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Comment What is the real reason for the shutdown? (Score 1) 134

The articles mention that a judge ordered the shutdown because Whatsapp didn't provide customer data for a court case. Is Whatsapp refusing to provide the data for some reason or is Whatsapp not able to provide the data (i.e. doesn't have it or it is encrypted in a way that they cannot decrypt)?

Comment Re:SpaceX -whoopie! (Score 1) 333

SpaceX's seed money came from Elon Musk's own pockets after he sold PayPal. That seed money paid for The start of SpaceX, the design and building of the Falcon 1 launch system including the first 3 engine and the test launches. Revenue from paid for launches has funded most of the rest of the companie's designs and operations. The government money you are referring to a program that gave money to several rocket companies for design work on heavy launch systems to resupply the ISS. SpaceX got some of that money and it was used as part of the funding to design the Falcon 9.

Seems pretty different to me. See the wikipedia article for an easy source for more complete details.

Comment Re:Too bad Apple doesn't make SW like their HW (Score 2) 295

Yes you can but it is all about how you use the accounts. Each family member should have their own AppleID to use for almost everything (iMessage, email, Find My iPhone, sync, iCloud, etc.). The exception is: do not use that AppleID for iTunes store purchases. Instead create a family AppleID and set all family member's iTunes apps, and iDevices to use the family AppleID for iTunes store purchases. Then each family member gets to manage their own media library and anything one purchases anyone else can easily use without repurchasing.

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Submission + - Nmap 6 Released (

An anonymous reader writes: Nmap is a free and open source utility for network exploration or security auditing. Nmap uses raw IP packets in novel ways to determine what hosts are available on the network, what services (application name and version) those hosts are offering, what operating systems (and OS versions) they are running, what type of packet filters/firewalls are in use, and dozens of other characteristics. Nmap 6 is NSE enhanced, ensures better and faster Web scanning, comes with full IPv6 support, has a new Nping tool and Zenmap GUI and results viewer.

Submission + - SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches ( 1

MalHavoc writes: After an aborted launch attempt last week, SpaceX finally became the first commercial company to send a rocket towards the International Space Station. The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule blasted off from Cape Canaveral at 3:44 a.m. EDT and if everything checks out, it will attempt to dock with the ISS on May 25th.

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