19061969 writes: The BBC reports that a Boeing 787 Dreamliner caught fire in Boston. Carter Leake, an analyst at BB&T Capital Markets in Virginia, said, "I don't want to be an alarmist, but onboard fires on airplanes are as bad as it gets." This represents bad news for Boeing especially after the FAA identified errors in the assembly of fuel line couplings in the Dreamliner.
19061969 writes: The Pacific Island of Niue is to issue a set of commemorative Star Wars coins that will be legal tender there. "A collection of four silver $2 coins costs NZ$469 (Â£240) while silver-plated $1 coins cost NZ$23.50 (Â£12) each." but hurry because only 7,500 of the silver and 50,000 of the silver-plated coins will be produced and should be available from November.
19061969 writes: Bucking the trend for heavy-weight SUVs, a mayor in the Philippines has commissioned a range of bamboo vehicles. According to the blurb, the taxis also run on coconut biodiesel, even have a stereo sound system and help the local economy by being largely locally produced. Is this the future of mass transportation?
19061969 writes: Raph Levien, the founder and organiser of Advogato has decided to take the site offline for the free software community resource site and trust metric testbed. Having one of the first blog facilities and aggregators (the recentlog), the site also featured articles of varying quality from interviews with Donald Knuth, seeing the development of popular projects like Bittorrent, and lots of recent spam from China. Mr Leviens reasoning for the stop is that the site has "...filled its purpose of demonstrating the trust metric ideas, which was the original purpose of the site."