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Comment Re:"to review new federal regulations" (Score 1) 441

This seems to be one of those "We have to pass it to see what's in it." type of deals.

The complete quote is “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it – away from the fog of the controversy.” Which is means when people see what is in the bill, they will like it. So I agree. We should implement the new regulations - away from the fog of the controversy - so we can see what is in it.


Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown 222

Taco Cowboy writes "Japanese researchers are planning an experiment to better understand what transpires during a nuclear meltdown by attempting to create a controlled nuclear meltdown. Using a scaled down version of a nuclear reactor — essentially a meter long stainless steel container — the experiment will involve the insertion of a foot long (30 cm) nuclear fuel rod, starting the fission process, and then draining the coolant. The experiment is scheduled to take place later this year."

Submission + - Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk (

rminsk writes: The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to 'walk'.

Submission + - Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million (

rminsk writes: Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury returned to court shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg.

Comment Revision control systems are not installation syst (Score 1) 211

svn up git pull hg pull

Quoting user tdammers on reddit:

  • Excess files in document root - version control cruft, project documentation, etc. Happens all the time, and is an actual real security problem.
  • Development race conditions. Ever done svn up on the production server, just to find that someone had committed broken code between your test run and the deployment? Ever "solved" this problem by stopping all development activity during deployment? Ever noticed how this essentially means that this makes frequent deployments practically impossible?
  • File permissions and ownership. Need I go into detail here? I think not.
  • What if you want to do things like precompile templates, preprocess CSS, minify and concatenate your JavaScript offline, move stuff around, or just make sure that your deployment will only go through if it passes a minimum set of tests?
  • What about database changes?

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