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Mars

Mars Rover's Epic Trek For the Crater Endeavor 145

Posted by timothy
from the endeavor-endeavor dept.
Smivs writes "The BBC reports that NASA is to send its Mars rover Opportunity on a two-year trek to try to reach a crater called Endeavour. The robot will have to move about 11km to get to its new target — a distance that would double what it has already achieved on the planet. Endeavour is much bigger than anything investigated to date, and will allow a broader range of rocks to be studied. Detailed satellite imagery from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will help pick out the best route ahead; and new software recently uploaded to Opportunity will enable the rover to make its own decisions about how best to negotiate large rocks in its path. Opportunity has just emerged from the 800m-wide Victoria Crater. Endeavour, by comparison, is 22km across."
Mars

Mars Polar Cap Mystery Solved 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the feather-in-their-cap dept.
Matt_dk writes "Scientists are now able to explain why Mars' residual southern ice cap is misplaced, thanks to data from ESA's Mars Express spacecraft (the same probe running the 'Mars Webcam'). It turns out the martian weather system is to blame. And so is the largest impact crater on Mars — even though it is nowhere near the south pole. Like Earth, Mars has frozen polar caps, but unlike Earth, these caps are made of carbon dioxide ice as well as water ice. During the southern hemisphere's summer, much of the ice cap sublimates, a process in which the ice turns straight back into gas, leaving behind what is known as the residual polar cap. The mystery was that while the winter cap is symmetrical about the south pole, the residual cap was offset, and scientists couldn't figure out why."
Bug

+ - ESPN.com crashes all mac browsers

Submitted by jfrumkin
jfrumkin (97854) writes "(WARNING: If you are on a mac, do not click on the ESPN.com link) Tonight I went to ESPN.com to check on some basketball scores, and it hung Firefox on my mac to the point I had to force-quit the application. I tried one more time with the same result. "Ok, I thought, I'll just use Safari". Same result. Very strange. A quick search turned up this thread on the apple discussions — not only does the site crash both browsers, but you then need to re-install Quicktime, as somehow it also corrupts that as well!"
The Internet

+ - Skype system down

Submitted by
L Ray
L Ray writes "This note posted this AM by Skype . . . we are all down for 12-to 24 hours . . . interestingly before this total system crash Skype had done "maintenance" last night?? Hmmmm??? Larry Joosep Problems with Skype login By My status Joosep on August 16, 2007. UPDATED 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it's a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience. Additionally, downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled. We will make downloads available again as quickly as possible."
Networking

+ - Bug Hits Skype's Peer-to-Peer Network->

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narramissic
narramissic writes "ITworld reports that a software bug affecting Skype's peer-to-peer network is preventing users in some parts of the world, particularly Europe, to log on to the VOIP service, although users in the U.S. don't seem to be having problems. A posting on a company blog said the company expects to have the problems resolved within 12 to 24 hours and advises users to leave their Skype client running so they can be logged back in once the issues are dealt with. The blog also said that downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled and that the company hopes to make them available again as quickly as possible."
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Communications

+ - Skype is down globally->

Submitted by jimbib
jimbib (1143513) writes "The popular Skype voice and chat service is unavailable for login globally. Skype has acknowledged the issues and said that their engineering team has determined that it's a software issue. They expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. Its amazing how my productivity has gone south with Skype not available."
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Networking

+ - Skype, net neutrality and deep packet inspections

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Hi all I live in the UK using NTL/Virgin as a ISP provider (cable broadband), and I and my coworkers have been having trouble with Skype lately, and today it is popping in and out of connectivity and everyone appears to be offline. I was just wondering if others are experiencing the same, and where you are located (UK, US, etc...) and which ISP providers you are using... wisdom of the crowds etc... The cynic in me tells me that it smells of this http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/26/16 8202 as that story is about the UK ISPs exploring the deep packet inspection possibilities... R. AC"
The Internet

+ - The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch Suprnova.org 3

Submitted by kungfujesus
kungfujesus (969971) writes "The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now. Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming. In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak: "The past, the present and the future. It's all the same, but one thing's for sure, we will radiate for weeks", today it became clear that he was referring to the resurrection of Suprnova. Article Here"
Security

+ - Russian Subs Seek Glory at North Pole->

Submitted by PatPending
PatPending (953482) writes "MOSCOW — Two small manned Russian submarines completed a voyage of 2 1/2 miles to the Arctic shelf below the North Pole Thursday, planting a titanium capsule on the Arctic Ocean floor to symbolically claim what could be vast energy reserves beneath the seabed. The dive was part serious scientific expedition and part political theater. But it could mark the start of a fierce legal scramble for control of the sea bed among nations that border the Arctic, including Russia, the U.S., Canada, Norway and Denmark, through its territory Greenland."
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United States

+ - Forensics Expert says Al-Qaeda Images Altered

Submitted by WerewolfOfVulcan
WerewolfOfVulcan (320426) writes "Wired reports that researcher Neal Krawetz revealed some veeeeeery interesting things about the Al-Qaeda images that our government loves to show off.

From the article: "Krawetz was also able to determine that the writing on the banner behind al-Zawahiri's head was added to the image afterward. In the second picture above showing the results of the error level analysis, the light clusters on the image indicate areas of the image that were added or changed. The subtitles and logos in the upper right and lower left corners (IntelCenter is an organization that monitors terrorist activity and As-Sahab is the video production branch of al Qaeda) were all added at the same time, while the banner writing was added at a different time, likely around the same time that al-Zawahiri was added, Krawetz says." Why would Al-Qaeda add an IntelCenter logo to their video? Why would IntelCenter add an Al-Qaeda logo? Methinks we have bigger fish to fry than Gonzo and his fired attorneys... }:-) The article contains links to Krawetz's presentation and the source code he used to analyze the photos."

Comment: From a Librarian (Score 4, Interesting) 383

by jfrumkin (#13616915) Attached to: Google Responds to Authors Guild Lawsuit
IANAL (I am not a lawyer), but IAAL (I am a Librarian). While I personally agree that there *should* be the ability to digitize these collections and make them searchable, I think Google's in a whole heck of a mess here.

I don't think that this is necessarily fair use. The article linked to in post presents a case which relates to images, and traditionally copyright around images has been dealt with much differently than copyright related to texts, so I'm not sure how relevant the stated case might be. That being said, the one major flaw I see is that the libraries Google is partnering with purchased the books, and Google is 'borrowing' those books. If I borrow a book from my library, I am not allowed to photocopy the entire book. Maybe the Library has the right to do so for preservation (i.e. backup) or other purposes, but I do not. Even though Google is trying to hold to fair use practices through what it offers to its users, Google itself seems like it is likely to be breaking copyright by holding full copies of these works.

Now, should the publishers be making a big fuss? Well, maybe and maybe not. It doesn't appear that Google's effort will harm publishers, and is likely to help them. However, Google is not the only player out there who would be interested in massively copying monographs, and if the publishers let this pass, it might set a precedent which could come back to bite them. It isn't clear to me that the publishers are in the right, or that Google is entirely in the wrong, but if I were a publisher, I'd do the same thing, most likely.

I believe the other crux of the problem is that Google bulldozed its way forward with this project. Imagine if it was Microsoft instead of Google doing this; the slashdot comments would probably be entirely different. I admire Google moxie in pushing this issue, but I also am pained that they lacked the patience to work out some of the issues with the publishers before they pushed forward.

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