Monthly Archives: January 2015

NASA Looking At Nuclear Thermal Rockets To Explore the Solar System

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes “Officially, NASA has been charged with sending astronauts to Mars sometime in the 2030s. Toward that end, according to a story in Universe Today, space agency engineers at the Marshall Space Flight Center are looking at an

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Inkscape Version 0.91 Released

Bryce writes: Four years since the last major Inkscape release, now news is out about version 0.91 of this powerful vector drawing and painting tool. The main reason for the multi-year delay is that they’ve switched from their old custom

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Can Students Have Too Much Tech?

theodp writes: In a NY Times Op Ed, developmental psychologist Susan Pinker goes against the conventional White House wisdom about the importance of Internet connectivity for schoolchildren and instead argues that students can have too much tech. “More technology in

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GeForce GTX 980 and 970 Cards From MSI, EVGA, and Zotac Reviewed

MojoKid writes: In all of its iterations, NVIDIA’s Maxwell architecture has proven to be a good performing, power-efficient GPU thus far. At the high-end of the product stack is where some of the most interesting products reside, however. When NVIDIA

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Dell Continues Shipping Fresh Linux Laptops

jones_supa writes: In its latest move, Dell will be bringing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to its top-of-the-line Precision M3800 workstation laptop and the latest model of the Dell XPS 13. Both systems will be running Ubuntu 14.04.1. According to Barton George,

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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To ‘Dummy’ and Other Insults

An anonymous reader writes: According to customer bills and screenshots submitted to and reported by blogger Chris Elliot at BoardingArea, Comcast employees have repeatedly changed the names of customers to insults like “dummy,” “w***e,” “a*****e,” and “b***h.” Elliott notes although

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UK Sets Up Internet-Savvy Army Unit

An anonymous reader sends word that the UK Army is establishing a dedicated unit for fighting wars in the information age. The 77th Brigade will specialize in non-lethal, psychological operations that involve the internet and social media. The army says

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The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

cstacy writes: A poll by the Pew Research Center suggests that Snowden’s revelations have not much changed the public’s favorable view of the NSA. Younger people (under 30) tend to view the NSA favorably, compared to those 65 and older.

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ESA: No Conclusive Evidence of Big Bang Gravitational Waves

hypnosec writes: The European Space Agency has made a joint analysis of data gathered by the ground-based BICEP2 and Keck Array experiments and its own Planck satellite to try to verify previous reports of BICEP2′s primordial gravitational waves detection. However,

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How Blind Programmers Write Code

theodp writes: Yes, folks, there are blind programmers. There’s Ed Summers, for one, who lost his vision at age 30 and now ghostblogs for Willie the Seeing Eye Dog. And if you’ve ever wondered how the blind can code, Florian

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