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Submission + - NASA's LADEE Rocket Mission To Launch Sept. 6

An anonymous reader writes: NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) will orbit Earth for three weeks before heading to the moon for a 100-day trip where it will measure lunar dust and the moon’s atmosphere. from the article: 'A $6 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument designed to study the behavior of lunar dust will be riding on a NASA mission to the moon now slated for launch on Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The mission, known as the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, will orbit the moon to better understand its tenuous atmosphere and whether dust particles are being lofted high off its surface. The $280 million LADEE mission, designed, developed, integrated and tested at NASA's AMES Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., will take about a month to reach the moon and another month to enter the proper elliptical orbit and to commission the instruments. A 100-day science effort will follow.'

Submission + - EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters (telegraph.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph.

The new measures have been announced by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year.

A Government source told the Mail on Sunday Mr McLoughlin had instructed officials to block the move because they ‘violated’ motorists’ freedom. They said: “This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels.

Comment Re:All minor parties are teaming together (Score 4, Informative) 162

No surprise here. All the minor parties are doing the same thing.

Some parties are. Not all of them. The Pirate Party in particular opted out of those deals, and allocated preferences according to a vote of the membership. The party has also published its preferencing process online, which you can read at http://pirateparty.org.au/2013/08/18/preferencing-statement-for-federal-election-2013/

Comment Re:Because they can (Score 1) 371

I'm sorry to say that the idea that regions are illegal in Australia is a popular misconception. The Copyright Amendment Act (2006) allows for the modification of DVD players to enable them to play DVDs from different countries, but does does not control the sale of DVD players, require region-free DVD players to be made available, or require an unlock to be made available. There was never a Supreme Court ruling on it. I suspect the Supreme Court case you're thinking of was specifically in relation to the game console chipping issue, but that one simply ruled that the consumers could legally break region coding with modifications (and that if it was impossible to break the region coding without also breaking stuff like the anti-piracy, then it was the console maker's own damn fault for linking the two in the first place).

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Ethics of working for data collecting company

An anonymous reader writes: What do Slashdot readers think of the ethics of a data collecting company? For the past few years I have worked for a supermarket part-time, scanning loyalty cards with each transaction. But ever since I have started working there it has really bothered me. Data leach companies like Datalogix are becoming more prominent, as is "Big Data". The supermarket has been doing it for years, but has started to push it hard by interrogating workers who don't scan enough cards and giving exclusive discounts to card holders.

Am I a part of the overall problem when I ask customers for their loyalty cards, and help the supermarket track shoppers' transactions? Should I move, or is this outside of my control?

Submission + - Instant Facial Recognition Coupons. What could possibly go wrong? (redpepperland.com) 1

Press2ToContinue writes: "Facial recognition cameras are installed at local businesses. These cameras recognize your face when you pass by, then check you in at the location. Simultaneously, your smartphone notifies you of a customized deal based on your Like history."

From Facebook, whose track record for privacy problems is legendary.

What could possibly go wrong?


Submission + - Data Brokers, Gun Owners, and Consumer Privacy (varonis.com)

FreaKBeaNie writes: Earlier this month, the FTC issued 9 orders to data brokerage companies to learn more about their privacy practices. Data Brokers are skilled at connecting quasi-private data with publicly available data, like voter rolls, housing sales, and now gun ownership records. Unlike merchants or business partners, these data brokers may or may not have had any interaction with the "subjects" of their data collection.

Comment Re:Not all SSDs are alike in speed (Score 1) 282

This is 2012, not 2006. We're not talking about the storage of the Wii, we're talking about the storage of the Wii U. So again...what makes you suggest they're not using a NAND flash memory based SSD here with the Wii U, which would have none of the kinds of speed problems you're talking about? In fact, it'd be significantly faster than the HDD's in the PS3 and 360, that's why they use them as boot drives in PC's.

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