Xbm360 writes "Sony decided to remove the Emotion Engine chip from the new Playstation 3 80 GB model. This chip enables backward compatibility with older PlayStation games.
Like the European models who never had the Emotion Engine chip, this means the new Playstation 3 is less compatible with older Playstation games." Link to Original Source
Frosty Piss writes "A new study says past delays in Microsoft Corp.'s products are causing some businesses to think twice about renewing the long-term service agreements that include rights to upgrade to future versions of its programs. 26 percent of the 61 information technology professionals surveyed by Forrester Research said they had decided not to renew their Microsoft Software Assurance agreements when they expire, opting instead to buy the software as needed." Link to Original Source
Raver32 writes "U.S. astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams set a record for the longest single spaceflight by any woman. Williams, who has lived at the space station since December, surpassed the record of 188 days set by astronaut Shannon Lucid at the Mir space station in 1996.
"It's just that I'm in the right place at the right time," Williams, 41, said when Mission Control in Houston congratulated her on the record. "Even when the station has little problems, it's just a beautiful, wonderful place to live."" Link to Original Source
Raver32 writes "An experimental jet engine has been successfully tested at speeds of up to 11,000 kilometres an hour — 10 times the speed of sound — during trials in Australia's outback, military scientists said on Friday.
The experimental scramjet engine is an air-breathing supersonic combustion engine being developed by Australian and U.S. scientists that researchers hope will lead to super-high-speed flight.
Scientists from Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation and the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) used a conventional rocket to launch the scramjet high above the Woomera test site.
The engine was then tested as it reached speeds of Mach 10." Link to Original Source