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+ - Cassini and MESSENGER to be Shutdown?-> 1

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iONiUM
iONiUM writes "There's been a lot of rumours today (including twitter) that Cassini and MESSENGER projects will be shutdown due to the new budget, even though they are still functional. Since they are still operating, maybe someone else can start communicating with them, to at least continue to get data? Maybe even a private company could buy the rights?"
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Using Google Voice with a US number while traveling in Europe?

Submitted by RyogaHibiki
RyogaHibiki (969138) writes "I will be in Europe (Germany, specifically) for 3 weeks later this month. I live a very connected life and need to make sure I'm reachable while abroad. I currently rely on Google Voice for all my communications (it is my main number, I never give out / use my actual cell phone number). I'd like to continue to send/receive calls and text messages while in Germany with the minimum of cost. I don't mind if it's a bit of a hassle to set up or if there are some minor costs involved, but keeping my current number for communication is vital.

I've done some leg-work already, so I'll share what I've researched / decided so far:

1) I'm with T-Mobile for my carrier in the US International roaming is not an option due to cost
2) I just put in a request to unlock my phone, I have an HTC MyTouch 4G Slide
3) T-Mobile in Germany has "Xtra Triple" for 20 Euros (10 for the setup, 10/month) — A SIM card that should work in my phone and would give me a local number in Germany with SMS and Data
4) Google Voice doesn't allow International Roaming, so I've been looking at various forwarding options

I'd love to get suggestions and hear about any experiences anyone has with a similar setup. Thanks, Slashdot!"
Government

+ - Over 100 NASA Scientists Quit Or Retire Early Over 'Security Obsession'-> 4

Submitted by DevConcepts
DevConcepts (1194347) writes "Is something HUGE going on with Mars that NASA and the Department of Homeland Security DO NOT want the public to know about? Due to NASA’s new found ‘security obsession’ with the Mars Rover, over 100 NASA scientists and engineers have recently either quit their jobs or retired early. What in the world are NASA and the Department of Homeland Security so obsessed about with Mars and the Mars Rover? According to this story at This Can’t Be Happening: [URL:http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1452]http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1452

The NASA file http://www.hspd12jpl.org/files/SuitabilitySecurityDeskGuide.pdf [PDF]"

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