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When drones fall from the sky
The Washington Post
More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons.
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Is GIS a profession?
Directions Magazine
AudioBrief The latest iteration of the URISA Salary Survey prompts us to ask about the state of GIS profession. What evidence is there that there is such a profession? That there should be one?
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DigitalGlobe can't catch a break; stock continues to see downward pressure
Directions Magazine
DigitalGlobe can't seem to catch a break. Its stock price is under enormous pressure and just when you think it will bounce back, it gets slammed by more, seemingly, bad news. On Monday, its stock price went down approximately 3 percent after dropping nearly 10 percent last week on news that Google will buy Skybox.
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The first US map that was made by a US citizen
io9
Engraver Abel Buell came out of nowhere, at least in terms of cartography, when he printed a United States map in 1784. "He'd never done a map before," says Edward Redmond of the Library of Congress' Geography and Map Division. Nonetheless, Buell set records. He was the first U.S. citizen to print a map of the United States in the United States after the Treaty of Paris was signed on Sept. 3, 1783.
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Takeaways from the FME International User Conference 2014
Directions Magazine
Six years ago FME users gathered in Vancouver, B.C. to share knowledge. Five years ago they visited Whistler, B.C. to do the same thing. This year, the conference returned to Vancouver to share knowledge and celebrate Safe Software's 20th birthday. Some 360 users and 100 Safe Software staffers shared their energy, commitment and playfulness. Users and staff learned quite a lot amidst great food, great scenery and a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
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Spy satellite agency wants to tap video game technology
USA Today
The National Reconnaissance Office, the secretive agency that launches and runs the nation's spy satellite system, is looking at technology developed by the video game industry to help it improve how it gathers and analyzes intelligence data, according to a research proposal. The NRO wants to tap into the video game industry's "innovative algorithms" and "enhanced visualization techniques," the proposal said.
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Skybox: Google Maps goes real-time — but would you want a spy in the sky staring into your letter box?
The Independent
When planning a road trip or buying a new house, it has become routine to scope out the area on Google Maps. But what if the images you found weren't blurry, dated snapshots — but live and crystal clear? Imagine cruising down the motorway, looking for traffic jams 50 miles ahead or scoping out your first born's university digs, noting that the pub across the road attracts a big outdoors crowd after 10.
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Japan to its utilities: Screw the US model, we're moving to competition
Smart Grid News
Japan's regional monopolies — such as Tokyo Electric Power Co — supply nearly all of Japan's electricity. But Japanese lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to open up the residential electricity market to full competition. The change opens up a $73 billion market to all comers. Likely losers include Japan's 10 regional power monopolies.
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FulcrumApp adds support for SpatialVideo GPS track logs
AnyGeo blog
Very cool ... FulcrumAPP, you know, the data collection tool, has just announced a new and exciting feature, SpatialVideo, support for video collection integrated with your field data collection and is also records a GPS track log that syncs with the video — nice!
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ESA recognizes first Galileo navigation fixes
GPS World
Billions of satnav position fixes are performed daily, but determining your place in the world using Europe's Galileo system is quite new. Because of this, in March the European Space Agency offered to issue certificates for the first 50 Galileo fixes. Responses to the offer came from around the world. While half the applications came from Galileo's home continent, others came from Australia, Canada, China, Egypt, New Zealand, Russia, the United States and Vietnam.
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