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Submission + - NASA competition invites ideas for human waste management in space (news.com.au)

bsharma writes: GOING to the bathroom in zero-gravity can be a tricky task — and NASA wants your help to make it a little bit easier for its astronauts. We can put a man on the moon but we can’t deny our bodily functions, no matter who you are. So the world’s leading space agency has put up a $US30,000 award for anyone who can come up with the most innovative “space poop” solution.

Submission + - U.S. Navy's High-Tech ship loses power in Panama canal (usni.org)

bsharma writes: USS Zumwalt suffered engine failure and collided with lock walls while transiting the Panama Canal. The ship lost propulsion in its port shaft during the transit and the crew saw water intrusion in two of the four bearings that connect to Zumwalt’s port and starboard Advanced Induction Motors (AIMs) to the drive shafts, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. The AIMs are the massive electrical motors that are driven by the ship’s gas turbines and in turn electrically power the ship’s systems and drive the shafts.

Submission + - ITT Educational Services to Cease Operations at all ITT Technical Institutes (cnn.com)

bsharma writes: ITT Educational Services announced on Tuesday that it is shutting down immediately, accusing the federal government of unfairly stripping it of eligibility for student aid.
The company, which was established nearly 50 years ago, operates ITT Technical Institutes. It has around 40,000 students taking classes on campuses and online throughout the United States.

Submission + - WhatsApp Encryption Said to Stymie Wiretap Order (nytimes.com)

bsharma writes: WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, allows customers to send messages and make phone calls over the Internet. In the last year, the company has been adding encryption to those conversations, making it impossible for the Justice Department to read or eavesdrop, even with a judge’s wiretap order. ... the Justice Department was discussing how to proceed in a continuing criminal investigation in which a federal judge had approved a wiretap, but investigators were stymied by WhatsApp’s encryption.

WhatsApp uses Signal software developed by Open Whisper Systems.


Comment In early 1970s, there was no VLSI, not even LSI; (Score 3, Insightful) 60

Back in the early 1970s, there was no electrical CAD software, design-rule checkers were people, and VLSI lithographic masks were hand-crafted on giant light tables by unsung "rubylith cutters." In early 1970s, there was no VLSI, not even LSI; It was MSI. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment ALGOL (Score 1) 429

Because it showed that Programming Languages are possible. Programming in High Level languages was called, at the time, as "Automatic Programming". Just plain programming meant in Machine/Assembly/Macro languages. APL is another important language - helped define IBM 360 architecture formally (before there was Verilog or VHDL). PL/1 is important since quite a bit of Multics (parent of Unix) was written in it.

Submission + - Cops Need Warrant to Search Cellphones, Court Rules (nbcnews.com)

bsharma writes: In a sweeping decision in favor of digital privacy, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police need a warrant to search a person's cellphone, even in the case of someone placed under arrest.

In an 8-1 decision, the court ruled against the Obama administration.

The usual law is that police can search anything on a person when they make an arrest. Opponents argued that smartphones were different because they hold such massive and personal stores of information.

Submission + - Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo's Streaming TV Service (nbcnews.com)

bsharma writes: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday dealt a potentially fatal blow to Aereo, an Internet service that allows customers to watch broadcast TV programs on mobile devices.

Launched a year ago in New York and then extended to 10 other U.S. cities, it allows customers to watch over-the-air TV programs on a smartphone, tablet, or computer for as little as $8 a month. Selections can be viewed live or recorded for later viewing.

Submission + - US's nuclear launch code was 00000000 for 15 years (dailymail.co.uk)

bsharma writes: For nearly 20 years, the secret code to authorize launching U.S. nuclear missiles, and starting World War III, was terrifyingly simple and even noted down on a checklist.

From 1962, when John F Kennedy instituted PAL encoding on nuclear weapons, until 1977, the combination to fire the devastating missiles at the height of the Cold War was just 00000000.

This was chosen by Strategic Air Command in an effort to make the weapons as quick and as easy to launch as possible.

Submission + - Chinese Supercomputer Wrests Title From U.S. (nytimes.com)

bsharma writes: A Chinese scientific research center has built the fastest supercomputer ever made, replacing the United States as maker of the swiftest machine, and giving China bragging rights as a technology superpower.

The computer, known as Tianhe-1A, has 1.4 times the horsepower of the current top computer, which is at a national laboratory in Tennessee, as measured by the standard test used to gauge how well the systems handle mathematical calculations, said Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the official supercomputer rankings.

Comment With an expected voter turnout of 37% (Score 1) 617

With an expected voter turnout of 37% ( http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0781453.html ) , isn't all this analysis too much bellyaching over nothing? The reality is, most "Citizens" don't seem to care. Core partisans, who are generally loyal to their party or philosophy won't be persuaded by any kind of ads. I don't think the Citizen's decision, bad though it might be, is not all that harmful. In fact, from a Libertarian viewpoint, what is the harm in ads that don't reveal donors? An intelligent voter should be able to recognize the third party sponsor and filter the ad appropriately. I think the citizens who do vote are generally capable of keeping their skepticism & cynicism threshold high. (At least I am, I generally ignore all 3rd party ads, unless it points me to something I can independently verify)

Comment Re:why not just use the fucking stove (Score 1) 188

That is what I feel every time someone talks about climbing Everest. Why not develop a high altitude Everest class helicopter. Then someone can even setup a penthouse on Everest and arrange tourists to visit ( like the Russians are doing with that "Most Expensive Motel" AKA International Space Station)

Comment True: I have not used my DVD player in a year (Score 1) 547

I have to agree: I have not used my standalone DVD player more than may be a couple of times in the last year. Will probably never buy a Blu Ray player. Got rid of premium cable (for over the air) due to compression. We get most of our entertainment, recreation, knowledge, information and telecommunication over internet. Have land line phone and basic cable more out of irrational fear of cutting "connections".

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