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Comment: Re:Ok lets ask an easier question.... (Score 1) 239

by pythonboy (#36664526) Attached to: Patriot Act vs. the EU's Data Protection Directive

Ok lets ask an easier question.... ... Who doesn't have access to my personal data ?

You

I would laugh if you weren't so damned right! £10 admin fee to find out what a company knows about me here in the UK. Even then the censor it with black pen, and send you a photocopy. But who censors the censors ????

Power

+ - Officials Agree on Global Nuclear Stress Tests

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Bloomberg reports that government ministers and officials from the European Union countries who met to discuss atomic energy safety have agreed to carry out stress tests on reactors to test the capacity of nuclear reactors to withstand major incidents like the earthquake and tsunami that rocked the Fukushima plant in March. “The accident at Fukushima in Japan has affected us all,” says French Environment Minister Nathalie Kosciusko- Morizet. “It quickly became apparent there is a need to learn lessons from the accident and to improve and raise our standards and ways of cooperating on nuclear safety.” The stress tests will be performed on Europe’s 143 working reactors and other atomic installations. "You have to move the safety envelope," says Roger Mattson, former leader of the US task force that investigated the Three Mile Island nuclear accident in 1979, and an organizer of the group issuing the letter. "You have to take these severe accidents into account and do more to prevent the very low-probability events." Mattson added that the added safety measures likely to result from a more demanding look at nuclear plant vulnerabilities should not impose unreasonable costs on most plants. "I don't think it's breaking the bank," Mattson said in an interview. "A higher sea wall [at the Fukushima Daiichi plant] wouldn't have broken the bank compared to what Japan will have to pay without the sea wall."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Sun Unleashes 'Spectacular' & Powerful Eruptio-> 1

Submitted by Endoflow2010
Endoflow2010 (1971908) writes "The sun unleashed a massive solar storm today (June 7) in a dazzling eruption that kicked up a vast cloud of magnetic plasma that appeared to rain back down over half of the sun's entire surface, NASA scientists say.

The solar storm hit its peak at about 2:41 a.m. EDT (0641 GMT), but the actual flare extended over a three-hour period, said C. Alex Young, a solar astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center who runs a website called The Sun Today, in a video describing the event.

"The sun produced a quite spectacular prominence eruption that had a solar flare and high-energy particles associated with it, but I've just never seen material released like this before," Young said. "It looks like somebody just kicked a giant clod of dirt into the air and then it fell back down." [Video: See the sun's June 7 solar flare and eruption]"

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Idle

+ - Are Godly Powers Patentable? ->

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KWInt1601
KWInt1601 writes "A man who believes he is Christ files a patent application — and the formal dance of responding to office actions from the USPTO begins. Invoking the 1998 State Street decision, the applicant argues, “like software, godly powers is a method, and affects a machine. Like business methods, godly powers produces a useful, concrete, and tangible result, and that should be all that’s needed for statutory material.”"
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+ - Machines of Loving Grace->

Submitted by Vollernurd
Vollernurd (232458) writes "The BBC has produced a fascinating series of films exploring the idea that humans have been colonised by the machines they have built, seeing everything in the world through the eyes of computers.

Like Adam Curtis's other works it can feel a little tinfoil hat at times but makes for wonderful philosophical television.

Available on iPlayer and so can probably be gotten at from outside the UK using the usual methods."

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NASA

+ - Edge of Solar System Filled with Bubbles->

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cultiv8
cultiv8 writes "The edge of our solar system is filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles, according to new NASA research.

Scientists made the discovery by using a new computer model, which is based on data from NASA's twin Voyager probes. The unmanned Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, which launched in 1977, are plying the outer reaches of our solar system, a region known as the heliosheath.

The new discovery suggests that researchers will need to revise their views about the solar system's edge, NASA officials said. A more detailed picture of this region is key to our understanding of how fast-moving particles known as cosmic rays are spawned, and how they reach near-Earth space."

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+ - Last major US record label is sold-> 1

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jmanforever
jmanforever writes "Several sites are reporting that Russian billionaire Len Blavatnik has agreed to buy Warner Music Group for $3.3 billion. The deal means that every one of the big four record label groups will be foreign owned.
Can the RIAA explain again why it is in the best interest of the United States to collect performance royalties from American radio stations and internet streaming sites, then send the money to Tokyo, Paris, London and now Moscow?"

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Windows

+ - How to develop a webcam driver under Windows

Submitted by ashanin
ashanin (1367775) writes "I have been a linux developer for sometime now and I have been asked to develop a windows based webcam server (which could stream MJPEGs on demand). I have been looking around in the web, and there are several technologies afloat — vfw, directshow, directx, wmi etc. What should I use? Also, is mingw a good alternative if I don't have to buy development software?"
Games

+ - Most Violent Video Games Of All Time

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "Switzerland and Australia already feel that violent video games are an issue and in June U.S Supreme Court will also take matters in its own hands. A revisit to some of the most violent video games made over the last couple of decades shows exactly why this is such a huge concern. Moreover games like Mortal Kombat and Modern Warfare 2 are exactly why studies like violent video games aren't harmful to most kids taken seriously."
Google

+ - The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

Submitted by Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes "The NY Times has an interesting story (reg. may be required) about how J. C. Penny used link farms to become the number one google search result for such terms as "dresses," "bedding," and "samsonite carry on luggage" and what google did to them when they found out. "Actually, it’s the most ambitious attempt I’ve ever heard of,” says Doug Pierce, an expert in online search. “This whole thing just blew me away. Especially for such a major brand. You’d think they would have people around them that would know better.""
Microsoft

+ - Gates & Ballmer dumping MSFT shares->

Submitted by walterbyrd
walterbyrd (182728) writes "Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates sold 10 million Microsoft shares earlier this month, for a total of 90 million shares sold over the past year (a value of approximately $2.5 billion). CEO Steve Ballmer also sold nearly 50 million shares in the past week, his first stock selloff in seven years. Gates is still Microsoft's largest shareholder, with nearly 600 million shares. But should other investors be nervous about the accelerated rate of his divestiture?"
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