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Science

+ - Level Rises after TEPCO Pumps Out Radioacti->

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "Kyodo News is reporting that the water level in the tunnel near the turbine building for reactor No. 2 rose 4.5 cm and is now only 1.5 cm lower than it was before they pumped out 600 tons of highly radioactive water. A NISA spokesman said 'As there is believed to be around 20,000 tons of water (in the No. 2 reactor turbine building and the trench connected to it), we're feeling the difficulty of lowering the level of the water in a stable manner.' They want to pump out the tunnels before the turbine buildings to prevent more water from leaking into the ocean. The water in the No. 2 turbine building and tunnel is ten times more radioactive than the water in turbine building No. 3 that burned three workers."
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Science

+ - Severity of Fukushima accident to be raised?->

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes " The Japan Times Online is reporting that "the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been releasing up to 10,000 terabecquerels [1 x 10^16 Bq] of radioactive materials per hour at some point [for several hours]". According to my calculations, this is six orders of magnitude higher than the numbers released regarding the radioactivity flowing into the ocean from the pit near reactor #2. Perhaps there was a mistake somewhere.

To put this into perspective, the Chernobyl accident released 1.4 x 10^19 Bq. So if the numbers from the article are to be believed then Fukushima was releasing almost 0.1% of Chernobyl's release per hour."

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Editorial

+ - IP Laws are blocking innovation->

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "The White House is asking us to give them ideas on what is blocking innovation in America. I thought I'd give them an honest answer. Here it is:

Current intellectual property laws are blocking innovation.

President Obama just set a goal of wireless access for everyone in the US, saying it will spark innovation. But that's only true if people are allowed to actually do innovative things once they are online.

You have to choose. You can prop up old business models with overbearing intellectual property laws that hit innovators on the head whenever they stick their heads up from the ground; OR you can have innovation. You can't have both. And right now, the balance is away from innovation"

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The Internet

+ - Netflix down since Tuesday

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "Reuters reports "Netflix shipped no DVDs on Tuesday. It shipped some on Wednesday but has shipped none so far on Thursday". Netflix sent me an email saying:

Our shipping system is unexpectedly down. We received a DVD back from you and should have shipped you a DVD, but we likely have not. Our goal is to ship DVDs as soon as possible, and we will keep you posted on the status of your DVD shipments.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this has caused. If your DVD shipment is delayed, we will be issuing a credit to your account in the next few days. You don't need to do anything. The credit will be automatically applied to your next billing statement.

I received a DVD that was shipped Monday but that's the last one I've gotten. The said they expect to ship the next DVD to me on Friday."

Democrats

+ - HuffPo Headline Accuses Obama of Cybercrime

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "The Huffington Post is running a story with the misleading headline How Did Obama Hijack Clinton's Web Site?. When you read the story you find out that the author is referring to Google ads the Obama campaign bought. They had already covered the ads with two previous stories. I informed the author of his mistake, explaining that "web site hijacking" refers to illegally breaking into a computer to alter a Web site. His response was "Lighten up. This is what bugs me about the kool aid set. You see everything in black and white." I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that his original mistake was due to cluelessness instead of malice but I think it is illegal to knowingly and falsely accuse even a public figure of a serious crime. Is this legal? If it is legal, is it appropriate for a site that delivers political news?"
Lord of the Rings

+ - New Hope for Jackson Hobbit Film?

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "Almost just in time for the 70th Anniversary of the Hobbit (published September 21, 1937) Entertainment Weekly has a 5-page article on a possible reconciliation between Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema that may pave the way for the director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy to return and helm the filming of The Hobbit (New Line controls the film rights). It was previously reported here that Jackson would not be making the Hobbit film. The EW article says that Jackson wants to make two films: first the Hobbit in its entirety and then another film that bridges the roughly 60 years between the end of the Hobbit and the start of the Lord of the Rings. Unfortunately Jackson already has a lot on his plate with filming of The Lovely Bones scheduled to start this month and a live action Tintin film in the works."
Software

+ - SFLC issues analysis of BSD + GPL licensing

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "From the news-for-nerds-stuff-that-matters dept.

As reported by Groklaw, the SFLC has released their analysis of the recent BSD + GPL licensing kurfuffle. They have also issued guidelines for using BSD licensed code in GPL projects. Contrary to the views of many Slashdotters, they think it is important to keep the more permissive licenses intact when BSD code is used in GPL projects. They also suggest we avoid dual licensing and BSD + GPL code when possible. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to use BSD code in a GPL project."
The Internet

+ - Earthlink is down!

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "Starting last night, I couldn't access my Earthlink pop server. This morning, not only was the pop server down (unknown host), all of Earthlink's servers were unknown. I was only able to get to their customer support phone number via Google cache. I called them and got right through (probably because most other customers were also having trouble getting the phone number with all their servers down). They verified that they were having major problems with their email servers and asked me to wait patiently for 24 hours while they try to get it fixed."
Slashdot.org

+ - Hot Comment links on Slashdot homepage are borked

Submitted by DrJimbo
DrJimbo (594231) writes "For example if I click on "Deceived by who?" I get taken to the comment above it called "Like a dog chasing its own tail".

I also noticed that the hilighting is borked in the same way. I'm using Konqueror 3.5.5.

I did spend a little time looking for a "contact us" page or "report problems" page but this was the the only thing I could find that let me submit information to you."

"Irrationality is the square root of all evil" -- Douglas Hofstadter

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