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Comment: Re:What is being missed... is the $2 million part. (Score 5, Informative) 456 456

The original programmer is still around, and occasionally does some maintenance on the programmer -- he even comments extensively in the comment section for the linked news story about the specific challenges they face. (He's "Jeff").

The $2MM will be used for a general upgrade of all the heating/cooling facilities, which will include more modern control systems. Many of the systems that used to be controlled by the Amiga have already been replaced, and the Amiga doesn't manage those any more :)

Comment: Re:Here we go again... (Score 2) 1051 1051

According to this study -->

The growth in childhood debilitating disease is overwhelmingly due to obesity, asthma, and ADHD. The last of which was only in the past decades recognized as an actual condition. Asthma is related to obesity, and obesity is related to kids not being as active as they once were, perhaps because sending your kid out to play can get you arrested and your child taken away from you.

+ - Spacecraft Returns Seven Particles From Birth of the Solar System->

sciencehabit writes: After a massive, years-long search, researchers have recovered seven interstellar dust particles returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. The whole sample weighs just a few trillionths of a gram, but it’s the first time scientists have laid their hands on primordial material unaltered by the violent birth of the solar system.

Once the sample panel was back on Earth, the problem quickly became finding any collected particles embedded in the aerogel. Out of desperation, Stardust team members called on 30,714 members of the general public. The “dusters” of the Stardust@home project volunteered to examine microscopic images taken down through the aerogel. They used the world’s best pattern-recognition system—the human eye and brain—to pick out the telltale tracks left by speeding particles.

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+ - Netflix slams big ISPs over Net Neutrality.

raque writes: CNN Money is carrying this story about the conflict between Netflix and the big ISPs.

Netflix is correct is saying that they shouldn't have to pay a fee to ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to do what users, like me, are already paying them to do. I already pay Verizon to provide my bandwidth, and I pay Netflix to access their content. ISPs complaining that services like Netflix generate a lot of traffic ignore the fact that they are already being paid to handle that traffic.

+ - The Net routes around censorship in Turkey-> 1 1

lpress writes: Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been embarrassed by social media showing corruption, vowed yesterday to "eradicate Twitter." He followed through by cutting off access, but users soon found work-arounds like posting by email and using VPNs. The hashtag #TwitterOlmadanYaayamam (I can't live without Twitter) quickly rose to the top of Twitter's worldwide trending topics.
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+ - Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes its First Flight->

Zothecula writes: The Goodyear blimp may have been flying around for almost 90 years, but it still manages to turn heads. On Friday, there was another reason to look beyond nostalgia for the days of the great airships of old as Goodyear unveiled its new state-of-the-art blimp to the media, Goodyear associates and dealers at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Built in partnership with the Zeppelin company, the new craft that replaces the 45-year old GZ-20 blimp fleet is not only larger and faster, it isn’t even a blimp, but a semi-rigid airship.
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+ - Symantec Fires CEO Steve Bennett->

wiredmikey writes: Symantec on Thursday announced that CEO Steve Bennett was terminated by the security company and has been replaced by Michael Brown as interim president and CEO. Bennett, who also resigned from Symantec's board of directors, took the top position at Symantec in July 2012, after former president and CEO Enrique Salem was pushed out by the Board of Directors.

In April 2013, Bennett, told attendees at its own Vision Conference, that the company was changing, and acknowledged that Symantec “lacked strategy” when it came to dealing with acquisitions. His plan was to move the company forward slowly, but consistently and make Symantec easier to do business with. That strategy, or at least the execution of it, hasn't impressed the board of directors, it seems.

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+ - NASA launches third annual "codeathon" with a new costal flooding challenge ->

An anonymous reader writes: NASA announced its third annual International Space Apps Challenge, that calls for software and hardware developers to to build mobile applications, software, hardware, data visualization and platform solutions that could help improve life on Earth and contribute to space exploration missions, is adding a new challenge focused on coastal flooding. The reason for this challenge is to help people understand the dangers of inundation. “Solutions developed through this challenge could have many potential impacts,” said Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA. "This includes helping coastal businesses determine whether they are currently at risk from coastal inundation, and whether they will be impacted in the future by sea level rise and coastal erosion."
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+ - How the MOBA was genetically engineered to take over eSports->

An anonymous reader writes: As Valve prepared to launch its documentary on the pro gaming scene around its strategy game DotA 2, a new article looks at the curious origins of the MOBA [multiplayer online battle arena] as a mod in another type of game entirely — and how League of Legends developer Riot Games cleverly co-opted the nascent grassroots enthusiasm to create what is now the world's most played game, creating a new industry with the rise of Twitch TV in the process, and legitimising eSports along the way. Where does the MOBA go from here?
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