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Comment: Re:Summary is hopelessly wrong... (Score 1) 492

by BJH (#27463245) Attached to: North Korea Launches "Communication Satellite" Rocket

Il-28/H-5: Having been developed in the late 1940s, the Il-28/H-5 represents an old generation of bomber aircraft. North Korea originally received 24 Il-28 Beagles in 1960, and after that deliveries of the Chinese H-5 copy continued. The H-5 is a simple, robust, jet-engined bomber, capable of carrying up to 3,000 kg of bombs, including conventional, biological, chemical or nuclear. Its range is about 2,400 km, capable of hitting targets in most of Japan and all of South Korea. The bomber is supplied with a special aiming radar for the bombardier for precise targetting during poor visibility. Despite these advantages, it has a few grave drawbacks - a low maximum speed (900 km/h) and a fairly low ceiling (about 13,000 m), which renders the aircraft very vulnerable even to older types of SAMs and jet fighters. Despite this, it provides North Korea with a fair medium-range weapons platform.

OK, it's not a B-2, but they've got Mig-29s to provide escort, so they're not exactly "paper airplanes" either.

Comment: Ballmer's reply (Score 2, Interesting) 499

by BJH (#25806967) Attached to: HP's Fury At Vista Capable Downgrade

"I had nothing to do with this Will handled everything I received a message that paul was going to call Will said he would handle it Paul called I had not even had a chance to report his issues when Will told me he had solved them (it did not sound like he had) I am not even in the detail of the issues. You better get will under control thanks."

Anybody want to bet that was typed on a Blackberry or equivalent?

Comment: Re:For those that don't get the joke (Score 1) 388

by BJH (#25661137) Attached to: Michael Crichton Dead At 66

No, he was a hack. Characterisation as thin as paper, poorly-disguised misogyny, a strong tendency to oversell his knowledge of very technical areas in which he had no experience... not to mention he couldn't write a decent ending to save his life.

I mean, c'mon. Prey. Timeline. We shouldn't even need to have this conversation.

Power

Alaska Looks To Volcanos For Geothermal Energy 230

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-stamp-so-hard dept.
Iddo Genuth writes "Alaskan state officials have recently announced their intention to begin funding the exploration and surveying of Alaska's largest volcanoes in hopes of utilizing these as a source of geothermal energy. They say this volcano could provide enough energy to power thousands of households, and according to some estimates, Alaska's volcanoes and hot springs could supply up to 25% of the state's energy needs."
Books

Ivy League Computer Science Curricula Exposed 312

Posted by timothy
from the so-you-don't-have-to dept.
Doug Treadwell writes "Many people have wondered what the difference is between the Computer Science education given in the average public university versus one given in an Ivy League university (or a top level public university). There have also been discussions here on Slashdot about whether any Computer Science curriculum gives students the knowledge they need for the working world. As a computer science student both questions are very important to me, so I decided to answer them for myself and build a website to share what I found. I was able to find the required reading for hundreds of courses at Stanford, Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and Berkeley; along with some other institutions. This should also help answer some of those 'What should I read?' questions."

Would you people stop playing these stupid games?!?!?!!!!

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