mosb1000 writes: SpaceX is reporting that they've successfully landed the first stage of their CRS3Falcon 9 rocket over the Atlantic Ocean today. This is potentially a huge milestone for low-cost space flight.
mosb1000 writes: "CNN has an opinion piece about online comments in websites. The author bluntly asks "Have online comment sections become 'a joke'?"
He then proceeds to shoot down a number of common suggestions: having editors and reporters engage their readers in the comments, requiring readers to post using their real names, giving other commenters more power to "up-vote" or "down-vote" posts, etc. And he ultimately suggests that the authors themselves should chose comments to be posted. I don't think that's a real solution, and I've noticed that the comments on Slashdot are generally more useful than those found on other sites. How can we export what Slashdot is doing right to other parts of the internet (and can we)? And what can we do to get rid of the all the useless comments on Slashdot itself."
mosb1000 writes: "Bradley Manning was formally charged with aiding the enemy on thursday. Although aiding the enemy is a capital offense, the prosecution is mercifully seeking only a lifetime sentence for leaking thousands of sensitive documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and US diplomatic cables. No concrete evidence of harm as a result of the leak has come to light, nor any evidence that Manning intended such a result. If they prosecution gets it's requested August 3rd trial date Manning will be receiving his speedy trial after little more than 800 days in prison."
mosb1000 writes: "You may have noticed that Siri didn't show up for work yesterday. CNN has an article about the outage. From the article:
Siri needs to communicate with computers that are in the cloud to understand and process voice commands, leading observers to believe something went wrong with that system. Apple hasn't commented on the outage and did not immediately respond to CNN's request for information.
Is this kind of behavior understandable since she is a relatively new hire, or is it time to start the disciplinary process?"
mosb1000 writes: "Boeing will be delivering their first 787 to All Nippon Airways next month. The 787 is the first commercial airliner to be made from carbon fiber composites, and has been delayed for years because if Boeing's extensive outsourcing of the project."
mosb1000 writes: "Climate scientist James Lovelock claims it may be necessary to put democracy on hold to prevent a global climate catastrophe. He goes on to say that the best remedies may be adaptation techniques such as building building sea defenses."