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Double Eclipse Photographed, Sun, Moon, and ISS

obender More worried about the other flying object (159 comments)

From the blog:

one spot isn’t a spot at all, it’s the International Space Station!

The dimensions for ISS are 357 feet by 167 feet. A simple search for spy satellite yields this:

"The satellite likely consists of sensitive radio receivers and an antenna generally believed to span up to 328 feet to gather electronic intelligence for the National Security Agency," Molczan told Spaceflight Now.

How can we tell a sun spot is a sun spot?

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Finds New Life (This Afternoon)

obender From the TV Announcement (405 comments)

There's still phosphorus in the cells, just too little. It's not like arsenic completely replaces phosphorus.

more than 3 years ago
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JavaScript Cookbook

obender From TFB: (64 comments)

Problem 1.11 (last one in the String chapter):

Left- or Right-Pad a String

Solution:

for (var i = 0; i < diff; i++) {
oldStr=filler + oldStr;
}

For who is written this solution? Loops are as basic as you can go in programming.

about 4 years ago
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Getty's Flickr Sales, Money Spinner Or Ripoff?

obender Re:Well... (98 comments)

It's like Lenin says: you look for the person who will benefit

In communism many famous words were falsely attributed to Lenin. "To whose benefit?" is actually a latin adage: Cui bono.

more than 4 years ago
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Pentaho 3.2 Data Integration

obender Re:Enlightening! (103 comments)

I know exactly what I'm getting both my friends for Christmas this year

You could buy me one. I am more real than your imaginary friends: Ostap Bender

more than 4 years ago
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Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

obender OpenLdap Incompatibilities (1231 comments)

The only problem I encountered moving from 9.04 to 9.10 was in OpenLdap. The new version 2.4.18 complained about a configuration file in a subdirectory under /etc/ldap/slapd.d. After reading the OpenLdap source it turned out that it required all access rules to be numbered if at least one was numbered. The files in question were produced by the earlier version of slapd by parsing slapd.conf.auth. So I edited them manually adding a number prefix to the last rule and then it worked OK.

more than 4 years ago
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Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

obender Re:Dear content producers... (256 comments)

True but Bank of America would still rather advertise in the U.S., where the ads are relevant to SOME of the people

I receive at least one email a day from BoA telling me I have to confirm my account details because of the new security system they just put in place. If we have to go though this ordeal we are entitled to sponsored content as well.

Need to go now, I just got an email about this once in a lifetime opportunity from Nigeria

more than 4 years ago
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De Icaza Responds To Stallman

obender Re:Analysis of Miguel's article (747 comments)

There is no purely functional language (on any platform) with enough mind share to qualify as "popular".

Javascript is functional.

about 5 years ago
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Maingear Touts New Rig As "Planet's Greenest Gaming PC"

obender Nvidia Atom (136 comments)

Intel's new Ion graphics

This can only be right when the story title is: Intel buys Nvidia

more than 5 years ago
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Piracy and the PSP

obender Just bought a PSP 3000 (272 comments)

The PSP 3000 comes in a pack with a camera, PSP-300 that was supposed to provide videochat. Except Go Messenger stopped at the end of last month and Skype can't use the camera. I tried to use it in the older PSP 2000 just for microphone in it but PSP 2000 won't recognize the usb cam in spite of being on the same software revision as the new 3000.

OTOH the power button is still in the same place so accidentally switching off the console during game play is a feature that has been preserved in the new version.

more than 4 years ago
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Feds To Offer Cash For Your Clunker

obender Re:The environmental cost? (740 comments)

to by a new car (that isn't guaranteed to be American)

There's nothing stopping them limiting the vouchers to a specific list of manufacturers, if they so choose.

Not only that but they should give vouchers worlwide, there are a lot of American cars sold abroad.

more than 5 years ago
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Visitors To US Now Required To Register Online

obender Re:America, for one, welcomes... (734 comments)

Having her bags opened and searched by a stranger openly wielding an automatic rifle was seen as quite disgustingly 'totalitarian' at the time.

It was not totalitarian for westerners, it was totalitarian for the locals. For most of them travel across Europe meant digging tunnels under the Wall or swimming across large rivers at night.

About going to the US, if you are willing to pay the price, I don't think the coyote is going to ask for fingerprints. So in a way, nothing changed.

more than 5 years ago
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Birth of the Moon: a Runaway Nuclear Reaction?

obender Re:Wouldn't there be an empty space? (355 comments)

However, the lower crust and the deep ocean crust are made primarily from heavy Basalt.

Maybe a bit offtopic but does anyone know if we managed to dig deep enough to reach the basalt layer? All the deep drills that I read about never found anything but granite even at depths were basalt was expected.

more than 5 years ago

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obender obender writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Ostap Bender (546976) writes "Romanian hacker Victor Faur will be extradited to the US facing up to 54 years in prison if convicted for breaking into NASA, the Energy Department and the Navy computers. In a TV interview he claimed they only got to him after he bragged about his deeds on the Internet. This begs the question: what about the ones that did not feel the need to show off? Do they still have access?"

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