Tech Talk #19: White House “No to Death Star” & Waterproof Your Phone!

This Issue: The US ‘Star Wars’ program is officially dead as the Obama Administration says “No” to building a Death Star, and how much would you pay to waterproof your cell-phone?

Obama Administration: “No to a Death Star build!”

Ex-president Ronnie brought us not only Reagan-omics, but also the ‘Star Wars’ program: the ill-conceived idea that a satellite shield could realistically stop all nuclear weapons from landing on the US in the event of M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) event. The scary thing was, of course, that Ronnie wasn’t joking. Now Obama goes one step further with his tongue firmly planted in his cheek to confirm that his administration will not be building a Death Star!

Responding to a 34,ooo-plus signed petition to “Secure resources and funding, and begin construction of a Death Star by 2016” posted last November, the White House official web-site cheekily posted:

This Isn’t the Petition Response You’re Looking For

The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons:

  • The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
  • The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
  • Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?

Priceless… almost! 🙂

Blackberry 10 handset to launch first in the UK

Okay, confession time: I have on more that one occasion dropped my phone in the toilet. But apparently, I’m not alone – according to California-based startup Liquipel, 50 percent of smartphones meet a watery grave that way. So, in order to protect against this somewhat inevitable possibility (?), Liquipel offers a nano-coating a thousand times thinner than a human hair that will make your new smartphone completely water-resistant at a component level!. And the coating is so microscopically thin, that you won’t even feel the difference from an untreated phone. Liquipel are demo-ing this with a video on their web-site, with a complete submergence being quite literally, water of a duck’s back!

So the commercial viability question is… would you pay the @ £40 required to protect your phone?

Sources: The White House, Liquipel

Reporter: SilverFox

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