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Comment Re:New domain (Score 1) 188

Whois on

# 2014-08-03 15:37:45 CEST

reg_created: 2014-05-29 19:59:29
expires: 2015-05-29 19:59:29
created: 2014-05-29 21:59:29
changed: 2014-08-02 18:00:42
transfer-prohibited: yes
nic-hdl: CF3454-GANDI
owner-name: XBMC Foundation
organisation: XBMC Foundation
person: Team XBMC
address: '340 S LEMON AVE #7222'
zipcode: 91789
city: WALNUT
state: California
country: United States of America
lastupdated: 2014-05-31 12:39:05

Comment hook up Xmarks with apache+webdav (Score 5, Informative) 225

If you happen to have your own apache server handy, just setup up a personal server with Xmarks, it works beautifully (over https as well). I'm using this combination for quite some time now, with great satisfaction and independence. As stated above, I also don't want to store my private stuff on third party storage.

Comment "smart" powermeters (Score 1) 172

In France most recent powermeters have an output called "teleinfo" which we can have activated, basically a kind of serial link (output only), repeatedly giving lost of parameters like instant watts, actual indexes in watt.hours and more. This kind of meter can be found second hand on ebay I think, and it is just a matter of demodulating the (well documented) 'teleinfo' output. What I did with this output, is to log the status every minute into a postgresql database (since 07/2008 now) and then it is easy to graph the data. You can see how often and how long the fridge is working etc... As an example of the result: (in French, but you can figure out with the units). Be sure to match the characteristics of your power network (we have 230 volts/50Hz here) Kind Regards, Benoît.

Submission + - SPAM: NASA WISE telescope snaps first sea of stars

coondoggie writes: NASA today said its Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE, has captured its first image showing the over 3,000 stars in the Carina constellation.

The initial image — which was taken while the spacecraft was staring at a fixed patch of sky and is being used to calibrate the spacecraft's pointing system — covers a patch of space about three times larger than the full moon, NASA stated. The area was selected because it does not contain any unusually bright objects, which could damage instrument detectors if observed for too long, NASA stated. The "first-light" picture shows thousands of stars and covers an area three times the size of the moon.

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Submission + - Large Hadron Collider Scientist Arrested 1

mindbrane writes: A scientist working as a subcontractor on a peripheral LHC project has been arrested as a terrorist. The CBC is running a story outlining the arrest of a man on Thursday in south-east France for suspected al-Qaeda links. "CERN officials said the man, whose name has not been revealed, was working under contract with an outside institute and said he had no contact with anything that could have been used for terrorism. He had been at CERN since 2003, officials said."

"The news that someone with terrorist connections might have worked at the facility is likely to cause concern because of both the high profile of the giant physics experiment and also the technology in use, which has made some members of the public nervous."

"Before it started in September 2008, the particle collider drew protests from Europeans worried it would trigger a disaster, with some scenarios suggesting the accelerator would create a black hole that would swallow the Earth. Physicists and CERN officials dismissed the concerns, with the LHC project leader saying in 2008, "Obviously, the world will not end when the LHC switches on.""

Other than sabotage of the LHC and the creation of a world destroying black hole, the arrest begs the question what possible collateral damage could a terrorist achieve?

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