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August 11, 2007

No, not that kind of gash

Forbes | Shuttle Mission Overshadowed by Gash
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A routine shuttle mission, highlighted by a teacher's first spaceflight and space station construction, is now overshadowed by a troubling gash in Endeavour's thermal shield. A detailed laser inspection on Sunday of the difficult-to-reach area on Endeavour's belly could send astronauts out to repair the 3-inch wound later in the week, although NASA said that prospect appeared less likely than it did a day earlier. A penetration, if severe enough, could let in searing gases when the shuttle returns to Earth in a possible replay of the Columbia accident. As a pair of spacewalking astronauts installed a new beam to the international space station on Saturday, engineers back on Earth scrutinized images of the gouge, the result of a strike by fuel-tank foam insulation at launch. NASA said late Saturday that the piece of foam came off a bracket on the tank, then bounced off a strut farther down on the tank and shot into Endeavour.
See also: NASA's other troubling gash

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'Second Life' Sex Program Spawns Lawsuit

via Raw Story | AP | 'Second Life' Sex Program Spawns Lawsuit
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Kevin Alderman didn't bring sex to "Second Life." He just made it better. The 46-year-old entrepreneur recognized four years ago that people would pay to equip their online selves - which start out with the smooth anatomy of a Barbie or Ken doll - with realistic genitalia and even more to add some sexy moves. Business at Eros LLC has been brisk. One of his creations, the SexGen Platinum, has gotten so popular that he's now had to hire lawyers to track down the flesh-and-blood person behind the online identity, or avatar, that he says illegally copied and sold it. The $45 SexGen animates amorous avatars in erotic positions. It is software code, written in the scripting language of "Second Life" and placed in virtual furniture and other objects. Avatars click on the object and choose from a menu of animated sex acts. Alderman filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Tampa, Fla., last month alleging an avatar named "Volkov Catteneo" broke the program's copy protection and sold unauthorized copies. Alderman, who runs his business from home in a Tampa suburb, allows users to transfer his products, but prohibits copying. "We confronted him about it and his basic response was, 'What are you going to do? Sue me?'" Alderman said. "I guess the mentality is that because you're an avatar ... that you are untouchable.

August 10, 2007

Warren Ellis signs books in Second Life

Reuters | Warren Ellis | Second Life Sketches: ComebackI spent...

August 09, 2007

How to: Fix the red ring of death with three towels

Cheapy D fixes red ring with towel in video - Joystiq

Fun fact: Cheapy D (the host of the the video) used to lead my Halo 2 clan.

Xbox 360 Premium now includes HDMI

c|net | Xbox 360 Premium now includes HDMIThe Xbox 360...

Gusset Plates: Did they doom bridge?

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How to: Turn a flashlight into a burning laser

DIY: Turn a flashlight into a handheld burning laser - Lifehacker

DIYer Kipkay extracts the laser from a DVD burner and mounts it in a small flashlight to create a handheld laser burner that can light matches and burst balloons. Hit the play button to see how he did it. This project isn't for the faint of heart: it involves pretty specialized components and soldering, but that'll all be worth it when you're camping with your pals and you start the fire by pointing your homemade handheld laser at the tinder. For more info, Kip posted the laser mod over at Instructables, too.

(via Del.ici.ous)

August 08, 2007

Is Spock.com the face of web 3.0?

Live Long and Prosper: Now With Less Privacy (techyum)

Here's the deal: Web 1.0 was the alpha internet--users going to sites and making their own sites, Amazon.com is the example. Web 2.0 is the beta internet--users creating their own sites within social networks, crowdsourcing, MySpace is the perfect example. What will web 3.0 be? Howabout a linked together profile of all your meanderings and social networks? Your LinkedIn, MySpace and Friendster accounts all joined together? Maybe with your second Life or WoW profiles, too?

As reported by Ars Technica, Spock.com emerged into a puclic beta today as a search engine for searching people. We all google ourselves (or our exes) now and again, but this adds another level of complexity to the (potentially embarrassing) morass. It will allow users to manage their own profiles, adding pictures, tags or contact information, as well as importing information about such sites as LinkedIn, Myspace and Friendster.

Sounding a bit like a metaMyspace, it has the added feature of allowing the general public to add pictures, tags and information about any individual as well, creating a strange, parallel Wikiverse which will most assuredly run as smooth as high school did. Are there any embarrassing photos of you that haven't made it to the net? They will now.