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Comment: Re:Email use on the decline in general (Score 2) 149

by aussiedood (#46338281) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

Definatly not true.

Really? The trend has been downward for a number of years for everyone below the age of 55, a much as 59% for teens. For those older than 55 there is an upward trend, but overall the trend is down. http://www.bostonglobe.com/bus... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12... http://techcrunch.com/2011/02/...

Comment: Email use on the decline in general (Score 1, Interesting) 149

by aussiedood (#46335871) Attached to: Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System
I think it's more because email use in general is on the decline. Facebook and other social media sites are the reason as people keep in touch with that instead of emailing. Couple that with the already entrenched services like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail etc and it's little wonder there was little interest.

Comment: Re:I'm just scared shitless (Score 1) 314

by aussiedood (#46333577) Attached to: Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

Isn't that because MS were selected as the sole supplier of ECUs by the FIA? Something makes me suspect the decision was made on how much the FIA were paid, rather than on the merit of Windows an an RTOS.

That's quite possibly true. I was simply pointing out that the MSFT system was being used in F1 cars and making no judgments about the merits or otherwise of the selection process or its in-practice efficacy.


+ - Comparing Heat Shields: Mars Science Lab vs. SpaceX Dragon->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On August 5, 2012, the world’s attention was captured by the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) landing. One of the key components in the multifaceted landing of the Curiosity rover safely on Mars was the Thermal Protection System (TPS), or heat shield, on the spacecraft carrying the rover.

Sensors being added to the Mars Science Lab heat shield. Photo by NASA.
The thing people remember most about the heat shield is when it popped off the spacecraft and flung like a frisbee across the Martian landscape, landing with a plume of dust. Measuring nearly 15 ft (4.5 m) in diameter, the MSL heat shield was the largest to ever travel to another planet."

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Comment: Re:Cross functional standard that is driven by mgm (Score 1) 429

by aussiedood (#39284639) Attached to: Server Names For a New Generation
We use a very similar naming convention, slightly less granular, but effect; State, City, Use, Number ie NYNYFS01 = NY, New York, File Server, 01 (a second file server would be numbered 02) At home or in small business movie/book/game characters can be fun, but once you start to get more than a few systems and employees and that starts to become unwieldy.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming