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Submission + - 50 ways to kill an asteroid

Roland Piquepaille writes: "It is almost certain that a big asteroid will one day land on Earth and provoke a huge catastrophe. This is why hundreds of scientists have attended the Planetary Defense Conference 2007, held this week in Washington, D.C., to try to develop plans to protect the Earth from such an asteroid. All these researchers have lots of ideas, some which look feasible, some not. Some of them want to destroy asteroids with nuclear weapons. Other scientists want to use a robotic tugboat to push a dangerous flying object out of the Earth's path. And others want to send unmanned robots to the asteroid, drill into it and send the debris into space to alter the course of the asteroid. And this is just a sample... Read more for additional details and an illustration showing one of the methods which could be used in the future to modify the orbit of an asteroid before it hits the Earth."

Submission + - Tractor Beam to Prevent Aircraft Missile Attack

mattnyc99 writes: In the race against aircraft terrorism, Boeing's remote control system reported yesterday won't be the only solution. But Northrop Grumman has finally begun testing its laser-powered Guardian defense system in the fight against missiles targeting commercial jets, with nine FedEx cargo jets now carrying the infrared laser deflection system aboard their fuselages. The false heat signature operation is not that unlike Boeing's own airborne laser turret, but the Pentagon's new Global Strike system makes it clear that the U.S. may even have more of an upper hand on offense than defense when it comes to missile technology.

Submission + - Israel unveils portable hunter-killer robot

badlikeacobra writes: Reuters is reporting that an Israeli defense firm has unveiled an armed, remotely controlled robot. "As well as bomb-sniffing and bomb disposal equipment, the VIPeR can carry an Uzi machine-pistol or plant a grenade. The weapons would be aimed using an onboard video camera." There is a picture here.

Submission + - Is 40 to old for IT or Software Development?

An anonymous reader writes: I have read some stuff on Dice.com's message boards where some people are claiming that after age 40 or so that jobs become very scarce in the IT profession. I was wondering how prevalent this really is, and in particular I was wondering how hard it would be to actually start a career in IT or Software Development at age 40 or even later.

I recently finished up a degree in physics, and I have done some very basic IT support as well as some programming as part of my job working in an environmental testing lab. How difficult would it be to start a computer career at age 40, and what industries and fields will have the most problem with my age and which will have the least problem with my age?

Submission + - Robot to journey to the center of the earth

iambarry writes: "In what would be sure to lead to a global catastrophe if not for the heroic action of one special robot, scientists are planning a mission to the earth's mantle : "the hole exposes the mantle, the material that makes up Earth's interior...We do not know why that is...Because of this gap we can see directly into the Earth's mantle." A "robotic device will land on the bottom of the crater...and dig into the mantle to bring back samples.""

Submission + - Bill Gates Offers U.S. Border Firewall

Scott Ott writes: "by Scott Ott (2007-03-08) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates, alarmed that immigration curbs sparked by terrorism threats limit access to talented tech workers from overseas, today said his firm will work with the U.S. government to install "a virtual firewall at the borders that would let the good geeks in and keep the malicious geeks out."
READ THE REST AT http://www.scrappleface.com/?p=2509"
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Submission + - China: U.S. violated Iraqis' rights

firedragon852 writes: China's Xinhua News Agency has published a report in response to the U.S. Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2006. As in previous years, the State Department pointed the finger at human rights conditions in more than 190 countries and regions, including China, but avoided touching on the human rights situation in the United States. To help the world people have a better understanding of the situation in the United States and promote the international cause of human rights, we hereby publish the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2006.

Submission + - IBM and Cisco team against Microsoft and Nortel

Robert writes: IBM and Cisco have announced an alliance bringing together Big Blue's Sametime collaboration platform with Cisco's Unified Communications portfolio, in an obvious face-off against Microsoft and Nortel's Innovative Communications Alliance. The two industry heavyweights unveiled the initiative a the VoiceCon Spring event in Orlando, Florida, describing plans to deliver something they call the Unified Comms and Collaboration (UC2) Client Platform, which they call "an open set of application programming interfaces offered by IBM as a subset of Lotus Sametime... along with communication APIs by Cisco to access comms functionality such as voice and video services."

Nielson Results Reveal Consoles on the Rise 20

eldavojohn writes "Nielson ratings are in and the results are that gaming is continuing its steady trend upward. A study released Monday entitled 'The State of the Console,' describes America as an increasingly game-centric country. 'Nielsen Media Research found that 41.1 percent of households with televisions in the U.S. now have gaming consoles. That number represents an 18.5 percent increase since 2004, according the research firm, who used a sample of 12,000 TV-viewing households for its report.'"

Microsoft Responds to DOT Ban on Vista, Office, IE 218

roscoetoon writes "From the blog of Mary Jo Foley: What's Microsoft's response to the DOT's charges? A corporate spokeswoman sent this statement, via e-mail: (caution: microbrain double-speak ahead) ... "We respect the customer's decision. As with any of our other Federal customers, it's our job to help DOT maximize the value of its Enterprise Agreement through the adoption of our technology. We are engaged with large, strategic customers across government at every level, and are working closely with them on these products through their participation in our Technical Adoption Programs.""
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Submission + - 5 Things You Can't Discuss about Linux

gondwannabe writes: Flamebait for the /. crowd? How about The Five Things You Aren't Allowed to Discuss About Linux With considerable chutzpa, an insightful Rob Enderle takes on what he considers five dogmas in the OSS community and explains why they're wrong. Examples: Linux is secure, "communes" actually work in the long haul, and that Linux is "pro-developer.

Submission + - Scientific Documentary on Global Warming

Anonymous writes: The Washington Times is reporting about a documentary that will air in the UK this week on global warming. Apparently there will be "an impressive roll-call of experts, including nine professors, who are experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, biogeography and paleoclimatology. It also says the experts come from prestigious institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the Danish National Space Center and universities and other schools in London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Alabama, Virginia and Winnipeg, Canada."

Submission + - uCalc Language Builder for creating prog. language

Daniel Corbier writes: "uCalc Language Builder , which lets programmers create programming languages by writing code in a very simple bootstrapping language specifically designed for the purpose, without the need for Lex, Yacc, or large volumes of code, is available for download (beta). Though still a work in progress, it already includes versions of languages as different as Basic, Forth, Lisp, and more. The code for those languages is in plain text files, that users can load right into the generic uCalc interpreter, which then turns into an interpreter for that language. The developer requests feedback on this concept."

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