Meanwhile, the international Cassini-Huygens probe has had its
first flyby of Titan.
The spacecraft has managed to detect large linear features on
Titan's surface which are obscured from Earth telescopes by its
thick atmosphere, reports BBC News.
A Boy Scout troop in Utah is trying to raise funds against a
possible $14 million lawsuit by selling lemonade at $250 a glass, CNN
The federal and state governments earlier this week sued the Boy
Scouts of America to recover costs of the 2002 fire at East Fork,
allegedly started by Utah Scouts.
Internet Explorer being "improved"
IE tends to be more permissive in running code - flexibility that
helps Web developers create fancy features, but allows hackers to
more easily find weaknesses, reports CNN.
A major Windows XP upgrade - a service pack - is due out this
summer and would plug some holes in IE. Some Net experts are
recommending we poor suckers use other browsers, such as Netscape,
until Microsoft get their act together.
July Fourth should be July Second?
July 4 is enshrined as the quintessential U.S. holiday ?forever
celebrating the day that the U.S. broke away from England, Nat
But historians point out that the Continental Congress actually
approved the Declaration of Independence on July 2.
Cops will know it all
A police officer stops you on the street, then taps something
into a device in the palm of his hand. The next minute, he knows who
your relatives are, who lives in your house, who your neighbors are,
the kind of car you drive or boat you own, whether you've been sued
and various other tidbits about your life.
The coming reality, reports CNN.
A growing number of police departments now have instant access
via handheld wireless devices to vast commercial databases that
contain details on just about anyone officers encounter on the beat.
Software to take the sporting strain
Software that can identify the significant events in live TV
sports broadcasts will soon be able to compile programmes of
highlights without any help from people, New
Scientist tells us.
But developing software that understands sport is no easy task,
we are told. Well, it's difficult enough for us mere humans... no
matter how many beers we've had during the ball game.