SpaceX’s Falcon 9 lands ‘nicely vertical’ within 10 meters of target … in the ocean

And that’s how it’s done.

SpaceX’s Fal­con 9 came back to Earth after a suc­cess­ful launch today, land­ing in the ocean with­in 10 meters of its actu­al tar­get. And though it didn’t make the plat­form as ori­gin­ally inten­ded, the com­pany thinks that absent rough weath­er, the rock­et have worked as planned.

Rock­et soft-landed in the ocean with­in 10m of tar­get & nicely ver­tic­al,” tweeted SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. “High prob­ab­il­ity of good drone­ship land­ing in non-stormy weath­er.”

… via Ven­ture Beat

This takes the cake: To the audiophile, this $10,000 Ethernet cable apparently makes sense

Wow. This is some ser­i­ously messed up lan­guage used to describe ‘premi­um-grade’ Audio Eth­er­net cables — yes, you read that right, Eth­er­net cables for the Audi­o­phile mar­ket. My word…

All insu­la­tion slows down the sig­nal on the con­duct­or inside. When insu­la­tion is unbiased, it slows down parts of the sig­nal dif­fer­ently, a big prob­lem for very time-sens­it­ive multi-octave audio. AudioQuest’s DBS cre­ates a strong, stable elec­tro­stat­ic field which sat­ur­ates and polar­izes (organ­izes) the molecules of the insu­la­tion. This min­im­izes both energy stor­age in the insu­la­tion and the mul­tiple non­lin­ear time-delays that occur.

via To the audi­o­phile, this $10,000 Eth­er­net cable appar­ently makes sense | Ars Tech­nica.

Flipboard comes to the web — and my Gaming Magazine is featured!

Very cool! I’ve been cur­at­ing a Flip­board magazine for a few months now, gathered a mod­est fol­low­ing, and now that Flip­board magazine is fea­tured as Flip­board makes the huge leap to shar­ing magazines on the web!

On Gam­ing is fea­tured in the ‘Magazines we Love’ sec­tion of Flipboard’s Com­munity pro­filed pages.

So now, you don’t need to view Flip­board magazines only on mobile devices — you  can eas­ily find the with any web browser.



Godspeed Commander Hadfield

Cana­dian astro­naut, space enthu­si­ast, edu­cat­or, social media sen­sa­tion, and now enter­tain­er? Yep, those are just a sampling of the roles that Com­mand­er Chris Hadifeld ful­filled dur­ing his 146 day post­ing to the ISS as Sta­tion Com­mand­er.

His Soy­uz cap­sule returns to Earth tomor­row even­ing, but as a last sur­prise, the Com­mand­er released this video rework­ing of Dav­id Bowie’s Space Oddity. Enjoy, and thank you Com­mand­er Had­field! Have a safe jour­ney home!

So. Google’s shutting down Google Reader

Frankly I’d not thought about my RSS read­ing pro­cess in a while. I use NetVibes (pic­tured above) as my main read­er, and it’s been pretty stable up until today; they pos­ted a note say­ing they’re deal­ing with an influx of new mem­bers — likely emig­rants from Google Read­er.

I like NetVibes because it gives me a simple head­line-in-a-tile view that makes it easy to quickly scan my news, and NetVibes man­ages my feed sub­scrip­tions.

This is where the pain will be felt by those using Google Read­er when the big G shuts it down. Many 3rd party apps for mobile devices use Google Read­er as the ‘sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment’ fea­ture of their app. When Google Read­er closes on July 1, these apps will have to have in place some sort of replace­ment for sub­scrip­tion man­age­ment, or they’ll break.

Update: If you’re look­ing to migrate your Google Read­er sub­scrip­tions to NetVibes, the team at NetVibes have this handy guide. (Thanks Randy!)

For now, this won’t impact me or my news­read­ing habits, but as I men­tioned at the top, I’m rethink­ing my RSS read­ing, and as Dave Wein­er states, rethink­ing my use of Free when applied to ser­vices I’m com­ing to depend on.


Hashable is shutting down

Long time Twit­ter ‘access­ory’ Hash­able is finally out of beta, and clos­ing down effect­ive July 25th 2012, accord­ing to an email I received late yes­ter­day:

Dear Hash­able Users,

We regret to inform you that the Hash­able mobile apps and will be shut­ting down on July 25th. The ser­vice will be unavail­able after this date.

While we are still very pas­sion­ate about mak­ing bet­ter con­nec­tions and meet­ing new people, the time has come for us to focus our energy else­where.

Some of you have stored valu­able inform­a­tion in Hash­able, and we want to give you the oppor­tun­ity to save that data for your own records. If you’d like to receive a file with your com­plete his­tory, please log onto, nav­ig­ate to the “Pro­file” tab, then to the “Your His­tory” sec­tion on that page. You can down­load the file by click­ing “Export full his­tory to .csv” and accept­ing the dia­log that pops up.

We are incred­ibly grate­ful for all the people we have met through Hash­able. Thank you for all your sup­port, and we hope to con­nect with you again in the future.

All the best,
The Hash­able Team

As it says, mem­bers can down­load and archive their data stored in Hash­able by fol­low­ing the instruc­tions.