It's the tripnaut! writes: Reuters reports that "Japan aims to develop a prototype drone fighter jet in two decades with private sector help in a technology strategy that focuses on weapons communications and lasers".
It's the tripnaut! writes: The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the US, at least temporarily as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with measures that don’t cause the entire internet to shut down in protest.
But one country has already moved ahead with similar legislation. The government of the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which on the surface, as usual, sounds perfectly well-intentioned. But when you read the actual contents of what’s been deemed “cybercrime,” SOPA’s proposed censorship sounds downright lax by comparison.
It's the tripnaut! writes: Richard Branson has just revealed that he intends to build a vessel capable of exploring some of the deepest parts of the oceans around the world. The article further states: "The sub, which was designed by Graham Hawkes, weighs 8,000 lbs and is made of carbon fiber and titanium. It has an operating depth of 37,000 ft and can operate for 24 hours 'unaided.'"
It's the tripnaut! writes: According to the BBC, a recent study revealed that 'The more TV a toddler watches, the higher the likelihood they will do badly at school and have poor health at the age of 10.'
It's the tripnaut! writes: The Daily Telegraph has posted an article stating that 'Professor Simon Conway Morris at Cambridge University will tell a conference on alien life that extraterrestrials will most likely have evolved just like "earthlings" and so resemble us to a degree with heads, limbs and bodies.' They also add a cautionary note that 'Unfortunately they will have also evolved our foibles and faults which could make them dangerous if they ever did visit us on Earth.'
It's the tripnaut! writes: "The BBC reports that Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around 'as high as a kite', a government official has said. 'The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,' says Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania. 'Then they crash,' she added."
It's the tripnaut! writes: Information Week has posted prices for Windows 7. From the article: 'The full version of Windows 7 Home Premium is priced at $199, with an upgrade from Vista or XP costing $119. The full version of Windows 7 Professional is $299, with upgrades going for $199. Windows 7 Ultimate is priced at $319, with the upgrade version at $219.' In a nod to the global economic downturn, it is interesting to note that prices are 10% lower than Vista.
It's the tripnaut! writes: "Taiwan's China Post reports 'A strong earthquake off Taiwan's southern coast damaged undersea cables, cutting off phone and Internet service Wednesday to parts of China, South Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia and the United States, companies said. The temblor killed two people.
Repairing the cables harmed by Tuesday's 6.7-magnitude quake could take three weeks but 'quality will improve day by day,' said Lin Jen-hung, vice general manager of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Taiwan's largest phone company.'"
It's the tripnaut! writes: The BBC reports that
'A private US space rocket which blasted off from a site in New Mexico malfunctioned before it reached space, organisers have said.'
With the previous successes gained through privately-funded space programs, it should be noted that failures are to be expected, although it is hoped that these are limited to the unmanned variety.
It's the tripnaut! writes: BBC News reports that Papyrus is under the opinion that 'The (UK) government should make it illegal for internet sites to incite or advise people on how to commit suicide.' The article already states that the UK government is thinking of ways to address this problem, although it is not entirely specific on how it will enforce any law other than through the cooperation of local ISP's.