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Submission + - SpaceX Test Fires First Raptor Engine (techcrunch.com)

Thelasko writes: Elon Musk is preparing to unveil his plans to colonize Mars at IAC tomorrow. As a tease to his lecture, he has released some details about the Raptor engine on Twitter, including pictures.

Mr. Musk states that, "Production Raptor coal is specific impulse of 382 seconds and thrust of 3 MN (~310 metric tons) at 300 bar." He goes on to note that the specific impulse spec is at Mars ambient pressure.

Submission + - Should we bring extinct species back from the dead? (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: For decades the notion of “de-extinction” hovered on the scientific fringes, but new advances in genetic engineering, especially the CRISPR-Cas9 revolution, have researchers believing that it’s time to start thinking seriously about which animals we might be able to bring back, and which ones would do the most good for the ecosystems they left behind. Science Magazine explores why and how we might do this, which animals might be first, and the big risks involved.

Comment Re:This should be the death of Capcom (Score 1) 120

It's a bit more complicated than that. There's behaviour analysis, pattern analysis ... ok, in the end, it's "bad code". But the analysis does end at known code, it is quite possible to flag code as suspicious that you have not analysed before. There has been a lot of development in the past years, and the detection gets better. It's still too prone to false positives to be part of a scanner, but it is already a very valuable analysis tool.

Comment Re:I have a out of this world solution (Score 1) 68

I can tell you exactly how much time a reverse engineer invests in a file that may or may not be malware: Zero seconds. There isn't even close to enough time to start looking at even a tiny fraction of all the potentially dodgy files that make it past the attention of an AV team. And there isn't also any need for this, we do have very sophisticated automated tools that do pretty much what you describe, create a VM environment and run the file. Well, it does a bit more than just run it, but let's keep it at that. ;)

Usually that's enough to flag a file as "interesting", even if the malware code isn't executed in the normal branch for some reason, and this one managed to escape that detection routine. But this is much like the original trojan horse: A great idea the first time, but won't work again. Ever.

(and yes, I know about the video where they showed that people still fall for that most ancient of all tricks)

Comment Re:How much do they vary? (Score 1) 231

One that comes to my mind without looking stuff up would probably be the "end of an age" - "end of the world" translation error in the KJV. Maybe that's why people in the US fear the second coming while everyone else is waiting anxiously for it. It was corrected in the NKJV in 79, but apparently it was too late.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 317

Mostly 'cause my degree costed like 5000 bucks. Our universities challenge your brain, not your wallet.

It's easy to get in, IIRC the financial investment is roughly 500 bucks a semester. Most of it is state funded. You'd assume that everyone and their dog takes that offer? You bet. So the university has zero, none, nada requirement or even interest to hold your hand and carry you through. You make it, great, if not, step aside you're holding the line up. Dropout rates are "insane" by US standards, but it has its advantages. First of all, those that do manage to get through this are good. Really, really good. And second, nobody has time for bullshit like "microaggressions" or "safe spaces".

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