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Comment Mythbusters (Score 1) 207

I remember having watched a special episode of Mythbusters a few days ago where they also made experiments with small airplanes in different flying formations. They tried the classic birds' V formation, an extended version of that or straight line formations. It was actually impressive how strongly fuel consumption and manoeuvrability were affected by some seemingly small variations of the formations.

Here is a small clip:


Main Toilet On ISS Craps Out 219

The Narrative Fallacy writes "NASA has spent years getting ready for a crowd in space — adding additional sleeping quarters, learning how to recycle liquid waste into drinking water, and installing a second bathroom last year. But now the main toilet has broken down on the International Space Station while a record 13 astronauts are on board. For now Mission Control has advised the astronauts to hang an 'out of service' sign on the toilet as it may take days to repair. In the meantime, Endeavour's seven astronauts will be restricted to the shuttle bathroom. Last year a Russian cosmonaut complained that he was no longer allowed to use the US toilet because of billing and cost issues. Now the six space ISS residents will have to get in line to use the back-up toilet in the Russian part of the station. The pump separator on the malfunctioning toilet has apparently flooded, and ESA astronaut Frank De Winne is the guy tasked with putting his plumbing skills to work on short notice. 'We don't yet know the extent of the problem,' says flight director Brian Smith, adding that the toilet troubles were 'not going to be an issue' for now."

Comment Re:I don't like this idea (Score 1) 435

I for one will be keeping my documents in a *standard* format...ODF.
So will I.

A must admit, I did not follow the discussion in detail and all the time, but did OOXML gain a special power to ban ODF in some way by the... (well, most people seem to call it) "purchase" of this ISO standard? Maybe the combination of ISO and M$ sounds great and safe for certain large enterprises when they evaluate new products which their 5000 employees will have to use for the next five years.

But why should ODF become uninteresting for the "normal" users? And ODF does not need a 80% market share of the "document handling business" in the enterprises to survive properly in the average household, does it? (Is the main danger public institutions switching to OOXML-only altogether in a short time while there won't be (really) free reader tools available? This is the only kind of force I can imagine right now to impress John Doe.) Please tell me whether I'm too naïve or short-sighted at the moment. Most comments here just sounds to me like the apocalypse is near and everyone not wanting to be an outsider will have to use OOXML tools from now on and prod ODF down the cliff.

Man, I don't want to lose my "ODF(->PDF)" routine which I could even explain to my parents...


Submission + - Soviet Microsoft: Resistance to Openness is Futile (

DECS writes: Somewhat ironically, one of the most financially successful capitalist companies of the 90s has positioned itself as a modern counterpart to the old communist Soviet Union. Microsoft's ideological contempt for and resistance to free markets and the open expression and propagation of fresh ideas and technologies is not only a close parallel of the old USSR, but also a clear reflection of why Microsoft is currently failing and why its troubles have only just begun. Here's a comprehensive look at why this is the case. Soviet Microsoft: How Resistance to Free Markets and Open Ideas Will the Unravel the Software Superpower

Submission + - Terry Pratchett diagnosed with Alzheimers. (

LoFi writes: The Times is reporting on a statement by Terry Pratchett on Paul Kidby's (his illustrator) website, in which he reveals that he is suffering from a rare form of Alzheimer's Disease. In his typically laconic style, he says this news should be interpreted as "Not Dead Yet", and states "I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.". Buggrit.

Submission + - Anonymous P2P Programs and filesharing Networks (

sharkyp2p writes: "Anonymous P2P (Clients/Networks)

P2P file sharing is generating a lot of heat these days as countries introduce new copyright laws, stiffer sentencing for Internet pirates, and ISPs that restrict bandwidth for P2P file sharing programs. Fortunately for us, this new-age anti-P2P movement has inspired software developers everywhere to come up with their own counter-measures: Anonymous/pseudonymous P2P applications, encrypted traffic and safeguarded networks. Internet piracy is not exactly going to wither away and die, but it must evolve and adapt to strange days in order to continue to thrive. We've learned a great deal from Napster's peccadilloes and Kazaa's decoy-prone freestyle nature.

We've reviewed and tested a whole whack of anonymous P2P programs.

And we've come up with these ones below that actually work:

Alliance P2P
ANts P2P

Check out the full reviews here."

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