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Comment To answer the good book question (Score 1) 180

I've been trying to find some different stuff from the classics by looking at cheaper books from Amazon kindle which have some good reviews. It leads to something different than Asimov, Hebert, Stephenson, et al (which I enjoy) at least. Some I've liked are: The Phantom of the Earth - Raeden Zen Keystone - Luke Talbot Still Falling - Martin Wilsey. Of course, it all comes down to taste. There's also for classics.

Submission + - Keeping My Data Mine

schklerg writes: Like many, I am tired of being the product of the corporate “cloud” overlords. To that end, I’ve got my own Linux server running Tiny Tiny RSS (RSS — Feedly replacement), OwnCloud (Storage / phone backup / Keepass sync / notes — Google Drive replacement), Coppermine Gallery (picture library), Dokuwiki (quick reference), and Shaarli (bookmarks manager — Foxmarks / Sync replacement).

Crashplan lets me pick the keys for my backups, and the only thing Google Drive ever sees is a pgp encrypted file of various items. Next up is moving from gmail with iRedMail.

Yes, the NSA may have it all anyway, but being under less corporate control is a nice feeling. What have you done to maintain control of your own data?

Submission + - NASA's New Horizons Spacecraft Zips Past Pluto in Flyby (

mpicpp writes: “We’re going to do our 10-9-8 thing and you can get your flags out,” S. Alan Stern, the principal investigator for NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto told the people gathered here at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, which is operating the mission. “We’re going to go absolutely ape.”

About 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest pass by Pluto, coming within 7,800 miles of the surface.

The crowd, which included the children of Clyde Tombaugh, the astronomer who discovered Pluto in 1930, cheered.

As soon as it arrived, New Horizons was leaving, speeding along its trajectory at 31,000 miles per hour.

For now, no one knows how the spacecraft is faring.

New Horizons, which is in the middle of 22 hours of automated scientific observations, will not check in with mission controllers for several more hours, with the signal scheduled to arrive on Earth at 8:53 p.m. By Wednesday, the spacecraft will be mostly finished with the data-collecting phase of the mission and begin sending back the trove of information for scientists to delve into.

Submission + - Former KGB Spy in high role in NY State Critical Infrastructure (

schklerg writes: The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), which is responsible for New York State’s electric grid, recently learned that their “Director of Software Development" was a former KGB spy. The organization only discovered this when 60 minutes interviewed him on his life as a Cold War spy. Apparently the background checks were not as thorough as they’d like. They have stated that there are “no instances of our systems or security having been affected in any way”. Should a former enemy state spy have a key role in your country’s critical infrastructure?

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