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+ - NASA Orion Capsule Succesfully Lifts off from Florida Space Coast->

Submitted by PaisteUser
PaisteUser (810863) writes "NBC News writes: America's most powerful rocket launched a robotic test version of NASA's Orion deep-space capsule on its first flight on Friday, a day after a series of snags forced a scrub of the first attempt. The United Launch Alliance Delta 4 Heavy rocket's liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station had to be postponed on Thursday — at first due to gusty winds, and later due to a balky fuel valve. But on Friday, no technical issues or weather snags got in the way of an on-time 7:05 a.m. ET launch, even though the clouds were thick over Florida's Space Coast.

"Liftoff at dawn! The dawn of Orion, for a new era of American space exploration!" launch commentator Mike Curie said as the rocket blasted through the clouds just after sunrise.

Article include a live feed from the NASA TV channel, NTV-1."

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+ - New U.S. Atmoic Clock Goes Live->

Submitted by PaisteUser
PaisteUser (810863) writes "CNN writes: "A new atomic clock, so accurate it will lose or gain only one second every 300 million years, was unveiled Thursday by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

The NIST-F2 had been in development for about a decade and is three times more accurate than the F1, which has been in use since 1999. The institute will continue operating both clocks for now at its campus in Boulder, Colorado.""

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Comment: Out-of-band Management (Score 2) 410

by PaisteUser (#44882733) Attached to: The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

I just dialed into a 56k USRobotics modem this morning at one of my remote sites. They are still prevalent for remote out-of-band management of network devices (i.e. switches, routers). They have saved my bacon numerous times over the years and I don't see them going away anytime soon in my line of work.

+ - Superstorm Sandy Shook the Earth->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "When Superstorm Sandy struck the United States on 30 October, it didn't just devastate the Eastern Seaboard, it shook the ground as far away as the West Coast, producing tiny vibrations in Earth's crust that were picked up by seismometers there. Scientists can use this activity to track the path of the storm. Now, they say that analyzing past records of these vibrations may help them discern whether climate change has influenced the amount of storminess over the world's oceans in recent decades."
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Comment: Twin Cities, MN - with Scantron (Score 2) 821

by PaisteUser (#41896715) Attached to: U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

Everything was orderly and calm at the polling place in our hometown. I was in and out of the polling place in 10 minutes.

I'm curious to know how many places are using computerized voting machines in the country? MN still uses Scantron machines; it's hard to screw up, and cheap to operate.

Comment: Re:All of the above? (Score 2) 322

by PaisteUser (#37210996) Attached to: Who Makes Your Favorite Networking Gear?

It all depends on what your needs are.

If you want to go advanced networking with VLAN:s and stuff like that then Cisco or maybe HP are the alternatives, but considering that HP is moving to be a services only company then I think that Cisco is the way to go. As for those of you who swear to Extreme - no thank you.

Another alternative would be Juniper, but they are a small player in the top level pond.

From what I understand, HP wants to stay in the enterprise networking market.

They just snapped up 3COM not that long ago to compete directly with Cisco on their Nexus series switches. They tried to offload their ProCurve unit many years ago, but then decided to hang on to it.

You can't beat a lifetime warranty on a switch.

Comment: Re:Central point of failure.. (Score 1) 284

by PaisteUser (#30535856) Attached to: BlackBerry Outages Across North America

BB is essential for cwhoreporate systems, because NO OTHER PHONE ON THE MARKET ANYWHERE matches its functionality... they can issue you a phone, then enforce strong passwords, content filtering, disable cameras so you don't end up sending pictures of your Christmas party indiscretion to your whole team, etc etc.

In Exchange 2007 you have the same functionality for policy enforcement; disabling cameras, strong passwords, managing applications, and blocking web browsing. Granted this is on a device that fully licenses ActiveSync technology.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann