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Submission + - NASA Administration announces Saturn V Rebirth (

TheHawke writes: "The Obama administration on Wednesday will unveil its much-delayed general plans for its rocket design, called the Space Launch System, which will cost about $35 billion, according to senior administration sources and information obtained by The Associated Press. It will carry astronauts in a capsule on top and start test launching in six years.

The design for NASA's newest behemoth of a rocket harkens back to the giant workhorse liquid rockets that propelled men to the moon. But this time the destinations will be much farther and the rocket even more powerful.

I can hear the old Saturn contractors cheering now..."

Submission + - Slashdot accepts stories from you (

MyJobSux writes: In a move completely more radical than reality TV is reality reporting where individuals unschooled in reporting try their hand at writing articles for others to read. Fortunately for them there is no failing letter grade for plagiarism. Even you can plagiarism an article and tag your name to it, just make sure you post the URL where you got it from (cause that makes plagiarism all right!). Slashdot will graciously accept credit for your mediocre writings but claim full deny-ability for your plagiarism, what a great deal. Actually, I'm just bored at work and have read through all the posts since last night. Ok, back to work.

Submission + - Bill Gates Patents 'Virtual Entertainment'

theodp writes: In the '80s, Bill Gates and his then-girlfriend went on 'Virtual Dates' by viewing the same movie at the same time in different cities and discussing it on their cell phones. On Tuesday, Gates and 15 co-inventors were awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,012,023 for 'Virtual Entertainment', which Microsoft explains thusly: 'The subject innovation provides for systems and methods that supply immersive entertainment, and create a sensation for a user(s) that is similar to having guests (who are in remote locations), to be presented as virtual guests to the user during performance of an event (e.g., a live sporting event, spectator game, television shows, games and the like).' And that silly Audre Lorde said there are no new ideas!

Submission + - WGA - hide in plain sight

RickJ writes: At it again. Microsoft wants to update their WGA again, this time they don't hide it, just market it like something a user would want:
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Journal Journal: MS Explorer Hits an Iceburg!

A shipwreck is no laughing matter, unless an ironic twist of fate is involved. The shipwreck on November 23rd in the Southern Ocean had the good fortune that everyone aboard the MS Explorer was safely evacuated and in good spirits.

Submission + - Can XO exceed Apple's market share? (

Anonymous Coward writes: " OLPC is selling 10,000 XO laptops a day. Not counting the number of laptops the foundation is giving away, that's half of Apple's 7M Mac market share. Today is the busiest shopping day of the year. Wonder who will sell more?"

Submission + - Star Trek Home Theater (

Critical Facilities writes: "I stumbled across this story which should make any "Star Trek: The Next Generation" fan drool uncontrollably with envy. From TFA:

Someone thought it would be a good idea to model their home theater after the Enterprise NCC-1701D from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The result is super geeky, but actually rather cool. Named the best theme theater installation at CEDIA 2007, this Palm Beach County, FL home features motion-activated air-lock doors with series sound effects, and a "Red Alert" button on the Crestron TPMC-10 controller to turn all of the LEDs bright red and flashing.
I'm just interested as to whether or not the bartender has to dress like Guinan and if Starfleet Uniforms are required for access."

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