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Comment: It's called Rocket Science for a reason ... (Score 4, Insightful) 316 316

Bummer to see this happen - was really hoping they could "stick the landing" on the 3rd try ... but obviously never got the chance.

SpaceX has been very forthcoming with their telemetry data and analysis, so hopefully we'll hear what happened soon.

Comment: I use Gentoo - but not for much longer (Score 3, Interesting) 175 175

I've been using Gentoo for many years, and temporarily switched to Funtoo on my personal laptop. I've since graduated and don't spent nearly as much time on my laptop as I used to, which these days mainly runs MythTV.

I don't think I'd continue with Gentoo - it takes too much time to sort through updates, figure out which packages need to be masked, etc. I'd rather go to Arch next, although I was considering Debian unstable.

Recently, my video card stopped being supported by the newest nvidia graphics, and the newer versions of Xorg weren't compatible. My masked list is growing as more and more packages have deeper dependancies on newer versions of Xorg. I always figured Portage should honour my masked packages and keep everything at the latest version without stepping on my masked packages, but it wants me to do everything manually. If package 1.2.3 is incompatible with my Xorg, I'll mask 1.2.3 and newer. There is a slight chance, however, that 1.2.4 will be compatible, but it doesn't matter, since Portage made me masked out 1.2.3 and newer, I'll never even know.

Comment: But can it generate an image from words ... (Score 1) 29 29

Pretty nifty ... wondering if I describe a scene such as from the TFA:
"Two pizzas sitting on top of a stove top oven (with a glass of wine)"
if it can generate an image algorithmically ... rather than just display an image from the library that meets those criteria ...

Comment: Google Sites with Google Apps Script (Score 1) 107 107

You can make a free google site at sites.google.com
You can learn Apps Script
https://developers.google.com/...
So not only can kids develop in an IDE in a browser, they get their own web site and do whatever they want. I recently started using it and I figured out how to render a ghetto lightbox with images pulled from my flickr feed. I used nothing but google API stuff, UiApp, etc.

+ - Internet Controllable Halloween Decorations still going strong

An anonymous reader writes: The Controllable Halloween Decorations for Celiac Disease have allowed Internet Users to view and control (for real!) Alek Komarnitsky's house for a decade.

While the Halloween decorations have evolved over the years (every house should have an 8 foot inflatable Homer Simpson — D'OH!), the website is still Web0.0 complete with Javascript pop-ups and flashing GIF's — although it is W3C compliant. But the underlying Perl code (can you find the Camel book in the Haunted Office?) running on Linux/Apache continues to provide entertainment for the Internet masses plus raise over $80,000 for charity.

Surf on by this evening (MDT) to view three live webcams and use X10 controls to turn 10,000 lights ON & OFF plus inflate/deflate the giant Frankenstein, Pumpkins, Grim Reaper, Skull, Headless Horseman, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Homer Simpson. It's a high-tech trick-or-treat!

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