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Comment Re:Want to know why they'll NEVER be honest with y (Score 1) 481

BULLSH. Most special access programs are solely for the purpose of avoiding oversight. There is NO oversight on the money going into special access programs. Tens of thousand of people have seen the stealth blimp and the only reason to keep it secret at this point is to conceal the monies being spent on the program from public scrutiny. If people have seen it, there is a web page about it, then sure as hell our adversaries know about it. Lets end the top secret bullsh*t.

Denver Rejects UFO Agency To Track Aliens 80

Republicans weren't the only ones to win big yesterday. Aliens in The Mile-High City can breathe easier thanks to voters rejecting a plan to officially track them. From the article: "The proposal defeated soundly Tuesday night would have established a commission to track extraterrestrials. It also would have allowed residents to post their observations on Denver's city Web page and report sightings." Let the anonymous probings begin!
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Buried By The Brigade At Digg 624

Slashdot regular Bennett Haselton writes in with an essay on a subject we've dealt with internally at Slashdot for years: user abuses of social news... this time at Digg. He starts "Alternet uncovers evidence of a 'bury brigade' coordinating efforts to 'bury' left-leaning stories on Digg. Digg had previously announced that the 'bury' button will be removed from the next version of their site, to prevent these types of abuses, but that won't fix the real underlying issue — you can show mathematically that artificially promoting stories is just as harmful in the long run. Here's a simple fix that would address the real problem."

Submission + - This giant UFO isnt from space. Its from the USA (

kraemer writes: For the last 30 years people in the USA and all over the world have witnessed the same massive lumbering triangle and were left in awe in its dazzling wake. The mainstream media has never really put all the puzzle pieces together, until now. This investigate piece chronicles the history of this secret craft and its Department of Defense origins.

Submission + - Hubble Confirms Asteroid Collision (

astroengine writes: "100 million miles from Earth, in the asteroid belt, a strange object appeared (called P/2010 A2). At first it was assumed to be a rare comet-asteroid hybrid, but there was another theory: it could be an unprecedented asteroid collision. Requesting observing time on the Hubble Space Telescope, David Jewitt (UCLA) zoomed in on P/2010 A2 capturing high resolution photos. This mysterious object could be aftermath of the first hypervelocity asteroid collision ever witnessed."

Submission + - Natural carbon crystals found--harder than diamond (

HikingStick writes: "The science desk at just published a report that a new, naturally occurring form of carbon has been found in a meteorite fragment. From the article:

"researchers were polishing a slice of the carbon-rich Havero meteorite that fell to Earth in Finland in 1971. When they then studied the polished surface they discovered carbon-loaded spots that were raised well above the rest of the surface — suggesting that these areas were harder than the diamonds used in the polishing paste...graphite layers were shocked and heated enough to create bonds between the layers — which is exactly how humans manufacture diamonds, Chen explained.

"Ferroir's team took the next step and put the diamond-resistant crystals under the scrutiny of some very rigorous mineralogical analyzing instruments to learn how its atoms are lined up. That allowed them to confirm that they had, indeed, found a new "phase" or polymorph of crystalline carbon as well as a type of diamond that had been predicted to exist decades ago, but had never been found in nature until now.""


The Upside of the NASA Budget 283

teeks99 writes "There are a lot of articles circulating about the new changes to the NASA budget, but this one goes into some of the details. From what I'm seeing, it looks great — cutting off the big, expensive, over-budget stuff and allowing a whole bunch of important and revolutionary programs to get going: commercial space transportation; keeping the ISS going (now that we've finally got it up and running); working on orbital propellant storage (so someday we can go off to the far flung places); automated rendezvous and docking (allowing multiple, smaller launches, which then form into one large spacecraft in orbit). Quoting: 'NASA is out of the business of putting people into low-earth orbit, and doesn't see getting back in to it. The Agency now sees its role as doing interesting things with people once they get there, hence its emphasis on in-orbit construction, heavy lift capabilities, and resource harvesting hardware. Given budgetary constraints and the real issues with the Constellation program, none of that is necessarily unreasonable.'"

Gaining Root Access On Linux-Based Femtocells 102

viralMeme writes "According to the Register, 'Security researchers have turned their attention to femtocells, and have discovered that gaining root on the tiny mobile base stations isn't as hard as one might hope.' One of the researchers said, 'After hours of sniffing traffic, changing IP address ranges, guessing passwords and investigating hardware pinouts, we had obtained root access on these Linux-based cellular-based devices, which piqued our curiosity [about] the security implications.' Whoever designed these devices should be sent back to computer school. An authentication device that can be bypassed is a contradiction in terms. Or, as some pen-pusher would put it in a report: an unantipicated security excursion.

Dying Man Shares Unseen Challenger Video 266

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 + - America has a Star Destroyer!!! (

kraemer writes: They even painted it black to match Darth Vader. No really, they actually painted it black so people wouldn't see it. Except thousands of people keep seeing it. Maybe it would help if the DoD would quit flying it over major cities? Slashdotters can you help solve the mystery of where they park these things during the day???
First Person Shooters (Games)

id Software Announces Doom 4 425

spoco2 writes "The id Software site has announced that work has begun on the next sequel to their most famous game, Doom. Will they be able to resurrect the series after what many considered to be a serious misstep with Doom 3? Oh... and they're hiring for the team, so maybe you can steer them in the right direction?"

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