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Comment Units, people! (Score 1) 419

From TFA: "The latest paper describes their latest thruster and gives the test results in details, showing that with a couple of kilowatts of power they can produce 720 mN (about 72 grams) of thrust."

I'm sorry, how did we go from an expression of force to mass?


Submission + - Curious NASA Pre-Announcement ( 2

CrtxReavr writes: 'NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life.'

Comment It's gotta be multi-platform (Score 1) 1007

I use a text file that I keep on a USB stick, copy lots of places and encrypt/de-crypt with OpenSSL. It's native to so many systems, and can pretty easily be installed on anything that it isn't.

(First switch to borne shell or something else that doesn't keep a command history, dummy!)

openssl des -k yeahUwish < passwords.txt > passwords.txt.des
openssl des -d -k yeahUwish < passwords.txt.des

You can even kick the security up a notch.:

openssl des -k `md5 -s yeahUwish` < passwords.txt > passwords.txt.des
openssl des -d -k `md5 -s yeahUwish` < passwords.txt.des

Let the reactionary flaming begin!



Captain Bligh's Logbooks To Yield Climate Bounty 232

Pickens writes "The BBC reports that researchers are digitizing the captains' logs from the voyages of Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle, Captain Cook from HMS Discovery, Captain Bligh from The Bounty, and 300 other 18th and 19th century ships' logbooks to provide historical climate records for modern-day climate researchers who will use the meteorological data to build up a picture of weather patterns in the world at the beginning of the industrial era. The researchers are cross-referencing the data with historical records for crop failures, droughts and storms and will compare it with data for the modern era in order to predict similar events in the future. 'The observations from the logbooks on wind force and weather are astonishingly good and often better than modern logbooks,' says Climatologist Dr. Dennis Wheeler from the University of Sunderland. 'Of course the sailors had to be conscientious. The thought that you could hit a reef was a great incentive to get your observations absolutely right!' The logbooks will be online next year at the UK's National Archives."

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