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Mister Liberty (769145) writes "Tom Murphy, astrophysicist at UCSD (https://physics.ucsd.edu/do-the-math/) writes: While not related to Do the Math, I encourage you to check out this (http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140418.html) stunning photo taken by Dan Long capturing our recent laser ranging efforts during the April 15 lunar eclipse. This is a real photo, taken through a C-11 telescope with a focal reducer (700 mm, f/2)—the outgoing laser beam has not been artificially superimposed. Normally it is really difficult to get a picture of our faint beam heading toward the Moon, because the Moon is so glaringly bright. The eclipse provided a great photo-op, and also a means to test the hypothesis of dusty reflectors. To me, this shot is just gorgeous. But I have more invested in it than the average Joe: this picture serves as a visual representation of a key focus in my life over the last 14 years—so of course I’m enamored."" Link to Original Source top
Totalitarian State and Groklaw: Pamela Jones says I'm calling it quits
Mister Liberty (769145) writes "In light of th NSA's Total Surveillance, PJ has stopped Groklaw as of now. Quote: "So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't. "" Link to Original Source top
Mister Liberty (769145) writes "A just published study by Nico van Eijk (Univ. of Amsterdam) on filesharing concludes that downloaders appear to be the entertainment industry's best customers. Van Eijk and his co-researchers state what most of us knew all along: "Only part of the decline in music sales can be attributed to file sharing. Despite the losses for the music industry, the increased accessibillity of culture renders the overall welfare effects of file sharing robustly positive." The report was published in the 05/04/2010 issue of Communications & Strategies, but is also available here: http://www.ivir.nl/publications/vaneijk/Communications&Strategies_2010.pdf" top
Mister Liberty (769145) writes "Groklaw's Pamela Jones says: "We need a volunteer to cover the first day of trial. This will be the day they pick the jury and possibly also do the opening statements, about the most important day of the week."" Link to Original Source top
Mister Liberty writes "While being in limbo over buying either an Eee-PC or a new 24" TFT, I decided in the meantime to shell out euro 14 for one of those trendy A-Data Eee-PC USB-sticks (model S701, 4GB). Guess what. Kinderegging this little gem reveals what must be the world's smallest USB-stick, literally thumbnail-sized. Instructions, which are ludicrously simple, can be found at http://www.xs4all.nl/~bjdouma/A-Data-S701-USB-stick/mod.html. Enjoy!"