Episode 20

Posted 05/14/2011

On this week’s show, we discuss the shutdown of SETI’s Alien Telescope Array and Space Shuttle Endeavour’s final mission.

We talk about the ramifications of major downtime from Amazon and Sony.

And finally, we discuss our movie club pick of the week: “Special”.

Our Picks of the Week

An interpreted object-oriented language with a Lisp-like syntax.

Rufo suggests also checking out the Eero programming language.

Rufo’s offsite data backup solution of choice.

A very nice podcast player for Mac OS X. Lets you download and stream wirelessly over both Wi-Fi and 3G.

Show Notes

Science

SETI Array Shutdown

Science

SETI announced they are shutting down active operations at the Hat Creek Radio Observatory due to lack of funding.

Science

Endeavour's Last Mission

Science

Mission STS-134 will be the final mission for Space Shuttle Endeavour.

SpaceX aims to put humans on the surface of Mars within 20 years.

The Mars Science Laboratory project will use an innovative method to land the ‘Curiosity’ rover on the surface of Mars.

Technology

AWS Downtime

Technology

Amazon’s EC2 and RDS services were hit with major downtime, and took down many sites across the web.

Technology

PSN Downtime

Technology

Sony CEO Howard Stringer posted an update and apology regarding the extended PlayStation Network downtime.

Movies

Special

Movies

If you didn’t see it, Special is available for streaming on Netflix.

Nathan liked it a bit more than Rufo and Rich.

Movies

Movie Club

Movies

Our next movie club pick, “Monsters”, is available on Netflix streaming.