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A2LL A2LL is the abbreviation of the German social services and unemployment software system "Arbeitslosengeld II – Leistungen zum Lebensunterhalt“ (Unemployment money II - subsistence payments).
Ariane 5 Ariane 5 is, as a part of Ariane rocket family, an expendable launch system used to deliver payloads into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) or low Earth orbit (LEO).
Ariane 5 Flight 501 Flight 501, which took place on June 4, 1996, was the first, and unsuccessful, test flight of the European Space Agency's Ariane 5 expendable launch system.
Cluster (spacecraft) Cluster is a space mission of the European Space Agency, with NASA participation, to study the Earth's magnetosphere over the course of an entire solar cycle.
Computer insecurity This computer insecurity article describes the current battlefield of computer security exploits and defenses.
CryoSat-1 CryoSat-1, also known as just CryoSat, was a European Space Agency satellite which was lost in a launch failure in 2005.
IBM Future Systems project The Future Systems project was a research and development project undertaken in IBM in the early '70s, aiming to develop a revolutionary line of computer products, including new software models ...
IBM Workplace OS Workplace OS was born in 1991 as an ambitious plan by IBM to create a new computer operating system.
INCIS INCIS was the name of the Integrated National Crime Information System designed to provide information to the New Zealand Police in the 1990s, but which was abandoned in 1999.
Mariner 1 Mariner 1 was the first spacecraft of the American Mariner program.
Mars Climate Orbiter The Mars Climate Orbiter (formerly the Mars Surveyor '98 Orbiter) was a 338 kilogram (750 lb) robotic space probe launched by NASA on December 11, 1998 to study the Martian climate, ...
Mars Polar Lander The Mars Polar Lander, also referred to as the Mars Surveyor '98 Lander, was a 290-kilogram robotic spacecraft lander, launched by NASA on January 3, 1999, to study the soil and climate ...
MIM-104 Patriot The MIM-104 Patriot is a surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, the primary of its kind used by the United States Army and several allied nations.
Phobos program The Phobos (Φόβος, Фобос, Fobos) program was an unmanned space mission consisting of two probes launched by the Soviet Union to study Mars and its moons Phobos and Deimos.
Sentinel (FBI) Sentinel is a software project to replace the FBI's failed Virtual Case File project.
The Mythical Man-Month The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering is a book on software engineering and project management by Fred Brooks, whose central theme is that "adding manpower to a late softwar...
Therac-25 The Therac-25 was a radiation therapy machine produced by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) after the Therac-6 and Therac-20 units (the earlier units had been produced in partnership with C...
Virtual Case File Virtual Case File (or VCF) was a software application developed by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) between 2000 and 2005.