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Comment: Re:Illegal to use? (Score 1) 337

by ThesQuid (#34542958) Attached to: SatPhones — Why Can't They Make It Work?
No, they are not illegal in China. I had an employee fly up to Beijing to get one for me (I also had him buy me a GWAN base station from Hughes which you can also buy legally). You have to register with the local telcom when you buy the SIM card if I remember correctly, but you could use SIMs bought elsewhere.

+ - Astronomers predict discovery of Avatar moon

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Habitable alien moons such as 'Pandora' – the world featured in the blockbuster film Avatar – could be detectable within a decade, says a new study.

Comment: Re:Who wants to update?? (Score 1) 1012

by ThesQuid (#29960000) Attached to: Mac OS X 10.6.2 Will Block Atom Processors

The removal of the Atom support is likely another cat and mouse game with the likes of Psystar more than it is with the home enthusiast community.

Exactly. It would appear that Apple's attitude up to this time was one of "bemused detachment" when it came to the hackintosh community. But as soon as some jackasses decide that they are going to turn it into a business model - which primarily relies on Apple's IP - then the gloves come off.


Huge Unidentified Organic Blob Floating Around Alaska 424 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the real-reason-Palin-resigned dept.
Z80xxc! writes "The Anchorage Daily News reports that a 15 mile-long blob of unknown, 'gooey,' probably organic material is floating past communities on Alaska's North Slope. The US Coast Guard sent pollution experts to investigate, who determined that it was not an oil spill or other type of pollution, but were unable to determine what it is. A sample is currently being analyzed by experts in Anchorage, while the blob is following the current northwards."

Comment: Re:gross (Score 1) 384

by ThesQuid (#26462573) Attached to: Future Astronauts May Survive On Eating Silkworms

so what do they taste like?? can we make them taste like bacon?

They taste a bit like garlicky dry mashed potatoes. I've had them in a restaurant here in China. I think the guys I was with ordered them as a joke, but frankly, they were good enough that I ate them heartily. The first one was a little weird, because they do look a bit Alien-like and insect-ish.


US Officials Flunk Test On Civic Knowledge 334 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-are-what-you-elect dept.
A test on civic knowledge given to elected officials proved that they are slightly less knowledgeable than the uninformed people who voted them into office. Elected officials scored a 44 percent while ordinary citizens managed an amazing 49 percent on the 33 questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. "It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI. The three branches of government aren't the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria?

Inflatable Space Station Prototype a Success 73

Posted by Zonk
from the inflatables-in-spaaaaace dept.
Adam Weiss writes "The Genesis 1 inflatable space station prototype was launched last week from the Ukraine. Now, after a few days of forced silence, Bigelow Aerospace has announced that the mission is so far a complete success. Their website has a detailed description of the launch, as well as the first picture from the craft. For an account right from mission control, the Museum of Science in Boston has posted an interview with Eric Haakonstad, the Program Manager of the mission."

Reactor error - core dumped!