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Submission + - The Clinton Foundation is downsizing (ny.gov)

mi writes: You would think, the end of a political career would allow a genuinely charitable family to concentrate on their charity. Instead, the Clinton Foundation is closing shop (or, at least, downsizing) after their champion's electoral loss. According to the paperwork they filed with New York Department of labor, the reason is "Discontinutation [sic] of the Clinton Global Initative [sic]".

Submission + - 5 Highly Promising Terminal Emulators (ossblog.org)

strontium84 writes: The terminal emulator is a venerable but essential tool for computer users. The reason why Linux offers so much power is due to the command line. The Linux shell can do so much, and this power can be accessed on the desktop by using a terminal emulator. There are so many available for Linux that the choice is bewildering.
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Journal Journal: The USA in 50 years? 32

Anyone care to share their perspective?

I'm not giving it more than 50 years. Doesn't matter who is elected, once disparity between the top and bottom becomes to wide, once those in the middle see that no matter what they do, they're going to continue to risk being part of the bottom, and those on the bottom rungs realize that this is their lot in life, "citizen" is no longer a source of pride.

Submission + - SpaceX Just Nailed Its Second Falcon 9 Ground Landing (wired.com)

SonicSpike writes: SpaceX just launched a rocket into space, then landed a substantial part of it back on solid ground for the second time. And the only reason they were able to do it was because they weren’t afraid to fail. Probably some engineering skill, too. And money.

Last night’s launch was the commercial spaceflight company’s ninth mission to the International Space Station. Its payload was a Dragon capsule loaded with two and a half tons of gear, most impressive of which is the International Docking Adaptor—a crucial modification that will give the next generation of space capsules access to the station.

SpaceX Releases Rockets-Eye View of Yesterday’s Landing
The Dragon, which should arrive at the ISS in the next two days, also has a handheld DNA sequencer, so the astronauts on board can finally figure out what’s inside all those aliens they’ve been capturing for the past decade. Just kidding, it’s for tissue from mice, and other little organisms with Earthly origins. Besides the tech and the science, the capsule is loaded with creature comforts like like food, water, and oxygen. Astronauts, what a bunch of prima donnas.

Getting that payload into orbit is priority one, but the main attraction was the landing. Not only is it a very cool engineering feat, but these landings save the company about $60 million worth of non-exploded rocket every time. So far, the company has landed four times before—once on the ground, three times on a drone barge in the middle of the ocean. Once SpaceX starts relaunching these things, they will be at a huge advantage over commercial spaceflight competitors like Blue Origin, United Launch Alliance, and Sierra Nevada.

Comment Re:reduce the amount (Score 1) 983

Funny, btw, for jpeg and mp3 backup, there is at least one lossy compression solution: http://www.elektronik.htw-aale... For up to date code take a look at the Matthias http://www.matthiasstirner.com... There are pre-built (command line) windows exe It's LGPL (and GPL) code fairly portable, alas, the compression isn't streamable (so the inclusion in some packers is quite hard).

Comment Re:I keep wondering why... (Score 2) 258

Fancy answer, I'm thinking about "internet" as a worldwide thing, what's the meaning of "foreign courts", where are you from? It's not the "business" area, it's the "justice", not really a nation by itself. I.E. We don't have death penalty in any "region", so we should regard USA (or China, or any other nation) as a barbarian society? Greetings.

Comment Re:"Lobbyists"? (Score 1) 150

Don't you know? Berlusconi is everything. Weird, but, w/o him the left parties would have fallen in pieces years ago (no good ideas,no leaders). I've heard something about him and: - Titanic's shipwreck - Apollo 13's troubles - some natural disasters (choose one). - the big black hole in the middle of the galaxy. Also.. italian justice is questioning him about two thousands years ago... and his collusion with Ponzio Pilato in a triple murder. Anyway, take a look at our recent history: we are a republic since 1945 and we haven't had any stable government since then. It's quite a miracle that there is still an italian republic. Oh, the law is far from perfect, but it's against the abuses (and we had a LOT of them). Greetings from one of the most beautiful and rich of art country in the world - really. I don't remember who wrote this here, but it's quite true, when you come to politics, it's like soccer (or baseball or ....put your favourite sport here...)... Reason leave. Maybe it's the same for me. P.S. psst... do you have a real opposition to spare? Even an used one. Please.

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