Monday, December 8, 2008

Link roundup

1. NASA has ongoing major trouble with hackers. Here's one anecdote:

In 1998 a U.S.-German satellite known as ROSAT, used for peering into deep space, was rendered useless after it turned suddenly toward the sun. NASA investigators later determined that the accident was linked to a cyber-intrusion at the Goddard Space Flight Center in the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

2. 130,000 inflatable breasts have been lost at sea. The plan was to use them to promote men's magazine Ralph.

3. Video game companies hire professional reviewers to write in-house reviews so the company will know what last minute fixes are needed, and what public reviews will probably be like.