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Comment Re:drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 5, Informative) 103

The rocket launches due East from the Cape. The droneship is in a straight line underneath the flightpath, so the stage flies more or less a parabolic arc to the ship.
To fly back to the Cape, the stage has to brake and bring its velocity to 0, then accelerate to the West to get back to land.
Flying to the drone ship skips the 'brake' part, which saves a lot of fuel.

Submission + - Attacking Ransomware By Watching The Filesystem (

An anonymous reader writes: Ransomware — what hackers use to encrypt your computer files and demand money in exchange for freeing those contents — is an exploding global problem with few solutions, but a team of University of Florida researchers says it has developed a way to stop it dead in its tracks.

The answer, they say, lies not in keeping it out of a computer but rather in confronting it once it's there and, counterintuitively, actually letting it lock up a few files before clamping down on it.

"Our system is more of an early-warning system. It doesn't prevent the ransomware from starting ... it prevents the ransomware from completing its task ... so you lose only a couple of pictures or a couple of documents rather than everything that's on your hard drive, and it relieves you of the burden of having to pay the ransom," said Nolen Scaife, a UF doctoral student and founding member of UF's Florida Institute for Cybersecurity Research.
Scaife is part of the team that has come up with the ransomware solution, which it calls CryptoDrop.
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Submission + - Mesa 12.0 Brings Open-Source OpenGL 4.3 To Intel/AMD/NVIDIA, Open-Source Vulkan (

An anonymous reader writes: Mesa3D developers have announced the release of Mesa 12.0. Mesa 12 notably adds open-source OpenGL 4.3 drivers for Intel / Radeon / NVIDIA on Linux and it also integrates the previously open-sourced Intel Vulkan graphics API driver. From the Phoronix analysis, "Mesa 12.0 is easily one of the biggest updates to this important open-source user-space OpenGL driver stack in quite some time and will offer much better support and features especially for Intel, Radeon, and NVIDIA open-source Linux desktop users/gamers."

Submission + - We need a better Private Browsing Mode (

Miche67 writes: Many browsers have some type of 'private' browsing. The settings aren't enough, though, to offer real protection.

As this writer says, Chrome's Incognito Mode "doesn't offer strong protection at all," and Firefox's Private Browsing with Tracking Protection — while stronger than Chrome — is an all-or-nothing option. "You can’t turn it off for sites you trust, but have it otherwise enabled by default."

Every single link to non-trusted websites should open, by default, in a Private/Incognito window. C'mon, browser makers, get this done.

Submission + - Why Google Stores Billions of Lines of Code in a Single Repository (

An anonymous reader writes: Google proves that distributed version control systems can't replace centralized ones. The centralized approach to source control has served Google well for more than 16 years, and today the vast majority of Google's software assets continues to be stored in a single, shared repository.

The Google codebase includes approximately one billion files and has a history of approximately 35 million commits spanning Google's entire 18-year existence. The repository contains 86TB of data, including approximately two billion lines of code in nine million unique source files.

Submission + - Largest Invasive Species on Earth: Hippos in S. America ( 1

retroworks writes: Motherboard has a fascinating story on the current state of 1980s Cocaine Kingpin Pablo Escobar's private Colombian menagerie of exotic African pet hippos. Since Escobar was killed in 1993, his palace has gone "feral". Colombia appointed some "zookeepers" but they have been unable to keep the pet hippos from replicating. Scientists and activists are divided on whether to kill off, contain, or embrace South America's newest pachyderm.

"“This is all speculative business right now. We have a lot of historic ecological analogs for things that originally came from Africa and were eventually found in the New World—like the extinct American lion, or relatives of elephants—but hippos are just not in that portfolio,” Douglas McCauley, a biology professor and hippo researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told me."

The trouble with tribbles, 1000 scale?

Submission + - Dubai to build world's lowest cost solar plant (

Nishamalhotra writes: Dubai has announced that it will build a gigantic 800 MW solar plant, and the key highlight is that the plant will produce electricity at the most reasonable cost of 2.99 cents per kilowatt hour. This means that Dubai is set to welcome the world’s lowest cost solar plant, surpassing the ever-dominant coal plant, which is the cheapest alternative as of now.

Submission + - Oracle may have stopped funding and development efforts on Java EE (

An anonymous reader writes: ArsTechnica is reporting that Oracle has quietly pulled funding and development efforts away from Java EE, the server-side Java technology that is part of hundreds of thousands of Internet and business applications. Java EE even plays an integral role for many apps that aren't otherwise based on Java, and customers and partners have invested time and code. It wouldn't be the first time this has happened, but the implications are huge for Java as a platform.

Submission + - Cocoon Raises $3M to Deliver Their Vision of Easy Whole-Home Protection AI (

Daniel_home writes: Keeping your family safe is a high priority as a potential homebuyer; however, many consumers find a security system to be expensive and unnecessary. The makers of Cocoon decided to reinvent the idea of home security with an all-in-one device that learns about your family and home to give a customized approach to protecting who and what you treasure the most. Through working with generous investors and testers, Cocoon developed technology in an all-in-one device that is the first of its kind.

Submission + - Canadian Man Invented A Wheel That Can Make Cars Move Sideways (

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian man William Liddiard invented a wheel that allows vehicles to move sideways. "True all-way drive for anything with wheels," Liddiard says in an online writeup for his successful prototype of "omni-directional" wheels. They consist of a specialized roller-equipped rim that can move horizontally and a tire that is rounded like a donut. "This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels," wrote Liddiard. "Now you can drive in all directions, and turn on the spot, when needed." His demo video titled "you've never seen a car do this...," has received more than 1.1 million views since it was uploaded on May 10th. The wheels are a "proof of concept" prototype right now, but Liddiard says the design would allow them to be made as durable and safe as standard automotive wheels. Omni-directional wheels are nothing new, though they are typically only used in wheelchairs, robotics and other small-scale applications. Honda Motor Co. debuted an omni-directional wheel at the 2009 Tokyo Motor Show, but it wasn't for a full-sized car — it was for a Segway-style mobility device. "My wheel can hold ten times more than the other [wheels], while maintaining speed," Liddiard told Postmedia in an interview earlier this year. He's currently trying to sell his invention to a major tire or automotive company.

Comment Notepad++ (Score 1) 286

My work notes live in a pile of text files. For every current project, I've got a file open in Notepad++. The project file contains a log of things I've done, a list of things to do etc. Currently I've got about 30 open files.

For notetaking during meetings I use pen and paper (writing's still a lower cognitive load than typing), afterwards the results get transcribed.

The only drawback is I can't add drawings. I don't need many of those though.

Submission + - The Languages Which Almost Became CSS (

zackbloom writes: In fact, it has been a constant source of delight for me over the past year to get to continually tell hordes (literally) of people who want to – strap yourselves in, here it comes – control what their documents look like in ways that would be trivial in TeX, Microsoft Word, and every other common text processing environment: “Sorry, you’re screwed.”

— Marc Andreessen 1994

Submission + - SPAM: Series on Ownership & Accountability: Going beyond

An anonymous reader writes: At work or even in our personal lives we sometimes feel unhappy that we are asked to be responsible for work beyond our purview. The story below shows how when we do extend ourselves and bring a sense of ownership to all that we do, it can actually become a game changer.
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