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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, 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.

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.