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Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-fallout-map dept.
mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."
Technology

Festo's Drone Dragonfly Takes To the Air 45

Posted by samzenpus
from the little-flyer dept.
yyzmcleod writes "Building on the work of last year's bionic creation, the Smart Bird, Festo announced that it will literally launch its latest creation, the BionicOpter, at Hannover Messe in April. With a wingspan of 63 cm and weighing in at 175 grams, the robotic dragonfly mimics all forms of flight as its natural counterpart, including hover, glide and maneuvering in all directions. This is made possible, the company says, by the BionicOpter's ability to move each of its four wings independently, as well as control their amplitude, frequency and angle of attack. Including its actuated head and body, the robot exhibits 13 degrees of freedom, which allows it to rapidly accelerate, decelerate, turn and fly backwards."
The Internet

+ - EU Parliament Debates their own DMCA 2

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Right now, what is lacking across Europe, is a standard law to handle notice-and-take down's of illegal sites like the US' DMCA. Right now illegal content across Europe is subject to non-standard take down letters, some of which include no mention of what was allegedly infringed, nor in which jurisdiction in Europe it's infringed, or who to contact in your jurisdiction to challenge the claim, or even which company it is that is being represented by the law firm that gets in touch with he project. They need a system so that the notices would have to include information that makes them verifiable as correct. EU is holding a public consultation discussing notice-and-take down laws, which can be found here."
Science

+ - Small rocky exoplanet discovered close to Sol system->

Submitted by sander
sander (7831) writes "Spitzer Space Telescope has discovered of a 0.67 earth mass sized planet 33 light years away from the Sol system by the Spitzer Space Telescope- and the article speculates that Spitzer might be able to spot planets as small as Mars in future. The planet may be out of the habitable zone, but close to Earth rocky exoplanet discoveries are always exciting."
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Privacy

+ - How to avoid being tracked online-> 1

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Barence
Barence writes "With governments around the world increasingly snooping on the internet activity of their citizens, PC Pro has a feature outlining how to (legally) avoid being tracked online. The feature covers techniques such as end-to-end encryption, onion networks, VPNs and proxies, and how to cover your tracks on social networks."
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Open Source

+ - Linux 3.5 released

Submitted by diegocg
diegocg (1680514) writes "Linux 3.5 has been released. New features include support for metadata checksums in Ext4, userspace probes for performance profiling with systemtap/perf, a simple sandboxing mechanism that can filter syscalls, a new network queue management algorithm designed to fight bufferbloat, support for checkpointing and restoring TCP connections, support for TCP Early Retransmit (RFC 5827), support for android-style opportunistic suspend, btrfs I/O failure statistics, and SCSI over Firewire and USB. Here's the full changelog."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Stepping down from an office server to NAS-only

Submitted by rawket.scientist
rawket.scientist (812855) writes "I'm a full time lawyer and part time nerd doing most of the IT support for my small (~10 person) firm. We make heavy use of our old Windows Server 2003 machine for networked storage, and we use it as a DNS server (by choice, not necessity), but we don't use it for our e-mail, web hosting, productivity or software licensing. No Sharepoint, no Exchange, etc. Now old faithful is giving signs of giving out, and I'm seriously considering replacing it with a NAS device like the Synology DS1512+ or Dell PowerVault NX200. Am I penny-wise but pound foolish here? And is it overambitious for someone who's only dabbled in networking 101 to think of setting up a satisfactory, secure VPN or FTP server on one of these? We've had outside consultants and support in the past, but I always get the first "why is it doing this" call, and I like to have the answer, especially if I was the one who recommended the hardware."

+ - No More Free Conference Calls->

Submitted by kgeiger
kgeiger (1339271) writes "The FCC is changing the call termination tariffs that subsidized rural wireline service and coincidentally free conference calls. Free conference call services had located their dial-in centers in rural areas to scoop up FCC tariffs from its Universal Service Fund. USF monies will go to broadband deployment instead. Be prepared to put more nickels in the box."
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+ - Storing items in a sealed chest for 25 years-> 3

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accet87
accet87 writes "We are celebrating the Silver Jubilee of our graduation next month and have come up with an idea where we will build an air-tight chest in which each of us will deposit something and will open the chest only on our Golden Jubilee, i,e, after another 25 years. I want to understand what kind of items can be safely stored for 25 years and what kind of precautions are required to be taken. I am sure things like paper, non ferrous metallic objects, wood etc will hold good.
What about data storage elecronically? I dont think CD/DVD etc will be usable. Even if the data is retained, reading it in 2037 may be a challenge."

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Programming

+ - HTML5 Splits Into Two Standards-> 2

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "Until now the two standards bodies WHATWG and W3C working on HTML5 have cooperated. An announcement by WHATWG makes it clear that this is no longer true. WHATWG is going to work on a living standard for HTML which will continue to evolve as more technologies are added. WC3 is going the traditional and much more time consuming route of creating a traditional standard which WHATWG refers to as a "snapshot" of their living standard. Of course now being free of WC3's slower methods WHATWG can accelerate the pace of introducing new technologies to HTML5.
What ever happens the future has just become more complicated — now you have to ask yourself which HTML5?"

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Mozilla

+ - Mozilla Outs Desktop version of Firefox OS->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Mozilla has released a desktop version of its Firefox OS allowing developers to have a sneak peak the OS before it is officially made available on phones. Mozilla has ensured that it gets the highest audience for the Firefox OS and for that it has released the builds for all three major desktop operating systems: Mac, Windows, and Linux. Mozilla's Tony Chung wrote in a blog post, "If you're a web developer, you can use these builds to create and test your webApp against." Gaia/Hacking has the setup instructions. You would need a Gaia profile to launch the build otherwise you might encounter a black screen. Further information is available in Chung's blog post."
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Science

+ - M-Carbon: 50yro mystery solved-> 1

Submitted by slew
slew (2918) writes "Unlike its more famous carbon cousins: diamonds and fullerenes, you've probably never heard of M-Carbon, but this form of compressed graphite which is as hard as diamonds has baffled researcher for half a century. Over the past few years, many theoretical computations have suggested at least a dozen different crystal structures for this phase of carbon, but new experiments showed that only one crystal structure fits the data: M-carbon."
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Android

+ - Ask Slashdot: scripting on smartphones? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am choosing a smartphone for work, moving up from a long history of just-a-phone phones. This coincides with moving into an environment where I will have a desktop machine in my office, rather using my laptop — so I'll VPN in from home, and am looking forward to not trucking my laptop around everywhere. BUT ... this means I now won't have my laptop all the time. I have gotten used to scripting various little things that make my life easier, and would like to carry that over to the phone. For example, periodically check that a certain machine is online and backing things up the way it is supposed to; if the lab monitoring system sends me an email that the -80 freezer is up to -50, play a sound and run the vibrate system in a specific, arbitrarily chosen pattern; when I press this button, record an MP3, when I release it prep an email with it attached, that sort of thing. I assume this limits me to Android?

Other features I'm looking for are:
*Screen big enough to read & reply to emails, also skim through pdf files looking for a key point — I don't want an ereader, but I'll often be in a seminar and want to look something up quickly.
*Ability to use WiFi instead of data plan, and smart enough to use it when one of my preferred networks is available without me telling it to.
*can tether my laptop if needed via either wifi or bluetooth
*Can fit in a reasonable size mens pants pocket, and is robust enough that the screen won't crack when I sit down (had an iPaq do this once). I am open to using a holster, but I worry about snagging on things and also exposure to the elements when biking to work.
*decent battery life
*GPS would be nice while travelling on conferences but not essential, ditto a decent camera
*full on web browser that can handle things like TiddlyWiki would be very useful as well

Does such a beast exist? Has anyone used one and if so what do you think? Bonus points if you know if I can use it with Rogers (Canadian wireless provider used by my workplace)."
Google

+ - Google has Built the Largest URL Database for Pirated Content->

Submitted by
SmartAboutThings
SmartAboutThings writes "Google’s black-list database, which by the way, also gives users that are not so tech-savvy access to millions of direct links containing even movies or images of games. Although Google indexes vast percentages of the whole web, now it isn't that hard for someone to find a way of downloading pirated music and other samples of this kind""
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Your Rights Online

+ - FBI Wants a Database of Your Tattoos -> 2

Submitted by
quantr
quantr writes ""The FBI is consulting local police and vendors about technology currently in use that can spot crooks and terrorists by interpreting the symbolism of their tattoos, according to government documents.
The inquiry follows work already underway at the bureau and Homeland Security Department to add iris and facial recognition services to their respective fingerprint databases.""

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