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Math

Submission + - Happy Pi Approximation Day

cyberbian writes: Today is 22/7 which marks one of two holidays that celebrate our favorite irrational number. "Pi is one of the most important mathematical constants: many formulae from mathematics, science, and engineering involve ." So take some time today to break out of your circular reasoning and have a nice slice of pi(e)!
The Internet

Submission + - Net Neutrality Issues Facing Canada Now (neutrality.ca)

cyberbian writes: It seems that Net Neutrality is also becoming a problem for Canadian Businesses and Consumers. The Progressive(?) Conservative Party have already pushed for deregulation plan for telecommunications in Canada, despite the objection of a Parliamentary Committee that was formed to study the issue.

Given the importance of internet communication to a country as large as Canada, it's imperative that we increase awareness of the net neutrality issue, and ensure that the public is raising its voice against the profiteering telecoms.

"When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end" — Sir Tim Berners Lee.

Books

Submission + - BSD Writeathon!

cyberbian writes: As part of the efforts of the BSD Certification Group to standardize certifications for BSD skills with the support of the BSD Community, Jeremy C. Reed has created a WIKI based book for self-paced training for the BSDA certification:
A collaborative, short-term open source authoring project to quickly write a book covering the basics from the 2005 BSDA Certification Requirements Document was recently started. The BSD Certification Group's BSDA (BSD Associate) Certification is for BSD Unix system administrators with light to moderate skills. Using a wiki, authors, reviewers and readers all contribute to complete the book by the end of February. This bsdwiki contains over a hundred pages each with the topics defined by the BSD Certification Group. And a PDF in book format is periodically generated from this wiki content. To contribute, please join at http://bsdwiki.reedmedia.net/
Security

Submission + - 1100 Laptops Missing from Commerce Department

cyberbian writes: The Washington Post reports(may require signup) that 1100 (!) laptops are missing including at least 250 from the Census Bureau containing such personal information as names, incomes, and Social Security numbers.

This disclosure by the department came in response to a request by the House Committee on Government Reform, which this summer asked 17 federal departments to detail any loss of computers holding sensitive personal information.


This breach of personal privacy could lead to a host of identity thefts, and fundamentally undermines the privacy of hundreds of thousands of Americans. Of the Census Bureau machines, only 107 of those missing were fully encrypted.
Space

Submission + - SMART probe to crash into the Moon.

cyberbian writes: Amateur astronomers will be excited to note that they can witness the impact of the SMART-1 probe crashing into the moon. NASA reports:

There's nothing wrong with the spacecraft, which is wrapping up a successful 3-year mission to the Moon. SMART-1's main job was to test a European-built ion engine. It worked beautifully, propelling the craft in 2003 on a unique spiral path from Earth to the Moon. From lunar orbit, SMART-1 took thousands of high-resolution pictures and made mineral maps of the Moon's terrain. One of its most important discoveries was a "Peak of Eternal Light," a mountaintop near the Moon's north pole in constant, year-round sunlight. Peaks of Eternal Light are prime real estate for solar-powered Moon bases.

Solar-powered Moon bases! Where do I sign up?
Space

Submission + - Is it SMART to crash into the Moon?

cyberbian writes: "After a highly successful 3 year mission SMART-1 is about to crash into the moon, reports NASA.

Why is SMART-1 crashing? There's nothing wrong with the spacecraft, which is wrapping up a successful 3-year mission to the Moon. SMART-1's main job was to test a European-built ion engine. It worked beautifully, propelling the craft in 2003 on a unique spiral path from Earth to the Moon. From lunar orbit, SMART-1 took thousands of high-resolution pictures and made mineral maps of the Moon's terrain. One of its most important discoveries was a "Peak of Eternal Light," a mountaintop near the Moon's north pole in constant, year-round sunlight. Peaks of Eternal Light are prime real estate for solar-powered Moon bases.
Solar-powered Moon bases! Where do I sign up?"

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