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11/20/2011
The Russian space program needs programmers
"The Russian space industry has problems with software. The best programmers went and there are no young people."
11/03/2011
Thorium may be a better fuel for nuclear power than Uranium
According to Virginia-based company Lightbridge, “it dramatically reduces the amount of waste in the reactor, reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor, and doesn't produce any weapons usable materials,” and it is also three times more abundant than uranium, the element currently used in nuclear plants.
11/01/2011
Russia: Laser scanner against drunk drivers
The new invention, dubbed “Bouton” (flower bud), was demonstrated at the XV Anniversary International Exhibition of Police and Military Equipment – ‘Interpolitex’ – held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. Bouton can trace even the most subtle fumes of ethanol in a car passing by at up to 150 km per hour. According to its manufacturer, it works in all weather conditions and requires no complex maintenance.
09/26/2011
US-military working to automate warfare
Drones flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen can already move automatically from point to point, and it is unclear what surveillance or other tasks, if any, they perform while in autonomous mode. Even when directly linked to human operators, these machines are producing so much data that processors are sifting the material to suggest targets, or at least objects of interest. That trend toward greater autonomy will only increase as the U.S. military shifts from one pilot remotely flying a drone to one pilot remotely managing several drones at once.
09/25/2011
The problem with Firefox and how it could be fixed
Not that long ago it looked like Firefox would soon be the most popular web-browser, but bad management decisions have prevented that from happening.
08/30/2011
What Facebooks "Like" buttons reveal
Privacy advocates warn about the "Like" button, that is appearing on so many websites. And it sends personal data, even when it is not clicked.
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Microsoft: "We have no obligation to return data to you."

The terms of service of the Windows store allow Microsoft to "change or discontinue certain apps or content offered in the Windows Store at any time, for any reason," and explains that "If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored", but if you are lucky "we may refund to you the amount you paid for the license,"

Microsoft's Windows store, which is basically a knockoff of similar stores made by Apple, Google and Amazon, contains several frightening clauses:

"Some apps may also stop working if you update or change your Windows 8 Beta device, or if you attempt to use those apps on a Windows 8 Beta device with different features or processor type. You are responsible for backing up the data that you store in apps that you acquire via the Windows Store, including content you upload using those apps." and "We have no obligation to return data to you. If sign in information or other data is stored with an expiration date, we may also delete the data as of that date."

In the last 5 years, Microsoft has discontinued numerous products including Microsoft Money, Encarta, Zune, MyPhone, Windows Mobile and Microsoft Kin. The most extreme example is probably Windows Mobile: The first devices with Windows Mobile 6.5.3 wer sold in Summer 2010 and it was dicontinued one year later. Starting with July 15 2011, people with a Windows Mobile device could no install or upgrade applications or use the MyPhone backup service.

Microsoft Can Remotely Kill Purchased AppsMark HachmanPC Mag12/08/2011
Microsoft Discontinues KinNick MediatiPC World06/30/2010
Statement from Microsoft on the discontinuation of Microsoft Money2009
Windows Mobile Marketplace and MyPhone Discontinued06/09/2011
Microsoft Zune Discontinued (2006-2011)Dave SmithInternational Business Times10/04/2011
How Microsoft Phases Out Products05/28/2009
Will there be a Silverlight 6 (and does it matter)?Mary Jo FoleyZDNet11/08/2011
These follow-up articles used this article as a reference:
Microsoft's "Cloud Service" Down For Over 8 Hours03/02/2012
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