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Comment: Re:Batteries (Score 1) 301

by jfp51 (#42625645) Attached to: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Grounded In US and EU
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

by jfp51 (#40835295) Attached to: Fedora 18 To Feature the GNOME2 Fork MATE
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

by jfp51 (#36430424) Attached to: Shuttleworth: Chrome Nearly Replaced FF In Ubuntu

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

by jfp51 (#35094798) Attached to: Neal Stephenson On Rockets and Innovation
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.

Slackware 13.1 Released 155

Posted by kdawson
from the taking-up-the-slack dept.
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."

Israeli Scientists Freeze Water By Warming It 165

Posted by timothy
from the you-must-become-the-frozen-water dept.
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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Dragon Age: Origins Expansion Coming In March 80

Posted by Soulskill
from the well-met-warden dept.
ishanjain tipped news that BioWare has announced an expansion for Dragon Age: Origins, called Awakening, that is due out on March 16th. Awakening "is supposed to run about 15 hours and will allow for players to import and edit characters they've broken in from the core game," and it will take place "in the in the role of a Grey Warden Commander who's been tasked with rebuilding the order of Grey Wardens and finding out how the darkspawn survived following the death of the Archdemon dragon." A trailer is available at the official site, as well as some information on a new bit of DLC that will be out shortly, entitled Return to Ostagar. (It was originally due for release on January 5th, but was delayed.)

Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-jetwing-and-a-prayer dept.
Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

"It's like deja vu all over again." -- Yogi Berra