NASA has announced this morning that they have discovered a planet completely covered with marijuana, a discovery that has completely taken scientists by surprise. Planet X637Z-43, discovered using NASA’s Kepler satellite, would also allegedly be one of the very few planets potentially habitable according to NASA experts, who have detected sufficient levels of oxygen and
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An unmanned NASA-contracted rocket exploded early Tuesday evening along the eastern Virginia coast, causing a huge fireball but no apparent deaths.
According to NASA, the Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket and Cygnus cargo spacecraft were set to launch at 6:22 p.m. ET from the Wallops Flight Facility along the Atlantic Ocean. It was set to carry some 5,000 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station.
“There was failure on launch,” NASA spokesman Jay Bolden said. “There was no indicated loss of life.”
Bolden added, “There was significant property and vehicle damage. Mission control is trying to assess what went wrong.”
If you suddenly lose access to the Internet on Monday, don’t panic: it doesn’t mean that your PC has recently been infected with a virus or anything.
It just means that your PC was infected with a virus a long time ago, and the FBI has been helping to keep your infected PC online all this time.
Here’s what happened: A criminal enterprise created and unleashed a piece of malware called DNSChanger. In broad strokes, it interferes with all of your online activity by invisibly redirecting your Internet service to use the crime syndicate’s own set of domain name servers.
A domain name server is the trusted address book for every computer on the Internet. You ask the Web browser on your PC to take you to Suntimes.com. Your PC’s Internet service contacts a DNS, which tells your PC the numerical address of the Sun-Times’ web server, and then your web browser connects to that physical web server and opens the page.
DNSChanger forces an infected PC to use the criminals’ fraudulent DNS. As you can imagine, a fake DNS is like a fake phone book; it can trick your PC into going damned near anywhere without your ever being aware. It appears that the main scheme of DNSChanger was to redirect ad traffic and search results to sites that earned money for the scammers via referral links. But it also pulled worse tricks, such as re-routing URLs for Netflix, iTunes, and even the IRS to unrelated sites where the syndicate could reap kickbacks from established referral networks. The malware netted the enterprise more than $14M before it was shut down in October by the FBI and international law enforcement.
It’s a PC virus, but it can also modify the settings of your broadband router to use the rogue DNS so that the browser traffic of every computer and device on your network would be affected . . . including Macs, tablets, and phones.
Because DNSChanger infected so many computers — the FBI estimates half a million infections in the U.S. and about 4 million worldwide — and infected computers can only access the Internet through the criminals’ domain name servers, law enforcement decided to temporarily replace the criminals’ rogue domain name servers with legitimate ones, to keep those millions of users (many of which were inside government agencies such as NASA) online.
If you spent a significant portion of your weekend hurling birds through space, you aren’t alone: On Monday, Rovio tweeted that its new game Angry Birds Space has been downloaded 10 million times in just three days.
“I can’t think of another app that has done this well, especially when you consider that they only have a paid version available in the iTunes App Store,” said Peter Farago, vice president of marketing at the mobile analytics firm Flurry. “The closest success story I can think of is OMGPOP’s Draw Something, which racked up 20 million total downloads in five weeks.”
Rovio released Angry Birds on Thursday on Apple iOS, Google Android, PC and Mac simultaneously.
The company, which has plans to open Angry Birds theme parks in Finland and England and has developed a line of Angry Birds plush toys and apparel, approached the release of its latest game with a marketing gusto usually reserved for major movie and video game releases. It arranged marketing tie-ins from Walmart, NASA, T-Mobile, National Geographic and MTV.
Rovio introduced Angry Birds, its silly catapulting game, in 2009. Before the release of Angry Birds Space, Rovio had seen other iterations of its game downloaded more than 500 million times in three years.
Angry Birds Space is clearly off to a great start, but there were a few hiccups with this latest release.
Although the game generally has been praised by reviewers, conversations on the official Angry Birds Twitter feed indicate that there have been some problems with the game crashing on fourth-generation iPod Touch.
Rovio said it is working on a fix.
Last year NASA awarded contracts to three teams at Lockheed Martin,
Northrop Gurmman and Boeing to create a perfect plane for 2025, silent
and with low fuel consumption. Here is what they came up with, which
could enter service in 2025.