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Liu Yang Becomes China's First Female Astronaut 229

China launched Saturday a rocket bearing three astronauts and an experimental orbiting module intended to presage a full-fledged space station at the end of this decade. While that's big news in itself, the launch also marks the first trip for a female Chinese astronaut. The BBC has a brief video, including part of a pre-launch press conference introducing 33-year-old astronaut Liu Yang, as well as her crewmates.

Comment No, not the first... (Score 4, Informative) 203

perhaps this could be the first "tablet" capable of running fully Free Software?

Hardly, for instance... take my tablet, a WeTab. It's a keyboad-less netbook, and has run Fedora 15, 16 and now the just released 17.

And it won't be the first, as if it uses nVidia, then it'll hardly run well with fully free software.


Submission + - GNU/Linux and Enlightenment running on a Fridge (

k-s writes: Linux, the GNU userland and Enlightenment and its foundation libraries (EFL) are known due their resource efficiency and flexibility, key components for embedded products. Today it was announced that such features led them to be used in a Fridge that runs Linux and X11 with EFL.

The Freescale i.MX25 based fridge by Electrolux (Frigidaire) provides the expected bits such as temperature controls and pre-set modes (vacation, party) as well as a special purpose drawer that cools your drinks and food with a beautiful UI. It also ships with handful applications for contacts, calendar, reminder, digital picture frame and even illustrated recipe book with a famous Brazilian magazine.


Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell 361

climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed F-Spot vs. Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much-needed change; F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on the other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with the GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."

Submission + - "No Power for the Parliament" warns EPO examiners 2

zoobab writes: The Staff Union of the EPO (SUEPO) sent a letter to the President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, warning of risks for the European Parliament to be "circumvented" as a legislator when the EU will accede to the European Patent Convention (EPC). The European Patent Organisation is everything except a model of democracy: national patent offices are in power, there is no parliament involved in the decision making process, and diplomatic conferences are held behind closed doors. There are plans to create a central patent court in Europe, which would operate in a democratic vacuum, as it would not be counterbalanced by any legislative assembly, let alone the European Parliament. Such central patent court could also validate software patents via caselaw (as it was recently done with the Microsoft FAT patent by the German Supreme Court), and Microsoft, IBM or SAP are lobbying in Brussels not to reopen the software patent directive.
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Stallman On the UK Digital Economy Bill 228

superapecommando submitted a blog entry written by Stallman about the UK's bandwidth initiatives. RMS says "When I read about Gordon Brown's plan to give the UK more broadband, I couldn't restrain my laughter. Isn't this the same clown now busy circumventing democracy to take away broadband from Britons who already have it? And what good would broadband do them if they're punished for using it (or even being suspected of using it)? Laying cables would be a waste of resources if people are not allowed to use them. Brown did suggest another possible use for broadband. He said that it would enable MPs to better communicate with their constituents and keep track of what they want."

Comment Re:One second boot perfect for ATM machines (Score 1) 156

The first rule of the tautology club is the first rule of the tautology club :)

And coincidentally, I do have a fair amount of experience with ATMs (probably outdated by now, though). Boot time, at least in my country, isn't a factor: nowadays, most of them actually run a stripped down version of Windows 2000...

Comment Re:Lazy eye (Score 1) 419

You're not. I'm also almost blind on one eye (perfect peripheral vision, so no depth perception problems, but forward vision is around 20%), and 3D simply doesn't work for me, regardless of the technology used.

I'm not exactly concerned about exclusion, yet. I've watched the 2D versions of most recent 3D movies (Avatar excluded), and thought they all sucked. The only thing going for them was the 3D gimmick, so most people (my wife included) liked the visuals and felt they got their money's worth; for me, not so much.

I know at least 2 other people with the same condition I have (1 relative, 1 co-worker), and several others with various eyesight problems that prevent them from fully seeing 3D movies.
I doubt (at least hope) we'll ever get to a point where 3D stops being a gimmick and becomes an integral part of the movie (like... needing a 3D view to fully understand a scene), at least until holograms (actual 3D projections instead of visual tricks) come along...

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