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Submission + - FAA grounds all UPS flights, blames UPS computer issues

witherstaff writes: The FAA has sent an alert to ground all UPS flights regardless of destination. The Official reason is "AIRLINE COMPUTER ISSUES". My tinfoil hat wearing self wonders about something bad happening on 9/11. My tech self wonders what sort of computer problem UPS could have that would warrant stopping all traffic.

Submission + - Twitter obtains patent for twitter (

witherstaff writes: Twitter obtained a patent for twitter. "a message can be addressed simply to the username 'UserX' without specifying whether UserX is to receive the message through e-mail, SMS, IM, etc." Twitter has pledged to use patents for good. Is this good or bad for the internet community?

Submission + - World Cancer Day is Feb 4 (

witherstaff writes: According to Stand Up 2 Cancer 1 in 3 Cancer deaths can be prevented by lifestyle changes.. Risk factors for cancer are tobacco and alcohol consumption, a diet low in fruit and vegetable intake and lack of physical activity. (Does mouse clicking and button mashing count as physical activity?) World Cancer Day is helping highlight what people can do to rid the world of cancer. If nothing else consider walking at a local Relay for Life event which occur all year.

Submission + - Judge says you can't know if Google spys for NSA (

witherstaff writes: A federal judge has ordered that whether Google is spying for National Security Agency or not, you have no right to know. EPIC, which brought the lawsuit, says The NSA can neither confirm not deny any relationship with Google. EPIC is worried the "NSA is developing technical standards that would enable greater surveillance of Internet users"

Submission + - FBI vault includes memo on alien bodies (

witherstaff writes: The FBI has been opening up old records and putting them online. One memo from the 50s has interesting info on crashed flying saucers and alien bodies. It's only 2 pages.

"An investigator for the Air Force stated that three so-called flying saucers had been recovered in New Mexico... They were described as being circular in shape with raised centers, approximately 50 feet in diameter. Each one was occupied by three bodies of human shape but only 3 feet tall"

Fact, Fiction, a really old april fool's joke?


Submission + - AMD asks what you can do with 48 cores (

witherstaff writes: As part of the PR for AMDs up and coming 8 and 12 core processors, AMD is giving away a 48 core machine to the winner of a contest. Contestants need to submit a 500 word essay, or a blog post, or 3 minute youtube video on how they'd use a 48 core machine (4 CPUs) to improve the world. You have until March 24th to get a machine finally able to play crysis. Nice way for AMD to show up Intel's 8 core launch.

Submission + - Gaiman to Launch Crowd-Sourced Story on Twitter (

witherstaff writes: Neil Gaiman is writing a new short story—well, the beginning of one anyway—and needs 1,000 collaborators to help him finish it via Twitter. Starting tomorrow 13-Oct-09 at noon ET, the well-known Twitterer (@neilhimself) will tweet the first line of a new story, and the rest of us will be able to continue it with our own 140-character contributions, as reported by Sci Fi Wire and Publishers weekly

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing