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Submission + - BUSINESS U.S. Set to Approve Moon Mission by Commercial Space Venture (wsj.com)

Joe_NoOne writes: U.S. officials appear poised to make history by approving the first private space mission to go beyond Earth’s orbit, according to people familiar with the details. The government’s endorsement would eliminate the largest regulatory hurdle to plans by Moon Express, a relatively obscure space startup, to land a roughly 20-pound package of scientific hardware on the Moon sometime next year.

Comment I use it every day and need it (Score 1) 288

I use it every day at work. We support multiple sites and so having multiple windows VMs on my corporate windows laptop allows me to be VPN'ed (using a mix of VPN clients) into multiple sites as well as into corporate at the same time. I mostly now use W7 VM's, but I still also have 5gb sized XP based VM's that run with only 192MB memory allocated per VM which makes it easy run lots of these as well as being easy to back up and use on other systems. All the VM's have the tools I need for any of the sites I may connect to.

AFAIK, there isn't any other free alternative for Windows systems, and since the company won't pay for VMWare It works well for me.

Comment SNOBOL (Score 1) 387

Anyone remember SNOBOL (StriNg Oriented and symBOlic Language)? My Dad was a systems analyst and worked a lot with COBOL and SNOBOL. I used to go in to work with him on the weekends when he'd pickup the output from his batch jobs (no real-time processing back then) and often I'd just play with the card-punch machine. We'd take the "chads" from the machine's bin and put it in a bag and take it home to use as hamster shavings...

Submission + - Nasa approves 'impossible' space engine design that apparently violates the laws (independent.co.uk) 4

sirlark writes: In a quiet announcement that has sent shockwaves through the scientific world, Nasa has cautiously given its seal of approval to a new type of “impossible” engine that could revolutionize space travel.

In a paper published by the agency’s experimental Eagleworks Laboratories, Nasa engineers confirmed that they had produced tiny amounts of thrust from an engine without propellant – an apparent violation of the conservation of momentum; the law of physics that states that every action must have an equal and opposite reaction.

Submission + - NASA Successfully Tests The 'Impossible' Microwave Thruster (valuewalk.com) 1

Joe_NoOne writes: NASA has achieved a breakthrough in space propulsion technology, albeit at a small experimental level. Researchers at the space agency have successfully tested the microwave thrusters that can work without any propellant. It was considered impossible because the propulsion system violates the law of conservation of momentum.

NASA said the electric propulsion device generated a force that is not attributable to any classical electromagnetic phenomena. The amount of thrust generated was only 30-50 MicroNewtons (mN), even less than the weight of an iPhone. But the fact that the system generated even a small amount of thrust without any onboard source of fuel clearly violates the law of conservation of momentum

Submission + - The Indian boy who had a 'world record' 232 teeth (washingtonpost.com)

Joe_NoOne writes: When the 17-year-old got to Mumbai’s JJ Hospital, the family learned the boy’s growth wasn’t cancer. It was a tumor — but a very peculiar, rarely-seen one. Gavai had been suffering from a condition called composite odontoma, which can foster a slow-growth tumor inside the jaw capable of birthing additional teeth-like structures. In Gavai’s case, he had a lot of them. There were at least 232 in his jaw, doctors say, calling it a “world record.”

Submission + - Male facial development evolved to take punches (bbc.com)

Joe_NoOne writes: A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights. The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early "hominin" evolution. They are also the bones that show most divergence between males and females.

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