TheVine | The full extent of Google’s relationship with the NSA is terrifying


Google aren’t the only ones getting a sweet deal.

In fact, the NSA has formed relationships with “hundreds of CEOs” whose companies they consider “so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, national economic security, national public health or safety, or any combination thereof.”

Which sounds dramatic, but it actually means pretty much anyone with anything valuable.

via TheVine – The full extent of Google's relationship with the NSA is terrifying – Life & pop culture, untangled.

Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal | Reuters


The deal, which Australia called the best ever between Beijing and a Western country, will open up Chinese markets to Australian farm exporters and the services sector while easing curbs on Chinese investment in resource-rich Australia.

via Australia, China deepen ties with landmark free trade deal | Reuters.

California newspaper asks reporters to help with deliveries | Reuters

“The entire company — all departments, including our newsroom — has been asked to help during what has clearly been a difficult situation.”

via California newspaper asks reporters to help with deliveries | Reuters.

U.S. ‘soft power’ hits another hard reality in the Middle East


The field marshal promised democracy, freedom, an independent press and all good things. He appeared competent; he soon gathered praise from economists for measures to improve his country’s economy. But he shows greater competence in shutting down what had become a briefly raucous and creative civil society.

via U.S. ‘soft power’ hits another hard reality in the Middle East.

Switzerland says ‘We’re full’


Switzerland is weak in one sense: the federal government is small and run by politicians who are little-known outside the country.

But in another sense it is strong. A referendum is the expression of the nation-state and an example of direct democracy more potent than anywhere else on earth.

via Switzerland says ‘We’re full’.

Obama’s Immigration Order Has 2016 Perils for Both Parties | GovExec.com


“There’s always a danger for undisciplined politicians to overreact, and their overreaction always backfires.”

via Obama's Immigration Order Has 2016 Perils for Both Parties – Management – GovExec.com.

Management and the Art of Future Thinking | GovExec.com

SMARTER PLANET


It’s time for leaders in government and industry to shape the future.

We are at a crossroads in history where the accelerating rate of change is overwhelming most of society.

The Internet, the cloud, robotics, mobile computing, etc. have disrupted the economic order.

via Management and the Art of Future Thinking – Promising Practices – Management – GovExec.com.

‘Red Warning Lights’ Flashing For Global Economy


EU problems are compounded by the threat of deflation — when prices fall. A sustained drop would hurt growth by encouraging people to delay purchases in hopes of better deals later on.

via 'Red Warning Lights' Flashing For Global Economy.

C++ and multicore | Mentor Graphics

MCAPI is a standardized API for communication and synchronization between closely distributed cores and/or processors in embedded systems, defined and maintained by the Multicore Association.

via More embedded software articles – C++ and multicore – Mentor Graphics.

Will We Return to Analog Signal Processing? | Cadence Blogs


While all computing was originally analog, and people built analog computers into the 1960s, the situation today is very different.

“Most of the stuff we call mixed-signal has the same boring block diagram.

“It has some kind of transducer followed by an amplifier, maybe a mixer or filter, and an ADC [analog to digital converter], and then comes this big digital brain that does all the fun stuff. You could think of the analog front end as just a waveform mapper.”

via Mixed-Signal Keynote: Will We Return to Analog Signal Processing? – Industry Insights – Cadence Blogs – Cadence Community.