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Space

+ - Steve Fossett possessions found in mammoth? 1

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "KCal-9 news Los Angeles is reporting that a pilot's license bearing Steve Fossett's name was found by a hiker in the mountainous Mammoth area of California. In an interview with KCal-9 the hiker indicated that the items were found partially concealed beneath decomposing pine needles some way up a steep ridge. The hiker had been far from any established trail at the time of the discovery, and was initially more interested in the weathered hundred dollar bills he found scattered about the area than the possibility of discovering further evidence of a missing person. A friend clued him into Fossett's identity Tuesday morning at which point the hiker hired a lawyer to contact Fossett's family on his behalf. It is unknown if Fossett's family or the hiker contacted authorities about the discovery, or why the hiker felt he needed a lawyer to deal with the situation for him. Authorities are reportedly pouring into the local airport to begin an in depth search of the area."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft & Citrix to Double Team VMWare?

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The San Jose Mercury News is reporting that Microsoft is preparing to announce an alliance with Citrix Systems. This announcement, along with disclosure of the acquisition of Calista Technologies, precedes the imminent release of Microsoft's Hyper-V virtualization technology. Hyper-V, formerly known as Viridian, has been a source for speculation for the past year as Microsoft continually pushed back release dates and waffled on feature lists. It now appears that Redmond may simply have been taking their time to position themselves to take on VMWare, who last year experienced a highly successful IPO.

Story: http://www.mercurynews.com/breakingnews/ci_8034939?nclick_check=1"
Power

+ - New Defiance of Congress

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The White House has launched a new defense of embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez, and if allowed to stand it may set a precedent in the ability of the President to defy Congress. Today the White House used multiple spokespersons to air the defense which consists of this: Gonzalez did not lie, but we can't offer any supporting evidence to Congress because of potential threats to National Security.

This latest defense tactic comes in the face of a perjury charge expected to be brought against the Attorney General after Robert S. Mueller III, head of the FBI, offered Congress testimony that directly contradicted testimony from the A.G. A subpoena has been issued to Karl Rove as Congress is searching for further clarification of related issues.

A brief New York Times overview is here: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/27/washington/26cnd -gonzales.html?hp."
Programming

+ - Lack of input validation kills

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "Multiple news sources are reporting at least eight deaths across North America due to failures in the calibration and use of pumps designed to deliver cancer medications. The medications being administered are so powerful that once an overdose has occured there is not a way to save the victims life. The case reviewed in this article http://www.canada.com/edmontonjournal/news/story.h tml?id=d296990e-fc05-4b5d-86b4-32d3c2e4be9b&k=6732 3
  describes a woman who recieved an overdose living for twenty two days after the overdose knowing she was going to die.

In addition to the human element, regulators reviewing the cases cite the lack of sanity checks embedded into the pump as an issue that needs to be addressed. Yet another example of technology designed without proper validation testing to account for human error.

The nurses involved in most of these cases are not being disciplined. Regulators cite systematic failures that should have been addressed when the procedures and technology were implemented."
Space

+ - coronal loops and pipe organs (bbc)

Submitted by ushering05401
ushering05401 (1086795) writes "The BBC writes about info delivered at the current Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting (Concluded today, April, 20).

Apparently solar flares follow 'coronal loops.' These loops funnel acoustic signals much like a pipe organ does — leading the reporter to liken the sun's corona to a musical instrument.

From TFA: "These loops can be up to 100 million kilometres long and guide waves and oscillations in a similar way to a pipe organ," said Dr Youra Taroyan, from the Solar Physics and Space Plasma Research Centre (SP2RC) at the University of Sheffield.

Other info here : the sun's corona is up to 300 times hotter than the surface of the sun. There is some basic explanation of this phenomenon. Also some suggestions that these discoveries may help work out earth based fusion kinks...

regards."

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