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Happy Birthday Copyright Bombshell: New Evidence Warner Music Previously Hid Shows Song Is Public Domain - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20150727/16042931768/happy-birthday-copyright-bombshell-new-evidence-warner-music-previously-hid-shows-song-is-public-domain.shtml wow
Last minute evidence that completely turns a legal case on its head doesn't come about all that often -- despite what you see in Hollywood movies and TV shows. The discovery process in a lawsuit generally reveals most of the evidence revealed to...
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One of the best uses of this meme that I've seen.
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Water bears, they're everywhereeee via Beatrice the Biologist
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"UPDATE: New Horizons Spacecraft Signal Received, Successful Pluto Flyby Confirmed"

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Going to be awhile yet before we see any pictures, but the data is in the can!
NASA's first mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt. Includes mission details and educational resources.
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Much sharper image of Pluto.
 
Pluto as seen on July 12, 2015.
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Not sure I will enjoy going there on holidays.
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Really cool to see solar sail propulsion being seriously considered!
 
Here is a NASA study of the near term potential of solar sails. The Sunjammer solar sail spacecraft will use 5 micron thick Kapton film as a sail material. An investigation into the materials available and determined that 5 m...
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First official Production Blog post since we switched to Wordpress. This is mostly a summary in pictures of the last few months of production and development work.
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I figured out a plan to build a 6-motherboard / 48 core AMD cluster based the "Helmer Cluster" build plans you can find online. It's very much a DIY solution, and a great deal cheaper than buying typical server hardware. But I've built a lot of computers, so it sounds like a fun project to me, rather than an onerous task.

I did a pretty complete analysis of available benchmarks to come up with the particular CPU and MB combination to get the most performance for the kind of rendering we're doing (which is Blender Internal + Freestyle) -- but that was over a year ago, so I would have to repeat the analysis with currently-available equipment and prices to see if the picture has changed since then.

I can dig up the design projections I did. Basically it'd run off of a single (or double) high-powered 12V power supply with DC-DC converters for each board, and a shared cooling duct system based on hardware-store duct fans for primary case cooling (probably loud as hell, but I'm not concerned about that). We'd run it at my office site, and sync it with the server repo -- so no concerns about meeting data center requirements.

So I'd rework it if I had a reasonable plan to finance it now, but I'm confident we can do at least as well now.
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Putting a little perspective on what the New Horizons mission to Pluto means and what our picture of the solar system is nowadays.
When New Horizons​ launched, its mission in the public imagination was to complete the set of the nine planets. No doubt this helped the mission get funded, and I respect that. By the time it arriv...
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We're still working on modeling. There's a lot of detailed work to do yet, but some of the results are looking pretty good already.
Progress is continuing rapidly on sets. This is a Work-in-Progress view of a set for the Pilot, Part 1, which includes a montage of Hiromi & Georgiana Lerner touring some of the sights in Baikonur.At this point, the monument and the basic model of the surrounding park are complete. I'm experimenting with how to handle the vegetation -- this image uses nothing but a particle system of painted billboards. It looks good, but I suspect it will be nec...
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Free Software Magazine columnist and fledgling filmmaker
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I've been interested in space and technology from childhood and in art, writing, computer programming, movies, electronics, and animation for almost as long. 

I've worked as an astronomer, a software maintainer, tech support (never again!), and as a writer. I'm moving into film making (not entirely new -- I was a film student at one time) with a video project called "Lunatics".

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Wrote a book called "Achieving Impossible Things" about free software and free culture. Write a (semi-)regular column for Free Software Magazine. Married for 20+ years, 3 children, 2 cats.
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Writer, Filmmaker, Astronomer, Programmer, Artist
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  • Anansi Spaceworks
    Co-owner, 2001 - present
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