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Spirit Stuck In Soft Soil On Mars 160

cheros writes "NASA reports that the Spirit Mars lander is presently stuck in soft soil. The lander's wheels are halfway sunk into the soil and they are planning simulation tests to see if they can get it out again. I hope they can get it out of there because it's picking up enough new energy to operate; however, it only has 5 wheels left to get around on — one of the wheels hasn't been working for years. Fingers crossed."

Comment That's what I was thinking at first (Score 1) 690

For banking, taxes, etc., use the "Trusted Internet." For Slashdot, YouTube, Google, etc., use v1. But then I thought what would happen down the road: most businesses (i.e. content providers) want to know who you are so they can target their advertising. More and more of the Internet stables would move to v2, leaving v1 as a spam-filled world with a low signal-to-noise ratio: very similar to what Usenet is now. And v1 would suffer the same fate as Usenet: most people won't use it much, it will cost the ISPs more to provide, and there will be politicians calling to shut it down due to the terrorists/pedophiles/anarchists/communists/bogeyman. At that point, say goodbye to anonymity on the Internet.

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