RV FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform)

RV FLIP (FLoating Instrument Platform) is an open ocean research vessel owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.The ship is a 355 feet (108 meters) long vessel designed to partially flood and pitch backward 90 degrees, resulting in only the front 55 feet (17 meters) of the vessel pointing up out of the water, with bulkheads becoming decks. When flipped, most of the buoyancy for the platform is provided by water at depths below the influence of surface waves, hence FLIP is a stable platform mostly immune to wave action, like a spar buoy. At the end of a mission, compressed air is pumped into the ballast tanks in the flooded section and the vessel returns to its horizontal position so it can be towed to a new location.The ship is frequently mistaken for a capsized ocean transport ship

FLIP is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data. Because of the potential interference with the acoustic instruments, FLIP has no engines or other means of propulsion. It must be towed to open water, where it drifts freely or is anchored. In tow, FLIP can reach speeds of 7–10 knots.
FLIP weighs 700 long tons (711 tonnes) and carries a crew of five, plus up to eleven scientists. It is capable of operating independently during month-long missions without resupply,being able to operate worldwide but the normal area is the west coast of the United States. The vessel operates out of a home base at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in San Diego, California.

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IE10 Platform Preview 2

The Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview 2 is available for download.
More information on the IEBlog.

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Windows Live, ICE, Office, … updates

Whoho! Microsoft is currently updating it’s Live services with Wave 4. The Web Services are live now! Not only is Live getting some huge updates, the Bing Maps platform has got some new features, new Windows Phone 7 announcements were made, Bing was presented yesterday on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch included on Safari (for PC ánd Mac), etc…

Check out the new Office.live.com:

word web app office live

skydrive word document

See your documents on your mobile phone:

A new profile page with better privacy settings, social network integration, etc…

profile live privacy

A new Web Messenger, you don’t have to use that crappy e-buddy again!

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SkyDrive upload made easier:

Explore the new things yourself at Live.com! I guess there will be more new features in the coming days/weeks.

P.S.: There is a new version of Microsoft ICE released yesterday 😉 (See also: What is ICE?)

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Microsoft Web Platform Installer

Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 (Web PI) is a free tool that makes getting the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, .NET Framework and Visual Web Developer easy. The Web PI also makes it easy to install and run the most popular free web applications for blogging, content management and more with the built-in Windows Web Application Gallery.

I just came across this, looks interesting!

This is how it looks like here on my pc:

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