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+ - US and Europe plan new spaceship->

Submitted by nstach
nstach (1395835) writes "Europe and the US could be building a spaceship together later this decade.
It is one of the ideas being considered as Europe ponders the next evolution of its ATV orbital freighter.
Europe is now looking to develop a derivative of the ship and a joint venture with the Americans on a future vessel is being discussed."

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Comment: Re:e.e. cummings approves (Score 0) 968

by nstach (#34507496) Attached to: Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key
Fingers on the side, yes. thumb and middle finger on the sides, index to "left-click", moving thumb from side to button to right-click Never had a problem with trackpads,it just comes intuitively. Can't say for the clit-mouse since I have never been able to use it properly, but most people I know who didn't start with it can't use it either.

Comment: Re:e.e. cummings approves (Score 1) 968

by nstach (#34492980) Attached to: Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key
The palm actually almost never moves. "right click" with the thumb, "left click" with the index. The wrist almost never moves. Which is both an advantage and a drawback. It means it's pretty much impossible with low sensitivity on the mouse, but it's more accurate on high sensitivty since only the wrist moves, not the entire arm. To me, using the mouse the "right" way is approximately just as alien as using a keyboard backwards. The worst part of it was when everybody got Infrared wireless mice, those just will not work backwards and I just couldn't use other people's computers. I thank god every day for the end of that era.

Comment: Re:e.e. cummings approves (Score 0) 968

by nstach (#34487344) Attached to: Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key
Amen to that. I use my mouse upside down too and I get all kinds of shit for that. But I beat absolutely all my friends who use their mouse the "right way" at winterbells (www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm) . So clearly, it isn't a disadvantage. And same as the parent's collegue, I do it because the first time I held a mouse, it was this way. Somehow, Packard Bell had the P/S2 port on the front, so it just made sense. I was probably 5 or 6 and nobody showed me what the right way was. I only found out people used it the other way around about 4 years later. Just wait until apple comes up with an upside down mouse and people will see it as the most high tech thing ever made since the Apollo missions.
Hardware Hacking

DIY 1980s "Non-Von" Supercomputer 135

Posted by kdawson
from the try-this-at-home dept.
Brietech writes "Ever wanted to own your own supercomputer? This guy recreated a 31-processor SIMD supercomputer from the early 1980s called the 'Non-Von 1' in an FPGA. It uses a 'Non-Von Neumann' architecture, and was intended for extremely fast database searches and artificial intelligence applications. Full-scale models were intended to have more than a million processors. It's a cool project for those interested in 'alternative' computer architectures, and yes, full source code (Verilog) is available, along with a python library to program it with." Hope the WIPO patent has expired.
Programming

The Power of the R Programming Language 382

Posted by samzenpus
from the much-better-than-Q dept.
BartlebyScrivener writes "The New York Times has an article on the R programming language. The Times describes it as: 'a popular programming language used by a growing number of data analysts inside corporations and academia. It is becoming their lingua franca partly because data mining has entered a golden age, whether being used to set ad prices, find new drugs more quickly or fine-tune financial models. Companies as diverse as Google, Pfizer, Merck, Bank of America, the InterContinental Hotels Group and Shell use it.'"

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