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Iran Says It Sent Monkey Into Space and Back 425

Iranian state TV is claiming that the country has successfully sent a monkey into space and back, bringing Iran one step closer to its goal of a manned space flight. According to the report, the rocket named Pishgam, or Pioneer in Farsi, reached a height of 120km. From the article: "Iran has long said it seeks to send an astronaut into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program, including plans for a new space center announced last year. In 2010, Iran said it launched an Explorer rocket into space carrying a mouse, a turtle and worms."

Submission + - Meet "Ophelia," Dell's Plan To Reinvent Itself (

redletterdave writes: "Dell is reportedly working on a project codenamed "Ophelia," a USB-sized self-contained computer that provides access to virtually every major operating system there is — from the Mac OS, to Windows, to Google's Chrome OS, to cloud-based solutions from Citrix and Dell — all via the cloud. Powered by Android, Ophelia works just like a USB port: Just plug it into any flat panel monitor or TV, and boom, you have a computer. Ophelia connects to the Internet via Wi-Fi, and can connect to keyboards and other peripherals over Bluetooth. Not only is the computer portable and power-efficient, but to make it truly accessible, Dell plans to sell the device for just $50."

Submission + - The Android SDK is longer free software. ( 1

tian2992 writes: "The new terms for the Android SDK now include phrases such as "you may not: (a) copy (except for backup purposes), modify, adapt, redistribute, decompile, reverse engineer, disassemble, or create derivative works of the SDK or any part of the SDK" among other non-Free software friendly terms, as noted by FSF Europe's Torsten Grote. Replicant, a free fork of Android announced the release of Replicant SDK 4.0 based on the latest sources of Android SDK without the new terms."

Comment Re:It's not dead. (Score 1) 791

>>I think that the kde desktop is much easier then any windows in the past or current. There's a reason.

>And what reason would that be?

That windows 8 sucks big time. (I use it everyday so I know). And kde is easy to use. (I use it everyday too!)

Your ATI is funky between distros isn't because there isn't an ABI (there is, it's opensource you can't get more ABI then that!) It's because ATI has problems. I don't switch between distros much so I can't really comment on why ATI is having problems, but all I can say that with Sabayon or Gentoo they've worked flawlessly.
As for IE support, I don't give a flying fuck.
Point is there is no reason to change to Win8. If you are using Windows 7 and like it stick with it. Win 8 wasn't built for the desktop.

Also this discussion was about using Linux for Non-Technical users. I still support that kde is easier to use then Windows of any strip but probably not enough to change if you have already learned MS's system. If you haven't used any system kde is the way to go.


Submission + - Leap Motion Minority Report Interface Prepped For 2013 (

kkleiner writes: "Mid-2012, Leap Motion unveiled the most accurate motion sensing technology on the market to date. The Leap detects every subtle finger flick and hand gesture with up to 1/100th of a millimeter precision. All that for just $70. A round of Minority Report and Prometheus references ensued—and then a round of skepticism. Now it appears the company is geared up for a major launch in 2013 with a large fleet of 3rd party app developers on its side."

Submission + - "Spaceport America Could Become a Ghost Town"

RocketAcademy writes: "A group of New Mexico legislators is warning that the $200-million Spaceport America "could become a ghost town, with tumbleweeds crossing the runways” if trial lawyers succeed in blocking critical liability legislation. The warning came in a letter to the Albuquerque Journal [subscription or free trial required].

Virgin Galactic has signed a lease to become the spaceport's anchor tenant but may pull out if New Mexico is unable to provide liability protection for manufacturers and part suppliers, similar to legislation already passed by Texas, Colorado, Florida, and Virginia. The proposed legislation is also similar to liability protection which New Mexico offers to the ski industry.

An eclectic group of business and civic interests has formed the Save Our Spaceport Coalition to support passage of the liability reform legislation, which is being fought by the New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association."

Submission + - KDE at Qt Developer Days 2012 Silicon Valley (

jrepin writes: "For several years, Nokia sponsored and organized Qt Developer Days—the premier annual Qt event. This year, the primary sponsors were Digia, KDAB and ICS. KDE e.V. was also a partner, and KDE associates played a significant part in the conferences—one held in Berlin, and one a few weeks later in Silicon Valley. Qt DevDays in Silicon Valley was organized and produced on short notice by ICS. These organizations each had a major presence there. The following report is about KDE's participation in Qt Developer Days Silicon Valley 2012."

Comment Canada is more (Score 1) 430

Given a price of $1.17 per liter, and given 3.78541 liters per gallon, I paid around $4.42 per gallon.

I like how the US sticks to imperial, then changes the size of the gallon to smaller so you think you aren't paying as much. At least in Canada we know we are paying through the nose. We export to the US so does that mean that Canadian citizens are supporting the US economy? We are actually paying for you to drive?

I sometimes just don't get it.

Comment I read the article (Score 3, Insightful) 536

And I must say that as the Editor in Chief he has a very simplistic view of the problem. If I understand, his view is that a global exception added at the compiler level would somehow solve all the problems. He gives the example of calling "open" without worrying about it failing. Of course he doesn't state how to handle the failure when it occurs. For example

open(file1); // ok
open(file2); // failure

What happens to file1 in this case? How is the code cleaned up? There may be a case where you don't want to just close all files in the functions, but just create file2 if the open failed. (for example).

His complaint is that there is too many options available for error handling, and that they lead to cluttered code. As far as I can see the alternative is not enough options available and code not always doing what you want, and having to fight the compiler in order to get what you want.

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