Gongol.com Archives: February 2008
Brian Gongol

February 21, 2008

Water News Drought continues in the Missouri River basin

Aviation News Navy says it's pretty sure it hit the wayward satellite's fuel tanks
They hit the satellite with a missile, as promised, and they say "We also have a high degree of confidence that we got the tank."

Computers and the Internet Huge about-face at Microsoft
They're suddenly revealing a mountain of information that had previously been guarded by levels of secrecy that the KGB would've admired. And they're hinting that they'll cooperate with open-source software makers and open up lots of their software to open-source interoperability. But amid all the feel-good joy coming out of Redmond, they're also saying that if you plan to make any money off of their work, then Microsoft had better get a cut.

Weather and Disasters Hurricanes haven't gotten worse -- we just have too many people living on the coasts
Study says that if we were to place old hurricane tracks over what's built in those places today, those old hurricanes would be just as expensive as the ones we're getting today. Their conclusion: "Potential damage from storms is growing at a rate that may place severe burdens on society. Avoiding huge losses will require either a change in the rate of population growth in coastal areas, major improvements in construction standards, or other mitigation actions."