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NASA

Submission + - X-38 space plane up for auction (gsaauctions.gov)

lukej writes: NASA is selling mock up of an X-38 Space Plane (Wikpedia). Located at Johnson Space Center (Houston,TX), the space agency is disposing of now canceled project via the GSA Auctions site (sorry, no direct link). While not a functional Crew Return Vehicle (CRV), like the currently used Soyuz, it is quite a bit cheaper, with a current bid of ~$5000. The item description:

(7285S001) MODEL, X-38 MOCKUP W/BASE, MFR:UNKNOWN, MDL:UNKNOWN, DIMENSIONS: 24FT X 16FT X 8FT, WEIGHT: 2700 LBS, MODEL IS SPLIT IN TWO (2) SECTIONS, STRAPS SHOWN IN PICTURES ARE NOT INCLUDED. REPAIRS REQUIRED-ADDITIONAL DEFICIENCIES UNKNOWN **WINNING BIDDER RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING SUFFICIENT MANPOWER AND/OR EQUIPMENT NECESSARY TO REMOVE THIS ITEM**

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun CEO enters flamewar with Network Appliance

lukej writes: With pending litigation on ever popular software patents, Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz is blogging about his company's differences with Network Appliance. In his personal take on the situation, Schwartz attempts to closely ally Sun with it's former competition of Open Source. Including the inciteful comment: "...a common misconception among proprietary companies — that you can unfree, free. You cannot.". He also throws out a few other tid bits, including expalaning the Apple/Sun/ZFS relationship and the use of the filesystem in OS X Leopard.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Latest promise of in-flight Wifi, from Alaska Air (adn.com)

lukej writes: Alaska Airlines announced (more links) it will be the latest of the US domestic carriers to promise wifi+Internet access on all of it's planes. They join a on-again, off-again technology/industry partnership, including the likes of Boing, Quantas, US Air, JetBlue, Lufthansa, and probably others.
Alaska plans to debut Row44's combination satellite/802.11 system on it's Boing 737s, "...the service is intended to work on all its routes, which include flights within the lower 48 states and to Alaska, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. If it works, Alaska may add the service to all 114 of its aircraft.".

United States

Submission + - Abaondoned Mine chosen for Deep Underground Lab

lukej writes: The abandoned Homestake Gold Mine has been chosen as the prefered site for a NSF deep underground laboratory. Google News has plenty of AP coverage, and the local paper has a nice 3d graphic. While the NSF rounds up funding for large astrophysics and biology experiments, the announcement has released millions of dollars in funding for preparatory work. One of the first tasks will be pumping out 3000 feet of water to access the 8000 foot level.
Education

Submission + - Bong Hits comes to an end (adn.com)

lukej writes: The Anchorage Daily News has posted the conclusion to the 'Bong Hits 4 Jesus' case, which was before the Supreme Court. Summarizing the judgement with "The Supreme Court tightened limits on student speech".

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