Slashdot is powered by your submissions, so send in your scoop


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Chinese Moon Photo Doctored, Craters Moved ( 1

mytrip writes: "A controversy over last week's photo of the lunar surface, allegedly from China's lunar spacecraft Chang'e, appears to be resolved. It's real but it isn't. An expert says the photo's resolution shows that it is of recent origin. However, for some inexplicable reason, someone on Earth edited the photo and moved a crater to a different location.

Some dogged sleuthing by a fellow space blogger has tracked down the truth behind the controversial first photo from China's moon orbiter.

In the week since the picture was released amid much fanfare in Beijing, there have been widespread rumors that the photo was a fake, copied from an old picture collected by a U.S. space probe.

The photo from China's Chang'e 1 orbiter is clearly a higher-resolution view, with sunlight streaming from the northwest rather than the north.

The mission's chief scientist, Ouyang Ziyuan, told the Beijing News that a new crater had been spotted on the Chang'e imagery — a crater that didn't appear on the U.S. imagery. Lakdawalla determined that crater in question it wasn't exactly new — instead, it appeared to be a crater that had been moved from one spot on the picture to another spot slightly south."


Submission + - Rackspace Dallas Data Center Totally Down

An anonymous reader writes: All power to the Rackspace Dallas hosting facility is lost. All client servers are down, including base camp, and any other servers in that facility. Here's the notice posted by Rackspace: Nov. 12th 9:30PM CST — As of 8:45 p.m. CST, temperatures are stabilizing in the DFW data center. In cases of servers that were proactively shut down to avoid overheating, we are starting the process of bringing the affected machines back online in a phased, gradual way. We are sorry for service disruptions caused by these events and understand how critical this is for your business. Throughout this process, we are making every effort to minimize impact on customer environments and return affected machines back to service as quickly and smoothly as possible. We continue to work with vendors to re-establish utility power to the facility and will keep providing updates here in the portal. Show Previous Updates Hide Previous Updates Nov. 12th 8:30PM CST — In a completely unrelated incident to this weekend's power problems in DFW, a traffic accident caused damage to a power transformer which provides utility power to our DFW data center. Here is the current sequence of events: * At approximately 6:00 p.m. CST utility power was lost to the DFW data center * Power automatically switched over to backup generators without disrupting service for any customers * When generator power was established two chillers within the data center failed to start back up * Utility power was re-established through a secondary utility source * As a result of temporary data center temperature increases, we proactively shutdown a number of customer servers to protect them from overheating At this point, the chillers are back up and running and we are operating on generator power throughout the data center. We have contractors on site to repair the damage and will be in contact with all customers who have been affected by this outage. We apologize for any disruption to your business operations and will work diligently to restore your service. Nov. 12th 8:00PM CST — Thank you for your patience today as we work through a root cause analysis of the power issues in the DFW data center. The Data Center Engineering team is continuing to work on the plan to move back to utility power without any further interruption in service. Rackspace will notify you in advance before we move to switch back to utility power. In the meantime, here is a brief timeline of events: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007 * 4:19 a.m. CST — A problem in the internal utility power distribution grid caused an outage to cabinets in one section of the DFW data center. * 6:49 a.m. CST — Power was fully transferred to generator power. Based on building monitoring systems, outage times varied for every customer. DC engineering worked to isolate the internal utility problem and restore the integrity of the internal distribution system. * 6:32 p.m. CST — A separate incident occurred when a breaker in the generator power grid tripped, causing one of the Power Distribution Units (PDUs) in the same section of the DFW Datacenter to fail, affecting a much smaller group of the customers in this section. All customer devices with dual power supplies in this section of the datacenter remained online and were not affected. Customer devices with single power supplies in this area were affected. Data Center technicians immediately acted to minimize the impact on these customers by moving these devices manually to alternate power supplies — resulting in just a few minutes of downtime. * 7:40 p.m. CST — The breaker problem was diagnosed and resolved, bringing the down PDU back online. Monday, Nov. 12, 2007 * 4:00 a.m. CST — The Data Center engineering team had the initial utility distribution grid realigned and resynchronized. All systems reported ready for operation. * 4:30 a.m. CST — Transfer of power was initiated and affected devices were slowly moved off of generator power and back to internal utility distribution power. * 5:10 a.m. CST — Transfer of power was completed. * 5:25 a.m. CST — Unfortunately, the internal distribution grid failed again. Data Center engineering was able to transfer all affected devices back to generator power in under 15 minutes. * 5:40 a.m. CST — All affected devices were back on generator power. The Data Center environment is stable and is designed to be able to run indefinitely on generator power. Data Center engineering is continuing to diagnose the problem and engaging all vendors onsite. We will continue to provide updates via the MyRackspace portal. In addition, you will receive notification of any maintenance windows. We are committed to supporting your business and minimizing any impact on your hosted environment.

Comment Re:Give me Edward Tufte (Score 3, Interesting) 209

I would argue that functionality is also in the eye of the beholder. Our brains work differently, which is why we all have preferences in art, music, etc... including functionality. Certain sites, designed by very well paid people make absolutely no sense to me, I for one hate Amazon's interface, but that's me. Obviously they spent a lot of money and research time to develop a site that works for most people, to my eyes it pretty much sucks.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - New eBay scam, without violating ebay policy

Bert64 writes: "It seems that eBay allows you to say one thing about the location of an item in the auction description, but then if the item turns out to be defective to supply a completely different address, in another country, where the item can be returned at buyer's expense. No mention of this was in the original auction listing, in the hope of fooling those who would normally not buy from a foreign seller. Details on of how i was stung by this, and how it can so easily be abused by anyone to profit by ripping off unsuspecting buyers while ebay sits back and does nothing about it. So anyone can ship defective items, and then make the returns process expensive enough that people won't bother."

Slashdot Top Deals

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!