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Group Wants To Recover 36-Year-Old Historic Spacecraft From Deep Space

Solid StaTe_1 Satellite smash (141 comments)

So, do they have a large insurance policy? If the re-orbit goes wrong and it smashes into other satellites or space debris, who is liable?

about 9 months ago

Genetically Modified Plants To Produce Natural Lighting

Solid StaTe_1 Neat idea... (328 comments)

I'd have a glowing plant night-light as that's all I could see glowing plants useful for. Things like road-side markers, very low intensity lighting etc... I doubt you could use it for reading or finding your way around in the dark.

about 2 years ago

Electrical Engineer Unemployment Soars; Software Developers' Rate Drops to 2.2%

Solid StaTe_1 Re:Learn to code (419 comments)

It's always been my standpoint that in order to be a competent EE, you need to have intermediate coding skills. Unfortunately it seems that most graduates pick one side or the other. An EE graduate with no SW skills is no better than a technologist and will have a pretty tough time finding work.

about 2 years ago

HP Launches Moonshot

Solid StaTe_1 Does it compute? (168 comments)

Low power and massive amounts of parallel cores is alright, but does it compute? How do these low power servers benchmark against EC2 or equivalent? This article didn't talk benchmarks. Maybe you get all these gains in consumed power, cost, space etc... because it is 90% less powerful than competitors.

about 2 years ago

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Has Taken Its Battery Certification Flight

Solid StaTe_1 Re:They still don't know the cause... (123 comments)

From TFA:
"Japan's transport safety board said in a report that the battery for the aircraft's auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated.

According to Reuters Boeing sources claim to have a fix to their battery problems that involves increasing the space between the lithium-ion battery cells."

Which suggests that they don't know what the cause is. How does separating the cells fix an incorrect wiring problem?

about 2 years ago

Happy World Backup Day

Solid StaTe_1 The traditional way (154 comments)

I've made sure the phone number for the local data recovery services is taped to the side of the server.

about a year ago

Facebook Gives Free Voice Calls a Trial Run in Canada

Solid StaTe_1 Nothing is free (98 comments)

What's the catch? Nothing really is free...

about 2 years ago

GUI nostalgia draws me back to ...

Solid StaTe_1 RoboBOARD (654 comments)

While not a OS GUI, RoboBOARD (I remember it being robo-bbs) was a revolutionary BBS GUI back in the day. Also dos shell was pretty sweet, but that's already been mentioned.

more than 2 years ago

Storm Botnet Returns As Part of New Year's Attacks

Solid StaTe_1 Re:threadbare? (66 comments)

This is true... but you can minimize the damage and reduce avenues of attack with security updates

about 4 years ago

Percentage of New Years resolutions I have kept:

Solid StaTe_1 Re:New year's resolution... (177 comments)

You really need a new monitor... you could resolve to get a better resolution!

more than 3 years ago

PKWare Files a Patent Application for Secure .zip

Solid StaTe_1 FP (281 comments)

FP Bitches

more than 11 years ago


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