Astronaut Loses $100k Tool Bag on Space Walk

Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper performing work on the International Space Station yesterday stated, “Ummm, we have lost a tool”, referring to $100k tool bag that floated away from her while she was working. The mission wasn’t a total loss, as astronaut Stephen Bowen was able to share his tools with Stefanyshyn-Piper to complete their work.

In a video interview, Stefanyshyn-Piper said, “Well, it was definitely not the high point of the EVA. It was somewhat disheartening to open up the bag and to realize there was grease everywhere.”

BlackBerry Storm In High Demand but Low Supply

Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Storm, their first touch screen smart phone debuts tomorrow but some are saying there might not be enough of them to go around. There have been reports of a major last minute flaw in the device that caused them to recall a number of the devices so there are fewer devices being sold tomorrow.

Apparently there was a security flaw that required them to re-flash the devices, delaying shipping and ultimately causing fewer units from being shipped to stores for resale.

This is not a good thing considering the amount of users eager to upgrade. Tech Fragments spoke to several Verizon customers that are currently using a Blackjack. All of the ones which are eligible for an upgrade hope to grab one of the new BlackBerry Storm’s.

Excuse Me, My Parking Meter is Calling Me

Imagine your parking meter being able to send you a warning that it is about to expire — or being able to add time to your parking meter from wherever you are just by calling your cell phone. And wouldnt it be so much more convenient if you could just slide your credit card through the meter instead of searching for the right coins and inserting them!

Well, those features and more are now available for parking meter users, along with new capabilities for those in charge of administering them, with the merged creation of Duncan Solutions, Inc. the first company to provide such a large and diversified umbrella of products and services for the parking and enforcement industries.

Mammoth Gone Extinct? No Problem, We’ll Make Another One!

That’s just what scientists are telling us. They are talking about resurrecting an extinct species for as little as $10 million dollars. Using newer and improved technology scientist claim to be able to bring back any species that went extinct within the last 60,000 years, which includes Neanderthals.

Here’s how it would work. Scientists would modify the DNA of an elephant egg so that it would progressively resemble the DNA in a mammoth egg. The final stages of the egg could then be brought to term in an elephant mother, and mammoths might once again roam the Earth. This is all done by finding DNA differences with the genome of its nearest living relative, the elephant.

AT&T Broadband Users’ Say Hello to Broadband Caps

Say goodbye to unlimited data transfers. AT&T is now testing the idea of implementing monthly data caps for its broadband users and could result in a more widespread rollout in the near future.

The trail run is being put to the test in the city of Reno, Nevada. Beginning November 1st, 2008 users will be capped at a monthly rate between 20GB – 150GB depending on your DSL service speed. Any data transferred above this limit will be bill at $1 per gigabyte, following a one-month grace period.

Hackers Penetrate Presidential Campaign Networks

According to leaked reports, foreign hackers broken into computers of both John McCain’s group as well as Barack Obama’s group during the presidential campaign. While the feds have not disclosed the foreign location that broken into the networks, they did successfully make it in and attempted to acquire information.

The hackers apparently were interested in documents outlining the candidates’ policy proposals. The feds have a very good idea of which country is responsible for this break-in, but have not released further information regarding the incident. “You have a problem way bigger than what you understand,” an agent told Obama’s team. “You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system.”