Which missile is the U.S. planning to use to shoot down that ailing satellite, and how does it work? There's an interesting, technically thorough statement available from the Center for Defense Information. They've posted all manner of details about guidance systems, maneuverability, motors, and explosive mechanisms over on Wired: "Inside America's satellite-killing missile"
Employees of video-sharing site Revver said they breathed a sigh of relief Thursday after management informed them that the company had been acquired by LiveUniverse, a little-known online entertainment network.
Representatives from both companies declined to comment, but two Revver employees and an executive at a company that had inquired about bidding on Revver said managers there had informed them the sale was done. The blog NewTeeVee was first to report the acquisition.
The classified satellite that is expecting to come crashing to Earth in the next few weeks will now be used for target practice. The National Security Council said Thursday that President Bush has asked the Pentagon to come up with a plan to destroy the satellite while it's still aloft. Many observers say a shoot-down is unnecessary because such objects falling to Earth typically burn up when re-entering the atmosphere or, if they make it through, would miss any habitation by a wide margin. Speculation holds that the spacecraft must be part of a new generation of spy satellite.… Read more
It just got a little easier to have that weightless feeling in California, if you're willing to spend $3,500.
NASA Ames Research Center, based in Silicon Valley, has teamed up with Las Vegas-based Zero Gravity (Zero-G) to host commercial flights that allow passengers to experience several minutes of weightlessness. Under the agreement, called the Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, NASA will let Zero-G park its aircraft, a modified Boeing 727-200 called G-Force One, on the Moffett airfield and take off from its runway. Under contract with NASA, the two organizations will collaborate on research and astronaut training this fall.… Read more
If you're like many people deeply wired into a Web 2.0 lifestyle, your inbox is a never-ending flow of invites to new social-networking services.
Day in and day out, it seems, there's a new one. Today it's Notch Up, yesterday it's Naymz. Last week it was Dopplr.
And that's not even counting the steady flow of requests to be someone's friend on LinkedIn, MySpace, Plaxo or Facebook.
For me, it's a constant annoyance. I know I probably should jump on the LinkedIn bandwagon, for example, yet I never have, and frankly, don'… Read more
Carolyn Porco, leader of the Imaging Science team on NASA'S Cassini mission at Saturn, will take a break from real science for Star Trek's world of science fiction. She brings experience from other movies, such as Contact with Jodie Foster to her new position as a consultant on planetary science and imagery for the next Star Trek movie. This gives Trekkies more reason to be excited since the film is a project of director and producer, J.J. Abrams. who's claim to fame is that he co-created, produced and directed the TV series Lost and Alias and … Read more
If you're the type of person who communicates with friends, co-workers, relatives, and such via several different IM services, e-mail, and Facebook--and you know you are--software could soon offer you one of the cleanest ways ever to link them all together.
The software, called Digsby, went into private beta Tuesday, and its goal is to give people a way to organize their contacts from Yahoo Messenger, AOL IM, ICQ, Google Talk, Jabber, and Windows Live Messenger, as well as e-mail, Facebook, and MySpace.com into a single client.
According to Jeff Hester, who runs instant message community site BigBlueBall.… Read more
At a party for the new MySpace Developer Platform last night (party pictures; swag bag contents), we got a look at the first apps writer for the new environment. While the platform won't be officially enabled on the public site for a month, according to the new MySpace CTO, Amit Kapur, the apps we got a peek at did look fairly developed already.
In particular, I got a good demo of iLike for MySpace. This music-finding app, which I first saw at the Facebook platform launch, has some features that leverage MySpace's social network quirks.
If you add … Read more
It's Super Tuesday, the day when 24 states hold primaries to choose their party's candidate for president. Voted by mail weeks ago? Just want all the ads and sloganeering to be over? Get so frustrated you just want to shoot them all?
Now you can, with the Space Invaders spoof called Political Invaders, where you fire pies from your ship to destroy advancing politician headshots.
On Tuesday, exploits for the Yahoo apps were reported circulating. There is currently no patch from the individual vendors, so the only workaround is to disable the several specific, vulnerable ActiveX controls. (ActiveX controls were developed by Microsoft for use with Internet Explorer and other browsers.)
The SANS … Read more