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+ - Magnetic Field Flip Earlier Than Thought->

Submitted by eedwardsjr
eedwardsjr (1327857) writes "From Metro UK:

Berkeley scientists say that the Earth’s magnetic field can weaken and dip within just 100 years, before flipping so that compasses point south – an event they admit could wreck the entire world’s power grid and expose the world to deadly cosmic rays.

Earth’s magnetic field is weakening 10 times faster than normal at present, leading geophysicists to predict a flip within a few thousand years – but Discovery news says that could understimate [sic] the speed of the change."

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Comment: Re:My router (Score 1) 264

by eedwardsjr (#46288703) Attached to: Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks
I use Sophos' UTM product. It is not open source and grandma is not going to use this, but it is rock solid. Honestly the primary reason is country blocking and the daily email reports on the previous day/week/month's activities. You have to get a PC for it, but a small form factor ATOM processor box with works well and has a low power consumption.

+ - Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?-> 1

Submitted by cartechboy
cartechboy (2660665) writes "The electric car challenge is what insiders call "getting butts in seats" — and a lot of butts today still belong to humans who are not yet buying electric cars. The big question is: Why? Surveys show drivers are interested in electric cars--and that they love them once they drive them. EVs also cost less to maintain (though more to buy in the first place) and many experts say they're simply nicer to drive. So what's the problem? Disinterested dealers, uneven distribution, limited supplies, and media bias are some potential challenges. Or maybe it's just lousy marketing--casting electric cars as a moral imperative or a duty, like medicine you have to take."
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Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.