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Games

+ - NASA video game lets you build and run complex spa->

gregg writes: Developed by the Information Technology Office at NASA's Ames Research Center NetworKing lets players build fast and efficient communication networks by first setting up command stations around the world and then linking them to orbiting satellites and space telescopes. Resources are earned throughout the game as players continue to acquire more clients.

NetworKing is available to the public for play on the NASA 3D Resources website. Players can access the game using an Internet browser. It can be downloaded and run on both a PC and Macintosh operating system.

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NASA

+ - NASA makes famous sound bites available for use as->

gregg writes: Digital Trends has a story about NASA using famous sound bites as ringtones.

From the article:
NASA has been going through its audio archives and come up with a selection of what it’s calling “historic and interesting sounds” that can be used as ringtones or computer notification noises.

“NASA has been making historic sounds for over 50 years,” NASA App project manager Jerry Colen said in a press release. “Now we’re making some of these memorable sounds easy to find and use.”

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Movies

+ - Netflix to offer more streams at once->

gregg writes: Netflix will soon offer “family plans” for its streaming video service, according to the company’s investors relations page.

While details of the plans were not disclosed, it is likely that a family plan would allow Netflix customers to add multiple users to a single account at a discounted price.

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+ - The Mystery of the Giant Planet Hidden In Our Sola->

gregg writes: Jesus Diaz from Gizmodo has an article a new gas giant hiding out in the Oort Cloud. From the article "There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say."
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+ - Have astronomers seen the birth of a black hole? |->

gregg writes: An exploding star spotted 30 years ago in a nearby galaxy appears to be a newborn black hole, astronomers reported on Monday.

X-ray observations suggest the supernova, called SN 1979C, is a black hole in the making, a team of U.S. and European astronomers said.

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+ - FCC admits CableCARD a failure, vows to try someth->

gregg writes: The FCC has had it with CableCARD, pointing out that after a decade of work, there are only 14 certified devices on the market that aren't directly controlled by the cable companies. In the FCC's ideal world, cable signals will be wide open to all devices, including Xbox 360s, TiVos, and PS3s. It's the latest broadside from the FCC's new Disrupter-in-Chief.
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