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+ - ESA all set to launch, test re-entry of its wingless space plane IXV->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "European Space Agency (ESA) has revealed its preparedness for the launch of its experimental “space plane” dubbed Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) on Wednesday. ESA’s car-sized, wingless vessel is being tested for re-entry and could build a platform on which design of future reusable spacecraft are based on. IXV will be launched on Vega flight VV04 at 13:00 GMT (14:00 CET) for a suborbital flight to test technologies and critical systems for Europe’s future automated reentry systems from Kourou, French Guiana, 11 February 2015."
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+ - Microsoft To Offer Azure Credits To Compete With IBM & AWS

Submitted by Amanda Parker
Amanda Parker (3946253) writes "Google, AWS and IBM already offer incentives for start-ups to join them. Microsoft is trying to lure start-ups and SME's to its Azure profile by offering them $500,000 in Azure credits. The deal, announced by Y Combinator, is only available to Y Combinator-backed companies and will be offered to the 2015 Winter and future batches. In addition to this, Microsoft is also giving Y Combinator start-ups a three years Office 365 subscription, access to Microsoft developer staff and one year of free CloudFlare and DataStax enterprise services. The move signifies Microsoft's desire to compete with Amazon Web Services and Google, both of whom already offer credits and freebies."

+ - Linaro Launches an Open-source Spec for ARM SBCs->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Not content to just standardize ARM-based Linux and Android software, Linaro has just launched 96Boards, an open-source spec for ARM-based single board computers. Along with the spec's rollout, Linaro also announced a $129 HiKey SBC based on a HiSilicon 64-bit, octa-core Kirin 620 SoC, and compatible with the 96Boards Consumer Edition (CE) spec's 85 x 54mm 'standard' form factor option. The 96Boards initiative plans to offer a series of specs for small-footprint 32- and 64-bit Cortex-A boards, including an Enterprise Edition (EE) of its spec in Q2."
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Comment: Nothing new, original or really low cost (Score 1) 46

by NuclearCat (#48225099) Attached to: A Low Cost, Open Source Geiger Counter (Video)
Looks like typical geiger tube used, and typical circuit for it. What's "new" or "original" there? And definitely not low cost stuff, but poorly built (all that hanging wires).
Also his microcontroller memory most probably will fail on serious radiation, and if not stop working, then may give invalid data.
I understand detecting alpha particles in the tin can over FET transistor can be MUCH cheaper than those (but more for alpha, again), and similar original ideas.

Comment: Re:Why a war? (Score 1) 498

by NuclearCat (#46449473) Attached to: Ukraine May Have To Rearm With Nuclear Weapons Says Ukrainian MP
Exactly. With all this ecstasy from revolution, people should look a bit which statements Praviy Sector and Svoboda made before.
Before revolution they said several times, that Russia, Poland and several other countries own their territory, plus their hymn include "russians on knifes" and "ukraine for ukrainians". Now guess, what will happen when they have nukes.
I was shocked, when i so how their "activists" attacked veterans of WWII, 80+ year old people, in 2011, Lviv. Check youtube for that.

Comment: This is not software, it is wrong design (Score 1) 526

by NuclearCat (#46204271) Attached to: Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC
In case Dell used speakers that are not rated even for their motherboard amplifier - it is trivial to detect audio clipping that VLC cause, just a plain resistor and current sensing circuit, or a comparator on output circuit and it will be easy to shut it, before speaker got damaged.
In car industry it will be a recall and faulty items will be replaced by modified ones, with "bugfix".
But it is very known - freaks like HP and Dell prefer to charge customers for each sneeze, and as soon as you paid and took your product - you are on your own. No bugfixes, no support, no improvements.

+ - Sekurak found backdoor in TP-Link routers->

Submitted by
NuclearCat
NuclearCat writes "Polish security researchers found backdoor in TP-Link routers, allowing not only to gain root access from local network, but also to knock down router via CSRF attack remotely, machine translation from russian: http://habrahabr.ru/post/172799/ . According to researchers statement TP-Link seems doesn't care to give an answer about issue.
Good news: Users who reflashed their TP-Link with Open/DD-WRT firmware can sleep well."

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Comment: Seems you are very close to me now (Score 1) 349

by NuclearCat (#40506301) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: VPN Service For a Deployed US Navy Ship?
I guess it can be only gulf countries and i'm in one of them right now (most restricted country, hehe). Please take a note, that they are tracking VPN activity, and some countries who block VoIP, can block your VPN too, if they suspect you use it for VoIP. I recommend PCI compliant VPN, to PCI certified hosting, if you want to do banking. E.g. if you want to go serious way, find collocation (PCI compliant!), let's say 1/4 of rack, put there VPN router (also, again,compliant), and your side too. Note, that some services like Netflix, PS3 videos wont work for IP's from hosting, because some people from other countries use this way to get US address, and services are blocking all hosting IP ranges, so you have to test it first.
Sure you can go cheaper way, it won't be compliant, but still very secure. Let me know if you need more information.

Comment: Where the world going? (Score 2) 437

by NuclearCat (#40232117) Attached to: Red Hat Clarifies Doubts Over UEFI Secure Boot Solution
Now using my electronics how i want is "certainly not a guaranteed right". WTF. Thats why we had DIY talents before, who was building companies in garage, and now we have army of "angry bird" players, because it is not easy to create something this days.
You can't reuse electronic parts. SMD. You need expensive tools to do that. Well, ok, let's say it is ok.
You can't reuse blocks and highly integrated IC's, because there is NDA for documentation and high fees to get this documentation.
And now, finally, soon you can't write your own low-level software, because your PC manufacturer will decide, what you can run, and what you can't.
I hope my car one day will not tell me, which road i can take, and which one i'm not allowed to go, because my car don't have license for offroad.

Comment: NDA with proprietary chipsets (Score 1) 140

by NuclearCat (#39609285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Make My Own Hardware Multimedia Player?
I was involved in development of some hardware players (Sigma chipset). And media companies plays there major role. And most important for them IP. This means DRM. Also this means NDA. Realtek, Sigma, all the same in that.
Amazing hardware power, but very locked down before product release by patent restrictions and DRM.
I believe the best you can do and archieve your goals - Atom with some kind of GPU acceleration, but again proprietary drivers, to get acceleration.
FPGA i believe will need too much efforts for one person, to support all media formats

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