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Comment: US broke? Do it with Europeans! (Score 5, Informative) 216

by Herve5 (#46417849) Attached to: NASA Wants To Go To Europa

Initially, going to Europa indeed was a joint project between NASA and Europe's ESA, named EJSM ( Europa Jupiter System Mission):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Then a couple of years ago ESA announced that any talks with NASA being unconclusive (not bringing commitment), Europe would move alone; the mission was simplified, now called Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE), fully European-funded, and scheduled for 2020.
It *is* developing right now.

IMHO there is still room for cooperating here.

Comment: Re:News: BETA sucks (Score 1) 221

by Herve5 (#46204159) Attached to: Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

The classic version is to be shut down. That is one issue.
The original issue, though, is the new interface has forgotten all our efficiency at filtering comments and getting compact, long threads, and when contacted on this the new owners seem to depend on an existing system that won't, and can't, evolve this way.

As for me, if I lose the capability to filter my way, the very essence of /. disappears.
It's not even that I'll decide to come back or not: there will be no place to come back...

I fully understand the aim for the new owners: getting more readers for the ads to pay more, via a nicer, cleaner interface. They will get this. But there will be no more posters.
At this moment they are betting that a viable part of us will continue posting. I won't belong to this part, simply because it doesn't bring anything more to me. They may win the bet anyhow. They will just step out of my world, and to me it's a dire loss.

Comment: Owncloud on your shared hosting! (Score 1) 168

by Herve5 (#46198339) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

Why restricting OwnCloud to an Amazon hosting?
Any shared hosting, preferably via an association that you can become part of (and control, and check its costs), will run OwnCloud perfectly well!
Here in Europe I'm running OwnCloud on All2All in Belgium; I'm pretty sure there are many such services in the US
(all2all.org)

Comment: Re:Roll on! -even simpler : a rope ;-) (Score 1) 267

by Herve5 (#46099469) Attached to: The Human Body May Not Be Cut Out For Space

On the very earliest Apollo missions, experiments were done with a rather basic rope linking the reentry capsule and the LEM, or the supporting module section, I don't remember. The whole was spun *manually* and with analog devices of course.

It should be simple to plan such a move even with small interplanetary devices, rather than starting with ambitious internal spinwheels.

The only issue in such a case is maintaining a location where an Earth-facing antenna wouldn't move, but rotating around the Earth direction allows such points...

Comment: Re:I love Samsung's smartphones, but... (Score 1) 153

by Herve5 (#46098991) Attached to: Samsung's First Tizen Smartphone Gets Leaked

Just some weeks ago I was ready to pay a premium to get a Jolla phone (with Sailfish); I went up to registering into Sailfish newsgroups etc.
Honestly, and it's sad to say: the OS looks cool but there are just no applications at all. Not even a decent email, not even an ad-filter.

I sincerely hope Jolla succeeds, but I cannot invest now hoping next year the phone will work.
In contrast the enormous size of Samsung (an issue of its own) may at least bring a machine that works upon switchon...
But I'll definitely keep an eye on both :-)

Comment: In Europe we have a full GSM phone doing that (Score 3, Informative) 123

by Herve5 (#45916427) Attached to: Intel Challenges Manufacturers To Avoid "Conflict Metals"

Fairphone, http://www.fairphone.com/
And, the specs go much beyond just avoiding 'conflict metals'. For instance, the battery is replaceable, and there are two SIM slots that make the phone much more interesting to reuse in developing countries when you'll be tired of it.
And, they considered a lot of 20000, then sold them all, then extended to 25000, then sold them all again.
So, things are going well for them.
(I'm patiently waiting for them to become compatible with the open-source Sailfish OS, and then will be ready to pay twice the current cost.)

Comment: Regulate headlight *size*! (Score 1) 295

by Herve5 (#45876705) Attached to: CES: Laser Headlights Edge Closer To Real-World Highways

I think the risk here, like already in recent german models, is the smaller optics that the laser will allow.

It seems that to designers, it's cool and dandy to sport very small headlights with a lot of power anyhow.

Now, if you consider what happens in your eye at the other extremity of the beam, this basically means the same power than before, save now it's concentrated within much fewer "pixels".

In other words, save new regulations, you burn your eye much faster.

But yeah, to the buyer it's cool and dandy, isn't it.

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