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+ - Rosetta's "Ambition": science fact meets sci-fi

Submitted by Trapezium Artist
Trapezium Artist writes: The European Space Agency has released a cool short science-fiction film called "Ambition" to help build the excitement and engagement as the Rosetta mission is just weeks away from making the first ever attempt to land on a comet.

Made by Polish VFX and film house, Platige Image, directed by Oscar-nominated Tomek Baginski, and starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) and Aisling Franciosi (Jimmy's Hall), "Ambition" was filmed in Iceland and shows a Master and Apprentice transforming the desolate landscape into a giant solar system, in search of answers to fundamental questions about humankind.

The film revolves around key human traits of being adaptable, ambitious, and willing to take risks in reaching for the stars. In much the same way, Rosetta has become the first mission to rendezvous with a comet, to escort it, and on 12 November, to attempt a soft-landing on one, all in search of clues as to the origin of Earth's water and complex organic materials.

Comment: Yes and more productive as well (Score 2) 415 415

It works for me. Carrying around both an e-ink reader and a cheaper larger Android tablet allows you to use the tablet to take notes without screen swapping. When used in combination with a Bluetooth keyboard & folio stands I find it far more productive than lugging around a laptop.

Comment: Deja vu:HP first ported Linux to Itanium &SCO (Score 2) 216 216

by NZheretic (#38132436) Attached to: Is HP Paying Intel To Keep Itanium Alive?
The Trillian Project : Proof of SCO's actions

In February 1998, well before even the first prototype IA-64 chips were available, a skunkworks team at HP, with some assistance from Intel, began the work toward porting Linux to IA-64. By October 1998,around the same time that IBM, Old SCO and Sequent had finished negotiations, HP had completed the build toolchain. By January 1999, the Linux kernel was booting on an IA-64 processor simulator, months before the actual Itanium processor was available. In March 1999, at Intel, Linux was booting on the actual Intel Itanium processor.

The SCO Group (then Caldera) which had purchased the rights to sell copies of the old Unix from Novell, sued IBM because the freely available Linux competed the SCO Groups old Unix offering.

So Oracle has become the next SCO Group, quick somebody tell PJ!

Comment: How valuable is the data held/services provided? (Score 1) 666 666

by NZheretic (#37888656) Attached to: How Can I Justify Using Red Hat When CentOS Exists?
Put an arbitrary valuation of the businesses data within each server per licence needed and lost of service by hour for each and compare it to the cost of Red Hat licensing. If the data is valuable enough and downtime expensive enough then Red Hat Support is really worth every cent.

Comment: Re:Google Should Buy it for Corporate Chromebook (Score 1) 221 221

by NZheretic (#37672276) Attached to: Why HP Should Sell Its PC Business To Save It
Do you expect Google/Motorola to sell Microsoft Phones? no.

Why should Google/HP sell Microsoft Windows PCs?

Just sell the hardware with Linux Distros, Chromebooks, or sell the hardware no operating system installed to organizations with corporate licences. They could even farm out the Windows drivers and support to a third company.

Comment: Google Should Buy it for Corporate Chromebook (Score 1) 221 221

by NZheretic (#37671704) Attached to: Why HP Should Sell Its PC Business To Save It
This may be a great opportunity for Google to acquire a corporate brand and a large patent portfolio for its Chromebook for the enterprise.

Makes as much sense as Google acquiring Motorola for the same platform and patents for android.

I would like to see HP/Google enterprise hosted google apps appliances hooked up to Chromebooks as a replacement for the Microsoft Quagmire.

Comment: Google desktop search was/is much better (Score 1) 167 167

by NZheretic (#37298234) Attached to: Google To Shut Down 10 Products

Google desktop widgets were an annoyance but the desktop search works very well in a small business environment where the files are stored on NAS or SAMBA servers.

I really hope that Google could produce a Chrome Local Search Plugin that replicates the search functionality that was in Google Desktop.

It would be a killer app if Google was also to include two way file merge functionality ( unison or two way rsync ) with removable media, remoter servers, other desktop computers and Google doc accounts

Comment: Evolution in action (Score 5, Insightful) 589 589

by NZheretic (#33922372) Attached to: Oracle Asks OpenOffice Community Members To Leave
Quoting myself

At some point some open source projects developers may go in a direction that the distribution vendors and end uses may disagree with. It is the licensing which allows a fork of the project to develop that sets the open source development model apart from the pure proprietary development model. Apache, X.org and even the current version of the GNU GCC compiler toolset have been all derived from an outside fork of an existing open source project. No vendor or open source software developer can block development for any substantial period of time without the risk of the development being taken over by a descendant of the same project -- it's called evolution.

Every time the leading members/developers of each of those original projects complained bitterly about the interlopers.

The longer the original team remains entrenched in their design/implementation choices, the less the original team control has over the successor project and the less original product's market share of total users.

This will remain true for all freely licensed source code that Oracle has purchased or inherited. Even for the forks of the GPL licensed Java.

In the end freely licensed source code can have no dictators, only obsoleted dickhead.

Comment: The Future Today in 30s - makes perfect sense (Score 2, Funny) 132 132

by NZheretic (#33408032) Attached to: Jet Packs, Finally On Sale
In 1980 they said that by 2010 some of us would be using jet packs to commute to work.
What they did not foresee in 1980 was the rise of telecommuting and that those same commuters would not have to travel very far.
Hence the need for only thirty seconds of flight time - it all make perfect sense.

Comment: Does "facilitate theft of service"=NO Competition (Score 1) 254 254

by NZheretic (#33197114) Attached to: Google & Verizon's Real Net Neutrality Proposal

3) connecting their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network or service, facilitate theft of service, or harm other users of the service

The phrase "facilitate theft of service" is so vague that it could be interpreted as just being in competition with the carrier's own provided services e.g. voice,SMS, video etc.

This statement puts the Internet in the USA back into the pre-dialup days before the split up of AT&T, where the carrier could deny access to any modem because it could "harm the network" or just compete with its existing services.

Comment: "Patentable process" like "hardcore pornography" (Score 5, Interesting) 232 232

by NZheretic (#32717542) Attached to: Supreme Court Throws Out Bilski Patent
The patent in question was effectively denied, but the court would not impose further limits on patenting.

No. 08-964. Argued November 9, 2009--Decided June 28, 2010

Today, the Court once again declines to impose limitations on the Patent Act that are inconsistent with the Act's text. The patent application here can be rejected under our precedents on the unpatentability of abstract ideas. The Court, therefore, need not define further what constitutes a patentable "process," beyond pointing to the definition of that term provided in 100(b) and looking to the guideposts in Benson, Flook, and Diehr.

Which is about the same as saying ( Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion in Jacobellis v. Ohio 378 U.S. 184 (1964)),

"I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description ["hard-core pornography"]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that."

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