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NASA Faces Rough Road In 2013 132

Posted by samzenpus
from the buckle-up dept.
MarkWhittington writes "With the National Research Council report that concluded that President Obama's plan for a mission to an asteroid has no support, either inside NASA or anywhere else, the space agency faces a decision point in 2013. The NRC suggested that the administration, Congress, NASA, and other stakeholders in space exploration come to a consensus behind a new goal. But the space agency's problems run deep, caused by a lack of direction, a lack of leadership, and a lack of funding."

Comment: Re:The same way as everybody else. (Score 1) 87

by rriven (#41717797) Attached to: How Google Cools Its 1 Million Servers

Google says they have the cold air come up from their raised floor.

Google uses a different approach.

Google realized that the so-called cold aisle in front of the machines could be kept at a relatively balmy 80 degrees or so—workers could wear shorts and T-shirts instead of the standard sweaters. And the “hot aisle,” a tightly enclosed space where the heat pours from the rear of the servers, could be allowed to hit around 120 degrees. That heat could be absorbed by coils filled with water, which would then be pumped out of the building and cooled before being circulated back inside. Add that to the long list of Google’s accomplishments: The company broke its CRAC habit.

They also might not have a million servers,

a tiny embossed plaque that reads july 9, 2008. google’s millionth server. But executives explain that this is a cumulative number, not necessarily an indication that Google has a million servers in operation at once

Comment: Dodecaphonic (Score 1) 334

by rriven (#39547073) Attached to: I prefer to listen to recorded music ...
"Ever notice how flat and unexciting normal stereophonic, quintophonic, and octophonic recordings are? With the Real-Rustic, Dodecaphonic, AroundSound Processor, your music will seem to come from twelve directions: In front of you, behind you, either side of you, four midpoints above you, from below you, from inside of you, and from the upstairs neighbors! "

Comment: Re:Money (Score 1) 758

I was thinking more about Windows licensing, as to run those you need to run Windows, and server versions of Windows are fucking expensive with licensing.

No need to use the Express editions of Visual Studio when you can get the full version for free through Bizspark

Bizspark is Microsoft's way of hooking start ups. Free licenses to all MS software, yes office included (even Office for Mac), for 3 years. Then you pay an "exit" fee of $99

After the 3 years you can continue to use the products you just don't get anymore licenses, and yes they can be used for commercial stuff.

A little fine print, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Developing software?
  • Privately held?
  • Less than three years old?
  • Making less than US $1M annually?

Comment: Re:Title is wrong, not GPS (Score 1) 379

by rriven (#32150932) Attached to: Geostationary GPS Satellite Galaxy 15 Out of Control

The Wikipedia article states that the satellite also broadcasts the same information as a "GPS" satellite. Don't know if that makes it a GPS sat or not since it is commerical, but it does all the function of a GPS sat plus more (WAAS).

"The space segment consists of multiple geosynchronous communication satellites which broadcast the correction messages generated by the Wide-area Master Stations for reception by the User segment. The satellites also broadcast the same type of range information as normal GPS satellites, effectively increasing the number of satellites available for a position fix..."


Verizon Sued After Tech Punches Customer In Face 493

Posted by samzenpus
from the can-you-hit-me-now dept.
suraj.sun writes "A Verizon customer filed a lawsuit after the tech the company sent out got a little punchy. Instead of fixing the customer's problem, the tech allegedly hit him in the face. The New York Post says the tech attacked the customer after he asked to see some ID before allowing access to the apartment. From the article, '"You want to know my name? Here's my name," Benjamin snarled, slapping his ID card into Isakson's face, according to Isakson's account of the December 2008 confrontation. "The guy essentially snapped. He cold-cocked me, hit me two or three solid shots to the head while my hands were down," said Isakson, a limo driver. He said the pounding bloodied his face and broke his glasses. But things got uglier, Isakson said, when Benjamin squeezed him around the neck and pressed him up against the wall. "He's prepared to kill me," Isakson said. "That's all I could think of." The customer broke free and ran away. The Verizon tech then chased the customer until he was subdued by a neighbor who was an off-duty cop.'"

+ - EFF Busts Illegitimate Subdomain Patent->

Submitted by
eldavojohn writes "Unlike a lot of community support protection programs, the EFF's Patent Busting Project is starting to bear real fruit instead of just leveling the finger at companies. The USPTO is revoking an illegitimate patent granted in 2004 that sounds like automatically assigning subdomains. Sites like Wordpress, LiveJournal or basically anyone with generated subdomains have been doing this for quite some time. If you have some extra cash, now's the time to pony up a few bucks so the EFF can continue on as one of the few organizations genuinely protecting your interests."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Not the programming (Score 2, Informative) 334

by rriven (#27808699) Attached to: The Problem With Cable Is Television

Dish Network has the Family Pack for $19.99. That gets you 55 channels. Sure most are family orientated but you also get channels like:

Outdoor Channel

Or The Welcome Pack for $9.99 (23 channels)

  Comedy Central
  Home & Garden
Discovery Kids
  Learning Channel

Dish Network is moving to the small packages and it sells pretty good.

Comment: Re:Linux on PS3? (Score 1) 425

by rriven (#27124187) Attached to: Emulation Explosion On the PS3 Via Linux

The guys who created the Rouge Equifax Signing Certificate used 200+ PS3 to help find the MD5 collision.

We had more than 200 PS3s at our disposal, located at the "PlayStation Lab" of Arjen Lenstra's Laboratory for Cryptologic Algorithms at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

There are tons more you can do with a PS3 than play games.

Comment: Re:Surely (Score 1) 497

by rriven (#26775869) Attached to: How Do I Start a University Transition To Open Source?

Speaking from experience: Microsoft site licenses for its products for academic institution cost $0

I dont think that you are speaking from Experience.

Micrsoft would never give away Server 2008, Vista, VS 2008 for a whole school for free. On the page you linked to you need to click on 'Compare Subscriptions'

and you will see that the cheapest they offer is $399 a year. That only gives you online access.

Each department needs to sign up for MSDNAA. The CS dept. cant use its software keys for the Math or Engineering dept.

The ACM club at my school sells Vista, and VS 2008 for $20 each. If my school did the 3 years online and media for $1437, it would only take 24 students a year to buy Visual Stuido and it pays for itself.

Sure it is not free, but you are not losing money on it.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein