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Spacecraft May Surf Magnetic Fields 98

Posted by kdawson
from the radioactive-space-stocking dept.
Maggie McKee writes "Future spacecraft may surf the magnetic fields of Earth and other planets, taking previously unfeasible routes around the solar system, according to a proposal funded by NASA's Institute for Advanced Concepts. The electrically charged craft would not need rockets or propellant of any kind. To get charged up, the spacecraft could either fire a beam of charged particles into space or simply allow a radioactive isotope to emit charged particles. Because long, thin filaments have large surface areas for holding charge, the spacecraft might look like Einstein's head — with wiry filaments sticking out at all angles — or a weird space 'stocking.'"
Announcements

+ - Apple Releases Mac OS X 10.4.9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Today Apple released the finel major update to Mac OS X 10.4. According to Apple, the 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:

RAW camera support
Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
Image capture performance
Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
Font handling
Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
Bluetooth devices
Browsing AFP servers
Apple USB Modem
Windows-created digital certificates
Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007

Security updates
Mac OS X 10.4.9 Update (PPC) SHA1 Digest: MacOSXUpd10.4.9PPC.dmg= 380b0db5c8978a025cfc9b19e46845a51608d5be

For explanation of what a SHA1 digest is, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n75510

For detailed information on this Update, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n304821

For detailed information on Security Updates, please visit this website: http://www.info.apple.com/kbnum/n61798"
Censorship

+ - Toddler driver hits mum with family car. Copycat?

Submitted by Voice of Meson
Voice of Meson (892271) writes "Remember the recent story on the banning of an Australian award-winning advertisement featuring a toddler driving a car? http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/26/01 59210 It looks as it the central argument against the ad might just have been proved valid. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,21379700-1243 ,00.html "The car was parked in the driveway near the entrance of the garage and the child has got in and started up the engine." He got it out of park or released the handbrake and it crashed into the mother and pinned her to a wall. As for the original ad and it's detractors "Many of the complaints were from parents concerned that the ad would encourage copycat behaviour in young children and might lead to accidents." It's not yet clear if the child had his arm out the window or if any toddler hitchhikers were involved."
OS X

+ - Last Mac OS X Tiger Update Released?

Submitted by
Alexander Burke
Alexander Burke writes "Apple has released what is widely believed to be the last update to Mac OS X before the release of Leopard (10.5) this spring; this update brings Tiger to version 10.4.9.

The 10.4.9 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger version 10.4.8 and includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:
  • RAW camera support
  • Handling of large or malformed images that could cause crashes
  • Image capture performance
  • Mouse scrolling and keyboard shortcuts
  • Font handling
  • Playback quality, and bookmarks in DVD Player
  • USB video conferencing cameras for use with iChat
  • Bluetooth devices
  • Browsing AFP servers
  • Apple USB Modem
  • Windows-created digital certificates
  • Open and Print dialogs in applications that use Rosetta on Intel-based Macs
  • Time zone and daylight saving for 2006 and 2007
  • Security updates
Detailed information is available here."

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