mykepredko (40154) writes "Popular Science reports that Sierra Nevada is protesting it's exclusion from NASA's CCtCap program – and it looks like they’re taking their competitors down with them. Both SpaceX and Boeing have been told to halt production of their NASA-funded space taxis until the space agency resolves a legal protest issued by SNC. Last month, NASA finally announced the winners of its Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) program, an initiative aimed at fostering the development of private spaceflight. The two winning companies, SpaceX and Boeing, received contracts with NASA and a combined sum of $6.8 billion to build and operate their own space taxis, which would ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station starting in 2017." Link to Original Source top
Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That New York Times Tesla Model S Test Drive Was
mykepredko writes "All this chatter about Felix Baumgartner and his remarkable space jump, but where's the love for this brave little Lego man. Just because he's physically incapable of suffering from ebullism, going into a flat spin, or bleeding out through his eyes doesn't make this guy's faithful recreation of the space jump any less remarkable. Two fearless pioneers — one, a person; the other, plastic — plummeting from amazing heights. In the case of the Lego Man, that means about 365 feet, according to the video's "Scale 1:350" note." Link to Original Source top
mykepredko (40154) writes "Internet security firm SplashData trolled through millions of stolen passwords posted in online hacker forums, according to CEO Morgan Slain, and compiled a list of the 25 most-stolen ciphers. As noted in the Globe and Mail article a reader's informal survey revealed that the most common password seems to be "********"" Link to Original Source top
mykepredko (40154) writes "Back in 2006, Apple was riding high on the success of its iPod. The gadget accounted for more than 50% of Apple's first-quarter revenue that year as a digital music revolution was in full swing. Now the iconic iPod is an afterthought, bringing in a mere 8% of Apple revenue – and falling fast as other gadgets take over the digital jukebox role on top of many other functions.
The article implies that the iPod is a dying part of the business — I would have liked to see revenues for the iPod from 2006 to today to see if it really is a "dying" line but the question is valid — should Apple drop the iPod and concentrate on the Mac, iPad and iPhone lines?" Link to Original Source top
mykepredko (40154) writes "While an organ transplant might now sound important, the CBC is reporting on Linda De Croock who has a working windpipe after surgeons implanted the trachea from a dead man into her arm, where it grew new blood vessels before being transplanted into her throat. For about eight months, she took drugs to stop her immune system from rejecting the new organ. Though some of the tissue from the windpipe's male donor remains, enough of De Croock's own tissue now lines the organ that she no longer needs anti-rejection medicines." top
mykepredko (40154) writes "According to the The Globe & Mail, James Cameron's big-grossing, 3-D spectacle has earned lukewarm reviews by both the Vatican newspaper and its radio station, which say the movie is simplistic in its plot is superficial in its eco-message, despite groundbreaking visual effects. â½Â½Â½ÂÂ½ÂÂ½ÂsÂï½â½ÃïoeSo much stupefying, enchanting technology, but few genuine emotions,â½Â½Â½ÂÂ½ÂÂ½ÂsÂï½â½Â said Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, which devoted three articles to Avatar in its Sunday editions." Link to Original Source top
mykepredko (40154) writes "Rolling Stone has the story of Matthew Weigman — a fat, lonely blind kid that could play telephone networks like John Brunner's "Shockwave Rider". Weigman discovered at an early age that his acute hearing gave him superpowers on the telephone. He could impersonate any voice, memorize phone numbers by the sound of the buttons and decipher the inner workings of a phone system by the frequencies and clicks on a call, which he refers to as "songs." The knowledge enabled him to hack into cellphones, order phone lines disconnected and even tap home phones. In the end, these gifts became his downfall with Weigman now serving an 11 year term for two felony counts of conspiracy to commit fraud and intimidate a federal witness. I never would have imagined it was possible to do on the phone what Weigman was able to do — very scary." Link to Original Source top
mykepredko (40154) writes "Acccording to CNN, the same blue food dye found in M&Ms and Gatorade could be used to reduce damage caused by spine injuries. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that when they injected the compound Brilliant Blue G (BBG) into rats suffering spinal cord injuries, the rodents were able to walk again, albeit with a limp. The only side effect was that the treated mice temporarily turned blue." top
mykepredko writes "Future episodes of Futurama will not use the vocal talents of Billy West (Fry, Professor, and Ziodberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), John DiMaggio (Bender), Maurice LaMarche (Kif Kroker, among others), or Tress MacNeil (Mom, and several others). Fox released a statement saying "We love the Futurama voice performers and absolutely wanted to use them, but unfortunately, we could not meet their salary demands. While replacing these talented actors will be difficult, the show must go on. We are confident that we will find terrific new performers to give voice to Matt and David's brilliantly subversive characters." Sigh. Read about it here." top
mykepredko writes "Jailbreaking is a process that opens up the iPhone's or iPod Touch's OS to installing applications not purchased or downloaded from Apple's official application store. Apple says iPhone Jailbreaking is illegal and have written a 31 page brief. The root question being asked here is whether or not you can hack a device you have bought." top
mykepredko writes "The CBC reports that 45% of Canadians rebuff retailers' requests for personal info: suvey". The results indicate consumers are showing a considerable amount of savvy, Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said Thursday. Consumers said they were reluctant to provide names, addresses and postal codes to retailers, citing fears of fraud and identity theft. About a quarter of the respondents also said they could see no reason for the retailer to collect the data. As somebody who regularly replies with "Herman Munster of 1313 Mockingbird Lane in Mockingbird Heights", I'm pleased to see that the survey reported that 13% of respondents provided false information." top
mykepredko writes "Recently, I've taken on a new job which involved me setting up a laptop (network access, printer set up, email, Messenger, Office Tools, VPN, etc.) as well as a BlackBerry to go with it. Last night, I set up a BlueRay player (which was relatively simple to wire — just power, HDMI and digital audio) but when I put in my first disk nothing but dots, but there was a card saying that the DVD was probably manufactured after the player and I would have to upgrade the player's firmware. This operation required a high speed internet connection directly into the player and took over an hour with virtually no feedback (until it shut itself off to indicate that the update was complete). So, how does somebody perform tasks like these without being very knowledgeable about technology?" top
mykepredko writes "Originally schduled for September 17th, the first man-made object to orbit the Earth was launched. Most people attribute Sputnik as the work of Sergei Korolev, but it actually was the brainchild of Mikhail Tikhonravov, as recounted in this EDN article." top
mykepredko writes "Entertainment Week has a list of what they consider the best 25 Sci-Fi movies and shows. The list is surprisingly thoughtful and honest — it acknowledges the bad with the good and explains why the different pieces were chosen. You probably won't agree with all their choices (there are a few movies/TV shows that weren't selected that I'm sure would be on most people's list) but the list will probably not be dissed as badly as most "best of" sci-fi lists deserve to be."