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Japan To Create a Nuclear Meltdown 222

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the suddenly-godzilla dept.
Taco Cowboy writes "Japanese researchers are planning an experiment to better understand what transpires during a nuclear meltdown by attempting to create a controlled nuclear meltdown. Using a scaled down version of a nuclear reactor — essentially a meter long stainless steel container — the experiment will involve the insertion of a foot long (30 cm) nuclear fuel rod, starting the fission process, and then draining the coolant. The experiment is scheduled to take place later this year."

+ - Cubli – A cube that can jump up, balance, and walk across your desk->

Submitted by rminsk
rminsk (831757) writes "The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to 'walk'."
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+ - Newegg infringes Spangenberg patent, must pay $2.3 million->

Submitted by rminsk
rminsk (831757) writes "Newegg, an online retailer that has made a name for itself fighting the non-practicing patent holders sometimes called "patent trolls," sits on the losing end of a lawsuit tonight. An eight-person jury returned to court shortly after 7:00pm and found that the company infringed all four asserted claims of a patent owned by TQP Development, a company owned by patent enforcement expert Erich Spangenberg."
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Comment: Revision control systems are not installation syst (Score 1) 211

by rminsk (#45137559) Attached to: How To Develop Unmaintainable Software

svn up git pull hg pull

Quoting user tdammers on reddit:

  • Excess files in document root - version control cruft, project documentation, etc. Happens all the time, and is an actual real security problem.
  • Development race conditions. Ever done svn up on the production server, just to find that someone had committed broken code between your test run and the deployment? Ever "solved" this problem by stopping all development activity during deployment? Ever noticed how this essentially means that this makes frequent deployments practically impossible?
  • File permissions and ownership. Need I go into detail here? I think not.
  • What if you want to do things like precompile templates, preprocess CSS, minify and concatenate your JavaScript offline, move stuff around, or just make sure that your deployment will only go through if it passes a minimum set of tests?
  • What about database changes?

Comment: Re:Lots of advantages, none for the customer (Score 5, Interesting) 403

by rminsk (#43660861) Attached to: Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More

You only need a connection once a month for activation purposes.

I work in the visual effects industry. To comply with security audits and various contracts our production network does not have internet access. Doing so would put us in breach with many of out clients.

+ - Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job?->

Submitted by
rminsk writes "An examination of some questionable events and circumstances leading up to the destruction of the Death Star, through the eyes of an amateur investigative journalist within the Star Wars galaxy. The focus is mainly on the connections between the people who created and operated the Death Star and those responsible for destroying it."
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Comment: Re:Storing plaintext passwords should be illegal (Score 1) 84

by rminsk (#43034911) Attached to: Australian Tax Office Stores Passwords In Clear Text

...browsers should not allow "hidden" fields to be transmitted directly, instead should have a default action of encrypting them with Bcrypt or SHA-256.

So now I steal the database of hashes that the browser transmitted. Just as good as having the plaintext. Now all I need to do is send the hash.

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