Schemes to tackle climate change could prove disastrous for billions of people, but might be required for the good of the planet, scientists say. That is the conclusion of a new set of studies into what's become known as geo-engineering. … [Read more...] about Geo-engineering: Climate fixes ‘could harm billions’
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Websites afflicted by the Heartbleed security flaw are finding that it's taking longer than anticipated to recover from the fallout. Heartbleed, which can expose people to hacking of their passwords and other sensitive information, sent companies rushing to patch their systems after the security flaw came to light last week. What some didn't foresee was the time and cost needed to restore user data and fix interruptions caused by suppliers and partners. Team Snap Inc., like many other Internet companies vulnerable to Heartbleed, sought to plug the vulnerability with a software update and minor technical adjustments, yet soon discovered that wasn't enough. Team Snap's hosting company, which provides their Internet infrastructure, caused a breakdown when it applied its own fix and disrupted customer websites. That scenario illustrates the hidden costs faced by individuals and businesses as they seek to fix one of the biggest security threats in Internet history, said Michael … [Read more...] about Heartbleed fixes taking longer as websites plug gaps
Kaleidoscope (27-05-2007) with Tran Dinh Thanh Lam Stock market players frequent cafe for daily fixes As the stock market rebounded last week, customers began returning to Cafe VN-Index on Phan Huy Chu Street in Ha Noi. Each day, 100 people visit the shop, surfing the internet or discussing the fluctuations of the stock market while downing their daily caffeine fix. Cafe manager Phi Thi Tuyet Dung, who works for the State Committee for Stock Exchange, decided to transform the former guesthouse run by the Ministry of Finance. "I got the idea of opening Cafe VN-Index after I heard a number of ministry officials promoting investment in the stock market," she says. Dung said she could guess the situation of the bourse just by looking at the reaction of the customers. She is now planning to buy computers, LCD monitors and reference books to help investors who have little time to conduct transactions at stock agencies. Though popular, Cafe VN-Index was not the first spot in town for stock … [Read more...] about Stock market players frequent cafe for daily fixes
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California, May 24, 2009 (AFP) - The space shuttle Atlantis made a picture perfect landing in Calfornia Sunday, nearly two days behind schedule at the end of a successful mission to repair and upgrade the Hubble telescope. Bypassing Florida because of uncertain weather conditions, the shuttle and its crew of seven landed at this desert air base 160 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of Los Angeles after 12 days, 21 hours and 37 minutes in flight. "Congratulations on a very successful mission giving Hubble a new set of eyes that will continue to expand our knowledge of the universe," said mission control in Houston as it welcomed the US astronauts back to Earth. "It was a thrill, from start to finish. We had a great ride," said co-captain Gregory Johnson. Upon landing, shuttle commander Scott Altman thanked everyone for getting them home safely. "At last! I didn't realize it was going to be so hard to get back to the Earth," he said. "We're all thrilled to have … [Read more...] about Atlantis lands in California after successful Hubble fix
In the suburbs of Hanoi an aircraft with the Vietnam Airlines emblem circles through the air as a crowd of spectators on the ground watches in envious wonder. But out of nowhere a blue jet appears and the two planes collide in the air, exploding instantly. The crowd gasps in disbelief and one man down on the ground shakes his head in disgust. As the pilot and owner of the mock-Vietnam Airlines aircraft, Pham Minh Tu has just witnessed his VND5 million $284) investment turn to dust. “I just bought it last week. I was only testing it now,” says Tu, who had never crashed a model airplane before today. “I cannot understand how I could make such a stupid mistake.” However, controlling a model plane at speeds of up to 100kmph is no easy feat. That’s why model airplane owners, like Tu, practice flying and landing on a computer before trying the real thing. Even if the owner has mastered his technique for flying, the models could have an electrical fault … [Read more...] about I wanna fly… high!