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Video: See our full interview with NASA propulsion engineer Norman Chaffee

Ars Technica - 1 hour 57 min ago

Video shot by Joshua Ballinger, edited and produced by Jing Niu and David Minick. Transcript coming soon. (video link)

While many of our interviewees had "front office" jobs in the space program—pilots, astronauts, flight controllers—some of the most interesting interview bits came from the pure engineers. That includes folks like Norman Chaffee, who started his career at NASA in May of 1962 and who, during the course of that career, worked on the Gemini and Apollo programs. Chaffee didn't fly the spacecraft—he helped make them.

Specifically, Chaffee was a propulsion engineer. He helped make the reaction control thrusters on the Gemini capsule a reality. Those are the little thrusters, often fueled by either hypergolic propellants or cold gas, that are used during the mission to change the spacecraft's attitude in roll, pitch, and yaw. After Gemini, Chaffee worked on thruster design for the Apollo command module and then, finally, on the reaction control thrusters for the Grumman-manufactured Lunar Module. (Chaffee's NASA oral history page has some amazing stories in it for readers who want to know more).

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Banks told to publish details of major incidents that stop users' payments

The Register - 2 hours 1 min ago
Bad news for regular TITSUP* offenders, good news for consumer choice

Banks will have to publish details of incidents that stop people using their payment services under new rules proposed by the Financial Conduct Authority.…

Broadband over 'wet string' tested for fun

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 28 min ago
A small, independent ISPs manages to get speeds of 3.5 megabits from broadband over wet string.

LinkedIn hosted jihadist lectures, Blair institute reveals

BBC Technology News - 2 hours 28 min ago
Lectures and essays by Islamist extremists have been shared on the Microsoft-owned social network.

How fast is a piece of string? Boffin shoots ADSL signal down twine

The Register - 2 hours 29 min ago
Metaphor wrought in flesh

An experiment by staff at ISP Andrews & Arnold has redefined the meaning of a fibre connection by showing that a piece of wet string can handle ADSL.…

After 14 months, a new and improved New Shepard flies again

Ars Technica - 2 hours 42 min ago

Blue Origin

When Blue Origin last flew its New Shepard system, the spacecraft intentionally triggered its abort system 45 seconds after launch. As the spacecraft blasted away from the booster, its escape motor slammed the rocket with 70,000 pounds of off-axis force and hot exhaust. Nevertheless, both the spacecraft and rocket returned safely to the West Texas launch site for a successful test flight.

In the 14 months since that abort-test flight, Blue Origin has been working on an upgraded version of the rocket—to improve its capacity for rapid, low-cost reusability—and the capsule in which six passengers will eventually ride to space inside. For example, the test capsule used during flights in late 2015 and 2016 had painted-on windows. The new variant has actual windows, which at 3.6 feet tall may be the largest of any spacecraft that has flown into space.

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Everything you need to know about Apple’s GymKit, now out in the US

Ars Technica - 2 hours 57 min ago

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 2. (credit: Valentina Palladino)

While the Apple Watch is seen by many as the ultimate wearable fitness tool, it's somewhat out of place in the gym. The native Workout app has a number of exercise profiles to choose from, including activities that can only be done in the gym. But, in many ways, the Watch is best suited for outdoor activities.

But with the introduction of GymKit, Apple hopes to make the in-gym cardio experience better. Apple's system to connect the Apple Watch to compatible gym equipment started rolling out across the globe earlier this fall, and it just hit the US this week. Below is everything you need to know about GymKit as an Apple Watch user, how you can use it, and what it means for your workouts in the future.

What is GymKit?

Apple announced GymKit at this year's WWDC in June as part of the watchOS 4 update. GymKit is a protocol that allows Apple Watches to use NFC and Bluetooth to connect to various pieces of gym equipment. This allows the wearable and the machine to share information so you can glean more information when working out with the Apple Watch.

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The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

The Register - 3 hours 2 min ago
But taxi biz can restart work in neighbouring Sheffield

The northern city of York has voted against renewing Uber's licence as the backlash against the ride-hailing firm's business practices continues.…

Why Is Anime Obsessed With Power Lines?

Slashdot - 3 hours 12 min ago
Categories: Geek, Opinion

Get a 12-month MoviePass subscription for $89.99 - CNET - News - 3 hours 27 min ago
Same deal as last month, but now you're getting a 12-month Fandor subscription as an added bonus ($60 value!). Plus: best deal yet on truly wireless earbuds?

Sweet Liberty: Cable & Wireless CEO John Reid steps down

The Register - 3 hours 46 min ago
No replacement named for bossman who oversaw £3.5bn takeover by US giant

Head honcho at comms biz Cable & Wireless John Reid is to step down in early 2018.… told: Your frantic farming of pupils' data is getting a little creepy

The Register - 4 hours 17 min ago
Plans to extend slurping to why kids quit mainstream education

Plans to expand the vast National Pupil Database to include information on why kids leave mainstream education have been slammed by privacy campaigners.…

Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

The Register - 4 hours 49 min ago
Store closures on the way? Did someone mention Brexit?

Dixons Carphone execs handed out their numbers to world+dog today, showing profits plummeting by more than half in the firm’s half-year results. The plunge was chalked up to UK customers skipping mobile upgrades - a move that could signal further closures across its stores.…

Take a peek inside HP's new Asia Pacific and Japan campus - CNET - News - 5 hours 7 min ago
The Singapore-based campus takes up 450,000 square feet of space and has a factory line inside for producing 3D printer heads.

At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

The Register - 5 hours 22 min ago
True meaning of the season is all about how you overindulge

Boozing in the morning, blazing family rows in the afternoon, and passing out in front of the telly – trousers unbuttoned – by 5pm. All of these are annual traditions of Christmas but when it comes to dinner, what makes the perfect festive nosh?…

Nasuni straps APIs and encryption to nippier Edge Appliances

The Register - 5 hours 55 min ago
Smartens up software act with raft of improvements

Cloud storage and gateway supplier Nasuni has released software making its Edge Appliances faster, safer, and easily integrated.…

Google to open artificial intelligence centre in China

BBC Technology News - 6 hours 25 min ago
Silicon Valley giants are focusing heavily on artificial intelligence and its future applications.

Transaction Processing Performance Council to deliver AI benchmark

The Register - 6 hours 27 min ago
GPU-makers aren't members of the TPC. Will they join?

The Transaction Processing Performance Council has decided the world needs a benchmark for systems running artificial intelligence workloads.…

'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

The Register - 6 hours 55 min ago
Google, Facebook and Microsoft routed through PutinGrad, for no good reason

A Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing incident saw a bunch of high-profile Internet destinations mis-routed through Russia on Tuesday, US time.…

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