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spacewalking astronauts prep station for new parking spot


cape canaveral, fla. — astronauts have ventured out on a spacewalk to prep the international space station for a new parking spot.nasa's shane kimbrough (kim-broh) and france's thomas pesquet (pes-kay) floated out the hatch friday morning.their main job 250 miles up involves disconnecting an old docking port. this port needs to be moved, in order to make room for a docking device compatible with future commercial crew capsules. the new port — the second of two — will fly up late this year or early next.if all goes well, flight controllers in houston will relocate the old docking port sunday. then next thursday, the crew will conduct another spacewalk to secure the unit.nasa wants to cram in two or three spacewalks before kimbrough returns to earth on april 10.






docking port relocated at space station to support commercial spacecraft


a docking port that was once used to attach the space shuttle orbiters to the international space station was moved at the complex to support the future arrival of commercial crew spacecraft.






space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk today: watch it live


two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the international space station today (march 24) to prepare the outpost for a new docking ring and other upgrades. nasa astronaut shane kimbrough and french astronaut thomas pesquet are expected to spend 6.5 hours working outside the station during the spacewalk, which begins at about 8 a.m. edt (1200 gmt). you can watch the spacewalk live here, courtesy of nasa tv. today's spacewalk is the first of three scheduled for the space station's crew over the next few weeks. during their work today, kimbrough and pesquet will prepare a nasa module known as pressurized mating adapter-3 (pma-3) for the future installation of an international docking adapter that will allow commercial spacecraft to link up with the space station. the station already has






trackballs that i have known and loved: a history in hardware


my trackball collection. image: j.a. watson i have had a preference for trackballs over mice as pointing devices for a very long time. when i recently made an attempt to clean out a storage room in my house, i was confronted with evidence of just how long and how strong that preference has been. i kept pulling more and more old trackballs out, which triggered more and more fond memories of how/when/why i bought and used them. don't laugh, you will be old one day, too.so i decided to write a review of the trackballs i have known and (mostly) loved. while writing this i wanted to test these old trackballs to see if they still worked, and if so, how they felt today. the oldest of these have ps/2 connections, and my acer all-in-one desktop system does not have a ps/2 plug. i have a passive ps/






russian supply ship docks at international space station


one day after a spacex cargo ship reached the international space station, a russian progress freighter carrying another 2.9 tons of equipment and supplies glided to a smooth docking friday to wrap-up a two-day rendezvous.completing an automated approach to the station, the progress ms-05/66p spacecraft’s docking probe engaged the capture mechanism of the russian pirs module at 3:30 a.m. est as the two spacecraft were passing 250 miles above the south pacific ocean east of new zealand.hooks and latches then engaged, pulling the spacecraft in and locking it in place. hatch opening was expected later friday, after leak checks to verify a tight seal.the progress was launched from the baikonur cosmodrome in kazakhstan wednesday carrying 1,763 pounds of propellant, 926 pounds of water, 51 pound






spacex aborts space station docking attempt | video


a software glitch caused an abort of the dragon spacecraft's rendezvous with the international space station this morning (feb. 22, 2017). nasa pao commentator rob navias explains.






ofo bike-sharing comes to cambridge for a small flat fee


why it matters to you bike shares have always centered around docking stations, but ofo brings freedom to your commute.bike shares are a growing convenience in many cities around the world. the idea works. grab a bicycle, and pay for the time it’s used. what helps set ofo apart is that bikes can be picked up of dropped off anywhere.the chinese company currently has its bicycles throughout china, the united states, and singapore. this month, 500 ofo bicycles will be set up in cambridge, england, marking the first time the bikes have been seen on the streets of the united kingdom.more: norwegian bicycle hotel makes wheel travel easylike any other bike-sharing service, cyclists can obtain an ofo bike no matter what time it is. the big difference is that ofo removes the need for a docking stat






review: nintendo switch is impressive, but needs more games


when you're deep in a video game, the last thing you want to do is leave home. if only you could take the game with you for your commute to work or your bus ride to school, or to liven up your lunch hour.nintendo's new switch console tries to address that by letting you play it anywhere. you simply yank the switch out of its docking station. it functions as a tablet with a built-in display, so you don't have to worry about finding a tv. games typically work without a persistent internet connection. once you're back home, just slide it back into the docking station to play games on a big-screen tv.the switch works like a traditional game console when you want that; it offers portability when you need that. over the past week, i've played the new "legend of zelda" game at home, outside, in a






spacex’s dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with iss, will try again thursd


a gps error prevented spacex’s dragon supply ship from mating with the iss early this morning. the craft was less than a mile away from the space station when the docking had to be aborted. nasa stated the dragon craft and the iss crew are safe.another rendezvous will be attempted on thursday. this is the first time spacex had to abort an iss delivery mission as the company has been delivering supplies to the iss since 2012. coincidentally, a russian supply ship launched atop a rocket from kazakhstan just a few hours earlier. it is scheduled to deliver supplies to the station on friday.spacex’s dragon craft was supposed to dock with the international space station this morning and deliver supplies, including a new instrument specifically designed to monitor and study the earth’s ozone laye






spacex’s dragon supply ship failed to rendezvous with iss, will try again thursd


a gps error prevented spacex’s dragon supply ship from mating with the iss early this morning. the craft was less than a mile away from the space station when the docking had to be aborted. nasa stated the dragon craft and the iss crew are safe.another rendezvous will be attempted on thursday. this is the first time spacex had to abort an iss delivery mission as the company has been delivering supplies to the iss since 2012. coincidentally, a russian supply ship launched atop a rocket from kazakhstan just a few hours earlier. it is scheduled to delivery supplies to the station on friday.spacex’s dragon craft was supposed to dock with the international space station this morning and deliver supplies, including a new instrument specifically designed to monitor and study the earth’s ozone lay






nasa's about to launch a 'three-eyed' raven into space


nasa's raven technology module is heading to space aboard spacex's falcon 9 rocket this weekend. once there, it will perch outside the international space station to track vehicles docking with the station.






capture confirmed! spacex dragon is now berthed to space station | video


after waving off a docking attempt on feb. 22nd, 2017 due to a software glitch, the spacex cargo spacecraft was successfully berthed to the international space station on feb. 23. nasa pao commentator rob navias makes the call.






space webcasts: spacex dragon to be attached to space station


a spacex dragon cargo ship will rendezvous with the international space station today (feb. 23), one day later than planned after a gps navigation software issue prevented a docking on wednesday. watch live here.






spacex aborts space station docking attempt


by steve spaleta | february 22, 2017 09:51am et a software glitch caused an abort of the rendezvous with the international space station this morning (feb. 22, 2017). nasa pao commentator rob navias explains.  credit : space.com / footage courtesy: nasa






watch live now! astronauts taking spacewalk outside space station


two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the international space station today (march 24) and you can watch the 6.5-hour eva live here in a webcast from nasa tv. the webcast begins at 6:30 a.m. edt (1030 gmt), with the spacewalk beginning around 8 a.m. edt (1200 gmt).  preview: space station astronauts poised to tackle three-spacewalk streak | you can watch the live video feed here, courtesy of nasa tv, from nasa:  "expedition 50 astronauts will conduct three spacewalks outside the international space station (iss) in late march and early april to prepare for the future arrival of u.s. commercial crew spacecraft and upgrade station hardware." the spacewalks currently are scheduled for march 24, march 30 and april 6, with nasa tv providing complete coverage beginning each day at 6:30 a






spacex aborts space station docking attempt


by steve spaleta | february 22, 2017 09:51am et a software glitch caused an abort of the dragon spacecraft's rendezvous with the international space station this morning (feb. 22, 2017). nasa pao commentator rob navias explains.  [full story] credit : space.com / footage courtesy: nasa






take a vr trip to the international space station in 'mission: iss'


why it matters to you if you're not an astronaut, this vr simulation might be the closest you'll get to a real trip to the international space station.oculus has teamed up with nasa, the european space agency, and the canadian space agency to produce mission: iss, a free virtual reality experience that simulates the day-to-day operations of the international space station.using a rift headset and a pair of oculus touch controllers, players can navigate the international space station and take part in activities like spacewalks and space capsule docking, while a realistic training regimen teaches the basics of navigating confined spaces in zero gravity.more: a real price cut comes to virtual reality as rift + touch bundle drops to $600developed by los angeles-based studio magnopus, mission:






space station astronauts are taking a spacewalk today: watch it live


two astronauts are taking a spacewalk outside the international space station today (march 24) to prepare the outpost for a new docking ring among other upgrades.






docking port relocated at space station to support commercial spacecraft


houston — a docking port that was previously used to connect space shuttle orbiters to the international space station was robotically relocated at the outpost on sunday (march 26) to support the future arrival of commercial crew spacecraft. flight controllers working at nasa johnson space center in houston remotely commanded the station's canadarm2 robotic arm to grab hold of, move and reattach pressurized mating adapter-3 (pma-3) from the port, or left, side of the outpost's tranquility module (node 3) to the zenith (space-facing) side of the harmony module (node 2). "this reconfiguration that we are doing [will] get ourselves into position to support the commercial crew capability that we're hoping to bring on board late next year and in 2019," said kenny todd, nasa's operations integra






spacewalk photos: astronauts prep space station for future commercial spacecraft


space station astronauts shane kimbrough and thomas pesquet embarked on a spacewalk on march 24 to prepare the orbiting lab for the future docking of commercial spacecraft and do some other routine maintenance.






watch live now! spacex dragon arrives at international space station


a spacex dragon cargo ship will rendezvous with the international space station today (feb. 23), one day later than planned after a gps navigation software issue prevented a docking on wednesday. watch live here.






capture confirmed! spacex dragon is now berthed to space station


by steve spaleta | february 23, 2017 09:10am et after waving off a docking attempt on feb. 22nd, 2017 due to a software glitch, the spacex cargo spacecraft was successfully berthed to the international space station on feb. 23. nasa pao commentator rob navias makes the call. [full story] credit : nasa






nasa webcast of russian progress 66 launch


nasa will webcast the launch of russia's progress 66 cargo ship to the international space station on wednesday, feb. 22, beginning at 12:30 a.m. est (0530 gmt). a russian soyuz rocket will launch progress 66 toward the international space station at 12:58 a.m. est (0558 gmt). later, at 4:30 a.m. est (0930 gmt), nasa will also provide live views of spacex's dragon cargo ship arriving at the iss. you can watch the launch and dragon docking live in the window below, courtesy of nasa tv. preview story: see a russian cargo ship launch & spacex dragon arrival wednesday! progress 66 carrying nearly 3 tons of food, fuel and supplies for the expedition 50 crew on the space station. it is russia's first cargo ship launch since the loss of the progress 65 on dec. 1, 2016, nasa officials said. p






broomfield-based noodles and co. improves animal welfare conditions among suppli


broomfield-based noodles and co. will announce friday plans for its suppliers to adopt more humane practices set by the global animal partnership.suppliers will be expected by 2024 to improve conditions for their broiler chickens that includes reducing stocking density, improving environments and turning to more humane slaughter practices.noodle and co.’s dairy producers already comply with the national milk producers federation farm program. the chain also uses gestation crate-free pork and cage-free eggs. the company said it will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate tail docking and teeth clipping.chipotle mexican grill announced similar goals in january. starbucks, panera bread, pret a manger, le pain quotidien and various foodservice companies, including aramark, comp group and so






build your own space program with this realistic simulator [sponsored]


if you've ever wanted a taste of real aerospace, look no further than kerbal space program. aside from the green cartoon astronauts, this computer simulator is all business. with it's full-fledged physics engine and detailed modelling of multi-stage spacecraft, this celebrated game lets you manage everything that goes into a real-life space program. not only does kerbal space program let you assemble a ship from real-world components, it allows you to design complex launch stage sequences just like actual nasa craft. once in orbit, you can send your crew out on spacewalks and other extra-vehicular activities. build space stations and planetary bases by docking multiple ships together, and plot explorations to distant galaxies. after working through its collection of challenging missions, y






samsung's desktop experience station for galaxy s8 leaks as well


we just covered the leaked power banks that samsung is expected to reveal alongside the galaxy s8 and s8+.the galaxy s8’s dex station (short for desktop experience) has leaked as well. this will enable you to hook up your s8 to an external monitor, mouse, and keyboard to interact with desktop applications for improved productivity.render of the dex docking station the dex station will have two usb-a ports, an ethernet port, a usb-c port for power, hdmi port for external video, and the standout feature is the dock’s built-in fan that offers active cooling while you are switching between fifteen app windows at the same time (if you’re a serious multitasker). clearly, samsung doesn’t want to risk the dock catching fire while running external video up to 4k resolution at 30 fps.theoretically,






talk to home


take control of your home with - philips hue- sonos (r) - openhab- rest/httpconnected devices with simple, customizable voice commands. unlike amazon echo you don. t have to buy a new device but can use your existing ones. for hue lights you can select pre-defined light scenes (as defined in the philips hue app), switch on/off all hue bulbs alltogether or for specific groups/rooms. all openhab devices and variables can be switched as defined in openhab. synchroni ion of all configurations via google drive. additional standard commands will tell you the current time and allow to set a timer or tell you the list of available commands. talk2home can be used through different ways: in the app by pushing the voice on once- via "ok, google"- in the app by activation of continuous service (wi-






lenovo's windows 10 contenders: new pro laptops even include thinkpad for vr


lenovo's thinkpad p71 is designed to help creators meet the expected growing demand for virtual-reality content. image: lenovo one of three new thinkpad windows 10 mobile workstations from lenovo is just for virtual-reality content creators.to help creators meet the expected growing demand for vr content, lenovo has released its new mobile thinkpad p71 workstation. the unit has oculus, htc, and nvidia certifications, and it's powered by intel's xeon e3-v6 processors for mobile, while its gpu options max out at nvidia's quadro 5000. lenovo thinkpad x1 tablet review: compact, robust and modular lenovo's 12-inch thinkpad x1 tablet is a compact and robust modular 2-in-1 hybrid. it's not cheap though, and you'll probably have to add the optional productivity module to get reliable all-day batte






analog, march 1969 / boing boing


as usual, analog always shines when it comes to cover art. they've got the fantastic kelly freas who supplied rich and colorful depictions for many years. on top of that, the actual printing itself is of decent quality. if you compare this to the issue from the last article, you'll see that having your print lined up perfectly wasn't always the case for magazines like this. i noticed that the pants on the illustration are tailored with a bit of detail around the tail. there's a snap and a zipper. i can't help but wonder if this was outlined explicitly in the story or if freas, while illustrating, stopped to ponder how a pair of pants for a creature with a tail would work. for the issues from my collection that happen to fall in the 60's through mid 70's, i really enjoy seeing what was actu






samsung dex galaxy s8 dock: hands-on review


samsung’s galaxy s8 packs the best specs into a glamorous, nearly bezel-less design. but as large as a 6.2-inch screen may be, it’s still far from being the perfect multitasking workstation to replace your desktop. that’s where dex comes in.dex (docking experience) is a circular, thick puck with cutouts on its rear for usb and hdmi ports. connect it to an external monitor, keyboard, and mouse, then push the surface down to have it slide out as a kickstand for the s8. plug the s8 into a type-c port, and your monitor will come to life with an android desktop ui. the s8 will be charged at the same time.an android desktopmanufacturers have tried to make android tablets potential laptop or desktop replacements for a while. sadly, coupling a tablet with a keyboard accessory wasn’t enough because






microsoft adds wake on lan support to its surface line


why it matters to you anyone that uses a compatible surface can take advantage of wake on lan support to fit updates and maintenance into their schedule.microsoft has announced the introduction of wake on lan support for certain devices in its surface line of 2-in-1 tablets. this functionality is already being rolled out, but users will need to download and install a driver in order to use it.wake on lan allows surface devices that are connected to a wired network and ac power to be woken from connected standby remotely. this means that users can install updates or perform other kinds of maintenance when the device is not in use, ensuring that it will be ready for action when they need it to be.the post on microsoft’s technet blog announcing the new feature confirms compatibility with wake






brighton's i360 tower closed again due to temporary fault


image copyrightglyn kirkimage caption the 360-degree pod comprises 24 segments of handmade italian glass brighton's i360 tower has been forced to close for the third time in eight months due to a temporary fault.the ride, which has been plagued with problems since it opened last august, was closed on sunday and is not due to reopen until tuesday.it comes less than a month after it closed for four days when a damaged data cable caused passengers to be stuck for more than an hour.in september, the observation pod broke down three times within five days.a private party of 180 people, including a heavily pregnant woman, was stuck for two hours with no proper toilet facilities. live: more news from susseximage copyrightgetty imagesimage caption the i360 tower is branded the world's thinnest tal






how to play switch on tv if you're worried about the dock scratching your screen


between reports of screen scratches and concern over blocking the heat vents on the back of the tablet, some folks worry that docking for tv play isn’t the best thing for the nintendo switch. good news for them—all it takes to bypass the dock is a simple usb-c extension cable. advertisementwhile folks like me were desperately trying to plug usb to hdmi adapters into the bottom of our switch tablets (which does not work, dammit), folks over at reddit were carefully connecting the female ends of usb-c extension cables to the port inside their switch docks, then running the other end to the tablet. you can get these cables on the cheap online. plus they come in rose gold, which is lovely. the tricky part is getting the female end connected to the inside of the switch dock, what with the space






with alexa integration and mapping, irobot aims to make roomba the center of the


irobot ceo colin angle has been repeating for some time now that the next step in the evolution of the company’s hit roomba vacuum is becoming a connective tissue for the smart home. this morning’s announcement from the company takes it a couple of steps closer to that dream, introducing alexa voice integration and advances to robotic vacuum’s mapping system that lay the groundwork for future smart home upgrades.“roombas are already becoming one of the commonly found connected devices in the home,” angle tells techcrunch. “the popularity of the roomba has made it a very powerful ambassador for connected devices, but its ability to organize physical information in the home is making it a central player in allowing homes to be more intelligent. you need to be aware of where things are in ord






with alexa integration and mapping, irobot aims to make roomba the center of the


irobot ceo colin angle has been repeating for some time now that the next step in the evolution of the company’s hit roomba vacuum is becoming a connective tissue for the smart home. this morning’s announcement from the company takes it a couple of steps closer to that dream, introducing alexa voice integration and advances to the robotic vacuum’s mapping system that lay the groundwork for future smart home upgrades.“roombas are already becoming one of the commonly found connected devices in the home,” angle tells techcrunch. “the popularity of the roomba has made it a very powerful ambassador for connected devices, but its ability to organize physical information in the home is making it a central player in allowing homes to be more intelligent. you need to be aware of where things are in






windows 10 gets battle-hardened: us army recruits 10,000 rugged tablets


the new tablets are part of the us army's massive windows 10 migration announced last year. image: us army/afn wiesbaden the us army's windows 10 deployment has progressed far enough to roll out nearly 10,000 new rugged tablets with microsoft's latest os.the rugged windows 10 tablets will be deployed to soldiers who support the us army's global combat support system (gcss), an sap web system that handles the us department of defense's logistics, supplies, and finances. want a windows 10 pc in your pocket? gpd's tiny laptop will also run ubuntu gpd is planning to launch a seven-inch windows 10 laptop that it says will fit in your pocket.the branch has bought 9,783 getac f110 g3 tablets with docking stations, according to defense electronics supplier getac. the product image accompanying its






the nintendo switch's big challenge: luring casual gamers


new york — with three kids and constant travel for work, john hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like "the legend of zelda: breath of the wild" anywhere, anytime.after he heard about the nintendo switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a tablet on the go, hussey ordered one in january even though it wouldn't arrive until friday, when nintendo's latest game machine debuts.nintendo will need lots of traditional gamers like hussey to redeem itself as a console maker, after being eclipsed by microsoft and sony in the game-console wars. but nintendo will also need lots of casual gamers who are satisfied with playing on a smartphone and would never have dreamed of buying a $300 game machine.and in trying to appeal to many audiences, ni






the nintendo switch’s big challenge: luring casual gamers


new york (ap) — with three kids and constant travel for work, john hussey jumped at the chance to play an open-world adventure game like “the legend of zelda: breath of the wild” anywhere, anytime.after he heard about the nintendo switch, a hybrid game machine that works as both a console at home and a tablet on the go, hussey ordered one in january even though it wouldn’t arrive until friday, when nintendo’s latest game machine debuts.nintendo will need lots of traditional gamers like hussey to redeem itself as a console maker, after being eclipsed by microsoft and sony in the game-console wars. but nintendo will also need lots of casual gamers who are satisfied with playing on a smartphone and would never have dreamed of buying a $300 game machine.and in trying to appeal to many audience






the latest: draft order would target immigrants on welfare


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times local):7:40 p.m.president donald trump is considering an executive order that would target some immigrants for deportation if they become dependent on government istance.the ociated press has obtained a copy of the draft order that calls for the identification and removal "as expeditiously as possible" of any legal immigrant who relies on certain kinds of public welfare benefits.the order, if signed, would also focus the government's efforts on blocking immigrants who are likely to become reliant on government benefits.the white house did not immediately comment.immigrants already must prove financial independence before they are allowed into the united states. the draft order signals the administration is considering not only cr