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Comment: Fukushima Exploded! (Score 1) 752

by dutt (#35463112) Attached to: Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan
Huge blast at Japan nuclear power plant Fukushima just now.... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-12720219

This could be very dangerous needless to say. I suspect that we have the next Chernobyl on our hands. https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

The Swedish government has asked all citizens to leave Japan as soon as possible.

Comment: eBay sells at a great loss (Score 4, Informative) 125

by dutt (#29273091) Attached to: EBay Sells Skype To Marc Andreessen
The interesting thing about this deal is that eBay actually bought Skype from the founders for 3.1 billion US dollars. They are now selling for 2 billion which makes you think about the huge loss and the extremely bad deal they made in buying in the first place. When eBay bought Skype it was seen by many as the worst IT business deal, ever!
Security

Researchers Demo BIOS Attack That Survives Disk Wipes 396

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can't-believe-it-took-this-long dept.
suraj.sun writes "A pair of Argentinian researchers have found a way to perform a BIOS level malware attack capable of surviving even a hard-disk wipe. Alfredo Ortega and Anibal Sacco from Core Security Technologies — used the stage at last week's CanSecWest conference to demonstrate methods (PDF) for infecting the BIOS with persistent code that will survive reboots and re-flashing attempts. The technique includes patching the BIOS with a small bit of code that gave them complete control of the machine. The demo ran smoothly on a Windows machine, a PC running OpenBSD and another running VMware Player."
Programming

+ - Tim Bray on the Future of the Web->

Submitted by
snitch
snitch writes "In this interviewmade during QCon SF 2008,Tim Bray talks about why he is not convinced with the buzz surrounding Rich Internet Applications and shares his ideas on Cloud Computing. He also expresses his opinion regarding the debate REST vs. WS-* and the future directions web technologies will be taking. Tim Bray also addresses the way web technologies are affected by the current economic turmoil and gives his insight into which paradigms he sees going forward in these challenging times."
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The Internet

+ - BT Lists Initial Fibre Optic Broadband Exchanges->

Submitted by
MJackson
MJackson writes "BT has just released a full list of local UK telephone exchange locations where, from early 2010, its new super fast fibre optic based (FTTC) broadband services will become available from. This follows Saturday's news when BT outlined its plans to launch the product in several Scottish cities first. BT will deploy the FTTC service to 29 exchanges across the UK, most of which are urban although two will be for rural areas (Calder Valley (near Halifax) and Taffs Well (near Cardiff)) as part of a feasibility study into deploying next generation rural broadband solutions. FTTC will bring speeds of up to 40Mbps — and potentially 60Mbps — within reach of 500,000 homes and businesses. Areas of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Greater Manchester will be amongst the first locations to benefit from this initial deployment."
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Transportation

World's Cheapest Car Goes On Sale In India 571

Posted by timothy
from the wish-it-had-a-monorail-socket-too dept.
Frankie70 writes "The Tata Nano — the car that caught the world's imagination as the cheapest ever — will finally be rolled out commercially on Monday in Mumbai in a mega event organised by Tata Motors. Ben Oliver, contributing editor, Car Magazine, London test drove the car in December, 08. These were his first impressions. This was his verdict: 'CAR's first ride in the Tata Nano felt far more significant and exciting than a first drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini, because this car's importance is immeasurably greater. It won't compete on dynamics or quality with European or Japanese city cars, but it doesn't have to. What Tata has achieved at an unprecedented price is astonishing, although we'd guess it will cost Indian consumers closer to £1700 when it finally goes on sale, six months late, in March 2009.'"
Software

+ - Skype Targets Businesses With New Software->

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Mihaela Lica
Mihaela Lica writes "According to the Wall Street Journal, the new software is expected to allow employees to make domestic and international calls using regular office telephones, instead of a headset plugged into a personal computer. Initially, the company will charge about 2.1 cents a minute for calls to cellphones and fixed lines, but calls from computers to phone systems using the Skype software will be free, similar to what it now charges for its consumer service."
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Earth

+ - Alaska's Mt. Redoubt has erupted-> 1

Submitted by
alaskana98
alaskana98 writes "Alaska's Mt. Redoubt volcano has erupted 3 times, with the first event starting at 10:38 PM Alaska standard time. The ash cloud is estimated to be higher than 50,000 feet. So far, only light ash fall is predicted for areas north of Anchorage. http://avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.ph You can catch the latest updates at the Alaska Volcano Observatory's site at http://avo.alaska.edu/activity/Redoubt.php."
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Software

+ - Open Source Document Management System 1

Submitted by
francoisdp
francoisdp writes "We recently restructured our growing research group an realized that we are a number of guys each sitting with a huge amount of research papers on our own machines. Everyone has his own collection due to differences in research focus, but what is the best way to centralize and therefore share these resources within the group?

I have had a quick look at Open Source Document Management Systems, but have not really had an in-depth investigation and I am not sure whether that is the road to follow. Can anyone suggest a strategy that is a bit more advanced than simply having one big ftp server or a shared folder on a server. The solution should ideally be open source, accessible from Linux and Windows and be able to host a variety of documentation types, such as papers, report, dissertations, etc."
Transportation

+ - World's cheapest car goes on sale

Submitted by Frankie70
Frankie70 (803801) writes "The world's cheapest car goes on sale.
Tata Nano — the car that caught the world's imagination as the cheapest ever — will finally be rolled out commercially on Monday in Mumbai in a mega event organised by Tata Motors.

Ben Oliver, contributing editor, Car Magazine, London test drove the car in December, 08. These were his first impressions. This was his verdict — "CAR's first ride in the Tata Nano felt far more significant and exciting than a first drive in a Ferrari or Lamborghini, because this car's importance is immeasurably greater. It won't compete on dynamics or quality with European or Japanese city cars, but it doesn't have to. What Tata has achieved at an unprecedented price is astonishing, although we'd guess it will cost Indian consumers closer to £1700 when it finally goes on sale, six months late, in March 2009.""
The Internet

+ - New Zealand halts internet copyright law changes-> 2

Submitted by
phobonetik
phobonetik writes "The New Zealand Prime Minister announced his Government will throw out the controversial Section 92A of the Copyright Amendment (New Technologies) Act and start again. The proposed law changes contained 'guilty upon accusation, without appeal' clauses and heavy compliance costs to ISPs and businesses. The changes were hours away from being signed but a series of online protests, a petition on Government grounds, as well as public rebuttal by a large ISP and by Google contributed to the Government changing course and respecting the wishes of the IT industry."
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