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Submission + - Mars One: Privately Funded Settlement Project (

flnca writes: Gizmag recently reported about MarsOne, the first privately funded Mars settlement project: "The first people to colonize Mars might be reality TV show contestants. No, this is not a joke — it's a tremendously ambitious, eyebrow-raising plan devised by Dutch company Mars One. Next year, the company aims to select several teams of four astronauts each, and the public will be the final judge as to which team will get the ticket for a (one-way!) seven-month trip to the Red Planet in 2023."

Submission + - Microsoft Kills Off Windows API Programming ( 1

flnca writes: When I tried to tinker with Visual C++ Express 2010 today, I noticed that the online help system doesn't contain the Windows API programming chapters anymore. This makes it impossible to develop applications for Windows in C or C++ using the Windows API. I figure that's a move by Microsoft to discourage programmers from using it and urging them to move to .NET development.

Submission + - Alien Invasion in the USA!!! ( 1

flnca writes: On Thursday, not long after midnight, Bostoners were in for a surprise when they saw a huge spacecraft hovering in the night sky. According to early reports and eye witnesses, the craft has begun launching capsules that were seen landing around Essex and Norfolk. Local radio stations and police advised citizens to remain calm and stay in their homes until the situation is under control. The National Guard has been called in for help. If you see any alien craft within your area, please stay calm and inform the local authorities. CNN had some footage up on here but apparently it has been deleted for whatever reason.

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