wooferhound (546132) writes "- A federal judge ruled Monday that Chicago's ban on virtually all sales and transfers of firearms is unconstitutional.
"The stark reality facing the City each year is thousands of shooting victims and hundreds of murders committed with a gun. But on the other side of this case is another feature of government: certain fundamental rights are protected by the Constitution, put outside government's reach, including the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense under the Second Amendment," wrote U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang." Link to Original Source top
Cord-cutting: Pay-TV companies lose 113,000 customers in quarter
wooferhound (546132) writes "This year will probably be the worst for the pay-TV industry in terms of customer retention, according to a report Tuesday by independent research firm MoffettNathanson.
Veteran Wall Street media analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson calculated that the pay-TV industry — which includes cable, satellite and phone companies offering video service — lost 113,000 subscribers during the third quarter.
Cable operators lost 687,000 subscribers in the period, according to their estimates. That was a far steeper decline than the year-ago period. And though the satellite TV and telephone companies picked up about 574,000 subscribers, it wasn't enough to erase the net loss for the industry.
wooferhound (546132) writes "mother of two had both breasts removed. Her next step, reconstruction, but doctor Ankit Desai said the process can often be long and painful. There's usually not enough skin to insert an implant after a mastectomy, so doctors have to stretch the patient's tissue with an expander and inject saline into it. "They have to have a needle that's stuck through the skin. Sometimes that can cause some discomfort for patients," Ankit Desai, M.D., from the East Coast Institute for Research, explained. As part of study, Michele is trying out a new tissue expander using a remote control. It allows patients to expand their breast tissue at their own pace in the comfort of their own home." Link to Original Source top
Los Angeles School Students Promply Crack iPad Security
wooferhound (546132) writes "Education officials in the nation's second-largest school district are working to reboot a $1 billion plan to put an iPad in the hands of each of their 650,000 students after an embarrassing glitch emerged when the first round of tablets went out. More than 300 Los Angeles Unified School District students promptly cracked the security settings and started tweeting, posting to Facebook and playing video games. At Roosevelt High, it was the unanimous opinion of more than a dozen students that the school district's security setup was so weak that even the most tech-challenged parent could have gotten past it. All one needed to do was access the tablet's settings, delete the profile established by the school district and set up an Internet connection." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound (546132) writes "Terrafugia, Inc., the Woburn, Mass., company developing a flying car or “roadable aircraft” called the Transition, says it received special exemptions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The exemptions, which are particular to vehicles that fly and drive on roads, will allow the company to begin delivering the Transition when it is ready late next year. Last month Terrafugia said it would delay deliveries of the vehicle because of production challenges and problems with suppliers. The company says it expects to deliver the first production vehicle late next year. It previously said deliveries would start late this year." Link to Original Source top
Congress wants Athiest Chaplain to Councel Military Troops
wooferhound (546132) writes "The effort to create a chaplain for atheists and "humanists" has been building over the last several weeks. While the title might sound inherently contradictory, supporters say the point is to give atheists in the military someone who will pro-actively reach out to them and facilitate meetings. Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Free Thinkers, claims that 23 percent of those in the military ranks assert no religious preference. And he argues chaplains are not providing enough "positive outreach and support" in the way "they do for all of those beliefs that aren't their own." As might be expected, the campaign is running into some heated criticism." Link to Original Source top
CBS forces CNET to pull "CES Best of Show" award for Dish Hopper DVR
wooferhound (546132) writes "There’s some saying about lemons, life, and lemonade, which is exactly the predicament that Dish recently found itself in as a result of the big controversy surrounding CNET’s voted-then-retracted “Best of Show” award at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. So, how has Dish responded to the entire affair? Exactly what you’d expect a company to do when one of its products, the Hooper DVR, was revealed to have been a finalist for said award – well, technically, it won it outright as was later revealed. Dish has now started advertising the Dish Hopper DVR as the “Best in Show” product at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show – with an asterisk, of course. “*What’s an asterisk doing in our award? CBS will go to any lengths to keep you from enjoying ad-skipping technology – even censoring its own writers and throwing out their decision to name Hopper ‘Best In Show.’ Your vote is the only one that really matters,” reads Dish’s explanation." Link to Original Source top
Russia starts building Moon spaceship, eyes Lunar base
wooferhound writes "Russia has started building a spacecraft for manned Lunar missions with the first test scheduled in 2015, the project developer said Thursday. "The work has already started. The unmanned tests are scheduled in 2015, the first manned mission is planned in 2018," head of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building Gennady Raikunov told local media. These spaceships are designed to land on and lift off from the Moon, work as space tug boats and service modules for other space vehicles, Raikunov said." Link to Original Source top
Skydiver Leaps from 18 Miles Up in 'Space Jump' Practice
wooferhound writes "A daredevil leapt from a balloon more than 18 miles above the Earth today (July 25), moving one step closer to a so-called "space jump" that would set the record for the world's highest skydive.
Austrian adventurer Felix Baumgartner stepped out of his custom-built capsule at an altitude of 96,640 feet (29,456 meters) above southeastern New Mexico, officials with Red Bull Stratos — the name of Baumgartner's mission — announced today.
In today's jump, Baumgartner experienced freefall for three minutes and 48 seconds, reaching a top speed of 536 mph (863 kph), project officials said. Baumgartner then opened his parachute and glided to Earth safely about 10 minutes and 30 seconds after stepping into the void." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are each equipped with six sets, or pairs, of thrusters to control the pitch, yaw and roll motions of the spacecraft. These include three pairs of primary thrusters and three backup, or redundant, pairs. Both spacecraft are now using all three sets of their backup thrusters." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "China completed its second space docking on Monday, state media reported, as it moves closer towards fulfilling its ambition to set up a manned space station.
The move comes 12 days after the Asian nation successfully completed its first ever "kiss" in space, when the Shenzhou VIII spacecraft joined onto the Tiangong-1 experimental module 343 kilometres (213 miles) above the Earth." Link to Original Source top
Boulder Votes for Amendment to Abolish Corporate P
wooferhound writes "Last night Boulder became the second city in the nation to pass a ballot measure calling for an amendment to the US Constitution that would state that corporations are not people and reject the legal status of money as free speech. At midnight, with 93% of the ballots counted, the measure was handily winning with 74% of voters in support. Boulder’s campaign is the latest grassroots effort by Move to Amend, a national coalition working to abolish corporate personhood." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "The House on Tuesday passed a non-binding resolution reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the national motto. The measure sponsored by Republican Representative Randy Forbes supports and encourages the motto's display in all public schools and government buildings. The vast majority of his counterparts agreed, approving the measure with a vote of 396-9 and two abstentions. Mr Forbes said the resolution was needed because President Obama had once called 'E pluribus unum' the national motto. The gaffe occurred on a presidential trip to India in December, and prompted its addition to the new Capitol Visitors Center." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "WASHINGTON — After months of debate, NASA has settled on plans for its next spaceship — a space shuttle hybrid that will fly twice in the next decade and cost $30 billion through 2021, according to senior administration officials and internal NASA documents.
That NASA decided to recycle elements of the shuttle is not unexpected. Last year, Congress and the White House agreed NASA should reuse equipment from old programs and the new design — which includes a giant fuel tank and two booster rockets — largely reflects that compromise. The most noticeable change is the plane-like orbiter will be replaced by an Apollo-like crew capsule atop the tank." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "Six of Hollywood's largest studios including Lionsgate Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. today announced their support for the UltraViolet service and format created by the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE). Complementing the physical DVD and Blu–ray home entertainment markets, studios will begin offering UltraViolet content this year through digital online retailers and digital rights that come with packaged media, giving consumers the ability to watch digital entertainment across multiple platforms such as connected TVs, PCs, game consoles and smartphones." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla — NASA contractors will continue to build the now-defunct Ares I rocket, even though it was canceled by the Obama administration. Since Congress voted to extend the 2010 budget, the Ares rocket will continue to be funded as planned. It will now cost an estimated $500 million to fund the project until at least March 2011, according to the Orlando Sentinel." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "Engineers have developed the new £700 million (1.093 billion dollars) “Skylon spaceplane”, which can travel at more than five times the speed of sound. Costing about £6.3 million (9.83 million dollars) per flight the 270 foot-long craft can carry up to 24 passengers into space. It could be available for commercial use within a decade. The unpiloted craft, which can take off from an airport runway, has no external rockets and two engines use hydrogen and oxygen to propel it more than 18 miles into space. They say it could one day replace Nasa’s Space Shuttle to transport up to 12 tonnes of cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "An uncontrollable satellite drifting in orbit did not shut itself down as predicted and is a posing signal interference risk to other satellites, experts say. Intelsat's Galaxy 15 communications satellite, dubbed the "zombie satellite," lost contact with its controllers in April but is stuck "on" and continues to transmit signals as its operators on Earth work to avoid potential interference with other nearby spacecraft, SPACE.com reported Friday. Intelsat engineers had estimated that the satellite would lose power and shut itself off in late August, but that has not happened." Link to Original Source top
wooferhound writes "A portable, laser backpack for 3D mapping has been developed at the University of California, Berkeley, where it is being hailed as a breakthrough technology capable of producing fast, automatic and realistic 3D mapping of difficult interior environments. The backpack is the first of a series of similar systems to work without being strapped to a robot or attached to a cart. At the same time, its data acquisition speed is very fast, as it collects the data while the human operator is walking; this is in contrast with existing systems in which the data is painstakingly collected in a stop and go fashion, resulting in days and weeks of data acquisition time. Utilizing novel sensor fusion algorithms that use cameras, lasers range finders and inertial measurement units to generate a textured, photo-realistic, 3D model that can operate without GPS input and that is a big challenge.