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Submission + - A Hyper-Velocity Impact in the Asteroid Belt? (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt.

Submission + - Motorola comes back! (wiseandroid.com)

wiseandroid writes: Motorola tonight released the full specifications and a photo gallery of the highly-awaited Droid phone on their public Web site, pre-empting the anticipated October 28 announcement of Verizon Wireless's first Android smartphone.

Submission + - Judge Halts Flu Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers (wcbstv.com)

Erythros writes: A state Supreme Court judge issued a restraining order Friday against the state from enforcing the controversial mandatory vaccination. This came as a suit from a Nurses union argued that state Health Commissioner Richard Daines overstepped his authority. Oddly enough the state is claiming it has reversed it's stance due to a limited supply of the vaccine. Interestingly enough just yesterday the possible money trail was discovered as news sources revealed the health commissioner's wife Linda Daines, works for Goldman Sachs where the performance of companies in their portfolio might have something to do with this hasty decision to require annual mass vaccinations.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: T-Mobile VoIP and the DoD

ichthus writes: I've been a happy user of the T-Mobile @Home phone service for about nine months. Recently, though, I checked the "Advanced Routing" table on my Linksys WRTU54G-TM (the VoIP router used for this service) and noticed something odd. There was a gateway entry for 7.2.237.105. The reverse DNS points to the DoD Network Information Center in Columbus, OH. As I've watched the routing table, this address has changed to different IPs, but they always resolve to the DoD NIC.

I posted a question to T-Mobile's forum for @Home and, so far, have had three other users confirm the same behavior. T-Mobile has yet to respond, though.

Firstly, I acknowledge that this could be something benign. I don't want to sensationalize this. What I'm really after in submitting this are possible explanations for why my VoIP router appears to be talking to the US Department of Defense. Are there any other Slashdot readers with @Home that want to chime in? Are there any DISANET or T-Mobile people who can shed some light on this?

The linked post to T-Mobile's forum provides an explanation of where to find this routing table in the router's web interface.

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