54mc writes: "The financial times reports that Japan is preparing to launch what they hope to be the first successful solar sail craft to Venus. Dubbed Ikaros for interplanetary kite-craft accelerated by radiation of the sun, it hopes to be a forerunner for another solar sail powered vehicle to Jupiter later this decade.
I thought 2010 was supposed to be the year we made contact with Jupiter, but I can settle for 2020."
54mc writes: "Mass Effect 2 has found a way to profit from those gamers who might be considering buying the game used. New copies of the game will include a code for free access to some DLC. When a player buys the game used, the old code will not work, and they will have to pay for a new one.
Finally, someone's found a way to take some wind out of the sails of Gamestop. It'll be interesting to see how the pricing on used copies of Mass Effect 2 compare with the prices of other used games, and to see if other games will follow suit."
54mc writes: "Crunchgear reports that Microsoft's long-searched for forensics tool, COFEE has been leaked. The tool started on a small private tracker, but has since worked it's way to The Pirate Bay. Not all those who have got ahold of it are enthused, and reviews have ranged from "disappointing" to "useless." From the article:you have absolutely no use for the program. It’s not something like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro, an expensive application that you download for the hell of it on the off-chance you need to put Dave Meltzer’s face on Brett Hart’s body as part of a message board thread. No, COFEE is 100 percent useless to you. "
54mc writes: "Glen Beck today revealed what a close inspection of the End User License Agreement for the CARS system contains. From the EULA, "This application provides access to the DoT CARS system. When logged on to the CARS system, your computer is considered a Federal computer system and is the property of the U.S. Government." The EULA goes on to include other specific aspects of what exactly belongs to the computer.Will this be yet another issue for the already troubled system?
This is of course, yet another example of EULAs that no one reads going way too far."
54mc writes: "The Associated Press reports today that the newest update for the Palm Pre will again allow it to connect to Apple's iTunes. Apple had recently removed such capability, and they seem to be set on not allowing it to continue. Has a Palm/Apple cat and mouse game begun?"
54mc writes: "Shack News reports that developer 3D Realms has closed up shop. 3D Realms has been developing the now infamous Duke Nukem Forever for the past 13 years. Development of the Duke Nukem trilogy of handheld games will continue, with the first title, Critical Mass hitting shelves in September."
54mc writes: "In the first breach of the tremendous security involving this year's Olympic games, a Korean reporter secretly filmed a rehearsal of the opening ceremonies. The video has already been banned on all Chinese websites, and entirely removed from youTube. According to the report, the opening ceremony alone will cost China $300 million and feature over 100,000 performers."
54mc writes: "A small group in Santa Fe, New Mexico is claiming that the city is discriminating against them by having wireless networks in public buildings. How are these buildings discriminatory? Simple. These people are allergic to Wi-Fi. And they're suing the city.
Linked article includes interview with tin-foil-hat wearing leader of the group."
54mc writes: "The Boston Globe Reports that the FCC has asked the Supreme Court to consider it's newest decency rules. The specific rule in question regards "fleeting expletives," most recently and famously a problem when Bono proclaimed that winning a Golden Globe Award was "F*cking brilliant!""
54mc writes: "The Houston Police Department was seen testing an unmanned aircraft in a secretive meeting on Wednesday. The media were not allowed into the event due to the testing nature of the project, however they were told that the aircraft would be used for "mobility" and "tactical" issues, and possibly even for writing traffic tickets. The full story is here, complete with pictures and video."
54mc writes: "Oink.cd, A popular, yet exclusive bittorrent tracker has gone down. TorrentFreak reports that the servers were raided and seized by agents working under IFPI. The new homepage indicates that the IFPI will be conducting an investigation into the identities and activities of the users of the site. TorrentFreak also points out that IFPI has threated such before, but nothing has ever come of it."
54mc writes: "In the latest in a series of iPhone unlocking stories, CNN reports that a group of anonymous hackers have successfully unlocked the iPhone via software. From the story: " 'It's completely software hacked,' Schulte said. 'There's no case opening required. It's not required to do any kind of disassembly.' It took Schulte about two minutes to unlock the iPhone."
Could this be the beginning of the end of AT&T's monopoly on the so-called JesusPhone?"