Go ahead, call it a boondoggle--you wouldn't be the first. The U.S. Army's massive, ambitious Future Combat Systems project aims to create a fully networked military force of robotic aircraft, hybrid-engine ground vehicles, ultra high-tech weapons systems, and battlefield sensors to bring soldiering into the 21st century. Faced with the Herculean effort of getting everything together for deployment in the middle of the next decade (maybe), the Army is just now starting some low-level spin-outs of some of the technologies it's been working on for years now already. Yes, it's costing a lot of money.… Read more
In an ideal world, there should be a wonder box that does everything under the sun. Perhaps something like Doraemon; a Japanese anime robot cat and his magical pocket with its endless supply of gadgets and tools. That may be light years away but, in the meantime, SE2 Labs has an entertainment super-machine that looks like a mini-computer server.
Dubbed ITC One, it packs an Xbox 360, HD personal video recorder, surround-sound processor, digital audio amplifier, 4.3-inch touchscreen, iPod dock, and remote control system all in a single box, according to Chip Chick. Pricing-wise, you will need to fork … Read more
Remember when Farmer Brown would break out the 12-gauge loaded with rock salt to chase you out of his watermelon patch? Today he could take care of you and other varmints with this weaponized version of the self-stabilized unmanned mini-copter put out by Neural Robotics.
The AutoCopter uses patented "intelligent neural network-based flight control algorithms" for automated flight control, making it the easiest mini-unmanned helicopter to fly and the hardest to crash, according to an article in Defense Review.
Best of all, it's armed with the Auto Assault-12 Full-Auto Shotgun by Military Police Systems, an innovative double-ought … Read more
Free-wheeling Linux was an improbable enough operating system to be used on IBM's mainframe line, but now an even more unlikely operating system is making an appearance there: Sun Microsystems' Solaris.
Sun and IBM have been archenemies for decades, but through the combination of open-source flexibility and something of a detente between the companies, the operating system has arrived. IBM expressed interest in collaborating with engineering firm Sine Nomine Associates, which has been working on a mainframe translation of OpenSolaris since Sun opened the source code in 2005. Now Sine Nomine is demonstrating the software on a System z … Read more
If your fair-weather friends are getting bored with your in-home theater, bowling alley, and bevy of indentured pedicurists, you may want to step up to a VirTra Systems' mobile live-fire training simulation trailer.
The trailer is based on the Houston company's IVR (immersive virtual training) simulation technology and offers a three-lane marksmanship simulator and "full-featured judgmental-use-of-force scenario" with both laser-based and live-fire training, including full auto in anything up to .50 caliber. Depending on your preferred quarry, it's available in either a police or military version.
"We remain committed to offering the training community innovative, … Read more
Whether your pilgrimage tour makes it to Bethlehem or ends up as Mediterranean fish bait may all depend on a credit-card-size keypad designed to prevent hijacked airliners from entering Israeli airspace.
Starting next year, Israel will require all airlines flying into its airports to use a new Security Code System device designed to prevent a 9/11-style attack by identifying commandeered planes before they enter the country's airspace, Reuters reported last week.
Webroot Software announced on Tuesday it has merged with U.K.-based Email Systems, a software-as-a-service security company.
The purchase will allow Webroot, a security software maker based in Boulder, Colo., to provide businesses with e-mail archiving, image scanning and encryption, Web filtering, and antispam, antiphishing and antivirus services.
Email Systems currently protects more than 1,500 businesses and 2.5 million e-mail boxes worldwide. The company filters and scans more than 1.2 billion messages per month. Last week, it was named CRN UK's Security Vendor of the Year.
Webroot, maker of Spy Sweeper, will continue its current … Read more
I just came across SimpleTicket, an open-source ticketing system. I haven't used it, and there are several open-source ticketing systems, but I think the idea of an open-source ticketing system, generally, is a really good one.
After all, you'd find a decent amount of crossover between the consumers and the developers of it. They're often going to be the same person.
SimpleTicket sounds cool:
SimpleTicket was developed by Architel in 2005 for internal use. We looked at Heat, Remedy and hosted solutions like Parature, but most of them were too complicated and expensive for our needs. Next we looked at lowend solutions like Intuit?s TrackIt and found it lacking in several ways. We needed a simple to use system that was flexible enough for us to add features on the fly. We decided to build it ourselves. SimpleTicket was the result....… Read more
It's not even turkey day and Cisco Systems has already acquired a dozen companies this year. Some of these get lots of ink while others remain less glamorous and fall through the PR cracks. Case in point, on November 1, Cisco acquired a company named Securent, a company that claims to be, "the leader in entitlements management." Since this news involved Cisco, the announcement was picked up by a number of media outlets but little detail appeared.
ESG believes that this seemingly minor deal may have far more impact than the industry anticipates. Why? Cisco is always … Read more