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Earth

Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown 288 288

Freshly Exhumed writes "In a speech Wednesday, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson acknowledged that burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but said society will be able to adapt. The risks of oil and gas drilling are well understood and can be mitigated, he said. And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain, he said. Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press, and advocacy groups that "manufacture fear" for energy misconceptions in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations."

Comment Re:It all comes down to one question. (Score 1) 705 705

what is this market force and where can I apply it?

get real, we have two options for broadband. their policies, service and prices are all in close lockstep. If I could punish them with this 'market force' you speak of I would in a heartbeat, but I would also have no internet access at home. there is no third choice

'let the market decide is akin to saying 'let the companies screw the people, because they're too stupid to realize or do anything about it'

Comment Re:Full speed in 2013?? (Score 1) 194 194

but that's just it - not 'likely' in 2012... in a sprint in late 2012, around say early december 2012 they'll ramp her back up and reach peak power just before xmas... proving the mayans were right....

don't worry, black holes don't hurt. time dilation on the event horizon of a black hole keeps us from actually experiencing it. Of course voyager would be our civilizations only remaining relic...
Security

Submission + - Physicians lose soc. security numbers to USB drive

An anonymous reader writes: ERAS, the electronic method of applying to physician residency program in the United States recently was responsible for the lost of >1,000 social security numbers and addresses of future physicians. The data was stored on an external hard drive which was lost in the public despite strict "data policies and procedures." The doctors are told to fear not, however, and are offered a 2-year free subscription to credit report monitoring programs. A copy of the e-mail sent to those affected follows below.

On January 13, 2010, an external hard drive containing a copy of your application information was lost.
Specifically, in an attempt to resolve a technical problem, an AAMC staff member, in violation of AAMC data policies and procedures, transported a copy of application information for a small subset of ERAS applicants, including you, on a password-protected USB hard drive. This hard drive contains your name, address, SSN/SIN as applicable, MSPE Report and medical school transcript; it does not include your credit card or other payment information entered by the ERAS applicant. We have reported the hard drive as missing to the authorities, and we continue to make every effort to locate and retrieve the hard drive. To date, we have not been successful; however, there is no evidence to indicate that data has been misused.
NASA

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47 47

coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Comment Re:Confirmed (Score 1) 371 371

unfortunately, they had to sign the contract with ATT *before* launch day. quite a bit before they *knew* it was a hit, and before the public had even seen the device. In fact, they were a newcomer hoping for a carrier to allow them to use their device on a network that wasn't even configured to accomodate a device capable of the kind of bandwidth and content-rich applications. now the tables are turned, unfortunately none of the carrier networks are open networks. this is why we need network neutrality. desperately.

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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