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John Carmack To Cut Space Tourism Prices 50% 185

An anonymous reader writes "Looks like John Carmack, through Armadillo Aerospace, will be battling Burt Rutan and Richard Branson to make space travel affordable. From the article: 'Space Adventures is going to use an Armadillo Technologies rocket to launch amateur astronauts 62 miles into the sky. Nothing new, except that they will do it at half the price of Virgin Galactic's ticket, and in a real rocket!' Perhaps I'll visit space, after all."

Comment It's not just Bing... (Score 1) 315

It's not just Bing that lit the fire under Google that helped make this happen, Facebook is actually their most potent threat - wrote about it here. They're challenging Google for ad revenue, for search, for email, the list goes on. I saw some pretty compelling discussion on Twitter speculating about how long till Facebook comes out with their own browser.

So the question I have is, will we see a Facebook superbowl ad next year?

Comment Love the story, thought it was a dupe/old but... (Score 1) 149

I read this and thought, haven't I seen this before? But no, apparently The Telegraph published a similar story in 2008 about another gentleman, living in england, who has also taken some amazing space photographs from his "garden shed." - interesting.

Comment Re:Try to give them help and this is what they get (Score 1) 265

Right - communications off island provided by Ericsson? I don't think so. That and hams aren't trying to provide emergency communications forever- fundamentally they really are just there because they have radios and they hear people asking for help- if you had one and you heard someone asking for help would you respond? That's how it goes and that's basically how amateur radio helps out in disasters. Ham radios are everywhere - when disaster strikes the closest working radio is fired up and whoever hears the call from that radio on the other side does whatever they can do to help the person making the call. It's that simple.

Comment Jon St. John's Duke Nukem outtakes (Score 3, Funny) 195

I just have to share this here - if you are a Duke Nukem fan... or really if you are just a fan of 'the funnay' then be sure to visit 3D Realms' Duke Nukem outtakes collection page: (note, it says realplayer is required by they also have .wav links)

Comment Alien Swarm: Infested (Score 1) 100

Congrats to The Nameless Mod team, the mod (well, now a full retail game in development) I'm really looking forward to is Alien Swarm: Infested - been in development since 2005 - - I played the UT2004 total conversion mod back in the day and it was AWESOME.

Bring it on! (also DNF)

Comment Turns out the area may not have been covered (Score 1) 356

According to this post it doesn't look like we were looking in the right place:

"I was involved in the mturk search for Fossett last fall and saved all of those overlays we were using. None of the ones I saved cover the area where the Fossett items were recently discovered near Minaret Lake/Minaret Mine. All of the overhead imagery covered areas further to the north of Mammoth."


Submission + - Wii Virtual Console games can be updated later on

Wowzer writes: "According to the Q&A section of Wii Shop Channel, game developers can update already released Virtual Console games free of charge. From the article: "The 'Update' button indicates there are enhancements for the game. If you have already downloaded the game, you may select 'Update' to download." We need to get a message across to Nintendo that as an update we want Virtual Console games (NES, Turbografx-16, Genesis, SNES and N64) that have local multiplayer to allow online multiplayer play with the friends on your Wii buddy list. Picture Bomberman, Mario Kart, Secret of Mana, Donkey Kong Country, Street Fighter II, Super Smash Bros."

Submission + - When will the rest of us be able to buy a Wii?

An anonymous reader writes: The Wii and PS3 consoles look pretty neat. However, I'm a grad student so I have neither the time to wait in lines nor the money to eBay a console. Does anyone have any solid strategies to buy one despite these constraints? How long until "the rest of us" will be able to just walk into a store and buy one?

Submission + - Making the wireless Wii sensor bar

Brian Moore writes: "I recently realized through a couple of videos and explanations that the Nintendo Wii's sensor bar actually does no sensing at all. Actually, it does quite the opposite and solely sends an IR signal to be read by the Wii's remote. I realized therein that a wireless "sensor bar" could easily be made with just a couple IR LEDs, a power source (4 AA batteries), and something (albeit ugly) to keep it all together. Thus, the DIY wireless Wii sensor bar was born. This helps those users with their image being far away from the Wii where the normal sensor bar cannot reach, such as the case with projector owners. There's also a short video explaining the process. Enjoy!"

Submission + - Didn't get a Wii? Watch some one who did!

h8s2Loose writes: "Like many people your sitting at home wishing to be playing on one of the new next gen consoles. Well there are kind people like this guy. Who will be playing Wii until the 26th only sleeping four hours out of every day and only taking breaks to go pee or run the random errand for his parents. Credit goes to Shawn Hogan for finding this."

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