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February 9, 2009

LOTD for February 9

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 7:45 pm

Tony Tether is suddenly out at DARPA, far earlier than expected:
http://www.flightglobal.com/blogs/the-dewline/2009/02/breaking-bushs-darpa-chief-ann.html

Asteroid has a 1 in 1400 chance of hitting Earth in 160 years, possibly devastating life on our planet. We have only 60 years or so to deflect the asteroid from hitting our planet…before it would be too late to do anything except hope that it misses us:
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20126945.200-asteroid-bound-for-earth-warn-your-grandchildren.html

The University of Missouri is suing one of its professors over his patent rights and inventions–he points to technology transfer rules that don’t make sense as causing the problem:
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR.aspx?PUBCODE=014&ACCT=1400000101&ISSUE=0902&RELTYPE=IDN&PRODCODE=00000000&PRODLETT=DH&CommonCount=0

Amazing that iron could be deep under the sea for years and not rust at all! Iron is hydrothermal vents does not rust–scientists were shocked to find shiny iron in the ocean!
http://www.rdmag.com/ShowPR~PUBCODE~014~ACCT~1400000101~ISSUE~0902~RELTYPE~MS~PRODCODE~00000000~PRODLETT~DF.html

It is sad that Americans are headed to other countries for stem cell treatments:
http://www.star-telegram.com/health/story/1177465.html

Three days after the US announced plans for a $200 million expansion of the Kabul embassy, the expansion was canceled:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/us-cancels-huge.html

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases studies the deadliest, incurable, fatal, airborne transmittable, diseases…and they had to suspend their biological research on Friday because they had problems accounting for high-risk microbes and biomaterials. Remember one of their researchers was the one who did the anthrax letter attacks in 2001:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7400

The Air Force is looking to use microwave weapons to knock enemy UAVs out of the sky:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/02/microwaves-vs-d.html

Anti-UAV systems have been getting a lot of funding lately:
http://hsdailywire.com/single.php?id=7401

Cuts in the F-35, F-18, DDG-51 destroyers , and FCS mean bad news for Boeing and Lockheed:
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=abL0b3PPlkzY&refer=home

US Congressman apparently leaked classified information on Twitter:
http://weblog.infoworld.com/robertxcringely/archives/2009/02/did_a_us_congre.html?source=NLC-NOTES&cgd=2009-02-09

Sprint apparently plans to outsource its network operations to Ericsson, which would affect the jobs of 7,000 Sprint workers:
http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/stories/2009/02/02/daily61.html?jst=b_ln_hl

People who are using XP now (like me) will be forced to do a clean install in order to upgrade to Windows 7. Now only does this mean that XP will need to be deleted before Windows 7 can be installed, but all applications will need to be uninstalled before the switch and installed after Windows 7 is installed. That insures that my computer will keep using XP until I have to buy a new one!
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/09/06NF-windows-xp-7-upgrade_1.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2009-02-09

Microsoft is offering a free tool that allows small- and medium-sized businesses to calculate their carbon footprint:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/09/02/09/Microsoft_offers_tool_to_calculate_carbon_footprint_1.html?source=NLC-DAILY&cgd=2009-02-09

Amazon is selling the BlackBerry Storm for $99, no rebate required!
http://www.geardiary.com/2009/02/07/blackberry-storm-price-drops-to-99-on-amazon-no-rebate-required/

eBay’s former CEO is preparing a run for governor of California:
http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE5185UO20090209?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews

A flashmob organized on Facebook and inspired by a T-Mobile commercial shut down a major London train station:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/02/09/uk.station.flashmob/index.html

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