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+ - Linus Torvalds named a finalist for Millennium Technology Prize->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "The Technology Academy of Finland announced Thursday that Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds is one of two laureates for the 2012 Millennium Technology Prize, in recognition of his contributions to the open-source software world.

Torvalds’ reaction
“I think that it has largely been true that money hasn't ever played a primary role in my Linux development plans,” Torvalds says about his potential winnings, “but at the same time it is definitely true that while money hasn't been a guiding factor, I also have striven to not have to worry about a lack of it. And as such the prize is obviously very meaningful. I used to only half kiddingly tell my kids that I hope they don't all get accepted to Stanford University. Now if things turn out that way, I might not have to worry.”"

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+ - NASA: What 100 billion stars looks like->

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coondoggie writes "NASA today played up an artist's illustration showing what it says how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. “The planets, their orbits and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six-year search that surveyed millions of stars using the microlensing technique concluded that planets around stars are the rule rather than the exception. The average number of planets per star is greater than one. This means that there is likely to be a minimum of 1,500 planets within just 50 light-years of Earth,” NASA said."
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+ - Ice Prospecting Robotic Rover Books a Ticket for the Moon->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "While the Moon may or may not contain life forms, precious metals or even green cheese, recent satellite missions have indicated that it does nonetheless contain something that could prove quite valuable – water ice. NASA has estimated that at least 650 million tons (600 million tonnes) of the stuff could be deposited in craters near the Moon’s north pole alone. If mined, it could conceivably serve as a source of life support for future lunar bases, or it could be used to produce fuel for spacecraft stopping at a “lunar gas station.” Before any mining can happen, however, we need to learn more about the ice. That’s why NASA has contracted Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology to determine if its Polaris rover robot could be used for ice prospecting."
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+ - Microsoft's Hotmail challenge backfires ->

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Barence writes "Microsoft challenged the editor of PC Pro to return to Hotmail after six years of using Gmail, to prove that its webmail service had vastly improved — but the challenge backfired when he had his Hotmail account hacked.

PC Pro's editor say he was quietly impressed with a number of new Hotmail features, including SkyDrive integration and mailbox clean-up features. He'd even imported his Gmail and contacts into Microsoft's service. But the two-week experiment came to an abrupt end when Hotmail sent a message containing a malicious link to all of his contacts.

"What’s even more worrying is that it’s not only my webmail that’s been compromised, but my Xbox login (which holds my credit card details) and now my PC login too. Because Windows 8 practically forces you to login with your Windows Live/Hotmail details to access features such as the Metro Store, synchronisation and SkyDrive," he writes."

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