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5 Items Should Top Obama's Technology Agenda
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Dykeman
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Dykeman,
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11/30/2012 | 2:48:20 AM
re: 5 Items Should Top Obama's Technology Agenda
I sincerely hope that I'm not the only one that stopped reading after light saber wasn't number 1 on the list.
MyW0r1d
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MyW0r1d,
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11/13/2012 | 8:25:02 PM
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And can you imagine what EMI from a nuclear event would do to cellular services as it becomes a more common, singular source for information? Those who no longer have "landline" services and the use of twitter-like software programs and tablet/smartphones may cause this type of survivability to be just as critical as overwhelming the capacity and require cellular to revisit their Business Continuity programs. Israel, Iran and others have developed plans since the late 90s to block cellular services during conflict.
moarsauce123
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11/10/2012 | 4:41:49 PM
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You forgot fixing the voting technology problems...but I guess nobody cares about that until next election when everyone gets bent out of shape about the exact same problems.
While underground phone switches might not be great, underground power grids are. They are much easier to repair after flooding and are mainly immune to storms. Yet grid operators keep nailing cable to poles across the country. And a working electrical grid will also make cell towers work well. The problem with both electrical and cell phone grids is that they are operated by public companies that want to spend the least amount of money on infrastructure while squeezing as much cash out of even the most outdated installations. This is what happens when all revenue goes to a handful of stockholders rather than get reinvested for the greater good. Does the government have to take over that infrastructure in order to get away from decade or even century old technology?
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11/8/2012 | 9:52:53 PM
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I like the list and as will be mentioned in this discussion there are so many many more technology items to be put here. I would mention that the Federal Gov could lead the way in making medical records electronically transferable between practitioners by having the DoD achieve the believed efficiency between their almost 500 medical sites world wide. That would be the proof of concept either in success or failure.
The failure of cellular communications during disaster conditions was well documented on 11 Sept, 2001 as was the failure of emergency Public Safety radio infrastructure "Why Can't We Talk", which has been being fixed over the past 10 years on the Public Safety LMR side.
Two steps forward one step back ...
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11/8/2012 | 12:46:27 AM
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I'd say we are both half right on this one. Arpanet was the precursor to the Internet and was designed for redundancy. So, correct that the Internet was not designed with surviving a nuclear attack in mind, but its precursor was a research project with the aim of being a redundant network that would operate even if nodes were eliminated
ehorvath1017
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ehorvath1017,
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11/7/2012 | 9:57:11 PM
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Pretty comprehensive list, Eric. I had a conversation with a US Army colonel only this morning who cited cyber threats as a legitimate and growing concern at DoD. I didn't prompt his remark on the subject, it was in response to a general question of "wither DoD after Iraq/Afghanistan."
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11/7/2012 | 9:45:50 PM
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The writer should read the sources he cites. The statement " The Internet was created to assure communications in the event of a nuclear attack." Is totally false. In footnote five of the referenced article it plainly states that this was a FALSE rumor started from the RAND study. Very disappointing.


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