ISS partially evacuated

The first three of six crew members are abandoning the International Space Station today. Under current rules the rest of the crew will have to abandon the station in mid-November. NASA estimates that the probability that we will lose the station if no one is aboard it for a year is roughly 50%.

Though it has been largely out of the news lately Iran is still engaged in an arms race to contain its people. Iran found a way to block traffic through the Tor network (a network designed to anonymize web traffic). The people who run the network rapidly found a fix and patched the network within a day, enabling Iranians to again penetrate the not-so-great firewall of Iran.