Submission + - Study Finds SpaceX Investment Saved NASA Hundreds of Millions (popularmechanics.com)

schwit1 writes: When a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft connected with the International Space Station on May 25, 2012, it made history as the first privately-built spacecraft to reach the ISS. The Dragon was the result of a decision 6 years prior—in 2006, NASA made an "unprecedented" investment in SpaceX technology. A new financial analysis shows that the investment has paid off, and the government found one of the true bargains of the 21st century when it invested in SpaceX.

A new research paper by Edgar Zapata, who works at Kennedy Space Center, looks closely at the finances of SpaceX and NASA. "There were indications that commercial space transportation would be a viable option from as far back as the 1980s," Zapata writes. "When the first components of the ISS were sent into orbit 1998, NASA was focused on "ambitious, large single stage-to-orbit launchers with large price tags to match."

Submission + - See the pictures that made Carmen Ortiz's cybercrime chief "cower in shame" (redstate.com)

Danngggg writes: Regular Slashdot readers will remember Justina Pelletier and her "guardian hacktivist" Martin "MartyG" Gottefeld. For those who aren't familiar though, in 2014 Justina was virtually "kidnapped" by Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). Doctors there had her parents stripped of custody then took away her medications for a painful, potentially deadly genetic condition and locked her in a psych ward while refusing to allow outside experts to examine her. MartyG was concerned that Justina would die before BCH would let her go, so he used his skills to knock the $2 billion Harvard-affiliated pediatric teaching hospital off the Internet with a DDoS timed for its largest annual online fundraiser. He was later arrested on a Disney cruise ship to face CFAA charges brought by Carmen Ortiz's office (yes, that Carmen Ortiz) and specifically by her new chief of cybercrime, Adam Bookbinder.

At the last federal court hearing on the case, as Marty entered the room in chains he confronted his prosecutor. While Mrs. Gottesfeld held up pictures of young Pelletier both before and after the debacle at BCH, Marty let loose on Bookbinder, asking him, "Can you even look at Justina?" Apparently, the answer was "no." The incident was picked up by local news and Marty has also taken to the conservative news site RedState.com to retell the full story. What does the Slashdot community think of Carmen Ortiz's leftover cybercrime chief being publicly shamed by his former boss's only post-Swartz "hacktivism" defendant?

Submission + - Firefox 57 To Be Released on Tuesday. Bye Bye Legacy Add-Ons! (bleepingcomputer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: On Tuesday, Mozilla will flip the switch on a completely new browser with the release of Firefox 57, a version that's been rebuilt with a new browser engine core, a new user interface, revamped settings panel, and with a new add-ons API.

While the new browser engine seems to be the most important feature, it's actually not. With the release of Firefox 57, Mozilla will remove support for legacy add-ons, leaving a large chunk of its userbase without working add-ons. Currently, only about 6,000 of Firefox's estimated 20,000 add-ons have been ported to the new API, meaning some hardcore users will be left out in the cold without an alternative for their current add-ons. These users will be put in the unfortunate situation of having to choose between running Firefox without their favorite add-ons or finding a new browser where similar add-ons exist. You can sift through a list of WebExtensions add-ons and look for alternatives right now by accessing the Firefox57 tag on the Mozilla Add-ons portal.

Submission + - Linux 4.14 has been released

diegocg writes: Linux 4.11 has been released. This release adds support for bigger memory limits in x86 hardware (128PiB of virtual address space, 4PiB of physical address space); support for AMD Secure Memory Encryption; a new unwinder that provides better kernel traces and a smaller kernel size; support for the zstd compression algorithm has been added to Btrfs and Squashfs; support for zero-copy of data from user memory to sockets; support for Heterogeneous Memory Management that will be needed in future GPUs; better cpufreq behaviour in some corner cases; faster TBL flushing by using the PCID instruction; asynchronous non-blocking buffered reads; and many new drivers and other improvements. Here is the full list of changes.

Submission + - Samsung touts Linux Desktop on S8+ (theinquirer.net)

boudie2 writes: Samsung has a video on youtube which they call a Concept Demo of their DeX which extends your smartphone into a desktop running Linux. Although there are many ways they could screw this up, could anyone envision actually using this? It's still an under powered ARM processor. Any potential here?

Submission + - Spoiler Alert: AP CS Scores/Participation Vary Widely Across Ethnic/Gender Lines

theodp writes: The initial exuberance over skyrocketing AP Computer Science growth due to the new AP CS Principles exam (AP CSP) has given way to some bickering as educators and nonprofits — including tech-bankrolled Code.org — differ over how much weight exam scores should carry when it comes to choosing curriculum. That debate, which broke out after UTeach at the University of Texas Austin touted an 83% AP CSP exam pass rate for students using its curriculum compared to Code.org's 73%, is likely to get even more lively with the College Board's recent release of more granular assessment data on exam performance, which shows striking differences in score distributions, participation numbers, and representation (compared to US K-12 enrollment) across gender and ethnic group lines for both the new AP CSP and old AP CS A exams.

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