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Submission + - Neil degrasse Tyson causes firestorm with remarks on commercial space ( 1

MarkWhittington writes: In an interview published in The Verge, celebrity astrophysicist and media personality Neil deGrasse Tyson touched off a firestorm when he suggested that commercial space was not going to lead the way to open up the high frontier. Tyson has started a live show that he calls "Delusions of Space Enthusiasts” in which he touched on, among other things, why the Apollo program did not lead to greater things in space exploration such as going to Mars. Tyson repeats conventional wisdom about Apollo and the Cold War. In any case, it is his remarks on commercial space that has caused the most irritation.

Comment Re:Will Ad Blockers Kill the Digital Media Industr (Score 3, Interesting) 519

I dislike the intrusive ads, but someone has to pay for good, insightful comment and reporting. I am willing to pay about $365 p.a. for unencumbered access to newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. I am not willing to pay $10 p.m. for every single one of these; especially to only read any article very occasionally or only once (I can't afford multiple thousand $s per year!).
    Should the biggies (Times, Washington Post, Le Monde, Nature, The Economist, etc.) get together and set up such a system, I'm sure most of the rest would follow.
But: would anyone else pay?

Submission + - Security question: Allowing users to "login" to firewall to access external webs

An anonymous reader writes: Here is my question: My boss and I were having a discussion about our users accessing the internet. He wants the users to be able to login to the firewall to be able to access external websites that they are normally blocked from accessing. They would get a 45 minutes window to do this, and then if needed more, they need to re-login. (SonicWall does this). I told him that this type of procedure scares the crap out of me, as some users will just keep logging in and doing what we are trying to block them from doing, and they will also be able to access infected websites as well. I think it is in our (the IT staff) best interest if we continue to allow access to users on a case by case basis. And then turn it off when they have completed their task.
I am just curious as to where others stand on this topic.

Many thanks for any and all opinions.

Submission + - French Government IT Directorate Supports ODF, Rejects OOXML (

jrepin writes: The final draft version of the RGI (general interoperability framework), still awaiting final validation, maintains ODF as the recommended format for office documents within French administrations. This new version of the RGI provides substantiated criticism of the OOXML Microsoft format. April thanks the DISIC (French Inter-ministerial IT directorate) for not giving in to pressure and acting in the long-term interest of all French citizens and their administrations.

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