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U.S. Military Enlists Amateurs to Track Space Junk

The U.S. military is launching a far-out neighborhood watch. But instead of warding off burglars, these amateur watchdogs are tracking orbital debris and possible satellite collisions in Earth orbit.


The sky-monitoring project, called SpaceView, is a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program that enrolls the talents of amateur astronomers to help protect American space assets from orbital trash.


The vision behind the DARPA SpaceView program is to provide more diverse data to the Space Surveillance Network, a U.S. Air Force program charged with cataloging and observing space junk and debris to identify potential near-term collisions. NASA estimates more than 500,000 pieces of hazardous space debris orbit the Earth, threatening satellites that support peacekeeping and combat missions.

The TV star popped by Katie Couric's new "Katie" talk show on Monday to chat about her 14-year-long show -- which will run at least through 2015 -- and to show Couric one of her proudest style moments: that time she celebrated her 70th birthday on October 21st in a white bikini.

There is no truth to the rumor that Luke Russert  asked Judge Judy:

Your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the show from having a younger judge. What's your response?

How one NYC data center survived Hurricane Sandy

The data centers are there because of demand from customers who want low latency and close proximity to their servers. Even the people who run the data centers say they're surprised the demand is so high.


“Just the sheer number of data centers on Manhattan is quite surprising,” said Steven Orchard, senior VP of development and operations at the data center hosting company Internap. “Theres a real need and want—whether it’s a need we could all likely debate, but there’s a real want by a certain customer base to have their infrastructure in Manhattan. It’s one of our largest infrastructures because customers request and require that the majority of their gear be there.”


And so Internap has since the late 1990s operated a data center at 75 Broad Street in New York City, a building hit hard by Hurricane Sandy on the night of October 29th. “The entire building was engulfed,” Orchard said. Water was rushing down the elevator shafts, filling the lobby with anywhere from one to three feet of water.

From The Onion:

Nation Horrified To Learn About War In Afghanistan While Reading Up On Petraeus Sex Scandal

h/t geomoo

Christopher Castillo Arrested After Threatening To Kill Obama On Facebook

Threatening the U.S. president's life is never taken lightly. After a tip-off from a concerned citizen, Secret Service agents arrived at Castillo's Melbourne home on Nov. 8 to investigate his intentions behind the Facebook post.


According to the felony complaint report filed by the Secret Service, an agent asked Castillo what his actions would be "if the President was standing here right now?" The angry man didn't hold back his opinions, replying he would “bitch slap him, and beat the shit out of him.” He also stated he would scream and call Obama a terrorist.


Florida Today spoke with Castillo's father, who is arguing that there isn't anything behind the allegations against his son.



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Am I the only one

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who is COMPLETELY UNINTERESTED in the sex lives of sixty-something generals and their token mistresses?

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I find it hysterically funny.

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I can't stop laughing watching his military buddies say what a great man he is, how disciplined he is.  And they say that with a straight face. 

Nobody knows how to handle this, the media or the pols, but I find it very funny watching them try.



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The most to-the-point reaction I have seen . . .

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. . . comes, as usual, from the comedy world.  That Onion article is funny cuz it's true:


“According to this, 2,000 American troops have died, 18,000 have been wounded, a And it’s been happening for, like, 11 years.” Sources confirmed that after  became distracted by a headline about Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash’s alleged sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy.

It is discouraging to see the heated opinions and fascination with the most petty details in comparison with the ho hum reactions to such things as drone strikes and other serious matters that hold the attention of many of us who started this website.  Then, while obsessing over this for a while, people will go back to ill-informed debates about just how badly the middle class needs to be gouged.  The latter discussion will lack the knowledge of details so prevalent in the discussions of the sex lives of famous people.

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A layer of human piss surrounds Mother Earth

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Speaking of space debris, it turns out that the entire earth is now surrounded by a thin layer of astronaut piss.  Flights returning to earth arrive coated with the stuff.  Seems a fit image of the care we are taking of our home planet.  It turns out, just throwing things out the window doesn't make them go away.  Like the CO2 from combustion engines, space debris and astronaut pee stay in the atmosphere.

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