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NASA May Be Turning Japanese

By Newsgroup Usenet July 21st, 2008

Nasa Turns JapaneseNasa is talking to Japan’s space agency about using one of its spacecraft for servicing missions to the International Space Station, according to Japanese media reports.
Nasa has been considering various options to maintain its commitment to the Space Station after the Space Shuttle is retired from service in 2010. Discussions between Nasa and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) were described as “unofficial negotiations” by daily newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.

The paper did not identify the source of its information, but said that the negotiations began in February. Jaxa’s 10-metre H-2 transfer vehicle can lift up to six tonnes of cargo into orbit, and is being designed and built in Japan by Jaxa, Mitsubishi and other contractors. The first launch is expected next year on Japan’s H-2B rocket, which is also under development.

Currently, Jaxa plans to launch one H-2 per year, carrying scientific experiments as it tests and develops the project. Each transfer vehicle costs approximately $131m, according to press reports. The International Space Station requires regular supplies of food, water, oxygen and equipment. While Russia offers the only viable alternative method of regularly transporting astronauts into space, there are several countries with the ability to launch non-human cargo, including Japan, the European Space Agency and China.

The ESA recently carried out the first successful test flight of its cargo carrying an automated transfer vehicle to the Space Station.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 16th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 16th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  This one is a bit tricky….The USENIX Association is an umbrella of what Association?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



ATT Drops Binaries

By Newsgroup Usenet July 13th, 2008

Recently we had announced that ATT stated that they would be dropping groups from its Usenet access to customers. Apparently, ATT did not waste any time. As of Saturday morning (July 12th), users have reported that most, if not all binary newsgroups has been removed.

We’d like to take the time to remind all customers from ATT, as well as those from AOL, Timewarner and Comcast that we are offering a 15% lifetime discount on Newsdemon monthly accounts.  This discount will be good as long as you remain a Newsdemon Newsgroups customer.

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XBox 360 60GB Version Confirmed for August

By Newsgroup Usenet July 13th, 2008

Microsoft has finally confirmed a 60GB XBox 360 as well as a price cut for the 20GB model. The company made the official announcement on their website of a new XBox 360 with a 60GB hard drive coming in early August, taking advantage of the increasing number and size of games, videos and music for the game console nowadays.

At the same time, they also announced a reduction of price on the XBox 360 20GB model, dropping from $349.99 to $299.00. The Arcade version as well as the Elite version will remain at the same prices.



Intel Centrino 2 Platform Launches On Monday, July 14th

By Newsgroup Usenet July 12th, 2008

As notebook shipments have begun to significantly outpace the sales of desktop computers, each new notebook platform launched by Intel becomes more important to the company. This Monday July 14 marks the launch of Intel’s Centrino 2 platform, previously known by the code-name Montevina. The launch comes weeks after Intel had planned due to a problem with Intel’s own integrated graphics for the platform.

In fact, the Centrino 2 notebooks running Intel’s own integrated graphics will not be available on Monday. Only Centrino 2 systems running discrete graphics from NVIDIA or ATI will be available on Monday.

According to eWeek, the Centrino 2 platform is aimed at enterprise users, but it will find its way into consumer focused notebooks as well. The Centrino 2 platform will be the first mobile platform to take advantage of Intel’s new 45nm Penryn CPUs and the CPUs will run from 2.4GHz to 2.8GHz.

Also supported by the Centrino 2 platform is DDR3 RAM along with 802.11n and WiMAX. The move from the 65nm CPUs used in previous mobile platforms to 45nm parts in the Centrino 2 platform should lead to increased battery life and lower heat output — both very important to notebook users. The first 45-nm processors in the Centrino 2 platform will be dual-core parts, but quad-core CPUs will be available for the platform later.

Intel revealed in a blog post that the Centrino 2 platform processors will run at 25 watts whereas the older processors ran at 35 watts.



Top 10 Best Linus Trovalds Quotes

By Newsgroup Usenet July 12th, 2008

1. “Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free.”

2. “Microsoft isn’t evil, they just make really crappy operating systems.”

3. “My name is Linus, and I am your God.”

4. “See, you not only have to be a good coder to create a system like Linux, you have to be a sneaky bastard too.”

5. “The Linux philosophy is ‘Laugh in the face of danger’. Oops. Wrong One. ‘Do it yourself’. Yes, that’s it.”

6. “Some people have told me they don’t think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen a angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100 mph.”

7. “Intelligence is the ability to avoid doing work, yet getting the work done.”

8. “When you say, ‘I wrote a program that crashed Windows,’ people just stare at you blankly and say, ‘Hey, I got those with the system, for free.’”

9. “I don’t doubt at all that virtualization is useful in some areas. What I doubt rather strongly is that it will ever have the kind of impact that the people involved in virtualization want it to have.”

10. “Now, most of you are probably going to be totally bored out of your minds on Christmas day, and here’s the perfect distraction. Test 2.6.15-rc7. All the stores will be closed, and there’s really nothing better to do in between meals.”



Newsdemon welcomes Newsgroups customers from AOL and AT&T!

By WebMaster July 11th, 2008

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Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 10th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 10th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What does ARPANET stand for?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!



Fanboy Gets A Fan

By Newsgroup Usenet July 9th, 2008

One of the most popular sources for definitions, Mirriam-Webster, has decided to include the word ‘Fanboy’ to the 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary this year. Others that were considered, but eventually squashed were ‘noob’,’pr0n’ and the most popular in many newsgroups – ‘pwnd’.

Other inclusions this year included ‘unibrow’, ‘ringtone’, and ‘sandwich generation’.

Over the years, Mirriam-Webster has added many words into its dictionary over the years that have had a solid root in the Usenet community through Newsgroup discussions. Although many may not be proud, the Usenet community sees another nod of acknowledgement for its role in making ‘Fanboy’ as popular as it has become.



Newsdemon.com Usenet Trivia Contest July 7th, 2008

By Newsgroup Usenet July 7th, 2008

Here is today’s usenet trivia question:  What is the “BIG 8” and what are they?

The FIRST person to reply to the following email address with the correct answer PLUS their Name, City, State, and Country will be declared the winner.  The winner will receive a free month of Newsdemon.com Usenet Access!  Only the FIRST CORRECT email we receive at [email protected] with the user’s real information will be considered.  We will announce the winner within 24 hours of posting the Trivia Question.  If you submit an answer and do not hear back from us, then you are not the winner.  We will post the winners first name, last initial, city, and country on the blog after we have emailed the winner.  If you are not the winner, check back tomorrow, we may post another Usenet Trivia question tomorrow!