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Comment: Updated Summary W/ Tech Terms Explained (Score 2, Funny) 341

by cve (#49799397) Attached to: Crowdfunded, Solar-powered Spacecraft Goes Silent
Last week a week is approximately the amount of time between new 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' episodes saw the successful launch of the Planetary Society's LightSail spacecraft, the solar-powered satellite that runs Linux Linux is like Windows for smart people and was crowdfunded on Kickstarter Kickstarter is a place to buy digital watches . The spacecraft worked flawlessly for two days, but then fell silent, and the engineering team has been working hard on a fix ever since. They've pinpointed the problem: a software software is like what you download from the app store glitch. "Every 15 seconds, LightSail transmits a telemetry beacon packet a telemetry beacon packet is like a tweet . The software controlling the main system board writes corresponding information to a file called beacon.csv. If you're not familiar with CSV files, you can think of them as simplified spreadsheets—in fact, most can be opened with Microsoft Excel. As more beacons are transmitted, the file grows in size. When it reaches 32 megabytes—roughly the size of ten compressed music files 32 MB is also approximately the size of 13 iPhone 6 selfies —it can crash the flight system The satellite's twitter feed blows-up ." Unfortunately, the only way to clear that CSV file is to reboot LightSail Like holding down the power and home buttons on your iPhone at once -- don't try this unless instructed by someone at the Genius Bar . It can be done remotely, but as anyone who deals with crashing computers understands, remote commands don't always work Like when Siri plays Billy Ray instead of Miley . The command has been sent a few dozen times already, but LightSail remains silent. The best hope may now be that the system spontaneously reboots on its own Like when drop your phone in the pool and it still works .

+ - Astronomers Find a Dusty Galaxy That Shouldn't Exist->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Peering back in time to find the very earliest objects in the universe, an international team of astronomers has discovered a galaxy that shouldn't be there at all.

The problem, the scientists report Monday in Nature , is that while the tiny galaxy dates from just 700 million years or so after the big bang, it's far more dusty than something this young and small has any right to be.

The dusty galaxy is just one of the recent surprises astronomers have found. "Last week," says Marrone, "we learned of an incredibly massive black hole in the early universe. Now we have this average galaxy with significant amounts of dust. We've had this cartoon picture of the early universe, but it's clear that we really don't know what's going on."

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+ - Slashdot beta sucks 9

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Maybe some of the slashdot team should start listening to its users, most of which hate the new user interface. Thanks for ruining something that wasn't broken.

Comment: Re:It's kind of telling... (Score 1) 194

by cve (#40615521) Attached to: Startup Aims For $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

Couldn't they use the money to make a cool product and NOT send out the rewards?

"Who is responsible for making sure project creators deliver what they promise?
Project creators are solely responsible for fulfilling the promises of their projects."

Kickstarter is a gamble not an investment.


Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Posted by samzenpus
from the silent-spring dept.
Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

8-Year-Old Receives Patent 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the young-inventor-society dept.
Knile writes "While not the youngest patent recipient ever (that would be a four year old in Texas), Bryce Gunderman has received a patent at age 8 for a space-saver that combines an outlet cover plate with a shelf. From the article: '"I thought how I was going to make a lot of money," Bryce said about what raced through his brain when he received the patent.'"

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