Archive for February, 2007

Asteroid Apophis May Hit Earth on 2036

If you think that story plot of Deep Impact and Armageddon space impact movie, where humankind has to race against the time trying to deflect the asteroid that heading toward and about to collide with Earth, is simply imaginative and fictional, may be you should think again. Asteroid Apophis is reported to has a 1 in 45,000 chance of striking Earth on April 13, 2036. But don’t worry, there is no need to product a few ‘earth saving heroes’ that need to sacrifice their life as in the movies, as the odd and chance of direct impact between Apophis and Earth is still considering low.


Near miss path of Apophis with while line been uncertainty or margin of error of its path estimation.

(99942) Apophis which previously known with provisional designation 2004 MN4 was first making massive news in December 2004 after been initial observations indicated a relatively large probability as high as 1 in 37 (2.7%) that it would strike the Earth in 2029, causing NASA to rate the asteroid with Torino scale rating of 4, the first time any asteroid had received a rating above 1, although additional observations provided improved predictions that eliminated that possibility.

According to CNN, United Nations (U.N.) may be asked to organize an asteroid deflection mission on Apophis and develop a blueprint or plan for a global response to an asteroid threat, including adopt procedures for assessing asteroid threats and deciding if and when to take action.

If any Earth rescue mission is carried out, the favored approach to deal with a potentially deadly space rock such as Apophis is by using Gravity Tractor where a spacecraft will maintain a position near the threatening asteroid and use gravity to alter the asteroid’s course so it no longer threatens Earth.

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Next-gen Networks are Essential

Some people are predicting a rapid change to networking architecture as we know it in the coming years. They are also suggesting that companies who are not willing to make those changes quickly will probably cease to exist.

Oscar’s Overlooked Stars: Geeks

Wired has a piece this morning covering the top 11 geek achievements in special effects at the Oscars. They mention in the article that the geeks are the big money makers, but we’ve known that for years.

Euro PS3 Hardware Specs

Sony today announced that PLAYSTATION 3 to be launched in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasia on 23rd March 2007 will use a new hardware specification.

The European PS3 will feature the Cell Broadband Engine, 60 GB hard disc drive, Blu-ray Disc player, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, SIXAXIS wireless controller. It also embodies a new combination of hardware and software emulation which will enable PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation (PS) titles and a limited range of PlayStation 2 (PS2) titles.

“PS3 is first and foremost a system that excels in playing games specifically designed to exploit the power and potential of the PS3 system,” said David Reeves, President of SCEE. “Games designed for PS3 offer incredible graphics quality, stunning gameplay and massively improved audio and video fidelity that is simply not achievable with PS and PS2 games. Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”

Some additional PS2 titles will become compatible on the PS3 system through regular downloadable firmware updates, which will be made available through the PLAYSTATION Network, from http://www.playstation.com or via PS3 game discs, with the first update planned for the launch date of the 23rd March 2007.

1. A device compatible with Linear PCM 7.1 Ch is required to output 7.1 ch audio, supported by Dolby TrueHD or a similar format, from the HDMI OUT connector.

2. This system does not support output from the DTS-HD 7.1 Ch. DTS-HD 7.1 Ch audio is output from a 5.1 or lower channel.

3. Usability of all storage media types is not guaranteed.

4. Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform properly on this system. Visit PS3 Euro FAQ (Closed Until Mar23) for the latest information regarding compatible titles

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Windows vs Mac with Southpark!

while browsing iStartedSomething, I came across this:

now that’s what i call funny! 😀

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