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+ - Australia elaborates a new Drift model to find MH370

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared on Saturday, 8 March 2014, while flying from Malaysia to Beijing with 239 people on board. And 8 months later, after millions of dollars invested in a gigantic search operation, there is still no sign of the aircraft. Now, Australia is developing a new model to predict where the debris of the missing MH370 could wash up. Authorities had initially predicted that the plane’s wreckage could drift and come ashore on Indonesia’s West Sumatra island after about 4 months of Flight MH370’s disappearance. “We are currently working... to see if we can get an updated drift model for a much wider area where there might be possibilities of debris washing ashore,” search co-ordinator Peter Foley told reporters in Perth.
The teams initially agreed an area about 600 kilometres long by 90km wide west of Perth was most likely. A new report released last month specified two high-priority areas further to the south. All five groups (Boeing, France's Thales, US investigator, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation) agree that MH370's final resting place is near the “7th arc” — a curve that stretches from about 1 000km off Exmouth, Western Australia, to a point about 2 000km south-west of Perth."

+ - Microsoft and others behind EU breakup of Google

Submitted by hcs_$reboot
hcs_$reboot (1536101) writes "In the eye of many Americans, the European Union call for the break-up of Google sounds like an aging Europe envious of some of the wealthiest young US tech giants. But American people should know that behind the EU antitrust probe of Google stand not only Europeans but US competitors, such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor, whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of internet searches to push favored web sites.
"The American companies are using the European Commission as a battleground among themselves. They are the ones coming to us with complaints." a senior EU official told Reuters. European Union to vote on Google break-up on Thursday."

Comment: Re:Awesome (Score 1) 147

by hcs_$reboot (#48442327) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard
This is indeed awesome. The 68000 assembly language being relatively easier to learn than the 8086 family for instance, and the resources involved being relatively small (13 yo Linux and 512k!), it seems the whole project should be easier to comprehend than nowadays complex CPUs/OSes. That would be really great if you could build a detailed "How-to", explaining everything from scratch, with photos.

Comment: Re:From Experience (Score 1) 555

by hcs_$reboot (#48426597) Attached to: "Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon
Actually it does, seemingly. During my scholarship that happened quite a few times, we and friends helping computer-desperate girl friends... but I wonder what happened to non-geeky boys... They likely had the same problems, but were probably too proud to call for help (and, maybe, needed less attention...)

+ - scientists discover diamond nanothreads->

Submitted by sokol815
sokol815 (3909113) writes "Penn State University scientists discovered diamond nanothreads can be created from benzene when compressed. The compression brings the benzene molecules into a highly reactive state. It was expected that the molecules would create a non-ordered glass-like material, but due to the slow speed of decompression used, the benzene molecules ordered themselves into a naturally repeating crystal. The experiment took place at room-temperature. Early results indicate that these nanothreads are stronger than previously produced carbon nanotubes, and may have applications throughout the engineering industry."
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+ - Five years of the Go programming language!->

Submitted by omar.sahal
omar.sahal (687649) writes "Go celebrates five years of it's existence with this blog post recapping a little history, future and some philosophy.

Five years ago we launched the Go project. It seems like only yesterday that we were preparing the initial public release: our website was a lovely shade of yellow, we were calling Go a "systems language", and you had to terminate statements with a semicolon and write Makefiles to build your code. We had no idea how Go would be received. Would people share our vision and goals? Would people find Go useful?

The Go programming language has grown to find it own niche in the cloud computing word, having been used to code Docker and the Kubernetes projects. The developers also announce details of further projects to be released, such as a new low-latency garbage collector and support for running Go on mobile devices."
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+ - Philae landed three times and is still not anchored to Rosetta. 3

Submitted by Thanshin
Thanshin (1188877) writes "A failure with the small thruster that should have counteracted the recoil of the harpoons, was followed by a failure with the harpoons themselves. Finally Philae performed 3 landings,15:33, 17:26 & 17:33 UTC.

We're receiving the first pictures of Rosetta from the surface but Philae seems to not be anchored at this moment."

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.