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Israeli Group To Attempt Moon Landing

toxygen01 Launch date? (150 comments)

Is it just me or is there no reference to launch date whatsoever?

about 3 months ago
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Bees Communicate With Electric Fields

toxygen01 I am shocked (133 comments)

If that is true, I guess the mother nature is far more advanced than I could even imagine. Sonar, ok, infrared sensors, ok, antibiotics, ok, aero/hydro dynamics, ok, but electric field communication, wtf? I thought this domain solely belonged to human race.

1 year,21 days
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NASA Loses Contact With Space Station Over Software Update

toxygen01 The rumor has it... (111 comments)

that it was Java update... what to say...

about a year ago
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Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs

toxygen01 Does it bring (530 comments)

thoughts of PWRficient only to me or to others also? Blending the best of ARM and Power architectures would be pretty cool. Yak, makes my mind dance!

about a year and a half ago
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Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

toxygen01 Re:mod me down please (88 comments)

honestly, please read TFA

about a year and a half ago
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Thousands of Lab Mice Lost In Sandy Flooding

toxygen01 mod me down please (88 comments)

Really, are we talking scientific mouse deaths on slashdot?

about a year and a half ago
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Women's Enrollment In Computer Science Correlates Negatively With Net Access

toxygen01 More logic in other article... (314 comments)

I believe there is much more logic in following article by Philip Greenspun from 2006 than in TFA.

about 2 years ago
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Fly-By-Wire Contributed To Air France 447 Disaster

toxygen01 Re:More to it than that (319 comments)

this is easily the most truthful post in the whole discussion!

about 2 years ago
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A Week After Apple's Fix, Flashback Still Infects Half a Million Macs

toxygen01 Re:makes more sense (161 comments)

That's right. However, according to Adium developers' statistics [1], only 13% of OS X users run 10.5 and 3.33% run 10.4. If you do the math and calculate probability with which someone can get infected, you will reach, I believe, very low numbers. 10.5 being apple's equivalent of vista, is dying every day and will be lost in the dust soon.

[1] http://www.adium.im/sparkle/#osVersion

about 2 years ago
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Pentagon Drafts Kids To Build Drones and Robots

toxygen01 Re:Publicly funded research (173 comments)

I just sacrificed bunch of moderator points to share this with you:

Bohm remained in Berkeley, teaching physics, until he completed his Ph.D. in 1943, by an unusually ironic circumstance. According to Peat (see reference below, p. 64), "the scattering calculations (of collisions of protons and deuterons) that he had completed proved useful to the Manhattan Project and were immediately classified. Without security clearance, Bohm was denied access to his own work; not only would he be barred from defending his thesis, he was not even allowed to write his own thesis in the first place!" To satisfy the university, Oppenheimer certified that Bohm had successfully completed the research. He later performed theoretical calculations for the Calutrons at the Y-12 facility in Oak Ridge, used to electromagnetically enrich uranium for use in the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bohm
paragraph Manhattan Project contributions

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mission?

toxygen01 two things (203 comments)

1. Enceladus (because it "is emerging as the most habitable spot beyond Earth in the Solar System for life as we know it")
2. You might want to get in touch with these guys http://www.l5-series.com/ one of them worked at nasa or esa and you might be interested in the series too

more than 2 years ago
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ESA Ends Attempts To Pick Up Phobos-Grunt Signals

toxygen01 Re:QC vs FSB (40 comments)

When the tests of the flight sequence finally started, the flight control system reportedly was not able to score a single clean run of its entire flight program without experiencing some sort of problems.

http://www.russianspaceweb.com/phobos_grunt_2011.html#bku


So onboard computer which controls the flight basically did not pass any pre-flight test. "Let's try, if it fails also in real, not only during testing..."

more than 2 years ago
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Neal Stephenson On 'Innovation Starvation'

toxygen01 Re:Education (437 comments)

This was actually basis for one of the questions asked in the interview with him which took place recently on goodreads (I pasted link to the video few posts above). I believe the question is asked somewhere between 0h:50m and 0h:51m

more than 2 years ago
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Neal Stephenson On 'Innovation Starvation'

toxygen01 Recommended reading & watching (437 comments)

Even though I'm not a big fan of cutting the NASA budget, here is some (reasonable) reading about why is it good:
http://tech.mit.edu/V130/N18/nasap.html

For fans of Neal, there was recently interview on goodreads with him (however, interviewer was, nicely said, boring):
http://www.goodreads.com/topic/video_chat/14

and the evergreen of Neal @google (a lot of interesting ideas - e.g., about wikipedia):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnq-2BJwatE

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco

toxygen01 Pirates more important than customers (261 comments)

If pirates are more important to the company than customers, players should think twice about buying their games.

In the end it's all cat & dog and we all know how it's gonna end. DRM cracked within weeks and paying customers left unplayable when disconnected while pirates will play happily offline.

more than 2 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: What is the sound like on Mars?

toxygen01 toxygen01 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

toxygen01 writes "I've got an interesting question for Slashdot community. To cut a long story short, how would violin and flute sound to human ear on Mars? I've found several relevant sources, but none was conclusive on this. So, can anyone bring some light into this?"
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Neal Stephenson reinventing computer swordfighting

toxygen01 toxygen01 writes  |  about 2 years ago

toxygen01 writes "Neal Stephenson, sci-fi writer mostly known for Snowcrash and Cryptonomicon books, takes on revolutionizing virtual sword fighting with help of crowdfunding. Inspired by a little known fictional universe "Mongoliad", an interactive book he is participating on, his company is trying to develop hardware (low-latency motion controller) and software for realistic medieval sword fighting. From what is promised, it will try to be open for other developers by having API and SDK available for further modding."
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Google I/O keynote started

toxygen01 toxygen01 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

toxygen01 (901511) writes "Google's Largest Developer Event of the Year has started few hours ago. Google I/O features 80 sessions, more than 5,000 developers, and over 100 demonstrations from developers showcasing their technologies. Talk shop with engineers building the next generation of web, mobile, and enterprise applications. "
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Virginia built another Mac cluster

toxygen01 toxygen01 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

toxygen01 writes "After System X Virginia Tech hardens its relationship with Apple in area of supercomputing with their new cluster: "[cluster] consists of 324 Mac Pros operating as servers, with eight cores apiece, for a total of 2,592 cores." not much is known as VT hasn't published anything on it's pages yet. However arstechnica describes the system in more detailed manner. This new cluster would rank 73 (theoretically) if placed in June's 2008 TOP500 list. Important to note that this system will not serve as a replacement for already mentioned System X.
btw. can anyone notice the discrepancy about bandwidth of interconnecting network in linked articles?"

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Learning lisp

toxygen01 toxygen01 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Just dived deeply into SICP book of wizards :).
Installed mit-scheme, meta+x xscheme and run-scheme. Been analyzing pow and expt implementation in CLisp and scheme here and here (scheme).
Need to finish interpreter by 13th of June. I yet to wait for times, when piratebay will be docked safely in some shipyard, w/o downtimes.

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