mvar writes: A frog photobombed the launch of NASA's LADEE (Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer) on Sept.6. NASA confirmed that this is not a photoshop frame and that the frog was probablylocated in the nearby pool used for the high-volume water deluge system that activates during launches to protect the pad from damage and for noise suppression.
mvar writes: According to kotaku, a hacker named SuperDaeE who breached multiple gaming companies (Valve, Sony, MS to name a few) has released a 1.7TB treasure trove file for download. The file which contains source code for older titles plus development kits for the PS4 and Xbox One consoles, is encrypted and SuperDaeE claims that it is his insurance in case gets arrested. Good luck with that.
mvar writes: The SFC is doing a fund-raiser in order to create an "Open Source and Free Software accounting system for use by non-technical bookkeepers, accountants, and non-profit managers". Their aim is for $75.000 for the first year
mvar writes: A Utah resident bought a hamburger from McDonald's in 1999 and kept for 2 months, in order to demonstrate to his friends that fast food decays slowly. But he eventually forgot about the burger, only to find it 14 years later. The verdict? It seems fast food never really dies since, with the exception of the pickles that were long gone, the burger looks like it was just served.
mvar writes: Varioussourcesreport that a few days ago at CinemaCon Disney announced their plan to release, following the 2015 JJ Abraams Episode VII, a new star wars movie every 1 (one, uno, une) year. Yeap, get your stomachs ready because that's a lot of Jar Jar Binks.
mvar writes: Thursday 21 was the last day of operation for famous PC gaming site Gamespy.com. The parent company, ZIff Davis, which owns the IGN network announced that they'll be closing down Gamespy along with sites 1UP and UGO. Gamespy has been running since 1999, offering a multiplayer match-making service for various games. Although the site's content has been dropping in quality and quantity since 2008 with a lot of columns (like planetFargo, top 10 etc) taking the axe, during the last 12 months the game reviews and related articles seemed to stray away from the path of praising every and all mainstream titles, and became more objective and independent than ever.
mvar writes: It seems that a company in the UK is trying to trademark the "Python" term for all-things-computing and the PSF (Python Software Foundation) is asking for help. According to the PSF, they contacted the company in order to settle the matter but "They blew us off and responded by filing the community trademark application claiming the exclusive right to use "Python" for software, servers, and web services — everywhere in Europe. ". They now seek help from the community in several ways: By sending a letter to the EU council if you happen to work on a company that uses the Python programming language, by providing EU-published material regarding the Python language (articles etc) and/or financially supporting the PSF in the upcoming legal battle.
mvar writes: Details are sparse now, but apparently several meteorites crashed into Russia earlier today, setting off giant explosions and forcing nearby schools and office buildings to be evacuated. The meteorites, or whatever they were, reportedly landed in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia, where witness said the explosions shattered the window of nearby buildings. The regional Emergency Ministry said the flashes and explosions were caused by a meteorite shower, but locals think it might be the result of a jet crash or a missile. There's even a cool video from a passing driver's dashcam.
mvar writes: Cisco uploaded a video on Youtube according to which they're willing to open up the EIGRP Protocol so that 3rd party vendors can use it too. Although this is considered by most a nice move, there's a catch: Advanced features such as stub areas are not going to be released plus the proposed RFC retains control of the protocol to cisco.
mvar writes: Artist PSY's videoclip "Gangam style" has reached (at last) the 1 billion views mark on Youtube. Well it seemed more like a time race and i bet half of the views came from the Koreans and PSY-fans, but nonetheless this is quite impressive
mvar writes: According to a NW article, users can activate their pirated copy of Windows 8 by simply installing a free Windows 8 Media Center upgrade. This method, as described in a Reddit post allows users to upgrade to a fully licensed and permanently activated Windows 8 version. I guess that's another way to increase the percentage that W8 has in the market.
mvar writes: From the H: Oracle has released a second beta version of "DTrace for Oracle Linux". The Linux port of the tracing software that was originally developed for Solaris now implements a provider for SDT (Statically Defined Tracing), providing in-kernel static probes; the developers say that they have also fixed a number of bugs. This version of DTrace (Dynamic Tracing Facility) requires the Linux 2.6.39-based version 2 of Oracle's "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel", which is due to be part of Oracle Linux 6 and is currently still in its beta phase.
mvar writes: In February of 2009, Google paid about $52 million for an abandoned paper mill in Hamina, Finland, after deciding that the 56-year-old building was the ideal place to build one of the massive computing facilities that serve up its myriad online services. Part of the appeal was that the Hamina mill included an underground tunnel once used to pull water from the Gulf of Finland. Originally, that frigid Baltic water cooled a steam generation plant at the mill, but Google saw it as a way to cool its servers. As Kava (head of operations) explains, the sea water is just part of the setup. On the data center floor, the servers give off hot air. This air is transferred to water-based cooling systems sitting next to the servers. And Google then cools the water from these systems by mixing it with the sea water streaming from the Baltic. When the process is finished, the cold Baltic water is no longer cold. But before returning it to the sea, Google cools it back down — with more cold sea water pulled from the Baltic. “When we discharge back to the Gulf, it’s at a temperature that’s similar to the inlet temperature,” Kava says. “That minimizes any chance of environmental disturbance.”
mvar writes: On Wednesday (yesterday), the European Union will propose tough new privacy legislation, which will give internet users the right to demand that companies like Facebook, Google and LinkedIn provide them with details of any data they hold on them, and then delete it if requested. “People must be able to easily take their data to another provider, or have it deleted if they no longer want it to be used,” John Phelan, a spokesman for the European Consumers’ Association, said it was essential that the new directive was applied to American companies operating in Europe, something which has not always been the case with the 1995 law.