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Comment: Creating a Mars magnetosphere (Score 1) 491

Mars does not have a molten iron core, and hence doesn't have the cool magnetic field that earth does.

Spouting some bullshit during my lunchtime - would it be possible to make the core molten and thus spin up a magnetosphere by creating an artificial moon?

I'm thinking keep firing asteroids into the necessary orbit until you've accrued enough mass.

Obviously not a "done this week" project just a curious thought experiment.

Comment: Re:Systemd integration counted as a positive thing (Score 2, Insightful) 395

by ArchieBunker (#47979897) Attached to: Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

Go back in time 5 years and tell everyone Linux would be using binary log files, watch the fireworks. Systemd is from the same people who brought you the sometimes working Pulseaudio system. If init scripts did suck so badly then why were they in use for decades? Why was a replacement this long in the making?

Next you guys are going to be talking about this great binary system for config files like the guys in Redmond use.

Comment: Re:Slashdot Hate Machine (Score 2) 65

by Mr Thinly Sliced (#47956497) Attached to: New "Crescent Bay" VR Headset Revealed and Demo'd At Oculus Connect

FYI - Since everyone started twatting and facebooking the newsgroups have come back to life.

The Eternal September has more or less ended - the newbies that can work out how to install a newsreader can't deal with the patience needed waiting for a reply.

I've moved my technical discussions over there and use reddit and other sites as news feeds.

I mean, why didn't slashdot have any news items on the Mill CPU architecture?

Comment: PCs are the problem (Score 5, Insightful) 111

by ArchieBunker (#47858963) Attached to: Home Depot Confirms Breach of Its Payment Systems

Remember when cash registers used to be glorified calculators? Now they are cheap PCs running poorly configured operating systems. You have tons of attack vectors open from USB ports to unneeded services. That and credit card companies are too fucking cheap to switch to chip and pin. The only reason the rest of world switched was because the companies were forced to. Not in the good old USA.

Comment: Re:Say what you will but this is cool (Score 1) 52

by AtariDatacenter (#47784419) Attached to: Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'

Amazon recently announced it was getting into the advertisement business, and it beat out Google to acquire Twitch.

Pure speculation on my part, but I have to wonder if this is just Google's CEO trying to steal some of the spotlight away from Amazon?

Suddenly, Google is saying, "Oh yeah... delivery drones. We've been doing this for some time now." It smells like petty CEO bickering. (As cool as delivery drones are.)

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