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Download Firefox, Feed a Red Panda 90

KenW writes "Mozilla has launched a new marketing campaign to promote Firefox: adopting red pandas and putting them on live webcams. The company wants to underline the fact that the red panda is the mascot for its open source browser via a new section on its site called Firefox Live. It's clear that Mozilla is trying to think of new ways to promote its browser ahead of the launch of Firefox 4. The company has been struggling recently as Firefox steadily loses share to Google Chrome."

TheSpaceGame — Design Your Route To Jupiter 76

An anonymous reader writes "The Advanced Concepts Team of the European Space Agency is celebrating World Space Week (4-10 October 2010) with the release of 'The Space Game,' an online game for interplanetary trajectory design. The Space Game is an online crowdsourcing experiment where you are given the role of a mission designer to seek the best path to travel through space. The interactive game, coded in HTML5, challenges the players to devise fuel-efficient trajectories to various bodies of the Solar System via a user-friendly interface. The aim of the experiment is get people from all ages and backgrounds to come up with better strategies that can help improve the effectiveness of the current computer algorithms. As part of the events organized worldwide for Space Week, the first problem of the game is to reach Jupiter with the lowest amount of propellant. The best scores by 10 October will be displayed on the Advanced Concepts Team website and the three best designs will also receive some ESA prizes."

Comment It's already hit NASA (Score 4, Interesting) 473

Got sent to a maillist that covers just about everyone who works at a NASA center east of the Mississippi. Once you add up the virus-generated emails, the emails warning everyone it's a worm, and the emails complaining "for God's sake don't reply to everybody" (which replied to everybody), there were several score messages sent to thousands of users.

Comment What's *CHANGED*? (Score 1) 1563

Virtually all the comments on here are missing a key point: everything they say is true, but it was true twenty years ago when there were a lot more women going into computer science than are now, though still far fewer than men.

I think what's changed is that many other professions have openeed up to women. When I started work as a programmer, almost all doctors, lawyers, etc. were male. Computer programming, though, was much closer to a pure meritocracy - no one cared about your chromosomes so long as you could code. So it was a good avenue for intelligent women to pursue. Now, they have plenty of alternatives and, as others have noted, women seem to be more inclined than men to pursue more people-oriented professions, like doctors and lawyers, when those options are open to them.

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