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Comment So it appears . . . (Score 4, Informative) 184

. . .there were two failures: the parachute release and the burn length. But both were likely set in the software on the lander, so I suspect parameters got borked somehow.

Additionally, if the burn was shorter than planned, that would put significantly more fuel on board when the catastropic 'landing' occured. Which, depending on the propellant, could have caused an explosion at the crash site. That would likely scatter the remains, but should leave a notable mark on the soil. . .

Submission + - Fedora 25 Beta Linux distro now available for Raspberry Pi (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: The Raspberry Pi computers are extremely popular. It isn't hard to see why people like them — they are small, inexpensive, and very useful for various projects. While they are arguably under-powered for use as, say, a full-time workstation, the diminutive machines aren't really meant for that.

If you do want to use it as a workstation, however, I have good news. Fedora 25 Beta Workstation is now available for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. In addition to the Workstation image, Fedora 25 Beta Server is available too. Owners of ARMv6-powered Pi models, such as the Pi Zero, are out of luck, as the operating system will not be made available for them.

Submission + - BBC micro:bit specs released as open hardware (microbit.org)

TrixX writes: The makers of the BBC micro:bit have announced that they are releasing the full specs for the device under an open license, (Solderpad License, similar to Apache License but for hardware). This means that anyone can legally use the specs and build their own device, or fork the reference design github repo and design their derivatives.

Submission + - How the Web Became Unreadable (backchannel.com)

mirandakatz writes: If you've found yourself squinting at your computer and wondering if your eyesight is starting to go, fear not: you're probably just suffering from a design trend. As computer screens have achieved higher resolution, web design has trended toward paler, lighter-weight type that often doesn't meet accessibility requirements. At Backchannel, web developer Kevin Marks breaks down the history of this trend, and offers an impassioned plea for designers to go back to the typographic principles of print: keeping type black, and varying weight and font instead of grayness.

Submission + - NSA Deputy Proposes Dedicated U.S. Cybersecurity Team (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Curtis Dukes, the NSA Deputy National Manager for National Security Systems, has urged the government to rethink their cybersecurity strategy as a whole, and find a way to unite separate departments to create a cohesive security policy to combat cybercrime. Speaking at a public policy think tank, Dukes outlined the lack of inter-agency cooperation that he believes is endangering national security, observing that managing the response requirements of different departments involved in cybercrime creates a delay of days — or even up to a week — when responding to a cyberattack. “I am now firmly convinced that we need to rethink how we do cyber defense as a nation.” he said. “By the time we get that sorted we are at a disadvantage when it comes to an adversary and how they can attack us in that regard.”

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