Israel unveils tiny drones

The Israeli military is equipping its forces with a new range of spy drones small
enough to fit in a soldier’s backpack, the army said on Thursday. These are equipped with a large variety of tools – nothing like the best cheap drone you can find on eBay for your kid’s birthday.

The small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and micro UAVs were unveiled at a conference
on low intensity conflict.

The Israeli air force has often used larger unmanned spy planes to target Palestinian
militants in air strikes.  The new baby drones would give army forces in the
field near instant access to aerial intelligence.  The planes have already been
supplied to some ground units. “We use them to take aerial photographs of the (Palestinian)
territories,” a military official told Associated Press news agency.

Israel unveils tiny drones

ASP.NET is on a Tear!!

Wow!  Thomas Lewis who works on the ASP.NET
evangelism team (and who recently gave me some good feedback on starter kits) sends
this gem from
Netcraft.

In this month’s Web Server Survey thenumber
of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET has overtaken those using JSP and Java Servlets.
The
number of IP addresses found with ASP.NET has shown
very
strong growth in the past year with a 224% increase from 17.2K to 55.8K
.
JSP & Java Servlets despite being overtaken is the next fastest growing in percentage
terms with a 56% increase.

If you’re keeping score at home, Java started in 1996.
ASP.NET started in 2002.  Within two years we’re ahead, that’s huge momentum!

[Dan Fernandez’s
Blog
]

ASP.NET is on a Tear!!

Victim Of Peace

The man who is seeking re-election as Sri Lanka’s prime minister at April 2 polls
halted an ethnic war raging for decades, but his handling of the peace process may
have landed him in trouble. 

Ranil Wickremesinghe, 55, has turned the vote into a referendum on his internationally-backed
bid to secure a permanent peace deal with Tamil Tiger rebels after establishing a
truce in place since February 2002.

“The main issue at this election campaign is the peace process and the handling of
the economy,” Wickremesinghe said after unveiling a six-page document setting out
his United National Party’s program earlier this month.

President Chandrika Kumaratunga had accused him of risking national security and conceding
too much to Tigers.

That was the basis for sacking the parliament controlled by him and calling polls
four years ahead of schedule.

A nephew of Sri Lanka’s first executive president, Junius Jayewardene, Wickremesinghe
wooed the West as well as neighbouring India to win unprecedented support for ending
the island’s ethnic bloodshed that has claimed over 60,000 lives since 1972.

The dividends came in June last year when the international community promised US$
4.5 bn in support of his peace drive to rebuild Sri Lanka.

But while he was in Washington to meet President George W. Bush, Kumaratunga pulled
the rug under his feet by taking away his control over security forces in November
last year.

What Wickremesinghe lacks in charisma, he makes up with his management skills.

“His public relations is almost non-existent, but his conflict management skills are
very sharp,” said a close confidant referring to his talks with the Tigers.

He managed to revive the economy in 2002 to record 4.0 percent growth, pulling the
country from its first ever recession in 2001 when the GDP growth hit a negative 1.5
percent.

The markets also love Wickremesinghe. It was when he was effectively managing the
economy that the country’s stock exchange became the world’s best gainer in early
1994.

It was set to establish another record last year just before the political crisis
erupted and stockbrokers say the bourse is looking for a Wickremesinghe win. (Source:
AFP)

Victim Of Peace