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The Military

Submission + - Top General: Defense Department IT In 'Stone Age' ( 1

CWmike writes: "U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James 'Hoss' Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was sharply critical Tuesday of the the department is pretty much in the Stone Age as far as IT is concerned,' Cartwright said. He cited problems with proprietary systems that aren't connected to anything else and are unable to quickly adapt to changing needs. 'We have huge numbers of data links that move data between proprietary platforms — one point to another point,' he said. The most striking example of an IT failure came during the second Gulf War, where Marines and the Army were dispatched in southern Iraq, he said. 'It's crazy, we buy proprietary [and] we don't understand what it is we're buying into,' he said. 'It works great for an application, and then you come to conflict and you spend the rest of your time trying to modify it to actually do what it should do.'"

Submission + - Willard S. Boyle, Father of the CCD, Dies at 86 (

An anonymous reader writes: Willard S. Boyle co-developer of the Charge Coupled Device (CCD) has died at the age of 86. Boyle was credited with the development of the Charge Coupled Device in collaboration with his colleague at Bell Laboratories George E. Smith. They received the 2009 Nobel Prize for physics for their work.
The Internet

Submission + - Debate swirls over IPv4 resale rules (

netbuzz writes: A bankruptcy court recently approved Nortel’s sale of almost 670,000 IPv4 addresses to Microsoft for $7.5 million. Despite this precedent, there remains great disagreement in Internet policy circles about how future sales of IPv4 addresses – particularly the largest blocks issued during the Internet’s early years – will proceed. Says a broker of the Nortel/Microsoft deal: ``It means that the pejorative term ‘black market’ is a thing of the past, and the creation of an open, legitimate secondary market for the sale of number blocks, under a legal framework, is now undisputed.’’ Yet the details are very much still being disputed.

Submission + - New York Times R&D wants to preserve iOS data (

An anonymous reader writes: In an alternate take on the iOS "location tracking" controversy, The New York Times R&D Lab has started, an initiative which promotes individuals' access to their own data. Via an upload application, participants securely store their iOS data and are given tools for mapping and conversion to common formats for their own use. Ultimately, the goal is to connect datasets to research projects in public health, epidemiology or urban planning on an opt-in basis.

Submission + - Photos from Inside Solar Powered Masdar City (

An anonymous reader writes: You may have already seen photos of the recently opened solar powered Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, but Inhabitat now has exclusive pics taken from inside the walls of the carbon-neutral city. The city is powered by an array of solar panels and also incorporates passive cooling techniques and low-energy solutions for lighting and other systems.

Submission + - 1st International Flight for Solar-powered Plane (

Zothecula writes: Solar Impulse is on standby for its first international flight this week. Brussels has been chosen as the destination for the first venture outside Swiss borders, which follows the solar powered aircraft's maiden flight and first overnight flight last year and will mark another important step towards the goal of flying around the world in 2012.

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