and energy, especially, could learn a lesson from computing's innovative and relatively government-free history. He asks students to imagine if mainframe vendors had asked government to prop them up in the same way that General Motors has recently had. On the issue of computer patents, he insists that firms must use their patents or lose them: "You can't just sit on your ass and give everyone the finger."

Submission + - The Sewing Machine War (

lousyd writes: Volokh has hosted a paper by George Mason University law professor Adam Mossoff on the patent fracas a century and a half ago surrounding the sewing machine. A Stitch in Time: The Rise and Fall of the Sewing Machine Patent Thicket challenges assumptions by courts and scholars today about the alleged efficiency-choking complexities of the modern patent system. Mossoff says that complementary inventions, extensive patent litigation, so-called "patent trolls," patent thickets, and privately formed patent pools have long been features of the American patent system reaching back to the antebellum era.

Submission + - MacArthur Geniuses Announced

lousyd writes: The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded their annual genius grants of $500,000. Twenty five geniuses received a single phone call informing them of their selection. This year's lineup includes an astronomer, neuroscientist, novelist, inventor, urban farmer, geriatrician, optical physicist, saxophonist, critical care physician, structural engineer, stage lighting designer, anthropologist, and computer scientist/quantum physicist Alexei Kitaev, all of them exemplifying "boldness, courage, and uncommon energy" according to MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. "Uncommon energy" is apparently not a pun on Marin Soljai's work on wireless electricity. The New York Times has more.

Submission + - Web Start-Up a Joint Israeli-Palestinian Venture

lousyd writes: is a service to give users a free web-based desktop that lets them access their files from any computer with an Internet connection. The company's two offices are only 13 miles apart, but the Palestinian-Israeli border separates them, making collaboration a challenge. A continuous video feed runs between the two offices. CEO Zvi Schreiber has had other successes with startups, and hopes to foster social change with this one. will tap into existing services like Google Docs, Zoho and Flickr and integrate them into a single online computing system. A beta version is available now.

Submission + - 10th Grader Mnemonicizes 11 Planets

lousyd writes: 10-year-old Maryn Smith of Great Falls, MT won a National Geographic Children's Books contest to devise a mnemonic to remember the 11 planets. Those planets are Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Ceres, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Eris; her mnemonic is "My Very Exciting Magic Carpet Just Sailed Under Nine Palace Elephants". Whatever happened to Sedna?
The Military

Submission + - DARPA Testing Numenta's Brain Tech

lousyd writes: CNN Money DARPA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have given $4.9 million to Lockheed Martin to develop an image recognition system that will be used to scan satellite images and photographs for familiar objects. Called Object Recognition via Brain-Inspired Technology (ORBIT), the system will fuse commercial airborne EO and LIDAR sensor data into a three-dimensional, photorealistic model of the landscape. The brains of the system, so to speak, will be Numenta's Hierarchical Temporal Memory technology, modelled on the technology growing inside human heads. The system is expected to increase image analysts' productivity by 100 times.

Submission + - John Gilmore donates $15,000 to Freenet Project

lousyd writes: Civil libertarian John Gilmore has donated $15,000 to the Freenet Project to support ongoing development of the Freenet software. The Freenet Project is currently working on release 0.7, a complete re-write of previous versions of Freenet. The new network is a scalable darknet, promising more than any other currently available network model. Gilmore's contribution comes via The San Francisco Foundation.

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