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Submission + - San Diego firework show over in fifteen seconds->

fotoguzzi writes: Garden State Fireworks is investigating how the entire Fourth of July show was launched after a signal was sent to the barges that would set the timing for the rest of the show after the introduction.

No one likes a Slashdot summary that ends with a question, but can anyone suggest how such a trivial step could go so disastrously wrong?

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Submission + - Plant explosion affects automobile production-> 2 2

fotoguzzi writes: A deadly explosion in a German chemical plant is causing a panic in the world's automobile industry. The plant makes Cyclododecatriene which is used in the production of polyanhydride resin, PA-12, which is used to make brake and fuel lines for automobiles. The explosion means that there is only ninety percent of the world's supply of PA-12 that manufacturers were counting on. It will be interesting to see if this issue is resolved quickly or becomes a major event.

 

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Submission + - del.icio.us bookmarking owners acquire Tap 11->

fotoguzzi writes: Nathan Olivarez-Giles of the Los Angeles Times reports that YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen have added analytics firm Tap 11 to their new company, AVOS. At the beginning of the month the pair purchased the Delicious social bookmarking service from Yahoo.

Connecting the buzzwords to envision how del.icio.us will allow the bookmarkees to know if their message is getting to the bookmarkers.

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NASA

Submission + - NASA specs a heavy-lift shuttle replacement

fotoguzzi writes: Last October President Obama signed the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 which had a requirement to study heavy-lift alternatives to the space shuttle that can be launched sooner and more cheaply than the Ares I / Ares V combination of the George W. Bush era. The NASAspaceflight.com website gives word that a preliminary report released yesterday recommends a shuttle-derived option but warns that no option meets the ambitious timetable at the specified budget.

Booster-heads will be interested to learn the three heavy-lift approaches under study: 1) Shuttle-derived, 2) a Saturn V-inspired kerosene / liquid Hydrogen throwback or Falcon XX muscle missile, and 3) a scaled-up EELV.
Networking

Submission + - Spend stimulus money on IPv6 conversion->

fotoguzzi writes: In the race to throw stimulus money at infrastructure projects, one shovel-ready project is the IPv6 conversion. While not as stimulating as a needed freeway interchange or clean energy plant, the slow rate of IPv6 adoption may equally hamper the next stage of economic expansion. Now, how to sell this idea to the stimulators?
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The Internet

Submission + - Usenet is dying - what next?

fotoguzzi writes: I'm not a power user, but Usenet made me feel like one. By traversing topic trees or keyword searching Google Groups, I was often delighted to learn that my wide-ranging quests had already been answered, or at least I could find an audience receptive to those questions. This seems no longer true for Usenet, and Google searches of the entire Internet do not seem to uncover similar sects. Has anyone adequately explained the fall of Usenet? Is there a new, improved way to find and communicate with scattered peoples who share a common interest?

Disobedience: The silver lining to the cloud of servitude. -- Ambrose Bierce

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