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Comment: will this spawn a tend? (Score 1) 1

by AZhun (#28658655) Attached to: NASA's Skylab $400 littering fine paid by DJ

Glad to see a good neighborly act to square things.

If carried to an extreme would all flotsam re-entering get tagged as litter with fines to country or company of origin?. Could then lost toolbags, gloves, as well as heavy pieces from satellites already launched be subject to a rash of fines of meteoritic proportion possibly shutting down space programs?

On the other hand it may just cause space-faring countries to better ensure any payload and debris properly decomposes on the way down.

Now if only there was a LEO anti-littering sanction for junk stuck too long in orbit...


+ - ImageShack Hacked!-> 5

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revjtanton writes: "Tonight a group calling themselves "Anti-Sec" hacked ImageShack and replaced many of the site's hosted images with one of their own detailing their manifesto. The group's grievance is against full-disclosure. They simply want the practice in security cirlces to end, and they've promised to cause mayhem and destruction if it doesn't.

These guys/gals are taking direct aim against a sect of the IT industry who is already armed to fight them...but they also already know that. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, whether you agree with them or not."

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+ - NASA's Skylab $400 littering fine paid by DJ-> 1

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astroengine writes: "Space Disco speaks with Californian radio DJ about his role in raising, and paying, NASA's 30-year old littering fine levied by a Western Australian town. Skylab parts fell on Esperance in 1979, but the space agency's refusal to pay $400 has resulted in an entertaining annual grudge. Now the Barstow radio DJ is guest of honor at this weekend's 30th anniversary celebrations in Oz and the two small towns at opposite ends of the Pacific will be twinned... all because Skylab had a messy re-entry..."
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NASA Employee Suspended For Blogging At Work 211

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the but-i-wanna-blog-now dept.
BobJacobsen writes "FCW has an article about a NASA employee that was suspended for blogging on government time. Seems the unnamed employee's 'politically partisan' blog entries were a violation of the Hatch Act. The article ends with a chilling quote from the government's Special Counsel in the case: 'Today, modern office technology multiplies the opportunities for employees to abuse their positions and — as in this serious case — to be penalized, even removed from their job, with just a few clicks of a mouse.'" Thing is, he was soliciting campaign donations and writing partisan stuff.

+ - Why is Firehose so hostile? 15

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NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Can anyone explain to me why Slashdot's Firehose is made to be so unfriendly? It's a great idea, but in practice it's infuriating. If you see a submitted article, and click on one of the links, you can't go back to the story. You have to start all over again. If you set the filters to what you're interested in, you have to re-set them all over again. Even if you just RTFA you are punished by losing your settings. Why shouldn't Slashdot encourage people to participate in the Firehose. For a busy person, it's almost impossible to be involved. And this bizarre lack of 'stickiness' makes everything take 10 times as much times as it needs to."

+ - GameStop drops Microsoft's Zune->

Submitted by Maow
Maow writes: GameStop, which operates in Canada and other countries through its EB Games brand, has decided to stop selling Microsoft Corp.'s Zune digital music player because of a lack of demand.

Microsoft earlier this month announced it had sold two million Zunes since their launch in November 2006 ... Apple in its most recent quarter sold 10.6 million iPods, or more than five times Microsoft's cumulative total over a year and a half.

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+ - Couple trys to name baby '@'

Submitted by linuxwrangler
linuxwrangler writes: A Chinese couple has applied to name their baby @. The Chinese often use an English-like pronunciation of '@' with a pronounced 'T' which is similar in Mandarin to "love him". It is not-yet known if the government, which recently banned use of Arabic numerals, foreign languages, and non-Chinese symbols in names, will accept baby @.

+ - Scientists claim to have broken the speed of light->

Submitted by GnarlyDoug
GnarlyDoug writes: German scientists claim that they have broken the speed of light barrier while researching quantum tunneling. In effect they claimed that some photons traveled a greater distance than other photons in the same amount of time, and thus moved faster than the speed of light. Personally I'll wait to see what happens when their tests are peer reviewed and duplicated, but it's interesting.
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+ - Skype goes dark, may be offline until Friday->

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw writes: Skype is blaming software issues for a lengthy outage that may last for more than 24 hours. Some users claims there's a log-in authentication failure. "Those that are in stay in and those trying to sign in can't get in," according to Tom Keating. In what maybe an implicit acknowledgment, the company is recommending that users leave their client software active.
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+ - For Videotron, Unlimited Access now means 100Gb

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An anonymous reader writes: Canadian Internet access provider Videotron just sent a letter to all its "Extreme High Speed Unlimited Internet Access" customers announcing that, as of October the 1st, unlimited would mean 100Gb/month.

Over limit Gbs will cost 1.50$CA each.

The Videotron.ca Web site still advertizes the package as unlimited.
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+ - Vatican edits Wikipedia article on IRA man->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: A new internet tool shows how a Vatican computer was used to edit a web entry about Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, American researchers have claimed. They said news reports alleging Mr Adams's fingerprints and handprints were found on a car used during a double murder in 1971 were edited. The Wikipedia page on Gerry Adams says it is "currently protected from editing until August 17, 2007 or until disputes have been resolved".
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+ - TJX Security Breach described->

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Bunderfeld writes: "I was reading over at TechDirt and saw this story, thought everyone else would find it enlightening

"...The breach was apparently perpetrated by using poorly secured in-store kiosks, which were on the corporate network and not behind firewalls. Attackers stuck USB keys in the kiosks and loaded software that allowed them to be controlled remotely, and used as gateways onto the network.""

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+ - Debian turns 14 today!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Debian, one of my long time favorite Linux distributions turned 14 today. Without the Debian project there would be no Ubuntu. Debian was begun in August 1993 by Ian Murdock, as a new distribution which would be made openly, in the spirit of Linux and GNU. Debian is pronounced /de.bi.n/. It comes from the names of the creator of Debian, Ian Murdock, and his wife, Debra. Happy 14th birthday Debian!

+ - Watermarking to replace DRM? 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: News.com has an article on the announcement of Microsoft and Universal to introduce watermarking technology into audio files. The technology could serve several purposes including tracking file sharing statistics and insertion of advertisements into audio tracks. The article goes on to suggest that watermarking could possibly replace DRM in the near future.

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