The Soviet Union was first to land a spacecraft on the moon, in 1959, but NASA?s Neil Armstrong becomes the first human to set foot on the lunar surface, realizing humanity?s age-old dream. And effectively winning the space race for the United States.
Small police departments across America are using a little-known Pentagon program to amass battlefield-grade arsenals. Which means billions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military gear are in the hands of small-town cops who neither need the equipment nor are properly trained to use it, critics charge. At best, it’s a waste of resources (since the milgear still has to be maintained). At worst, it could cost lives.
Oracle boss Larry Ellison is now the proud owner of Hawaii’s sixth largest island.
Or at least he’s close. This week, Ellison agreed to purchase 98 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai. That means 2 percent isn’t his. But he wouldn’t like us exposing his shortcomings. The whole point of the purchase is to overcome such things.
From the outside, Virginia Tech’s Math Emporium is distinctly unimpressive. Tucked into a gray shopping center just across the road from the university’s main campus, it’s a computer lab for the school’s 8,000 math students that never closes. But when Wu-chun Feng looks at its 550 Apple computers, he sees a supercomputer that’s begging to be unleashed.
A move by Illinois and two regional governments in the Chicago area to a public data “convergence cloud” is being championed by officials as a way to be more transparent, and user-friendly. But it could also be a way for municipalities — like companies — to cut IT costs. Could this seeming next big thing actually make the government smaller?