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+ - Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On The Space Station->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Canada’s robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company announced today (Sept. 30).

Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year."

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Comment: Re:Anarchy is all fun and games... (Score 2) 651

by sinij (#48037911) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine
Armed confrontation with the state will not work. Syria is most recent historical example, but there are plenty more. If you want to fight police state, then active participation in the democratic process is the way to achieve that. More guns? Well, that will just result in more gun death AND easy justification for further police militarization (crazies with untraceable semi-automatics).

+ - Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million Humans On Mars To Safeguard Humanity->

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An anonymous reader writes "Elon Musk's ambitions for SpaceX keep getting bigger. First he wanted to make the trip to Mars affordable, then he wanted to establish a city-sized colony, and now he's got his eye on the future of humanity. Musk says we need a million people on Mars to form a "sustainable, genetically diverse civilization" that can survive as humanity's insurance policy. He continued, "Even at a million, you’re really assuming an incredible amount of productivity per person, because you would need to recreate the entire industrial base on Mars. You would need to mine and refine all of these different materials, in a much more difficult environment than Earth. There would be no trees growing. There would be no oxygen or nitrogen that are just there. No oil." How fast could we do it? Within a century, once the spacecraft reusability problem is solved. "Excluding organic growth, if you could take 100 people at a time, you would need 10,000 trips to get to a million people. But you would also need a lot of cargo to support those people. In fact, your cargo to person ratio is going to be quite high. It would probably be 10 cargo trips for every human trip, so more like 100,000 trips. And we’re talking 100,000 trips of a giant spaceship.""
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+ - Antarctica Has Lost Enough Ice to Cause Measurable Shift in Gravity 1

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An anonymous reader writes "Contrary to what we all learned in high school physics, gravity is not constant. It actually shows slight variations on different parts of the Earth's surface, and the variations correlate with the density of the material on that surface. The European Space Agency (ESA) has been measuring gravity for four years, mapping these variations and recording the changes those variations have undergone. Its data indicates "a significant decrease [in gravity] in the region of Antarctica where land ice is melting fastest". Further analysis is, of course, planned so that the whole of Antarctica can be taken into account and "the clearest picture yet of the pace of global warming" can be determined on that continent."

+ - Are the world's religions ready for ET?-> 2

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Science_afficionado (932920) writes "At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers will soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" published by Springer this month. He discovered that from Baptists to Buddhists, from Catholics to Mormons, from Islam to the Anglican Communion religious views differ widely."
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+ - U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple-Google Encryption of Mobile Data->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "U.S. law enforcement officials are urging Apple and Google to give authorities access to smartphone data that the companies have decided to block, and are weighing whether to appeal to executives or seek congressional legislation.

The new privacy features, announced two weeks ago by the California-based companies, will stymie investigations into crimes ranging from drug dealing to terrorism, law enforcement officials said.

“This is a very bad idea,” said, chief of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, in an interview. Smartphone communication is “going to be the preferred method of the pedophile and the criminal. We are going to lose a lot of investigative opportunities.”"

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+ - Mercedes-Benz Reveals Self-Driving Semi-Trailer Truck->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "Mercedes-Benz displayed an 18-wheel semi-trailer truck that can drive itself on highways. The Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 was demonstrated at the 2014 International Commercial Vehicle show this month. Like other self-driving vehicles, the truck uses sensors and exterior cameras to stay within lanes and detect objects around it in order to adjust speed. The inside of the truck's cab looks like a lounge. The driver's seat rotates 45 degrees to allow autonomous driving away from the steering wheel, and instead of the speedometer and tachometer digital displays, monitors and tablets are placed in the cockpit. Because acceleration and braking is optimized, creating a constant flow of traffic, gas consumption and emissions of the Future Truck 2025 can be reduced, the company said. Transport times are also predictable."
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Comment: Re:How much is that doggy in the window? (song lin (Score 1) 153

by sinij (#48027523) Attached to: LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers
Existing cell technology does not support proper authentication. Your mobile device is authenticated, but cell towers are assumed to be trusted and you have no control over what you connect to. This allows all kinds of Man in the Middle attacks, where one could pretend to be a cell tower and capture traffic.

Hypothetical example - you are standing next to a cartoon robber with a big black box called "FAKE CELL TOWER". The only way you could prevent your smartphone from getting connected to this device is to turn data off. Once you connect, attackers can push fake app updates, inject exploits into your browsing, inspect your unencrypted traffic, try to get you accept compromised certificates, redirect your traffic and so on.

And this is why I am not excited about LTE direct.

Is a person who blows up banks an econoclast?