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Going nowhere faster? A GCN reader took issue with a June 7 article about the military's need for more bandwidth now that the world's fastest router can sling around 92 Tbps. 'We never had hourglasses spinning [on screen] until the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet,' the reader griped. 'Now we get them when we delete Outlook files, move files to another folder or open a folder. Forget accessing outside data. With NMCI, the Navy and the Marine Corps have no need for faster data transfer. They cannot use what they have now.'

Heard of ASICs? Get ready for BBICs, or bioluminescent bioreporter integrated circuits, aka bug chips. NASA researchers'you read it here first'are embedding colonies of bacteria on penny-sized silicon integrated circuits. The bacteria are tailored to glow in the presence of spaceship air pollutants or ultraviolet radiation. Creepy scenario: Could the radiation mutate the soft bugs into hardware bugs?

Caveat e-emptor. Okaloosa County, Fla., tax collector Chris Hughes this month announced that he has held the most successful online delinquent-tax auction in history by selling off $5 million worth of delinquent liens over the Internet, instead of standing on the courthouse steps. Now Okaloosa County might not be as rich as Palm Beach County, whose official motto is 'The best of everything,' but Hughes said the mandatory 10 percent bidder deposits were 'hefty'millions of dollars.' The county drew out the deposits in advance from bidder bank accounts, and winning bidders who couldn't pay up lost their deposits. Not to mention that Hughes still knows their bank account numbers. You've got our number at [email protected].


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