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Submission Lander Philae is awake – 'Hello' from space

Sique writes: The Philae lander has reported back on 13 June 2015 at 22:28 (CEST), coming out of hibernation and sending the first data to Earth. More than 300 data packets have been analysed by the team at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) Lander Control Center: "Philae is doing very well – it has an operating temperature of minus 35 degrees Celsius and has 24 watts of power available," explains DLR’s Philae Project Manager, Stephan Ulamec. "The lander is ready for operations." Philae 'spoke' for 85 seconds with its team on ground in its first contact since it went into hibernation.

Submission Experimental drug stops Ebola-like infection->

sciencehabit writes: An experimental treatment against an Ebola-related virus can protect monkeys even when given up to 3 days after infection, the point at which they show the first signs of disease. The virus, known as Marburg, causes severe hemorrhagic fever—vomiting, diarrhea, and internal bleeding. In one outbreak, it killed 90% of people it infected. There are no proven treatments or vaccines against it. The new results raise hopes that the treatment might be useful for human patients even if they don’t receive it until well after infection. The company that makes the compound, Tekmira, based in Burnaby, Canada, has started a human safety trial of a related drug to treat Ebola virus disease, and researchers hope that it, too, might offer protection even after a patient has started to feel ill.
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Submission City of Munich is considering to switch back from Linux to Windows-> writes: The vice-mayor of Munich Josef Schmid wants a group of experts to analyse the use of Linux in the municipality. According to Schmid, there have been multiple complaints about the lack of interoperability with other city and government administrations. There have also been doubts that the city is lowering costs by using FOSS. Munichs project Limux was started ten years ago. The city wanted to reduce its budget by switching to Linux and FOSS intead of upgrading to newer versions of Microsoft's Windows and Office products. At the end of last year almost all of the 15000 workstations in the municipality were using OSS.
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Submission Cisco to slash up to 6,000 jobs (8% of workforce)->

alphadogg writes: Cisco Systems will cut as many as 6,000 jobs over the next 12 months, saying it needs to shift resources to growing businesses such as cloud, software and security. The move will be a reorganization rather than a net reduction, the company said. It needs to cut jobs because the product categories where it sees the strongest growth, such as security, require special skills, so it needs to make room for workers in those areas, it said. “If we don’t have the courage to change, if we don’t lead the change, we will be left behind,” Chairman and CEO John Chambers said on a conference call.
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Submission Patents that kill->

wabrandsma writes: The Economist:
The patent system, which was developed independently in 15th century Venice and then in 17th century England, gave entrepreneurs a monopoly to sell their inventions for a number of years. Yet by the 1860s the patent system came under attack, including from The Economist. Patents, critics argued, stifled future creativity by allowing inventors to rest on their laurels. Recent economic research backs this up.

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Submission Study finds that astronauts are severely sleep deprived->

sciencehabit writes: Researchers tracked the sleep patterns of 85 crew members aboard the International Space Station and space shuttle and found that despite an official flight schedule mandating 8.5 hours of sleep per night, they rarely got more than five. In fact, getting a full night’s rest was so difficult that three-quarters of shuttle mission crew members used sleep medication, and sometimes entire teams were sedated on the same night. Given that sleep deprivation contributes to up to 80% of aviation accidents, it’s important to better understand why sleep is so difficult in space, the authors say.
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Submission Oracle Hasn't Killed Java -- But There's Still Time

snydeq writes: Java core has stagnated, Java EE is dead, and Spring is over, but the JVM marches on. C'mon Oracle, where are the big ideas? asks Andrew C. Oliver. 'I don't think Oracle knows how to create markets. It knows how to destroy them and create a product out of them, but it somehow failed to do that with Java. I think Java will have a long, long tail, but the days are numbered for it being anything more than a runtime and a language with a huge install base. I don't see Oracle stepping up to the plate to offer the kind of leadership that is needed. It just isn't who Oracle is. Instead, Oracle will sue some more people, do some more shortsighted and self-defeating things, then quietly fade into runtime maintainer before IBM, Red Hat, et al. pick up the slack independently. That's started to happen anyhow.'

Submission Snowden granted three more years in Russia

SiggyRadiation writes: Edward Snowden is allowed to stay in Russia for three more years. According to the NYPost:
"His lawyer, Analtoly Kucherena, was quoted by Russian news agencies on Thursday as saying Snowden now has been granted residency for three more years, but that he had not been granted political asylum. That status, which would allow him to stay in Russia permanently, must be decided by a separate procedure, Kucherena said, but didn’t say whether Snowden is seeking it."

The question that remains of course is, did the Russians use this as leverage over him to get to more information or influence him or is the positive PR in itself enough for the Russians in the current climate of tensions and economic sanctions relating to the Ukraine crisis?

Submission Russian criminals steal 1.2 billion passwords->

mpicpp writes: Russian criminals have stolen 1.2 billion Internet user names and passwords, amassing what could be the largest collection of stolen digital credentials in history, a respected security firm said Tuesday.

The news was first reported by The New York Times, which cited research from Milwaukee-based Hold Security. The firm didn't reveal the identities of the targeted websites, citing nondisclosure agreements and a desire to prevent existing vulnerabilities from being more widely exploited.

Hold Security founder Alex Holden told CNNMoney that the trove includes credentials gathered from over 420,000 websites — both smaller sites as well as "household names." The criminals didn't breach any major email providers, he said.

Holden said the gang makes its money by sending out spam for bogus products like weight-loss pills, and had apparently amassed its collection of digital credentials for that relatively innocuous purpose.

"It's really not that impactful to the individuals, and that's why they were under the radar for so long," Holden said. "They've ignored financial information almost completely."

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Submission Minecraft as the Ultimate Coding Education System?->

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers at UCSD have launched software to help make Minecraft into the ultimate platform for teaching coding to kids. It's like Scratch but for Minecraft, allowing kids to create mods for Minecraft in their browser. They're also offering online Minecraft modding courses for kids, granting college computer science credit hours through UCSD.

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Submission need help for my family-> 1

Eric J Gratton writes: I have been a reader and sometimes poster here and am in a tough spot with my family. I lost my job last week and with only one pay check need to relocate to NC to be closer to family and friends . I had hernia surgery last Oct. And was let go from my job and have worked any and all temp jobs trying to make it work here in Florida but this last blow is the last .We have a place to stay once we get to Charlotte,NC. And having four kids and the wife to take cae of I need help getting there and setting us up once I find work. I hope this not too far off base here but being a dad I needed to try to reach out anyway possible.Even if you can't help please share link to our gofundme page.

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Comment Re:Not a bad idea (Score 2) 252

Another poster discussed that letting government provide vital services often results in those services being used / abused for political gain. Abusing regulations is a lot less effective for politicians and so they tend to be manipulated less in my opinion.

Let the free market do the producing.

But let the government keep them in check with regulations. You are right that regulations tend to be thinned out when politicians see no other way to promote growth anymore but I'm still not convinced that that is in any way worse than when the government would be responsible for production itself. Governments are perfectly able and willing to cut back on vital infrastucture below any responsible levels. The New Orleans levee's were not built nor maintained nor were policies and budgets set by commercial entities!

If the government is your only supplier you are left with no recourse should you be dissatisfied with their services. You can actually buy meat that has not been "improved" with all kinds of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. But you probably choose the convenience of buying the cheap meat at you local grocery store.

Comment Re:Not a bad idea (Score 1) 252

Ok, so you talk about "Services that people need in order to live - energy, water, medical".

There is a lot that people need to live. Would you argue nationalising all of them? Energy, water and medical aren't the only things that would make that list. What about food, transportation and clothing? You'll die very soon if they aren't in order. Houses - in a lot of climates you need them for shelter and defects in houses could cause them to collapse so they are crucial to survival - hygienic products, etc.

Now, why stop there? If you want energy, water, medical and maybe al those other things that I listed to be state supplied, why should their suppliers be excluded? Why nationalize the hospitals but not the farmaceuticals? They use up a large chunk of our health care budgets and the quality of their products is just as critical to our survival. So we add the farmaceuticals. And the producers of diagnostic equipment of course, can't have any defective MRI's. But MRI's have software. So those are in as well. We also need dependable medical oxygen suppliers. Suppliers for mainframes, PC's, lightbulbs, desktops (the ones you can tough), concrete, glass, sand, catering, bread, beef, cows, grass, fertilizer, oil.

My point is: we are very much used to putting our lives in the hands of commercial entities. From a car or an airliner to the contractor that built my house to the caterer that made that nice chicken filet that I just ate. They're all commercial entities, large multinationals or small mom-and-pops. They are regulated so I know what quality I can expect at minimum and if they don't deliver that quality either they get busted by the state or I sue them. This system actually works very well!

Now, why is water or a hospital that much different?

I ask this as someone who works at a healthcare provider in a "socialized healthcare" country.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.