Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella is defending himself after a group of employees published an open letter calling on the company to ditch a multimillion dollar contract HoloLens contract with the US Army.In the interview, he told CNN Business in an interview that the contract was not merely about supplying the military with HoloLens headsets, which overlay computer images on the real world. Instead, he framed it as being a responsible corporate citizen in the U.S."We made a principled decision that we're not going to withhold technology from institutions that we have elected in democracies to protect the freedoms we enjoy," he said in the interview during Mobile World Congress, the world's largest phone show. Employees had criticized the $480 million contract, tweeting a copy of an open letter to Nadella on Friday, just two days before the company was set to announce its HoloLens 2 next-generation headset. The group, in their letter, said they "did not sign up to develop … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s CEO defends $480 million HoloLens military contract
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Men of War Image Gallery Germany and the Soviet Union shocked the world by concluding a strategically pragmatic non-aggression pact. See more pictures of men of war. On September 18, 1931, a group of Japanese soldiers stationed in the northern Chinese province of Manchuria, masquerading as Chinese bandits, blew up a few feet of the Japanese-controlled South Manchurian Railway. The clumsily orchestrated incident was used as a pretext to launch an attack by the Kwantung Army (Japan's field army in China), which aimed to occupy the whole of the province and bring its rich resources under Japanese control. This was the start of a decade of escalating violence that would culminate in the German assault on Poland and the start of World War II. Within months of the Japanese seizure of Manchuria, the fragile international order of the 1920s was in tatters. The League of Nations did little to protect China from Japanese aggression, and in February 1933 Japan left the … [Read more...] about Buildup to World War II: January 1931-August 1939
The USS Midway is huge. She was the first of a new generation of carriers, referred to as battle carriers. She measures nearly 1,000 feet long. For 10 years, from 1945 to 1955, she was the largest ship in the world, and one of the largest moving objects ever made by humans. After 47 years of service, including tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm, she was finally decommissioned in 1992. Now she sits in quiet San Diego, a massive floating museum. She's the largest aircraft carrier in the world that you can tour, and the tour makes for an incredible experience If you can't make it to San Diego to see it for yourself, here's how it looks in many words and photos. Take a tour of the USS Midway (pictures) 58 Photos Battle CarrierAdvancing from the earlier Essex class, the Midway was the first of her class. Larger in nearly every dimension, she was a marvel of engineering in her day, and is still an incredible sight. In countless ways, she seems far more modern than other aircraft … [Read more...] about Behold the USS Midway, the largest aircraft carrier in the world you can tour
Uniforms of the East India Company's private army, circa 1843 Hulton Archive/Getty Images What comes to mind when you hear the word "corporation?" Maybe a giant, faceless conglomerate? Ruthless captains of industry? Perhaps you think of corporate scandals like Enron and WorldCom. In fact, the unscrupulous plundering done by some modern-day corporations pales in comparison to the activities carried out by one of the world's first corporations: the British East India Company (EIC). The concept of corporations was first established under ancient Roman law [source: University of Virginia]. But it wasn't until England emerged from the Middle Ages that it created what we recognize as the modern corporate structure. It all began on Dec. 31, 1600, when Queen Elizabeth I granted a charter to the British East India Corporation, naming the corporation "The Governor and Company of Merchants of London, trading with the East Indies." The corporation conducted business in the East Indies (land … [Read more...] about How did the East India Company change the world?
The inside of Boeing's Everett, Washington factory near Seattle. Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) Back in the mid-1960s, aerospace giant Boeing was preparing to build the Boeing 747, the first jumbo jet, which was two-and-a-half times bigger than the largest existing airliners. The 747 would revolutionize air transportation by making it possible to fly more people and cargo at a lower cost than ever before. But before the 747 could get off the ground, Boeing and its then-President and Chairman of the Board, William M. Allen, needed to build a facility that was huge enough to accommodate the construction of the massive plane. Boeing considered building a new plant in California, but the 747's head engineer, Joe Sutter, reportedly argued against putting the facility that far away from Boeing's Seattle headquarters, because all that travel time might slow the project, according to this 2016 account in the Everett, Washington Herald. Instead, the company ended up picking the site of a former … [Read more...] about Boeing’s Everett Facility Is the Largest Building on Earth