Fifteen Years Ago, International Space Station Assembly Begins
NASA – On Dec. 6, 1998, the crew of space shuttle mission STS-88 began construction of the International Space Station, attaching the U.S.-built Unity node and the Russian-built Zarya module together in orbit. The crew carried a large-format IMAX® camera, used to take this image of Unity lifted out of Endeavour’s payload bay to position it upright for connection to Zarya.
Zarya, launched on Nov. 20, 1998, was the first piece of the International Space Station. Also known as the Functional Cargo Block (FGB), it would provide a nucleus of orientation control, communications and electrical power while the station waited for its other elements. Two weeks later, on Dec. 4, 1998, NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour launched Unity, the first U.S. piece of the complex, during the STS-88 mission.
The Three Ways of Getting Things Done, Author: Gerard Fairtlough.
By Steve Denning – There are only three ways of getting things done effectively as an organization:
The book explains that “hierarchy is not necessary for discipline, for systematic ways of working, for inspiration or for leadership. The alternative to hierarchy is not chaos or anarchy. Only our powerful addiction to hierarchy, given to us by our genes and by our culture, leads us to believe this.” more> http://tinyurl.com/kjtk7ps
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Tagged Business improvement, Decision making, Government, Heterarchy, Hierarchy, Industrial economy, Leadership, Organization, Responsible autonomy
By Bill Gerstler – It consists of two peizo-electric elements, separated by an elastomer. A sinusoidal voltage is delivered to the peizo-electric elements. The elastomer forms an orifice that allows a fluid to enter and exit the device as the motion of the piezo-electric elements expands and contracts the volume between them. The result is a strong jet of fluid exiting the orifice – creating vortices that entrain additional fluid downstream of the device. The jet of fluid is used to help remove heat from electronic systems, such as Avionics boxes. The result is better Avionics computing. more> http://tinyurl.com/o9gwpvb
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Tagged Avionics, Business improvement, Electronics, Fluid, Industrial economy, Physics, Piezoelectricity, Technology, United States
By John Shinal – With evidence mounting that NSA spying has damaged the business of some of the largest U.S. technology companies, the question now is how long it will take them to win back the trust of overseas customers.
Without any changes in U.S. law that restrict the agency’s ability to use tech for surveillance, the answer may be “never.”
Given Cisco’s emerging market order growth went from 13% for the quarter ended in April to 12% in the most recent period €” post NSA-flap €” it appears privacy concerns are having a material impact.
IBM last month reported a 22% decline in revenue from China, which contributed to a 4% drop in the company’s quarterly profit. more> http://tinyurl.com/p553laf
- How the NSA was Infiltrated and Why Your Business May Be Next †
- U.S. tech companies call for more controls on surveillance, Reuters
- The NSA scandal has damaged U.S. credibility online, Grant Gross, computerworld.com
- NSA spying scandal accelerating China’s push to favor local tech vendors, Michael Kan, IDG News Service/PCWorld
- Blanket surveillance unconstitutional, David John Marotta and Megan Russell, dailyprogress.com
- Greenwald talks journalism, surveillance and €˜why privacy is so vital to human freedom’, Giuseppe Macri, dailycaller.com
- NSA tracking phone locations on €˜planetary scale’, Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post
- NSA cites Reagan-era executive order to justify collection of cellphone location data, Jaikumar Vijayan, computerworlduk.com
- Could Google and the NSA Make Whistleblowers Disappear? Peter Van Buren, thenation.com
- NSA Snares Americans’ Porn Viewing Histories in Effort to Target Muslims, Jason Mick, dailytech.com
- What We Want Most in the Era of Surveillance, Alex Pasternack, huffingtonpost.com
- Australia’s surveillance has ‘achieved too much’ to stop, says David Johnston, Katharine Murphy, theguardian.com
- Sweden spied on Russia for NSA: report, thelocal.se
- NSA spies on Italians from roof of US Embassy in Rome, magazine reports, Philip Willan, IDG News Service/PCWorld
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Tagged Big Brother, Bill of Rights, Federal government of the United States, National Security Agency, Surveillance state, United States
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