Just because their first attempt resulted in an object not reaching a stable orbit doesn't mean the design is *incapable* of it.
The orbit of the satellite seems rather stable so far. The spacecraft itself may or may not have a functional attitude control system, but that's another story. Of course, as often, the slashdot article about it was rather misleading.
The satellite is just a small spacecraft on a polar low earth orbit. It seems its attitude control system has failed, this is why it tumbles around. It's not the first example of a failed satellite on low earth orbit... and it's not because it is tumbling that its trajectory has become unpredictable. It will just decay in the atmosphere and burn before reaching the ground, as most low earth orbit satellites do at the end of their life. Controlled re-entries are rare, except for massive objects such as the Mir space station.
Ceres: smaller than Pluto, but much closer, completely surrounded by other hazardous rocks
Being completely surrounded by hazardous rocks does not seem to be an issue for the Dawn mission so far...
The games lineup is a strong one, with games such as New Super Mario Bros U, Arkham City Armoured Edition, Assassins Creed 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 2, Sonic AllStars Racing, Nintendo Land, Tank Tank Tank, ScribbleNauts Unlimited, Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two, ESPN Sports Connection, DarkSiders 2, Rabbids Land, Mass Effect 3, Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Wipeout 3 and Just Dance 4 all available on launch day.
Thanks for showing us what a real Troll is.
Notice that it is rather the same for DSLRs or point and shoots, for semi-pro photographers or families on holidays:
1- Take your camera
2- Go to an interesting place
3- Take many pictures (often too many pictures)
4- Spend time to sort the pictures and keep the best. Optionally crop and modify color balance. 5- Upload them to flickr/picasa/etc (or keep them for yourself)
6- Add titles/comments/captions to the uploaded pictures
Of course, the 4th step takes the longest time of the bunch. The problem is that it would be a pain to perform it from the camera. Even if Android improves the basic tools already available on point and shoots, the screen is still too small, and you cannot do side by side comparisons... So at the end of the day, I can see myself sorting/editing a few pictures from the camera, but not the tens or hundreds of pictures that usually quickly end up on my SD card. The ability to share directly from the camera would do little to help me.
On the contrary, the other prospect that is addressed in TFA is more interesting: using Android to access lower level control of the camera. But I doubt that we will see this feature on consumer point and shoots.
I also find GPS tagging to be an interesting feature, because it helps with the 6th step. But you do not need Android for this, and it still kills battery life.
It's not that I'm not interested in the subject: I believe its outcome will have profound implications on the smartphone/tablet landscape (hopefully for the best).
However, I am totally uninterested in every trivial aspect and "twist" of the trial, especially when I'm sure that slashdot editors/firehose cherry pick these stories, and fail to give us the greater picture of the process. Can't we just wait for the court ruling, and have a GOOD summary of it, for once ?