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+ - RIP - Dick Teufeld->

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "Dick passed away on Sunday 1/25/2011 and he did the voice of The Robot on 'Lost in Space'. Bob May passed away 1/18/2009 — he operated the 'body' of The Robot.

How many of us here grew up watching the show? While it was scientifically inaccurate (wildly), we all had a good time with its campiness.

RIP Bob, RIP Dick."

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Comment: Re:The same NASA (Score 1) 414

by solitas (#28749115) Attached to: Early Abort of Ares I Rocket Would Kill Crew

>> The same NASA that said we've seen foam strikes on the shuttle for years without any problems, so don't worry about it.

An interesting, but not updated, graphic about shuttle tile strikes:

Has anyone seen anything more complete?


+ - R.I.P. Bob May->

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob May, who donned The Robot's suit in the hit 1960s television show "Lost in Space," has died. He was 69.


May died Sunday (1/18) of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Lancaster, said his daughter, Deborah May.

He was a veteran actor and stuntman who had appeared in movies, TV shows and on the vaudeville stage when he was tapped by "Lost in Space" creator Irwin Allen to play the Robinson family's loyal metal sidekick in the series that debuted in 1965.

"He always said he got the job because he fit in the robot suit," said June Lockhart, who played family matriarch Maureen Robinson. "It was one of those wonderful Hollywood stories. He just happened to be on the studio lot when someone saw him and sent him to see Irwin Allen about the part. Allen said, 'If you can fit in the suit, you've got the job.'"

(article continues)"

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+ - Mystery container found on beach (Scotland)

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes ""Experts are trying to identify a huge metal container that has been washed up on a beach in the Western Isles."

The tank, which is 27m tall standing upright, has no markings and is thought to have fallen from a ship before being washed up on the west of Benbecula.

Considering the wide range of experiences and occupations of Slashdotters, maybe someone here has an idea?"

+ - Apple Imposes New Limits on IPhone Sales->

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. (AAPL) no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.

The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.

"We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."

I can see a purchase limit, but whatever happened to "this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"?"

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+ - Barry Bonds' HR Record Tainted by Elbow 'Armor'?->

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solitas writes "An interesting article for the mechanical engineers and baseball fans on /. about the guard Bonds wears on his right elbow, and the possible physical and mechanical advantages it gives his swing.

Beyond his alleged steroid use, Barry Bonds is guilty of the use of something that confers extraordinarily unfair mechanical advantage: the "armor" that he wears on his right elbow. Amid the press frenzy over Bonds' unnatural bulk, the true role of the object on his right arm has simply gone unnoticed."

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Portables (Apple)

+ - Energizer Aiming to Be Big Player in iPod Economy

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "BATAVIA, Ohio ( — The Energizer bunny is looking for its place in the iPod industry with an external battery that could extend the life of millions of Apple's portable media players, which use rechargeable batteries that are notoriously difficult and expensive to replace.

For $29.99, Energizer's Energi to Go external iPod battery will provide up to 46 hours of playing time with two AA Lithium e2 batteries."

+ - DHS Wants [super] Cell Phones->

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "Full article title: "DHS Wants Cell Phones to Detect Chemical, Radioactive Material"

Apparently Homeland Security now is thinking about "distributed detection", of a sort, and exploring the idea of cellphones that have chemical/biological/radiation detectors built-into them (as GPS units are now).

They figure they could monitor the widely distributed network, weed-out the statistical noise over many sensors, and be able to pinpoint possible trouble areas (i.e. bio-bombs, rad-bombs, etc.) more efficiently.

...and THEN they'll quietly have alcohol/smoking detectors installed to monitor you."

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+ - Space Station Gets Protective Shielding

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "Two Russian cosmonauts climbed out of the international space station Wednesday to install protective panels designed to shield the orbiting outpost from dangerous space debris... [while] The station's third occupant, U.S. astronaut Sunita Williams, remained inside.

An independent safety task force in February said that there was a 9 percent risk that the space station, once completed in 2010, could be hit with space debris severe enough to cause the loss of the outpost or crew members. That risk estimate was reduced to 5 percent if protective panels were installed on Russian portions of the space station.

Sections of the space station built by NASA and the Japanese and European space agencies were protected sufficiently against space debris, the task force said.

It's been 40-odd frickin' years since Star Trek and we still don't have forcefields. Apalling."

+ - Star Wars cast: where are they now?

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "A Breitbart news story interviews certain StarWars alumni about what the trilogy has done for them.

They were part of one of the biggest movies in history but almost without exception the cast of "Star Wars" faded from view after lighting up cinemas during the 1970-80s.

While George Lucas' intergalactic fairytale proved to be a launch pad for the career of Harrison Ford, other prominent members of the blockbuster franchise have not come close to enjoying Ford's iconic status.

..."Without naming names, you meet some stars and afterwards you go 'Gee, I wish I hadn't met him,'"... Oh yeah? Do: tell."
United States

+ - Geologists discover world's largest fossil forest

Submitted by solitas
solitas (916005) writes "The St.Louis post-Dispatch says that geologists have discovered the remains of one of the world's oldest tropical rainforests, preserved in the ceiling of a coal mine 250 feet below the surface.

The four-square-mile fossil forest — the largest find ever — is just south of Danville in Vermilion County, Ill., in the 300-million-year-old Herrin coal bed, a 6-foot-thick strip mined by a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Peabody Coal.

No photos; but a graphic about how they believe it happened."

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