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Submission + - Launching space program Moonspike October 1 2015->

Kristian vonBengtson writes: Im the co-founder of Copenhagen Suborbitals, a DIY manned space program, which I left in 2014. This year, we (a great crew) have been preparing for the next adventure with a mission plan going public Oct 1. Go sign up and join the project -
Ad Astra
Kristian von Bengtson

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Submission + - GNOME To Start Using Codenames

prisoninmate writes: A discussion between GNOME developers and users during the annual GUADEC conference lead to potential code names for the desktop environment, starting with the upcoming September release, GNOME 3.18, which might be dubbed Gothenburg. They decided to codename the September releases after the city where the GUADEC conference took place, as explaind above, and the March releases after the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has a new destination: a 30-mile-wide chunk of ice - Vox->

New York Times

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has a new destination: a 30-mile-wide chunk of ice
An illustration of 2014 MU69, the Kuiper belt object to be visited by New Horizons. (NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI/Alex Parker). NASA's New Horizons probe, which completed an unprecedented flyby of Pluto in July, has a new destination: a 30-mile-wide chunk of ice...
Nasa selects next flyby target for New Horizons probeTimes of India
Next destination proposed for NASA's New Horizons, a frozen rock 2014
NASA's New Horizons blasts past Pluto for next missionNewsQuench
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Submission + - Ad choices no longer works for anonymous users->

tlambert writes: Has anyone else notice that the Ad Choices link no longer works for anonymous (cookie based) users? The Google page now redirects you to a page which attempts to force you to sign into Google, with the concomitant creation of a Google account, with a true name, and all of the baggage associated with specifically associating demographic data with you personally.

The new page can be seen by clicking the Ad Choices icon in the upper right hand corner of the banner and other advertising on Google.

It no longer allows you to opt out of interest categories, nor does it allow adjustment of Googles idea of your gender and age and other options which are stored in the Google cookies in your browser.

This is a substantial change, and appears to be an attempt by Google to enforce a real name policy on everyone, to allow them to further force correlate data on an individual basis. The change appears to be only weeks old, at best.

This is a real problem for people who use multiple Google accounts to separate their work and personal lives (usually accomplished by use of multiple role-based browsers).

Welcome to 1984...

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Submission + - Many Drivers Never Use In-Vehicle Tech, Don't Want Apple Or Google In Next Car->

Lucas123 writes: Many of the high-tech features automakers believe owners want in their vehicles are not only not being used by them, but they don't want them in their next vehicle, according to a new survey by J.D. Power. According to J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, 20% of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of 33 of the latest technology features. The five features owners most commonly report that they "never use" are in-vehicle concierge (43%); mobile routers (38%); automatic parking systems (35%); heads-up display (33%); and built-in apps (32%). Additionally, there are 14 technology features that 20% or more of owners don't even want in their next vehicle. Those features include Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto, in-vehicle concierge services and in-vehicle voice texting. When narrowed to just Gen Yers, the number of vehicle owners who don't want entertainment and connectivity systems increases to 23%.
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Submission + - The Nations That Will Be Hardest Hit by Water Shortages by 2040

merbs writes: Water access is going to be one of the most pressing issues of the 21st century. As climate change dries out the already dry areas and makes the wet ones wetter, we’re poised to see some radical civilizational shifts. For one, a number of densely populated areas will come under serious water stress—which analysts fear will lead to strife, thirst, and even violent conflict. With that in mind, the World Resource Institute has assembled a new report projecting which nations are most likely to be hardest hit by water stress in coming decades—nations like Bahrain, Israel, Palestine, and Spain lead the pack.

Submission + - British idea for a suborbital flight might have started a space program in 195-> 1

MarkWhittington writes: The BBC reported on a hitherto little-known proposal in the early 1950s to use a modified V2 rocket to put a Briton into space in a suborbital flight similar to that taken by American astronauts Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom a decade later, The thing could have been done technically. Unfortunately, Great Britain’s economy was all but ruined by the Second World War. What government funding that was available was being used for aviation and nuclear technology development. Britain was also in the process of creating a welfare state, which left little for a space program.
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Submission + - What Not To Say To Your Non-IT Coworkers (And What To Say Instead)->

jfruh writes: Do your interactions with non-tech staff at your company end in tears and acrimony? It may be that the skills you've developed to good effect to communicate with your peers aren't applying across department boundries. We talked to various tech staff and communications pros for some tips and talking to normals.
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Submission + - A Farewell To Flash->

An anonymous reader writes: The decline of Flash is well and truly underway. Media publishers now have no choice but to start changing the way they bring content to the web. Many of them are not thrilled about the proposition (change is scary), but it will almost certainly be better for all of us in the long run. "By switching their platform to HTML5, companies can improve supportability, development time will decrease and the duplicative efforts of supporting two code bases will be eliminated. It will also result in lower operating costs and a consistent user experience between desktop and mobile web." This is on top of the speed, efficiency, and security benefits for consumers. "A major concern for publishers today is the amount of media consumption that’s occurring in mobile environments. They need to prioritize providing the best possible experience on mobile, and the decline of Flash and movement to HTML5 will do just that, as Flash has never worked well on mobile."
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Submission + - Thunderbolt 3.0 GPU Docks Should Appear Within The Next Six Months

Deathspawner writes: At its IDF event in San Francisco last week, Intel talked a lot about the super-fast Thunderbolt 3.0 protocol and what it is capable of. Surprisingly, one such use shown off is a GPU dock, one that would allow mobile warriors the ability to play high-end games on their modest notebook, either on the device itself, or an external monitor. We've been hearing about such docks for many years, but we're being promised that this one is going to take hold within the next six months.

Submission + - 4 rules for creating an open source product->

An anonymous reader writes: There are four rules to understand when building products out of open source software, HP executive Stephen R. Walli explains. A product team (engineering, product management, marketing) needs to understand these rules to participate best in an open source project community and deliver products and services to their customers at the same time. These four rules are the start of all other discussions about the open source product space.
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Submission + - MIT's new file system, guaranteed not to lose data during crashes

jan_jes writes: At the ACM Symposium on Operating Systems Principles in October, MIT researchers will present the first file system that is mathematically guaranteed not to lose track of data during crashes. Although the file system is slow by today’s standards, the techniques the researchers used to verify its performance can be extended to more sophisticated designs. Ultimately, formal verification could make it much easier to develop reliable, efficient file systems. MIT researchers has already presented a system that repairs dangerous software bugs by automatically importing functionality from other, more secure applications.

Submission + - London Deploys Cycle Superhighways Despite "Old men in Limos"

dkatana writes: London's mayor Boris Johnson had to fight its way through stiff resistance to the new Cycle Superhighways to see his vision of a cycling capital become reality.

Detractors included the Taxi Drivers Association (LTDA), which threatened legal action, but ultimately backed away when it became apparent that a judicial review of TfL’s plans would simply delay rather than stop the new routes. Property firm Canary Wharf Group had also been vocal, producing an anonymous briefing (which it later acknowledged) that called the planned route “extremely damaging for London.”

An unnamed borough was threatened with powers to seize control of their roads if cycle superhighways were blocked.

Now the two new segregated bike paths will crisscross the city and open up speedy, safe cycling that will ease pollution and traffic for everyone, non-cyclists, too, Boris Johnson says.

Submission + - Astronomers discover Nearby 'Young Jupiter' Exoplanet->

An anonymous reader writes: Astronomers from Stanford and the Kavli Institute have discovered a new exoplanet orbiting 51 Eridani that strongly resembles a young Jupiter. They say its similarities could help understand how our own solar system formed. It's a convenient discovery, because 51 Eridani is less than 100 light-years away, and only about 20 million years old. The discovery was confirmed by astronomers at the Keck Observatory and published in Science (abstract). "In addition to being the lowest-mass planet ever imaged, it's also one of the coldest – 800 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas others are around 1,200 F – and features the strongest atmospheric methane signal on record. Previous Jupiter-like exoplanets have shown only faint traces of methane, far different from the heavy methane atmospheres of the gas giants in our solar system."
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