quippe writes: Many sources report that the Russian spacecraft, launched successfully from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan earlier Tuesday, is in big trouble now after having a glitch shortly after liftoff. There is a video on youtube (credit: NASA) of the space ship spinning on itself, it doesn't look any good. Current speculation points to a bigger than expected lift by the third-stage, based on the fact that apogee is 20km higher than planned. It seems it is not posing any threat to the ISS at the moment.
quippe writes: "The world's largest coral reef — under threat from Australia's surging coal and gas shipments, climate change and a destructive starfish — is declining faster than ever and coral cover could fall to just 5 percent in the next decade, a study shows.
The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today by researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville and the University of Wollongong."
quippe writes: "Microsoft Corp will be charged for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer a choice of web browsers, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday, which could mean a hefty fine for the company
U.S.-based Microsoft's more than decade-long battle with the European Commission has already landed it with fines totaling more than a billion euros ($1.28 billion).
The Commission, which opened an investigation into the issue in July, is now preparing formal charges against the company, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said."
quippe writes: Some Windows users are greeted with a black screen of death at login, ever since they installed this month's patches. One security company thinks it has a solution. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers debate what's going on.