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+ - Incredible Footage Shows a Perseid Meteor Exploding->

Submitted by Nancy_A
Nancy_A (1774904) writes "Photographer and digital artist Michael K. Chung said he couldn’t believe what he saw when he was processing images he took for a timelapse of the Perseid meteor shower this week. It appears he captured a meteor explosion and the resulting expansion of a shock wave or debris ring.

After this article was posted, Universe Today received more 'explody' footage from the Perseid meteor shower, which has been added to the article."

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Comment: Re:Prior art (Score 1) 322

by wisesifu (#44019219) Attached to: Ancient Roman Concrete Is About To Revolutionize Modern Architecture
It seems to me that while they did not have the insight to know what was happening at the chemical level of today, Trial and Error plays a large part in science, as in you experiment to test the world around you, and it seems that its used in quite a bit in modern science still [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trial_and_error#Examples[/url], specially with the advent of computers.

To say they used no science, no wisdom and that it was good luck is just wrong. By simply looking up the word Wisdom I find "The soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of such experience, knowledge, and good judgment." It seems they did exactly this.

Comment: Re:Good Job (Score 3, Interesting) 155

by wisesifu (#43743105) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Downloaded 50 Million Times In a Year
I disagree,

OpenOffice brand was already damaged by Oracle and I believe by giving it to Apache they wanted to continue the damaging effect of the way they handled to community.

Why not give it to LibreOffice? When they realized they where wrong and it was time to dump the code, why give it to Apache? Why not give it to the people already doing development, previous community members?

I think OpenOffice while it may have been downloaded more times its LibreOffice with the uptrend, with the following.
Encryption

+ - OpenPGP implemented in JavaScript->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Researchers from German security firm Recurity Labs have released a JavaScript implementation of the OpenPGP specification that allows users to encrypt and decrypt webmail messages. Called GPG4Browsers, the tool functions as an extension for Google Chrome and now is capable of working with Gmail."
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Microsoft

+ - Was .NET all a mistake? ->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "The recent unsettling behavior at Microsoft concerning .NET makes it a good time to re-evaluate what the technology is all about. It may have been good technology but with the systems guys building Windows prefering to stick with C++ the outcome was inevitable. Because they failed to support its way of doing things .NET has always been a second class Windows citizen unable to make direct use of the Windows APIs — especially the latest. .NET started out as Microsoft's best challenge to Java but now you have to ask what has the excursion into managed code brought the Microsoft programmer and indeed what good has it done Microsoft? From where we are now it begins to look very much like an unnecessary forced detour and Windows programmers are going to be living with the mess for years to come."
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Android

+ - Oracle Ordered To Lower Damages Claim On Google->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Oracle has been ordered to lower its multibillion-dollar claim for damages in its patent infringement lawsuit against Google and its Android operating system, court papers show. Oracle's expert 'overreached' in concluding that Google owed up to $6.1 billion in damages for alleged infringement of Oracle's Java patents, U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup said Friday in a sternly written order. The 'starting point' for Oracle's damages claim should be $100 million, adjusted up and down for various factors, he said. At the same time, Google was wrong to assert that its advertising revenue is not related to the value of Android and should therefore not be a part of Oracle's damages, the judge wrote. He also warned Google, 'there is a substantial possibility that a permanent injunction will be granted' if it is found guilty of infringement."
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Google

+ - Dell, Torvalds among Google+ early adopters ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Part of the buzz this week about Google+ is that Google is reportedly working to lure celebrities such as Lady Gaga to its new social network service with verified accounts. Not sure if tech big shots beyond Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg count as celebrities, but the list of the technology industry’s biggest names using Google+ is on the rise. Dell chief Michael Dell – yes, the real Michael Dell — has grabbed headlines for his early enthusiasm for Google+ and interest in using it as a newfangled customer support and interaction tool. Open source movers and shakers like Linus Torvalds, Miguel de Icaza are also posting away."
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Open Source

+ - Core devs discuss PostgreSQL's future->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "The release of the first beta of version 9.1 of the open source PostgreSQL database has opened a new era in enterprise-class reliability and data integrity that can compete with the big names, say its developers. CIO Australia interviewed Josh Berkus, Kevin Grittner, Dimitri Fontaine and Robert Haas about PostgreSQL 9.1 and its future."
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Google

+ - Apple, Google, Intel Sued for Salary Fixing-> 1

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "A group of high-powered tech companies has been slapped with a class action suit for conspiring to artificially keep employee wages low. The companies being sued are Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar. Sound familiar? These companies, with the exception of Lucasfilm, were investigated by the Department of Justice for the same reason, and in September each avoided litigation with the DOJ by agreeing to change their ways on the matter. The new class action suit is being brought by a former software engineer at Lucasfilm and founder/CEO of InEarth, Siddharth Hariharan. Of all the employers in the world, would you peg Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm, and Pixar as being chock full of low-paid/underpaid positions?"
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Power

+ - Solar Breakthrough Could Make Solar Cells Obsolete-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Physics and Applied Physics and William Fisher, a doctoral student in applied physics, discovered that light, when traveling at the right intensity through a material such as glass that does not conduct electricity, can create magnetic fields that are 100 million times stronger than previously thought possible. In these conditions, the resulting magnetic field is strong enough to rival a strong electric effect. The result is an “optical battery, which could lead to “a new kind of solar cell without semiconductors and without absorption to produce charge separation”, according to Rand."
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Microsoft

+ - Paul Allen Rips Bill Gates in Autobiography->

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "Bill Gates was guilty of 'mercenary opportunism' when he schemed with Steve Ballmer to dilute Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's equity in the company while Allen was recovering from Hodgkin's disease. In his upcoming autobiography, 'Idea Man,' which is excerpted in Vanity Fair, Allen paints a portrait of Gates as brilliant, focused, driven ... and ruthless. According to Allen, Gates in the early days twice sought larger equity in the company on the grounds that he 'did more.' Allen says he acquiesced each time, both because he understood his partner's reasoning and to avoid major conflict."
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