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Space

Iran Tried and Failed To Launch a Monkey Into Space 272

Posted by timothy
from the hard-thing-to-get-right dept.
Medevilae writes with a recent report from PopSci's dedicated 'space monkey' news feed that "When Iran indefinitely suspended its plans to launch a monkey into space earlier this month, it was actually because they had already tried and failed. Iranian Deputy Science Minister Mohammad Mehdinejad-Nouri told state media that the Kavoshgar-5 rocket carrying a capsule with a live monkey launched during Shahrivar, which is the Iranian month spanning August 23 to September 22, but the launch was not publicized because it did not accomplish all of its mission objectives. Assuming one of the objectives was to safely carry the monkey to space and back, things don't sound good for the monkey."
Piracy

Movie Industry: Loss of Control Worse Than Piracy 360

Posted by samzenpus
from the lesser-of-two-evils dept.
tlhIngan writes "Miramax CEO Mike Lang has admitted to what we all suspected. The biggest worry is a distribution monopoly, not piracy. They saw what happened to the music industry with iTunes, and vowed to not lose control and be at the mercy of Apple or whoever becomes the dominant distributor. From the article: 'Lang, whose company today debuts the Blu-Ray version of the cult classic Pulp Fiction, emphasized that people don’t necessarily want to pirate, as long as they get what they want. “Innovate or die,” should be the motive of entertainment industry companies, where it’s key to listen to customers.'"
Data Storage

OCZ Wants To Cache Your HDD With an SSD 189

Posted by Soulskill
from the wonder-if-this-will-cache-on dept.
sl4shd0rk writes "OCZ is coming out with Synapse Cache; an SSD cache for your hard drive. The SSD runs software that copies data into the cache from your hard drive as you work with it. The data sits on the SSD until it gets less activity and gets flushed to the hard disk. Aside from boosting your IOPS to 10k/75k (read/write), the SSD also supports AES encryption, SMART and TRIM."
Cellphones

Smartphones Can't Cure Acne, FTC Rules 205

Posted by timothy
from the that-is-one-spiteful-ftc dept.
jfruhlinger writes "Your smartphone can send texts, surf the Web, and update your Facebook page, so it stands to reason that it can cure acne too, right? Well, maybe not. Two companies that marketed acne-cure apps have settled with the FTC and have been forced to take the apps off the market. (Colored light can kill acne-causing bacteria, but needs to be much more powerful than what a smartphone screen can put out.) Almost 15,000 people bought the apps."
NASA

NASA Creating Laser Communication System For Mars 104

Posted by samzenpus
from the mars-needs-lasers dept.
techtribune writes "NASA is in the process of developing a new technology under project Laser Communications Relay Demonstration or LCRD which will allow them to provide faster means of communications from Mars. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) currently can only send at speeds of around 6 Mbps or about like a DSL modem here on Earth. At this rate, it can take upwards to 90 minutes to transmit a single high resolution image to Earth from Mars. With the MRO outfitted with the new technology it would be able to transmit the same high resolution image back to Earth at over 100 Mbps and only taking about 5 minutes to do so."
The Military

DARPA Loses Contact With Hypersonic Glider 194

Posted by timothy
from the shout-faster dept.
x_IamSpartacus_x writes "DARPA says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. The agency says in Twitter postings that its unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 was launched Thursday atop a rocket, successfully separated from the booster and entered the mission's glide phase. The agency says telemetry was subsequently lost, but released no details."
Wireless Networking

Verizon Cracks Down On Jailbreak Tethering 286

Posted by timothy
from the nickels-and-dimes-and-dollars-oh-my dept.
tekgoblin writes "Verizon, like AT&T has now started blocking jailbroken phones from using un-sanctioned tethering apps. Verizon will now require users to be subscribed to a mobile tethering plan to be able to use tethering at all." So which mobile company's actually any good for 3G tethering, voice service aside? My Virgin Mobile MiFi (bought under a plan no longer available) is theoretically unlimited and "only" $40/month, but has had too much downtime for my taste, and atrocious customer service.
Technology

Saudi Arabia Constructing World's Tallest Building 225

Posted by timothy
from the perhaps-to-house-a-language-institute dept.
kkleiner writes "1,000 meters, or 3,280 feet. That's two-thirds of a mile. When the Kingdom Tower is built on the outskirts of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia it will not only become the tallest building in the world, it will shatter the old record. The total cost for the tower is approximately $1.2 billion. It features a Four Seasons hotel, Four Seasons serviced apartments, luxury condominiums, top class office space and the world's highest observatory."
Biotech

Scientists Breeding Super Bees 248

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-go-wrong dept.
Elliot Chang writes "Over the last five years the world's honey bee population has been steadily dwindling, with many beekeepers citing 2010 as the worst year yet. In order to save these extremely important insects, scientists are working on breeding a new super honey bee that they hope will be resistant to cold, disease, mites and pesticides. If all goes well, the new and improved insect will continue to pollinate our crops for years to come."
Ubuntu

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie 622

Posted by samzenpus
from the low-difficulty dept.
anymooseposter writes "My mom is taking a computer class at the local Community College. she asks: 'I need to download a Linux OS and try it out for class. The assignment is to use an OS different from what you normally use. Well, since I use Windows and OS X, the assignment suggests Linux. But, my question is, what is the easiest version based on Linux for me to put on CD and try? I saw several on the web. Any thoughts off the top of your head?' What Linux Disto would be easiest to set up without having to resort to dual booting and/or driver issues?"
Android

Google and MIT Enable Task Transfer Among Devices 86

Posted by timothy
from the never-leave-the-cloud dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A new software app by Google, developed in cooperation with MIT, enables one-step task transfers between Android Smartphones and PCs. If you are like me, you transfer tasks from smartphone to the desktop the hard way at least once a day, so let's get together and crowd-poll Google to commercialize this app so it's as easy as taking a picture with our smartphone!"
Image

Book Review: Camel In Action 55 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
RickJWagner writes "I'm pretty certain this is the definitive guide to Apache Camel, destined to be referred to as 'The Camel Book' by Camel users for a long time. It covers Camel inside and out, upside and down, 550 pages worth of gritty detail that takes the reader from level zero to monitoring of your production applications. If you use Camel, or think you might want to, you need to pick up a copy of this book." Read below for the rest of Rick's review.
Earth

High-Tech Gas Drilling Is Fouling Drinking Water 390

Posted by Soulskill
from the sometimes-you-have-to-roll-a-hard-six dept.
sciencehabit writes "Drilling for natural gas locked deep in a shale formation — a process known as fracking — has seriously contaminated shallow groundwater supplies beneath far northeastern Pennsylvania with flammable methane. That's the conclusion of a new study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The analysis gives few clues, however, to how pervasive such contamination might be across the wide areas of the Northeast United States, Texas, and other states where drilling for shale gas has taken off in recent years."

Comment: Re:Multiple answers (Score 1) 266

by Cocoronixx (#35766670) Attached to: I back up personal files...

Heres mine, in bash/sh. use by creating an rsync include/exclude file named as fqdn.rsync, then run rsync_backup.sh fqdn.rsync. GPLV2

#!/bin/sh

PROG="$( basename $0 )"
VER=20101022001

run_backup() {
        HOST="$1"
        EXCLUDE_FILE="$2"
        BACKUP_DIR="$3"

        DATE="$( date +%Y%m%d_%H%M%S )"

        rm -rf -- "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/tmp/"

        mkdir -p -- "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/tmp/" &&

        rsync -avhSPW --stats -e ssh --delete --delete-excluded -b \
                --compress-level=9 \
                --link-dest="$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/cur/" \
                --exclude-from="$EXCLUDE_FILE" "$HOST:/" "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/tmp/" 2>&1 | tee "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/$DATE.log" &&

        echo "Commiting new backup..." &&

        mv -v -- "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/tmp/" "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/$DATE/" &&

        echo "Setting backup as current..." &&

        ln -sfnv -- "$DATE" "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/cur" &&

        return 0

        echo "Error encountered!"

        mv -v "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/$DATE.log" "$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/$DATE.err"
        return 1

}

if [ "$1" = "-chkupd" ]; then
        chkupd.sh $0
        exit $?
fi

while [ -n "$1" ]; do
        FILE="$1"

        echo "Reading config file '$FILE'"

        echo "$FILE" | grep '[.]rsync$' > /dev/null 2>&1

        if [ $? = 0 ]; then

                HOST="$( basename "$FILE" )"
                HOST="${HOST/%.rsync/}"

                if [ "${FILE:1:1}" != "/" ]; then
                        FILE="$( pwd )/$FILE"
                fi

                BACKUP_DIR="$( dirname $FILE)"

                echo "Backing up from host '$HOST' to '$BACKUP_DIR/$HOST/' ($FILE)"

                chkhost.sh "$HOST" 22

                if [ $? -eq 0 ]; then
                        run_backup $HOST $FILE $BACKUP_DIR
                fi

                echo

        fi

        shift
done

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