and the Telegraph report new anti-terror laws force Internet and
Phone companies to provide your every phone call, text, email
and private social network message to the government
The attack on online privacy is
assaulting the public from every angle but the bottom line is
the government’s unquenchable thirst to monitor your every
thought and communication in real-time cannot be satisfied.
Andrea Rossi may have his
doubters, detractors and skeptics, but the client for whom he
demonstrated his 1MW e-Cat energy system apparently isn't one of
them. Not only did the mysterious client take delivery of
Rossi's first 1MW
system, but ordered a dozen more for use in cold, remote
locations. That's an order worth $24 million.
While Rossi isn't at liberty to
reveal who the client is -- and here speculation has run rampant
-- he is not barred from talking about the results of the
demonstration, witnessed by a select group of media in Bologna,
Italy on October 28, 2011. ...
This is crazy. New photos have
appeared in Google Maps showing unidentified titanic structures
in the middle of the Chinese desert. The first one is an
intricate network of what appears to be huge metallic stripes.
Is this a military experiment?
Update 2: readers are
finding even more weird stuff.
They seem to be wide lines drawn
with some white material. Or maybe the dust have been dug by
It's located in Dunhuang, Jiuquan,
Gansu, north of the Shule River, which crosses the Tibetan
Plateau to the west into the Kumtag Desert. It covers an area
approximately one mile long by more than 3,000 feet wide.
The tracks are perfectly
executed, and they seem to be designed to be seen from orbit.
Perhaps it's some kind of
targeting or calibrating grid for Chinese spy satellites? Maybe
it's a QR code for aliens? Nobody really knows.
You can check it out yourself in
The second structure seems to be
some kind of giant targeting grid, also north of the Shule
If you zoom in, you can see
vehicles destroyed. It's west of what seems to be a fairly big
electrical station or a radio station similar to HAARP, the High
Frequency Active Auroral Research Program located near Gakona,
Alaska, and funded by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the
University of Alaska, and DARPA. ... (Read
broadcasters are wondering why the duration of next week’s
planned national EAS test was shortened from some 2-1/2 minutes
to 30 seconds.
In a notice, the FCC stated: “After a careful
review of the technical elements of the test, FEMA and the FCC
have concluded that a 30-second test will allow the agencies to
effectively assess the reliability and effectiveness of the EAS
as a way to alert the public of national emergencies with
limited disruption to the public.”
Presumably the test will be heard on every
radio station and seen and heard on every television station and
cable system at the same time. That scenario and the length of
the message prompted the change to avoid a public panic,
according to sources. ... (Read
What's interesting is that we went through the Cold War
without a national EBS test. We also went over a decade
after 9/11 before even thinking about such a test. Mind you,
we had statewide EBS tests, but never a national test. We
let 11 years pass after the worst domestic attack on US soil
before ever thinking about the validity of a national emergency
test system. Seriously? So what has spurred the government into
action now, eleven years later?
Are We Done With The Elenin Hype Now? Another Scare Tactic Vaporizes Just Like The
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 111311
the window for the predicted Elenin catastrophe that wasn't is
over. As pointed out on this website, the threat was more of a
concoction than a reality. Still, many refused to give up,
claiming doom and gloom to the very end. The worst of it was, so
many kept falsely tying Elenin to the massive earthquakes of the
world, pointing to planetary alignments for the Chile, New
Zealand, and Japan earthquakes. There were two major problems
with that theory... 1) comets are not large enough to cause
planetary perturbations, and 2) there was no alignment with the
Japan earthquakes. Check the JPL model below and you will note
the alignment was many days off.
Many of the websites have now
pulled down all mention of Elenin, as if out of supreme
embarrassment over their false hype, offering no explanation,
apology or "crow plate special."
You have to ask who started such
false fear mongering and who stood to benefit. Fear is a
powerful tool for politicians, governments and those who delve
in occult practices.
Was there any gain from this
unsubstantiated fear? Perhaps there may be residual harm, say
for the still smoking Nibiru (Planet X) controversy. Perhaps the
danger lies when a real threat actually is upon us, but no one
takes it seriously. In that regard, maybe there was a nefarious
method to the Elenin madness. Time will tell, but at least for
now the doomsayers can finally give up on the Elenin BS. At
least, let's hope so.
It is the
comet that just won't die. After breaking up and disappearing
from sight on Friday, September 2nd, the controversy over Elenin
just won't go away. Despite its disappearance, the warnings
continue as we reach another solar alignment. This time it will
be the closest alignment since entering our solar system. What
will be lining up is at question, considering that the comet is
alleged to have broken up.
In the event that there is some
mass left with Elenin, it will be making an alignment first with
the sun and the earth on Sunday and Monday, the 25th and 26th of
September. That isn't the end of it though because another
larger alignment begins right after that, on Tuesday and
Wednesday, the 27th and 28th, as any leftover vestiges of the
comet (if there are any) will align with Mercury, the sun and
Earth. ... (Read
Comet Elenin Totally Disappears! Controversy Over Alleged Doomsday Comet Ends With Its Disappearance
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 090211
controversy has taken a dramatic turn of events with the sudden
disappearance of the comet. Rumors had begun to circulate that the comet was
starting to break up as its orbit brought it closer to perihelion, its
closest approach to the sun. The comet showed signs of dimming early in the
week. On Friday it was gone.
This now ends months of rabid speculation about
Elenin being something other than a comet. Many had alleged that the object was
as large as the planet Jupiter and was responsible for the large earthquakes
that have been taking place over the last two years. Some have even claimed it
to be a brown dwarf star, or the infamous planet x, known as Nibiru. NewsFocus
weighed in on this hotbed of controversy in May, stating that Elenin was indeed
nothing more than a comet. (see story farther below) The breakup of the comet
should now put to rest the numerous doomsday predictions and earthquake
allegations that have been running rampant since the comet was first
observed by Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin, for whom the object was named.
Amateur astronomers still have the blacked out area of space by NASA to
speculate about, so the Nibiru controversy itself is still alive, but at
least is no longer connected to Elenin.
New Documentary on ET Life
Orange Orbs Seen Over Credit River Minnesota Woman And Daughter Witness Multiple Orange Lights
In Night Sky NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 072411
A Lakeville woman and her daughter witnessed
something very unusual in the Minnesota sky on Saturday night around
10:00. Jean Watts, 52, and Shannon Watts, 19, of Lakeville were
traveling North on Vernon Ave (Co Rd 91) in the Credit River Township
countryside when the two noticed eight brilliant orange lights ahead of
them in the night sky.
At first, Mrs. Watts recognized them to
be similar to tower lights, as they appeared to be rows of four on top
of each other. (see
fig.1) She then noticed as they grew closer that they became aligned
in a horizontal arrangement, (see
fig.2) and were spread out equidistantly. The
lights were also a bright orange, not red, and appeared to be as large
as streets lights, only much higher in the sky. Both Jean and Shannon,
the wife and daughter of this reporter, noticed that the lights were
moving from the Northeast to the Southwest.
The two stopped their vehicle at 8490
Vernon Avenue and watched the lights for quite a few
minutes as they moved slowly in a linear formation to the
arcing upwards and
suddenly disappearing into the same spot in the sky, (see
fig.3) an area described by Jean Watts as a diffused circular area.
(Note: the location proximate to the big dipper could not be discerned
until the next night, upon reviewing the night sky without the overcast
Mrs. Watts thought they were an elongated orb shape. She described them
as moving in an orderly fashion, as if they were meeting another
object, or headed for a particular area of the sky, the diffused
spot that she described where the objects disappeared.
All objects appeared to move at the same measured pace,
except for one which flew in very fast at the end, as if it was catching
up with the others. (This was the ninth object.)
Both Jean and Shannon are adamant that what they observed
was not any known type of conventional aircraft. They heard no engine
noise whatsoever and stated that the objects were absolutely silent.
They also maintain that the objects were not distant, but appeared to be
in the nearby vicinity of the countryside, very near their location,
less than a quarter mile away and flying very low. At the beginning,
they may possibly have been as low as 2,000 feet. Both felt the objects
were significant in size, yet neither is able to give a good estimate.
"They were certainly much bigger than any plane I've
ever seen," said Mrs. Watts. "We were so excited, we didn't think
to compare them to anything, but they seemed big."
Most interesting during the sighting was that the sky
was lit up with bolts of lightning, only instead of a ground to sky
discharge, they noticed the lightning shooting out in more of a
horizontal direction. There was no rain accompanied with the lightning
at that time.
The orange oval denotes where the lights were seen, with
the arrow showing the direction of movement.
The red area depicts the viewing area, with the South being the starting
point and the North the ending.
Click the map above for a larger image.
These orange orbs over Lincoln, England in June
2009 are the same as those witnessed by the Watts'.
Really Visible On Google Sky? NewsFocus - 082811
The Nibiru threads continue on the
internet. Many have alleged that comet Elenin is indeed Nibiru,
or Planet X, as it is also referred to. NewsFocus does not
subscribe to the Elenin/Nibiru one entity rumor, at least not at
this time, and not without more proof. To me it appears that the
two are separate entities and the following post may indeed
support that contention. Elenin may well be the Blue Kachina of
Hopi prophecy, but then again, maybe not. The allegation that
Elenin is a brown dwarf star also seems a bit far fetched,
considering the cosmic chaos that would be taking place. It
would be hard to hide that from amateur astronomers. It would
seem Elenin and Nibiru are separate bodies. At first blush, this
theory seems to make the most sense. Scientists long ago
confirmed a planet X in our solar system. Could this be the
return of Nibiru? More study is certainly needed, but it is
interesting to note all of the bunker building activity taking
place around the world, especially so by the Russian government.
(see the story below.)
Nibiru 2012 Is Now Visible On
BeforeItsNews.com - 082411
Step One: After you go to “Google
Sky” you will see “outer space” and the blackness of stars.
Step Two: In the search bar at the upper left corner of the
Google Sky screen, type “Mercury” and press Enter. Again you
will see only the blackness of outer space with a little devil
like symbol for the planet “Mercury”.
Step Three: Next, find the little button in the upper right of
your screen that says “Infrared”. Click that button. The screen
will turn to a hazy reddish colour.
You can now see NIBIRU, in the upper left quadrant of your
computer screen. Please note that you did not have to press the
+ “Zoom In” slider buttons at all to see this monster. This view
is from the perspective of Planet Earth. If you hover your
cursor over the black ambassador of death, you will see the
“coordinates” on the bottom of your screen. They are:
If you want a feel for how close
it is to earth, I recommend you search on Jupiter. After doing
so you will again see nothing but black space. However, to see
Jupiter you will have to click the + “Zoom In” ladder slider
about 6 times. Think about that. In order for you to SEE
Jupiter, you have to ZOOM IN about 6 times.
How many times did you have to
zoom in to see Nibiru? None.
Troy, N.Y. – Scientists at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10
percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their
belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society.
The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks
Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used
computational and analytical methods to discover the tipping
point where a minority belief becomes the majority opinion. The
finding has implications for the study and influence of societal
interactions ranging from the spread of innovations to the
movement of political ideals.
"When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10
percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It
would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of
the universe for this size group to reach the majority," said
SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski, the Claire and Roland
Schmitt Distinguished Professor at Rensselaer. "Once that number
grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame." ... (Read
What Is The Truth About Comet
NASA JPL Comet Projections Cause Dire Concern For Some Comet Elenin Being Used To
Propagate Unsubstantiated Fear And Panic
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 052011
great comet Elenin scare has been underway for some time now, ever since its
discovery by Russian astronomer Leonid Elenin (pictured left) on December 10th, 2010.
Originally thought to be a hyperbolic comet, one that does not return, the comet
is now thought by astrophysicists to be in a long elliptical orbit of 10,000 years. It is
also thought to be entering our solar system for the first time and is arriving
on a flat trajectory close to the ecliptic. The comet is expected to become visible to the
naked eye sometime in August of this year.
The comet first gained internet notoriety early
this year with internet predictions of an alignment with the earth and
the sun, one that would trigger massive earthquakes on March 11th. The
earthquakes did happen as predicted, with Honshu, Japan getting hit with the
devastating 9.0, however, the much ballyhooed alignment never happened until
four days later on March 15th.
The comet's path, in conjunction with its ensuing planetary
alignments, has also been linked to the September 3, 2010 New Zealand 7.3
earthquake, as well as the February 27, 2010 Haiti 8.8 quake. On both on those
days there was indeed a perfect planetary alignment with the comet, but
technically that shouldn't have any affect.
Hello. My name is Stephen Hawking. Physicist,
cosmologist and something of a dreamer. Although I cannot move and I have to
speak through a computer, in my mind I am free. Free to explore the universe and
ask the big questions, such as: is time travel possible? Can we open a portal to
the past or find a shortcut to the future? Can we ultimately use the laws of
nature to become masters of time itself?
Time travel was once considered scientific heresy. I used to
avoid talking about it for fear of being labelled a crank. But these days I’m
not so cautious. In fact, I’m more like the people who built Stonehenge. I’m
obsessed by time. If I had a time machine I’d visit Marilyn Monroe in her prime
or drop in on Galileo as he turned his telescope to the heavens. Perhaps I’d
even travel to the end of the universe to find out how our whole cosmic story
Ever since the peculiar earthquake activity in Greenbrier,
Arkansas, NewsFocus has been paying careful attention to the New Madrid fault
zone, and so has the U.S. government with its historic
FEMA NLE 11 drill (National Level Exercise 2011). A recent strategic levee
breach by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has purposefully flooded a 200 square mile
tract of land in the New Madrid area, causing alarm for many in the area, as
well as those paying attention to the unprecedented seismic activity taking
place in the world. (see flood story below)
Many charges have been circulating the internet of eco-weaponry
at work regarding the massive earthquakes in Honshu,
Japan, but also here in the U.S., particularly the New Madrid fault zone.
The recent cresting of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers is feeding the flooded
New Madrid area, thanks solely due to the strategically breached Birds Point
levee. More rain and violent thunderstorms over the weekend and early Monday in
Minnesota and Ohio are now pushing more water into this engineered flood zone.
The big question for many is, are these storms being engineered as well?
Facebook to release phone numbers, addresses to third-party developers
Facebook is reportedly moving forward with plans to provide
third-party developers and external websites with access to the home addresses
and cellphone numbers of its members. The social networking site originally
announced the feature in its Developer Blog in January only to incur serious
public outcry over security concerns. Within three days of the announcement,
Facebook suspended the feature until the hype died down, only to reintroduce it
Each and every one of these innocent websites should sue the US government for
interference with retail commerce, and also defamation of character. This is
egregious activity from an out of control government. Wake up folks. Our
government went away in 2000 and is not coming back, unless we do something
about it. We are not in the wrong, our government is. We need to get rid
of bad government. The very first
paragraph of the U.S. Declaration of Independence gives us this right, in
two separate lines from this one opening paragraph. This goes hand-in-hand with our 2nd
amendment rights. Forget the left-right political bickering. They divided us on
purpose just so they could conquer us more easily.
We need to unite as "Americans" and take our country back from those planning
their greedy New World Order. BTW... when were
you ever asked to vote on
A prolific sky-mapping telescope that has spent more
than a year scanning the heavens for asteroids, comets and other cosmic objects
received its last command today (Feb. 17).
NASA shut down its WISE spacecraft – short for
Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer – at 3:00 p.m. EST (2000 UTC) today. The
mission's principal investigator, Ned Wright of the University of California in
Los Angeles, sent the final command to the now-hibernating spacecraft, according
to an update from the WISE mission's official Twitter account.
"The WISE spacecraft will remain in
hibernation without ground contacts awaiting possible future use," NASA
officials said via Twitter. ...
This issue has caused quite the unrest in cosmological circles and many are
speculating alternative reasons for the shutdown.
Darpa’s Cheetah-Bot Designed to Chase Human Prey
Blacklisted News - 030311
Perhaps you thought the four-legged BigDog robot wasn’t eerily lifelike enough.
That’ll change soon. BigDog’s makers are working on a new quadruped that moves
faster than any human and is agile enough to “chase and evade.”
Boston Dynamics, maker of the Army’s
BigDog robotic mule, announced today that Darpa has awarded it a contract to
build a much faster and more fearsome animal-like robot, Cheetah. ... (Read
The new Cheetah-Bot is from this technology. Steve Austin would be jealous.
You’ve heard the rumors that cell phones cause cancer. You’ve seen those folks
on the street holding their cell phones away from their head as though their
phone’s cancer is contagious. But where did these rumors get started? Are they
based in any fact? If there is truth to the myth, will electromagnetic fields be
the next battle in the war on pollution? Will we be talking about
electro-friendly devices in the future the way we talk about carbon-friendly
In the following excerpt, Mat Stein tells the story of Robert Kane, an early
cellular telephone researcher who was convinced that the cell phone gave him the
brain tumor that ultimately took his life.
staging the world debut of its XL1 diesel plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV)
prototype at the Qatar Motor Show this week. The prototype, representing the
third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-liter car strategy (earlier
post), features combined fuel consumption of 0.9 L/100 km (261 mpg US),
according to VW. ...
Did The FCC Strengthen Net Neutrality, Or Weaken It? Neither Side Is Overjoyed With First Ruling From The FCC
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 122210
The reviews are in and they're bad, yet strangely mixed. Neither
side side is happy with the ruling.
The FCC has fired the first shot in the net neutrality war,
but so far, neither side of the argument is happy with the ruling. First off,
it's sad to see the FCC step into the internet arena, but when they step in with
a wishy-washy first effort on what should have been a no-brainer slam dunk, you
have to wonder what is up at the FCC. Many think this is just a smokescreen for
the real bombshell coming. Write your Congressman now. Call the FCC. Make your
voice heard now, before it is too late. Once we lose the internet as we know it,
we will never get it back again.
FCC Passes First Net Neutrality Rules
Washington Post - Cecilia Kang - 122110
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever
Internet access regulation, which ensures unimpeded access to any legal Web
content for home Internet users. The same provisions do not apply as strongly to
Senator Franken: Net
Neutrality Bill Is Wolf In Sheep's Clothing
They name this in a way to make it sound like this is the bill we
want, but it's not.
FCC's Open Internet Order Bodes Ill For Net
InfoWorld - 122110
The FCC has gone and done it -- signed off on a watered-down version of Net
neutrality that's mostly a dream come true for the major ISPs and a hard knock
for anyone who uses the Internet, especially on mobile devices. The fight isn't
over yet; ...
The Net Neutrality Sucker Punch
PC Magazine - John C. Dvorak - 122110
The FCC made net neutrality the "terrorism" of the Internet, and we let
regulation walk right though the door. So this week marks a breakthrough in net
neutrality. The breakthrough is that there is an FCC ruling regarding it. The
bad news is that there ...
New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access Wall Street Journal - 050710
The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski,
is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable
companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and
consumer advocates. ...
FCC Expected to Abandon Net Neutrality, Universal
Huffington Post - 050410
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is "leaning toward" siding with the most powerful phone and cable
lobbyists on a crucial decision: whether the FCC will have any authority to
protect an open Internet and make it available to all.
CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles – As of today, it has now been
over 4-years since both National Aeronautics and Space Administration (
NASA ) STEREO-A and STEREO-B spacecraft ( placed aboard a Delta II
rocket ) were launched from Kennedy Space Center ( Florida ) on the
evening ( 8:52 p.m. – EDT ) of October 25, 2006 for the unprecedented (
record setting ) analysis of the “Solar Maximum” flare due, according to
NASA, for discharge from our Sun’s corona in a Coronal Mass Ejection (
CME ) the likes of what Earth has not experienced since ‘telegraph wires
ceased operating’ during the last one in 1859. ...
NewsFocus: This is worth preparing for
folks. Better safe than sorry.
Microsoft has issued a warning about a serious vulnerability in all
versions of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser.
If exploited by a booby-trapped webpage the bug would allow attackers
to take control of an unprotected computer.
Code to exploit the bug has already been published though Microsoft
said it had no evidence it was currently being used by hi-tech
A workaround for the bug has been produced while Microsoft works on a
permanent fix. (Read
Facebook steps up lobbying, deepens ties with intelligence agencies, FTC
SocialBeat, Kim-Mai Cutler - 042210
Facebook has been gradually boosting its profile in Washington D.C. over the
past year and is on the hunt for a second senior lobbyist to add to its office
of four. Disclosures released a few days ago show that, on top of lobbying the
usual suspects Internet companies reach out to like the Federal Trade Commission
and the U.S. senators and representatives, the fast-growing social network has
also been busy deepening ties to government intelligence and homeland security
NewsFocus:Much like AOL, Facebook was conceived as a big brother
operation to keep tabs and snoop on Americans. It is a vast data mining
operation for U.S. intelligence. Our privacy and rights are being violated
daily, yet most don't even know.
Governments should be scrambling to develop this technology, but
big oil says no.
First off, this is awful that the inventor is so shallow in his thinking to sell
to anyone who will buy. That will allow those that already control the
fuel and energy markets to simply buy him out and shelve the project, to protect
their own investments and profit. Secondly, he has discovered nothing new about
RF killing cancer. It has been known about for years, since the 1920s. (See
Rife.) Treating cancer patients with RF energy (radio frequencies) was
killed by the pharmaceutical industry years ago, because it would kill their new
vision at the time for prescription drugs. The salt-water engine has more
monetary value in saving the planet, a much nobler goal than trying to kill
cancer with a method that has already been shelved. A salt-water engine would
revolutionize the world. Too bad he doesn't see the bigger picture.
Password-cracking tools optimized
to work with SSDs have achieved speeds up to 100 times quicker than previously
After optimising its rainbow
tables of password hashes to make use of SSDs Swiss security firm Objectif
Sécurité was able to crack 14-digit WinXP passwords with special characters in
just 5.3 seconds. Objectif Sécurité's Philippe Oechslin
told Heise Security that the result was 100 times faster than possible with
their old 8GB Rainbow Tables for XP hashes. ...
Researchers spy on BitTorrent users in real-time User uploads and downloads revealed
TheRegister.co.uk, by Dan Goodin in San Francisco - 043010
Researchers have devised a way to monitor BitTorrent users over long stretches
of time, a feat that allows them to map the internet addresses of individuals
and track the content they are sending and receiving. ...
Buys PGP And GuardianEdge Too PGP, The Algorithm That Top Government
Cryptologist Couldn't Crack
Crypto shopping spree. Symantec has announced a
surprise deal to buy both email and data encryption firms PGP Corporation and
GuardianEdge Technologies for a combined total of $370m in cash. The security
giant is paying $300m for PGP and $70m for GuardianEdge...
NHS computers hit by voracious, data-stealing worm Easily detected — but isn’t
TheRegister.co.uk, by Dan Goodin in San
Francisco - 042310
The UK’s National Health Service has been hit by a voracious, data-stealing worm
that’s easily detected by off-the-shelf security software, according to
researchers who directly observed the mass compromise.
US Developing New Non-Nuclear Missiles Conventional warheads could strike anywhere
in less than an hour
by Craig Whitlock As the White House pushes for cuts in the U.S.
nuclear arsenal, the Pentagon is developing a weapon to help fill the gap:
missiles armed with conventional warheads that could strike anywhere in the
world in less than an hour.
Prompt Global Strike: World Military Superiority Without Nuclear Weapons IntelDaily.com, by Rick
Rozoff - 041210
(The Intelligence Daily) — A war can be won without being waged. Victory can be
attained when an adversary knows it is vulnerable to an instantaneous and
undetectable, overwhelming and devastating attack without the ability to defend
itself or retaliate.
What applies to an individual country does also
to all potential adversaries and indeed to every other nation in the world.
There is only one country that has the military
and scientific capacity and has openly proclaimed its intention to achieve that
ability. That nation is what its current head of state defined last December as
the world’s sole military superpower.  One which aspires to remain the only
state in history to wield full spectrum military dominance on land, in the air,
on the seas and in space. ... (Read
(Bloomberg) -- The earthquake
that killed more than 700 people in Chile on Feb. 27 probably shifted the
Earth’s axis and shortened the day, a National Aeronautics and Space
Administration scientist said.
Earthquakes can involve shifting hundreds of
kilometers of rock by several meters, changing the distribution of mass on the
planet. This affects the Earth’s rotation, said
Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, California, who uses a computer model to calculate the effects. ...
Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely
Wired.com, by Kevin Poulsen - 031710
More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found
their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran
amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the
attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments. ...
A NASA radar aboard India’s Chandrayaan-I lunar orbiter found 40 craters,
ranging in size from 1 to 9 miles across, with pockets of ice. Scientists
estimate at least 600 million tons of ice could be entombed in these craters.
Master Plan: The Power of Google
We are not using Google, they are using us.
Google going too far in their alleged claim of a free "service" for society?
Have you ever asked yourself who pays for the gazillion petabytes of expensive
hard drive storage to house all of that data? We're talking tons of
video that continually pours in daily, 24/7. Do you realize the inordinate
amount (and cost) of all of the expensive operating bandwidth required to make
Google run? As the old saying goes, "There ain't no free lunch..."
Make no mistake about it, we're not using Google, it is Google
who is using us. The databases that can be built on each individual user
from data mining and usage tracking is more valuable and far more powerful than
most people know.
Many are already up in arms over Google's invasions of privacy,
most notably Google maps invading our personal privacy by illegally
photographing our private property without permission; data that can easily be
exploited and used for criminal endeavors. This type of activity is
clearly prohibited under new Patriot Act laws enacted since 9/11.
People need to seriously start thinking twice about the impact
and reach of this monolithic Goliath, an overnight success story with quarterly
income in the billions. Google has taken its place at the top of, not
just the computer industry, but the world business community as well. Along with
Microsoft, they have each literally conquered the world in such a short
amount of time. Their power is not to be taken lightly.
We Can Hear You: Many Voice Encryption Systems Easily Crackable IntelDaily.com,
February 1, 2010
vast majority of voice encryption products are seriously flawed, according to
controversial tests by an anonymous hacker.
Using the commercially available FlexiSpy wiretapping utility and a ‘homemade’
Trojan, Notrax (the anonymous hacker’s nickname) claims to have defeated 11 out
of 15 voice encryption technologies in tests. Notrax claims he was able to use
malware trickery ...
A twin-engine plane bound for Hawthorne crashed in heavy fog
today shortly after takeoff in East Palo Alto, killing three people aboard and
setting homes and cars on fire.
Officials said the victims were
all employees of Tesla Motors Inc., but did not identify their names. The Cessna
310 is registered to Doug Bourn, a senior electrical engineer at Tesla Motors
Inc. who lives in Santa Clara.
Tesla Motors is an electric car
company owned by Elon Musk, a multimillionaire who founded Hawthorne-based Space
Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, after making his fortune as the co-founder
of PayPal Inc. ...
Apple Introduces The I-Pad Essentially an overgrown I-Pod Touch, or a flat panel laptop, but it's
Microsoft’s Creative Destruction
NewYorkTimes.com, by DICK BRASS - February 4, 2010
As they marvel at Apple’s new iPad tablet computer, the
technorati seem to be focusing on where this leaves Amazon’s popular e-book
business. But the much more important question is why Microsoft, America’s most
famous and prosperous technology company, no longer brings us the future,
whether it’s tablet computers like the iPad, e-books like Amazon’s Kindle,
smartphones like the BlackBerry and iPhone, search engines like Google, digital
music systems like iPod and iTunes or popular Web services like Facebook and
Proposed Web video restrictions cause outrage in Italy
The Industry Standard, Philip Willan, IDG News Service
New rules to be introduced by government decree will require
people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the
Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters,
drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition
lawmakers have warned. ...
The code is designed to prevent the interception of phone calls by forcing
mobile phones and base stations to rapidly change radio frequencies over a
spectrum of 80 channels. Without knowing the precise sequence, would-be
eavesdroppers can assemble only tiny fragments of a conversation. ...
In response to a Freedom of Information Act
request seeking details of Yahoo's! policies allowing the
Justice Department to request wiretaps of its users and the
amount they charge US taxpayers per wiretap -- the search engine
leviathan declared in a 12-page letter that they couldn't
provide information on their approach because their pricing
scheme would "shock" customers. The news was first
reported by Kim Zetter at Wired.
Following the Money Trail: Telecoms and ISPs Feed the Secret State's
(The Intelligence Daily) -- "Follow the money." And why not. As the interface
between state and private criminality, following the money trail is oxygen and
combustible fuel for rooting out corruption in high places: indelible signs left
behind like toxic tracks by our sociopathic masters. After all, there's nothing
quite like exposing an exchange of cold, hard cash from one greedy fist to
another to focus one's attention on the business at hand. And when that dirty
business is the...
The Pocket Spy: Will Your Smartphone Rat You Out?
New Scientist, 14 by
Linda GeddesOctober 2009
There are certain things you do not want to share with strangers.
In my case it was a stream of highly personal text messages from my husband,
sent during the early days of our relationship. Etched on my phone's SIM card -
but invisible on my current handset and thus forgotten - here they now are,
displayed in all their brazen glory on a stranger's computer screen.
just walked into a windowless room on an industrial estate in Tamworth, UK,
where three cellphone analysts in blue shirts sit at their terminals,
scrutinising the contents of my phone and smirking. "If it's any consolation, we
would have found them even if you had deleted them," says one.
it seems embarrassing text messages aren't the only thing I have to worry about:
"Is this a photo of your office?" another asks (the answer is yes). "And did you
enjoy your pizza on Monday night? And why did you divert from your normal route
to work to visit this address in Camberwell, London, on Saturday?" ... (Read
Was the Universe Created By A Big Bang? Several of the
World's Leading Cosmologists Say No "What banged?" Sean Carroll, CalTech -Moore Center for
Theoretical Cosmology & Physics DailyGalaxy.com - January 25, 2010
Several of the worlds leading astrophysicists believe
there was no Big Bang that brought the universe and time into existence. Before
the Big Bang, the standard theory assumes, there was no space, just nothing.
Einstein merged the universe into a single entity: not space, not time, but
Official Story Tries To Claim
Failed Russian Missile Launch Since When Do Missiles Project A Huge Spiral Display Against The
What about a NATO HAARP system near Norway? Could this have
anything to do with
Russians say no relationship to failed missile launch from Wednesday.
LHC now world's most powerful collider PhysicsToday.org - Dec 9, 2009
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Physics Today: The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider has posted on
MOSCOW — Russian scientists will soon meet in secret to work on a
plan for saving Earth from a possible catastrophic collision with a giant
asteroid in 26 years, the head of Russia's space agency said Wednesday.
"We will soon hold a closed meeting of our collegium, the
science-technical council to look at what can be done" to prevent the asteroid
Apophis from slamming into the planet in 2036, Anatoly Perminov told Voice of
"We are talking about people's lives," Perminov was quoted by
news agencies as telling the radio station.
"Better to spend a few hundred million dollars to create a
system for preventing a collision than to wait until it happens and hundreds of
thousands of people are killed," he said.
The Apophis asteroid measures approximately 350 metres (1,150
feet) in diameter and RIA Novosti news agency said that if it were to hit Earth
when it passes nearby in 2036 it would create a new desert the size of France.
The universe's mysterious 'Cold Spot' Is the "Great Void" One-Billion Light Years
Across the Imprint of Another Universe or a Statistical Error?
DailyGalaxy.com - 122909 In 2004 astronomers found an enormous hole in the
southern hemisphere of the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty
of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies, and gas, and the mysterious,
unseen "dark matter." This was a startling finding, since accepted models of the
early universe say that the big bang created an initially uniform cosmic
landscape, when viewed on large scales. While earlier studies have shown holes,
or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this discovery dwarfed
them all. This "nothing" is an enormous hole in the cosmos that defies standard
cosmology and might just be the imprint of another universe bumping against our
own while some astronomers suggested the spot could be a supervoid, a remnant of
an early phase transition in the universe.
This giant cold spot has a cosmic microwave
background a chilly 20 to 45 per cent lower than the average for the rest of the
sky, according to NASA's WMAP satellite. ...
NASA - A Giant Breach in Earth's Magnetic Field Hole In Magnetic Field Is Said To Be Four
Times Larger Than The Earth
Science.NASA.gov - Dec 16, 2008
Space physicists have long believed that holes in Earth's
magnetosphere open only in response to solar magnetic fields that point south.
"The opening was huge—four
times wider than Earth itself," says Wenhui Li, a space physicist at the
University of New Hampshire who has been analyzing the data. Li's colleague
Jimmy Raeder, also of New Hampshire, says "1027 particles per second
were flowing into the magnetosphere—that's a 1 followed by 27 zeros. This kind
of influx is an order of magnitude greater than what we thought was possible."
Swedish Study: Wireless Phones Can Affect The Brain ScienceDaily.com - Nov. 11, 2009
A study at Örebro University in Sweden indicates that mobile
phones and other cordless telephones have a biological effect on the brain. It
is still too early to say if any health risks are involved, but medical
researcher Fredrik Söderqvist recommends caution in the use of these phones,
above all among children and adolescents. Few children who regularly use mobile
phones use a headset often or always, even though the Swedish Radiation Safety
Authority recommends this.
"Children may be more sensitive than adults to radiation from
wireless phones," says Fredrik Söderqvist, who is presenting his research
findings in a new doctoral thesis at Örebro University. ...
ST. LOUIS — Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business
practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is
competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance
over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an
Associated Press investigation has found. (Read
first underwater crossing of Atlantic Ocean AFP,
120909 Spain on Wednesday
handed back to the United States a robot which last week completed the first
underwater crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to help monitor climate change by
glider, which resembles a rocket with wings on its sides, traveled the 7,400
kilometres (4,600 miles) between New Jersey on the US east coast and Galicia in
Spain's northwestern coast in 225 days using only a battery and aided ocean
Dubbed the "Scarlet
Knight", it was brought ashore on Friday at Baiona, the town where Christopher
Columbus landed in 1493 during the return journey from his initial trip to the
McAfee lists the most dangerous Web domains
December 2, 2009 | 12:01am
McAfee is releasing a list today that shows which international
Web domains are the most perilous. The anti-virus software
developer analyzed more than 27 million country and generic Web
domains for browser exploits, phishing, excessive pop-ups and
malicious downloading. ...
The Potential Death Of The Internet
(As We Know It)
The rich want the fast bandwidth and the poor
will get the equivalent of dial-up.
Rupert, Rupert, Rupert. He just doesn't understand how the
Internet works. If he continues to actively try to destroy the
"fair use" of content, readers from all across the political
spectrum will revolt against him. Even from his own side.
Murdoch hates Google and every other search engine because he
thinks by having Google linking to his stories, they are
kleptomaniacs and robbing him. When asked why he just doesn't
remove his websites from Google searches now, he replies that he
will after he turns them all into "just for pay" only sites. If
he feels they are ripping him off then why doesn't he do it now?
The answer is he can't afford to do that. I dare him to do it.
Tell the FCC What You Want from a National Internet Plan
Save The Intrernet, By Megan Tady, June
The Federal Communications Commission is busy
crafting America's first national broadband plan, and
they're asking for your input. Now's your chance to tell the
FCC to support an open, fast, affordable and people-powered
Internet without corporate gatekeepers. You have until July
make your voice heard with the FCC. Our wish list for
the Internet can become a reality if it’s backed by strong
public support. ...
What shook up Saturn's rings in 1984? Something disrupted the rings 25
years ago, creating a pattern like the grooves on a vinyl record – and the
mystery is only getting deeper New Scientist, by
Rachel Courtland, 14 October 2009
Saturn's rings seem almost immutable. These planetary jewels,
carved by moonlets and shaped by gravity, could well have looked much the same
now as they did billions of years ago - but only from afar.
Now it is emerging that an event around 25 years ago dramatically
disrupted the rings - and all our telescopes and spacecraft missed it. This
mysterious event suddenly warped the planet's innermost rings into a ridged
spiral pattern, like the grooves on a vinyl record. The latest images reveal
that the perturbation is so vast that only a profound change to the planet can
have caused it. ... (Read
How The Moon Produces Its Own Water A Huge Solar Sponge That Absorbs Electrically Charged
RedOrbit.com, 15 October 2009
The Moon is a big sponge that absorbs electrically charged
particles given out by the Sun. These particles interact with the oxygen present
in some dust grains on the lunar surface, producing water. This discovery, made
by the ESA-ISRO instrument SARA onboard the Indian Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter,
confirms how water is likely being created on the lunar surface. ...
PROJECT INDECT: A.I. TO POLICE EUROPE
Stephen C. Webster -
September 20, 2009
The European Union is spending tens of millions of euros on an artificial
intelligence system known as “Project Indect,” which would draw from multiple
data sources, namely public surveillance cameras, in order to detect “threats”
and recognize “abnormal behavior” across the whole continent.
the project’s Web site,
once completed, Project Indect would even be able to track vehicles as a type of
support network for EU police officers.
Perhaps more chilling,
the project promises “continuous monitoring” of “web sites, discussion
forums, usenet groups, file servers, p2p networks [and] individual computer
Federal Authority Over Internet? The Cybersecurity Act of 2009 Government Would Take Control Over Internet
In National Emergency
Electronic Frontier Foundation,
by Jennifer Granick - 041009
There's a new bill working its way through Congress that is
cause for some alarm:
the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 (PDF
summary here), introduced by Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)
and Olympia Snowe (R-ME). The bill as it exists now risks giving
the federal government
unprecedented power over the Internet without necessarily
improving security in the ways that matter most. It should be
opposed or radically amended. Essentially, the Act would
federalize critical infrastructure security. Since many of our
critical infrastructure systems (banks, telecommunications,
energy) are in the hands of the private sector, the bill would
create a major shift of power away from users and companies to
the federal government. This is a potentially dangerous approach
that favors the dramatic over the sober response. One proposed
provision gives the President unfettered authority to shut down
Internet traffic in an emergency and disconnect critical
infrastructure systems on national security grounds goes too
far. Certainly there are times when a network owner must block
harmful traffic, but the bill gives no guidance on when or how
the President could responsibly pull the kill switch on
privately-owned and operated networks. ... (read
Top Secret Satellite Launches From Space Coast
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 9:30:27 PM CAPE CANAVERAL -- An Atlas
V rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Tuesday. The rocket
launched just after 5:30 p.m. and carried a government communications satellite
built by Lockheed Martin. ...
promises new applications Arizona State University -
3 hours ago 071309
Since its discovery just a few years ago,
graphene has climbed to the top of the heap of new
super-materials poised to transform the electronics and
‘Pain Ray’ First
Commercial Sale Looms Wired
The military isn’t about to deploy its pain ray to the battlefield. But
someone in the commercial sector is about to one. We don’t know who. The
sale is mentioned in a presentation by Raytheon, who built the microwave
weapon for the Defense Department.
The so-called “Active Denial System” works by heating the outer surface of
the target’s skin using millimeter waves — short wavelength microwaves. The
effect is painful, but generally harmless, and forces the target to get out
of the beam. Recently, it’s been proposed as a possible defense against
pirates; last month, Raytheon gave a presentation on Active Denial at a NATO
workshop on anti-pirate equipment and technologies.
Moon Landing Tapes Got Erased, NASA Claims Reuters -
Maggie Fox, Philip
Barbara - 071709
WASHINGTON - The original recordings of the first humans
landing on the moon 40 years ago were erased and re-used, but newly
restored copies of the original broadcast look even better, NASA
NASA lost moon footage, but Hollywood restores it The Associated Press -
Seth Borenstein -
WASHINGTON — NASA could put a man on the moon but didn't have the sense
to keep the original video of the live TV transmission. In an
embarrassing acknowledgment, the space agency said Thursday that it must
have erased the Apollo 11 moon footage years ...
NASA refurbishes video copies of moon landing The Associated Press -
Seth Borenstein -
WASHINGTON — With the help of Hollywood, those historic, grainy images
of the first men on the moon never looked better. NASA unveiled
refurbished video Thursday of the July 20, 1969, moonwalk restored by
the same company that sharpened up the movie
The Absurdity Of The Erased Moon Videotapes Allegation You Need To Reason Simple Facts Before Accepting A Poor
Excuse of Stupidity
So let's get this straight... arguably the most significant
moment in mankind's history, recorded on countless hours and hours of
videotape, was somehow errantly erased and then recorded over? Seriously? Days
and days of tapes, all accidentally recorded over?
NSA’s American Intercepts Exceed Limits Set By Congress Officials: Agency involved in ‘overcollection’ of
communication by Americans The New York Times, by Eric Lichtblau and
James Risen -
April 16, 2009 WASHINGTON - The National Security Agency
intercepted private e-mail messages and phone calls of Americans in recent
months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits established by
Congress last year, government officials said in recent interviews. ...
CDT Wants US Gov't to Detail Computer Monitoring Program IDG News Service, by Grant Gross Jul 28, 2009 3:40
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration needs to answer several
questions about the privacy implications of a new version of a computer
intrusion detection system that can reportedly read e-mail, a privacy
and civil rights advocacy group said.
The Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), in a report released
Tuesday, called on the Obama administration to release information about
the legal authority for the so-called Einstein intrusion detection
system, a version of which has been rolled out at the U.S. Department of
U.S. President Barack Obama's administration needs to answer several
questions about the privacy implications of a new version of a computer
intrusion detection system that can reportedly read e-mail, a privacy and
civil rights advocacy group said.
for Democracy and Technology (CDT), in
a report released Tuesday, called on the Obama administration to
release information about the legal authority for the so-called Einstein
intrusion detection system, a version of which has been rolled out at the
U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The CDT report also asks the Obama administration to release
information about the role of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) in
the development and operation of Einstein 3, a new version of the software
reportedly being developed.
The second version of Einstein is deployed at the DHS and is being
rolled out to other U.S. agencies. While Einstein 2 is able to detect
malicious code during predefined code signatures, Einstein 3 will also be
able to read e-mail and other Internet traffic, according to recent press
"This raises serious privacy concerns," the CDT report says. "While its
predecessor merely detected and reported malicious code, Einstein 3 is to
have the capability of intercepting threatening Internet traffic before it
reaches a government system, raising additional concerns. According to
press accounts, Einstein 3 will operate inside the networks of the
The Einstein 3 used capabilities created by the NSA, the CDT paper
says. NSA is the agency that partnered with U.S. telecom carriers in
recent years to conduct surveillance on U.S. residents exchanging
telephone calls or e-mail messages with foreigners with suspected ties to
Spokespeople for DHS and NSA didn't immediately return messages seeking
comment on the CDT report.
The kind of information the CDT is asking the Obama administration to
disclose about Einstein is similar in some ways to information released in
a privacy impact statement for Einstein 2, released in May 2008, said
Gregory Nojeim, CDT's senior counsel. The information CDT is seeking
"wouldn't help an adversary overcome the system," he said.
Among other things, CDT wants to know what law gives DHS
the legal authority to
conduct such surveillance, Nojeim said. "Some facts about the
program might need to remain secret, but the law that supports it cannot
be a secret," he added.
CDT also wants to know:
-- If the private sector was involved in developing Einstein 2 and 3.
-- What safeguards will be put in place to prevent the misuse of
private information collected.
-- What personally identifiable information will be collected by
-- How will DHS share data collected with Einstein 3?
Are Smart Outlets A Smart Thing For Your Privacy? John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the
electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The
invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires
-- and to conserve energy.
The technology puts a wireless reciever in every outlet. The outlet
does not deliver any voltage until it is pluged into by an appliance with
a wireless transmitter. The transmitter tells the reviever turn on and
allow THIS much votlage. If the appliance starts to draw too much voltage,
how most fires start, the outlet shuts down. This also will prevent
injuries to children.
La Grou also speaks about "remote control and automation of every
outlet in every home and business." I am more than a little worried about
who would have, or could get, remote control over these outlets.
The technology has won awards, and it is very innovative and practical.
I only worry about the potentials for abuse.
The Human Tracking Microchip Saudi Files For 'Killer' Tracking Chip
thelocal.de - by
Kristen Allen 2009-05-21 A Saudi
Arabian inventor has filed for a patent on a potentially lethal
science fiction-style human tracking microchip, the German
Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) told The Local on Friday.
But the macabre innovation that
enables remote killing will likely be denied copyright
protection. “While the application is still pending further
paperwork on his part, the invention will probably be found to
violate paragraph two of the German Patent Law – which does not
allow inventions that transgress public order or good morals,”
spokeswoman Stephanie Krüger told The Local from Munich. ...
New Government Technology
Imagine a herd of these hunting you down somewhere.
Milky Way Galaxy Has 'Billions of Earths' There could be one hundred billion
Earth-like planets in our galaxy, a US conference has heard. BBC
News 021709 Dr Alan
Boss of the Carnegie Institution of Science said many of these
worlds could be inhabited by simple life forms. ...
Ed Note: Water is predicted to
be the new gold. A worldwide water crisis is predicted in the
coming years. About seven years ago, a man showed up on our
rural countryside property with a GPS locator. He said he was
given orders to GPS locate every single well. Interesting that
someone apparently wants to know where all the wells are.
US and Russian satellites collide
CNET News, CA -
Feb 11, 2009
by Bill Harwood In an unprecedented space
collision, a commercial Iridium communications satellite and a
defunct Russian satellite ran into each other ...
Satellite crash poses new political risk
Reuters - 22
hours ago 021109
By Luke Baker LONDON (Reuters) - The collision
between a US and a Russian satellite over Siberia may have
been accidental and the first of its kind, ...
Senate OKs DTV switch delay Senate votes to delay digital transition by
4 months to June 12
WASHINGTON January 26, 2009 (AP)
TESSLER Associated Press Writer The Senate on Monday voted
unanimously to postpone the upcoming transition from analog to
digital television broadcasting by four months to June 12 —
setting the stage for Congress to pass the proposal as early as
The World of Nano
Technology Is Upon Us
A new technology often called the decades biggest breakthrough.
Police want the right to jam cell signals
Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, February
1, 2009; Page A02
As President Obama's motorcade rolled down
Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day, federal authorities
deployed a closely held law enforcement tool: equipment that can
jam cellphones and other wireless devices to foil
remote-controlled bombs, sources said.
Amazing Aero EV:
0 to 60 in 2.5 seconds, 10 minute recharge by Thomas
Ricker, posted Jan 27th 2009 at 6:44AM
SSC just came clean with the details behind its
All-Electric Scalable Powertrain (AESP) producing 1,000
horsepower and 800 lb-ft of torque that rips the Aero EV through
0 to 60 in just 2.5 seconds at a 208mph top speed. Compare that
to the Tesla Roadster's 0-60 in
(or 3.7 for the
2009 sport model) and you'll understand all the hubbub, bub.
Better yet, the 150-220 mile battery can be refilled in just 10
Obama Gets To Keep 'Enhanced' BlackBerry
Journal - 1 hour ago 012209
By Jeffry Bartash
Commander in Chief Barack Obama, a known BlackBerry addict, doesn't have to
surrender his smartphone after all.
Microsoft postpones Windows 7 public beta
1 hour ago 011009
By Gregg Keizer
January 9, 2009 (Computerworld) Microsoft Corp. postponed the rollout of the
Windows 7 beta today, citing "very heavy traffic" on its Web site.
Microsoft issues patch to fix IE
Microsoft has said that an
emergency security update has fixed a flaw in Internet Explorer
that left millions of computers vulnerable to hacking and
Microsoft offers another lifeline to XP
CBC.ca, Canada -
14 hours ago 122308
Microsoft Corp. is giving Windows XP yet another
reprieve, this time allowing custom PC builders to continue to
order the older operating system for their ...
Final Rewind: The VHS Tape Has Breathed Its Last
the days when VHS tapes were so ubiquitous that every video
store you knew had the slogan, "Be kind, rewind?" We bring you
this bit of pressing nostalgia not because VHS has suddenly
slowed its long decline, but because the last distribution
Repairs begin on undersea cable
BBC News, UK - 7 hours ago
A French ship has begun repairing two undersea cables in the
Mediterranean that were severed on Friday, disrupting internet and phone
Europe to spend $13 bln on
Mars rover, space plans
Reuters - 4 hours ago
By Tim Hepher THE HAGUE, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Europe juggled
expanding ambitions in space with fears of recession on
Wednesday by approving a research and development budget that
caps costs for a mission to Mars.
International Space Updates, November
DailyTech - 5 hours ago
NASA extended shuttle Endeavour's mission at the International
Space Station (ISS) an extra day so astronauts were able to work
out all the kinks in a new system that converts astronauts'
urine into drinking water.
Microsoft warns of new Windows attacks
Computerworld, MA -
2 hours ago
By Gregg Keizer November 26, 2008 (Computerworld)
Security researchers at Microsoft Corp. late yesterday warned of
a significant increase in exploits of a ...
Could it be a Blue Christmas for Blu-ray?
PC World - 2 hours ago
This holiday buying season is going to be the first big market
challenge for Blu-ray. This will be Blu-ray's first holiday
season as the unquestioned HD format leader, but with the
economy in the state that it is, will it be able to actually
manage to ...
Ocean currents can power the world, say scientists A revolutionary device
that can harness energy from slow-moving rivers and
ocean currents could provide enough power for the entire
world, scientists claim.
Copping Last Updated: 2:39PM GMT 29 Nov 2008
The technology can generate electricity in water flowing
at a rate of less than one knot - about one mile an hour
- meaning it could operate on most waterways and sea
beds around the globe.
Analyst: Mac, iPod
discounts lower than expected
Nov 28, 2008
NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Black Friday discounts were not as
steep as expected on Apple Inc.'s computers and iPods, a sign
that the company is confident in strong holiday sales, a Kaufman
Wii leads the way on
healthy Black Friday
CNET News -
3 hours ago
proved to be a relatively bright light in an economy largely
characterized by dark, gloomy reports. Overall, retail sales for
the day after Thanksgiving were up 3 percent from the same day
in 2007, with preliminary estimates putting total ...
Wii Sales Pass 7 Million Units in
PC World -
16 hours ago
As the second anniversary of the launch of
Nintendo's Wii approaches sales of the console have passed the 7
million mark, according to figures released on Wednesday.
Hoping to Draw Market
Share With Touch Screens
New York Times -
2 hours ago
By JENNA WORTHAM
and MATT RICHTEL This holiday, cellphone makers and carriers are
pushing some shiny new toys: phones with touch-sensitive screens
like the one on Apple’s iPhone.
resupply spacecraft docks with ISS
Space Daily -
12 hours ago
Russian resupply vehicle on Sunday docked with the International
Space Station (ISS) carrying cargo ranging from scientific
equipment to birthday presents, the RIA Novosti news agency
Videogames get set to go
Nov 28, 2008
By John Gaudiosi
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - With the holiday season fast
approaching, videogame makers are making sure they have games
and consoles handy for trains, planes and automobiles -- and so
are holiday destinations.