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SpaceX Wins FAA Permission To Build a Spaceport In Texas

Slashdot - 1 hour 4 min ago
Jason Koebler writes SpaceX just got approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to build a 56.5-acre spaceport along the Gulf of Mexico on the Texas-Mexico border—a huge step toward actually making the spaceport a reality. Wednesday, the FAA, which handles all commercial space launch permitting in the United States, issued what's known as a "Record of Decision" that suggests the agency would allow the company to launch 10 Falcon 9 rockets and two Falcon Heavy rockets per year out of the spaceport, through at least 2025.

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The Microbus Desktop

Lifehacker.com - 1 hour 18 min ago

We've highlighted a few of joergermeister's desktops before, but this one has "get in the party bus and hit the road" written all over it's flat, minimal look. Here's how he set it up, and what you'll need to set it up yourself.

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Hints of Life's Start Found In a Giant Virus

Slashdot - 1 hour 49 min ago
An anonymous reader writes points out this update on the world's largest Virus discovered in March. Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses. The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a sample of Siberian dirt that had been frozen for more than 30,000 years, was more bizarre than the pair had ever imagined a virus could be. In the world of microbes, viruses are small — notoriously small. Pithovirus is not. The largest virus ever discovered, pithovirus is more massive than even some bacteria. Most viruses copy themselves by hijacking their host's molecular machinery. But pithovirus is much more independent, possessing some replication machinery of its own. Pithovirus's relatively large number of genes also differentiated it from other viruses, which are often genetically simple — the smallest have a mere four genes. Pithovirus has around 500 genes, and some are used for complex tasks such as making proteins and repairing and replicating DNA. "It was so different from what we were taught about viruses," Abergel said. The stunning find, first revealed in March, isn't just expanding scientists' notions of what a virus can be. It is reframing the debate over the origins of life."

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This DIY Mini Closet Saves Space, Is Made from IKEA Parts

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 18 min ago

If you're out of space in the kid's bedroom or need to outfit a closetless guestroom, this free standing solution is cheap and has enough space for a small wardrobe.

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Senator Al Franken Accuses AT&T of "Skirting" Net Neutrality Rules

Slashdot - 2 hours 33 min ago
McGruber writes In a letter to the U.S. Federal Communication Commission and the Department of Justice, Senator Al Franken warned that letting AT&T acquire Direct TV could turn AT&T into a gatekeeper to the mobile Internet. Franken also complained that AT&T took inappropriate steps to block Internet applications like Google Voice and Skype: "AT&T has a history of skirting the spirit, and perhaps the letter' of the government's rules on net neutrality, Franken wrote."

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Reserve America Lets You Find and Reserve Campsites

Lifehacker.com - 2 hours 48 min ago

Reserve America lets you reserve spots at campgrounds and public spaces around the country the same way you would book a room in a hotel. It's been connecting campers with campgrounds for years.

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PSA: Factory Resets Don't Make Your Android Phone Safe to Sell

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 18 min ago

If you plan on selling or donating your smartphone and want to make sure all of your data is off of it, make sure you do more than just factory reset through the phone's OS. Security researchers picked up several phones "wiped" this way, and found tons of data.

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The Oatmeal Convinces Elon Musk To Donate $1 Million To Tesla Museum

Slashdot - 3 hours 18 min ago
Ars Technica notes (as does Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman) that Elon Musk has agreed to donate $1 million towards the restoration of Nikola Tesla's old lab as a museum, a project that Inman has been pushing for some time now. And if you happen to get there in a Tesla, you're in luck: Musk is also planning to install one of his company's superchargers in the parking lot. (At the other end of the east coast, you can visit a very different kind of Tesla museum.)

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Moment Tracks How You Use You Phone

Lifehacker.com - 3 hours 48 min ago

iPhone: Ever wonder just how much time you spend using your iPhone? Moments tracks when and where you use your phone the most.

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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Slashdot - 4 hours 1 min ago
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Back in the day (which is a scientific measurement for anyone who used to walk to school during snowstorms, uphill, both ways), integrated audio solutions had trouble earning respect. Many enthusiasts considered a sound card an essential piece to the PC building puzzle. It's been 25 years since the first Sound Blaster card was introduced, a pretty remarkable feat considering the diminished reliance on discrete audio in PCs, in general. These days, the Sound Blaster ZxR is Creative's flagship audio solution for PC power users. It boasts a signal-to-noise (SNR) of 124dB that Creative claims is 89.1 times better than your motherboard's integrated audio solution. It also features a built-in headphone amplifier, beamforming microphone, a multi-core Sound Core3D audio processor, and various proprietary audio technologies. While gaming there is no significant performance impact or benefit when going from onboard audio to the Sound Blaster ZxR. However, the Sound Blaster ZxR produced higher-quality in-game sound effects and it also produces noticeably superior audio in music and movies, provided your speakers can keep up."

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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Slashdot - 4 hours 1 min ago
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Back in the day (which is a scientific measurement for anyone who used to walk to school during snowstorms, uphill, both ways), integrated audio solutions had trouble earning respect. Many enthusiasts considered a sound card an essential piece to the PC building puzzle. It's been 25 years since the first Sound Blaster card was introduced, a pretty remarkable feat considering the diminished reliance on discrete audio in PCs, in general. These days, the Sound Blaster ZxR is Creative's flagship audio solution for PC power users. It boasts a signal-to-noise (SNR) of 124dB that Creative claims is 89.1 times better than your motherboard's integrated audio solution. It also features a built-in headphone amplifier, beamforming microphone, a multi-core Sound Core3D audio processor, and various proprietary audio technologies. While gaming there is no significant performance impact or benefit when going from onboard audio to the Sound Blaster ZxR. However, the Sound Blaster ZxR produced higher-quality in-game sound effects and it also produces noticeably superior audio in music and movies, provided your speakers can keep up."

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The Most Common Days for Stores to Release Coupons

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 18 min ago

Online coupons may appear to be released at random. But, if you look closely, patterns emerge. Knowing when stores are more likely to release new offers allows you to strategize for savings—and perhaps save some time looking for discounts in the process.

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On the Significance of Google's New Cardboard (Video)

Slashdot - 4 hours 42 min ago
On June 29, 2014, Timothy started a Slashdot post with these words: 'Last week at Google I/O, the company introduced Cardboard, its cheap-and-cheerful (it's made of cardboard, after all) approach to nearly instant VR viewing.' Several commenters noted that Viewmaster has been doing something similar for over 70 years; that you can get a slicker 3-D adapter for your smartphone from Durovis, with the Vrizzmo VR Goggles and vrAse coming soon; and that you can buy an iPhone/iPod Touch-only 3-D viewer for about $8 (at the time this was typed), which is a whole lot less than the price of most third-party Cardboard kits that are getting ready to hit the market. || The Google person behind The Cardboard is VP Clay Bevor, whose day job is overseeing Google apps. Clay says you are welcome to make your own Cardboard from scratch instead of buying one (or a kit) from someone else, and of course you can write all the software for it you like. || You may (or may not) remember that Timothy ended that June 29 post about Cardboard with a promise that before long we'd have 'a video introduction to Cardboard with Google VP Clay Bavor.' So here it is, as promised. (Alternate Video Link)

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Tempo Smart Calendar Adds Natural Language, Reminders, Waze, and More

Lifehacker.com - 4 hours 48 min ago

iPhone: Tempo, one of the better calendars for iOS , updated today with some handy new features, including natural language input, reminders support, Waze directions, and more.

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Muse U Offers Career Training Classes and Resources

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 18 min ago

When you're trying to build a career, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Muse U aims to provide a starting point for new and seasoned ladder-climbers alike.

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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Slashdot - 5 hours 24 min ago
The Washington Post reports that Gemany's government has asked the CIA station chief in that country to leave. From the article, which points out the move comes after several high-profile instances of U.S. spying on German citiens, including Chancellor Angela Merkl:. "A day earlier, federal prosecutors in Germany said police had searched the office and apartment of an individual with ties to the German military who is suspected of working for U.S. intelligence. Those raids followed the arrest of an employee of Germany’s foreign intelligence service who was accused of selling secrets to the CIA. ... For years, Germany has sought to be included in a group of countries with which the United States has a non-espionage pact. Those nations include Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Obama administration and that of George W. Bush both resisted such entreaties, in part because many U.S. intelligence officials believe that there are too many areas where German and U.S. security interests diverge."

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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Slashdot - 5 hours 24 min ago
The Washington Post reports that Gemany's government has asked the CIA station chief in that country to leave. From the article, which points out the move comes after several high-profile instances of U.S. spying on German citiens, including Chancellor Angela Merkl:. "A day earlier, federal prosecutors in Germany said police had searched the office and apartment of an individual with ties to the German military who is suspected of working for U.S. intelligence. Those raids followed the arrest of an employee of Germany’s foreign intelligence service who was accused of selling secrets to the CIA. ... For years, Germany has sought to be included in a group of countries with which the United States has a non-espionage pact. Those nations include Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The Obama administration and that of George W. Bush both resisted such entreaties, in part because many U.S. intelligence officials believe that there are too many areas where German and U.S. security interests diverge."

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​Ask Dr. Nerdlove: Should I Give Him A Second Chance?

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 48 min ago

Hello, Internet! Welcome to Ask Dr. NerdLove, the only dating advice column that is the walkthrough to the dating sim that is your life.

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Keep a Fact Book of Things You Learn Throughout the Day

Lifehacker.com - 5 hours 48 min ago

Learning is as good for your brain as exercise is for your body. Even if you're learning a new and unfamiliar skill, it can help your memory . Give your brain a bit of extra help by writing down new things you've learned throughout the day.

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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Slashdot - 6 hours 11 min ago
An anonymous reader writes with an excerpt from Wired about the one big problem that comes with crowdsourced data: enough eyeballs may make all bugs shallow, but may not fare as well against malice and greed: Maps are dotted with thousands of spam business listings for nonexistent locksmiths and plumbers. Legitimate businesses sometimes see their listings hijacked by competitors or cloned into a duplicate with a different phone number or website. In January, someone bulk-modified the Google Maps presence of thousands of hotels around the country, changing the website URLs to a commercial third-party booking site ... Small businesses are the usual targets. ....These attacks happen because Google Maps is, at its heart, a massive crowdsourcing project, a shared conception of the world that skilled practitioners can bend and reshape in small ways using tools like Google's Mapmaker or Google Places for Business. ... In February, an SEO consultant-turned-whistleblower named Bryan Seely demonstrated the risk dramatically when he set up doppelganger Google Maps listings for the offices of the FBI and Secret Service..

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