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Comment Pile of Suse Cds (Score 1) 136

On my first years of college I found this Linux thing on the computers of some lab there. I found it interesting and very different of that Windows 98 I've using on my house and on the other labs on the college.
I found a friend have the Suse cds, I think 9 of them and the Suse version was 6.1 wich came with a user manual printed on a book with a beautiful mathematical image on the cover(here it is the cover)
I took me endlesss rebootings and formatting to install it and made it usable
Ahhh! the joys of youthful !

Submission + - Massless Particle Discovery Could Radically Accelerate Electronics (

Zothecula writes: An exotic particle theorized more than 85 years ago has finally been discovered. Dubbed the "Weyl fermion", it is a strange but stable particle that has no mass, behaves as both matter and anti-matter inside a crystal, and is claimed to be able to create completely massless electrons. Scientists believe that this new particle may result in super-fast electronics and significant inroads into novel areas of quantum computing.

Submission + - Tallying the Mistakes and Malfunctions of Robot Surgeons (

An anonymous reader writes: El Reg reports on a new study that looked into malfunction and injury reports for medical procedures that used robot surgeons. From 2007 to 2013, 1.74 million such procedures were carried out, 86% of which were related to urology and gynecology. Of those, the study looked at reports of "adverse events," which were sent to the FDA. In that time period, there were 144 deaths, 1,391 patient injuries, and 8,061 device malfunctions. The malfunctions included "falling of burnt/broken pieces of instruments into the patient (14.7%), electrical arcing of instruments (10.5%), unintended operation of instruments (8.6%), system errors (5%), and video/imaging problems (2.6%)." The more complicated surgeries involving vital organs were naturally the most dangerous. Head and neck surgeries accounted for 19.7% of all adverse results, and cardiothoracic procedures accounted for 6.4%. The much more common urology and gynecology procedures had adverse event rates of 1.4% and 1.9%. The researchers are quick to note that despite the high number of malfunctions, a vastly higher number of robotic procedures went off without a hitch. They say increased adoption of these techniques will go a long way toward resolving bugs and device failures.

Submission + - How two bored 1970s housewives helped create the PC industry (

harrymcc writes: One of the first significant PC companies was Vector Graphic. Founded in 1976, it was an innovator in everything from industrial design to sales and marketing, and eventually went public. And alone among early PC makers, it was founded and run by two women, Lore Harp and Carole Ely. Over at Fast Company, Benj Edwards tells the story of this fascinating, forgotten company.

Submission + - Shocking but True – 2 out of 3 Americans are Overweight (

Naina Vaish writes: With the popularity of healthy lifestyle soaring in the past recent years, one may tend to think that American affinity towards healthy lifestyle is on the rise, nonetheless, the reality is quite shocking – American waistlines are still expanding.
In the early nineties, roughly 1 among 10 Americans was obese, however, over the next 20 years the rate of obesity climbed to a staggering 30%. Today the rate of obesity is close to 40% in most states in the US and still climbing.
Is it just the food habits that are to be blamed or is there a need of a better regulation for the food industry in terms of supply? It is very interesting to note that spending on athletic gear, yoga clothes in particular, among Americans is on the rise. This indicates that people in general are becoming more aware and are adopting preventive health measures like exercise and public health programs. However, this has clearly not had any noticeable impact on increasing obesity rate in the US.
There was a recent study conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention that measured the average circumference of over 32,000 American waistlines in 2013. The study then compared this data to that was compiled in the year 2000. The results showed that average waistline circumference increased by over 3% in ten years from 95.5 cm (37.6 inches) to 98.5 cm (38.8 inches).
While obesity is common in America, people often overlook that this is serious and costly. Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
Change needs to happen bottoms up. It is the individuals who have to make incremental changes in their current lifestyles and eating habits to make a significant change towards a healthier nation.

Submission + - Evolvable Lunar Architecture: Returning Humans to the Moon for $10 Billion

LezGoLezGo writes: As reported from Defense Daily A recent study released by NexGen Space LLC assessed the feasibility of new approaches to human space colonization and highlights a plan to get humans on the moon and eventually to mars by leveraging commercial space flight resulting in a lower costs, less risk, and humans on the moon by 2020-2023 and Mars by 2030-2035. The plan is multi-phased, starting with a manned trip to the moon for just $10 billion followed by a lunar bases for $40 billion, and reusable space ferry ships in multiple transfer paths is a plan worth considering to return humans to the moon and eventually to Mars. The "Evolvable Lunar Architecture" (ELA) plan describes key points in the study:

"Based on the experience of recent NASA program innovations, such as the COTS
program, a human return to the Moon may not be as expensive as previously

America could lead a return of humans to the surface of the Moon within a period
of 5-7 years from authority to proceed at an estimated total cost of about $10
Billion (+/- 30%) for two independent and competing commercial service
providers, or about $5 Billion for each provider, using partnership methods.

America could lead the development of a permanent industrial base on the Moon
of 4 private-sector astronauts in about 10-12 years after setting foot on the Moon
that could provide 200 MT of propellant per year in lunar orbit for NASA for a
total cost of about $40 Billion (+/- 30%).

Assuming NASA receives a flat budget, these results could potentially be
achieved within NASA’s existing deep space human spaceflight budget.

A commercial lunar base providing propellant in lunar orbit might substantially
reduce the cost and risk NASA of sending humans to Mars. The ELA would
reduce the number of required Space Launch System (SLS) launches from as
many as 12 to a total of only 3, thereby reducing SLS operational risks, and
increasing its affordability.

An International Lunar Authority, modeled after CERN and traditional public
infrastructure authorities, may be the most advantageous mechanism for
managing the combined business and technical risks associated with affordable
and sustainable lunar development and operations.

A permanent commercial lunar base might substantially pay for its operations by
exporting propellant to lunar orbit for sale to NASA and others to send humans to
Mars, thus enabling the economic development of the Moon at a small marginal

To the extent that national decision-makers value the possibility of economical
production of propellant at the lunar poles, it needs to be a priority to send robotic
prospectors to the lunar poles to confirm that water (or hydrogen) is economically
accessible near the surface inside the lunar craters at the poles.

The public benefits of building an affordable commercial industrial base on the
Moon include economic growth, national security, advances in select areas of
technology and innovation, public inspiration, and a message to the world about American leadership and the long-term future of democracy and free markets."

Submission + - This is what Brazil's startup ecosystem looks like: An open source guide (

An anonymous reader writes: Brazil is one of the fastest rising economies in the world. With around 200 million people, a growing middle class, and the 7th largest economy by nominal GDP, Brazil has a lot to offer.

Here, you can see Brazil’s exciting startup scene with our data aggregated map and open source spreadsheet, which provides information on startups, investors, events, and more. With your help, this spreadsheet will encompass a real insider’s perspective of Brazil’s startup ecosystem.

Submission + - Why you need to a free messaging app (

An anonymous reader writes: Talking and sharing in privacy with our real friends is made possible by text messaging apps available for mobiles. So it is the most important reason that we need a free messaging app for mobile.

Submission + - Tame: Domesticating applications in OpenBSD

An anonymous reader writes: The sandboxing features in Linux relatively complex. Theo de Raadt been working for a while on a subsystem to restrict programs into a "reduced feature operating model" called tame. This sandboxing feature in OpenBD allows improved system security consists of reducing the attack surface of a given program by restricting the range of system calls available to it. If an application has no need for access to the network, say, then removing its ability to use the socket() system call should cause no loss in functionality while reducing the scope of the mischief that can be made should that application be compromised. In the Linux world, this kind of sandboxing can be done using a security module or the seccomp() system call. OpenBSD has lacked this capability so far, but it may soon gain it via a somewhat different approach than has been seen in Linux.

Submission + - The French Scrabble champion who doesn't speak French (

Camembert writes: New Zealander Nigel Richards won the French language Scrabble world championship without knowing the language; rather he memorised the word list in 9 weeks.
While Richards was already 3 times champion in English this is still very impressive.
To me this also seems to indicate that being good at Scrabble is more a matter of being very good at the puzzle optimisation it requires, rather than to have a good grasp of language.
Link to source:

Submission + - FBI Caught Breaking the Law When Hacking Computers

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI hacks computers. Specifics are scarce, and only a trickle of news has emerged from court filings and FOIA responses. But we know it happens.

In a new law review article, a Stanford professor pulls together what's been disclosed, and then matches it against established law. The results sure aren't pretty. FBI agents deceive judges, ignore time limits, don't tell computer owners after they've been hacked, and don't get 'super-warrants' for webcam snooping. Whatever you think of law enforcement hacking, it probably shouldn't be this lawless.

Submission + - What the Iran deal means for blacklisted entities (

Lasrick writes: Nick Gillard and Dominic Williams look at what the Iran deal means for companies and entities that were previously blacklisted. 'Over the past decade, a global patchwork of legal measures has been sewn together by various national authorities with the aim of constraining Iran’s nuclear program. This patchwork makes up the global sanctions regime that Iran has fought so hard to end. Now, with the agreement of the Iranian nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, we have been shown the plan the international community will use to try to untangle it.' Excellent information.

Comment There's no social security on China? (Score 1) 99

As a father of a lovely girl born with spina biffida, hydrocephalus and arnold schiari I really know what are the dangers of the spinal fluid filling the brain.
Also the lack of early trearment of her hydrocephalus shocks me because they let it grows so much and by the article the family said the don't have the money required to do a treatment/surgery which also prompts me to ask: There's no social security on China?

Submission + - New 'deep learning' technique enables robot to complete various tasks

jan_jes writes: UC Berkeley researchers turned to a new branch of artificial intelligence known as deep learning, which they have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way humans learn, marking a major milestone in the field of artificial intelligence. Tasks such as "putting a clothes hanger on a rack, assembling a toy plane, screwing a cap on a water bottle, and more" without pre-programmed details about its surroundings. The challenge of putting robots into real-life settings, like homes or offices, is that those environments are constantly changing. The robot must be able to perceive and adapt to its surroundings. This latest developments will be presented on Thursday, May 28, in Seattle at the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA).

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Google planning its own Brillo OS for Internet of Things - Jagran Post (

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Google planning its own Brillo OS for Internet of Things
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New Delhi: Global technology giant Google Inc is reportedly planning its own OS 'Brillo' for the Internet of Things that could run on low-powered devices. According to reports, Google is likely to release the software under the Android brand.
Google Working on 'Brillo' OS for Low-Powered DevicesPC Magazine
Google reportedly developing 'Brillo,' an OS for the Internet of ThingsCNET
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