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Hip Hop Artists Developing Open Source Beat Making Software

skywatcher2501 Hydrogen Drum Machine (192 comments)

And what about the Hydrogen drum machine software, isn't that what they would aim for? So, why reinventing the wheel?

But admittedly I'm not an audio professional so maybe all this free/opensource software is missing key features I don't know about, which only commercial tools are providing so far...

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Vermont Bans Fracking

skywatcher2501 Phracking (278 comments)

Am I the only one that first thought Vermont would ban hacking the telephone system?

more than 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

skywatcher2501 oooooh prolog (743 comments)

How many Prolog programmers does it take to change a lightbulb? false.

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Treating Depression With Electrodes Inside the Brain

skywatcher2501 Bender "Jacking On" (237 comments)

They got the idea from Futurama?

more than 2 years ago
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The Enterprise Is Wrong, Not Mozilla

skywatcher2501 Ubiquity .. (599 comments)

.. doesn't work also after setting ignore-compatibility-check. I will downgrade, because there's just no proper replacement for it.

more than 3 years ago
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Medicines Lose Effectiveness In Space

skywatcher2501 Re:space tourists (116 comments)

It will probably depend on how long they'll stay up there. Virgin Galactic plans are only for a few minutes of weightlessness.

more than 3 years ago
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Earth's Gravitational Shape In Detail

skywatcher2501 Use of data? (78 comments)

Might be an rtfa question, but what are such measurements useful for? What could one do with such data?

more than 3 years ago
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EADS Bicycle Made of Steel-Strength Nylon

skywatcher2501 No servicing (95 comments)

It might make sense for the industry EADS is in, as maintenance of spacecraft is something very uncommon. So the question here might be, can this replace in reliability and efficiency some other materials in aerospace?

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Firefox 4 RC1 Released

skywatcher2501 the duke (189 comments)

Kinda reminds me of DukeNukemForever, with "10 years" instead of "year".

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Adobe Releases Flash To HTML 5 Converter

skywatcher2501 Where's the catch? (168 comments)

Very nice, but where's the catch with this?

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Facebook Linked To One In Five Divorces In US

skywatcher2501 Martial Disaster (292 comments)

So the art of living a happy marriage is a "martial art"?

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NASA Wants Spacecraft For Mars Return Trip

skywatcher2501 Re:Getting ahead of themselves (193 comments)

Space elevators, why not? Maybe it is easier to use an approach with tethers..

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Wants Spacecraft For Mars Return Trip

skywatcher2501 Re:If I were to design it (193 comments)

It may be cheaper to send the first part, see if it successfully gets back into Mars orbit after its surface mission. In case something goes wrong, they don't have to send the return stage. But yeah I don't really have numbers to back that up.

more than 3 years ago
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New Video Game Controlled By Kissing

skywatcher2501 Re:A little lower (72 comments)

I'm walking on sunshine! Whoa! I'm walking on sunshine whoa, oh, oh! I'm walking on sunshine whoa!

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New business model for sat phone industry

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

skywatcher2501 (1608209) writes "In order to finance their new SAT phone satellite fleet, Iridium offers a 55kg/50W/1mbps payload capacity to third party customers. European aerospace company Thales Alenia Space, which won the bid to build the satellite fleet, chose Orbital Sciences for the integration of the primary and possibly third-party communication payloads. The choice of a US-based company is motivated by the specific support of classified US payloads. SpaceX will take the satellites into Orbit, and Boeing provide operation and maintenance resources."
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Martian methane created by lifeforms?

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  about 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 (1608209) writes "The quantity of methane gas on Mars cannot be caused in such quantities by chemical processes of disintegrating meteors entering the atmosphere. So two theories remain: either the gas is a by-product of a lifeform's metabolism, or it is created as a by-product of reactions between volcanic rock and water."
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Black Hole Drive powering future spacecraft?

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 (1608209) writes "Crane and Westmoreland from KSU propose a black hole drive for future spacecraft. Initial power would be harnessed by space-based solar power, and then used by a "massive spherical gamma-ray laser" to give birth to an artificial black hole, which would have 0.001% the size of a proton, and a mass of a million metric tons.

To use that black hole (and theoretically taking the spacecraft to near speed of light), "the black hole would be placed at the center of a parabolic electron-gas mirror that would reflect all the energy radiated from the black hole out the back of the ship, propelling the ship forward. Particle beams attached to the ship behind the black hole would be used to simultaneously feed the black hole and propel it along with the ship.""

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Failed execution inhuman in first place?

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 writes "Prison officers in Ohio tried for hours to kill a man convicted of rape and murder (original article). However, they gave up since they couldn't find a suitable vein for the lethal injection and announced to try again next week. This raises again the question whether lethal injection is human or not — or for that matter, if the death penalty is human or not. Wouldn't shooting be more honorable and effective in first place?"
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American profligacy just a myth?

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 writes "From TFA [forbes.com]:
"There is ample reason to think various parts of the economy over-corrected when the recession hit."
And, "Consumers are saving now, and retailers who sell neat but not necessary gadgets [...] and luxuries [...] are feeling the pressure."
But, "If over-spending isn't a root cause of the consumer crisis, then people will eventually start shopping again."
Because, "The richest fifth of Americans accounts for most of the discretionary spending in the country [...].""

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Continuing controversy on UK file-sharing policy

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 writes "The controversy on the latest UK proposal to crack down on illegal file sharing continues (TFA on BBC News). Some call Mandelson's proposal reckless and dangerous, others approve it because peer-to-peer sharing is the greatest threat to our creative industries. Many people say there should be a paradigm shift from content producers to service providers (see for instance the comments in a recent article about TPB). Personally I would be interested how such a paradigm shift in business models would look like. Aren't products like iTunes services?"
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Alternative Orion missions proposed

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 writes "Lockheed Martin [wikipedia.org], the company producing NASAs new Orion spacecraft [wikipedia.org], published three videos showing alternative Orion missions. Great efforts are made to show Orions flexibility as a space transportation system beyond the goals of the Constellation program [wikipedia.org].
  • Video 1 [lockheedmartin.com]: ISS missions with cargo in LEO
  • Video 2 [lockheedmartin.com]: autonomous use of service module
  • Video 3 [lockheedmartin.com]: maintenance missions from LEO to GEO, and L2
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Bigelow proposes lite version of NASAs Orion

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 writes "Nevada based company Bigelow proposed to build a lite version of the . This version could also be carried by an Atlas V, and be ready for deployment as soon as 2013. Bigelows proposal would help NASA to reduce the ISS accessibility gap due to the demise of the Space Shuttle program, and give private companies spaceflight capabilities."
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Need for human development in Arabian countries

skywatcher2501 skywatcher2501 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

skywatcher2501 (1608209) writes "The United Nations Development Programme released the "Arab Human Development Report 2009." It talks about how different enabling factors of welfare and safety need to be addressed to improve life for citizens, suggesting a reform agenda balanced between the needs of the states and the demands of the people. Apparently the need for reforms is evident among Arabian people as well. In some Arabian countries, only as few as 10% of the people accept the status quo of government and government policies."
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