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Space

Esther Dyson To Train For Space Flight 38

Posted by timothy
from the dyson-vacuum-of-space dept.
DynaSoar writes "Esther Dyson, known to many as a founding and consistently guiding member of ICANN, and for working with the startups of Flickr, del.icio.us, Medscape and others, is now expanding her interests upwards. She recently announced that she will be heading to Moscow to train as backup astronaut for Charles Simonyi, who plans to fly aboard Soyuz TMA-14 next year. The US$3 million price tag won't be her first cash contribution towards personal space flight. She's already an investor in Space Adventures, the company that arranges the space tourist flights on Soyuz."
Communications

+ - Thai government accuses mobile operator of bugging

Submitted by
patiwat
patiwat writes "Many Slashdot readers are aware of the controversy surrounding a government's right to tap telephone calls. But the Thai government has a different dilemma: it has accused a Singapore-owned mobile operator of tapping the calls of senior junta officials, and relaying them to Singapore. The operator has denied all accusations. The IT Minister (the subject of a previous Slashdot article) has thrown his hands into the air and said that mobile phone bugging can't be prevented. The junta's solution: using walkie-talkies. If a government can't even prevent tapping, how safe are your mobile phone conversations?"
Operating Systems

+ - Why isn't ReactOS gaining momentum?

Submitted by
CSMatt
CSMatt writes "I find it puzzling and interesting that, given all of Microsoft's negligence on Windows, the community still doesn't seem to support ReactOS development near as much as the Linux distributions or even the BSDs. ReactOS could easily do to Windows what the GNU project did to UNIX, but it seems like it is constantly falling short of a suitable Windows alternative due to either a lack of developers or a lack of money. Yes, I know that it takes about a decade for the community to write a complete operating system, and it will probably take at least 15 years to write one as complex as Windows, but there still seems to be something that is slowing the project down. Is it disbelief that the final version will be able to provide compatibility with Vista or Vienna programs because ReactOS will inevitably have to play catch-up with Windows? Is it the idea that it would still be used only by hobbyists and free software advocates, even though it is possible that the low price of zero might woo OEMs into preinstalling it?"
Businesses

+ - What bad customer service have you gotten?

Submitted by Ninjaesque One
Ninjaesque One (902204) writes "In response to an AC comment in a previous Ask Slashdot story, I must ask you of the heights of the prodigious hilltops of Stupidity, New Hampshire. Does it involve work? Nepotism? Bureaucratic Doom Ninjas?

Surprisingly, this story is not a dupe. Customer service ratings site, no reports of flagrant violations of the rules of company, law, and sometimes attempts at physics."
Announcements

+ - 5 Minutes to Midnight

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "We stand at the brink of a second nuclear age. Not since the first atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki has the world faced such perilous choices. North Korea's recent test of a nuclear weapon, Iran's nuclear ambitions, a renewed U.S. emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons, the failure to adequately secure nuclear materials, and the continued presence of some 26,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia are symptomatic of a larger failure to solve the problems posed by the most destructive technology on Earth. As in past deliberations, we have examined other human-made threats to civilization. We have concluded that the dangers posed by climate change are nearly as dire as those posed by nuclear weapons. The effects may be less dramatic in the short term than the destruction that could be wrought by nuclear explosions, but over the next three to four decades climate change could cause drastic harm to the habitats upon which human societies depend for survival. This deteriorating state of global affairs leads the Board of Directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists — in consultation with a Board of Sponsors that includes 18 Nobel laureates — to move the minute hand of the "Doomsday Clock" from seven to five minutes to midnight."
User Journal

Journal: Humorous thought

Journal by YankeeInExile

As I was trying to RTFA, and came across a slashdotted site, I just had the sudden realization (I'm special -- I get extra time): Slashdot obviously has two classes of users. Those who read the articles (leading to the /. effect) and those who post - since so little of what I see in the commentary has any indication of being influenced by the FA.

A new sig is coming from this.

User Journal

Journal: What, me karmawhore? 2

Journal by YankeeInExile

Well -- I guess I should be proud. For the first time today, some AC posted that I was a Karma Whore, with the suggestion to look at my user page for evidence

In some sense of the word, I suppose it's true. I tend to write comments only about material in which I have personal knowledge, or express well founded opinions without resorting to ad hominem attacks.

UFOs are for real: the Air Force doesn't exist.

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