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+ - Scientists Find Radioactive Aircraft Carrier Off California Coast

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Aaron Kinney writes in the San Jose Mercury News that scientists have captured the first clear images of the USS Independence, a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay. The Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan in 1944 and 1945 and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. Assigned as a target vessel for the Operation Crossroads atomic bomb tests, she was placed within one-half-mile of ground zero and was engulfed in a fireball and heavily damaged during the 1946 nuclear weapons tests at Bikini Atoll. The veteran ship did not sink, however (though her funnels and island were crumpled by the blast), and after taking part in another explosion on 25 July, the highly radioactive hull was later taken to Pearl Harbor and San Francisco for further tests and was finally scuttled off the coast of San Francisco, California, on 29 January 1951. "This ship is an evocative artifact of the dawn of the atomic age, when we began to learn the nature of the genie we'd uncorked from the bottle," says James Delgado. "It speaks to the 'Greatest Generation' — people's fathers, grandfathers, uncles and brothers who served on these ships, who flew off those decks and what they did to turn the tide in the Pacific war."

Delgado says he doesn't know how many drums of radioactive material are buried within the ship — perhaps a few hundred. But he is doubtful that they pose any health or environmental risk. The barrels were filled with concrete and sealed in the ship's engine and boiler rooms, which were protected by thick walls of steel. The carrier itself was clearly "hot" when it went down and and it was packed full of fresh fission products and other radiological waste at the time it sank. The Independence was scuttled in what is now the Gulf of the Farallones sanctuary, a haven for wildlife, from white sharks to elephant seals and whales. Despite its history as a dumping ground Richard Charter says the radioactive waste is a relic of a dark age before the enviornmental movement took hold. "It's just one of those things that humans rather stupidly did in the past that we can't retroactively fix.""

+ - The Private Sector to Take Responsibity for Global Warming

Submitted by blackbeak
blackbeak (1227080) writes "Just checked the weather report for today at and saw the Open Letter from Global CEOs to World Leaders Urging Concrete Climate Action. Note how the cosignatory CEOs all affirm that "the private sector has a responsibility". This is eerily reminiscent of the 1970's Crying Indian TV commercial put out by Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

For those unaware few, KAB, Inc. was (and is) a non-profit front group set up by and for large corporate interests that worked tirelessly against environmental legislation such as "bottle bills" and recycling laws. The (fake) Indian Ad redirected the national attention away from the corporate entities that remain the overwhelming source of air pollution.

Anyone care to compare the accumulated carbon output of the corporate sector with that of the private sector? How many exhalations per hour will we be allowed in the corporately controlled and globally legislated future?"

+ - Security expert pulled off flight by FBI after exposing aircraft vulnerabilities->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "One of the world's foremost experts on counter-threat intelligence within the cybersecurity industry, who blew the whistle on vulnerabilities in airplane technology systems in a series of recent Fox News reports, has become the target of an FBI investigation himself.

Chris Roberts of the Colorado-based One World Labs, a security intelligence firm that identifies risks before they're exploited, said two FBI agents and two uniformed police officers pulled him off a United Airlines Boeing 737-800 commercial flight Wednesday night just after it landed in Syracuse, and spent the next four hours questioning him about cyberhacking of planes."

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+ - Startalk TV show with Neil DeGrasse Tyson starting Monday

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Neil DeGrasse Tyson of Startalk Radio and Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has got a TV show starting on Monday, April 20, at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on NatGeo. Based on Dr. Tyson’s prominent podcast of the same name, the hour-long, weekly series infuses pop culture with science, while bringing together comedians and celebrities to delve into a wide range of topics. Each week, in a private interview, Dr. Tyson explores all the ways that science and technology have influenced the life and livelihood of his guests, whatever their background."

+ - Russians arrest Nazi malware thieves->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Russian authorities have arrested five cybercriminals allegedly behind the Nazi-promulgating Android malware Svpeng, which hacked over 350,000 Google devices, stealing credit card details and demanding ransom payments. According to a Forbes report this week [], Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said that it had caught five members of the cybercrime group on March 24th, including the suspected malware creator. The hacking campaign reportedly stole over $930,000 from Russian civilians. Although Russia’s largest national bank Sberbank was the main target for the attack, Android users in the U.S., UK and Europe were also affected. Text messages offering Adobe Flash Player downloads were sent to target devices and once downloaded the malware programmed a Google Play pop-up requesting the user’s payment details before they could gain access to the app. A later version, which targeted U.S. and UK users, locked the device and displayed a fake message from the FBI demanding $200 be paid as a ‘fine’ for viewing pornographic content."
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+ - Wikileaks Publishes Hacked Sony Emails, Documents->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Wikileaks has published a searchable database of thousands of emails and documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment that were leaked in late 2014 after the studio was attacked by hackers. Some of the 173,132 emails and 30,287 documents contain highly personal information about Sony employees including home addresses, personal phone numbers and social security numbers, a fact which is likely to raise new concerns about the use of stolen information online."
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+ - Netflix to set prices according to local piracy levels->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Media streaming giant Netflix has this week outlined plans to better structure its pricing dependent on the prevalence of piracy in a country. In an earnings call to investors, chief financial officer David Wells announced that the company would reduce subscription prices in countries with higher piracy rates in order to remain competitive. While the public admission makes sense in economic terms, it does seem that the new amended rates will only serve to encourage piracy. Knowing that pirating online media will reduce Netflix subscription rates, consumers will surely turn to sites such as Popcorn Time to stream more pirated content. During the same interview, the Netflix panel also referred to the controversial use of virtual private networks (VPNs) by international customers to access the American catalog from countries outside of U.S. borders. CEO Reed Hastings said that the company did not encourage the use of VPN but that it was “certainly less bad than piracy.”"
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+ - AMD withdraws from high-density server business

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has pulled out of the market for high-density servers, reversing a strategy it embarked on three years ago with its acquisition of SeaMicro. AMD delivered the news Thursday as it announced financial results for the quarter. Its revenue slumped 26 percent from this time last year to $1.03 billion, and its net loss increased to $180 million, the company said. AMD paid $334 million to buy SeaMicro, which developed a new type of high-density server aimed at large-scale cloud and Internet service providers."

+ - WikiLeaks publishes The Sony Archives->

Submitted by vivaoporto
vivaoporto (1064484) writes "WikiLeaks published on its site a full, searchable archive of the data leaked during the high-profile hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment last year.

Some of its 30,287 documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) and 173,132 emails highlights SPE inner works and thoughts on matters like the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the case against Megaupload and the extradition of its founder Kim DotCom and the connections and alignments between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the US Democratic Party."

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+ - Major Advance in Artificial Photosynthesis Poses Win/Win for the Environment

Submitted by Qualitypointtech
Qualitypointtech (2624155) writes "A potentially breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achievedwith the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels.A paper describing this research in the journal Nano Letters"

+ - UK Company Wants to Deliver Parcels Through Underground Tunnels->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Drones flown by Amazon aren't the only way we could be getting our parcels delivered in the near future. UK firm Mole Solutions is exploring the possibility of using small robot trains running on underground tracks to manage deliveries, and it's just received funding from the British government to help test the viability of the proposal."
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+ - Youtube needs match ads to video genre, not demographic.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm taking this Youtube survey that just showed up, and they appear to be seeking info on my demographic and and advice on what kind of ads I like. I'm writing to Youtube that I want the ads to pair with the video like wine and cheese. Waiters don't typically ask your age before suggesting a wine (at least not with me). Why does Youtube think age is the determining factor. If the video has a jazz feel, same for the ad. If it's an urban feel, same for the ad. What's so hard about that?

I just got a maudlin Speedstik ad paired with Marilyn Manson vid. Top that Slashdot!

Also, I want to scream at ads the keep serving to me when I'm never, ever going to buy their product, already own their product, or hate it. I'm never buying a Nissan because of all the "Excitment" ads Youtube served up. I hate that guy, and by association their company. For a while, every damned video had a Nissan commercial in front of it. That really interrupts the flow of my groove.

Upvote for change!!!!"

+ - Oh, the Irony: Microsoft .NET Compiler Now Building Better on Linux and Mac than->

Submitted by Lumenary7204
Lumenary7204 (706407) writes "In an odd turn of events, as of the late evening of April 16, 2015 (US Eastern Daylight Time), a quick survey of Microsoft's .NET repository on GitHub indicates that Roslyn, the .NET Compiler, is currently (link to screenshot) building successfully on Linux and Mac platforms, but not Windows.

Strange times, indeed..."

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+ - Newly discovered sixth extinction rivals that of the dinosaurs->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "Earth has seen its share of catastrophes, the worst being the “big five” mass extinctions scientists traditionally talk about. Now, paleontologists are arguing that a sixth extinction, 260 million years ago, at the end of a geological age called the Capitanian, deserves to be a member of the exclusive club. In a new study, they offer evidence for a massive die-off in shallow, cool waters in what is now Norway. That finding, combined with previous evidence of extinctions in tropical waters, means that the Capitanian was a global catastrophe."
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