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Comment: Re:This is a common problem for OSS (Score 1) 127

by feronti (#29475855) Attached to: Mozilla Firefox Not In Violation of US Export Rules

The loss to US businesses is in the overhead of ensuring compliance. The cost of non-compliance is incredibly high; my company is currently listed as a restricted company because someone forgot to label some component specs that were covered under ITAR, and those specs then were sent to a non-US company. We now have to waste almost an hour a month on training that basically boils down to "If you're sending something outside the company, make sure to clear it with Trade Compliance first." Not to mention the huge fines and loss of business as a result of being restricted.

Comment: Re:Welcome to the Moon! (Score 1) 137

by feronti (#29147255) Attached to: Alternative Orion Missions Proposed

Interestingly (and off-topic), Lewis and Clark did design their own canoe... a folding cast-iron boat:

"In February 1803 Congress approved Jefferson's request to fund an expedition. By mid-March Lewis was on his way from Washington DC, to the US Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, in present-day West Virginia, to gather military hardware for the trip.........."

"Lewis also wanted the arsenal workers to do him a special favor. He asked them to build a collapsible iron-framed boat he designed himself. Lewis referred to this as" my darling project," but the armory workers had difficulty
executing Lewis' design for the boat, and the endeavor wound up keeping Lewis in Harpers Ferry for more than a month. When it was finished, however , Lewis was pleased. The frame weighed just 100 pounds but the completed craft would be capable of carrying about 1700 pounds!

I'd attribute the source, but I don't know it:)

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 392

by feronti (#27571793) Attached to: PG&E Makes Deal For Solar Power From Space

That does not, however, discount the redundancy's usefulness for eliminating single-instance failures such as a gamma-ray flipping a bit in memory. These kinds of failures are extremely rare on earth, but common enough on-orbit that many space-rated single board computers used for satellites have some kind of hardware voting mechanism.

Comment: Re:Discuss/Consider = Action? (Score 1) 491

by feronti (#26321977) Attached to: Obama Moves To Link Pentagon With NASA

Part of it is because of how well disciplined Obama's staff is. It doesn't leak, they don't float trial balloons; they discuss something internally until they've come up with what they feel is the best solution, and then they release it. Basically, if they say they're going to do something, they've already done the analysis and had the discussion. At that point, it's more about convincing everyone that it's a good idea. At least that was true during the campaign... as Obama's staff grows larger, it'll be interesting to see how true that continues to be.


+ - NASA to Search Documents for '65 UFO Incident->

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eldavojohn writes "NASA has agreed to probe its documents for information regarding an object that streaked across the sky and crashed near Kecksburg, Pa., 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. This comes following a NYC journalist's (Kean) four year old lawsuit to open relevant documents up to the public. From the article, 'The agency has turned over several stacks of documents which Kean says are not responsive to the request, an argument that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed with. In March, Sullivan rejected NASA's request to throw the case out of court, resulting in negotiations that led to the agency promising last week that it will conduct a more comprehensive search.' The witness accounts fall right into the classic government/military cover up style descriptions."
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+ - Google Desktop Now on Linux

Submitted by warrior_s
warrior_s (881715) writes "Thats right, Now it DOES run on Linux. Google Desktop is now being offered for Linux.
Google Desktop for Linux was written natively and uses Google's own desktop search algorithms, not existing Linux search applications such as Beagle, a company representative said. Only computers with x86 processors can use the software. It supports the Debian 4.0, Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10, Novell SUSE 10.1 and Red Flag 5 versions of Linux, and uses either the KDE and GNOME graphical user interfaces. Here is the scoop from builderau and cnet"

+ - Google Desktop goes Linux->

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mytrip writes "Google was set to launch late on Wednesday a beta version of Google Desktop search for Linux in a sign of encouragement by the search giant for Linux on the desktop. Google Desktop allows people to search the Web while also searching the full text of all the information on their computer, including Gmail and their Web search history. Because the index is stored locally on the computer, users can access Gmail and Web history while offline."
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Linux Business

+ - Desperately Seeking Xen->

Submitted by
AlexGr writes "Good article by Jeff Gould (Peerstone Research) in Interop News: What's going on with Xen, the open source hypervisor that was supposed to give VMware a run for its money? I can't remember how many IT trade press articles, blog posts and vendor white papers I've read about Xen in the last few years. If I had a dollar for every piece ever published about Xen, I'd be... well, not quite as rich as the Google kids, but still very well off. The vast majority of those articles — including a few I've written myself — take it as an article of faith that Xen's paravirtualizing technical approach and open source business model are inherently superior to the closed source alternatives from VMware or Microsoft. g-xen.html"
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+ - Is US space infrastructure vulnerable?->

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amigoro writes "China's strategists have concluded that the easiest way to defeat US military power is to target its Achilles' heel: its space-based capabilities and their related ground installations, and the Chinese anti-satellite test (ASAT) was part of that strategy to combat US military superiority, according to a policy brief published by Carnegie Endowment.

Just exactly how vulnerable is the US space infrastructure? Will other potential US foes, including Iran which has acquired missile capabilities thanks to our friend Putin, shoot in the air instead of trying to attack American interests in the ground? Is there a realistic way to safeguard US space superiority?"

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+ - Greenpeace going deep in Bering Sea...

Submitted by cagrin
cagrin (146191) writes "Greenpeace activists taking small submarine vehicles to investigate deep sea canyons around Alaska in the Bering Sea. From the article: "Alaska fisheries managers recently responded to a proposal to protect some of the world's largest submarine canyons by saying 'yes, these are unique and diverse habitats, but we don't know enough to justify protecting them." ... "Last week, the Esperanza was in a deep and quiet inlet several hours from Vancouver, Canada so that our sub pilots could test out and learn to pilot Deep Worker submarines. Deep Workers are one-person subs capable of diving to 2000 feet/600 meters. They are equipped with high definition cameras, HMI lights, sampling arms, SONAR, and radios that enable communication with the team up on the ship. They weigh about 2 tons each, and are smaller than a compact car so they don't take up much space on deck." Link to article: Going Deep: Preparing for our Bering Sea Ship Tour"

+ - AdSense Disabling Arbitrage Accounts by June 1st

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shird writes "Reports of google trying to clean up its search results by cracking down on dubious Web sites that contain little content but lots of ads, sometimes known as "Made for AdSense" (MFA) sites, have been reaching the media. The Jensense blog reports "Numerous AdSense publishers have been receiving emails from Google the past couple of days stating that their use of their AdSense account is an unsuitable business model and that accounts would be disabled as of June 1st, giving publishers about two weeks notice to prepare for the loss of the AdSense accounts." Google regularly bans and rejects AdSense accounts in violation of the TOS, however this change appears to be affecting a much larger quantity of MFA sites profiting from the imbalance of AdWords costs vs AdSense profits. Currently being discussed over at WebMasterWorld."

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