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 Monday, 13-May-2013  02:39:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

The ISS has apparently changed from Windows to Linux, thanks mpot. The United Space Alliance, which manages the computers aboard the International Space Station in association with NASA, has announced that the Windows XP computers aboard the ISS have been switched to Linux. “We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable.”

Meanwhile lots of people are keen to go to Mars, for good. Just two weeks into the nineteen week application period, more than seventy-eight thousand people have applied to the Mars One astronaut selection program in the hope of becoming a Mars settler in 2023. Mars One has received applications from over 120 countries. Most applications come from USA (17324), followed by China (10241), United Kingdom (3581), Russia, Mexico, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Argentina and India. If you're keen, you can apply here.

Melbourne will soon have its own top level domain, thanks Tony. The global governing body for domain names, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has approved the .melbourne top-level domain after a year-long evaluation, says technology provider ARI Registry Services.

The US copyright law situation has generally been all bad news, but there seems to be some sense in the most recent bill. For example, Lofgren's bill would likely make it legal for consumers to rip DVDs for personal use in much the same way they've long ripped CDs. It would remove legal impediments to making versions of copyrighted works that are accessible to blind users. And it would ensure that car owners have the freedom to service their vehicles without running afoul of copyright law. More info here.

Adobe are officially moving to the cloud, with major products being only available on a leased basis. Gone are the days of walking into a brick and mortar store and purchasing a copy of Photoshop that you can call your own. While you will still be able to buy licensed copies of Adobe Photoshop Elements, any pro-grade version software like Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, etc will only be cloud based.

Coming soon to a festival near you: a robotic beer drone. After the drone reaches the approximate location of the person that requested the beer in addition to the appropriate altitude to safely drop the brew, the drone releases the can. Assuming the parachute opens correctly, the can safely glides to the ground into the hands of the thirsty festival attendee. I've almost got my kids trained to make my morning coffee.. bringing me a beer should be simpler.



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