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Submission + - NASA's Dawn Probe Begins Orbiting Dwarf Planet Ceres (nytimes.com) 1

mpicpp writes: NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around the asteroid Ceres on Friday morning at an altitude of just under 38,000 miles. Currently, the spacecraft is above the night side of Ceres, limiting the amount of information that can be gathered.

When conventional spacecraft enter orbit, they fire their engines for less than an hour to slow down and be captured by the gravity of their target. But Dawn is powered by an ion engine, which generates a small amount of thrust but can fire continuously for weeks, and there was no big change in Dawn’s course on Friday.

By late April, it will move into a 8,400-mile circular orbit where it can start examining Ceres in detail. Ceres, at almost 600 miles wide, is the largest of the asteroids and is now counted as a dwarf planet; it follows an orbit between Mars and Jupiter. Already, scientists are intrigued by bright spots on its surface, which may be reflective patches of ice or salt.

Submission + - Windows 93 Is Real, And It's Spectacular

rossgneumann writes: It’s 2015, but Windows 93 is finally ready. Your new favorite operating system is here and it’s weird as hell. The browser-based OS makes us thirst for what could’ve been if Microsoft didn’t skip between Windows 3.X and Windows 95. The fully clickable “OS” greets users with the Playstation 1 bootup sound signaling they’re about the trip into an alternate universe. The first version of Windows 93 went up in October, but its creator posted on Reddit last night that it’s finally complete.

Submission + - Self-Driving Cars Will Be in 30 U.S. Cities by the End of Next Year (observer.com)

schwit1 writes: Automated vehicle pilot projects will roll out in the U.K. and in six to 10 U.S. cities this year, with the first unveiling projected to be in Tampa Bay, Florida as soon as late spring. The following year, trial programs will launch in 12 to 20 more U.S. locations, which means driverless cars will be on roads in up to 30 U.S. cities by the end of 2016. The trials will be run by Comet LLC, a consulting firm focused on automated vehicle commercialization.

“We’re looking at college campuses, theme parks, airports, downtown areas—places like that,”

Comment Re:Opposition is from a small elite (Score 2, Insightful) 550

An elite crowd trying to force on everyone else what they think is the right way? Thats one of the many reasons people are against systemd! One thing I don't understand is how in the hell it is considered ok to have this in Debian STABLE? Maybe, in Fedora or OpenSuse but Debian stable???!

Comment PCLinuxOS is the answer (Score 1) 622

I would urge anyone new to Linux coming from a windows background to try PCLinuxOS. It took me a while to discover as it seems to be the best kept secret of Linux. I've gone through Debian, Arch, Mandriva, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mint, Slackware, Mepis, Puppy but always come back to PCLinuxOS. It's easy to install, easy to maintain and has excellent hardware recognition. Add a welcoming community that is happy to answer all the newbie questions without insulting people and you have the recipe for the 'Distro hopper stopper'. The PCLinuxOS version of KDE4 is also the best set up of all that I've tried.

Submission + - Egyptian FLOSS protecting the revolution (spirulasystems.com)

ezabi writes: Old school FLOSS advocates had their behind the scenes role protecting the Egyptian revolution for freedom since its early days, an open source solution provider based in Alexandria-Egypt had an active role securing pro-democracy websites since their beginnings pre January 25th, [their press release|http://www.spirulasystems.com/news/egypt-spirula-and-electronic-war]

Comment Gnewsense (Score 1) 221

No mention of Gnewsense? Unusual - Sure is. very few distros take software freedom this seriously. Obscure - Sadly again true. Very few Linux users take software freedom this seriously. Useful - If you want to know if your hardware doesn't require non-free binary blobs then this is a good way to check.

Comment Re:The abbreviated list (Score 5, Informative) 221

Can't get to the site but if your list is complete I'm surprised there's no mention of Scientific Linux. The distro created by the Fermi National Accelerator laboratory and CERN has to be high on the list of unusual and interesting Linux distributions. Actually, works pretty well as a standard desktop too...

Comment Re:GIMP's stupid name (Score 1) 900

These odd naming conventions and 'complete lack of marketing savvy' are one of the reasons I love Linux. The Gimp is a slap in the face for all the 'Image over content' people. Its like the whole nonsense of branding. I choose a product because it does what I want, not because it has a cool name and makes me feel better about myself. Its not Linux naming conventions that need to grow up, but the rest of the world. If they changed the name of Photoshop to Plop would it change the underlying software? Nope... Would people stop buying it in droves? Yep... I'll continue to use Gimp because it does what I need...

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