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NASA Astronaut Jeff Williams Sets New US Space Endurance Record With 521 Days

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 7:00am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from CBS News: Space station commander Jeff Williams set a new U.S. space endurance record Wednesday, his 521st day in orbit over four missions, eclipsing the 520-day record set earlier this year by astronaut Scott Kelly at the end of his nearly one-year stay aboard the lab complex. Williams now moves up to 17th on the list of the world's most experienced astronauts and cosmonauts. The overall record is held by cosmonaut Gennady Padalka, who logged 878 days in orbit over five missions. Williams, Soyuz TMA-20M commander Alexey Ovchinin and flight engineer Oleg Skripochka were launched to the space station March 18. They plan to return to Earth Sept. 6 (U.S. time), landing in Kazakhstan to close out a 172-day mission. At landing, Williams will have logged 534 days aloft, moving him up to 14th on the space endurance list. Williams first flew in space in 2000 aboard the shuttle Atlantis, the third shuttle flight devoted to station assembly. He served as a flight engineer aboard the station in 2006 and completed a second long-duration stay in 2010, serving as a flight engineer and then commander of Expedition 22. "I wanted to congratulate you on passing me up here in total number of days in space," Kelly radioed Williams Wednesday. "It's great to see another record broken. [...] But I do have one question for you. And my question is, do you have another 190 days in you?" Kelly was referring to the time Williams' current mission would have to be extended to equal Kelly's U.S. single-flight record. Williams laughed, saying "190 days. That question's not for me, that's for my wife!"

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Vale, LOGO creator Seymour Papert, who taught us that code can be creative play

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 6:58am
Arduino-fiddling kids, and the rest of us, owe Papert a debt of gratitude

Back when dinosaurs ruled the Earth and I was a kid, I received the gift of a "100-in-1 Electronics Kit" that taught me the basics of electrical circuit design as I strung pre-cut wires between springy posts. At the very centre of this kit - its beating heart - a single transistor could be wired to work in an amplifier, or AM radio, or tone generator.…

Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 6:27am
Australian boffins say the problem is between users' ears and in the spreadsheet's formatting genes

Scientific literature often mis-names genes and boffins say Microsoft Excel is partly to blame.…

Mars to get Chinese delivery. Estimated time of arrival: 2020

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 6:03am
NASA, China traffic jam on fourth rock from the sun

The Chinese space program has taken a massive step forward as the country unveiled its design for a rover to scoot across the surface of Mars.…

Microsoft baits new vSphere-to-Hyper-V switch offer

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 5:31am
Free Windows Server 2016 licences for all my virtual friends!

Microsoft is having another go at displacing vSphere.…

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 5:02am
More Anniversary Update woe reported by frustrated users

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed.…

Top facial recognition algo joins the dots and sees pretend people

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 4:02am
He wasn't there again today, I do wish he would go away

How much like a face does an image have to be, to trick the standard Voila-Jones facial recognition algorithm? Not very much, it turns out.…

Global Warming Started 180 Years Ago Near Beginning of Industrial Revolution, Says Study

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 3:30am
New research led by scientists at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth suggests that humans first started to significantly change the climate in the 1830s, near the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. The findings have been published in the journal Nature, and "were based on natural records of climate variation in the world's oceans and continents, including those found in corals, ice cores, tree rings and the changing chemistry of stalagmites in caves." Sydney Morning Herald reports: "Nerilie Abram, another of the lead authors and an associate professor at the Australian National University's Research School of Earth Sciences, said greenhouse gas levels rose from about 280 parts per million in the 1830s to about 295 ppm by the end of that century. They now exceed 400 ppm. Understanding how humans were already altering the composition of the atmosphere through the 19th century means the warming is closer to the 1.5 to 2 degrees target agreed at last year's Paris climate summit than most people realize." "It was one of those moments where science really surprised us," says Abram. "But the results were clear. The climate warming we are witnessing today started about 180 years ago."

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Voyager 2's closest Saturn swoop was 35 years ago today

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 3:02am
Only Cassini's been there since, V'ger 2 is now 15 light-hours away

The Voyager mission is celebrating another remarkable milestone, the 35th anniversary of Voyager 2's closest encounter with Saturn.…

Linux Turns 25 Years Old

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 2:42am
25 years ago to the day Linus Torvalds announced the creation of his kernel that would become Linux...

Doing business with Asia? Then worry more about security

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:57am
Mandiant study finds western orgs plug holes faster

Organisations across the Asia Pacific are terrible at information security, a Mandiant report contests.…

'Octobot' Is The World's First Soft-Bodied Robot

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:50am
sciencehabit quotes a report from Science Magazine: Researchers have created the first completely soft-bodied robot, dubbed the 'octobot.' The palm-sized machine's exterior is made of silicone. And whereas other soft robots have had at least a few hard parts, such as batteries or wires, the octobot uses a small reservoir of hydrogen peroxide as fuel. The basic design can be scaled up or down, increasing or decreasing fuel capacity depending on the robot's job. As the field of soft robotics advances, the scientists envision these robots being used for marine search and rescue, oceanic temperature sensing, and military surveillance. The report adds: "When the hydrogen peroxide washes over flecks of platinum embedded within the octobot, the resulting chemical reaction produces gas that inflates and flexes the robot's arms. As described online today in Nature, the gas flows through a series of 3D-printed pneumatic chambers that link the octobot's eight arms; their flexing propels it through water."

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NASA's free research trove may have broken arms trafficking rules

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:42am
US authorities checking celebrated doc dump to make sure it's not revealing too much

Last week, NASA announced that all of its published research would be aggregated into a single portal and published for free.…

Dell trademarks everything it does as 'Cross Cloud'

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:29am
We think that's cross as in 'across', not as in 'angry'. But an angry cloud would be cool

Dell has filed a trademark for 'Cross Cloud' that covers just about everything it does.…

'Legalist' Startup Automates The Lawsuit Strategy Peter Thiel Used To Bankrupt Gawker

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 1:10am
An anonymous reader writes from a report via Gizmodo: "Two Harvard undergraduates have created a service called Legalist that uses what they call 'data-backed litigation financing,' analyzing civil lawsuits with an algorithm to predict case outcomes and determine which civil lawsuits are worth investing in," reports Gizmodo. The process is very similar to what billionaire Peter Thiel did when he secretly funded a lawsuit from Hulk Hogan against Gawker Media. "Legalist says it uses an algorithm of 58 different variables including, as [Legalist cofounder] Eva Shang told the Silicon Valley Business Journal, who the presiding judge is and the number of cases the judge is currently working on. The algorithm has been fed cases dating back to 1989 and helps people figure out how long a case will last and the risks associated with it. In a presentation at Y Combinator's Demo Day on Tuesday [Legalist was developed as part of Y Combinator's Summer 2016 class], the founders claimed that the startup funded one lawsuit for $75,000 and expects a return of more than $1 million. Shang says the $1.40 is earned for every $1 spent in litigation financing, which can prove to be a profitable enterprise when you're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars." Shang told Business Insider in reference to the Gawker lawsuit, "That's the kind of thing we're staying away from here." The company will supposedly be focusing on commercial and small-business lawsuits, and will not be backing lawsuits by individuals.

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OpenGL ES 3.1 Comes For Intel Haswell On Mesa

Phoronix - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:58am
For those running Intel Haswell processors, hope is not lost in seeing new versions of OpenGL extensions with the Intel Mesa driver. New patches will bring Haswell up to OpenGL ES 3.1...

Error: Print job 'Money' failed for

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:57am
HP Inc manages to not lose quite as much cash as Wall Street expected. Go team

HP Inc says it will move forward with its plans to cut costs and refocus its business as it posted better than expected quarterly numbers.…

YouTube Plans To Bring Photos, Polls, and Text To Its Video Service

Slashdot - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:30am
An anonymous reader quotes a report from VentureBeat: YouTube is developing a feature internally called Backstage where users can share photos, polls, links, text posts, and videos with their subscribers. Backstage is expected to launch by the end of the year, possibly this fall, on mobile and desktop, initially with select popular YouTube accounts and with limited features, VentureBeat has learned. Akin to a Facebook Timeline or Twitter profile, Backstage will live alongside the Home and Videos tabs within individual YouTube channels. Posts shared to Backstage will appear in reverse chronological order, and, crucially, will also appear in subscribers' feeds and notifications, making them highly visible to fans. While Backstage is expected to introduce entirely new types of content to YouTube, including tweet-like text posts and topical polls, it also presents new opportunities for video sharing. Backstage will eventually enable users to share both traditional YouTube videos and Backstage-only videos, possibly creating an opportunity for more intimate, or even ephemeral, video sharing between YouTubers and their fans.

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Windows Update borks PowerShell – Microsoft won't fix it for a week

El Reg - Thu, 25/08/2016 - 12:26am
'We apologize for any inconvenience that this might cause'

You'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft is actively trying to stop people using Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. A patch this week broke one of the key features of the OS: PowerShell.…

World's Largest Aircraft Crashes Its Second Flight

Slashdot - Wed, 24/08/2016 - 11:50pm
Not too long after it completed its first test flight, the Airlander 10 -- the world's largest aircraft -- has crashed its second test flight. Since the 300-foot long aircraft contains 38,000 cubic meters of helium inside its hull, the crash was all but sudden. You can see in a video posted to YouTube from witnesses on the ground that the aircraft slowly descended to the ground, nose first. The BBC has published some close-up photos of the cockpit, which sustained damages. There were no injuries in the crash, according to a tweet from Hybrid Air Vehicles. The company did also deny eyewitness reports of the aircraft being damaged in a collision with a telegraph pole.

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