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Thanshin (1188877) writes "A failure with the small thruster that should have counteracted the recoil of the harpoons, was followed by a failure with the harpoons themselves. Finally Philae performed 3 landings,15:33, 17:26 & 17:33 UTC.
We're receiving the first pictures of Rosetta from the surface but Philae seems to not be anchored at this moment.
Thanshin (1188877) writes "To ensure correct operation, chips are purposefully running at higher power than needed. Depending on how many errors a designer is prepared to tolerate, power consumption could be cut by up to 30%. With only 1% error rates, power could be cut by 23%.
Rakesh Kumar, Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Illinois, and colleagues, are putting these ideas into practice by designing chips that are not flawless, and then managing the number and type of errors. The "robustification" of software, as he calls it, involves re-writing it so an error simply causes the execution of instructions to take longer." Link to Original Source top
Thanshin (1188877) writes "France's lower house of parliament formally passed a revised 'Three strikes' bill that will allow authorities to disconnect illegal file-sharers from the Internet.
The new bill now allows a judge to make the 'third strike decision of either disconnecting an Internet user, fine of up to 300,000 euros ($415,000USD),or a two-year jail sentence.
The measure was passed on a vote of 285-225.
The first strike will be notified by mail, the second by certified postal mail and the third will cause the disconnection. The user will have to continue paying the connection fee during the disconnection time." Link to Original Source top
Thanshin (1188877) writes "Very soon I'll go to the United States for my honeymoon. The trip implies flights to cross the Atlantic and between NY, Washington, Chicago, Vegas, LA and SF.
I usually travel with a laptop. It allows me to forget about camera disk space limitations, to check maps and itineraries, to make reservations, etc.
However, I don't think I'll like fighting with the security people at every airport. From the news that reach me here in Europe, stepping into an airport in the states with a laptop about as much a hassle as carrying a bomb strapped to your nipple rings and a shirt describing the fact, with diagrams.
So, from a real world standpoint: - Is it really a problem to carry a laptop? - Will they waterboard me if I encrypt the whole thing with TrueCrypt? - Should I carry the cheap one in case they decide to submerge it in nitrogen in case it's a bomb? (Or in case they decide to simply steal it) - Should I carry the originals of every mp3, movie, game, text, etc. in the HD? Or it's better to simply hard format the entire thing and bring a liveCD. - Should I carry an encrypted disk and loan a laptop after every flight? - Should I forget about the whole thing and practice my jock impression?" top
Thanshin (1188877) writes "Researchers reported in the 23 November issue of Science that they can use a specific type of antibody to clear away old marrow stem cells in mice, allowing fresh ones to take their place. The discovery could allow patients to receive bone marrow without undergoing chemotherapy and other toxic procedures." Link to Original Source top
Thanshin (1188877) writes "Every day there are news about some government trying to control the internet. Some times it's about media distribution and intellectual property. Other times it's just political or religious repression.
It's easy to find the response of the internet community in individual cases; hosting in foreign countries, browsing through encrypted networks, etc. However, I don't know about serious research regarding how to assure free, anonymous, encrypted communications for everyone.
We already know that blocking the population of an entire country from information coming from the outside doesn't work very well. However, imagine the governments of the entire northern hemisphere decided to concentrate their efforts in eliminating all internet privacy and controlling every movement of information. Is it possible?
If the infrastructure becomes hostile, we'd need an alternative way of transmitting the signal. If the government becomes hostile , we'd need that transmission to be undetectable or non distinguishable from the background.
How will the information flow if the Internet is closed? Radio? CD filled trucks? A laser web crossing from geek house to geek house?" top
Cameras had quite an impact. Video recording plus YouTube makes news every day. Do you imagine the effect of everybody having a mobile projector?
What will the MPAA (and it's thousand young) do when people start projecting unreleased movies anywhere? Can you imagine someone watching a pr0n movie projected in a bus wall? Will spammers walk around projecting viagra advertising?
Thanshin (1188877) writes "In the past, many judges have dismissed the 2nd Amendment as archaic and limited to protecting a state's authority to maintain "a well-regulated militia," a phrase from the opening clause of the amendment. The 2nd Amendment's full text is: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Thanshin (1188877) writes "The euro reached as high as $1.4819, according to Dow Jones' Interbank foreign-exchange rates, before settling back to $1.4815 late in New York, still significantly up from the $1.4667 it bought Monday.
However, the dollar crept up against the Canadian dollar to 98.32 Canadian cents yesterday from 98.31 cents.
In other news: The dominant theme that emerged from the cacophonous OPEC summit that concluded in Riyadh on Nov. 18 was countries that have amassed huge piles of dollars from selling oil don't like seeing the value of their currency reserves eroded. While the host Saudis urged restraint lest the dollar fall even more, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad scorned the greenback as a "worthless piece of paper."
Thanshin (1188877) writes "The dollar declined against 13 of the 16 most-active currencies as economists forecast Commerce Department data today will show U.S. housing starts dropped to a 14-year low in October.