In this case, NASA isn't 'out-sourcing' the GPM launch to Japan... GPM and its predecessor the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission–TRMM were both full collaborations between NASA and the Japanese Space Agency JAXA. In both cases, Goddard Space Flight Center (where I work) integrated the spacecraft and its payloads, with JAXA (formerly NASDA) providing payload(s) as well as launch services.
The United States winning any particular technological arms race benefits no one.
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T-Mobile's new 'Even More Plus' plans are no-contract, you can get 500 min + unlimited text/data for $59.99 a month, no contract involved. This would also work on T-Mo or AT&T prepaid.
CWmike writes to tell us that Seth Weintraub has been hearing some interesting rumors surrounding the next iteration of Apple's MacBook line. "I have been hearing some interesting things about Apple's upcoming line of portable computers. The talk amongst insiders on the new MacBooks is kind of scattered but here's a summation of what I've heard: The new models are thinner than current MacBook and MacBook Pros and slightly more rounded, taking design cues from the MacBook Air; the trackpad is glass, multi-touch and uses gestures. The screen isn't multi-touch; the body is manufactured out of one piece of aluminum. Eco-friendly, yet sturdy. Manufacturing process is completely different; the release date will be in the last weeks of September."
pdscomp (637112) writes "VoComp, a voting competition where students compete to create secure and usable voting systems, has posted the submissions of all but one of the competing teams. Their site says that all the source code for the systems will also be posted. So far it looks like Punchscan, who we've seen on
/. before, is the leader with an impressive 72-page document. The competition kicks off in 2 weeks in Portland, Oregon, and there's a $10,000 prize for first place. If you are in the area, Registration for the competition is free."
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An anonymous reader writes "After filing a prayer for relief to continue the selling of his WoWGlider, an automation bot for Blizzard's fanatical World of Warcraft, Michael Donnelly has again found himself in some deep water: Blizzard has retorted demanding WoWGlider be shut down, his URL, and financial compensation, but more interestingly they want all of WoWGlider's sales records. Presumably, Blizzard will cross-reference this with their current user database and ban anyone who bought the program. Furthermore, Blizzard claims that WoWGlider violates copyrights by accessing the game client's RAM space, a process which is also done by every anti-virus program. So why is there no Blizzard vs. Symantec?"