Mars or AIDS?

I read somewhere that the cost of going to Mars may eventually total up to $170 billion which is nowhere close to the $12 billion the US President has stated will flow into NASA's coffers over the next 5 years to help finance the Mars dream. I don't want to knock the US government's spending on AIDS (supposedly $1 billion this year) but aren't there significant, higher priority problems on Earth that need tackling before one starts dabbling in interplanterary conquest?

A Girl with an X-ray vision

"Moscow's medical workers discovered a magnificent gift of a sixteen-year-old girl Natalya Demkina from Saransk. The girl possesses "dual vision". She is capable of discerning a person's internal organs without using X-ray or ultrasound. Natasha has already disproved several medical diagnoses and has not made any mistakes. A series of medical experiments conducted in one of the clinics provide substantial and undeniable proofs of the girls' unique abilities."
[Lockergnome's Technology News]

Authorization and Profile Application Block

I’m a heavy user of two Microsoft Applications Blocks, namely the Data Access block and the Exception Management block. I haven’t been able to use UI block in any of my projects yet but this new block ‘Authorization and Profile Application’ looks promising. Check out the Microsoft Patterns and Practices home page for a list of very useful resources along with a list of all the Application Blocks.

The Authorization and Profile Application Block is a reusable code component that builds on the capabilities of the Microsoft .NET Framework to help you perform authorization and access profile information.
[Microsoft Download Center]

Microsoft Quietly Posts New MBSA

Security mavens will want to download the most recent version of Microsoft's security-analyzer tool, Microsoft Security Baseline Analyzer (MSBA) 1.2. The tool, which runs on Windows Server 2003, XP, and Windows 2000 systems, now includes support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and all Microsoft BizTalk Server versions. MSBA 1.2 scans for common security misconfigurations on a long list of products (see the URL below). You can download MSBA 1.2 from the Microsoft Web site. 

[Download MSBA]

Testing The C# Compiler at Microsoft

Do you know how many testers are there at Microsoft to test the C# compiler, Alink, the C# expression evaluator, JScript .NET compiler, and a few other internal tools?

Gus Perez a QA Lead at Microsoft gives you the details. They run an astounding 18,697 tests in a single test run. [Read more]

Sleeping makes you smarter?

Can you wake up smarter? Scientists say our brains may be solving problems during 8 hours sleep. [Read more]

Guess I need to sleep more time than the 5 hours I sleep now!