“There are roughly six thefts of radioactive material every year in Mexico but as yet none are thought to have deliberately targeted the cargo. It is believed that the unintentional hauls are usually sold as scrap, potentially causing harm to dozens of people as the material is passed on.”
Investigators said that they believe the identity of the thieves will emerge over the coming days, but revealed they are not expecting it to come as a result of a police investigation.
Instead, the level of radiation the thieves would have been exposed to while handling the cobalt-60 would have been so intense that they may have only days to live – and it could be just hours before they are forced to seek hospital treatment. In fact, according to Juan Eibenschutz, director of the Mexican Nuclear Agency, direct exposure to cobalt-60 could result in death within a few minutes.”
“Parekh, who holds a pilot’s license and left Goldman Sachs to develop affordable, autonomous flying drones, has been working on the same problems that Amazon hopes to solve”
“People who have heard of Bridle tend to know what a military drone looks like”
“The lack of engagement with the democratic process and reliance on technology is a particular problem now because we consider “the clever people” to be those who know about technology. He describes “nerds” as the “new elite” — the very people who should be helping to fix the political system. But they “are kind of lazy bastards who are too arrogant to go onto the streets. They are too arrogant to see it’s important to not think that we can solve problems with better technology”.”
“Particularly baffling is when this technique is used by content publishers. People are there to read your content — but you’ve hidden it, like you’re ashamed. The message this sends out is that the publisher simply places more value on being liked on Facebook than they do on their own content. This seems like a pretty good indicator to me that I’m not going to value the content on there either.”
“remember, they’re people, not “conversions”
The web has seemingly evolved into something that actively antagonises people — why would anyone in their right mind hide the content that visitors are there to see?
In short, maybe they’re not in their right mind. This is what happens when analytics make decisions for you.”
“This image has been assessed under the valued image criteria and is considered the most valued image on Commons within the scope: Thames Barrier, tunnel. You can see its nomination at Commons:Valued image candidates/Thames Barrier tunnel.jpg.”
"You can’t beat politics with new technology all the time. Sometimes you have to actually make sure that politics are in line with what people want. A lot of people are giving up on politics and thinking they can solve issues with technology. These kind of arrogant behaviours towards the rest of the society are a bit disgusting," Sunde told Wired.co.uk in a Skype interview.
His response was provoked by a question about Bitcoin, a technology that he thinks is “interesting” and has a fascinating story behind it, but one that he feels is symbolic of a depressing widespread lack of trust in politics.
"We are a community of people, we have politicians that we elect, we can demand that they do things," he says, "but we are way too lazy to do that today".
His concern is that “we are just giving up”. “We have this hatred of politicians who we just see as being corrupt and we don’t trust them any more so we try to do things outside of where they can bother us.” This includes setting up cryptocurrencies that are difficult to monitor and tax (Sunde is a firm believer in taxation, since it allows communities to build shared infrastructure).”
Lockheed’s F-117 stealth fighter was developed in a breakneck 30 months by a close-knit team of 50 engineers led by an experienced fighter designer named Alan Brown and overseen by seven government employees. Brown said he exercised strict control over the design effort, nixing any proposed feature of the plane that might add cost or delay or detract from its main mission.
The F-35, by contrast, is being designed by some 6,000 engineers led by a rotating contingent of short-tenure managers, with no fewer than 2,000 government workers providing oversight. The sprawling JSF staff, partially a product of the design’s complexity, has also added to that complexity like a bureaucratic feedback loop, as every engineer or manager scrambles to add his or her specialty widget, subsystem or specification to the plane’s already complicated blueprints … and inexperienced leaders allow it.”
“We’re dealing with the laws of physics,” Burbage said in his company’s defense when word got out about the JSF’s performance downgrades.”
“O’Bryan said, adding that many critics of the F-35 “are people who are self-proclaimed experts who live in their mom’s basement and wear slippers to work.”
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