NASA Woes: Hurricane Katrina hits shuttle tank facility

NASA has had really bad luck with their shuttle fuel tanks and things do not seem to be getting any better. Hurricane Katrina has damaged the Michoud Assemly plant, which may halt production of the already buggy fuel tanks and cause further delays of NASA’s space program. Hurricane Katrina is howling its way through Louisiana …more

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Creative Zen Neeon Ships with a Virus!

Slashdot has a post that claims the Creative Zen Neeon MP3 player has been shipping with a virus! Creative has released a statement in order to help consumers identify affected products. (Its translated, so it doesn’t flow very well for us English-speakers). I’m sure everyone is wondering… how did this pass Quality Assurance? An anonymous …more

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File-sharers move from BitTorrent to eDonkey

File-sharers have moved away from the popular BitTorrent system following legal action, say experts. The study by the Cambridge-based Internet analysis firm CacheLogic found that eDonkey is now roughly on par with BitTorrent in the United States, China, Japan and Britain. It is the dominant peer-to-peer file-sharing network in South Korea, which has the world’s …more

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ATI to launch five new chipsets for AMD M2 platform in 2006

It is common knowledge that in 2006, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) will change their socket design to the M2 940-pin socket for all single- and dual-core desktop processors. What we didn’t know it that ATI Technologies is working on FIVE new chipsets for the AMD Socket M2 K8 platform in 2006. The upcoming chipsets will …more

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Tuesday Reviews Around the Web

Corsair just published a detailed Application Note on performance impact of changing memory size from 1GB to 2GB. Find this and other articles in the LegitForums! We were very eager to run testing on Battlefield 2, as current user feedback indicated that this game performed much better with larger amounts of memory. As expected, the …more

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Intel Viiv platform PCs said to cost US$1,000-1,500

The Intel marketing machine has left the IT industry looking forward to the Viiv systems coming out in 2006. We are just now finding out prices and the complete sytems are looking to run US$1,000-1,500. Taiwan PC and chipset makers expect high prices for Intel Viiv PCs, slated for launch next year, will initially make …more

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Monday’s Reviews Around the Web

WindowsAtoZ analyzes a serious question in their article, “Security: What’s the Big Picture?” Find this and other reviews by visiting our fourms! Just the other day the creators of the huge Zotob worm that we’ve all heard about were arrested. Turns out it was two people in Turkey that are 18 and 21 years old. …more

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Windows Vista: Palladium (NGSCB) delivery is still to be determined

Many of our readers may remember Microsoft’s hardware-based security plan called Palladium as the evil software that was going to invade ones privacy. It now seems that Pallidium is not dead and how it will be used is still to be determined. We now know that Microsoft’s Secure Startup is a hardware fix that works …more

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Suspected Zotob Makers Arrested

The FBI says two men were nabbed in Turkey and Morocco, and charged in relation to the Zotob and earlier Mytob and Rbot worms. Looks like the FBI won this round! Farid Essebar, 18, a Moroccan national born in Russia and known by the moniker “Diabl0,” was arrested by Moroccan authorities, while Atilla Ekici, aka …more

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FCC extends 911 deadline for VoIP providers

Tens of thousands of people have not acknowledged that they understand VOIP’s 911 service have been granted extra time to get it taken care of. The decision to extend the cutoff deadline follows a letter from a coalition of VoIP providers, including AT&T and MCI, who complained that customers would be left stranded in an …more

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Apple iPod Battery Scheme Busted!

A big win today for Apple iPod users who have been suckered in to spending big bucks for a replacement battery (or a whole new iPod) when the original battery failed. Apple made some big bucks in this scheme because for first and second generation iPods, it was pretty much expected that the battery would …more

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Intel, Matsushita Team To Develop 8-Hour Notebook Battery

This is great news for all our mobile users out there. Better batteries in combination with lower power consuming CPUs will make laptop sales soar even higher! Also, if you want to build your own laptop today, check our forums for help and tips! The collaboration, announced at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, …more

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VOIP Users: Acknowledge 911 Service Issues Now!

If you are reading this news post chances are you have at least one Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) line at the office or in the home. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set a deadline on Monday the 29th as an interim safeguard while VOIP companies, rush to comply with an FCC order requiring …more

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US Military’s High Energy Laser Area Defense System Under Development

If you thought the air to air combat scenes in Star Wars was cool just wait till you see what the US military has planned for 2007. If everything goes as planned we will see HELLADS or for us non-military people, a giant laser that has the ability to shoot things out of the sky. …more

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