DougDot writes: Ever since The Rocky Flats plant was shut down in 1992 it has been the wet dream of Los Alamos National Laboratory management to take over the production of those plutonium bomb trigger pits that Rocky Flats used to make. LANL wants to become the new pit manufacturer. Production scale. That's where the big bucks are. It's all about the money.
DougDot writes: Federal officials told Congress in December that they will put the LANL contract up for competitive bid for only the second time since the lab opened in 1943. The current LANS contract ends Sept 30, 2017.
Identifying what went wrong, and why the lab has proven so difficult to manage, will play an important role for the Department of Energy as it seeks out new managers to run the lab.
DougDot writes: I have trouble believing that this is true, but if it is customers of Verizon need to take some action. From TFA:
"If email contains a hyperlink to a website, the email is rejected and not sent to the recipient, according to 95.1 FM in New York City.
After a customer complained about the policy the corporation told him there isn’t a way to op-put of the program.
“Verizon scans the digital signatures of all inbound and outbound email messages to reduce the overall volume of spam on our network” and all email containing a hyperlink will be considered spam.
“So if a business person needs to get information to a colleague, or a student needs to get research to a fellow student, or if a wife wants to share an interesting recipe with a friend . . . all those emails will be rejected by Verizon!” the radio station website explains."
DougDot writes: About six months ago I noticed that one of the portfolios I was tracking using Google Finance Portfolio suddenly started reporting wrong historical data for nearly all of the equities in the portfolio. I clicked on the "Report a problem" link at the bottom of the page and used the form to send off a detailed description of the problem off to Google.
DougDot writes: A little bit of connecting the dots has revealed that Qualcomm is the reason behind the new Nexus 7's lack of factory image / driver binary support. This has long-time AOSP maintainer Jean-Baptiste Quéru pretty upset. Upset enough that he is "quitting AOSP."
DougDot writes: I'm sure most folks have heard about the Raspberry Pi by now, and maybe some of you are curious if this $35 ARM-based computer is worth anything more than just a digital toy to play around with. I know I was, so this last weekend I finally took a day to build one and see what it could do.
DougDot writes: In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.
On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.
blogger sex purge The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.
To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google.
DougDot writes: Word has it that the good folks at Google's Device Support hotline (1-855-836-3987) are still telling people who call in to complain about the wifi and bluetooth issues with their Nexus 4 phones one of two little white whoppers: [...]
DougDot writes: "Here's the deal: you see, we all know that the Nexus 4 was not designed on purpose to prevent wifi and bluetooth from being used at the same time. We all know that it is a bug. Well, all of us except for Steve, apparently. Here, read for yourselves:..."
DougDot writes: "Which sort of brings up the question: is it evil of Google to sell product which they know is defective, and to do so for months without telling us? And then to sort of, unannounced-like slip out a software release that silently fixes things?"