OK, so I know an 18-year-old young woman who just graduated high school. She'd not related to me, but she's the daughter of a very close friend, I've watched her grow up, and I'm sort of an Honorary Uncle since she has no uncles who are blood relatives. She mostly got good grades, got in some trouble, but not too bad, good kid, tough, friendly, lots of options, including being admitted to some good colleges. Like a lot of people straight out of high school, she wants to do a lot of things and doesn't really know what a lot …

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The US military is apparently making good use of a secure Facebook-like system for networking which already has hundreds of user groups and thousands of members. Known as "milBook" the system has been embraced by the Department of Defense for the way it can open up safer avenues of communications amongst personnel. Previously, the department lacked a medium for employees to share official and sometimes sensitive information. MilBook provides several options for users who wish to share information with specific individuals. By creating discussion threads, they can exchange ideas among specific, self-created groups on topics such as Army policies. "The …

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It came as a shock to many people that the “No Russian” mission in [I]Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2[/I] allowed players to act with such extreme malicious intent. The inclusion of the mission sparked a blazing controversy amongst pundits and critics alike, with its gratuitous depiction of terrorists mowing down innocent civilians at a crowded Russian airport. It was one of the most intimately morbid moments in recent gaming history. [ATTACH]17130[/ATTACH]It doesn’t come as any shock that after all the public scrutiny [I]Modern Warfare 2[/I] received, the soon-to-be released [I]Medal of Honor[/I] is being met with resistance before the …

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Have you ever envisioned being Robocop? Have you ever envisioned being Robocop with the funding of Lockheed Martin? Enter the hydraulic-powered anthropomorphic exoskeleton known as the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC), the result of Lockheed Martin’s partnership with Berkeley Bionics that was unveiled earlier today. Like something straight out of a James Cameron movie, the HULC exoskeleton has recently begun eight weeks of rigorous field tests in Afghanistan. The system, comprised of primarily titanium components, offers strength without compromising weight. Managed by an on-board processor, the hydraulics at the leg joints are put into action as sensors all over the …

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Call the National Guard. On second thoughts, call someone else. After all, it is the National Guard which has somehow managed to lose an archival data disk containing five years worth of staff records covering some 15,000 personnel. The US National Guard is now recommending that any current and former members of staff who are potentially impacted by the loss contact a credit reference bureau. US social security numbers are highly valued amongst identity thieves as they are a common method of identification in all sorts of transactions. Of course, it isn't the first time that National Guard data has …

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The iPhone is many different things to many different people. I have heard some refer to it as their cellphone, while others describe it as a smartphone, a pocket computer and even the Jesus Phone. One thing I have not heard people call it is a weapon though. Until now that is. According to a [URL="http://www.newsweek.com/id/194623"]Newsweek report[/URL] the iPhone could be the "future of networked warfare." Although that report actually mentions just the iTouch by name, the software being developed by the US Department of Defense will run perfectly well on an iPhone because the two are, essentially, one and …

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The US Army has successfully finished field testing the Warfighter Information Network - Tactical. Better known as WIN-T for short, a $10 billion secure and mobile broadband communications network for the modern army soldier in battlefield situations. The 4th Brigade tests have been putting WIN-T through its paces, linking together drones and spy sats and tactical operation centers while keeping the soldiers on the ground firmly in the loop courtesy of the VoIP-alike system that works with the kind of mobile devices they carry into battle. Thanks to WIN-T these wireless devices are then integrated into the wider army network, …

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The constant worry of soldiers leaking top-secret information onto the internet via blogs had forced the commanders to approve every blog entry that a soldier wrote before they could post it onto the world wide web. Fortunately for them it's called off, at least for now. Just 3 days ago, a fact sheet had been released that said it wasn't going to be done, and that soldiers aren't going to be watched or monitored when they write to their online journals: "No way every blog post/update a solider makes on his or her blog needs to be monitored or first …

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The End.