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Comment Safari, Web API's and iOS (Score 1) 311

The Edge Conference, which one can attend by invitation only, includes "delegates" from Google, Mozilla, Facebook, but not from Apple. Many of the web API's unsupported on Safari include functions provided by API's in iOS, or even Android. Some people want to create Web Apps, that create experiences very similar to iOS, but run on a mobile or desktop web browser. Apple would prefer you develop such Apps using iOS using Swift or Objective-C API's, which run natively with better performance in security. Why should Apple support API's on Safari, that allow Web apps to recreate the iOS experience on non-Apple devices? Why do you think Steve Jobs banned JAVA and Adobe Flash from iPhones?

BTW, you can see which web API's are supported on a given web browser by going to http://caniuse.com/

Submission + - Russian Proton-M Rocket Crashes Trying to Deliver Mexican Satellite->

turp182 writes: From the article:
"A Russian rocket carrying a Mexican satellite has malfunctioned and crashed in Siberia, Russia's space agency says. The Proton-M carrier rocket broke down minutes after it was launched from Kazakhstan on Saturday morning, the Roscosmos agency said. The cause of the accident is being investigated, Roscosmos added."

Vladimir Putin was informed shortly after, and I bet someone else in the US was also notified...

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Comment Leonard Nimoy and Bill Shatner first meeting (Score 1) 411

Leonard Nimoy was famous for his character Spock, and his relationship with Captain Kirk. However, Nimoy and Shatner acted together two years earlier in an early episode of The Man From U.N.C.L.E. - The Project Strigas Affair in 1964, along with William Klemperer and the usual cast of the TMFU. Check out the episode if can, it is worth it.

Submission + - Saturn's F Ring Is Now Three Times As Wide As During The Voyager Flybys

KentuckyFC writes: In 1980 and 1981, Voyager 1 and 2 flew past Saturn providing unprecedented images of its magnificent ring system. At that time, its most distant discrete ring, the F ring, was about 200 kilometres wide. But puzzlingly, images sent back by Cassini show that the ring is now 580 kilometres wide and twice as bright as it was thirty years ago. Now astronomers think they have finally solved the mystery of the expanding F ring. The ring is shepherded by a number of small moons, the most famous of which is Prometheus. These moons interact gravitationally with the ring creating structures such as braids and spokes. The new thinking is that the moons' orbits resonate with the F ring, pushing clouds of dust and ice further away from Saturn. This makes the ring wider. But beyond a certain radius the orbit of the dust becomes unstable and it begins to spiral back towards Saturn and collides with the rest of the ring. This causes a chain reaction of collisions that dramatically increases the number of particles in the ring and hence its brightness. This theory also leads to a prediction--the resonant process is currently at a maximum but should reduce sharply in the coming years, if the theory is correct. So by 2018, the F ring should be back to the same configuration the Voyagers saw in 80/81.

Comment No confirmation found at the link, nor on the bbc (Score 1) 2

Following the link, found a number of articles about academies formation policies, but nothing obviously titled about creationism. Furthermore, a quick search at the bbc news site did not reveal any stories about banning creationism yet in British science curriculum. Perhaps, the author should provide more specific links as evidence of his claims.

Submission + - Shrinking Waves May Save Antarctic Sea Ice->

sciencehabit writes: It’s a nagging thorn in the side of climatologists: Even though the world is warming, the average area of the sea ice around Antarctica is increasing. Climate models haven’t explained this seeming contradiction to anyone’s satisfaction—and climate change deniers tout that failure early and often. But a new paper suggests a possible explanation: Variability in the heights of ocean waves pounding into the sea ice may help control its advance and retreat.
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Submission + - B-52 gets first full IT upgrade since '60s

An anonymous reader writes: The US Air Force’s 10th Flight Test Squadron recently took delivery of the first B-52H Stratofortress to complete a refit through the Combat Network Communications Technology (CONECT) program. It's an effort to bring the Cold War era heavy bomber into the 21st century way of warfare—or at least up to the 1990s, technology-wise. While the aircraft received piecemeal upgrades over the past 50 years of flying, CONECT is the first major information technology overhaul for the Air Force’s B-52H fleet since the airplanes started entering service in 1961.

Submission + - Amazon: malignant monopoly, or just plain evil?->

An anonymous reader writes: Sci-fi author Charles Stross has a post providing insight into Amazon's recent bullying tactics against a major book publishing group. He puts the fight into perspective for the two most important parts of the book market: author and reader. He says: 'Amazon's strategy (as I noted in 2012) is to squat on the distribution channel, artificially subsidize the price of ebooks ("dumping" or predatory pricing) to get consumers hooked, rely on DRM on the walled garden of the Kindle store to lock consumers onto their platform, and then to use their monopsony buying power to grab the publishers' share of the profits. If you're a consumer, in the short term this is good news: it means you get cheap books. But if you're a reader, you probably like to read new books. By driving down the unit revenue, Amazon makes it really hard for publishers—who are a proxy for authors—to turn a profit. Eventually they go out of business, leaving just Amazon as a monopoly distribution channel retailing the output of an atomized cloud of highly vulnerable self-employed piece-workers like myself. At which point the screws can be tightened indefinitely. And after a while, there will be no more Charlie Stross novels because I will be unable to earn a living and will have to go find a paying job. TL:DR; Amazon's strategy against Hachette is that of a bullying combine the size of WalMart leaning on a much smaller supplier. And the smaller supplier in turn relies on really small suppliers like me. It's anti-author, and in the long term it will deprive you of the books you want to read.'
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Submission + - Creating letterpress type using Blender and a 3D printer!->

An anonymous reader writes: Reinventing Gutenberg with modern computer technology. Letterpress type is getting harder to come by — can this be a way to recreate block and lead type by using digital matrices? This project started as a "proof of concept" at the Printmaking Department at Nyckelviksskolan this spring.
The first 3D printed types were demonstrated at a 3Dprintmaking party/workshop held 21 May with participants from the FFH (General Art, Crafts and Design) and BOG (Graphic Design and Illustration) classes.
Project video here:

Nyckelviksskolan (Stockholm Sweden) offers one-year programs in art, crafts and design together with a two-year professional training program for Specialist Craft Tutors. The school promotes artistic development with a focus on materials and techniques.

Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.

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Submission + - SPAM: Creating captcha in PHP

An anonymous reader writes: In this post we will be creating CAPTCHA.
It stands for "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart."
It is a program that generates code for asking user to read the distorted text and type in a specific area for verification purpose.

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Submission + - SPAM: Miami Beach Sees Return of the Nautilus

irgmiami writes: The Miami Beach landscape is about to benefit from a whole new look for an old favorite. The previously closed hotel at 1825 Collins Avenue is the latest project for Sixty Hotels, a hotel management company that also has venues in Los Angeles and New York. The new owners of The Nautilus, Insite Group and Quadrum have invested the $61 million purchase price in what seems to be a flourishing accommodation environment for the tourist industry. The new Nautilus is a modern day hotel that gives a nod to the original building which was designed by Morris Lapidus.
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Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.