mattnyc99 writes: Rand Simberg has a report from the Space 2007 conference about a new proposal from Boeing that would upend NASA's expensive plan to return to the moon by building a propellant refueling depot in sub-orbital space—saving tons more time, weight and money for the new lunar base. From the article: "How the propellant would reach such a pitstop in the sky is really the beauty of Boeing's concept. NASA has been seeking ways to involve both international partners and the commercial sector — Michael Griffin, the agency's administrator, said recently that such a 'private/public synergy' was 'crucial for the future' — but NASA has been reluctant to put any partner on the critical path. The good news? Anyone can make propellant, and anyone can deliver it." Sounds like NASA and the space billionaires might finally be able to help each other...
Sierra Victor writes: "I work for a major youth serving non-profit and we're debating how we can use Facebook/MySpace/etc. Our kids are all on it, but we have no real policy on how we exist in those mediums. Our defacto existence is controlled by a group of teens. How do we represent our program in the best light? We want to maintain the social aspects, but also promote our programs. Any advice from Slashdot on how we aproach this?"
buzzardsbay writes: In a rollicking interview with eWEEK magazine, Apple guru Steve Wozniak dishes on Jobs, the iPhone and, ultimately, open source, saying: "There's always a group of people that wants to undo the forces of industry that have given us so much in terms of wealth, and there's always people who want things to be free. The open-source movement starts with those sort of people."
Woz does concede that open source has "good points that have nothing to do with whether it's free or not." And he was wearing a nixie-tube watch, so how much can you really dislike him?
LookSharp writes: After years of negotiations between studios and consumer electronics manufacturers, retailers and individuals can now burn studio movies and TV shows onto a DVD. Biggest beneficiaries are expected to be independent film and library distributors that otherwise have trouble getting their DVDs onto shelves. Could this be the start of widespread availability of "Long Tail" content in retail stores?
BotFodder writes: "Steve Jobs is reported as saying that users are happy with their shiny new (like, what, 3 months old?) iPhones. And he's so happy that they're happy, so he's dropping the price a whopping $200. Reaction to that has been lessthan "happy"."
MarkWhittington writes: "Rocketeers by Michael Belfiore is not so much a history of commercial space as it is a kind of survey of the state of affairs of the same as of about spring of 2007. If suffers a little from the stream of consciousness writing style, jumping from one subject to the other. Nevertheless it is an inspiring story about a small group of entrepreneurs who propose to open the high frontier of space for commerce, and incidentally for everyone who is not a highly paid, highly trained employee of some government."
kushboy writes: "Today when a user logs on to their Facebook account, they'll find the following notice: "Now people can search for this listing from Facebook's Welcome page. In a few weeks, it may also be found through search engines like Google." You can control your privacy settings, and disallow external search from making your profile publicly searchable. The public profile is shows is just your picture and name, and a person would still have to sign up with Facebook to contact you.
The full statement: "Since your search privacy settings are set to "Everyone," you now have a public search listing. This means that friends who aren't yet on Facebook will be able to search for you by name from our Welcome page. Public Search Listings may only include names and profile pictures.
In a few weeks, these public search listings can be found by search engines like Google. No privacy rules are changing; anyone who discovers your public search listing must register and log in to contact you via Facebook. Learn More.""
"We've long since recognized that these vehicles are very capable and resilient after three-and-a-half years on Mars," [Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineering team chief Jake] Matijevic said. "I think we probably can go on for another calendar year at least and maybe longer, too."
Computerworld has also collected a sample of some recent images from the rovers, and for the geeks out there who are really curious, there are the huge NASA repositories of all raw image files from both Spirit (100,965 images) and Opportunity (92,700 images)."
Reality Master 101 writes: "Wired has announced that a new space prize will be announced September 13th at Wired's NextFest. According to the invitation, it will be the largest space prize ever, and, "The challenge is extreme, the destination is extraordinary, the prize purse is exceptional." Teaser video here. So what will it be? Orbit? Payload on the moon?"
eldavojohn writes: "I was stumbling around on Wikipedia and came across an interesting entry entitled "The Second Space Race" (referring to the race between countries, not private enterprise). I've also have been noticing more and more recent news and articles using the phrase. But also in the news are plans for some countries to band together for parts of or all of their near future plans. Are we truly on the cusp of another space race between countries? If so, why was there such a large gap between the first space race and this one? Has the idea to privatize space exploration already failed? If this is a space race, what are the winning conditions? Colonizing the moon? Manned Mars expedition? Is this a sign that countries today are still as divided as the US and USSR were during the first race or is this just a healthy competition like the Olympics?"
Ground Glass writes: If you've been wondering what games people actually buy, here's a list of the top selling games released in America in 2006. There's plenty of charts in there as well to help make sense of the data, so you can see when people are buying games and who's making the games that are purchased. It even cross-references review scores to check on how discerning the taste of the public is.