The connected home is no longer a futuristic vision -- many of the barriers that blocked the realization of
a smart home have eroded. Network bandwidth is widespread, connectivity is becoming more common in many
traditional home products, and consumers are craving smart-home experiences.
Technology, which had presented the greatest challenge to creating a connected home, is now manageable.
The broadband and home networking connections are available, mobile devices provide a natural fit as the
remote control for the home, and the options for making local connections are manageable for vendors.
Finns May Turn to Russia for Tactical Missile System
DefenseNews, April. 3, 2014
The likelihood of Finland acquiring a new surface-to-surface missile system from Russia has increased
following a preliminary decision by the Finance Ministry here to opt for a more up-to-date and cost-efficient
launcher-fired tactical missile.
The possibility that Finland, a neutral country, may turn to Russia for a surface-to-surface missile has increased
following an agreement between the two countries last June to look at practical ways to cooperate on weapon purchases,
sales and, in the case of Finland, offering subcontracting capacity to Russia‘s equipment modernization programs.
An updated export version of the Iskander-E surface-to-surface missile is among the list of weapon systems,
which includes combat aircraft, that Russia wants to sell to Finland. The Iskander-E has a range comparable
to ATACMS, but Finland could expect to acquire the Russian system at a lower cost.
An F-35A fighter took off from Eglin Air Force Base on its first nighttime training mission late last month.
Prior to this flight, the Air Force version of the advanced fighter was prohibited from operating at night or
during adverse weather.
Charles Moore reviews The Age of Global Warming by Rupert Darwall (Quartet).
The theory of global warming is a gigantic weather forecast for a century or more. However interesting
the scientific inquiries involved, therefore, it can have almost no value as a prediction. Yet it is as a
prediction that global warming has captured the political and bureaucratic elites. All the action plans, taxes,
green levies, protocols and carbon-emitting flights to massive summit meetings, after all, are not because of
what its supporters call “The Science”. No, they are the result of a belief that something
big and bad is going to hit us one of these days.