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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."
Censorship

Ultrasurf Easily Blocked, But So What? 74

Posted by kdawson
from the counter-counter-workarounds dept.
Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes "A simple experiment shows that it's easy to find the IP addresses used by the UltraSurf anti-censorship program, and block traffic to all of those IP addresses, effectively stopping UltraSurf from working. But this is not a fault of UltraSurf; rather, it demonstrates that an anti-censorship software program can be successful even if it's relatively trivial to block it." Read on for Bennett's analysis.
Programming

C# In-Depth 499

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the does-he-mention-that-it's-evil dept.
Bergkamp10 from ComputerWorld writes "Microsoft's leader of C# development, writer of the Turbo Pascal system, and lead architect on the Delphi language, Anders Hejlsberg, reveals all there is to know on the history, inspiration, uses and future direction of one of computer programming's most widely used languages — C#. Hejlsberg also offers some insight into the upcoming version of C# (C#4) and the new language F#, as well as what lies ahead in the world of functional programming."
Google

+ - WSJ spreads FUD on open source and Google Phone-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ben Worthen at the Wall Street Journal shows a laughable grasp of what "open source" means: 'Here's the first thing that will happen when a phone with Google's operating system hits the market: Information-technology departments will ban employees from connecting phones that run Google's operating system to their computers or the corporate network. The reason is that Google's operating system is open, meaning anyone can write software for it. That includes bad guys, who will doubtlessly develop viruses and other malicious code for these phones, which unsuspecting Google phones owners will download. Employees could spread the malicious code to the rest of the company when they synch their phones to their computers or use it to check email. The way to combat this is to develop anti-virus and anti-malware software for phones and to develop security procedures similar to those that have evolved for PCs over the last several years. But that's going to take time and money — neither of which the average IT department has. So until then, expect Google phones to be persona non grata at companies.'"
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United States

+ - BBC Reported WTC7 Collapse Before it Happened.

Submitted by
zero_jd
zero_jd writes "A video was recently posted to Google which originally aired on BBC world between 16:54 and 17:36 EST on September 11th, 2001. In the video, a report came in that the Salomon Smith Barney building (aka: World Trade Center 7) had just collapsed due to a weakened structure. The report, however, had come in some twenty minutes prior to the actual collapse of the building. The video then cuts to a live correspondent in New York speaking with downtown Manhattan in the background. While she is discussing the collapse with the news anchor, WTC7 is clearly still standing in the background behind her. Then, just minutes before the building actually collapsed, her feed was abruptly cut. Despite Google Video containing numerous copyrighted BBC documentaries, another embarassing BBC moment (the taxi driver incident), and 9/11 conspiracy videos, several copies of this particular video were removed within 24 hours. New copies are curretly continuing to appear, but it seems abundantly clear that someone wants them taken away. The conclusions to be drawn are left to the reader, of course."
Television

+ - Netherlands ends analog TV transmission

Submitted by Anon E. Muss
Anon E. Muss (808473) writes "The Netherlands ended transmission of "free to air" analog television today, becoming the first nation to switch completely to digital signals. There's a story about it on the AP Wire, available from various newspaper web sites.

The statistic I found most interesting is that only 0.4% of Dutch households (77,000 out of 16 million) were still using broadcast analog TV as their primary video service. In the US, the estimate is 16% (20 million out of 155 million). We've got a lot of people still living in the stone age. What do you think the chances are that the FCC will carry through with the plan to end analog TV here in 2009?"
Microsoft

+ - Free Domain Name and Hosting From Microsoft

Submitted by
Marc
Marc writes "Signup for a free "Office Live Basic" account, and get a free domain name and hosting. Offers 500MB of web space, and includes up to 25 email accounts with 2GB of storage each. Also includes "Easy-to-use Web site design tools". Of course, IE is required to sign up, and a credit card is required for validation purposes."

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