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  • Soyuz Lifts Off Again, Delivers Globalstar Satellites
    By on December 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    First time accepted submitter ZoCool writes “No doubt to the deep relief of the Russian and Arianespace engineers, and the investors buying their services, Anatoly Zac’s RussianSpaceWeb reports that on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at 21:09 Moscow Time (17:09 GMT) a Soyuz-2-1a launch vehicle carrying the third tranche of the 2nd Generation Globalstar network, in the form of 6 satellites, was delivered successfully to orbit. This launch from (more…)

  • Running Great Britain? There’s an App For That!
    By on December 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    judgecorp writes “Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron will get a personalised iPad app to help him run the country. The ‘government dashboard’ will include health waiting list figures, crime statistics, economic statistics and a real-time news feed. Cameron is a committed Apple user — but British members of Parliament have only been allowed iPads in the House of Commons since March 2011.”

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  • Amazon Patents Deducing Religion From Gift Wrap
    By on December 26, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    theodp writes “If you’re the giver or recipient of presents gift-wrapped by Amazon, you may want to take a gander at U.S. Patent No. 8,060,463, granted to Amazon last month for Mining of User Event Data to Identify Users with Common Interests. Among other things, Amazon explains the invention can be used to identify recipients of gifts as Christian or Jewish based on wrapping paper. From the patent: ‘The gift wrap used by such other users (more…)

  • JPMorgan Rolls Out (Another) FPGA Supercomputer
    By on December 16, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “JP Morgan is expanding its use of dataflow supercomputers to speed up more of its fixed income trading operations. Earlier this year, the bank revealed how it reduced the time it took to run an end-of-day risk calculation from eight hours down to just 238 seconds. The new dataflow supercomputer, where the computer chips are tailored to perform specific, bespoke tasks (as explained in this Wall Street Journal (more…)

  • Computer Virus Forces Hospital To Divert Ambulances
    By on December 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    McGruber writes “The Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper is reporting that a hospital with campuses in Lawrenceville and Duluth, Georgia turned ambulances away after the discovery of ‘a system-wide computer virus that slowed patient registration and other operations.’ They’re only currently accepting patients with ‘dire emergencies.’ A spokeswoman for the hospital said the diversion happened because ‘it’s a trauma center and needs to (more…)

  • IBM Makes First Racetrack Memory Chip
    By on December 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    holy_calamity writes “For several years, we’ve followed the progress of IBM’s revolutionary ‘racetrack’ memory, which stores data inside nanowires for several years. Now Big Blue has made the first prototype integrated onto a single chip, using the CMOS processing technique used in commercial chip fabs. It’s still a research prototype, but goes some way to validate IBM’s claim that the technology could be commercialized.”


  • Jetman Yves Rossy Flies In Formation With Jets
    By on December 1, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    smitty777 writes “Slashdot has been following Yves Rossy in his previous exploits across the Grand Canyon and his attempts at international flight. He is now flying in formations with real jets. He even does a barrel roll around the two fighters in the video below.”

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