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Comment Re:Epic Fail? (Score 4, Insightful) 90

If that is the case then we have already failed. Any number of bacteria could have survived on the rovers could now be contaminating the surface. With no known competition they could be flourishing. I see little that can be done to figure out what is now native bacteria (if any) and what was brought via the rovers.

Wow! Too bad the NASA/ESA scientists weren't as smart as you, because if they were they would have put policies in place to mitigate the risks of contamination.

Comment Re:Unison; and maybe git in the future. (Score 1) 421

If there is a conflict on two files with the same name but different case, it will refuse to sync that file; but it will sync all other files that don't have an error.

Error: Two or more files on a case-sensitive system have names identical except for case. They cannot be synchronized to a case-insensitive file system.

Thus leaving it up to the user to manually handle the situation. I have never encountered a situation on a case-sensistive FS where I would want two files named with the same sequence of letters, but differing case. To me it would just be confusing.

Comment unison/sshfs/rsync (Score 2, Informative) 421

My current setup is a combo of unison/sshfs/rsync.. I've been using it for quite a while at this point, and it works so well that I don't even give it any thought anymore.

I have a Media Center/Fileserver box at my house that is always on, and acts as the 'master' copy of the home directory, on all my workstations my .xinitrc/.xsession calls unison to sync my home dir with the server root as the preferred copy, then calls my WM, after my WM exits, unison is called again with the local homedir as the authoritative copy. A well-crafted ignore list is crucial, ignoring things like temporary file patterns, mozilla cache, machine-specific data, obscenely large files, etc.

I use sshfs-fuse for any of the above mentioned ignored files, sshfs allws you to mount remote filesystems locally, tunneling through ssh (or something like that).

Finally, rsync can be used to give time machine like backups. In my case, I backup to USB drive connected to the fileserver, which I only turn on when running backups.

This is for the most part Linux-only, but unison has a windows binary available, and could probably be used to sync to windows automagically.

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Accellerated X drivers coming for PS3 Linux (

t0qer writes: Over at the PS2dev forums a hacker named Ironpeter has successfully managed to bypass the PS3's Hypervisor to gain direct access to it's Nvidia RSX GPU.

This is s first step and far from a complete working driver, but it seems as word of this spreads, more people are helping with the effort to hunt down the Hypervisors Fifo/Push buffer. It won't be long before we're playing tux racer on the PS3 in it's full OpenGL glory.

Linux Business

Submission + - Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community

TechGeek writes: "Microsoft has succeeded in fracturing the Linux and open-source community with the patent indemnity agreements it has entered into with several prominent vendors, Ubuntu leader and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth told eWEEK(,1895,2167193 ,00.asp). Microsoft's strategy was to drive a wedge into the open-source community and unsettle the marketplace, Shuttleworth said. He also took issue with the Redmond, Wash., software maker for not disclosing the 235 of its patents it claims are being violated by Linux and other open-source software. "That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said."

Submission + - Penalizing for Poor Health 2

theodp writes: "Perhaps laying the groundwork for Sicko II, Clarian Health announced that starting in 2009, it will fine employees $10 per paycheck if their body mass index is over 30. Even slim-and-trim employees have to worry about their cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels — they'll be dinged $5 for each standard they don't meet. Smokers get a sneak preview of the policy starting next year, when they'll find $5 less in each check. Clarian credited new government HIPPAA rules that became effective July 1st for giving it the courage to follow its penalize-for-poor-health convictions."

Submission + - Thermal IR imaging suggest half of Mars has ice

Ixlr8 writes: "BBC news is running a story that suggests up to half of Mars may have ice. From the article:

Up until now, scientists had been able to search for water deposits using a spectrometer fixed to the orbiting Mars Odyssey spacecraft. However, only readings that are accurate to within several hundred kilometres can be obtained.
By comparing seasonal changes in thermal infrared patterns, detected by the same Odyssey spacecraft, (scientists)[ed] can make readings accurate to within just hundreds of metres."

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