adosch writes: The Landsat Data Continuity Mission is now in orbit, after launching Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. After about three months of testing, the U.S. Geological Survey will take control and the mission, renamed Landsat 8, will extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture.
adosch writes: The latest lockout antics are ancient history, preseason brawls are over and America's number one sport is back in action. Football uses a lot of interesting technology that we take for granted, and in this article I'll answer the question, how the heck do they get that yellow first-down line on the field?
adosch writes: Having such wide-spread publicity from an iTunes application release such as 'BubbleBall' is definitely nothing new, but what about the learning about the facts behind the development? Although the fascination of an 8th grader developing an app was mighty intriguing, but knowing he authored it using pre-canned mobile application development frameworks, like Corona begs the question, "Has application and software development started to lose it's magnitude in today's technology world?" I do applaud the youngster's efforts and determination, but what does this mean for the future of software development and fundamentals?
adosch writes: CNN reports that, "Suspicious packages found in at least two locations abroad that were bound for the United States "apparently contain explosive material," President Barack Obama said Friday, calling the discovery "a credible threat against our country." In the apparent article, there are very close-up photography taken of the supposed circuit board and explosive material that accompanied the package, with what appears to be a possible cellular and GPS microcontroller driven devices. What are your speculations?
adosch writes: By pure human stupidity, I accidentally left my phone on a table in a well-known restaurant in a bigger airport. Within 10 minutes of it being out of my possession, and minutes before my flight was going to take off without me, I was granted permission by the plane personnel to go back to look for my phone quickly since the restaurant was right by our gate. My table was quickly occupied by another person, so I asked them along with the the waitress, bus boy and manager if anyone had picked up the phone or saw one. All the answers were no.
Now that I have landed at home, I have called my phone several times and it will ring fully until it hits my voice mail. What is surprising, is my phone dialed back the phone I was calling from but no one would saying anything. My question to the community is, since I'm operating in such a short window of opportunity, what is the best way to try and get my phone back or track it down? It's an LG Env Touch. I'm a technical savvy guy, but never power-used my phone other than calling or text messaging.
adosch writes: Newzbin.com, a very popular British Usenet indexing website notable for its introduction of the XML-based.nzb file and search techniques that aid users by facilitating access to content on Usenet, has officially taken it's site and services down for good. A close insider source reports on this blog. With the legal system taking down Newzbin.com, will this be the end of.nzb technology as we know it?
adosch writes: "Google Inc. said an internal investigation has discovered that the roving vans the company uses to create its online mapping services were mistakenly collecting data about websites people were visiting over wireless networks." In Google's own defense, they replied, "It's now clear that we have been mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) Wi-Fi networks, even though we never used that data in any Google products." Google said it has been "mistakenly" collecting and keeping the data since around 2007. Was this the method behind the madness of 'Streetview' all along?
adosch writes: Official photos released today to the media show the USS Farragut destruction and mayhem imposed on a pirate ship that attacked a Sierra Leone-flagged tanker this week in the Somali Basin. However, I can't help myself to notice how unrealistic the photo looks at first glance, not to mention, there's good chance someone from the tanker took it, but the way the image layers look, it looks almost superimposed in places. Another striking question: where are the 'other' photos that claimed to have been taken? Could this be a digital pro-military propaganda attempt by the U.S. military?