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Japan

+ - Nuclear Fuel Rods Damaged, TEPCO Admits-> 1

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "Tokyo Electric Power Co. confirmed that some spent fuel rods in one of the reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are damaged.

Kyodo News reports that the company analyzed the water in the spent fuel pool of reactor No. 4. The water had iodine-131 and cesium-137 at much higher than expected levels. TEPCO said it measured 220 becquerels per cubic centimeter of iodine-131, 88 becquerels per cubic centimeter of cesium-134 and 93 becquerels of cesium-137. Such levels are up to 100,000 times normal, according to the Japanese Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency.

Many outside experts had already said that it was likely the fuel rods were damaged because of the presence of iodine and cesium isotopes in the areas around the plant. A tell-tale sign that rods are damaged is the presence of iodine-131, because its half-life is only about eight days. Cesium-134 has a half-life of about two years and cesium-137's half-life is about 30 years."

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The Internet

+ - European Court of Justice To Outlaw Net Filtering->

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jrepin
jrepin writes "Today, the European Court of Justice gave a preliminary opinion that will have far-reaching implications in the fight against overaggressive copyright monopoly abusers. It is not a final verdict, but the advocate general’s position; the Court generally follows this. The Advocate Generals says that no ISP can be required to filter the Internet, and particularly not to enforce the copyright monopoly."
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Crime

+ - The Gray Zone: Hacking for Uncle Sam->

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StormDriver
StormDriver writes "The Albert Gonzalez controversy comes from the general philosophy of various US agencies. They want to have a tighter control over the Internet. They want to fight piracy, cyber terrorism, dangerous botnets, whistleblowers like Wikileaks, and some of the web content (child pornography is an often used example, but uncle Sam would also love to crack down on radical sites or anything he doesn't like). At the same time, United States don't want to end up in the same league as China. That'(TM)s why instead of radical measures like nationwide firewall, or blocking content," government agencies turned to subversion."
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Comment: Re:Yeah. (Score 1) 605

by jim.hansson (#30609722) Attached to: Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?
already done, so big project so even development area for that one project is split into 4+ areas so one developer should not be able to crash the whole system for all developers. still one developer can still do so much damage that when one group of 10+ developers are sitting around doing nothing because a screwup one of them did, it still cost a lot of money.

Comment: Re:Yeah. (Score 1, Offtopic) 605

by jim.hansson (#30608116) Attached to: Do Your Developers Have Local Admin Rights?

plus the fact that developers are going to cause less harm than average users

As a developer and former sysadmin. I think are wrong there, I know that if I have a bad day at work and don't think one extra time before pressing enter och commiting I could wreck a much bigger havoc compared to a normal user that uses some gui that ask "are you sure" and they would not even think of doing some of the things I may do because they do not have the same know how. I think as a developer and sysadmin that developers are the most dangerous people to have running around with more privileges than needed. A developer that whips together a bash script for fast fix ending up in "rm -rf /"

+ - Email on Death Row - Again-> 1

Submitted by mvip
mvip (1060000) writes "It's time to prematurely mourn the death of email again: the Wall Street Journal article Why Email No Longer Rules is making the rounds online. Fast Company provided a fast response highlighting the technical shortcomings of trying to replace email with Facebook and Twitter (where do the attachments go?). Email Service Guide points out that Facebook and Twitter are ineffective for one-of communications. But with Google Wave around the corner, is the end near for email this time around?"
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IT

+ - Ubuntu Linux Adds Private Cloud Backing->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Canonical's Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will include private cloud capabilities, thanks to support for the open source Eucalyptus project, InfoWorld reports. Available for free download on Oct. 29, Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition will introduce Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, an open source cloud computing environment based on the same APIs as Amazon EC2. Users will be able to set up 10 to 15 private servers, leveraging the same capabilities they would use with Amazon, thereby allowing them to take their applications off the Amazon cloud and put them instead into a private cloud, or vice versa."
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Nintendo

+ - Next Nintendo handheld to be NVIDIA Tegra powered->

Submitted by Vigile
Vigile (99919) writes "When you sell over a 100 million handheld gaming systems, everyone wants to be involved in your success; just ask Nintendo. As a company with many different obstacles in its path, NVIDIA could definitely use the boost in revenues that would come from partnering with a company like Nintendo on a handheld system and it looks like the Tegra processor will make that happen. The NVIDIA Tegra processor is an SoC that runs a set of ARM cores, a GeForce-based graphics core and an HD video processor capable of 1080p output that would definitely give the current Nintendo DS/DSi systems a performance boost inline with the Sony PSP. The "Nintendo TS" as it has been dubbed will apparently be ready for a late winter 2010 release and should put a spark in the mobile gaming market and give Nintendo's developers the power to bring higher quality games to the platform."
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Science

+ - The End of Moore's Law->

Submitted by BuzzSkyline
BuzzSkyline (905506) writes "Physicists have found that there is an ultimate limit to the speed of calculations, regardless of any improvements in technology. According to the researchers who found the computation limit, the bound "poses an absolute law of nature, just like the speed of light." While many experts expect technological limits to kick in eventually, engineers always seems to find ways around such roadblocks. If the physicists are right, though, no technology could ever beat the ultimate limit they've calculated. At the current Moore's Law pace, computational speeds will hit the wall in 75 years. A paper describing the analysis, which relies on thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and information theory, appeared in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters."
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+ - Brein forges document in Pirate Bay court case->

Submitted by aaardwark
aaardwark (1573215) writes "According to overwhelming evidence from Peter Sunde, forged evidence has surfaced in the Netherlands Pirate Bay court case. Brein has denied forging the evidence, but forgot to fix the pdf footers. The document was supposed to prove a connection between Fredrik Neij and Reservella. This was needed to add the company to the defending parties without having to pay the 60.000 euro legal fees for the first part of the trial. Since an investigation has shown the current defending parties did not own The Pirate Bay."
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+ - First Swedish CC-licensed movie hits TPB->

Submitted by Hattmannen
Hattmannen (658936) writes "Cory Doctorow over at Boing Boing tells us about the first ever Creative Commons-licensed, feature-length movie to come out from Sweden. It's called Nasty Old People and premiered yesterday at The Pirate Bay.
The story:

"Member of a neo-Nazi gang, her day job is to take care of four crazy old people that all are just waiting to die. Her life becomes a journey into a burlesque fairytale, where the rules of the game are created by Mette herself. Mette is indifferent about her way of life, until she one night assaults a man, kicking him senseless. Waking up the day after, she realizes that something is wrong, and in company with the her crazy oldies she longs for respect and love. She can tell that the old folks are marginalized by the modern society, but together they create a world and a voice of their own."

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The Media

+ - The Pirate Bay is sold, and on its way to legality-> 1

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MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "A Swedish software firm is buying The Pirate Bay and turning it into a legal business. Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) has also bought peer-to-peer research firm Peerialism. The two purchases are expected to form the basis of a new, legal download service. It's a bold move, especially as it comes in the same week that the four founders of The Pirate Bay had their application for a retrial rejected by a Swedish court."
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