Archive for June 14th, 2006
Straight from Gizmodo: "Now that jets, bombs and violence are back in the news, we turn our interest to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, the United States Air Force, which together have figured out how to make the F-22 Raptor supersonic warplane deliver bombs faster and higher than ever before. It does this by accurately computing an altitude and distance from the target where the weapon can be released with the highest probability of scoring a hit. This accuracy is possible because of an algorithm developed by Boeing, Phantom Works and the Air Force that computes the Launch Acceptability Region (LAR), taking into account navigation, weather, target and weapon information. To achieve the new milestone, the Air Force flew an F-22 at 50,000 feet and released a 1000-pound JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munition—it’s a bomb) at a speed of 1142 mph. That precision-guided smart bomb then destroyed a tiny target 27.5 miles away. This is significant because the higher and faster one of these jets can fly while delivering bombs, the less chance it has of being shot down by enemy fire."
Straight from Slashdot: "The Associated Press reports that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking wants humans to establish colonies in space in order to ensure the survival of the human race. At a news conference in Hong Kong, Hawking said that 'It is important for the human race to spread out into space for the survival of the species. Life on Earth is at the ever-increasing risk of being wiped out by a disaster, such as sudden global warming, nuclear war, a genetically engineered virus or other dangers we have not yet thought of.'"
Fark Headline – Eminem to star in “Have Gun, Will Travel” remake, preliminarily titled “I Gotta Glock, Yo. And I Take it Everywhere I Go.”
I’m still really confused as to why box office revenues are down for Hollywood; considering all of these great casting decisions and throwing out remake after remake…
Eminem Goes “Gun” Crazy – Yahoo! News
“The artist otherwise known as Marshall Mathers III will play a modern version of the show’s hero, Paladin, a professional gunslinger and West Point graduate in the original series, who, after the Civil War, lends his deadly talents out as a mercenary for hire.”
Looks like Google decided to fire a shot across the bow of Flickr.
Straight from Ars Technica: "The original draft of the Senate Commerce Committee's new telecommunications legislation contained no provisions for network neutrality, instead directing the FCC to produce a yearly report on the topic. Needless to say, yearly FCC reports were not what the proponents of network neutrality had hoped for; they wanted legislative action, and it looked like they would be disappointed."