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Comment Re:Anyone who knows refrigeration? (Score 1) 95 95

Probably because they have been working with it for decades and it is a known quantity, instead of having to recertify, retest, remanaufacture cooling systems based on something else. I am not a rocket scientist so this is an educated hunch.

Comment Re:Batteries (Score 1) 301 301

The A380 fleet was never TOTALLY grounded at the same time like the 787. The 20 oldest ones were inspected and the other ones had the check incorporated in their upcoming regularly scheduled maintenance. You are right to say that every new aircraft has teething problems, but this 787 story is completely different and shows the inherent weaknesses of the certification scheme.

Comment Good news (Score 1) 202 202

I left Fedora after using it for many years because of the Gnome 3 crap-fest. Been using MATE on Mint since then and have been very satisified. Understand that Fedora is cutting edge and used to test and develop new stuff for RHEL but Gnome 3 was unusable (for me, hate it when others make all the UI decisions for me, no minimize because it is against their philosophy, please...) Going to take out F18 for a spin for sure, always nice to have options. And once again, not bashing Gnome 3, to each their own, it only failed from my point of view!

Comment Re:Fox In the Henhouse (Score 1) 204 204

Is it wise to run a browser (and when Chrome OS comes out, a full fledged operating system) pushed by the biggest advertising, tracking, and marketing company on the web? Wouldn't it be better to use something that does not have a vested interest in tracking everything you do online? Or is the source for this browser fully open so any nasty evil bits would be spotted by vigilant hackers and purged immediately?

Then just use Chromium, you can check the source code all you want to make sure the evil Googles is not getting any of your data...

Comment Re:Wow that was just bad. (Score 1) 229 229

You are correct that the UK and France have their own nuclear arsenal but the way they went about it was completely different. The UK is tied much more closely to US nuclear bomb technology because the US licenses the design to the UK. Of course, the UK maintains launch authority for their warheads. France, on the other hand, developped their nuclear weapons systems from scratch and are completely independent from the US from a manufacturing perspective.
Linux

Slackware 13.1 Released 155 155

Several readers made sure we are aware that Slackware 13.1 release is out. Here's the list of mirrors. "Slackware 13.1 brings many updates and enhancements, among which you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.6.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy-to-use desktop environment, and KDE 4.4.3, a recent stable release of the new 4.4.x series of the award-winning KDE desktop environment."
Science

Israeli Scientists Freeze Water By Warming It 165 165

ccktech writes "As reported by NPR and Chemistry world, the journal Science has a paper by David Ehre, Etay Lavert, Meir Lahav, and Igor Lubomirsky [note: abstract online; payment required to read the full paper] of Israel's Weizmann Institute, who have figured out a way to freeze pure water by warming it up. The trick is that pure water has different freezing points depending on the electrical charge of the surface it resides on. They found out that a negatively charged surface causes water to freeze at a lower temperature than a positively charged surface. By putting water on the pyroelectric material Lithium Tantalate, which has a negative charge when cooler but a positive change when warmer; water would remain a liquid down to -17 degrees C., and then freeze when the substrate and water were warmed up and the charge changed to positive, where water freezes at -7 degrees C."

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