technology podcast #337

Spies in the Sky: Aerial Recon in World War II

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If you’ve been a fan of Tech Podcast for any length of time, then you know how much I like to look back at the technologies of the past. WTP 337 is no exception. This week, we’ve got a BBC interview with author Taylor Downing about his new book, Spies in the Sky: The Secret Battle for Aerial Intelligence During World War II. At left, you can see a aerial picture of Omaha Beach that was taken before the D-Day invasion. Downing has lots of interesting things to say about the cameras that were used, and about the dedicated group of individuals who turned deciphering those photos into a craft, maybe even an art form. Not to be missed, and definitely something to be shared.

I also have a couple of items for those of you interested in how tech is playing a role in the so-called Arab Spring. I’ve got a BBC interview on Syria’s Electronic Army, and an item from The World on how cell phone giant Nokia-Siemens is coming under fire for helping authorities in Bahrain stifle protest.

In the wake of events at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, many countries, especially Western countries that had once embraced nuclear power, are rethinking that commitment. But in Africa, some countries are moving ahead with plans to ramp up nuclear programs. The BBC’s Will Ross looks at the case of Kenya.

A reminder that you can ignore us equally on Twitter, Facebook, and now Google +.

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4 Responses to “Spies in the Sky: Aerial Recon in World War II”

  1. I just read of Germany’s development of a high flyer recon plane. Thanks for the tip.

    My tip: a free resource with an insider’s take on nuclear plants and how an unpleasant event at an atomic fun factory might unfold. “Rad Decision” is a novel available online free (no adverts, no sponsors). The event depicted is a lot like Fukushima, oddly enough. Just Google the title. The author has worked in the US nuclear industry for over 20 years and portrays the good and bad of this energy source. The book’s media presence is rather limited, but those readers who have found it have enjoyed the story and learned something along the way. See the homepage comments. Most “nuclear experts” in the media have never actually worked at a power plant.

  2. From just listening to the BBC interview with the Atlantic guy, it sounds like no hacking occurred. The Atlantic website was never unavailable. In fact, it doesn’t even sound like the Facebook OR Atlantic terms of service were violated.

    Large groups of people posting similarly themed comments on the Internet is not hacking and it’s certainly not a “denial of service attack” as the Atlantic claimed.

    If the same number of people wrote letters to a member of Congress, the staffer opening the mail wouldn’t claim they were attacked by a “Correspondence Army”.

    I continue to love the podcast. Welcome back from hiatus!

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