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The Martian’s Andy Weir talks to Ars about the science of Musk’s Mars vision | Ars Technica
If Elon Musk has his way, humans will be going to the red planet—and soon. Over the past few days, our senior space-master Eric Berger has analyzed Musk’s Interplanetary Transport System plans in detail, and our chief scientist Dr.
space 
3 hours ago
Musk’s Mars moment: Audacity, madness, brilliance—or maybe all three | Ars Technica
Elon Musk finally did it. Fourteen years after founding SpaceX, and nine months after promising to reveal details about his plans to colonize Mars, the tech mogul made good on that promise Tuesday afternoon in Guadalajara, Mexico.
space 
3 hours ago
Building a Highly Available OpenStack Cloud
Rackspace is known for our expertise building highly available solutions for our customers, so it should be no surprise that we’ve been able to apply that competency to managed OpenStack solutions for both our upsteam offering and Rackspace Private Cloud powered by Red Hat. or PRC-R.
openstack  redhat 
4 hours ago
The Architecture Behind Rackspace Private Cloud Powered by Red Hat OpenStack | Cloud Architect Musings
When Rackspace and Red Hat came together to create a managed private cloud, we knew this offering needed to support enterprises looking to transform themselves using the latest technological innovations.
openstack  redhat 
4 hours ago
Diffs and the Power of the Docker Layering Model | Linux.com | The source for Linux information
Recently I’ve been working more with the sophisticated tool that is Docker, and it hasn’t escaped me that the foundation of the DevOps world is essentially composed of layer after layer of diffs.
development 
4 hours ago
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Bringing Pokémon GO to life on Google Cloud
Our peers in the technical community have asked about the infrastructure that helped bring Pokémon GO to life for millions of players. Niantic and the Google Cloud teams put together this post to highlight some of the key components powering one of the most popular mobile games to date.
technology 
4 hours ago
theawl.com
All my life, I have loved explaining my beauty routine to men. There’s something pure and exhilarating about it, like teaching a puppy to walk down stairs. I love hearing little questions they have squirreled away but don’t care quite enough to Google.
5 hours ago
Godot open source game engine helps power the future in West Virginia | Opensource.com
Responding to a critical need for skilled technology and knowledge workers, the State of West Virginia recently established its first ever coding, app, and game design curriculum for its schools.
education  opensource 
5 hours ago
Shakshuka: A Template for Breakfast, Dinner, and Every Meal in Between | Serious Eats
Is it just me, or is shakshuka everywhere these days? It's a toss-up as to whether it's more fun to say "shakshuka" or the name of its Turkish counterpart, menemen, but both are incredibly tasty, straightforward dishes that should be in your arsenal of staples.
cooking 
5 hours ago
The Thing to Know About Newspapers Endorsements in 2016 - The Atlantic
Across the country, Republican-leaning papers are breaking with their own history to warn their readers about the GOP nominee. There is a lot of truth to the stereotype that the American media is centered in New York City and Washington, D.C., staffed by Democrats, and hostile to Republicans.
politics 
5 hours ago
He created the ‘theory of multiple intelligences.’ What if Howard Gardner were U.S. education secretary?
Answer Sheet He created the ‘theory of multiple intelligences.’ What if Howard Gardner were U.S.
education  politics 
5 hours ago
How Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey Lost Its Way - The Daily Beast
Scan a menu in a craft cocktail bar and it’s a lead-pipe cinch you’ll find something on it made with rye—straight rye whiskey, that is, made right here in the United States. For drinkers under, say, 35, it’s even a given.
drinks 
6 hours ago
Introducing PIXEL - Raspberry Pi
It was just over two years ago when I walked into Pi Towers for the first time. I only had the vaguest idea of what I was going to be doing, but on the first day Eben and I sat down and played with the Raspbian desktop for half an hour, then he asked me “do you think you can make it better?”
technology 
18 hours ago
The Big Idea: Fran Wilde – Whatever
When Norton Award-winning author Fran Wilde sat down to write Cloudbound, she wasn’t intending to write something whose politics had parallel with the world outside of her book. But sometimes, as she explains today, the world catches up with you.
entertainment 
18 hours ago
Nintendo announces Famicom Mini console for Japan - The Verge
Japanese gamers wondering why the rest of the world gets all of the fun of the NES Mini in November can rest easy —Nintendo just announced a similar retro console based on the Famicom, the original Japanese version of the NES released two years earlier in 1983.
technology 
18 hours ago
Did attackers take down Newsweek because of an anti-Trump story? | Ars Technica
Newsweek suspects that attackers took down its site for hours on Thursday in order to bury a story about a company that Donald Trump owned decades ago. The magazine claims that the company secretly did business in Cuba, even though that was illegal at the time. We don’t know everything.
politics 
18 hours ago
Danny Meyer Just Single-Handedly Made the Apple Watch Relevant to the Hospitality Industry - Eater
NYC restaurateur, Shake Shack founder, and millionaire Danny Meyer is having a good week.
technology 
19 hours ago
Catherine Huff of the Georgia Museum of Art - @My_Athens
I walk through the entrance of the Georgia Museum of Art, my heels click, click, clicking against the floor. The evening sun streams in through the lobby’s floor-to-ceiling windows and bathes the room in soft glow.
art  athens 
19 hours ago
A spy’s unhappy wife could have turned D-Day into a disaster for the Allies - The Washington Post
Juan Pujol Garcia, code-named "Garbo," is considered one of the heroes of D-Day. But he didn't land on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 nor fight on the front lines of World War II. The Spaniard was a double agent, a supposed Nazi spy who was actually operating in the employ of the British.
history 
19 hours ago
How to Stop Burnout With 1 Simple Rule | Inc.com
There's a reason we are comfortable sacrificing it all to make our businesses a reality: We assume we'll get a break tomorrow. To paraphrase Orphan Annie, tomorrow is always a day away--but meanwhile we could end up being useless to the very people we say we are sacrificing everything for.
productivity 
19 hours ago
City of Atlanta, GA : Press Releases : City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta Announce Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange Program and Participants
ATLANTA – The City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, Invest Atlanta and the City of Toulouse, France today announced the four startup technology companies selected to participate in the first Atlanta-Toulouse Startup Exchange.
atlanta  france  startups 
19 hours ago
www.nytimes.com
Rosetta, the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, is dead, setting down in a final embrace with its companion of the past two years. Radio signals from Rosetta flatlined at 7:19 a.m.
science 
19 hours ago
Old Timey X-Men: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children | Tor.com
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children landed at Austin’s Fantastic Fest with an almighty splash.
entertainment 
19 hours ago
Why users care about how you write code – Medium
At a previous employer, I was asked to add a single checkbox and label to the contents of a popover.
development 
2 days ago
The Big Idea: Kent Davis – Whatever
History — or possibly, “history” — is not necessarily as done a deal as it seems in retrospect. Or so Kent Davis might suggest, in reference to his latest novel, A Riddle in Ruby: The Changer’s Key. History has never been inevitable.
entertainment 
2 days ago
301 Moved Permanently
Verne is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) and chaired for 15 years EO's premier CEO program, the "Birthing of Giants," held at MIT.
management 
2 days ago
BA - The Club - Style at 30,000ft: what to wear for your next flight
The security guardLaura Dean, head of security, Heathrow Terminal 5Save time and avoid stress by considering airport security when you get dressed for a flight. Shoes that are easy to slip off are handy, in case you’re asked to remove them.
travel 
2 days ago
m.signalvnoise.com
When we launched the first version of Basecamp in 2004, we decided to build software for small companies just like us. We know how growing from four to six or eight employees is a huge move.
startups 
2 days ago
How to pull workers back from the brink of burnout | TechCrunch
In August, Marissa Mayer kicked up a dust bowl of criticism when she told Bloomberg Businessweek that Google’s early success had a lot to do with 130-hour work weeks. There was plenty of outrage — but none of it will do the average American knowledge worker a bit of good.
career  productivity 
2 days ago
SwiftStack Blog
Last week I had the honor of attending and speaking at the Library of Congress as part of their “Designing Storage Architectures for Digital Collections”event. The two-day meeting was full of fascinating ideas and conversations, and I had a great time.
openstack 
2 days ago
  Greybeard Geeks Are Your Company’s Firewall Against Technical Debt by Elf Sternberg
There’s been a bit of chatter on the topic of being an old geek. As most people here know, code quality in the small is one of my favorite topics, and I realized after reading an article this morning that the two topics are actually significantly linked.
development 
2 days ago
Donald Trump’s rise reflects American conservatism’s decay - The Washington Post
Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. They need a talent for pessimism, recognizing the signs that whatever remains of American exceptionalism does not immunize this nation from decay, to which all regimes are susceptible.
politics 
2 days ago
The Tick has Survived to Bring Us Mighty Blue Justice in a Whole Season on Amazon! | Tor.com
Are you prepared for an entire season of The Tick? After premiering pilots for The Tick, I Love Dick, and Jean-Claude Van Johnson, Amazon has decided to order a full series of all three shows! (But I’m mostly interested in the one that has fictional superheroes in it. Sorry, JCVD.
entertainment 
3 days ago
The Return eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99 | Tor/Forge Blog
About The Return: In the 1980s, an alien starship visited Earth. While investigating what appeared to be a sarcophagus bearing the preserved body of its builder, astronaut Keith Stoner was trapped and cryogenically frozen.
entertainment 
3 days ago
Open Source Projects Must Work Together to Survive | Linux.com | The source for Linux information
Open source software is in danger of being beaten at its own game by upstart services that are tightly integrated, less complex, and easier to use. That message was at the heart of the cautionary tale told by Stephen O’Grady in his keynote at this year’s ApacheCon North America in May.
opensource 
3 days ago
Why Hillary Clinton Won the First Presidential Debate Against Donald Trump
HEMPSTEAD, LONG ISLAND—Let us be charitable and mention that there was a moment, one obvious moment, where he had her. There was a wrangle over what is lazily called "transparency." Hillary Rodham Clinton was jabbing at Donald Trump over his failure to release his tax returns.
politics 
3 days ago
Tink Labs raises $125M to puts its free-to-use smartphone in more hotel rooms worldwide – TechCrunch
If you travel a lot, or even just a little, you’ll be sick of roaming bills, or frustrated by the inconvenience of the cheaper alternative: buying a local SIM and switching it with your regular one.
startups  travel 
3 days ago
www.yahoo.com
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese archaeologists said Wednesday they have for the first time unearthed ancient Roman coins at the ruins of an old castle. The discovery of 10 bronze and copper coins -- the oldest dating from about 300-400 AD -- in southern Okinawa caught researchers by surprise.
3 days ago
www.nytimes.com
At 10:45 p.m. on Monday night, in a 14th-floor office above the Ed Sullivan Theater, Stephen Colbert was talking so rapidly that he might as well have been speaking in tongues.
entertainment 
3 days ago
Has JJ Abrams ruined plans to expand the Star Wars universe? | Film | The Guardian
Is it any wonder Rogue One lacks The Force Awakens hype when Abrams recently confirmed franchise isn’t the same without Skywalker and Solo clans?
starwars 
3 days ago
“Mister Doctor?” “It’s Strange.” Watch the New Doctor Strange TV Spot! | Tor.com
“Maybe, who am I to judge?” Mads Mikkelsen’s fabulous-looking villain Kaecilius snarks at the end of this minute-long Doctor Strange teaser.
entertainment 
3 days ago
Secure Development in Python
OpenStack is one of the largest Python projects, both in code size and number of contributors. Like any development language, Python has a set of best (and worst) security practices that developers should be aware of to avoid common security pitfalls.
openstack  python  security 
4 days ago
PyDev of the Week: Katie McLaughlin | The Mouse Vs. The Python
This week we welcome Katie McLaughlin (@glasnt) as our PyDev of the Week! She is a core developer of the BeeWare project. You should take a moment and check out her Github profile to see what fun projects she’s a part of. Katie also has a fun little website and was a speaker at PyCon 2016.
python 
4 days ago
Review: No. 3 London Dry Gin (2016) – Drinkhacker
Five years ago we sampled Berry Bros. & Rudd’s classic gin, No. 3. Little seems to have changed; this is still a pot-distilled gin with a mere six ingredients: juniper, orange peel, grapefruit peel, angelica root, coriander, and cardamom.
drinks 
4 days ago
James Gleick on Our Anxiety About Time, the Origin of the Term “Type A,” and the Curious Psychology of Elevator Impatience – Brain Pickings
Alan Watts observed of the difficult pleasures of presence in the middle of the twentieth century, as the mechanized acceleration of modern life was beginning to take our already aggravated relationship with time to new frontiers of frustration.
philosophy 
4 days ago
James Gleick on How Our Cultural Fascination with Time Travel Illuminates Memory, the Nature of Time, and the Central Mystery of Human Consciousness – Brain Pickings
Bertrand Russell in 1931 as he made his beautiful case for “a largeness of contemplation” in contemplating the nature of time.
philosophy 
4 days ago
Colombia’s president, rebels sign deal ending half-century-old conflict - The Washington Post
World leaders gathered in Colombia on Monday for the official signing of an agreement that will end a 52-year-long war between the government and the country’s main guerrilla group.
politics 
4 days ago
www.nytimes.com
Janet Robertson, a documentary filmmaker in New York, helps look after her uncle, Vincent Fahey. He is nearly 87 and loves to travel. But she can’t always accompany Uncle Vin, who needs some day-to-day assistance. So when he wanted to visit London this past spring, Ms.
travel 
4 days ago
The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data
Many people resist backing up their data to an online backup service like MozyHome, Carbonite, or Backblaze because they worry their data will be poked through by company employees, hijacked by criminals, or provided to law enforcement or government agents without due process.
security 
4 days ago
Paris bans cars along part of the river Seine - France 24
Strollers and cyclists can breathe easy on the banks of the Seine after Paris on Monday approved a plan to ban cars on a long stretch of riverside road cutting across the city.
paris 
4 days ago
www.nytimes.com
Before the bootlegged gin of the Jazz Age and wasted days in Paris, before “The Great Gatsby,” lavish parties in Manhattan hotels and Long Island houses, failure in Hollywood and his death of a heart attack at 44, F. Scott Fitzgerald was a kid in the Midwest.
history 
4 days ago
SpaceX plans to send its Dragon spacecraft to Mars | Ars Technica
SpaceX announced Wednesday that it intends to begin sending uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to Mars as early as 2018. This is the first step in the company's plan to one day land humans on Mars, which is the goal founder Elon Musk set for SpaceX when he created the company in 2002.
space 
4 days ago
Are Containers and Virtual Machines Really Competitors? -- Virtualization Review
Red Hat says no. Dan agrees. I had an interesting discussion with Red Hat's Gunnar Hellekson, director of product management, about whether containers are competitive or complementary with virtual machines (VMs).
technology 
4 days ago
Parallelizing Queries with SQLAlchemy, Gevent, and PostgreSQL – from n00b import python
Recently, we had a need to execute multiple SQLAlchemy queries in a parallel fashion against a PostgreSQL database with Python 2 and psycopg2. We didn’t really need a full scale multithreading approach, so we turned to gevent. Gevent is a implementation of green threading that uses libevent.
development 
4 days ago
Kubernetes: Easy App Dev Mac Environment | Engineered Web
The most popular operating system for developers, according to the Stack Overflow developer survey, is Mac OS X. That means easy access to platforms, such as Kubernetes, on OS X is good for the platform to get easy exposure and good for developers to have easy access.
technology 
4 days ago
Evolving the OpenStack HA Architecture - That Cluster Guy
In the current OpenStack HA architecture used by Red Hat, SuSE and others, Systemd is the entity in charge of starting and stopping most OpenStack services. Pacemaker exists as a layer on top, signalling when this should happen, but Systemd is the part making it happen.
openstack 
4 days ago
New Westworld Trailer Makes Us Wonder If It’s All a Dream | Tor.com
Each piece of advertising for HBO’s Westworld (adapted from the Michael Crichton movie by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy) gets creepier and creepier: Alongside uncanny valley shots of the robots being made, now we get a peek into their artificial consciousnesses with the latest trailer.
entertainment 
4 days ago
Liveblog: IT, the cloud, and productivity at Microsoft Ignite 2016 Keynote | Ars Technica
Microsoft's Ignite conference for IT Professionals is in Atlanta, Georgia, all this week, and it kicks off on Monday with a keynote led by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise.
5 days ago
www.nytimes.com
TIME TRAVELA HistoryBy James GleickIllustrated. 336 pp. Pantheon Books. $26.95. I was 10 years old when my brother handed me Ray Bradbury’s “A Sound of Thunder” with the endorsement that it was “probably the raddest story ever.
entertainment 
5 days ago
4 Tips for Avoiding Burnout | Inc.com
As the CEO of a publicly-traded company, you can feel like you're a shark that needs to constantly keep moving to survive. You literally can't stop.
productivity 
6 days ago
Distributed Data and Nova – Walking Contradiction
Last year I wrote about the issues I saw with the design of the Nova Scheduler, and put forth a few proposals that I felt would address those issues. I’m not going to rehash them in depth here, but summarize instead:
openstack 
6 days ago
Anti-innovation: EU excludes open source from new tech standards | Ars Technica UK
As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, the European Commission has unveiled "plans to help European industry, SMEs, researchers and public authorities make the most of new technologies.
opensource 
6 days ago
Forbes Welcome
As enterprises around the world struggle with their digital transformation efforts, many are finding that their innovative digital teams are moving much faster than their hidebound IT organizations.
openstack  technology 
6 days ago
Comment: Solarize Athens Reduced Our Energy Costs | Flagpole Magazine | Athens, GA News, Music, Arts, Restaurants
Over the last several years, we have made investments large and small to make our home as energy efficient as we possibly can. Our goals have been to walk softly on our planet and to save money. Our wooded yard helps to reduce heating and cooling costs but more was needed.
athens  energy 
6 days ago
www.nationalgallery.org.uk
Our collection covers a vast range of human emotions and life experiences. But what can we learn from Old Master paintings and how relevant are they to our lives today? Come with a sense of fun and exploration for these participatory sessions. No experience necessary.
art 
6 days ago
Why landing a flying, fire-breathing Red Dragon on Mars is huge | Ars Technica
SpaceX announced an audacious plan on Wednesday to land an approximately 6,000kg spacecraft on the surface of Mars.
space 
6 days ago
Photographic Tutorials | Cazphoto.co.uk
I’ll be updating the list regularly when I post a new photography tutorial, so you can easily keep tabs on them. These are aimed at anyone who would like to improve their photography, whether they use a fully-automatic compact camera or SLR.
photography 
6 days ago
Mirantis grabs Kubernetes maestro to orchestrate OpenStack inversion • The Register
Mirantis has bought a Kubernetes master to fulfil its common goal with Intel and Google: to wrap up OpenStack for micro services. The OpenStack flinger has bought TCP Cloud, a 30-person specialist in running managed services on OpenStack, OpenContrail and Kubernetes.
openstack 
6 days ago
Testing your OpenStack with Tempest – Part 2 - Aptira OpenStack Services in Australia Asia Europe
Tempest is the official OpenStack test suite that runs integration tests against an OpenStack cloud to validate its healthiness and find out its (potential) problems. Tempest contains a list of test classes, in three categories, being API, scenario, and stress.
openstack 
6 days ago
Someone Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet - Schneier on Security
Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet.
security 
6 days ago
www.nytimes.com
Adblock Plus, an ad blocker now used on more than 100 million devices, started out as an almost utopian idea a decade ago.
privacy 
6 days ago
The bubble that turned into a tide: how London got hooked on gentrification | Cities | The Guardian
Gentrification is a familiar story in the capital – but now even the 1% are being squeezed out. What do the stories of Peckham, Holland Park and Chelsea tell us about the new reality?
economy  london 
6 days ago
Paris is banning traffic from half the city. Why can’t London have a car-free day? | Cities | The Guardian
Cars will be outlawed from 400 miles of Paris streets on Sunday as the French capital joins the likes of Brussels, Bogotá, Jakarta and Copenhagen in marking World Car-Free Day. Isn’t it time for London to join the club?
london  paris 
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