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+ - SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave desert->

Submitted by schweini
schweini (607711) writes "The BBC and many other outlets are reporting that:
"Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a serious malfunction during a rocket-powered test flight over Mojave, California, today (Oct. 31) resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. The fate of the vehicle's pilot crew is unknown.","

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Comment: Re:Article mentions me! (Score 1) 26

by schweini (#48106663) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Oculus Rift DK2's Positional Tracking Tech
Sorry to highjack this thread for an OT question, but: Do you know if there is a way to emulate OR DK2's tracking data? I would like to homebrew a very poor man's Oculus Rift. The screen should be no problem, and there are many IMUs available - but how would i get an Oculus-enabled game to read the IMUs data?

Comment: Chromebook (Score 2) 334

by schweini (#47932991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
I can whole-heartedly recommend any cheap chromebook. They are basically completely support free, and can be reflashed in an instant.
I'm not sure how well they work with dial-up, but can't really see why they'd perform worse than any other modern browser.

I dont know how to hook them up to POTS line, though. But i guess there is some kind of solution for that.

On another note: where do they live that they don't have access to slightly higher-speed 3G internet? I've travelled through third world countries, and cell-phone-internet seems to be almost omnipresent in some form or another.

Comment: Re:What can be done about this? (Score 1) 109

by schweini (#47769405) Attached to: Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts
Wouldn't it be easier to just have a capsule and a counterweight on a long rope of sorts, and spin/orbit it around an axle that is on the spaceship?
Why hasn't this been done yet? It would seem to me to be almost energy-neutral, since you would only have to compensate for the friction on the axle, once you get the capsules spining?

Comment: constructive criticism, anyone? (Score 1) 2219

by schweini (#46181749) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
Yes, beta is really surprisingly horrible, and i really hope classic will remain an option.
<conspiracy>i bet the GNAA infiltrated dice, and made them create beta! (what have they been up to, anyhow?</conspiracy>
That being said, may I recommend some kind of diplomatic hybrid solution?
- make slashdot's CSS not suck, so that it is easily skin-able. Let US come up with funky themes in CSS form - and we can bet you that 'classic' will be one of the first ones to appear
- make slashdot more reddit-esque in the sense that everything should be API-accessible. That way, if you want to add some oh-so-great feature, you can just add an API call, an someone will mangle the CSS to reflect that. Hopefully, many new slashdot reader apps will pop up (including a decent mobile one! something like 'reddit is fun', but for slashdot!)
- you want to make more money? add that reddit 'give gold' option. They really seem to be making money of that over there, and it goes along nicely with the whole "karma" economy that slashdot basically started. I mean: you've got us all working for you, indirectly, because we all come here for the comments, which are made by us. So give us some additional way of cheering at each other for doing a good job, and make some money off of it!
- unicode! Hell - i make my living writing perl, and basic unicode is really not THAT hard. Geeez.
- if you want to make the whole place more modern and dynamic, you can always add bells & whistles like (unobstrusive) auto-updates and all that jazz. Hell, some CSS themes could even incorporate those obnoxious, but "modern" jQuery animations!

+ - How would WiFi look, if we could see it?

Submitted by schweini
schweini (607711) writes "A couple of days ago, this story showed of a rather childish and art-sy way of visualizing WiFi, and was rightfully sneered at.
But I wondered how wifi would really look, if our eyes could see the relevant frequencies.
I would imagin that this should be possible to do, with a spectrum analyzer and an extremely directional antenna, that scans the viewport pixel by pixel, and assigns a color.
My guess is that most walls would be slightly opaque, whereas rough metal surfaces would be bright, and so on. Has anybody done this? Is this possible? Are there antennas that are THAT highly directional?"

Comment: Any experiences on Hybrid RAID-1? (Score 1) 172

by schweini (#43993347) Attached to: SSDs: The New King of the Data Center?
What a coincidence! I am getting ready to transition our main DB servers (couple of GB mysql data) to SSD, but I simply dont want to trust it that much yet. So my plan is to set up RAID-1, with an SSD and another conventional drive. There seems to be this "--write-mostly" option that tells linux to preferably read from the SSD. Anybody know if this is worth it? If it works? What kind of random access performance gains can i look forward to, running mysql on SSD? I found it surprisingly hard to find any good data on these subjects.
DRM

+ - Office document 'DRM'?-> 1

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schweini
schweini writes "Even though DRM is obviously 'evil', I have recently come across a good use for it: I work with a travel agency that manages a lot of semi-confidential office documents (internal price lists, etc.).
Everytime an employee decides to leave, the big question if (or how much) information he will steal from us.
Hence, the question popped up if there's an easy way to restrict the usage of office documents to our LAN. I figured that a feature like that must be so popular that it shouldn't really be a problem. After consulting with my good friend Google, the only thing I could find was Microsoft's "Information Rights Management" option, which surpisingly is very under-documented, IMHO.
To make things worse, we are using a Samba server, so all the fancy windows-based licensing options are not available for us.
My question to my fellow slashdotters is if anyone knows of a way to (as transparently as possible) implement some way of restriction/encryption that renders internal documents useless as soon as they leave the premises. For my case, it wouldn't even have to be bulletproof — even some embedded macro that asks our server for permission based on an IP address or something would be a lot better than no protection at all."

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