Waiting for the live broadcasting of the first astronauts that will land, a few years from now, on the Red Planet, we poor mortals loving space and wallpapers have to be satisfied with the stuff coming from NASA’s robotic rovers wandering on Mars. Curiosity aka Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), the latest and greatest automotive research lab sent up there by the USA space agency is, in that regard, a treasure trove of new photo shots from the Martian desert immensities.
Sir Arthur has got a new favorite wallpaper, and it’s a space-themed image this time too. My desktop is messed-up as usual, and at least until I will make up my mind for a good cleanup – and for completing the ten thousand games installed on the HD a distant time ago – the best choice is a kind of images with ethereal and almost stylized shapes, which NASA always cares to provide me on a regular basis.
The search for an image worthy of being the screen background every hour of day and night isn’t something to entrust chance or lucky with. The four works selected for this post are a relatively low-fi choice, an ideal wallpaper for messy, icon-ridden desktops able to merge aesthetics and functionality with not too many details turning the display into a surrealistic painting. Do yourself a favor: use a sober wallpaper and spare a visit at the oculist!
Gary McKinnon lost another battle in his long legal war against the extradition to United States when, some days ago, Home Secretary of United Kingdom refused to examine the new medical evidence submitted by the defendant. In a letter dated November 26 and directed to lawyer Karen Todner, Secretary Alan Johnson expressed his “firm view that McKinnon’s extradition would not be incompatible with his human rights“, therefore “his extradition to the United States must proceed forthwith“.
During the first week of July, the Interplanetary Internet conceived by Vint Cerf (formerly co-creator of the TCP/IP protocol at the foundations of “terrestrial” Internet) and by NASA engineers earned what should be its first permanent node in the outer space. During the second of a long series of tests to verify the reliability of the Delay-Tolerant Networking (also known as Disruption-Tolerant Networking) protocol, the software needed for its functioning was transferred aboard the International Space Station orbiting at 350 kilometers above the Earth.
Space, final network frontier: the Disruption-Tolerant Networking protocol (DTN, previously known as Delay Tolerant Networking) has sent out its first wails the last weeks when the NASA engineers have tested the first interplanetary-class network communication. It’s an historic step that opens novel opportunities to communicate in space, remote-control probes and eventually to liaise with the future human outposts in the Solar System.
If there’s something that is clear to anyone would have just washed his feet in the Internet ocean, it’s that in the so-called information society what is never absent are the debate cues, the (exactly) information sources and the events worth of citing. The possible suggestions, indeed, abound, and the problem isn’t to find them but to make a selection and put together the most interesting ones.
It’s a very rich dish for this first time of “Links & Suggestions“, a category that according to my purpose should become a chest containing those valuable URL addresses that could have been sources for news, analysis and anything else if only I had have the opportunity, the time and the will to engage myself firsthand.
Gary McKinnon, that is the 42 years old Englishman better known as Solo the Pentagon hacker, achieved notoriety in the first years of the new millennium with a series of unauthorized access operations to the most important American computer systems, by which he searched for – as he stated – the truth about the UFOs meanwhile installing backdoors, stealing military secrets and abusing of secret passwords supposedly far from being adequate to the security level of systems they was meant to protect.
The co-inventor of the TCP/IP protocol, the digital alphabet used in communications among devices connected to the Net, is persuaded to be able to make a revised version of the same standard work in space between the planets of the Solar System, and maybe even beyond. Vinton “Vint” Cerf, who nowadays is vice-president and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, works far-back on the extension of network communications beyond the Earth atmosphere.