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Comment: Re:Someone with no brain is running NASA (Score 2) 162

by Gnomaana (#47714381) Attached to: Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity
Are you sure "excellent" for use on Earth where maintenance can be done equals "excellent" for use on Mars where they can never be touched again? Also, what, if anything, would that layer of silicon do to the traction of the wheels? I'm guessing those "point loads" you mentioned are there for a reason.

+ - Why Silicon Valley will hate California's 'right to know' bill->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "California, home to many Silicon Valley firms like Facebook, Twitter and Google, has introduced a bill that goes above and beyond EU rights for citizens to request data held on them by companies. Trouble is, Silicon Valley will react — likely with full force — and attempt to squash any hopes of this bill being passed."
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+ - Dark Matter Found? Orbital Experiment Detects Hints->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "A $2 billion particle detector attached to the International Space Station has detected the potential signature of dark matter annihilation in the Cosmos, scientists have announced today. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) was attached to the space station in May 2011 by space shuttle Endeavour — the second-to last shuttle mission to the orbital outpost. Since then, the AMS has been detecting electrons and positrons (the electron’s anti-particle) originating from deep space and assessing their energies. By doing a tally of electrons and positrons, physicists hope the AMS will help to answer one of the most enduring mysteries in science: Does dark matter exist? And today, it looks like the answer is a cautious, yet exciting, yes."
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+ - WA State Bill would allow bosses to seek Facebook passwords->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A bill amendment proposed Tuesday could allow employers to ask for a worker's Facebook or other social media password during company investigations.
The provision was proposed for a bill that safeguards social network passwords of workers and job applicants. The measure bars employers from asking for social media credentials during job interviews.
The amendment says that an employer conducting an investigation may require or demand access to a personal account if an employee or prospective employee has allegations of work-place misconduct or giving away an employer's proprietary information. The amendment would require an investigation to ensure compliance with applicable laws or regulatory requirements."

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+ - New Seagate hybrid drives hampered by slow mechanical guts->

Submitted by crookedvulture
crookedvulture (1866146) writes "Seagate announced its third-generation hybrid drives last month, revealing a full family of notebook and desktop drives that combine mechanical platters with solid-state storage. These so-called SSHDs are Seagate's first to be capable of caching write requests in addition to reads, and the mobile variants are already selling online. Unfortunately, a closer look at the Laptop Thin SSHD reveals some problems with Seagate's new design. While the integrated flash cache reduces OS and application load times by 30-45%, overall performance appears to be held back by its 5,400-RPM mechanical component. Seagate's last-gen Momentus XT hybrid spins its platters at 7,200-RPM, and it's faster than the new SSHD in a wide range of tests. The upcoming desktop SSHDs will also have 7,200-RPM spindle speeds, so they may prove more appealing than the mobile models."
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+ - Google brings HTML5 DRM to all Chrome OS devices->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Google updated the dev channel of Chrome OS to version 27.0.1438.8 for all Chrome OS devices. This update brings HTML5 DRM, which Google calls, 'Widevine Content Decryption Module' to all Chrome Devices (not only ARM). It's a module which 'enables Widevine licenses for playback of HTML audio/video content. The new HTML5 Encrypted Media Extensions aka EME (a set of APIs designed to control playback of protected content) made this possible."
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Comment: Re:I'll believe it (Score 1) 500

by Gnomaana (#39790715) Attached to: Planetary Resources Confirms Plan To Mine Asteroids
How's this then? Human's go places "because they are there" and "here is starting to suck pretty badly." We are up to almost 7 billion people. How long do you think its going to be before "here" sucks bad enough to make space an attractive alternative? None of the people involved in this are idiots. Just because you can't conceive of it making money doesn't mean they can't.

Comment: Book portability a must. (Score 1) 348

by Gnomaana (#32413664) Attached to: Publishers Campaign For Universal E-Book Format
I will never invest in a book reader until one issue is resolved. If they are going to charge ~$10us for an e-book, I must OWN my copy. That means I better be able to port it to the reader of MY choice any time I choose. If they expect me to purchase my entire library again when I move to a new/better e-reader, the books have to cost MUCH less than the current price levels. I don't want the Kindle version, or the Nook version, of their damn book. I want MY version that can move anywhere I need to read it.

Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the ad-nauseum-roundhouse dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.