The Weekly Hash - October 19, 2012
A review of this week's top tech stories, from the space shuttle to Red Lobster
Another big week in tech news, highlighted by the space shuttle Endeavour’s 12-mile, 64-hour drive through Los Angeles. In retrospect, taking the 105 was a really bad idea...
On Sunday the space shuttle Endeavour completed its trip through Los Angeles to its new home at the California Science Center. Endeavour’s drive through L.A. was a success; it was only shuttle-jacked three times.
Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research have begun using a 1.5 petaflop IBM supercomputer to study climate change. Ironically, it runs on leaded fuel.
On Thursday the Consumer Electronics Association recommended calling the next generation of high definition TVs Ultra High Definition. The definition on these new TVs is so high that they almost called them Snoop Dogg High Definition.
Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke the speed of sound on Sunday when he jumped from a capsule 24 miles high. It’s been verified as the fastest freefall by anyone other than violentacrez.
A security researcher has found a flaw with certain pacemakers that could allow them to be hacked and commanded to deliver a deadly 830 volt jolt from up to 50 feet away. He said it could have the same effect on an elderly person as eliminating the early bird special at Red Lobster.
On Monday Marissa Mayer hired former vice president of Google's worldwide partner business solutions group Henrique de Castro as Yahoo’s new COO. She’s not done raiding Google; today she made an offer to the Google Doodle.
The hacker group Anonymous has had a falling out with WikiLeaks, over its decision to require a donation to access its content. The split seems pretty final; today on Facebook Anonymous unfriended WikiLeaks.
This week Japanese company Softbank agreed to pay $20 billion for 70 percent of Sprint. Under the terms of the agreement, if Softbank tries to get out the deal in the next two years, they’ll have to pay a $2 billion early termination fee.
Chinese manufacturer Foxconn reported this week that it found underage workers at one of its factories that makes products for Nintendo. They said it was a simple mistake - those kids were hired to work on the new iPad Mini.
The U.K. has decided not to extradite Gary McKinnon to the U.S. to face charges of hacking into government computers, due to health concerns. The news wasn’t all good for McKinnon; while he gets to stay in the U.K., he has to share a room with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy.