Why India's Mars Probe Was So Cheap
I guess we will see whose probe is still functioning in a couple of years.
Solar System's Water Is Older Than the Sun
Those sharks are much younger than the Sun but you are just about to become part of their diet.
Boeing To Take Space Tourists On Its CST-100 Spacecraft To the ISS
Being first does not mean they continue to do it for those same reasons or even have anyone's best interests in mind. The benefits they are likely looking for involve an easier time targeting smaller countries.
Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP
He complains that one bad MX patch trashed his system. wait til he sees what the hacking community has in store for his private proprietary bioware’s crappy system. Just admit you’re too cheap to move to the next Windows and too dumb to pick up Linux.
Apple Reportedly Testing Inductive, Solar and Motion Charging For Its Smartwatch
I’m going to assume nobody is talking on their watch, but also assume idle isn’t the norm either. .44W is 440 mW so that’s 800% of idle mode, but 25% of talk mode which may not be bad for just BT.
Not bad for casual charging.
If you consider Citizen watches with solar vs Pebble, what are the values for consumption and generation?
Water Plume Detected At Dwarf Planet Ceres
All these worlds
are yours except
Does Anyone Make a Photo De-Duplicator For Linux? Something That Reads EXIF?
I have done it with Flickr and FlickrDupFinder (https://www.flickr.com/services/apps/72157623582289101/) which has worked very well!
Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?
I use this all the time and it’s a great solution using a 6 year old “server” grade computer and CentOS Linux.
The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?
And isn’t the central office’s provision of voltage a point of failure in itself? No central office in a disaster, no dial tone.
Chinese Chang'e-3 Lunar Rover On Its Way After Successful Launch
It was a long couple of months. Seemed like a year.
Ask Slashdot: Practical Bitrot Detection For Backups?
I think that when writable CDs first came out, we thought that they would last forever. And in some sense they do last long enough. The other day I found a CD binder full of games and a few backups from 1996. The most surprising of all was a collection of photos that I thought had been long lost, and with a little rsync running over and over and over, I got all the files off intact and saved them to my Flickr account.
The most important thing to understand, I think, is that we have to look at digital storage as a convenient and temporary medium and that anything longer lasting would need to be hard copied. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a better likelihood of survival. Pictures can survive by pure chance for a couple hundred years. We’re lucky if our current stuff will handle a few years, much less natural disasters and history itself.
For many, the cloud seems to be a utopia, but corporate and national politics can make all your treasured media disappear without warning, and none of the free services give you a guarantee of safety if something craps out on their systems. And as for paid cloud services, ask yourself if anyone will bother to take care of it after you’re gone, or if anyone will bother to archive it, or if your family will just toss it aside even if they are able to get them as part of your estate. Ask yourself who you’re saving all that for. Are we just digital hoarders?
Get Ready For a Streaming Music Die-Off
Google Music: Google Play lets you store thousands of sounds and there are mobile and web apps for this.
Subsonic: You need your own server for this, but you and your friends can all have servers and share logins.
Stolen Adobe Passwords Were Encrypted, Not Hashed
So the users can have crappy passwords all they want until they’re warned of a breach? Garbage.
That’s like saying its ok to run around in the street until you get hit by a car.
Best practices are there because you should always use them.
Ask Slashdot: Which Encrypted Cloud Storage Provider?
No matter what you think of the Cloud, you have resilient cloud like Amazon that goes away sometimes, or you can have cloud like Everpix, that refused to give me my pix after they went to price model and told me “screw you” and is about to go away forever.
Nothing is permanent. Eventually some natural disaster is going to make a huge chunk of data away for services that are not geographically redundant.
Taiwan Protests Apple Maps That Show Island As Province of China
In China, the maps should show Taiwan as a province of China.
In the rest of the civilized world, including Taiwan, the maps should show Taiwan as its own entity.
Mac OS 10.9's Mail App — Infinity Times Your Spam
Gosh you're right. There's no software that ships with critical bugs these days.
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
So are you of the Android bigots, Blackberry morons, or Windows ignorantly hopeful?
Letter to "Extended Family" Assures That NSA Will "Weather This Storm"
They are only exceptional in the number of their own people they have killed in their history. And with all his bluster about great Russian history, I do very much tie Putin into that part of their history. They’re not fooling anyone with their faux peace blabber. They just one to keep one more client madman on his throne. Unfortunately, as there are no good options in Syria that do not involve
a) killing the wrong side
b) staying home and watching the carnage
c) killing everyone
Russian’s entertaining stupidity is just one of those three options. Taking away Syrians chemical weapons will just be like holding the bully’s gun while he knifes his victim to death.