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Comment Re:Not useless (Score 1) 5

I was wondering what adding solar cells would do to the flight distance of the vehicle, there would be a gain, but would it be a big enough difference. If it gave a more than a 5% increase I think it would be help full enough to look into. And if it was designed more like a glider you could get even more out of it since the batteries would charge when the plane was in a glide.

Submission + - Welcome to America: Here's your Linux computer->

An anonymous reader writes: Recently a mother walked into the computer center where I work and commented, "I just came down down to the library to see what kind of learning resources there are down here." I gave the mom a quick tour of the 28 public Linux stations our library offers for free seven days a week. As a casual afterthought, the mom says, "By the way, here are my two kids. I adopted them two weeks ago." Standing before me were two beautiful children, ages 12 and 8, looking slightly scared but also curious at their new surroundings.

I inquired, "Do your kids have their own computer at home?" Mom replied, "No, they currently borrow my laptop, which is not such an ideal situation." I countered, "Tell them they're getting their own donated desktop computer on Monday next week. I'll prepare it for them over the weekend."

In ten years time, these kids and their mom may well remember that first Linux computer the family received. Tux was there, as I see it, waiting to welcome these youth to their new country. Without Linux, that surplussed computer might have gotten trashed. Now that computer will get two, four, or maybe even six more years use from students who really value what it has to offer them.

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Comment From the horses mouth (Score 1) 289

Speaking as someone who has been diagnosed as both asbergers affected and adhd affected, much of the diagnosis are false and the children are just rambunctious children who haven't fully grown into their bodies. I'm not denying anyone who really has it from getting what they need. But most of the time children don't need medication or special therapy just good parenting. As I came to adulthood I still exhibit some mild tendencies but nothing compared to what I was being diagnosed with. I know a few other people with aspergers and autism and the more parental involvement the better they turned out as well.

Submission + - 4,000 MPH@1G Hyperloop Transport Dream Approaches Reality 2

Freshly Exhumed writes: Elon Musk's dream of a hyperloop transport system seems to be closer to reality than he anticipated. Hyperloop transportation, referred to by Musk as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table", is a tubular pneumatic transport system with the theoretical capability of carrying passengers from New York to L.A. in about 30 minutes at velocities near 4,000 miles per hour, while maintaining a near-continuous G force of 1. Colorado-based company ET3 is planning to build and test its own version of such a hyperloop system, Yahoo reports.
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Submission + - Petiotion to whitehouse supporting 1gbps fiber.-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: There is a new petition on Whitehouse.gov advocating the providing of 1gbps fiber services.
"With all the hype around google fibers kansas initiative thousands of people are stating that they would be more then willing to pay for and in some cases demand this ultra fast 1gbps internet connection. Many competitors that offer much slower speeds are stating that there is next to no demand for this speed, some even saying if there was demand they would happily start offering it."see article

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Submission + - White House Petition Lobbies to Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal->

Tanlis writes: The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked. We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal.
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Submission + - What Would Have Entered the Public Domain Tomorrow->

An anonymous reader writes: "Casino Royale, Marilyn Monroe’s Playboy cover, The Adventures of Augie March, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Crick & Watson’s Nature article decoding the double helix, Disney’s Peter Pan, The Crucible"... "How ironic that Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, with its book burning firemen, was published in 1953 and would once have been entering the public domain on January 1, 2010. To quote James Boyle, "Bradbury’s firemen at least set fire to their own culture out of deep ideological commitment, vile though it may have been. We have set fire to our cultural record for no reason; even if we had wanted retrospectively to enrich the tiny number of beneficiaries whose work keeps commercial value beyond 56 years, we could have done so without these effects. The ironies are almost too painful to contemplate."
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Submission + - Windows ignores microsoft.com in hosts file

An anonymous reader writes: If you try to block microsoft.com in your hosts file, windows will just ignore the entry. On Vistas Windows Defender even steps in and tries to stop you from adding microsoft.com to the hosts file, but even if you ignore Defender microsoft.com will still work as if the entry wasn't there.

Stellar rays prove fibbing never pays. Embezzlement is another matter.

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