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+ - Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green ->

schwit1 writes: People who own all-electric cars where coal generates the power may think they are helping the environment. But a new study finds their vehicles actually make the air dirtier, worsening global warming.

"It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "A lot of the technologies that we think of as being clean ... are not better than gasoline."

Hybrids and diesel engines are cleaner than gas, causing fewer air pollution deaths and spewing less heat-trapping gas. Ethanol isn't so green, either.

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+ - Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide to Protect Their Data->

Lucas123 writes: A new International survey of Internet users from 24 countries has found that more than 39% of them have taken steps to protect their data since Edward Snowden leaked the NSA's spying practices. The survey, conducted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), found that 43% of Internet users now avoid certain websites and applications and 39% change their passwords regularly. Security expert Bruce Schneier chastised the media for trying to downplay the numbers by saying "only" 39%" have taken action and "only 60%" have heard of Snowden. The news articles, "are completely misunderstanding the data," Schneier said, pointing out that by combining data on Internet penetration with data from the international survey, it works out to 706 million people who are now taking steps to protect their online data. Additionally, two-thirds (64%) of users indicated they are more concerned today about online privacy than they were a year ago. Another notable finding: 83% of users believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right.
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Comment: Re:Wonder what brand is best now... Intel? (Score 1) 101 101

I'm really happy with the 2 Crucial M550 SSD drives I bought (256GB:CT256M550SSD1 and 1TB:CT1024M550SSD1). I based my choice primarily on reliability. The performance is close to the fastest in that price range with stability features that are exceptional.

Comment: World War Z (Score 0) 170 170

Virii mutate, and do so rapidly (which is why every year there is a new crop of flu virii to fight). If Ebola mutates to add something like an uncontrollable murderous rage in a non-trivial percentage of the infected then we have the potential for World War Z. This is a scenario that rivals the old cold war for scary.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.