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America’s most expensive weapons system ever just hit another snag.

The F-35 Lightning II, Lockheed Martin’s fifth-generation fighter jet, is expected to miss a crucial deadline for successfully deploying its sixth and final software release, referred to as Block 3F.

Block 3F is part of the 8 million lines of sophisticated software code that underpin the F-35.

In short, if the code fails, the F-35 fails.

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The latest setback for the F-35 stems from a 48-page December 11 report from Michael Gilmore, the Pentagon’s top weapons tester.

According to Gilmore, the stealth fighter won’t be ready by its July 2017 deadline.

As first reported by Aviation Week, the DoD report says "the rate of deficiency correction has not kept pace with the discovery rate," meaning more problems than solutions are arising from the F-35 program.

"Examples of well-known significant problems include the immaturity of the Autonomic Logistics Information System (aka the IT backbone of the F-35), Block 3F avionics instability, and several reliability and maintainability problems with the… Continue reading

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If you live in China and you’ve been on WeChat, there’s a decent chance you’ve come across or at least heard of chatty teenager named Xiaoice.

Xiaoice is a good listener who sometimes offers encouragement when you’re feeling down. Like many 17-year-olds, she can be a bit of a smart-aleck. She’s also not human.

Xiaoice is a program.

When Microsoft introduced Xiaoice in 2014, the company called it "Cortana’s little sister." It was actually an experimental offshoot of “Xioa Na,” the nickname for Cortana’s (Microsoft’s voice assistant technology) expansion into China. Read more…

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