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Month: September, 2012

✌ Cheap smart weapons: Rockets galore | The Economist

✌ Cheap smart weapons: Rockets galore | The Economist:

MONEY, as Cicero observed more than two millennia ago, is the sinews of war. That is still true today. But lately, from the American point of view, things have got ridiculous. Guided missiles, in…

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✌ New design factors for Robot Cars

✌ New design factors for Robot Cars:

Read/Leave Comments Many of the big changes that will come about form robocars will come from how they free car designers from the constraints of human-driven cars which are the owner’s sole, or…

✌ The Aérotrain, 1965-1977 | Retronaut

✌ The Aérotrain, 1965-1977 | Retronaut:

“The Aérotrain was a Hovertrain developed in France from 1965 to 1977. The project was abandoned in 1977 due to lack of funding, the death of lead…

✌ No Army for Young Men – By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy

✌ No Army for Young Men – By Rosa Brooks | Foreign Policy:

Military demographics change over time. Sixty-five years ago, the United States had a segregated military, but today people of every race, color, and creed train and fight side by side. Twenty-five…

✌ Iranian news agency falls for Onion story, plagiarizes it | FP Passport

✌ Iranian news agency falls for Onion story, plagiarizes it | FP Passport:

Readers of Iran’s official FARS News Agency encountered a surprising headline today — “Gallup Poll: Rural Whites Prefer Ahmadinejad to Obama”: TEHRAN (FNA)- According to the results of a Gallup poll…

✌ danah boyd | apophenia » Free Speech, Context, and Visibility: Protesting Racist Ads

✌ danah boyd | apophenia » Free Speech, Context, and Visibility: Protesting Racist Ads:

On Tuesday, Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for “criminal mischief” – or “the willful damaging of property” – when she responded to…

✌ Driverless Cars Would Reshape Automobiles *and* the Transit System – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic

✌ Driverless Cars Would Reshape Automobiles *and* the Transit System – Alexis C. Madrigal – The Atlantic:

The big opportunity of robocars isn’t the cars themselves; it’s how they could create a far more efficient transportation system. When I’ve thought about driverless cars, which if you believe Sergey…

✌ The Crisis in Higher Education – Technology Review

✌ The Crisis in Higher Education – Technology Review:

A hundred years ago, higher education seemed on the verge of a technological revolution. The spread of a powerful new communication network—the modern postal system—had made it possible…

✌ Bits or pieces?: Self disruption and super linear …

✌ Bits or pieces?: Self disruption and super linear …:

On Self Disruption Back in 2005, in the days of Fotango, we started to introduce a structure which I commonly refer to a Pioneer, Settler and Town Planner. This is structure which is not by type…

✌ Predistribution – a bad idea whose time has come? — Crooked Timber

✌ Predistribution – a bad idea whose time has come? — Crooked Timber:

I foolishly promised a few people that I was going to write something about “Predistribution”, which would not normally have resulted in actually writing anything about it, except that…