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Comment N0NEA (Score 5, Interesting) 358

I got my license over 20 years when I started work at an RF engineering company (I was the accountant). I wanted to learn what we were building and the owner and most of the engineers were hams. I don't use my license much, but I learned a lot about technology. I learned to solder, built my own packet radio rig, and made the assemblers and techs laugh about my skills. I still am able to carry on a decent conversation about radio and it's served me well in all areas of technology.

Submission + - Hubble photographs new "scar" on Jupiter (nasa.gov)

BearRanger writes: Calibration of new systems in the Hubble Space Telescope (installed in May by Shuttle Atlantis astronauts) were interrupted to take pictures of the new "scar" near the south pole of Jupiter. The scar is believed to have been caused by the impact of an asteroid or small comet with the gas giant. Hubble's return to service will be delayed by this interruption, but NASA says that rare events such as this warrant the delay. This is only the second recorded impact of an object with Jupiter.
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Submission + - GiveWell charity reviews: nice is not enough (givewell.net)

Holden Karnofsky writes: "With giving season upon us, we're all about to be drowned in appeals for charity. But generosity isn't enough — how do we decide WHERE to give?

GiveWell is the first public exploration of what charities do and whether it works. We've just released our report on saving lives in Africa, and we estimate that our top-ranked charity saves lives for about $250-1,000 apiece — easily 3-4x as good as other good charities in the same cause.

Existing "watchdogs" look only at formal financial data, rating charities by how much they spend on "administrative expenses." That's like rating movies by how much they spend on actors. We put charities through a thorough examination process, and we're the first to use and publish their internal reports — the only way to see the evidence of whether (and how) they're changing lives.

Individual donors give over $200 billion a year, over 100x as much as Gates and 6x as much as all foundations combined. Yet all this money has no way of getting to the best charities possible — until now. I hope you'll help your readers find us, because like any other gift, helping people isn't just about how much you spend."

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Submission + - Colorado Rockies - "malicious attack" of 8

Juneau writes: The Denver Post reports on today's World Series ticket sales: (http://www.denverpost.com/ci_7248448)

Spokesman Jay Alves said tonight that the failure of Monday's ticket sales happened because the system was brought down today by an "external malicious attack." The Rockies have suspended online sales for World Series tickets, spokesman Jay Alves said this afternoon. Alves said that several hundred sales that went through before sales were suspended today will be honored. "We are as frustrated and disappointed as (fans) are," Alves said.

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