Monthly Archives: February 2008

Modified Navy SM-3 Missile Hits Spy Satellite

The threat of classified tech burying itself in soft ground outside of Beijing appears to have been reduced:

Wednesday’s strike began at around 10:26 p.m. EST, when the USS Lake Erie, which had been tracking the falling satellite, launched a modified SM-3 missile at the bus-sized object as it entered the earth’s atmosphere. The missile struck the satellite about three minutes later as the spacecraft traveled in polar orbit at more than 17,000 mph.

Because the satellite was orbiting at a relatively low altitude at the time it was hit by the missile, debris will begin to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere immediately, the Pentagon statement said.

“Nearly all of the debris will burn up on re-entry within 24-48 hours and the remaining debris should re-enter within 40 days,” it said.

Raytheon is happy. Putin and China – not so happy.

Lawrence Lessig Launches Change Congress Movement – May Run

He hasn’t started running yet but it certainly looks like he’s going to:

This site hosts this video to explain the launch of two exploratory projects — first, a Change Congress movement, and second, my own decision whether to run for Congress in the California 12th.

I have decided I want to give as much energy as I can to the Change Congress movement. I will decide in the next week or so whether it makes sense to advance that movement by running for Congress.

Many friends have weighed in on that decision — both strongly in favor and strongly opposed. Many more have joined and a Facebook group asking me to consider it.

Watch or listen and you will understand some of my reasoning. Feel free to send your thoughts or advice to (though please excuse any slowness in my response).

— Larry Lessig, February 19, 2008

Larry has a blog where you can find his collected publications – most of them technology related. Open source advocates and other techies will likely be familiar with his most excellentFree Culture” lectures.

Video: 18,000 Rally for Obama in Houston

Hillary has to be freaking out. If he wins Texas, she’s toast. It could happen.

Barack Obama is catching up fast with Hillary Clinton in the crucial state of Texas, as their epic battle for the Democratic presidential nomination increasingly focuses on the votes of white, working class men.

The latest CNN poll shows the black senator is just two percentage points behind the former First Lady.

Given a margin of error of plus or minus four points – and presuming the poll is not a rogue one – the two candidates are statistically tied in a state where a few weeks ago Mrs Clinton led by a double digit margin.

I wonder what the increasingly desperate Clinton machine will throw at him in the coming days?