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High Schoolers Push Down Price of Near-Space Photography 88

Floodge writes "High School students at Explore Knowledge Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada have launched a near space photography balloon which took over 2000 pictures of Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, and much more! The 'space craft' was built from used and recycled components for under 60 dollars and was inspired by MIT students Project Icarus in 2009." Near-space photography via balloon isn't quite new any more, but price is a great frontier to explore. And I'm glad that there's a school called "Explore Knowledge Academy."

Comment Re:The real reason people like noSQL... (Score 0) 259

So, because you've seen SQL queries that grow out of control, SQL is a disaster? :) I've seen ruby code that is beyond any explainable logic (or anti-logic, for that matter) - does that mean ruby sucks? No, it just means that untrained/uneducated people are using it. I've seen C code that makes you want to cry all night for not choosing career as car repairmen. Is C bad because of that, or idiots are using it? NoSQL and ORM stuff were invented for people who can't gasp set theory. Which is sad, to say at least.

Comment HTC Legend, then, maybe? (Score 1) 544

I have HTC Legend. I was thinking about switching to Desire, but from what the guy is saying, Desire seems to be much worse phone than the Legend. I don't have problem with screen brightness, flash is working flawlesly and my battery runs up to two days (I can squeeze maybe three if I stay of the TowerDefence games). I'll be sticking with the Legend since it seems to me that it is much much better phone than the IPhone.

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 0) 534

I'll make sure I never hire you! There are developers on the market who take their jobs seriously. They made a bug. They're to blame. (Not that I'm defending attackers, but I just don't care!) You need to write your code right. The way you're putting it, you can write it good and well and demand decent money. But since no one is paying decent money you're writing poor code. That just makes you a poor developer.

Porsche Unveils 911 Hybrid With Flywheel Booster 197

MikeChino writes "Porsche has just unveiled its 911 GT3 R Hybrid, a 480 horsepower track vehicle ready to rock the 24-hour Nurburgring race this May. Porsche's latest supercar will use the same 911 production platform available to consumers today, with a few race-ready features including front-wheel hybrid drive and an innovative flywheel system that stores kinetic energy from braking and then uses it to provide a 160 horsepower burst of speed. The setup is sure to offer an advantage when powering out of turns and passing by other racers."

Submission + - Money - where (and why) it comes from? (

AlbertinaJane writes: Excellent, I'd say, explanation on money — what is money, where it comes from, why is it like that, what happens with it in the future... The main idea behind this 45minute movie is that the amount of money you have does not mean how much value you actually have, but how much value is borrowed from you. Excellent, a must see! Makes you REALY think about our tomorrow. (I wish that someone with more economic/business background behind the idea of the movie)

Comment Re:I kinda like the concept (Score 0, Offtopic) 228

You should try some of the Linux-based operating systems. Yesterday I installed new Ubuntu. Prior doing that I backed up my root partition (I have /home - something like Documents and Settings - on different partition). I merely copied files to my USB disk. Took like 10 minutes for 8 gigs of data. Then I installed Ubuntu 7.04, hated the fonts, convinced that they're different than in 6.06 (or the rendering is different), I restored my backup back to 6.06. Just copied the files. 10 minutes. In unix world, you usualy just copy the files! No stupid registry things. (Ok, let's forget for a second that there is gconf :( ) Using Debian then and now Ubuntu I have much less fuss than I it with Windows. Ok, I am quite familiar with Debian, so Ubuntu is a breeze, but 7.04 is realy realy realy user friendly! It downloads the codeces and stuff automaticaly, all you have to do is say 'yes, buntu, do it for me!'. Neat! :) The only thing I'm missing from Windows world are games. Yes, there is Quake and UT and likes, but I miss Need for Speed and Age of Empires.... They run under Cedega, but they're unplayable (P4@1.7+768MB+Radeon9600 - those work under WindowsXP quite well). Seriousley, try Ubuntu (or any other distro, but I feel that you'll have least fuss with Ubuntu), and see how thigns are done there. Then, maybe, you'll see why UAC concept is not that good, esp. the way Microsoft implemented it.

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