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."
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."
lousyd writes: G.ho.st 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. G.ho.st 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.
lousyd writes: Michigan 5th grader Kenton Stufflebeam spotted a mistake in the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum "Tower of Time" display. The 27 year old display mistakenly identifies the time before the Cambrian Period as an "era". Museum officials sent the 11 year old a thank you letter commending his sharp eye.
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.
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.