vidarlo (134906) writes "A Norwegian skydiver, Anders Helstrup, caught a falling meteorite on video. This is the first reported instance in the world of his happening, and the rock fell close to the skydiver.
Although Helstrup is still not completely convinced that it was indeed a meteorite that flew past him, the experts are in no doubt.
“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen.
The video in the article shows the metorite. It's in the dark flight phase, with low velocity." Link to Original Source
Earlier this year, norwegian associations for artists sued Telenor, seeking to block Telenor's customers from reaching The Pirate Bay. This strategy worked in Denmark last year, but Norwegian court struck down the artists claims." Link to Original Source top
Leading scientist Stephen Hawking is "very ill" in hospital, his employer Cambridge University has said.
A spokesman said Professor Hawking was undergoing tests at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
The spokesman said the 67-year-old, who has motor neurone disease, had "been unwell for a couple of weeks".
This is a very sad moment, for I believe few have meant as much to modern physics and mathematics as Stephen Hawking, and few has made such enourmus efforts to popularize their scientific findings to such a large group of people — even though he is almost completely paralyzed he have written many books, and contributed enormously to science as we know it.
vidarlo writes "OpenSolaris 2008.11 is out, with a Live CDs and everything. I gave it a spin, in VMware, and it is indeed a quite impressive OS. Easy installation, on par with most Linux Distros I've tried, and much of the same software — including the GNU tools, Firefox, Gnome, Thunderbird and such.
In addition they've got their own package manager, and some Solaris conventions, like pfexec. So you can tell it's solaris if you use the terminal, but on the surface it looks like Gnome on any Linux distro.
I'd recomend giving OpenSolaris a try." Link to Original Source top
What software do you carry on your USB memory key?
vidarlo writes "I work with networks, and sometimes I don't have a Unix machine handy, and have to use a windows machine. Often with no networking utilities. For that purpose, I carry a USB memory device with a few applications. This mostly does the trick.
What software does other slashdotters carry around with them, especially networking related, but other software as well? Is there any good, portable, way of giving me a Bash shell? Is there any essential tool missing in my list? I'm interested in other slashdotters view on portable software! I'm also interested in free (as in speech) software to replace the properitary ones on my list." Link to Original Source top
vidarlo writes "I'm currently looking at starting a Slashdot-like site, in norwegian, where users can submit content. I've looked at different solutions, like Geeklog, but it has a clunky admin interface, and not a very elegant discussion system. However, it is relatively light and fast, and written in PHP, which is the language I'm most confident with.
Slashcode, the code running Slashdot, is another alternative, but it's written in perl, quite huge, and seems like a mess to set up properly. Last released version is from 2002, so I guess I'd have to go with the CVS version...
So I'm wondering what CMS solution Slashdot readers would recomend. It should support basic comment moderation, either deletion or slashdot-like moderation. It should have different categories, and be written in PHP, so I can modify it somewhat easily, and support user submission of articles, like slashdot. Does any of the readers have good suggestions on this?" top
vidarlo writes "You might have heard about the EU data retention act which mandates that all ISP's and such store whom you communicate with for two years, in the name of antiterrorism. Someone has written quite a nice howto on how to avoid this directive whilst communicating over the internet:
Another alternative is usenet. Google groups provide easy access to usenet, and if you find a group with huge daily volume, you more or less ensure that atleast quite a few thousand has downloaded a copy of your message, and retained it more or less infinetely in their cache... Same as for above: agree to a protocol, and stick to it.
vidarlo writes "Recently, major Norwegian phone operators had quite serious trouble with their website. Information about 140.000 persons was leaked, due to extremly bad design. As the article writes:
Recently, quite a lot of information about individuals have been aloft in Norway. The government seems to ignore the problem, and just silence the people complaining and uncovering the problem.
Traditionally, identity theft has not been much of a problem in Norway, but this has changed the last few years, and this incident could pave the road for really large scale identity theft.
And the really scary part is that the norwegian police has just tried to cover up, and catch the people trying some Proof of Concept code, demonstrating that it was a feasible attach.
The corporations, with unsecured websites have not yet been raided, even though they clearly break norwegian law." Link to Original Source top
I've found a way to activate a brand new unactivated iPhone without giving any of your money or personal information to AT&T NSA. The iPhone does not have phone capability, but the iPod and WiFi work. Stay tuned!