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« Reply #3600 on: Apr 10th, 2011, 11:29am »

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French probe espionage at defense firm unit: report

PARIS | Sun Apr 10, 2011 11:16am EDT

PARIS (Reuters) - France's intelligence services have unearthed a case of suspected industrial espionage at an engine subsidiary of French aerospace and defense firm Safran, Le Monde newspaper said in its weekend edition.

A Safran spokeswoman declined to comment on Sunday when contacted by Reuters about the report, which spoke of a Chinese link.

The newspaper said investigators had placed about 10 people in custody as they dig for information about a 2010 attack on the computer networks of Safran subsidiary Turbomeca, which makes helicopter engines.

It said hackers broke into the computer networks and gained access to sensitive information about propeller systems at Turbomeca, as well as Safran documents containing information about billing and the cost of various company projects.

The computer break-ins took place during the first eight months of 2010 and may have involved help from company insiders, Le Monde reported it was told by an unnamed judicial source.

French magistrates in Nanterre have been following up on the preliminary information unearthed by the domestic intelligence services (DCRI), the newspaper said.

While the Safran spokeswoman contacted by Reuters declined to comment, Le Monde said it had contacted the firm and been told: "All we know of is a minor case in 2009 that concerned Turbomeca."

Turbomeca says on its website it is the leading helicopter engine supplier in China, with one in two helicopters there equipped with a Turbomeca engine or licensed product.

It also says it co-operates with Chinese firms Harbin Aircraft Industries Group, Changhe Aircraft Industry Group and the helicopter-making divisions of China's Aviation Industry Corp, the state-owned aircraft maker.

Safran is roughly 30-percent owned by the French state, which is still smarting after another case of supposed espionage at carmaker Renault that turned out to be a case of fraud.

Suspicions of industrial espionage at Renault -- which also involved a suspected Chinese link in the early days -- were deflated last month when the case turned out to be one of fraud and Renault executives apologized to three executives it had fired.

(Reporting by Brian Love and Cyril Altmeyer; Editing by Sophie Hares)

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Ivory Coast: Gbagbo's forces attack hotel HQ of president-elect Ouattara

US says incumbent president's attempt at negotiation was delaying tactic as his forces step up assault in Abidjan

Reuters in Abidjan
guardian.co.uk, Sunday 10 April 2011 10.53 BST

Forces loyal to the incumbent Ivory Coast leader, Laurent Gbagbo, have stepped up a counter-attack on the president-elect, Alassane Ouattara, firing on his hotel headquarters in Abidjan.

Rebel forces seeking to install Ouattara – who won an election last November according to results certified by the UN – swept from the north to Abidjan almost unopposed more than a week ago.

But Gbagbo's soldiers have held on to swathes of the city despite a fierce rebel onslaught and are growing bolder.

The US condemned the attack on Ouattara's hotel and said Gbagbo's attempts at negotiation last week were nothing more than a ruse enabling his forces to regroup and rearm.

"Gbagbo's continued attempt to force a result that he could not obtain at the ballot box reveals his callous disregard for the welfare of the Ivorian people, who will again suffer amid renewed heavy fighting in Abidjan," the state department said.

The UN said Saturday's attack on the Golf Hotel, which Ouattara has made his base since the election, involved heavy weapons that appeared to have been fired from Gbagbo's residence.

"This was not a fight but a direct attack by Gbagbo's forces, who fired RPGs and mortar rounds from positions near Gbagbo's residence," Hamadoun Toure, a UN spokesman in Abidjan, said. He said one UN peacekeeper had been hurt and UN forces had responded by firing on those positions.

Gbagbo's spokesman, Ahoua Don Mello, denied that Gbagbo's forces had attacked Ouattara's headquarters and said the incumbent president was calling on his supporters to stage a resistance against French forces.

"President Gbagbo called for resistance against the bombing and the actions of the French army in Ivory Coast, because ultimately it is the French army that attacked us," Don Mello said.

Mariam Konate, a resident of the area near the hotel, said: "There was fierce fighting with heavy weapons and our houses shook, even some windows shattered. We're all locked in our homes, but things quietened down about an hour ago."

Pro-Gbagbo forces seem to be determined to strike fast – a sign they want to gain momentum before more troops desert and/or that they may be desperate, Lydie Boka, an analyst at the StrategiCo consultancy, said.

"The attack on Ouattara's headquarters has won Gbagbo praise among his supporters but will probably attract more sanctions on him," Boka said.

French soldiers supporting the UN mission in Ivory Coast and backing Ouattara's claim to the presidency secured Abidjan's port on Saturday, but said the central neighbourhoods of Cocody and Plateau were still being contested.

Frederick Daguillon, a spokesman for the French force in Ivory Coast, said: "[Gbagbo's forces] won some positions overnight that they lost again this morning." He said Gbagbo's fighters had "become more confident".

French helicopters clashed with Gbagbo's defenders early on Saturday during a failed attempt to rescue diplomatic staff trapped by the fighting in Cocody. British and other diplomats were later evacuated, a Foreign Office spokesman said.

The BBC said bullets had hit the British embassy and a mortar round had landed in the garden.

Reuters witnesses said a fragile calm had returned to many parts of the city on Saturday, allowing residents to leave their homes in search of food and water amid the debris of war, or to try to escape to safer areas.

"Yesterday, militiamen came to our house ... we were threatened," Jean Kima, a Burkinabe fleeing with his family in the northern district of Gesco, said. "The militia could come back at any moment, and perhaps the worst will happen next time."

Gbagbo is believed to be isolated in the bunker under his residence in Cocody, where he has sought refuge from a concerted assault by Ouattara's troops while his elite presidential guard and militiamen do battle. Three days ago, his defeat appeared imminent and talks took place between the two sides.

Gbagbo, who has ruled Ivory Coast since 2000, is defended by around 1,000 men. November's election was meant to draw a line under a 2002-03 civil war that split the world's leading cocoa producer in two, but instead re-ignited the conflict.

Burnt vehicles and looted shops with smashed windows were evidence of recent fighting in the south of Abidjan, as a French military convoy wound its way to the port handling the bulk of Ivory Coast's cocoa shipments.

"It was at the request of incoming president Ouattara that we have come to secure the port zone," Captain Roland Giammei said . He added that the forces were working alongside Ivorian gendarmes loyal to Ouattara.

Ivory Coast's cocoa industry has been paralysed since January, when Ouattara announced a ban on exports and the EU imposed shipping restrictions in order to squeeze Gbagbo's finances.

Ouattara is now seeking to revive the country's economy as fast as possible. On Friday, the EU lifted restrictions on the ports of Abidjan and San Pedro at his request. On Saturday, the first Air France passenger flight since 1 April landed in Abidjan.

Even if Gbagbo leaves, Ouattara's ability to unify the country may be undermined by reports of atrocities since his forces swept into Abidjan. Ouattara's camp has denied involvement.

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In March we shared an awesome Russian trailer for X-Men: First Class. Today we have that same trailer from Japan in English.

Official Plot Synopsis:

X-MEN FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

X-Men: First Class stars Michael Fassbender, Kevin Bacon, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Jason Flemyng, Zoë Kravitz, Lucas Till, Oliver Platt, Ray Wise, Edi Gathegi, Caleb Landry Jones and Álex González. The film arrives in theaters on June 3rd.

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April 11, 2011
France Enforces Ban on Full-Face Veil in Public
By ALAN COWELL

PARIS — A French ban outlawing full-face veils in public, the first to be enacted in Europe, came into force on Monday and faced immediate, if low-key, challenges.

The police detained two fully veiled women at a small protest outside the Notre Dame cathedral in central Paris, where demonstrators were easily outnumbered by police officers and journalists. But it was not clear whether the women had been held under laws forbidding unauthorized demonstrations.

The new law, approved last year, has been controversial from the start, raising questions about France’s relationship with its Muslim minority of five to six million — Europe’s largest — at a time when right-wing and anti-immigrant sentiment is on the rise.

Just days ago France‘s governing party pressed ahead with a contentious public debate on the nature of its secularist philosophy and the challenges of Islam. The discussion drew criticism across a broad front including government officials, religious leaders, the Socialist opposition and the far-right National Front.

According to the French authorities, fewer than 2,000 women in France wear the full-face veil, known as a niqab, but the ban has touched nerves, prompting accusations that it stigmatizes one gender among one religious minority in a land that prides itself on the values enshrined in its national motto of liberty, equality and fraternity.

The ban also applies to foreigners visiting France. The law forbids clothing intended to hide the face in public spaces such as streets, markets, private business, government buildings and public transportation. Violators may be punished with a fine of 150 euros, equivalent to $215. But people forcing others to cover their faces are subject to much stiffer punishments, including a maximum 12 months in prison and a fine of 30,000 euros, equivalent to more than $42,000, or twice that amount if the person forced to cover their face is a minor.

News reports said a Muslim property dealer had set aside a fund of some $2.8 million to help women fight the ban while a woman wearing a niqab planned to travel by train from Avignon in southern France to Paris in defiance of the prohibition.

Rachid Nekkaz, the property developer who called for the protest at the cathedral, said in a Webcast quoted by Reuters: “I am calling on all free women who so wish to wear the veil in the street and engage in civil disobedience.”

Police officers have been told by their superiors that they may not forcibly remove veils, but offenders may be taken to police stations to have their identities confirmed.

In some public debate, the niqab has been conflated with the full-body covering called a burqa, which is very rare in France. As debate flared over the law last year, Jean-François Copé, the parliamentary leader of President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, defended the bill on the grounds of public security and as an important assertion of French identity and values. Mr. Sarkozy himself has said, “The burqa is not welcome in France because it is contrary to our values and contrary to the ideals we have of a woman’s dignity.”

When the law was approved by the lower house of Parliament last year, there was only one opposing vote, cast by Daniel Garrigue, an opponent of President Sarkozy, who said: “To fight an extremist behavior, we risk slipping toward a totalitarian society.”


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The Hill

Pentagon probing nuclear F-35 delay
By John T. Bennett - 04/10/11 04:41 PM ET

The Defense Department is examining how long a variant of the F-35 fighter that is nuclear-capable will be delayed, military officials told lawmakers this week.

The Pentagon has launched a “technical baseline review” to determine how an expected two-year delay for the entire program will impact the delivery schedule, according to Air Force Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration.

That study “will give us a new time line” for how far behind schedule the broader schedule slip will place the nuclear F-35, Chambers told the Senate Armed Services Strategic Forces subcommittee this week.

To bridge the gap to the date when the nuclear-armed F-35s arrive in the service's fleet, officials plan to keep more of existing F-15 and F-16 fighters flying longer than initially planned, Chambers said.

The additional maintenance and parts to keep those jets in the air will bring new costs.

In recent years, software problems, design flaws and testing delays have hamstrung F-35 development and delayed its fielding, according to a late 2010 report from the Pentagon’s director of operational testing and evaluation.

Senior DoD brass in January, spurred by a new batch of technical problems, announced the program would be delayed yet again.

They added $4 billion to the entire F-35 program’s design and development phase, and altered the tri-service program’s purchasing schedule.

Those moves were the latest changes to a program that, for decades, will constitute the vast majority of the U.S. fighter jet fleet. The Air Force, Navy and Marines are slated to buy around 2,440 models; U.S. allies say they will buy around 750 more.

While Chambers said an exact length of the nuclear-capable variant’s delay is not yet known, he told the panel “not every part of the program will slip two years.”

And though software development issues have plagued the program, Chambers said the nuclear version “is the first batch of software after the development ... software.”


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LA Times

CIA has slashed its terrorism interrogation role

The agency has stopped trying to detain or interrogate suspects caught abroad, except those captured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times
7:10 PM PDT, April 10, 2011
Reporting from Washington

He's considered one of world's most dangerous terrorism suspects, and the U.S. offered a $1-million reward for his capture in 2005. Intelligence experts say he's a master bomb maker and extremist leader who possesses a wealth of information about Al Qaeda-linked groups in Southeast Asia.

Yet the U.S. has made no move to interrogate or seek custody of Indonesian militant Umar Patek since he was apprehended this year by officials in Pakistan with the help of a CIA tip, U.S. and Pakistani officials say.

The little-known case highlights a sharp difference between President Obama's counter-terrorism policy and that of his predecessor, George W. Bush. Under Obama, the CIA has killed more people than it has captured, mainly through drone missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas. At the same time, it has stopped trying to detain or interrogate suspects caught abroad, except those captured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"The CIA is out of the detention and interrogation business," said a U.S. official who is familiar with intelligence operations but was not authorized to speak publicly.

Several factors are behind the change.

Widespread criticism of Bush administration interrogation and detention policies as brutal and degrading led Obama to stop sending suspected terrorists to the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Public exposure also forced the CIA to close a network of secret prisons. That left U.S. officials with no obvious place to hold new captives.

In January 2009, Obama ordered the CIA to abide by the interrogation rules of the U.S. Army Field Manual, which guides military interrogators and includes prohibitions on the use of physical force against detainees. Critics warn that Al Qaeda operatives could study the manual, which is available on the Internet, to learn how to resist its techniques, although no evidence has emerged suggesting that has happened.

In addition, some CIA officers are spooked by a long-running criminal investigation by a Washington special prosecutor into whether CIA officers broke the law by conducting brutal interrogations of suspected terrorists during the Bush administration.

"Given the enormous headaches involved … it's not surprising there are fewer people coming into our hands," said Paul Pillar, a former senior CIA official.

Patek, described by intelligence officials and analysts as a central figure among Islamic extremists in Southeast Asia, could reveal links between Al Qaeda sympathizers across the region. He is a prime suspect in the 2002 nightclub bombings that killed 202 people on the Indonesian island of Bali.

In the years after the Bali bombings, Patek is believed to have led a terrorist cell in the Philippines, where U.S. Special Forces have helped the military hunt Islamic militants on Mindanao island for years, said Sidney Jones, a Jakarta-based analyst for the International Crisis Group, an independent nonprofit organization that studies conflicts.

Patek's information "would be a gold mine" to U.S. intelligence, she said.

Pakistani officials say they plan to deliver Patek to authorities in Indonesia, where he is wanted in the Bali case. Although seven Americans were among those killed in the bombings, no U.S. criminal charges are pending against him, a senior Justice Department official said.

A Pakistani intelligence source said no one from the CIA or any other U.S. agency had asked to question Patek.

U.S. officials say they expect the CIA will be given access to intelligence gleaned from Indonesia's interrogations of Patek, and may even be allowed to sit in and provide guidance, given the close ties between U.S. and Indonesian counter-terrorism officials.

But that is not the same as controlling the questioning, critics say. "Having access to someone in someone else's custody is never the same as setting the conditions of their interrogation," said a congressional aide who is briefed on intelligence issues but who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Senior Republican lawmakers say the U.S. may be giving up valuable intelligence by not acting more aggressively to detain and question suspects captured overseas.

"It is a shame that our administration has made the decision to defer to others to pursue the detention and interrogation of our enemies," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee. "Now we'll have to rely on a foreign government to grant us access to this terrorist to obtain vital intelligence, if we're lucky."

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said: "The tangled mess of legal and policy issues surrounding detention right now makes it very difficult, if not impossible, to gain complete access for questioning. This forces us to work through the host country, which is not always optimal for a number of reasons."

CIA spokesman George Little defended the policy, saying the agency has a "wide range of effective capabilities at our disposal to pursue terrorists and thwart their activities. Our efforts in recent years have led to a number of counter-terrorism successes that have saved lives."

The current rules may be flexible in any case. At a hearing in February, Chambliss asked CIA Director Leon E. Panetta what would happen if the U.S. caught Osama bin Laden or his top aide, Ayman Zawahiri. Both men are believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

"We would probably move them quickly into military jurisdiction" for questioning at Bagram air base in Afghanistan, "and then eventually move them probably to Guantanamo," Panetta replied.

James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, quickly added that the question had not been resolved, however.

That indecision has led to frustration in one recent case.

In February 2010, the CIA helped Pakistani intelligence officers arrest Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban's military leader, in Karachi. U.S. officials describe him as the most senior Taliban figure captured since the Afghanistan war began in 2001.

Baradar remains in Pakistani custody, and CIA officers are not satisfied with their access to him, according to two U.S. officials who have been briefed on the matter.

"We just don't have something in place that works" outside Iraq and Afghanistan, said Louis Tucker, former staff director of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "We're kind of just flying by the seat of our pants."


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Darpa’s Hologram Goggles Will Unleash Drone Hell
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The Pentagon’s mad-science arm wants robotic death-from-above, on demand. And the key to getting it done just might be holograms.

Let me explain. Right now, authorizing and targeting air strikes is a process that’s sometimes bureaucratic, and sometimes dangerous as hell. Bureaucratic as in the Stanley McChrystal phase of the Afghanistan war, when it took a gaggle of lawyers, intelligence analysts, air controllers, and commanders at multiple layers to put steel on target.

The result was fewer civilian casualties — but more U.S. troops, locked in firefights without air support. Dangerous as hell as in the Libya war, where NATO jets are accidentally offing Libyan rebels with such alarming regularity that the opposition forces are now painting their vehicles’ roofs pink, to distinguish them from Gadhafi’s rides.

Darpa believes there might be a single technological fix to both problems: Give a single guy on the ground a direct data link to the drone (or manned plane) circling above. That would eliminate the multilayered, bureaucratic approach, in which information is often passed through IM windows and static-ridden radio connections. That same lone “Joint Terminal Attack Controller,” or JTAC, might be low-profile enough to slip into a situation like Libya without causing too much of an international ruckus.

The program to make this all happen is called Persistent Close Air Support, or PCAS. And the goal is to give that controller the ability to “request and control near-instantaneous airborne fire support.”

Darpa and the Air Force Research Lab recently handed out big contracts to the usual suspects — Northrop Grumman and Raytheon — for the next phase of the PCAS project.

But the military also gave a million bucks to the relatively tiny Vuzix Corp. of Rochester, New York. Which is a little odd, at first blush, because Vuzix is an eyewear company, specializing in augmented reality specs.


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But a little augmented reality may be just what a JTAC needs, in order to call in those airstrikes on his own. Rather than staring down at a bunch of maps and computer screens — and calling up intelligence analysts at headquarters for more info — it’d be better (and faster, and less prone to error) if he could get all of that data right on his augmented reality goggles. Oh, and if there was an integrated head-tracker, so the attached computer could basically see what the JTAC sees.

“It is all about speeding up the CAS [close air support] mission and eliminating friendly fire issues that can occur if the user on the ground may not have the whole picture of what is around them,” Vuzix executive Stephen Glaser tells Danger Room.

“The head tracker knows where the user is looking, so the information the user is seeing changes as he moves or turns his head. Theoretically you could look up in the sky and a little green triangle would appear telling you, you have an F-16 30 miles out at 21,000 feet. It could also tell you what type of ordnance the plane was carrying, so you could make a quick decision if that plane would be appropriate for the mission.”

Some of this can be done today with pilots’ heads-up displays. But those require so much power and light, a JTAC would need to lug around an extra 8 pounds of batteries to make it work. (And it still wouldn’t work in direct sunlight.) That’s where the holograms come in.

Vuzix’s setup uses a more-or-less traditional microdisplay, then mates that up to a flat piece of glass called an optical waveguide. The light from the display travels down the glass and bounces around inside the glass parallel flats. Those beams are directed to holographic film, which bounces the image to the eye.

If the plan works, the system will be tiny — just 3 mm thick. And when the display is off, it’ll be totally see-through. Glaser notes: “This will ultimately allow us to design the display right into a pair of sunglasses, so no one will know you are even wearing a display.” Which could make the goggles good for civilians, as well as troops called into a robotic, lethal hail.

Photo: U.S. Air Force. Illustration: Vuzix.

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Hollywood Reporter

James Cameron, Vince Pace to Reveal New Business Model for 3D Broadcasting

6:02 PM 4/10/2011
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LAS VEGAS -- James Cameron and 3D innovator Vince Pace --who together developed the Fusion 3D camera system used on movies including Avatar -- are working to change the model for 3D sports and other live event broadcasting, which includes further development of the Fusion system.

Cameron and Pace, who is CEO of 3D technology supplier PACE and who described the goal as pulling off the "Avatar of sports," are scheduled to deliver a keynote Monday at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.

"We are going into the next phase of Fusion development," Pace told The Hollywood Reporter, hinting that product and company updates would be part of the NAB keynote. "You're going to see it for the next round of production this year."

They aim to create a model that works, which includes getting 3D production costs down to an acceptable level for television budgets. The idea is to work toward a production model where the 2D and 3D broadcast is produced as one.

"The business model has to evolve to a single crew, single mobile production (for 2D and 3D)," Pace said, adding that a 15-20% increase in production costs over 2D seems to be a percentage that the market would be able to sustain with the still limited audience. "Once you start exceeding those numbers, it starts to go against the grain of what broadcasters are receiving as revenue for that effort."

Part of their plans involve communication with manufacturers. "For Jim and I, it's about getting back to the foundation of what made Avatar successful and what makes the technology successful," Pace said, noting that part of the dialog needs to be about camera size. "We need to get the manufacturers on board. (Cameras) need to be compact, mobile and cost effective."

Pace also emphasized the fundamental goal of producing entertainment. "The entertainment level has to have that gold standard. If you compromise that, we are definitely heading in the wrong direction.

"We are concentrating on a market where we will be three to five years from now; that is what we did the first time," he said. "A lot of people are trying to do this overnight. That would have been like Jim releasing Avatar in 2004 and most people would not have seen it (because the volume 3D screens were not installed)."

Pace is supplying the 3D Fusion rigs for number of upcoming sporting events for ESPN3D, including this week's Masters golf tournament and the NBA Finals.

The notion of making live 3D production more cost effective is likely to be a much discussed topic this week at NAB. In addition to the attention that the topic will receive from Cameron and Pace, exhibitors will be talking about cost models.

3Ality Digital -- whose 3D production technology is currently in use on The Hobbit and The Amazing Spider-man -- is aiming to make 3D production more cost effective with the introduction of new, automated technologies. These include IntelleCal, designed to automatically align two cameras on a stereo rig, without the intervention of a technician; and IntelleCam, designed to automatically control the convergence and the interaxial spacing of the cameras, without the need for a separate convergence puller at each rig.

"Typically, there is one convergence operator per camera. If 12 cameras, that's 12 people," said Steve Schklair, CEO of 3Ality. "If you eliminate these roles (including hotel, airfare, etc.), maybe you are cutting $80,000-100,000 (on a live production). That is a big number toward making a business case that works."

Like Pace, Schklair believes 2D and 3D broadcast infrastructure needs to be combined.

Sony will also have a collection of new technologies aimed at reducing the cost of 3D production. That includes the introduction of a shoulder-mount 3D camcorder, which grabbed attention when it was previewed in the fall.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-cameron-vince-pace-reveal-176803

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New York Man Sets Up 24-Hour UFO Hotline

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Published April 11, 2011
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The latest immigrants to land in Brooklyn are little green men.
The borough where Ralph Kramden kept threatening to send his wife to the moon in "The Honeymooners" now has its first 24-hour UFO hotline, where new Yorkers can report their close encounters of the fuhgedda boudit kind.

Joe Capp, 68, a retired computer consultant in Sheepshead Bay, started the out-of-this-world hotline in February, and has so far fielded calls of nearly two dozen sightings from around the city.

"How is anybody going to report this stuff if everyone is discouraging them?" he told The Post. "I'm looking at witnesses as a resource rather than someone to slam around."

So far, the most memorable sighting he's received has been from a woman who spotted three lights moving in unison in the sky over Park Slope.

The hotline was an offshoot of a UFO meet-up group Capp has held at a Manhattan diner since 2007.

"It's good to hear shared experiences," said group member Julio Barriere, who said he sees UFOs any time the sky is clear.

Read more at the New York Post.

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on Apr 11th, 2011, 09:17am, Swamprat wrote:
Fox News

New York Man Sets Up 24-Hour UFO Hotline

By Gary Buiso
Published April 11, 2011
| New York Post

The latest immigrants to land in Brooklyn are little green men.
The borough where Ralph Kramden kept threatening to send his wife to the moon in "The Honeymooners" now has its first 24-hour UFO hotline, where new Yorkers can report their close encounters of the fuhgedda boudit kind.

Joe Capp, 68, a retired computer consultant in Sheepshead Bay, started the out-of-this-world hotline in February, and has so far fielded calls of nearly two dozen sightings from around the city.

"How is anybody going to report this stuff if everyone is discouraging them?" he told The Post. "I'm looking at witnesses as a resource rather than someone to slam around."

So far, the most memorable sighting he's received has been from a woman who spotted three lights moving in unison in the sky over Park Slope.

The hotline was an offshoot of a UFO meet-up group Capp has held at a Manhattan diner since 2007.

"It's good to hear shared experiences," said group member Julio Barriere, who said he sees UFOs any time the sky is clear.

Read more at the New York Post.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2011/04/11/new-york-man-sets-24-hour-ufo-hotline/?test=faces


I know Sheepshead Bay. Thanks Swamp. Why not have a hotline? Makes sense to me.
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An American drone apparently killed two U.S. troops in Afghanistan last week in what may be a first-of-its-kind case of friendly fire.

NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski writes that the strike killed a Marine Staff Sergeant and Navy corpsman while they were reinforcing Marines under fire from the Taliban in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Marines reportedly saw the troops headed towards them through a Predator’s infrared camera, could not distinguish them from attacking Taliban and ordered in the Predator-borne Hellfire missile airstrike that killed the two men.

“It’s believed that this is the first time that U.S. service members have been killed by a Predator in a friendly fire incident,” Miklaszewski reports.

The strike follows the Los Angeles Times’ in-depth chronicling of a February 2010 drone strike gone awry. In the incident, a combination of misinterpreted signals and the fog or war led drone operators and special operations forces on the ground to think a convoy of Afghan civilians in vehicles was an inbound Taliban attack force. The strike killed 15-16 men, one woman and three children according to the U.S. military. Local Afghans set the number of dead at 23, including two children.

Drone strikes and the accidental civilian casualties they cause have been the subject of intense debate over the years as the U.S. has increasingly relied on unmanned aerial systems in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This latest incident, apparently the first friendly fire incident against U.S. forces involving an unmanned system, and the investigation that will follows adds new fuel to the debate over the reliance on unmanned systems and their precision in combat.

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/04/drone-reportedly-kills-two-u-s-troops-in-friendly-fire-incident/

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