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Submission + - Japan Faces Potential Nuclear Catastrophe 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The NY Times reports that Japan’s nuclear crisis is on the verge of catastrophe after an explosion at one crippled reactor damaged its crucial steel containment structure and a fire at another reactor spewed large amounts of radioactive material into the air causing most of the 800 workers at the Daiichi facility to leave to avoid exposure to unhealthy levels of radiation at the plant and leaving only 50 workers at the plant to pump seawater into three reactors and fight the fire at the fourth reactor. Prime Minister Naoto Kan briefly addressed the nation on television pleading for calm as engineers struggled to bring the damaged reactors under control but said that radiation had spread from the crippled reactors and there was “a very high risk” of further leakages. The problem at the fourth reactor had not been reported before but according to officials, a fire broke out at that reactor where spent nuclear fuel was being stored. “No. 4 is currently burning, and we assume radiation is being released. We are trying to put out the fire and cool down the reactor,” said chief government spokesman Yukio Edano. “There were no fuel rods in the reactor, but spent fuel rods are inside.” While Japanese officials made no comparisons to past accidents, the release of an unknown quantity of radioactive gases and particles — all signs that the reactor cores were damaged from at least partial melting of fuel — added considerable tension to the effort to cool the reactors. “It’s way past Three Mile Island already,” says Frank von Hippel, a physicist and professor at Princeton. “The biggest risk now is that the core really melts down and you have a steam explosion.”"

Submission + - OCZ acquires Indilinx; but it's not monogamous (

auld_wyrm writes: "The fabless SSD controller manufacturer Indilinx has been acquired by one time DRAM mogul now turned solid state storage leader, OCZ. It seems that OCZ won't be quitting it's Vertex relationship nor will Indilinx stop it's partnership with other vendors, which should lead to a rich and possibly diverse lineage. This obviously has nothing to do with the recent drop in price of the 240GB Vertex 2."

Submission + - Portable C Compiler 1.0 Beta Release ( 2

natex84 writes: "The Portable C Compiler (PCC) has reached version 1.0 beta status (as of February 21, 2011). The compiler is based on the original Portable C Compiler released in the 1970's by S.C. Johnson. It has been imported into the OpenBSD and NetBSD source repositories, and also supports Linux. If you haven't already, now is a great time to give PCC a try!"

Submission + - Robotic road trains (

An anonymous reader writes: A European project is looking at how automated road trains can be deployed using existing production car technology combined with specially-developed transponders and control systems. It's being tested in Sweden and there are plans to trial the tech further in 2011.
America Online

Submission + - After Acquiring Huffington Post, AOL Renames TechC (

An anonymous reader writes: AOL acquired Huffington Post for $315 Million. Arianna Huffington’s appointment as Editor In Chief of AOL. Now AOL renaming TechCrunch to HuffingtonCr

Submission + - Government Sites Taken Down By ‘Anonymous' (

An anonymous reader writes: The activist group ‘Anonymous’ has attacked websites belonging to the Yemeni and Egyptian governments in support of protests

Hacktivists in the loosely affiliated group “Anonymous” painted a bull’s eye this week on websites belonging to the governments of Yemen and Egypt.

Members of the group launched DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks against a number of sites, including the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the country’s Ministry of Interior.

Support for protests
“Welcome back to the Internet, #Egypt. Well, except – you stay down. #Jan25 #OpEgypt #Feb4,” the group tweeted on 2 February.

The attacks are believed to have been carried out in support of protests against the Egyptian government. According to The New York Times, Gregg Housh, a member of Anonymous, said the group organised about 500 supporters in online forums to bring down the sites for Egypt’s Ministry of Information and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party. Housh personally disavowed any illegal activity.


Submission + - WikiLeaks Lessons For Security Managers (

nickh01uk writes: Rarely does a story with a strong information security thread garner so much attention in the press. When the leaking of secret state information is combined with pent-up public interest in the subject matter, demand meets supply and column inches result. Putting to one side the virtues or vices of making this particular information public, what lessons can we learn from it as Information Security professionals?

Submission + - Greenpois0n RC5 can jailbreak Verizon’s iPho ( 1

TechieAlizay writes: Chronic Dev Team very recently rolled out Greenpois0n RC5 which brought untethered jailbreak for iOS 4.2.1 (for both Windows and Mac users), which as some might say came after a long long wait. One thing which no one knows about the latest version of Greenpois0n RC5 is that if can jailbreak Verizon iPhone. According to pod2g’s twitter update, Greenpois0n RC5 is CDMA iPhone compatible.
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - How to measure performance of online content?

somberlain writes: I work for a company that offers testing solutions for various types of content on various types of platforms. We recently noticed a move from DirectX/OpenGL games running stand-alone on PC/Mac/Linux platforms to games running in a variety of browsers.

We have always provided statistics and metrics to our clients regarding the performance of these stand-alone games on various locations. Some clients provided debug tools in their games that allowed us to measure these statistics without a problem. In other cases, we used 3rd party tools that allowed us to capture these statistics.

We're now trying to find a solution to measure these statistics for browser-based games and streaming video. Most of them are currently running using the Adobe Flash plug-in, but we're investigating other types (such as the Unity platform) as well.

One thing that we ask our clients is to include an FPS-meter into the game, but sometimes they don't want to add any extra code to their game. What I would like to ask the Slashdot readers is: do you have an experience with measuring the performance of Adobe Flash content when you don't have access to the code or the Flash-file itself? A simple statistic that we would like to measure is "frames per second", but we would be interested in other statistics (such as network usage) as well. It would be really convenient if this solution would also provide a way of measuring the FPS of a video stream.

Submission + - HTC Android Vulnerability found (

M10 writes: Just before Christmas we ran into a vulnerability on a number of HTC Android phones. We informed HTC and the Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority, and waited to get it fixed. Now it's time to go public and allow you to check whether your phone is vulnerable.
I came across an interesting behavior while doing some research regarding what kind of information one can access on an HTC Desire Z Android phone. A simple application with no permission to reboot the phone managed to do just that by simply reading a specific file on the phone. This turned out to be a kernel bug that could, with the help of another more serious vulnerability, be triggered also remotely when user visits a malicious website. The problem seems to only affect HTC phones, the mainline Android kernel is apparently unaffected.
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Submission + - Why 'The Stand' shouldn't be a movie (

An anonymous reader writes: Stephen King's truly epic tale of American apocalypse will soon be a 3+ hour movie, in spite of the fact that the novel's depth and breadth rivals anything by Dickens, Dostoevsky or Tolkien. Divided into three clear sections, the blockbuster novel — later updated into an even lengthier version than its original 1980 publication — is a hard prospect for a trilogy, as the middle section is the least enticing cinematic prospect, despite being the emotional heart of the work. TV cannot afford the apocalypse of the violence, and movies don't have the time. This article argues that a faithful adaptation of 'The Stand' is unfilmable under the current economics of either movies or TV, despite one attempt in the mid-1990s. Some experiences are literary in nature, and this article argues that whatever third of the source novel ends up in the movie, the film can only ever be an elaborate 'trailer' for the book.

Submission + - World's Strangest Social Networks

mvar writes: NetworkWorld has a weird article about ten of the world's strangest social networks. Among them, StachePassions "a social networking site for those fond of mustaches. You can browse Mustache Groups to find members by their preferred 'stache style, including the Dali, Walrus and Pencil, or by their experience level: newbie, expert or Stache Groupie", and LineForHeaven "If you're looking to get in good with The Big Guy Upstairs, consider Line for Heaven. Here, you earn karma points by "blessing" people, which helps to save your soul and reserve a place in heaven "
America Online

Submission + - AOL to Buy Huffington Post 1

mvar writes: Online company AOL Inc. is buying online news hub Huffington Post in a $315 million deal that represents a bold bet on the future of online news. The acquisition announced early Monday puts a high-profile exclamation mark on a series of acquisitions and strategic moves engineered by AOL CEO Tim Armstrong in an effort to reshape a fallen Internet icon. AOL was once the king of dial-up online access known for its ubiquitous CD-ROMs and "You've got mail" greeting in its inboxes.

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