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+ - River of blood exposed by Dallas Drone->

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garymortimer writes "I was looking at images after the flight that showed a blood red creek and was thinking, could this really be what I think it is? Can you really do that, surely not? Whatever it is, it was flat out gross. Then comes the question of who do I report this to that can find out what it is and where it is coming from.

Search after search and even some phone calls and I am not finding anything on who to call until I find the Nation Response Center. With their website saying that they are “the sole national point of contact for reporting all oil, chemical, radiological, biological and etiological discharges into the environment, anywhere in the United States and its territories” this sure seems like the correct place to start."

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+ - Ruby on Rails Developer - Why it's a technology to->

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danieljackson09 writes "Ruby on Rails, more informally referred to as Rails, has made quite a splash in the open source tech community since its release in July of 2004. Although many wondered how durable it really is, we're experiencing the calm and yet it is still managing to prove its endurance.

Firstly, in order to understand Rails' benefits, we must first understand what it is. Rails is considered a tool for developers creating web sites and web applications. What it essentially does is provide a framework, giving structure for their code.

Just like any other technology there are going to be some advantages and disadvantages of using it. Luckily for Innoppl, Ruby on Rails advocates have come up with very inventive ways of combating any disadvantages, which we entirely support.

Main advantages are :
One of the main benefits of Rails is the ease of use for developers. One of the aspects that most illustrates that is the Convention over Configuration (CoC) concept. This means the developer only needs to write code for the places in which the application he/she is creating needs something above what the basic code provides.

This efficiency is possible with the help of RubyGems. This is an online repository of packaged Ruby applications or libraries that any developer has access to. Furthermore, because Ruby is structured this way, it enables developers to be able to pick up where another left off with ease. It decreases the amount of extra documentation that needs to be created with each project.
Another attractive benefit of Rails is that since Rails was created by David Heinemeier Hansson to aid in the construction of Basecamp, it can handle building large applications.

Some minor disadvantages with responses include :

Your current website host may not be able to support your new Rails site. However, there are a couple options for that. Firstly, although the host you now use may not support your new site, there are other hosts that can like Heroku and EngineYard. Another option is to use a Virtual Private Server. This option allowsyou to have full control of your server and assign resources as you see fit. Examples of VPS's are Linode, Slicehost, and Amazon EC2, and your friendly Innoppl techie can take care of this for you.

Longevity has always been of heavy concern as well. Although many see a concern for this, Innoppl does not. A combination of the Rails communities continued growthand the appearance of more Rails resources is proof positive of Ruby on Rails' intended stability.

Basically, these innovative Developers are powered with a notable technology, loads of talent and strongly advocate the Agile Web Development method, a development method intended to provide effective communication between the developers and their clients. Considering these details, and continued adoption, you really can't go wrong.


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+ - Russian scientist sees Life on Venus from 1982 lan->

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flergum (755926) writes "Leonid Ksanfomaliti, an astronomer based at the Space Research Institute of Russia’s Academy of Sciences, analyzed photographs taken by a Russian landing probe during a 1982 — and while the 30 year lag in analyzing the data hints at some Vodka holidays, is there life out there? Ksanfomaliti says the Russian photographs depict objects resembling a “disk,” a “black flap” and a “scorpion.” This news can rock you like a hurricane."
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+ - Stephen Hawking's Greatest Unsolved Mystery?-> 1

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K7DAN writes "Theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking was interviewed for the New Scientist magazine upon his 70th birthday and asked all kinds of questions about the origin of the universe, quantum theory and the like. The last question was the most profound. "What do you think most about during the day." Answer: "Women. They are a complete mystery.""

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+ - Is Nuclear Energy the Solution? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "When problems such as greenhouse gases or the imminent energy crisis are brought up in conversation, nuclear energy is often cited as a solution. The advantages are apparently easy to quantify. According to many, nuclear energy is a near boundless source of energy and does not have the disadvantage of CO2. emissions.

However, thorough research has shown that these common assumptions are not at all correct. The average nuclear power plant doesn’t start producing energy for 10 years. Over its lifetime it produces more than one million tons of CO2. and ultimately very little in the way of net energy. So why are we still investing in nuclear energy, isn't it a passed station?"

+ - Hacker breaks into Flordia wind turbine systems-> 1

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Claiming revenge for an "illegitimate firing," someone has posted screenshots and other data, apparently showing that he was able to break a 200 megawat wind turbine system owned by NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of Florida Power & Light. The data was posted to the Full Disclossure security mailing list anonymously, by someone using the name "Bgr R.""
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+ - Internet Explorer 10 Drops Vista Support->

Submitted by Pigskin-Referee
Pigskin-Referee (1389181) writes "This week at Microsoft's MIX11 Web developer conference, the company surprised many by making a pre-release version of Internet Explorer 10 available—less than a month after IE9 came out in its final form. But another surprise was uncovered by Computerworld's Gregg Keizer: the next IE won't run on any OS before Windows 7, including Vista.

Microsoft took some heat when it came out that Internet Explorer 9 would leave millions of Windows XP users in the lurch, as the new browser would only run on Windows 7 and Vista. But the company confirmed that IE10 won't even run on Vista. In a statement to Computerworld, the company said "Windows Vista customers have a great browsing experience with IE9, but in building IE10 we are focused on continuing to drive the kind of innovation that only happens when you take advantage of the ongoing improvements in modern operating systems and modern hardware.""

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+ - Emissions-Free Transport for Shipping Containers-> 1

Submitted by jeroen8
jeroen8 (1463273) writes "A Dilemma of Economic Growth: How can economic growth in the area of transportation be managed in a manner consistent with the moderation or reduction in the rate of climate change? After all, it is a given that economic growth will require a greater capacity to transport and an intensification in the use of existing infrastructure. With transportation options currently available, it does not appear to be feasible to make progress on the emissions front merely by making greater use of the infrastructure now in place. Unless real alternatives are developed, this state of affairs will continue far into the future. Apparently an insoluble dilemma. A Dutch guy came up with a simple solution during a price contest: Stevelduct. The concept is to re-use a centuries old concept of "Stevelen" combined with an aqua-duct for transporting containers."
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+ - Google Modifies HTTP, Makes Chrome 50% Faster->

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An anonymous reader writes "Google has quietly added support for SPDY in its Chrome browser and all its web servers. SPDY was developed by Google to replace and/or complement parts of the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) that cause latency. For example, SPFY supports an unlimited number of data streams via a single TCP connection, it can prioritize requests and compress request and response HTTP headers. Other than HTTP, it also allows servers to push data to clients without a corresponding client request. Google said that pageload performances increased by more than 60% in some cases. All current Chrome versions and all Google sites support SPDY."
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+ - Google Abandons Street View In Germany->

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An anonymous reader writes "Google has stopped sending out its Street View cars in Germany. Although a German court recently ruled that photography in streets is perfectly legal, and thus Google is allowed to continue updating its Street View service, the company has decided to stop. The search giant doesn't plan to take down its Street View photos for the 20 German cities it has already photographed, but it won't update those photos nor will it expand the service to more cities."
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+ - US Navy's solid-state laser sets boat ablaze (vide->

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hasanabbas1987 writes "Well we can safely say that laser guns from Star Trek and Star Wars must be in mind of the US Military officers who came up with the idea behind a solid state laser weaponry. From the picture above (and video below) you can see a boat getting "LASER-ED" by a laser firing gun attached to USS Paul Foster."
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Comment: Renewable Energy enough, why not use it? (Score 5, Interesting) 1122

by jeroen8 (#35656988) Attached to: Things Get Worse at Fukushima
Our sun, a nuclear fusion source which is already working reliably for more than 5 billion years, produces an extreme amount of energy. Within 6 hours, deserts on Earth receive more solar energy than we use in a whole year globally. Why do we keep ignore this most power full energy source? For the world energy demand (18.000 TWh) we need only a surface area of 188 x 188 square miles with Concentrated Solar Plants. This is a small thumbnail on the map of Africa. Germany has seen the light and is investing 500 billion euro's in Desertec. A CSP plant runs 24 x 7 hours on full power (even when the sun is away because it can store sun heat in molten salt). These CSP plants can easily replace nuclear and coal power plants.

+ - Using a Ground Source Heat Pump System in China-> 1

Submitted by MtHuurne
MtHuurne (602934) writes "We regularly read about China's problems with pollution. You may have heard that China is also investing a lot in renewable energy such as hydro, solar and wind. However, there are also smaller scale initiatives like people installing a ground source heat pump in their home. The article documents the installation of such an efficient heating system with text, photos and diagrams and discusses the costs and expected savings."
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+ - Australian Webhosts Shy Away from Wikileaks->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Its been dumped by Amazon and mirrored across the globe as it attempts to spread its whistleblowing message to the masses. But would any web hosting company in Australia consent to play host to WikiLeaks? The answer, so far, appears to be probably not.

There is one Australian organisation looking for Australian hosting to help keep Wikileaks alive — the Pirate Party. Presently hosting its mirror in Sweden at Party leader Rodney Serkowski stated “this is about more than WikiLeaks, but leaking in general, and its legitimacy in a modern, open democracy. This is a fight for fundamental freedoms on the Internet. We will not accept governmental attempts to restrict access to free press and constrain freedom of speech” adding that it foresaw no legal issues hosting the content locally.

It remains to be seen whether they can find a provider."

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