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Submission + - The future of NASA (

Amiralul writes: In the current climate, as the new US budget plan forces the Constellation project to shut down and handle the LEO space business to private sector, what is the purpose of NASA in the foreseeable future? For the first time, NASA doesn't have even a planned vehicle to allow astronauts to reach Earth's orbit (since space shuttles are scheduled for retirement this year), nor does it have any future manned exploration plans for Moon, Mars and beyond. As manned spaceflight will probably fade-out soon, as private corporates lacks the resources and reasons to fund a mission to the Moon or Mars, what is the purpose of NASA, as a standalone agency? US Army could take over existing satellites maintenance and future launches, since Obama administration doesn't think beyond LEO. No launch vehicle for human missions, no new rockets planned, no roadmap for returning crews on the Moon, no planned Mars expedition for the foreseeable future, so why what's the purpose of NASA these days?

Submission + - Google ignoring users of Gmail over ActiveSync

An anonymous reader writes:

Google has ignored requests to either move messages that are marked "Deleted" on any ActiveSync-enabled client to the Trash or label it with a label of their choice if they don't want users deleting messages. I personally find it outrageous that they are trying to dictate how we manage our mailboxes. This has been an ongoing request for five months and we know the technology has the desired functionality, in fact they went out of their way to change that default functionality. If they don't want us deleting messages that is fine, but at least make it an option so that we decide when a message gets archived or moved to the trash.

Hopefully the weight of the community can help persuade Google to take this issue more seriously.

Submission + - Breakthrough Grows Graphene on Silicon Substrate (

eldavojohn writes: A new paper entitled Epitaxial Graphene on Silicon toward Graphene-Silicon Fusion Electronics published by a group of physicists at Tohoku University in Japan has demonstrated that they can grow graphene on a silicon substrate and pair that technique with conventional lithography to create a graphene-on-silicon field effect transistor. For quite sometime we've been discussing the supermaterial graphene being used like silicon improving everything from memory density to transistors. Given this demonstration, are we witnessing the start of a new era in electronics or are there more hurdles to clear before the manufacturers adopt this fabrication process and embrace graphene?

Submission + - How Safe Is Cloud Computing Really? ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Cloud computing has been touted as the perfect solution for our increasingly mobile life-style — everything we need is always online and always accessible. The occasional warnings from security professionals about the need to ascertain the safety of the information in the cloud were taken in stride and responded with a too easily given avowal: "Trust us. It's safe. We have experts that will resolve any problem." The latest attack on Google proves that no matter how many times one repeats the "It's safe" mantra, it won't make it so. What do you think? Is it time to move to the cloud?

Submission + - What early iPhone skepticism teaches us about iPad (

harrymcc writes: In January, 2007 Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone, and numerous pundits (most of who hadn't touched one) immediately dismissed it and said it would fail miserably. As we read predictions about the iPad, it's worth reflecting on why so many smart people failed to anticipate the iPhone's tremendous impact on the phone market.

Submission + - Why Has No One Made A Great Gaming Phone? 1

andylim writes: According to Engadget, John Koller, Sony’s head of PlayStation marketing, recently said that "Apple's entrance into the portable gaming space has been a net positive for Sony. When people want a deeper, richer console, they start playing on a PSP." What's odd though is that everyone knows that the mobile phone gaming market is a huge and yet neither Sony nor Nintendo has made a gaming phone yet. thinks that Nokia could enter the space with PSP-like devices and it has come up with a concept phone called the Ovi Orion, which would bridge the gap between phone and console, "If the iPhone is Wii, then Ovi Orion would be Xbox and offer Xbox Live style features. A serious gaming phone for serious gamers."

Submission + - Nokia N900 Linux smartphone running OS X 10.3 (

Rovaani writes: (via The Nokia Blog). Here is a video of a Nokia N900 smartphone running the full desktop Mac OS X 10.3 From the author, Tomi Nikkanen: "I believe this makes the N900 the first smartphone EVER to run the full version of Mac OS X (at any speed, slow or otherwise). As you can see from the heavily edited video, it took almost 2 hours to reach the "About my Mac..." window. Keep your eye on the time display as that will give you an impression of just how uselessly slow it is. "

Submission + - (C)'s Not Asserted Against Comic Book Infringers ( 1

That Guy Over There writes: An empirical look at comic book infringement, and the reasons publishers have to pursue or not to pursue the infringers of their books, and the content products based on their characters (movies, commercial goods, etc.).

Submission + - Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video ( 1

longacre writes: An amateur video of the 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger explosion has been made public for the first time. The Florida man who filmed it from his front yard on his new Betamax camcorder turned the tape over to an educational organization a week before he died this past December. The Space Exploration Archive has since published the video into the public domain in time for the 24th anniversary of the catastrophe. Despite being shot from about 70 miles from Cape Canaveral, the shuttle and the explosion can be seen quite clearly. It is unclear why he never shared the footage with NASA or the media. NASA officials say they were not aware of the video, but are interested in examining it now that it has been made available.

Submission + - Roman Army Knife predates Swiss by 1800 years ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: The Daily Mail describes an "intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD... made from silver but has an iron blade. It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick. Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails." But is it a Roman Army Knife, or an Army Knife of Rome?

Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."
It's funny.  Laugh.

The Hard Drive Is Inside the Computer 876

davidmwilliams writes "Those of us who work in technology have a jargon all of our very own. We know the difference between CPUs and GPUs, between SSD and HD, let alone HD and SDTV! Yet, our users are flat out calling everything 'the hard drive.' Why is it so?" As much as I hate to admit it, this particular thing drives me nuts. You don't call the auto shop and tell them that your engine is broken when your radio breaks!

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