gubers33 writes "Dell has signed an agreement to acquire thin-client hardware and software company Wyse Technology, to expand its desktop virtualization offerings, Dell said Monday. Instead of running the desktop OS and applications on a PC, the virtual desktop exists only in a virtual machine on a server. In some environments, this allows enterprises to more efficiently and securely manage their users and devices, according to Dell. By acquiring Wyse, Dell gets both hardware and software it can integrate with its own products to offer more complete packages." Link to Original Source top
Space Headin' Out: NASA Aims for Jupiter, Mars and
gubers33 writes "Like pretty much every other agency in the government, NASA is likely to be hurting for money over the next few years. The end of the Space Shuttle program, which comes with Atlantis' final flight next month, will free up some cash. But at best, NASA's budget will be flat in 2012, and given the mood in Congress, "at best" isn't something to count on. And thanks to the cost overruns plaguing the yet-to-be-launched James Webb Space Telescope, the agency's science programs are especially vulnerable to cuts.
But that's down the road. For now, things are positively hopping at the Kennedy Space Center. Last week, a brand-new Mars rover, named Curiosity, arrived at Cape Canaveral to be prepared for launch this coming November. But long before that — as early as August 5, if conditions are right — a new probe called Juno will be on its way to Jupiter, followed by the GRAIL mission in September, designed to study the Moon's gravity field in unprecedented detail.
gubers33 writes ""Steve Jobs is back to work. He is at Apple a few days a week and working from home the other days," Apple spokesman Steve Dowling said. "We're glad to have him back."
Dowling would not comment further on specifics.
Jobs's return may do little to quell the tech community's obsession with his health and future role at the hip tech company. Bloggers and tech-news writers are asking many questions about Jobs' return, including: Would Apple be fine without its famous chief executive? What does Jobs' health mean for Apple stock? And why has Jobs' health been such a drooled-over story?
Jobs, a 54-year-old pancreatic cancer survivor, had a liver transplant about two months ago. Apple, maker of the iPhone, iPods and Mac computers, had remained mum on Jobs' status except to repeat, over and over, that Jobs would return to work by the end of June." Link to Original Source top
gubers33 writes "WASHINGTON — When Capt. Chesley B. Sullenberger III spoke to the 150 passengers of US Airways Flight 1549 on the La Guardia runway on the afternoon of Jan. 15, he remarked what a nice day it was to fly. And soon after they took off, he remarked to his co-pilot, Jeffrey B. Skiles, "What a view of the Hudson today."
In retrospect, those words, released in the full transcript from the air traffic control of the fateful flight during Tuesday's hearings by the National Transportation Safety Board , were prophetic. The aircraft, an A320 Airbus, struck Canada geese at 2,700 feet, within 1 minute 37 seconds after takeoff, and Captain Sullenberger told the air traffic controller that "we lost thrust in both engines."
Despite initiating the engine's restart program immediately and examining his options for landing at a nearby airport, Captain Sullenberger was forced a few minutes later to issue the now familiar calm, clipped words signaling that he was ditching the plane in the river: "We're going to be in the Hudson."" Link to Original Source top
gubers33 writes "Security start-up Dasient is expected to come out of stealth mode in two weeks and reveal its plans to help companies fight cybercrime.
Dasient is officially keeping mum until its official launch the week of June 15, but co-founders Neil Daswani (formerly Google security product manager), Ameet Ranadive (once a senior associate at McKinsey & Co.), and Shariz Rizvi (formerly a software engineer at Google) have left a trail of clues across the Web.
Dasient can be expected to unveil an offering intended to help customers defend and recover from Web-based attacks, and that will include tools for diagnostics and remediation, Ranadive said in an interview earlier this year with Hostingcon that Web-hosting providers could be expected to generate a revenue stream through Dasient's offering." Link to Original Source