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Comment: Dominating (Score 3, Informative) 357

by dtml-try MyNick (#46253227) Attached to: Under Armour/Lockheed Suit Blamed For US Skating Performance

In my opinion the US skaters are just looking for a scapegoat. The truth is much simpler, us Dutchies are completely and utterly dominating the speed-skating competition at the Olympics.

A good suit is vs a bad suit just gives you a very very marginal advantage, the rest is training and professionalism. It's not just the US that is being squashed right now, each and every country competing in speedskating is getting a good ass-kicking. ;-)

Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the cycle-is-nearly-complete dept.
MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.

Comment: Re:And NASA has made mistakes with this before... (Score 1) 228

by dtml-try MyNick (#40946847) Attached to: Upgrading Software From 350 Million Miles Away

That, and I also imagine there are separate systems for the rovers main controls and for the "work"-tasks it has to do over there.
Since they issue about a 1000 commands *each day!* it seems to me that those commands go to a sort of sandboxed environment on the rover to ensure that a relatively "simple" command like "focus camera C on that rock to the right" can never cause major malfunctions to the main system on the rover itself.

Comment: High security and encryption? I doubt it. (Score 1) 718

by dtml-try MyNick (#36016094) Attached to: 'Motherlode' of Data Seized At Bin Laden Compound

One report I read about the data seizure spoke of hundreds of dvds, cds, usb-sticks, memorycards and harddrives that were captured during the raid.

While I am sure OBL and his organization took security *very* seriously I however doubt that such a pile of data is all encrypted in equal thorough fashion.
As some posters already mentioned, it takes only one good fuck-up to compromise everything. I'm willing to bet that in such an a huge volume of data/media there is a fuck-up somewhere.

Also, while I'm also sure his organization had some good it-experts on it's payroll the majority of the people surrounding him, including OBL himself, were probably not very skilled in the use of computers and other modern media/information techniques.
A 54 year old man who spent the better part of his life fighting and hiding in hills and caves.. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he actually *did* write down his password(s) somewhere. Especially considering the fact he lived in the same compound for several years and must have felt relatively safe.

His form of security came in physical form, guns blazing, relocating often (though he fucked up on that one) and trust in the people surrounding him. He understood guns and bullets, not bits and bytes.

Comment: Re:"Journal of Cosmology"? never heard of it. (Score 1) 103

by dtml-try MyNick (#35392614) Attached to: Making the Case For Microscopic Life In Meteorites

Considering that this would be the most important discovery in the last 500 years, it's a little worrying that it's not in Nature, or any science journal I've ever heard of. A few mintes looking at their site and other's opinions shows it to be remarkably "open minded" in the articles it publishes: "Sex on Mars"; "Cosmological foundations of consciousness".

Excuses in advance for my ignorance but as far as I understand this guy claims to have found evidence of bacteria that did not originate from earth.
As a layman I interpreted that as extraterrestrial life.

Life that has started and evolved somewhere else in the Universe instead of earth. Wouldn't that make it by far the most important discovery ever?
Of course I could have understand it completely wrong and got exited about nothing ;-)

Comment: Re:The universe is infinite (Score 1) 185

by dtml-try MyNick (#35230264) Attached to: How To Build a Telescope That Trumps Hubble

This is the part that always gets me..... the "nothing"

I understand that "nothing" is a concept that is very hard to grasp for a human being, but still...

As far as I understand the big bang is a series of events that led to the creation of our current universe. The part I can't get my head around is how "nothing" can turn into "something".
It seems to me that an event like the big bang had to be triggered by at least ''something". And that that "something" must have had some form of physic laws in order to trigger the event.

Easy, before the Big Bang there was nothing, when there is nothing there are no laws of physics, when there are no laws of physics there is nothing to prevent anything from happening.

This is kinda what I mean.
In my (surely overly simplified) logic for "anything" to happen there must be "something" to begin with in the first place. But all I keep reading is that that is not the case.. And *that* boggles my mind almost to explosive levels ;)

Disclaimer: I'm just a layman who tries to get his head around theories like this purely out of interested (and is failing horribly most of the time)

Comment: Re:Color me nonplussed (Score 1) 109

by dtml-try MyNick (#34964950) Attached to: UK Cosmetic Retailer Lush Targeted By Hackers

Agree, iDeal may not be the end all, be all, solution for online transactions but it's pretty solid, safe and simple.

Currently I only do payments via iDeal or paypall only. My paypall accounts is empty most of the times. If I want to buy something via paypall I transfer the amount of money needed first and then make the transaction.

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