By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's no-youtube-for-antarctica department
First time accepted submitter amcenwest writes with news on the fate of the mis-launched Ekspress-AM4
. From the article: "A modern, state of the art communications satellite stranded last August in a useless orbit will constitute a double failure if Russian officials de-orbit the spacecraft as planned, according to an expert from the team hoping to salvage the spacecraft. 'A new Express AM4 orbit could provide 14 to 16 hours of daily Internet coverage for the international scientific research bases in Antarctica,' said Readdy."
Unfortunately, the satellite is scheduled to begin a deorbiting burn between March 20th and 26th
, so it looks unlikely that it can be salvaged at this point.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's just-inject-techno-organic-virus-instead department
erice writes about the case of Nicola Wilding: "Injured in crash which damaged the nerves in her arm, she has reached the limits that can what be accomplished with nerve transplants. She can move her arm but doctors have given up hope of restoring use of her hand. So she wants doctors to amputate the hand and replace it with a bionic version that does work."
The doctor, Oskar C. Aszmann
, first performed a similar operation last year
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By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department
writes "The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), now in its 16th edition, is the de facto style guide for American writers. It deals with aspects of editorial practice, grammar, usage, document preparation and more. It's just one of many style guides for writers. The Microsoft Manual of Style, just released in its 4th edition, attempts to do for the technical writers what the CMS has done for journalists and other writers."
Read below for the rest of Ben's review. Microsoft Manual of Style
author Microsoft Corporation
publisher Microsoft Press;
reviewer Ben Rothke
summary Invaluable guide to becoming a better technical writerRead Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's creators-clearly-aren't-familiar-with-baseball department
suraj.sun sends this quote from an op-ed at Ars Technica:"Eight months ago, content owners and Internet service providers agreed to the Copyright Alert System, a 'six-strike' plan to reduce copyright infringement by Internet users. Under the system, ISPs will soon send educational alerts, hijack browsers, and perhaps even slow/temporarily block the Internet service of users accused of online infringement (as identified by content owners). At the time it was announced, some speculated that the proposed system might not be legal under the antitrust laws. ... If I had to explain antitrust in a single word, it would not be 'competition' — it would be 'power.' The power to raise prices above a competitive level; the power to punish people who break your rules. Such power is something society usually vests in government. Antitrust law is in part concerned with private industry attempting to assert government-like power. ... The Copyright Alert System represents a raw exercise of concerted private power. Content owners as a group have control over their product. They have leveraged this control to forge this agreement with ISPs, who need to work with content owners in order to offer content to their own users. ISPs, in turn, have power over us as users."Read Replies (0)