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Simulation of Close Asteroid Fly-By 148

Posted by Soulskill
from the close-enough-to-feel-the-vacuum-breeze dept.
c0mpliant writes "NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have released a simulation of the path of an asteroid, named Apophis, that will come very close to Earth in 2029 — the closest predicted approach since humans have monitored for such heavenly bodies. The asteroid caused a bit of a scare when astronomers first announced that it would enter Earth's neighborhood some time in the future. However, since that announcement in 2004, more recent calculations have put the odds of collision at 1 in 250,000."
Idle

Hand Written Clock 86 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-to-the-minute dept.
a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Comment: Re:ext3 (Score 2, Informative) 569

by Kwiik (#29384029) Attached to: Which Filesystem Do You Use On Portable Media For Linux Systems?

Of course each oft the systems have to have their own passwd file, wtf.. unless you're authenticating to ldap or another service.

The solution is to have the folder you are mounting to in fstab, and tell it to always mount media as a specific UID/Group

Also, the "display or execute" message isn't a problem with the OS, it's a file manager issue. I'm guessing if it annoys you that much, then somebody would have by now submitted it as a bug/idea, and the project admins could decide whether to make it not display that message & just do what's right, or to put an option in somewhere to disable the message. It shouldn't have to ask since it can look up the file extension and then pass it through the binary wrappers

Comment: Re:You SHOULD be concerned. (Score 1) 604

by Kwiik (#27802347) Attached to: When it comes to the Swine Flu, I am ...

Your arrogant post suggests that banning trips to Japan during the SARS outbreak would have been as effective as banning trips to the US. Get your geography straight. American flu? with the negative stigma mexicans already carry across North America (sorry to be politically incorrect and admit it), Mexican flu wouldn't fly- maybe central american flu if it weren't so long (CAF?) but calling it the American flu won't fly.

For the record, I'm not American

The Internet

+ - Google's Chrome already insecure

Submitted by Kwiik
Kwiik (655591) writes "Days after the original news has hit, just as ambiguous at best reviews with nothing better to note than javascript performance begin to poor in, a counter-attack to Google's Chrome would have to be the IT security industry mailing lists- already on the Bugtaq and Full Disclosure mailing lists are already beginning to rack up with two vulnerabilities. How much longer before it's remotely exploitable? Jailbreaking isn't difficult at all if chroot is anything to attest."

Idea Stock Exchange 160

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the soylent-futures dept.
Retrospeak writes to tell us The New York Times has an interesting article on an interesting business strategy used by a company called Rite-Solutions. The system recognizes the need for harvesting ideas from the entire company instead of just one or two "idea-men" in a stock-market-esque idea exchange. From the article: "We're the founders, but we're far from the smartest people here," Mr. Lavoie, the chief executive, said during an interview at Rite-Solutions' headquarters outside Newport, R.I. "At most companies, especially technology companies, the most brilliant insights tend to come from people other than senior management. So we created a marketplace to harvest collective genius."

Vista May Put Anti-Spyware Companies Out 392

Posted by Zonk
from the getting-ahead-of-ourselves dept.
Ant wrote to mention a C|Net article with an interesting premise: Windows Vista's tough approach to spyware may put anti-spyware companies out of business. From the article: "While this may be good news for buyers of Vista, it is not for anyone who makes a living from selling anti-spyware software. The worldwide market has boomed recently, reaching $97 million in revenue in 2004, up 240.4 percent from a year earlier, according to IDC. However, companies such as Webroot Software and Sunbelt Software are in for tough times, analysts said."

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