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+ - UK government petition on thorium

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "while previously reported on

http://science.slashdot.org/story/10/01/02/1330245/Thorium-the-Next-Nuclear-Fuel

There is now a UK government petition on this topic, you are urged to partake of your digital democratic rights!

There is a little known secret in the nuclear industry, the./re is a way to provide very cheap AND very safe nuclear power...
The catch is its almost impossible to create materials for a bomb, and there is little or no reprocessing tie in believe it or not you could put a whole reactor in something the size of a cargo container... which makes the whole Iraq argument go away overnight
Thorium is very abundant compared with other nuclear fuels and needs far less processing making it much cheaper as most of it is "burn" in the reaction, the waste is less in volume with the most dangerous component being tiny and only needs storage for 300 years...
If you're not up to speed on the amazing properties and use for thorium see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LeM-Dyuk6g for a quick run down

without exaggeration if we give thorium a chance it could save us from global warming

If you're a UK resident don't forget to sign up to the petition! http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Thorium/"
Quickies

+ - Saving the Halloween pumpkin 6

Submitted by Boawk
Boawk (525582) writes "Every halloween I put a jack-o-lantern on the porch, typically serving as the head of a pair of stuffed coveralls. And every morning after, I find my pumpkin smashed to pieces on my walk. This year rather than pumpkin guts, I'd like to find evidence that the culprits have wet themselves. What are your ideas for rigging up something in the Halloween spirit which would give these neighborhood kids a good scare when they try to remove the pumpkin?"
Education

+ - 'Controversial' Obama Back-to-School Speech Posted

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theodp
theodp writes "Thanks to C-SPAN and live-streaming, it's never been easier for a U.S. President to get a positive message out to schoolkids as they return to school. Except when parents hold their children out of school so they don't have to hear it. The prepared remarks of President Obama's controversial back-to-school message have been posted online. Oooh, scary stuff, kids, as Count Floyd might say!"
Privacy

+ - What Does DHS Know About You?->

Submitted by
Sherri Davidoff
Sherri Davidoff writes "Here's a real copy of an American citizen's DHS Travel Record retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol's Automated Targeting System (ATS). This was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request... The document reveals that the DHS is storing the reader's:
  • Credit card number and expiration
  • IP address used to make web travel reservations
  • Hotel information and itinerary
  • Full airline itinerary, including flight numbers and seat numbers
  • Phone numbers, incl. business, home & cell
  • Every frequent flyer and hotel number associated with the subject, even ones not used for the specific reservation
"

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Enlightenment

+ - Coffee and alcohol lower dementia. Or vice-versa?->

Submitted by
retroworks
retroworks writes "In January, Amenacier shared news of studies from the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki which indicated that drinking coffee lowered the risk of alzheimers. Now, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry says that drinking alcohol is related to a lower incidence of dementia. We are still waiting for a third study, that people with dementia forgot to drink coffee and alcohol."
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Security

+ - Alarming Increase in ATM Crime->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With the annual cost of ATM crime in Europe approaching half a billion Euros, the European Network and Information Security Agency, is urging consumers to be more aware of the risks and take precautions to avoid personal loss. The rapid growth in the number of ATMs, combined with more sophisticated attacks and fraud has resulted in an alarming 149% rise in ATM attacks in 2008. The number of ATMs in Europe increased 6% last year to almost 400,000, with many now found in remote site locations such as convenience stores, airports and petrol stations. Seventy-two percent of European ATMs are located in just five countries: UK, Spain, Germany, France and Italy."
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Microsoft

+ - Lawsuit Claims WGA is Spyware.->

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twitter
twitter writes "Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), Microsoft's euphemistically named digital restrictions scheme, is the target of another spyware and false advertising lawsuit.

Microsoft this week was sued in a Washington district court for allegedly violating privacy laws through Windows XP's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) copy protection scheme. Similar to cases filed in 2006, the new class action case accuses Microsoft of falsely representing what information WGA would send to verify the authenticity of Windows and that it would send back information [daily ip address and other details that could be used to trace information back to a home or user].

The complaint further argued that Microsoft portrayed WGA as a necessary security update rather than acknowledge its copy protection nature in the update. WGA's implementation also prevented users from purging the protection from their PCs without completely reformatting a computer's system drive.

There were at least two other lawsuits launched in 2006 over WGA. According to the Wikipedia article, none of them have been resolved. The system is built into Vista and Windows 7. It is something that should be avoided by people who value their privacy and any business that has to follow laws such as HIPPA."
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Biotech

+ - The craigslist for antibiotic resistance->

Submitted by SilverToe
SilverToe (685171) writes "Resistance to antibiotics is a huge clinical problem. In the US, more people die of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections than of AIDS. We know that antibiotic resistance is carried on mobile genetic elements between bacterial species in lateral gene transfer events. In fact, most of the MRSA's resistance genes are traceable to other species. It is as if MRSA made some great choices when purchasing antibiotic resistance in the bacterial community market, and now it is one tough bug that is heavily armored and very hard to mess with. A a recent article in Science from George Church's group in Harvard Medical School shows us just how common and diverse those genes are. Sommer, Dantas and Church have discovered the craigslist for antibiotic resistance used by bacteria living in the human body. The basic genomic material needed for antibiotic resistance is readily available at your local gut bacterial community. Resistance genes are everywhere, and they are much more plentiful and diverse than we imagined. Antibiotic resistance has a solid pool form which to draw new genes. The arms race between drug developers and bacteria just got this much tougher."
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Media (Apple)

+ - Hey, Linux Fanboys: Stop Giving Apple a Free Ride-> 3

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Death Metal
Death Metal writes "Yet in important ways, Apple is more closed than Microsoft. Apple controls not just software, like Microsoft does, but its hardware as well. Try to sell a non-Apple computer with Apple's OS on it, and you'll get hauled into court by Apple lawyers. Apple has also taken legal action against bloggers who report on upcoming hardware and software releases. There's a long list of ways in which Apple is far more closed than Microsoft.

Yet the Free Software Foundation, and many other open source proponents, conveniently ignore these facts, and regularly attack Microsoft, while giving Apple a free ride. Apple, after all, has the "coolness" factor in its favor, and it's fashionable and easy to attack Microsoft."

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The Military

+ - India's first stealth fighter to fly in 4 months-> 1

Submitted by xmpcray
xmpcray (636203) writes "In less than four months from now, India's first stealth fighter will fly for the first time. It is called the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft or FGFA being developed in Russia by Sukhoi. Several of the technologies being developed for the stealth fighter have evolved from those used in the Sukhoi 30 MKI. Considered the most maneuverable fighter in the world, the Sukhoi 30 MKI uses thrust vectored engines which deflect the exhaust from its engines to extreme angles which enable the jet to pull off violent maneuvers like a flat spin where the jet literally spins around on its axis."
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The Military

Open Source Software In the Military 91

Posted by kdawson
from the keep-it-stupid-stupid dept.
JohnMoD writes With the advent of forge.mil, etc. the military seems to be getting on board with free and open source software. A working group meeting is going to be held at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, August 12-13, 2009. There's a pretty good lineup of speakers including a Marine from the Iraq-Marine Expeditionary Forces, who was on the ground and saw the agility open source gave to him and his soldiers. A number of OSS projects are going to be meeting there: Delta 3D, OpenCPI, FalconView, OSSIM, Red Hat, etc. Looks like there will be some good discussions."
The Internet

+ - New program for unfiltered internet in Iran -> 2

Submitted by GeekFreak
GeekFreak (202351) writes "According to Austin Heap's blog:

"In the upcoming days, Daniel Colascione and I will release a new program to provide unfiltered internet access to the people of Iran. A software package for Windows, Mac and Unix systems, called Haystack, will specifically target the Iranian government's web filtering mechanisms.

Similar to Freegate, the program directed against China's "great firewall," once installed Haystack will provide completely uncensored access to the internet in Iran while simultaneously protecting the user's identity. No more Facebook blocks, no more government warning pages when you try to load Twitter, just unfiltered Internet."

Monitor his blog for release date. If you have the resources or time to help... do it. The protests on 09 July were organized by email alone. Iran needs the internet to help in its struggle for freedom."

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Space

+ - Space Station Marathon->

Submitted by
RobGoldsmith
RobGoldsmith writes "If you've never seen a spaceship with your own eyes, now's your chance. The International Space Station (ISS) is about to make a remarkable series of flybys over the United States. Beginning this 4th of July weekend, the station will appear once, twice, and sometimes three times a day for many days in a row. No matter where you live, you should have at least a few opportunities to see the biggest spaceship ever built."
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Music

+ - Cheap Trick brings back the 8-track 2

Submitted by JamJam
JamJam (785046) writes "Cheap Trick new "album" is being released not only in CD and vinyl, but in a long-departed format as fashionable as Tang, bell-bottoms and porn-star mustaches — 8-track. Unsurprisingly, finding a manufacturer for an obsolete-format release of the Seventies superstars' latest wasn't easy."

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