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Comment Sinfest deserves your recognition (Score 1) 321

Comics I follow are

http://www.sinfest.com/ (hands down the best)
http://www.dilbert.com/ (still going strong and providing daily comfort)
http://wumocomicstrip.com/ (funny)
http://www.joyoftech.com/joyoftech/index.html (mostly pro mac)
http://www.xkcd.com/ (the tool that belongs in every geeks toolbox)

Comment Seoul (Score 2) 140

In the subway of Seoul wifi has been available to passengers for years. Three public companies (olleh, offer wifi in the subway and many other public places for a price as low as 8000 krw (about 8 USD) per month.

Comment Just don't loose it (Score 1) 191

What is important for me is that my data stays available to me.
If it also becomes available to other ... that is just their luck. I don't really care.

Since I don't back up at all locally, I keep all my data on one raid-5 configuration, the way google/dropbox/apple store my data is probably a lot better.

Mars

Submission + - To Mars in 2012 (youtube.com)

klaasb writes: This movie shows how Mars One plans to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. First four humans to Mars in 2023 and will stay there for the rest of their lives.
Star Wars Prequels

Submission + - Obi-Wan Kenobi is dead (galacticempiretimes.com)

klaasb writes: CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday.
Science

Submission + - Supercomputers Crack Sixty-Trillionth Binary Digit (energy.gov) 1

Dr.Who writes: According to http://blog.energy.gov/blog/2011/04/28/supercomputers-crack-sixty-trillionth-binary-digit-pi-squared, "a value of Pi to 40 digits would be more than enough to compute the circumference of the Milky Way galaxy to an error less than the size of a proton." The article goes on to cite use of computationally complex algorithms to detect errors in computer hardware.

The article references a blog http://experimentalmath.info/blog/2011/03/Pi-goes-on-forever/ which has more background.

Disclaimers: I attended graduate school at U.C. Berkley. I am presently employed by a software company that sells an infrastructure product named PI.

Space

Submission + - The Densest Planet In The Universe (So Far) (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: Astronomers have found what may be the biggest rocky planet in the neighborhood.

The planet is called 55 Cancri e. It is 60 percent larger than the Earth, eight times as massive and orbits its star so fast that an entire year passes in less than a day.

It is about 8.57 times the mass of Earth, plus or minus about 0.64 Earth masses. That gives a density of about 10.9 grams per cubic centimeter, twice that of Earth, which averages about 5.5 grams. The surface gravity would be about 2.7 times that of Earth, comparable to what one would feel at the cloud tops of Jupiter.

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