mars movie rerun

Since it looks like Spirit won't be rolling off its dock for another week or so, you might want to get your Mars fix by re-watching this: a RealVideo animation of the launch, landing, unfolding, and daily routine of the mars rover; ~9 minutes. (I linked to this back in July.)

There used to be less grainy Quicktimes of this movie at JPL, but they took them down temporarily because their bandwidth is getting hammered.

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I, for one, welcome our new Tom Ridgebot masters

One of 115 life-like androids fashioned in the image of Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge watches as a foreign visitor gets fingerprinted and photographed at a US-VISIT station at Atlanta's airport. These "Ridgebots" are expected to be deployed to 115 U.S. airports that handle international flights and 14 major seaports within the month.

"The Ridgebot is the most reliable computer ever made," said the android. "We are all, by any practical definition of the words, foolproof and incapable of error."

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