In the ancient world, good ideas were thought to come from the gods, or, at any rate, from outside of the self.
During the Enlightenment, rationality was the guiding principle, and philosophers sought out procedures for thinking, such as the scientific method, that might result in new knowledge.
via Creativity Creep – The New Yorker.
Two of the Pentagon’s largest C4I programs are the Tactical Networking Radio Systems — formerly the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) — and the Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T).
via Pentagon plans to spend $6 billion on C4I next year to support radio networking to the edge – Military & Aerospace Electronics.
Tietronix software engineers will explore new technologies for improving the effectiveness of NASA mission operations, including situational awareness displays, Web-based workflow systems, computer simulations, virtual reality, intelligent systems, and flight crew operations applications.
via NASA chooses Tietronix to perform software research and maintenance at mission control – Military & Aerospace Electronics.
“The critical element of the information dominance definition is integration.”
“Blending the attributes of ISR, oceanography, meteorology, networks, cyber, and EW allows for better planning, smarter decisions and earlier results.
“Aligning the related restricted-line communities of naval oceanography, information warfare, information professional, intelligence and the space cadre into the information dominance corps has likewise advanced our concept and capability development and improved data and system interoperability.”
via Electronic warfare to be part of all military operations – Military & Aerospace Electronics.
Putin defines Russian security through the insecurity of its neighbors, including Moldova, Georgia, and Ukraine.
Russia has created long-standing “frozen conflicts” in the first two, and has now gone well beyond that approach in Ukraine, as he seeks to prevent these countries from enjoying the peace and prosperity of neighboring Central and Eastern European countries that were fortunate to join NATO and the European Union.
via A New Birth of NATO – James Goldgeier – POLITICO Magazine.
The Cold War that NATO was founded to fight ended a quarter-century ago. The new kind of war that has emerged since Putin began to challenge the borders around him is murkier and messier, lacking the harsh but clear lines of the Iron Curtain.
via Putin's Plan to Save NATO – Bloomberg View.
Cities and towns who build their own municipal broadband networks are menaces to capitalism and the American way of life — instead, we should promote free enterprise by funneling taxpayer dollars to private corporations instead.
via AT&T vs. municipal broadband: AT&T wants government handouts | BGR.
.. a significant feature of crowdsourcing — its openness of entry — makes it vulnerable to malicious behaviour.
via Crowdsourcing is vulnerable to malicious behavior — ScienceDaily.
Guardtime’s products are based on technology called KSI, or Keyless Signature Infrastructure, an authentication system for real-time monitoring of digital assets.
It was developed by a team of cryptographers and security specialists in Estonia after the country suffered a series of cyber-attacks in 2007.
Guardtime is based in Tallinn, the country’s capital, and its customers include governments and multinational companies.
via Ericsson Teams With Guardtime in $69 Billion Data-Safety Market – Bloomberg.
Fifteen years ago, Germany was “the sick man of Europe.” Today it is France’s turn.
via Franco-German Decoupling – NYTimes.com.
The point that we want to make to any early-stage company is when you think about raising capital or are think about getting some of your funding from your customers, government is an interesting place to go.
via Massachusetts Puts Out Welcome Mat for Startups – State & Local – GovExec.com.
He says it is a significantly more enjoyable job than his previous life working in IT.
via BBC News – Austria's only snail farmer.
“If the brain does not sense enough gravity to determine which way is up, astronauts may get disoriented, which can lead to errors like flipping switches the wrong way or moving the wrong way in an emergency”
via How much gravity is enough? — ScienceDaily.
Unlike an average human brain that can barely recall a vivid scene from the last hour, chimps have a photographic memory and can memorize patterns they see in the blink of an eye.
Sea lions and elephants can remember faces from decades ago.
via Chimps Outplay Humans in Brain Games – Scientific American.
No wonder our friends no longer trust us, and our enemies no longer fear us.
via “We don’t have a strategy” – Steve Chabot for Congress (OH-1).
“We’ve got a Washington now that works for anyone who can hire armies of lobbyists and lawyers and it doesn’t work for regular families”
via Warren: Cantor ‘selling access’ in new job | TheHill.
The findings indicate nocturnal activity has a deep history in the lineage leading to mammals. This contradicts the conventional wisdom that the nocturnal lifestyle emerged with the appearance of the first bona fide mammals about 200 million years ago because they needed to slink around in the dark to avoid becoming dinosaur chow.
via Ancient nightlife: Forebearers of mammals were nocturnal partiers | Reuters.
While conventional scientific wisdom has previously held that the anger face is an arbitrary set of features that we’ve simply come to understand as an indicator of anger, new research suggests that it may actually serve a more specific purpose: On its own, each aspect of the anger face may make its wearer appear physically stronger.
via The Origins of the Anger Face – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.
One possibility is that vacation suffers from a “Prisoner’s Dilemma.”
It’s dangerous to be “that guy” who uses all the time off they get when everyone else is on the job, so workers limit their vacations.
via Americans are taking fewer vacations than they used to – Vox.
Geosynchronous spacecraft will be among civilization’s most enduring remnants, quietly circling earth until the earth is no more.
via The squid and the geostationary satellite.