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PaisteUser (810863) writes "NBC News writes: America's most powerful rocket launched a robotic test version of NASA's Orion deep-space capsule on its first flight on Friday, a day after a series of snags forced a scrub of the first attempt. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had to be postponed on Thursday — at first due to gusty winds, and later due to a balky fuel valve. But on Friday, no technical issues or weather snags got in the way of an on-time 7:05 a.m. ET launch, even though the clouds were thick over Florida's Space Coast.
"Liftoff at dawn! The dawn of Orion, for a new era of American space exploration!" launch commentator Mike Curie said as the rocket blasted through the clouds just after sunrise.
PaisteUser (810863) writes "CNN writes: "A new atomic clock, so accurate it will lose or gain only one second every 300 million years, was unveiled Thursday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.
The NIST-F2 had been in development for about a decade and is three times more accurate than the F1, which has been in use since 1999. The institute will continue operating both clocks for now at its campus in Boulder, Colorado."" Link to Original Source top
PaisteUser (810863) writes "A blog at ZDnet writes: The New York Attorney General’s office today accused chip maker Intel of engaging in “a worldwide, systematic campaign of illegal conduct,” including paying kickbacks and threatening computer makers, and filed federal antitrust charges against it." Link to Original Source top
PaisteUser (810863) writes "ZDnet reports that Verizon Wireless and Google said Tuesday that they will partner to co-develop a bevy of Android-based devices. The terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but the companies are looking to create innovative devices "pre-loaded with innovative applications from both parties as well as third-party developers."" Link to Original Source top
Obama backs Extension to Spy Provisions in the Pat
PaisteUser (810863) writes "Wired is reporting that President Obama is okay with renewing three provisions of the Patriot act that are expiring. "The Obama administration has told Congress it supports renewing three provisions of the Patriot Act due to expire at yearâ(TM)s end, measures making it easier for the government to spy within the United States.
In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said the administration might consider âoemodificationsâ to the act in order to protect civil liberties.
âoeThe administration is willing to consider such ideas, provided that they do not undermine the effectiveness of these important authorities,â Ronald Weich, assistant attorney general, wrote to Leahy, (.pdf) whose committee is expected to consider renewing the three expiring Patriot Act provisions next week. The government disclosed the letter Tuesday."" Link to Original Source top
PaisteUser writes "Canada.com is reporting: 'If you want to buy one of the new 3G iPhones this Friday, don't bother going to an Apple store.
Unlike the United States where consumers could buy iPhones at Apple retailers as well as through the wireless carrier AT&T that carries the phones, in Canada consumers will have to buy from a Rogers Wireless or Fido retailer or one of the company's authorized resellers.'" Link to Original Source top
PaisteUser (810863) writes "An MSNBC.com article writes that Charter Communications Inc. is dropping plans to track the Web usage of some high-speed Internet subscribers, citing concerns raised by customers, the company said Tuesday.
In May, Charter announced a pilot program in four markets aimed at producing enough information for advertisers to target online ads for individual customers based on their viewing habits. But the St. Louis-based company said in a statement that some customers have raised concerns, so the program will be canceled before it begins." Link to Original Source top
Nvidia Drivers causing 30% of Vista Crashes in '07
PaisteUser writes "The guys over at Ars Technica posted an article discussing how an estimated 30% of Vista crashes in 2007 were caused by Nvidia Drivers. From the article, "According to Microsoft's own included documentation, the widespread reports of NVIDIA Vista driver issues were by no means exaggerated during Vista's first months."" Link to Original Source