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December 11, 2003

A north-central Phoenix school is the first in the nation to install cameras designed to detect the faces of sex offenders or missing children and instantly alert police.

The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office used a grant to install equipment in the entrance and attendance office at Royal Palm Middle School, 8520 N. 19th Ave. The cameras are expected to be operating next week. Rebecca Dornbusch, deputy director of the International Biometric Industry Association in Washington D.C., had never heard of biometric face scanning being used on K-12 campuses. Biometric handprints are being used by a few day care centers to insure the right adults are picking up kids after school, she said.

Business Week

December 3, 2003

Rather than send IT work to India, a Boston startup sought locals at the same money. The result: plenty of applicants -- and a lot of questions

Jon placed some ads in The Boston Globe, offering full-time contract programming work for $45,000 annually. (He had decided that it was worth adding a $5,000 premium to what he'd pay the Indian workers in exchange for having the programmers on site.) <br><br>The result- "We got flooded" with resumes, about 90 in total, many from highly qualified programmers having trouble finding work in the down economy, Jon says. His decision: "For $5,000 it was no contest." Jon went American. And the outcome- "I think I got the best of both worlds. I got local people who came in for 10% more (than Indians). And I found really good ones."

Computer World (Australia)

by Ephraim Schwartz

November 29, 2003

Proprietary and public wireless technology is being used to track asset management, fuel consumption, logistics, security and safety, and service and maintenance.

Business Wire (MA)

November 26, 2003

Implant Sciences Corporation (AMEX:IMX, IMX.WS) today announced the receipt of a U.S. Army Contract of $730,000 for the continued development of a Portable Landmine detection device.

This is the third installment added to the program, bringing the total amount of the contract to $850,000.

Silicon Valley Biz Ink

by PRNewswire

November 26, 2003

Blanket Purchase Agreement Covers Range of IT Services

Global Management Systems Incorporated (GMSI), provider of IT services to the U.S. federal government, was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) of Bethesda, Maryland. The five-year contract calls for information technology and programming services.<br><br>GMSI will be furnishing LAN infrastructure, helpdesk, and audio-video indexing services.

New Kerala (Bangalore, India)

by Fakir Balaji

November 26, 2003

India's state-owned Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) has clinched a multi-million dollar deal to sell 10 advanced light helicopters (ALHs) to the U.S. customs through its Israeli marketing partner.

"We have an additional order for supplying about 50 Dhruv copters from the services and the coast guard. More from the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force," Mohanty claimed, adding the requirement for the defence forces could be in the range of 300 ALHs in the coming years.


November 24, 2003

Some Debian servers were found to have been compromised...

In particular the following machines have been affected:<ul><li>master (Bug Tracking System) </li><li>murphy (mailing lists) </li><li>gluck (web, cvs, people) </li><li>klecker (security, non-us, web search, www-master, qa) </li></ul>Some of these services are currently not available as the machines undergo close inspection. Some services have been moved to other machines ( for example).

Silicon Valley Biz Ink

November 24, 2003

The Duluth office eliminated all chart-pulling, increased the immunization rate to 99 percent and decreased call turnaround time to less than 20 minutes. Drug refill time decreased to 20 minutes.

Spam Haus

November 23, 2003

The Spam Definition and Legalization Game

Reports on everything related to Spam.

The Age (AU)

November 23, 2003

The US House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to curb the spread of unsolicited internet junk mail.

By a vote of 392-5, the lower US chamber approved the Can-Spam Act of 2003 that will allow millions of Americans to block unsolicited commercial email traffic or so-called "spam" that has become at best a nuisance and at worst a threat to millions of internet users around the world.

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