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Does Your PC Really Need a SysRq Button Anymore?

Jivecat Re:What about CTRL and Fc (806 comments)

Maybe they meant "balk", meaning "hindrance".

more than 4 years ago

New Unmanned Japanese Re-supply Vessel For the ISS

Jivecat Re:Half an hour until launch. (93 comments)

Did anyone see anything from this JAXA webcast feed? All I saw was green, as if they forgot to patch in the signal.

about 5 years ago

STS-119 Finally Launches Into Space

Jivecat Re:Precision Problem? (83 comments)

Actually, the Range reports a precise liftoff time down to the millisecond, based on first motion of the vehicle. In this case, it was 7:43:44.074 p.m. EDT according to Spaceflight Now.

more than 5 years ago

India's Chandrayaan Lands Impact Probe On the Moon

Jivecat Information vacuum (203 comments)

It might be nice if they had bothered with an official web site that contained any decent, up-to-date information about the mission. The "News" section is basically just the home page with nothing timely, and the latest entry on the "Press Releases" page is four days old.

more than 5 years ago



Device Makes Radio Waves Travel Faster Than Light

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Jivecat writes "A report in Universe Today says a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory has 'created a gadget that can make radio waves travel faster than light. The polarization synchrotron combines the waves with a rapidly spinning magnetic field, and the result could explain why pulsars — which are super-dense spinning stars that are a subclass of neutron stars — emit such powerful signals, a phenomenon that has baffled many scientists.' Unfortunately the concept is such 'a wide-open technological field' that the article can only come up with mundane applications, such as faster and more reliable cell phones."

Stolen laptop = free beer (as in beer)

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Jivecat writes "CNN reports on a New Zealand brewery that had a laptop stolen containing all the company's financials. The co-owner of Croucher Brewing Co. has offered 'a dozen bottles of beer a month for... life' to whoever recovers the laptop. In a neighbourly gesture, a New Zealand winemaker offered the suggestion that the brewery make its reward terms very specific, to avoid any 'difficult legal wrangle.'"

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "Veteran astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., the only man to fly in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, has died of a heart attack in a La Jolla, California, hospital. (NASA press release, AP wire) Along with commanding three spaceflights, Wally was known for his wit and levity, including having coined the term "Constellation Urion" for the glittering cloud of ice that developed around the spacecraft following on-orbit urine dumps."

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "Instant Live, a service of the concert promotion company Live Nation, makes recordings of live concerts that are rapidly burned onto CDs to be sold to the audience before they leave the venue. It's a nice service for fans, but Live Nation holds the patent for a technology that places markers between songs so they can be written as separate tracks rather than one big track — in effect giving them a monopoly on in-concert recordings. Now, thanks to the efforts of the EFF and a patent attorney, who found prior work of similar technology, the U.S. Patent Office has revoked Live Nation's patent. This is good news for those who consider Live Nation to be the Evil Empire when it comes to concert promotion."

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "The U.S. Patent Office has issued a notice to cancel a patent held by Live Nation that allowed that company to monopolize live in-concert recordings, recorded directly from the sound board and quickly burned on CD so that audience members can buy copies of the show as they are leaving the venue. The patent concerned a technology to add start and end cues to a live performance so the resulting CD would not contain a single, massive track. The EFF and patent attorneys found prior work of an equivalent technology. This is good news for those who consider Live Nation to be the Evil Empire when it comes to concert promotion."

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "Reuters reports that researchers have enlisted the help of two robotic cameras in the search for the rare (and possibly extinct) ivory-billed woodpecker in the bayous of Arkansas. They're programmed to capture only images of bird-flight-like motion, which hasn't prevented plenty of pics of blowing leaves. To keep local hunters from using the cameras for target practice, the boxes are affixed with radioactive material warnings — 'that seems to have worked.'"

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "Moments ago, astronaut Robert Curbeam stepped out of the Quest airlock and set a new record — four spacewalks in a single shuttle mission. He and Christer Fuglesang (Sweden's first man in space) will try to unjam a balky solar panel that refuses to retract, mostly by giving the thing a good shake. Spaceflight Now is providing a running status report."

Jivecat Jivecat writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jivecat writes "Associated Press reported (and CNN picked it up) that workers inspecting the recently-returned shuttle Atlantis have found a 1/10-inch-diameter hole in one of its payload bay radiator panels, caused by a space debris impact. The crew was 'never in danger' — yet the accompanying photograph includes a tag that reads 'Ding log ID #18', implying that at least 17 other debris strikes occurred. It's space flight, folks — the crew is always in danger."


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