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Comment will this spawn a tend? (Score 1) 1

Glad to see a good neighborly act to square things.

If carried to an extreme would all flotsam re-entering get tagged as litter with fines to country or company of origin?. Could then lost toolbags, gloves, as well as heavy pieces from satellites already launched be subject to a rash of fines of meteoritic proportion possibly shutting down space programs?

On the other hand it may just cause space-faring countries to better ensure any payload and debris properly decomposes on the way down.

Now if only there was a LEO anti-littering sanction for junk stuck too long in orbit...


Submission + - ImageShack Hacked! ( 5

revjtanton writes: "Tonight a group calling themselves "Anti-Sec" hacked ImageShack and replaced many of the site's hosted images with one of their own detailing their manifesto. The group's grievance is against full-disclosure. They simply want the practice in security cirlces to end, and they've promised to cause mayhem and destruction if it doesn't.

These guys/gals are taking direct aim against a sect of the IT industry who is already armed to fight them...but they also already know that. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, whether you agree with them or not."


Submission + - NASA's Skylab $400 littering fine paid by DJ ( 1

astroengine writes: "Space Disco speaks with Californian radio DJ about his role in raising, and paying, NASA's 30-year old littering fine levied by a Western Australian town. Skylab parts fell on Esperance in 1979, but the space agency's refusal to pay $400 has resulted in an entertaining annual grudge. Now the Barstow radio DJ is guest of honor at this weekend's 30th anniversary celebrations in Oz and the two small towns at opposite ends of the Pacific will be twinned... all because Skylab had a messy re-entry..."

Comment Re:Navy's response. (Score 2, Interesting) 374

The whole move to use ever increasing strength sonar will only more quickly get those platforms found and knocked out. Passive and low noise systems to always be able to say "I see you but you don't see me" is paramount in tactics.

The sale and acceptance of these systems will only result in dead crews, dead ships and loss of sea control. Quite foolish and a waste of money.

That it adversely impacts the marine environment should further wave flags that the system puts out an abnormally high strength pulse more readily able to be heard by an approaching aggressor at distance, who then can counter.

No real bubblehead would go active to confirm to a contact, "Here I am! Come get me!"


Submission + - Democracy Now: Illegal Police Arrest in Minnesota

AZhun writes: "Under
Heard via Air America's Tom Hartman Show on Sept 2nd, about report of police raids by authorities around the Republican National Convention sweeping up 280. Amy Goodman gave brief guest interview about one raid that morning of August 31st.Democracy Now was witness to a raid on a known video documentary group. It later turned out police raiders were using a warrant issued for a different location. The Democracy Now team members in covering were roughed up and arrested while attempting to interview the property owner who initially was also being detained along with the renting visitors.

See stories related to:
Update: Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole Salazar Released After Illegal Arrest at RNC
dated: 1-Sept-2008 at Democracy Now website
See the video of Amy Goodman's Arrest:"
The Almighty Buck

Stealing From Banks One Cent at a Time 313

JRHelgeson writes "In a story strangely reminiscent of Superman 3, a 'hacker' allegedly stole over $50,000 from PayPal, Google Checkout as well as several unnamed online brokerage firms. When opening an online brokering account it is common practice for companies such as E-trade and Schwab to send a tiny payment — ranging from only a few cents to a couple of dollars — to verify that the user has access to the bank account listed. According to the story, the attacker wrote a script that opened thousands of accounts at dozens of these providers. He was arrested not for taking the money, but for using false names in order to get it."

NASA Employee Suspended For Blogging At Work 211

BobJacobsen writes "FCW has an article about a NASA employee that was suspended for blogging on government time. Seems the unnamed employee's 'politically partisan' blog entries were a violation of the Hatch Act. The article ends with a chilling quote from the government's Special Counsel in the case: 'Today, modern office technology multiplies the opportunities for employees to abuse their positions and — as in this serious case — to be penalized, even removed from their job, with just a few clicks of a mouse.'" Thing is, he was soliciting campaign donations and writing partisan stuff.

Phoenix Mars Lander Updates 138

spandex_panda writes "There are a few pictures of the Mars Lander on the ground — you can see its parachute and its heat shield a few kilometers away, too. There's a very cool looking picture of it floating down, actually captured while it's in the air with its parachute out!" We also have a YouTube video all about the robot arm that will dig down and probably find a groundhog who we all hope will see his shadow.

Submission + - Steve Ballmer Gets Egged in Budapest

AZhun writes: "The Budapest Sun Staff has a short English write up and the video of Microsoft CEO getting egged at a lecture at Budapest's Corvinus University. The demonstrator leaves without a major hassle and Ballmer sans suite coat recovers with apparent good humor. My Magyarul is not up to catch all of the comments, but the paper seems to think it might be aimed as protest to champion domestic software.

See article at "

Ancestry Surprises From New Genetics Analysis Method 223

An anonymous reader commends a recently published study involving a new way to analyze genetic variation in human populations (full article published in PLOS Genetics): "[S]cientists from Ireland, the UK and the US analysed 2,540 genetic markers in the DNA of almost 1,000 people from around the world whose genetic material had been collected by the Human Genome Diversity Project. The results include a number of surprises... the Yakut people of northern Siberia were found to have received a significant genetic contribution from the population of the Orkney Islands, which lie off the coast of Scotland... there must have been a period of gene flow from northern Europe to east Asia. The study also shed light on the peopling of the Americas, as the results suggest that the native populations of north and south America have different origins."

Submission + - IIT Bombay, Microsoft at loggerheads over OOXML (

heytal writes: "Microsoft has courted a major controversy in India by complaining to the government of India that those who voted against OOXML were working against "national interests". Prof. D. B. Phatak from IIT Bombay has raised his voice against this complaint and has demanded an apology from Microsoft. He says "... the complaints have painted these organisations and their representatives, including the Indian delegation which attended the Ballot Resolution Meeting (BRM in Geneva this February), as acting against Indian national interests. This is the most derogatory accusation to any Indian...," The letter adds: "I have a special word of thanks to the officials of Microsoft, some of whom have been personal friends for years... I, of course, still await the action from Microsoft which I have requested, viz., formal withdrawal of all complaints, and a formal apology to my institute." More details at"

Submission + - Is wine ready for prime time? (

linhares writes: "Wine is now on v.1.0rc2. From what is available at their application database page, most effort is conducted in games; but wouldn't it be more appealing, from the perspective of ordinary computer users (and hardware providers), if it were concentrating on the most used windows applications (besides office and Adobe)? The 1.0 release will eventually trigger massive attention to Linux, with the obvious, perhaps naive, mentions that it now "runs windows". I wonder whether /. users think it is ready for prime time, and whether that kind of attention might eventually backlash?"
Linux Business

Submission + - Phoenix Landing - Open Source makes it to Mars! ( 1

ruphus13 writes: With the landing of Phoenix on Mars, OSS made its way to Mars too. From the article, "the amount of software coordination and lack of commercial software geared to the aerospace industry continues to make custom software necessary for almost every mission. Linux, the gcc compiler, visualization libraries and more have allowed NASA to expand the capabilities of their missions beyond their greatest expectations." The OSS community should be proud!

Journal Journal: Autistic Child Forced Out of Kindergarten By "Popular Vote"

Just when you thought Florida could be trusted to elect ANYTHING again, a Kindergarten Teacher in Port St. Lucie has had a 5-year old child in the process of being diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome voted out of the class after ordering every other student to tell the boy what they hate about him while he stood up at the front of the class. Since the vote, the child has not returned to the sc
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Happy Towel Day! (

xvjau writes: Towel Day is celebrated every May 25 as a tribute by fans of the late author Douglas Adams. The commemoration was first held in 2001, two weeks after his death on May 11, 2001. On this day, fans carry a towel with them during the day to demonstrate their participation and mourning of the author. The towel is a reference to Adams's popular science fiction comedy series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

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