The Weekly Hash - October 12, 2012

A review of this week's top tech stories, with a minimum of malarkey!

Credit: ITworld/Phil Johnson

In honor of last night’s Vice Presidential debate, we hereby declare this Columbus Day-week edition of the Weekly Hash a malarkey-free zone! Actually, it’s more like a malarkey-full zone, but whatever. Let’s just get on with it.

On Wednesday the SpaceX Dragon supply capsule made its first ever delivery to the International Space Station, delivering 1,000 pounds of cargo. When the capsule arrived nobody was home, so it just left the cargo on the stoop.

Taiwan complained to Apple this week after noticing that Apple Maps revealed satellite images of Taiwanese radar facilities. The good news for Taiwan is that Apple Maps showed the facilities being in Peru.

An Arizona man admitted on Thursday to hacking the Sony Pictures Entertainment website in 2011. As of yet, no one has claimed responsibility for Sony’s Total Recall remake last summer.

On Thursday M.I.T. launched a research center devoted to mobile technology. If it works out, this could be the thing that finally puts M.I.T. on the map.

Hackers in Florida stole personal information for thousands of students and employees at Northwest Florida State College. Experts determined that it was an outside job, based on the fact that it happened at Northwest Florida State College.

Analysts said this week that they expect Microsoft to offer its new Surface tablet at a price between $399 and $499. Based on that price range, Microsoft projects revenues from the Surface of between $798 and $998.

It was reported this week that IT employment was down in September for the first time in two years. Here’s how bad things have gotten for IT workers: today I saw a system administrator on the street with a sign that said, “Will talk you out of migrating to Windows 8 for food.”

Later this month Microsoft will open 26 temporary “pop-up” stores to sell Surface tablet. They’ll be like Apple stores but instead of Genius Bars they’ll have C-Student Bars.

A DISH Network satellite being launched this fall will contain a disc containing 100 images meant to be a cultural artifact for aliens to find in the future. The disc was engineered to last 5 billion years; it’s made from silicon, gold and Twinkies.

The German police revealed this week that they’ve been eavesdropping on popular social media and messaging sites like Facebook, Skype and Gmail. Today, MySpace demanded to know why the police didn’t bother to eavesdrop on them.

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