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NASA

NASA Tests All-Composite Prototype Crew Module 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-don't-try-to-take-a-slap-shot-with-it dept.
coondoggie writes "With an eye toward building safer, lighter and tougher spacecraft, NASA said today its prototype space crew module made up of composite materials handled tests simulating structural stresses of launch and atmospheric reentry. The idea behind NASA's Composite Crew Module project is to test new structural materials for possible future NASA spacecraft. According to NASA, composite materials are being looked at because they are stiff and lightweight and can be formed into complex shapes that may be more structurally efficient. In space travel, where every additional pound of weight drives costs higher, any weight savings provides increased payload capacity and potentially reduces mission expense."

Microsoft Working On Health Information 'Vault' System 314

Posted by Zonk
from the vaults-can-be-cracked dept.
josmar52789 wrote with an article from the New York Times, discussing Microsoft's new push into the consumer health care market. The plan is to offer personal health care records online via a system called HealthVault. Numerous big names in the medical field have signed up for the service, including the 'American Heart Association, Johnson & Johnson LifeScan, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, the Mayo Clinic and MedStar Health'. The ultimate purpose of the service is to provide an online accessible but highly secure service to patients and medical facilities: "The personal information, Microsoft said, will be stored in a secure, encrypted database. Its privacy controls are set entirely by the individual, including what information goes in and who gets to see it. The HealthVault searches are conducted anonymously and will not be linked to any personal information in a HealthVault personal health record. Microsoft does not expect most individuals to type in much of their own health information into the Web-based record. Instead, the company hopes that individuals will give doctors, clinics and hospitals permission to directly send into their HealthVault record information like medicines prescribed or, say, test results showing blood pressure and cholesterol levels. "
Google

Google Shows Off Ad-Supported Cell Phone 290

Posted by Zonk
from the gotta-love-freebies dept.
taoman1 writes "Today Google showed off a ad-supported cellphone that the company plans to offer for free to interested parties. The product could reach the marketplace within a year, and will offer Google search, email, and a web browser. 'The move would echo another recent product launched by a phone industry outsider, Apple Inc.'s iPhone. But Google's product would draw its revenue from a sharply different source, relying on commercial advertising dollars instead of the sticker price of at least US$499 for an iPhone and $60 per month for the AT&T Inc. service plan. Negotiating the fairest way to split those advertising revenues with service providers could be a big hurdle for Google, one analyst said. Another problem is the potential that consumers could be scared off by the prospect of listening to advertisements before being able to make phone calls, said Jeff Kagan, a wireless and telecommunications industry analyst in Atlanta.'"
Google

+ - The Google/YouTube Come-On

Submitted by
mikesd81
mikesd81 writes "Business Week has an article about Google and YouTube dangling nine-figure sums in front of major programming and network players — that is, the Time Warners, News Corp, and NBC Universals of the world. From the article: "Google calls these monies licensing fees, according to executives who've been involved in the discussions. But some of them characterize the subtext like this: Don't sue us over copyrights. Take this (substantial) payment, and trust us to figure out how we'll all make serious money once we get advertising and revenue sharing worked out."

To make matters more interesting, no publicly traded media company today is in a position simply to dismiss, say, $100 million. One executive privy to the discussions says: "The reality is, if they are able to lock in major media [companies] for three years, then by default YouTube is the place to go" for Web video. Such fears may be what's spurred several major media players to mull assembling a cross-company Web video destination — a YouTube killer of their very own. "The theory is that if you were to aggregate enough exclusive content in one place, you could actually change viewing patterns," says an executive familiar with the cross-company talks. Perhaps anticipating my jumping all over the fallacy of "exclusive" in an open online ecosystem, he concedes "it's really tough," though not impossible. Media execs familiar with the YouTube offer won't discuss it publicly. Neither will Google. But it's interesting that no programming giant has sued YouTube yet. Presumably those guys won't unleash the lawyers until certain talks are played out"
User Journal

Journal: Wanted: Good web host capable of surviving being Slashdotted

Journal by Esteanil

I'm looking for a good web host - one that can go through being Slashdot-/Digg-/Farked without dying or becoming overly slow, and has a good price on bandwidth.
There are tons of web hosts, and even more web host review sites, most of which I have been led to believe are simply affiliate sites seeking to make a buck off of unwary visitors.

What host do you recommend?

Networking

+ - Finding a good web host that survives Slashdotting

Submitted by
Esteanil
Esteanil writes "I'm looking for a good web host. One that can go through being Slashdot-/Digg-/Farked without dying or becoming overly slow, and has a good price on bandwidth.
There are tons of web hosts out there, and even more web host review sites, most of which I have been led to believe are simply affiliate sites seeking to make a buck off of unwary visitors.

So, I'm guessing there's hardly any place with more experts on this topic than here. So my question is: What host do you recommend?
Posts with affiliate links will be disregarded — and if you work for one, please say so."

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