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PhreakOfTime writes: http://www.spaceweather.com/ ROCKET EXPLOSION: What was it? It was a mystery for almost 24 hours until satellite expert Daniel Deak matched the trajectory of the plume in Palmer's photo with the orbit of a derelict rocket booster — "a Briz-M, catalog number 28944." One year ago, the Briz-M sat atop a Russian Proton rocket that left Earth on Feb. 28, 2006, carrying an Arabsat-4A communications satellite. Shortly after launch, the rocket malfunctioned, leaving the satellite in the wrong orbit and the Briz-M looping around Earth partially-filled with fuel. On Feb. 19, 2007, for reasons unknown, the fuel tanks ruptured over Australia.

Submission + - iTunes going to Peer-to-Peer approach?

AlexJTanner writes: "I talked about this in Episode One but I thought we could discuss it in the forums as well. My sources inside Apple tell me that iTunes may be switching to a P2P approach for distributing music. I was told that you may be rewarded on the amount that you seed. Example, for every 500 mb. you upload you could get a free song. I really could care less what they do for distributing music. What I care about is if they will allow podcasters to take advantage of this technology. It could sure lower the bandwidth bills of podcasters. Any Thoughts? NOTE: The 500 mb. thing is just a made up example I don't know what the real amount you would have to upload to get a free song http://www.slightlyunstable.org/phpbb/viewtopic.ph p?p=28#28"

Submission + - Ex-judge Gets 27 Months on Evidence from Hacked PC

netbsd_fan writes: A former California judge has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for possession of illegal pornography, based entirely on evidence gathered by an anonymous vigilante script kiddie in Canada. At any given time he was monitoring over 3,000 innocent people: "I would stay up late at night to see what I could drag out of their computers, which turned out to be more than I expected. I could read all of their e-mails without them knowing. As far as they were concerned, they didn't know their e-mails had even been opened. I could see who they were chatting with and read what they were saying as they typed."

Submission + - Contracts required for training dollars?

Rev Cacher writes: Since certifications make you more valuable, it seems reasonable that a company would want to protect their investment in your education. Does your company require that you sign an agreement to stay there for a certain period of time prior to sending you to certification classes? What is a reasonable time? Does it depend on how much is being spent on the class, such as you must stay for X months for every $1000 spent on you?

Submission + - Demystify C's greatest difficulty memory debugging

An anonymous reader writes: Memory errors in C and C++ programs are bad: they're common, and they can have serious consequences. Many of the gravest security notices from the Computer Emergency Response Team are simple memory errors. Many of today's C and C++ coders seem to regard memory errors as uncontrollable and mysterious afflictions from which one can only recover, not prevent. It's not so. This article shows that it's possible to understand all the essentials of good memory-related coding.

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