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Comment It's not just the neighbors that are worried (Score 5, Insightful) 319

Speaking as a Belgian, I'm worried about a French multinational in control of the plants not giving a damn about anything but their own profit margins. We hear about incidents (so far in the non-nuclear parts of the plants) at least once per month. The problem is that unlike Chernobyl, Belgium's nuclear plants are in highly populated areas. In case of a real incident, we might have to evacuate and relocate several million people. Not to mention that the parts of our neighbors that could be affected are also pretty densely populated. The deal referred to exists purely to transfer a lot more money to said multinational. This money might be better spent either on a new generation of nuclear plant, or better, reusable energy. Unfortunately, said multinational also appears to have zero interest in investing in new power plants in Belgium.

Submission + - "Get Windows 10" turns itself on and nags Win7 and 8.1 users twice a day (infoworld.com)

LichtSpektren writes: As you may recall, Microsoft has delivered KB3035583 as 'recommended update' to users of Windows 7 and 8.1. What this update does is install GWX ("Get Windows 10"), a program which diagnoses the system to see if it is eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10, and if so, asks the user if they would like to upgrade (though recently, the option to decline has been removed). Some users have gotten around this by editing Windows Registry values for "AllowOSUpgrade", "DisableOSUpgrade", "DisableGWX", and "ReservationsAllowed" in order to disable the prompt altogether. This advice was endorsed by Microsoft on their support forums.

According to a report by Woody Leonhard at InfoWorld, the newest version of KB3035583 update includes a background process which scans the system's Windows Registry twice a day to see if the values for the four aforementioned registry inputs were manually edited to disable the upgrade prompt. If they were, the process will alter the values, silently re-download the Windows 10 installation files (about 6 GB in total), and prompt the user to upgrade.

Submission + - Open source router crowd-funded seven times over

beda writes: The open source router Turris Omnia already mentioned on Slashdot has collected 700k USD, i. e. 7× the original goal, in its Indiegogo campaign. While it is unlikely to go much higher in the last 24 hours of its campaign, it is still a great success which shows that there might be an interesting niche market for powerful and open source routers.

Submission + - This New Bandage Can Suck Bacteria Out Of A Wound (gizmocrazed.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The technology, in development at the Swinburne University of Technology in Australia, hasn't been tested on human skin yet, only on tissue-engineered skin models. The results can be seen in Applied Materials & Interfaces and Biointerfaces.

The bacterial species investigated included Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, both of which are known to cause chronic wound infection.

The bandage is created from a mesh of polymer filaments. Each strand is so fine that it is 100 times thinner than a human hair. They are made by squeezing the material out of an electrified nozzle in a technique called electrospinning.

Submission + - City of Munich Having Problems With Basic Linux Functionality 2

jones_supa writes: Just like the city planned a year ago, Munich is still calling for switching back to Windows from LiMux, which is their Ubuntu derivative. The councillors from Munich's conservative CSU party have called the operating system installed on their laptops "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use". The letter from the two senior members of the city's IT committee asks the mayor to consider removing the Linux-based OS and to install Windows and Office. "There are no programs for text editing, Skype, Office etc. installed and that prevents normal use," it is argued in the letter. Another complaint from councillors is that "the lack of user permissions makes them of limited use". These kind of arguments raise eyebrows, as all that functionality is certainly found from Linux.

Submission + - Politicians at city that dumped Microsoft for Linux ask to switch to Windows (techrepublic.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Munich spent years migrating about 15,000 staff away from Windows to a custom-version of Ubuntu and other open-source software. Now two senior politicians on the city's IT committee are calling for the Linux-based OS to be ditched on councillor's laptops in favour of Windows and Microsoft Office. They claim their current Linux-based OS is "cumbersome to use" and "of very limited use". However much of the software they claim to be missing seems to be easily accessible on their machines.

Submission + - How Viking 1 Won the Martian Space Race (vice.com)

derekmead writes: Forty years ago today, NASA launched the Viking 1 spacecraft to Mars, where it would become the first probe to achieve a soft landing on the Martian surface. The touchdown was a major milestone in the exploration of Mars, providing the first images and data from the red planet, which had been obsessively studied from afar for centuries.

Moreover, on a geopolitical level, NASA’s success with Viking 1 was kind of like winning the Martian Triple Crown against the Soviet space program. Over the course of the 1960s and early 1970s, the USSR desperately tried to get a jump on NASA with regards to Mars exploration, and launched well over a dozen flyby, orbiter, and landing attempts.

Submission + - World's Most Powerful Laser Diode Arrays Deployed (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: The High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System (HAPLS) under construction in the Czech Republic is designed to generate a peak power of more than 1 quadrillion watts (1 petawatt, 1015 watts). The key component to this instrument – the laser "pump" – will be a set of solid-state laser diode arrays recently constructed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At peak power, this electronic assemblage develops a staggering 3.2 million watts of power and are the most powerful laser diode arrays ever built.

Submission + - Issue tracker for non-engineers?

purplie writes: My non-technical spouse is an analyst in a small county government department, a handful of people plus some contractors for projects. Their project/task management is mouth-to-mouth, sticky notes, and emails, and it's driving them crazy.

I want to suggest something like an issue tracker. It would have to work for tasks both large (year-long investigations) and small (arranging catering for a meeting).

The issue trackers I'm familiar with with are too software-development-oriented, or make too many assumptions about your "agile" religion. Are there any good options for non-engineers?

They use mainly Windows and have iPads. I don't like web-based tools, but that might work better for them because they don't have administrative privs on their machines. Something that also incorporates a wiki might be nice. There will be resistance if it's not really easy to use.

Submission + - Britain's oldest human brain preserved for 2500 years by mud (techienews.co.uk)

hypnosec writes: Oldest human brain in the UK is believed to have been preserved for over 2,500 years by mud, archaeologists have revealed. The brain was found inside a decapitated skull, with the jaw and two vertebrae still attached, at an Iron Age dig site near York, UK, in 2008. Based on radiocarbon dating of a sample of the jaw bone, researchers have determined that the person lived in the 6th century BC and is likely to be a man between 26 and 45 years old. A team of 34 experts have been working to study and conserve the brain since its discovery. An examination of the vertebrae in the neck shows that he was first hit hard on the neck, and then the neck was severed with a small sharp knife. York Archaeological Trust said the skull had been buried in wet, clay-rich ground providing an oxygen-free burial.

Submission + - Linux and multiple internet uplinks: a new tool

Alessandro Zarrilli writes: Linux is able do multipath routing since a long time: it means being able to have routes with multiple gateways and to use them in a (weighted) round-robin fashion. But Linux misses a tool to actively monitor the state of internet uplinks and change the routing accordingly. Without it, on a LAN perspective, it's like having a RAID0 on network: just one uplink goes down and all of your LAN-to-WAN traffic goes down too. Documentation and examples on the subject are lacking, existing solutions are few and deeply integrated in firewall/routing specific distributions. To address these issues, a new stand alone tool was just released: Fault Tolerant Router. It also includes a complete (iptables + ip policy routing) configuration generator.

Submission + - Global SIM card cyber 'heist' organised by US and UK spy agencies (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Intelligence agencies in the United States and the UK hacked into the SIM card database of a major manufacturer in order to steal encryption codes which allowed them to decode data from mobile phones, according to a US report. The Intercept claimed that the breach was revealed in a number of files provided by former US intelligence contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The company targeted in the hacking is thought to be Gemalto, producer of around two million SIM cards for SPs such as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, across 85 countries. The stolen codes allowed American and British spies to eavesdrop easily on calls, texts, and emails passing across mobile phone networks. The Intercept called the hack a “great SIM heist”, and the manufacturing firm has confirmed that it is taking the allegations “very seriously.”

Submission + - LHC Season 2: A stronger machine (web.cern.ch)

MaiqueSCP writes: In early 2013, after three years of running, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) shut down for planned maintenance. Hundreds of engineers and technicians spent two years repairing and strengthening the accelerator in preparation for running at higher energy. Now the world’s largest and most powerful particle collider is ready to start up again. So what’s new?

Submission + - Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol (evilsocket.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Security researcher Simone Margaritelli has reverse engineered the Bluetooth low-energy communications protocol for his Nike+ FuelBand SE, a wrist-worn activity tracker. He learned some disturbing fact: "The authentication system is vulnerable, anyone could connect to your device. The protocol supports direct reading and writing of the device memory, up to 65K of contents. The protocol supports commands that are not supposed to be implemented in a production release (bootloader mode, device self test, etc)." His post explains in detail how he managed this, and how Nike put effort into creating an authentication system, but then completely undermined it by using a hard-coded token. Margaritelli even provides a command list for the device, which can do things like grab an event log, upload a bitmap for the screen, and even reset the device.

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