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+ - US Government Doesn't Want You to Know How to Make a Hydrogen Bomb 3

Submitted by (3830033) writes "The atom bomb — leveler of Hiroshima and instant killer of some 80,000 people — is just a pale cousin compared to the hydrogen bomb, another product of American ingenuity, that easily packs the punch of a thousand Hiroshimas. That is why Washington has for decades done everything in its power to keep the details of its design out of the public domain. Now William J. Broad reports in the NYT that Kenneth W. Ford has defied a federal order to cut material from his new book that the government says teems with thermonuclear secrets. Ford says he included the disputed material because it had already been disclosed elsewhere and helped him paint a fuller picture of an important chapter of American history. But after he volunteered the manuscript for a security review, federal officials told him to remove about 10 percent of the text, or roughly 5,000 words. “They wanted to eviscerate the book,” says Ford. “My first thought was, ‘This is so ridiculous I won’t even respond.’ ” For instance, the federal agency wanted him to strike a reference to the size of the first hydrogen test device — its base was seven feet wide and 20 feet high. Dr. Ford responded that public photographs of the device, with men, jeeps and a forklift nearby, gave a scale of comparison that clearly revealed its overall dimensions.

Though difficult to make, hydrogen bombs are attractive to nations and militaries because their fuel is relatively cheap. Inside a thick metal casing, the weapon relies on a small atom bomb that works like a match to ignite the hydrogen fuel. Today, Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States are the only declared members of the thermonuclear club, each possessing hundreds or thousands of hydrogen bombs. Military experts suspect that Israel has dozens of hydrogen bombs. India, Pakistan and North Korea are seen as interested in acquiring the potent weapon. The big secret the book discusses is thermal equilibrium, the discovery that the temperature of the hydrogen fuel and the radiation could match each other during the explosion (PDF). World Scientific, a publisher in Singapore, recently made Dr. Ford’s book public in electronic form, with print versions to follow. Ford remains convinced the book “contains nothing whatsoever whose dissemination could, by any stretch of the imagination, damage the United States or help a country that is trying to build a hydrogen bomb.” “Were I to follow all — or even most — of your suggestions,” says Ford, “it would destroy the book.”"

Comment: Re:What about McGyver (Score 1) 166

by eyenot (#49330461) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

I forgot the photo shoots FHM did of Anderson, as well.

Also, considering the stars basically stated publicly that they had some romance going on and had considered marriage, what does it matter if Mulder is getting any action with Scully? Duchovny was (maybe is) getting action with Anderson. The best thing the show could do is keep the tension high by not having the characters hook up.

Comment: Re:What about McGyver (Score 2) 166

by eyenot (#49330437) Attached to: The X-Files To Return

There is a "new McGyver" project going, involving the original producer (or was it the original writer?)

A new Quantum Leap would be cool. There's a pretty cool John Maus song by the same title that's kind of about the same subject.

If it's wanking you're concerned with, maybe you should do a google search for the images of Anderson (and Duchovny perhaps) that Rolling Stone did.

Comment: Re:Risk (Score 1) 160

by eyenot (#49330183) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

Who bears the risk of junior spilling a juice cup all over the current heating furnace?

Obviously the server should be kept in the utility room (or basement) where junior doesn't usually play, and protected within some housing that doubles as a means of keeping the hot air collected so it can be ventilated at specific places throughout the home.

+ - Impossible to Submit Corrections to POSIX->

Submitted by bobo the hobo
bobo the hobo (302407) writes """This all began with Ken Thompson. The original Unix geek, Thompson was once asked if he he’d change anything about Unix if he had to do it over again. His response was that he’d spell the flag “O_CREAT” “O_CREATE”. This admission inspired Spiegelmock, and he began a lengthy journey into the heart of Unix. ...
And this is where Spiegelmock encountered the silliness that is now the POSIX standards process. First, he was stymied by ridiculously invasive registration processes built with extremely old software. Then he was rebuked by the utterly fragile PHP website behind it. Finally, he washed ashore on a semi-functioning page that gave him some of the names of the folks associated with the POSIX standard and the Austin Common Standards Revision Group."""

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Comment: Re:War on moons (Score 1) 111

by eyenot (#49315557) Attached to: Giant Lava Tubes Possible On the Moon

Applying the same explosive force required to blow up the Moon to blowing up a portion of the Earth instead would only be "more devastating" if you are purely measuring devastation potential in terms of forces of impact or explosive forces.

Don't forget that by and large, the opinion of the Moon in its relationship with life on Earth is more or less "vital". We have no idea what would happen to our weather and atmosphere, our oceans and water tables, or our life cycles if the Moon were obliterated.

Comment: Re:moonquakes (Score 1) 111

by eyenot (#49315513) Attached to: Giant Lava Tubes Possible On the Moon

All of the fools in this thread mentioning "meteorite bombardment" have not the foggiest. Moonquakes are a lot more powerful and a lot deeper than the faint tremors that would be caused by surface impacts.

But that's no surprise that people aren't interested in moonquakes or never heard of them before, even if they're lunar scientists. Even NASA didn't want to acknowledge their existence at first.

But look at them, now:

The truth is that nobody is sure what causes the most powerful moonquakes.

Comment: Re:Seems I didn't get that patch (Score 1) 136

by eyenot (#49037905) Attached to: Microsoft Fixes Critical Remotely Exploitable Windows Root-Level Design Bug

Probably so. I just checked the incoming updates and the problematic one was in the list, and I do have VS2010 installed. However, I did not install the particular subgroup of tools that the patch is mentioned to target. Good thing I crawled through the list looking for the specific KB#'s of incoming updates and unchecked it. If I were less cautious I would have been hitting "Install" feeling safe under the assumption that since I didn't have those tools installed in VS2010 that I would not be targeted for that update.

A language that doesn't affect the way you think about programming is not worth knowing.