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+ - Paypal's at it again->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Paypal seems to be up to their old tricks again, and limiting legitimate accounts once the owners start trying to withdraw their money. Under the guise of "a suspicious withdrawal or deposit", on the 25th of last month they decided to limit the account of indie game dev Notch(Of Minecraft and Wurm fame), preventing him from withdrawing his over 600,000 euros. This comes at a crucial point in the titles development, after recently being in talks with huge studios such as Valve and Bungie, and attempting to get office space and hire an entire team to help work on the game."
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Education

Dead Birds Do Tell Tales 21

Posted by samzenpus
from the break-me-off-a-piece-of-great-auk dept.
grrlscientist writes "While many natural history museum study skin collections have specimens that are more than 100 years old, most museum tissue collections are very recent — in fact, many were initiated during the 1980s. Due to the perishable nature of tissues, they are expensive to maintain and must be carefully managed and continually replenished. Unfortunately, funding shortages and other considerations have made it more difficult for museums to collect animals as often as they did in the past. Therefore, tissues from both wild and captive animals are limited, particularly those from rare and difficult-to-collect animals, such as lories."
Transportation

USAF Seeks Air Force One Replacement 640

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-off-my-plane dept.
Tyketto writes "The United States Air Force has taken the first public step in the search for a replacement of the Boeing VC-25, also known as Air Force One, saying it is no longer cost effective to operate and modernize the two 19-year-old VC-25s, which are converted Boeing 747-200s. Airbus has already submitted data for the A380, and while Boeing has had the Air Force One contract for nearly 50 years, delays with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 747-8, as well as the KC-X Tanker competition, may see the USAF looking to Europe for its next presidential aircraft."
NASA

NASA's New Lunar Rover, Now Testing In Arizona 59

Posted by timothy
from the detatchable-p-suit dept.
MarkWhittington writes "NASA has unveiled a new prototype lunar rover, called the Chariot, a production version of which is hoped to be operational on the lunar surface by 2019. NASA is now testing the Chariot lunar rover in Arizona, on terrain that resembles the lunar surface." Perhaps Arizona's an even closer match to the moon's surface than is Texas, or Moses Lake, WA where NASA was testing the last time we mentioned Chariot. (Here's a bit of video from the Texas round.)
Encryption

First Secure Quantum Crypto Network Up and Running 102

Posted by timothy
from the all-new-perfect-forever-place-your-bets dept.
John Lam was one of many readers to send in news that on Thursday, "at a conference in Vienna, Austria, as reported by the BBC, a European Community science working group built a quantum backbone using 200-km of standard commercial optical fiber running among seven sites and successfully demonstrated the first secure quantum cryptographic key distribution network. In addition, each of the seven links used a different kind of quantum encryption, demonstrating interoperability between the technologies. To paraphrase, the project focused on the trusted repeater paradigm and developed an architecture allowing seamless integration of heterogeneous quantum-key distribution-link devices in a unified framework. Network node-modules managing all classical communication tasks provide the underlying quantum devices with authentic classical channels. The node-module architecture uses a layered model to provision network-wide, end-to-end, provably secure key distribution."
The Internet

Free Online Scientific Repository Hits Milestone 111

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the a-whole-lotta-smart-stuff dept.
ocean_soul writes "Last week the free and open access repository for scientific (mainly physics but also math, computer sciences...) papers arXiv got past 500,000 different papers, not counting older versions of the same article. Especially for physicists, it is the number-one resource for the latest scientific results. Most researchers publish their papers on arXiv before they are published in a 'normal' journal. A famous example is Grisha Perelman, who published his award-winning paper exclusively on arXiv."

Comment: Airship today (Score 1) 639

by phypsilon (#550681) Attached to: Ten Technologies That Shouldn't Have Died?
About two years ago, i visited my parents at home during the summer holidays. One morning i stood in front of our house and looked at the city of Lindau, Germany. And suddenly i saw a silverish cigar in the sky above the city like i had seen it on many ancient photos. That moment i knew i had seen a modern Airship for the first time.
They are building this Airship in Friedrichshafen, a town at the lake of constance where they also built most of the great Airships of our century, including the Hindenburg. And this Airship has the same name as all his ancient brothers: ZEPPELIN.

for further information take a look at the hompage of "Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH".

philipp

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