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+ - Pi Day Clock->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Did you know that the Pi Day of the century is only a few days away? One day
every century, the numbers of the current month, day, year, hour, minute and
second line up to match the first 10 digits of the mathematical constant pi:
3.14.15 9:26:53.

We made a special clock for Pi Day, with date and time in "pi format". Please
take a minute to check it out!

Thanks for your time!"

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+ - French nuclear industry in turmoil as manufacturer buckles->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) — more than its entire market value.

The government of France, the world's most nuclear dependent country, has a 29% stake in Areva, which is among the biggest global nuclear technology companies. The loss puts its future — and that of France as a leader in nuclear technology — at risk.

Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday she asked Areva and utility giant Electricite de France to work together on finding solutions, amid reports of a possible merger or other link-up.

The government said in a statement that it's working closely with Areva to restructure and secure financing, and would "take its responsibility as a shareholder" in future decisions about its direction.

Areva reported Wednesday 1 billion euros in losses on three major nuclear projects in Finland and France, among other hits.

Areva has lost money for years, in part linked to delays on those projects and to a global pullback from nuclear energy since the 2011 Fukushima accident."

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+ - Open source mapping plays important role in humanitarian response->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Open source and crowdsourcing—uttering these words at a meeting of the United Nations before the year 2010 would have made you persona non grata. In fact, the fastest way to discredit yourself at any humanitarian meeting just five years ago was to suggest the use of open source software and crowdsourcing in disaster response. Then, a tragic earthquake occured in Haiti in 2010, and OpenStreetMap and Ushahidi were deployed in the aftermath.

Their use demonstrated the potential of free and open source crowdsourcing platforms in humanitarian contexts.

Then, Typhoon Ruby in the Philippines occured five years later. What technology was used?"

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Comment: Re:you care more for your own kind, its science! (Score 0, Troll) 246

by Flavianoep (#49181469) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

They did this study with kids and dolls in the 80s.

We are programmed to prefer our own kind and ethnicity.

Its a tribal thing that protected man for hundreds of thousands of years..

Political correctness morons want to call it racism but political correctness is anti individualism and promotes group think.

If this is a tribal thing, why don't racists go live in their tribes and leave the civilized people alone.

+ - 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming to the Big Screen 2

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Hollywood Reporter reports that Twentieth Century Fox recently picked up the movie rights to "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress," based on the classic sci-fi book by Robert A. Heinlein and will retitled the movie as 'Uprising'. Heinlein's 1966 sci-fi novel centers on a lunar colony's revolt against rule from Earth and the book popularized the acronym TANSTAAFL (There ain't no such thing as a free lunch), a central, libertarian theme. The novel was nominated for the 1966 Nebula award (honoring the best sci-fi and fantasy work in the U.S.) and won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel in 1967. An adaptation has been attempted twice before — by DreamWorks, which had a script by Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and by Phoenix Pictures, with Harry Potter producer David Heyman attached — but both languished and the rights reverted to Heinlein's estate. Brian Singer, who previously directed X-Men: Days of Future Past, will adopt the screenplay and reportedly direct. Several of Heinlein's novels have been adapted for the big and small screen, including the 1953 film Project Moonbase, the 1994 TV miniseries Red Planet, the 1994 film The Puppet Masters, and — very loosely — the 1997 film Starship Troopers."

+ - Apple And Google 'FREAK Attack' Leaves Millions Of Users Vulnerable

Submitted by (3830033) writes "The Guardian reports that millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required US software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns. Many popular websites and some internet browsers continued to accept the weaker software, or can be tricked into using it, according to experts at several research institutions who reported their findings. According to Ars Technica a scan of more than 14 million websites that support the secure sockets layer or transport layer security protocols found that more than 36 percent of them were vulnerable to the decryption attacks: "The so-called FREAK attack—short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys—is possible when an end user with a vulnerable device—currently known to include Android smartphones, iPhones, and Macs running Apple's OS X operating system—connects to a vulnerable HTTPS-protected website. Vulnerable sites are those configured to use a weak cipher that many had presumed had been retired long ago. At the time this post was being prepared, most Windows and Linux end-user devices were not believed to be affected."

The flaw resulted from a former U.S. government policy that forbade the export of strong encryption and required that weaker “export-grade” products be shipped to customers in other countries, say the researchers who discovered the problem. These restrictions were lifted in the late 1990s, but the weaker encryption got baked into widely used software that proliferated around the world and back into the United States, apparently unnoticed until this year."

Comment: Re:Classic Case (Score 1) 144

by Flavianoep (#49179813) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

It's a classic case of confirmation bias. The human brain does it all the time; if you don't know what it is or how to avoid it, look it up.

Yeah, I'm probably preaching to the choir on that last bit. I hope I am, anyway.

No, it's classic anymore, because it involves social media:
loser edit nc
2. Confirmation bias involving social media.

Comment: Re:A rescue team (Score 1) 61

by Flavianoep (#49179417) Attached to: Lost City Discovered In Honduran Rain Forest

Archaeologists surveyed and mapped extensive plazas, earthworks, mounds, and an earthen pyramid belonging to a culture that thrived a thousand years ago, and then vanished.

Why is everyone so laid back about these archaeologists? We need to urgently send a rescue team.

I got that! I've been reading about the Oxford comma these days.

Comment: There will be no substitution (Score 1) 220

by Flavianoep (#49171117) Attached to: Will you be using a mobile payment system?
In another decade, or two, "credit cards will be like checks (...)," except where there are already PIN pads and you don't have to show your ID.
It's very unlikely that one technology will substitute the other, like computer and printers substituted typewriters, but they will be concurrent, like TV, cinema, radio &c. The mobile payments will be very popular for a while, till people become aware of the association between smartphones and the rise of anxiety disorder and stop carrying them.

Shortest distance between two jokes = A straight line