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Submission + - Hayabusa asteroid probe has landed (

TDyl writes: "The BBC is reporting that the Japanese asteroid probing Hayabusa container hit the top of the atmosphere just after 13:50 GMT today and scientists are now scouring the Woomera Prohibited Range in Australia to try to locate the capsule.

If anyone notices their blood turning into a rusty powder please inform the authorities immediately.

As an aside — my captcha phrase was "doomsday" :("


Submission + - John Sculley on Why He Fired Steve Jobs ( 2

jacob1984 writes: In the annals of blown calls, it ranks somewhere between the publishers who turned down the first Harry Potter book and baseball umpire Jim Joyce’s instantly infamous perfect-game flub last week. It was the spring of 1985, and the board of Apple Computer decided it no longer needed the services of one Steven P. Jobs. John Sculley credits Jobs for everything Apple has accomplished and still laments the way things turned out. “I haven’t spoken to Steve in 20-odd years,” Sculley tells The Daily Beast. “Even though he still doesn’t speak to me, and I expect he never will, I have tremendous admiration for him.”

Submission + - Mr. Watson, Come Here 2.0

theodp writes: Bell and Watson, meet Jobs and Ive. If you couldn't make WWDC, Silicon Alley Insider has the humorously awkward phone call Steve Jobs made to Apple design wizard Jonathan Ive to demonstrate FaceTime on the iPhone 4. It's followed by the official Apple commercial for FaceTime, which SAI points out 'could make an angry cynic on the subway get teary.' Very cool. And if this device doesn't inspire iPhone app developers to circumvent Steve's freedom-from-porn pledge, nothing will.

Submission + - Pentagon hunts Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (

clustro writes: The Pentagon is desperately seeking the "cooperation" of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, in order to stop him from releasing over 250,000 pages of confidential foreign policy documents. The documents were allegedly provided to Assange by Bradley Manning, the same solider who leaked a video showing a US Army helicopter killing unarmed civilians and international press correspondents. (

Submission + - How are you doing your LaTeX? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I tried convincing my professor to add LyX to the default installation on the lab machines to no avail. My arguments of quicker work, easier bidirectional languages switching and formula preview and easier orientation for new users didn't help convince him that it's better than a simple text editor. What would be good way to do it? And what are you guys using?

Submission + - NOAA GOES weather satellite communications at risk (

pease1 writes: " reports: The FCC (like many Federal agencies) has gone looking for available frequencies and money as part of this:
Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan, Recommendation 5.8, p.86 (FCC, 2010). The National Broadband Plan is available at The rub? They want to auction off a portion of the L-band spectrum used for satellite downlink communications from NOAA GOES satellites. This comes just as new satellites have been launched with new transponders using these frequencies. It's madness. To add insult to idiocy, the frequencies provide a much needed EMWIN service to Civil Defense and Emergency Managers in the USA, and most pacific islands use it as their only source of hurricane information. It's chock full of public domain info that includes warnings, data, forecasts, and imagery. It was about to get a face lift to a new high speed data transponder (HRIT) using the same frequencies, already in orbit on GOES-R. Ground based receivers are in test mode, waiting for full deployment. Link to the FCC notice."


Submission + - Wikileaks Founder being Hunted by Pentagon ( 2

linzeal writes: The US government has been giving signs in the past 48 hours that it is increasingly worried that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of 250,000 secret State Department cables, investigators are searching the last known whereabouts of founder Julian Assange to no avail. Early this morning the Wikileaks twitter page posted the following;

" Any signs of unacceptable behavior by the Pentagon or its agents towards this press will be viewed dimly. "


Australian Gov't Seeks To Record Citizens' Web Histories 354

An anonymous reader writes "If you thought the Australian Government's Internet filter project was bad, think again. They have a new project — they are examining a policy that would require all Internet service providers to log users' web browsing history and email data such as who all emails were sent to and from. And that's just the start. Telephone calls, mobile phone calls, even Internet telephony. It's all in there. Looks like 1984 was a pretty prophetic book." Several readers also point to ZDNet's coverage.
Open Source

Submission + - BBC forces closure of open source project (

An anonymous reader writes: Whether the author was forced to by the BBC, or this is simply because of the BBC's recent moves to make it harder for open source projects to access their content is not known. But a two-year long project to make life easier when using the BBC has come to an end. get_iplayer has closed it's doors. A sad day. Please file your complaints here:

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