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Microsoft

Submission + - MS Gives Free Licenses to Oppressed Nonprofits (nytimes.com)

victorl19 writes: Microsoft is vastly expanding its efforts to prevent governments from using software piracy inquiries as a pretext to suppress dissent. It plans to provide free software licenses to more than 500,000 advocacy groups, independent media outlets and other nonprofit organizations in 12 countries with tightly controlled governments, including Russia and China.

Feed Consequences of a Nuclear Explosion in an American City (schneier.com)

This paper, from February's International Journal of Health Geographics, (abstract here), analyzes the consequences of a nuclear attack on several American cities and points out that burn unit capacity nationwide is far too small to accommodate the victims. It says...
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPod saves soldier's life

wxyze writes: "From Gizmodo:
"Kevin Garrad of the 3rd Infantry Division is an iPod user for life — which incidentally got extended thanks to Apple's little music player. He was on patrol in Iraq when he met an armed insurgent carrying an AK-47. Both opened fire, and the bullet heading toward Kevin hit his chest right where his iPod was, which was enough to slow down the bullet to not pierce entirely through the body armor.""

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