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Submission + - Mysterious piece of space junk to hit Earth

schwit1 writes: A piece of unidentified space junk, discovered in a long elliptical orbit going out far beyond the Moon, has been calculated to hit the Earth over the Indian Ocean on November 13.

WT1190F was detected by the Catalina Sky Survey, a program aimed at discovering asteroids and comets that swing close to Earth. At first scientists didn’t know what to make of this weird body. But they quickly computed its trajectory, after collecting more observations and unearthing 2012 and 2013 sightings from telescope archives, says independent astronomy software developer Bill Gray, who has been working to track the debris with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

WT1190F travels a highly elliptical orbit, swinging out twice as far as the Earth-Moon distance, Gray says. Gray’s calculations show that it will hit the Earth at 6:20 UTC, falling about 65 kilometres off the southern tip of Sri Lanka. Much if not all of it will burn up in the atmosphere, but “I would not necessarily want to be going fishing directly underneath it,” Gray says.

What makes the object interesting is that they don’t know when it was launched or how it got in the orbit it is in. It could even be something from the Apollo lunar missions.

Submission + - Machine turns dirt into durable, fireproof building bricks (

An anonymous reader writes: A Chicago-based company has developed an amazing machine that transforms dirt into durable building bricks. The Liberator is a large compressed earth brick press that makes it possible for almost anyone create building materials wherever they are needed. This technology would enable anyone to build a house that is essentially bulletproof, fireproof, and soundproof.

Comment Re:billionaire is a hard set of shoes to fill (Score 2) 842

'Notch' is an exceedingly average-looking person, not a celebrity, and isn't even popularly known by his real name. If he dropped a few pounds (and he could stand to) and shaved his beard he'd be near-unrecognizable. Hair plugs wouldn't be out of order either. His own mother wouldn't recognize him, much less the average person on the street.

And, it's not required that you state your real name and wealth status to everyone you meet.

All that is required is that he remain low-key and doesn't flaunt his wealth and identity. If he walked into a restaurant in Grenoble I guarantee you nobody would even blink.

Comment Re:It's all a matter of perspective (Score 4, Insightful) 842

I agree. He bought a bunch of shit and found out that it doesn't bring happiness.

Personally, I'd own less 'stuff' than I do now, and live out of a suitcase. With 1.5 billion dollars, I'd travel the world and probably never stop. Buy an unassuming-looking car in Europe or the UK and drive all over, meeting new and interesting people and exploring new places. Hike the West Highland Trail in Scotland; ski the Alps in Switzerland; explore the catacombs of France, rent a speedboat and putter around on Lake Como in Italy, etc.

That, to me, is being rich - it means being free to go anywhere and do anything. I don't need a lavish life of luxury; I just want to be free of the shackles that keep me from seeing the world.

Comment Re:please (Score 1) 307

Assuming that a password character can only be a-z, A-Z, 0-9, and 10 other characters, and assuming that a password has exactly 6 characters, you would have to try on average (72^6)/2=69657034752 passwords. Assuming you can do 100 tries per second, that would still take more than 8062 days, or more than 22 years on average.

Using a dictionary attack will cut that time WAY down, if the targets used words as passwords.

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