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Fly me to the moon, let me play...

Life must be lonely at NASA. Travis Johnson, a 23-year old researcher at NASA, was busted for soliciting sex from a cop posing as a 13-year old over the Internet. Police officers arrested him on NASA's property and seized computers and peripherals from his home. NASA officials are also going to probe their computers to see if they can find any evidence to help police with the investigation.

McGuire said that Johnson, a graduate of the University of Arizona, was doing post-graduate research at NASA on the effects of zero gravity on the muscles of astronauts. Johnson has a research grant through UH, and used the UH Internet for his e-mail, McGuire said.

What's interesting to note (from anyone that has caught NBC's recent specials on Internet predators) is that Johnson used the most often quoted line from the "Child Predator's Handbook:"

He said this was the first time he had ever talked to somebody who was 13, and look where it got him.

I'm sure that Johnson will meet a few new unwanted "research partners" in jail.

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RE: Porn?
RE: Porn?
By Sunbird on 2/24/2006 2:42:35 PM , Rating: 2
Are you saying DailyTech baited me?

Because it does feel "embarrassing to the user in question", yet strangely it makes me feel important too :P

RE: Porn?
By HWAddict77 on 2/24/2006 5:38:17 PM , Rating: 2
heh. I realized after it was too late that I should have gone with this:
But I'm getting the idea that's not fitting either, because you're really that incensed. I believe in pointing out the mistakes, but I don't think they're malicious, and I don't understand being so outraged over it.

RE: Porn?
By Sunbird on 2/24/2006 6:54:06 PM , Rating: 2
I'm wasn't incensed, I just wanted to stop the "The evil porn makes the men want our kiddies" crowd before they started pitching up. Dont worry, I see lots of humour in it, though it embarrased me :)

RE: Porn?
By Tebor0 on 2/24/06, Rating: 0
RE: Porn?
By rushnrockt on 2/24/2006 3:52:37 PM , Rating: 3
Check out any news site that has hundred times the workfoce of this one, they make mistakes daily. has had a mistake or error in one of their headline news topics just about everyday i've read it for the past 5 years. And that's not counting blatanlty biased reporting. May be DailyTech is not setting new standards for news reporting, but I don't see them as any different than other news sources out there.

RE: Porn?
By Ringold on 2/24/2006 4:28:35 PM , Rating: 2
I second that. I don't know how many times I've loaded other news sites, seen a typo, thought, holy crap, an international news agency with such a simple typo ON THE FRONT PAGE. I'd wait 30 seconds, hit refresh, and it was usually taken care of :)

Although the number of errors seem like a lack of decent proofreading before posting. I'm sure I make typos in my comments here, but I'm not doing this professionally, I dont need to double check. These guys should put a wee bit extra work in to it. Unless they dont care about their job performance anyway.

RE: Porn?
By mikeblas on 2/25/2006 1:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
I agree: the story is still pretty ragged. What is "UH", for example? The story doesn't define it before it uses it, and there's not enough context to guess what it might mean.

That's not good writing.

RE: Porn?
By bobbyhc on 2/24/2006 5:21:46 PM , Rating: 3
embarrassed? i certainly wouldn't be, you notice the daily edits and corrections, so it's safe to say you're visiting daily. as a news site i think they're accomplishing their goal by keeping you coming back for more.

RE: Porn?
By Tebor0 on 2/24/2006 5:27:03 PM , Rating: 1
They should start worrying then as I'm not married to this site and can change any day.

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