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+ - Astronaut snaps epic 'Star Trek' selfie in space->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti pays tribute to a "Star Trek" icon with a cosplay photo in zero gravity.

Captain Kathryn Janeway led the USS Voyager through many harrowing lost-in-space adventures. She was the first female Starfleet captain to take the lead role in a "Trek" series. Janeway is fictional, but she is an inspiration to many women interested in space. European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, the first Italian woman in space, took a moment to celebrate Captain Janeway at around 250 miles above Earth.

Cristoforetti is currently aboard the International Space Station. She tweeted a selfie on April 17 while dressed in a "Star Trek: Voyager"-style red and black uniform with a purple turtleneck. The image shows her pointing a thumb at SpaceX's Dragon supply capsule."

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+ - Mystery of origin of Moon solved->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "There are many theories to how the Earth and Moon formed. One theory that the moon was formed when two proto-planets (Earth and Theia) collided. The situation hypothesized is that the collision destoyed Theia and the the left over parts eventually cooled and created the moon. This is viewed as more likely then the idea that the Earth and Moon formed independently because their composition is so similar. Previously it was thought that the chances for such a collision were very low but new research suggests that the odds are closer to 20 or 30 percent."
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Comment: It is selling the sizzle with no steak (Score 4, Insightful) 320

Companies and politicians are more interested in looking good and in getting the snazzy release announcement / photo op then releasing accurate, neutral data to the public. An announcement will be heavily promoted / advertised and people will remember those ads more then they will remember the tiny retraction issues three weeks later.

Comment: Re:IBM (Score 1) 99

by Meshach (#48943359) Attached to: Cutting Through Data Science Hype

He is making the assumption that IBM is concerned with a sales drop. For the last decade and a half the only thing their awful management has cared about is executive compensation. Even after this year's awful earnings the genius Ginni said 'the results prove our strategy is working', and lo and behold they voted themselves bonuses today.

Actually last year bonuses were forgone amid lower profits: BBC.

+ - Is open-source more secure then closed source?->

Submitted by Meshach
Meshach (578918) writes "Interesting article about whether open source sofware is able to be secured against threats as well as closed-source software. Open-source advocates say they are more secure than proprietary software because developers are constantly fixing flaws found by users. The recent Heartbleed and Shellshock outbreaks vindicate this theory. Critics say the open nature of the software leaves it vulnerable to hackers because the programing flaws are out in the open for all to see."
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Comment: For anyone else scratching their heads (Score 1) 112

by Meshach (#48107487) Attached to: National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court
From the Wikipedia article on National_security_letter: A national security letter (NSL) is an administrative subpoena issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in authorized national security investigations "to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities" (i.e., spying).

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