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Submission + - UK prisons ministry fined for lack of encryption at prisons

Bruce66423 writes: http://www.theguardian.com/soc... reports that the UK Information Commissioner has levied a fine of £180,000 on the Ministry of Justice for their failure to encrypt the data held on external hard drives at prisons. The fine is nominal — one part of government fining another is rather pointless, but it does show that there's a little bit of accountability. Of course it's interesting to consider the dangers of this hopefully old way of storing backups; but the question of whether we do a lot better now is quite pointed.

Submission + - Water clouds tentatively detected just 7 light-years from Earth->

sciencehabit writes: Astronomers have found signs of water ice clouds on an object just 7.3 light-years from Earth—less than twice the distance of Alpha Centauri, the nearest star system to the sun. If confirmed, the discovery is the first sighting of water clouds beyond our solar system. The clouds shroud a Jupiter-sized object known as a brown dwarf and should yield insight into the nature of cool giant planets orbiting other suns.
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Comment Re:Goddammit! (Score 4, Interesting) 97

so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence ...Except for that pesky 4+ sigma deviation between the expected and measured value of g for a muon (and a brief mention of a new Fermilab experiment to push that to 7 sigma). Other than that, nope, no evidence at all.

Well, yeah okay there's that. But as others have said, that's not new information. I should have said there's no new evidence.

The point of my moan is that this is yet another puff piece from StartsWithABang that frames itself as "Holy shit! Earth shattering breakthrough occurs!" when it actually hasn't. I find that annoying and something that seems to be happening more and more lately.

Comment Goddammit! (Score 2, Interesting) 97

I'm not a physicist, but I do find this kind of stuff interesting enough to know that the headline is a big deal, but now I see that firstly, its another Starts With A Bang advertisement and secondly, the headline end with a question mark, so without reading the article, the answer is going to be no, there's no evidence.. *sigh*

Comment Pity it wont hit (Score 1) 123

860 years is long enough away that we would be able to develop any number of solutions to the problem, plus it would give us something to shoot for. I mean, nothing focuses the mind like the prospect of a fiery death.

Then again, if we're still stuck on this rock, arguing over pieces of land by then, I guess we deserve it...

Comment Re:Trust the Computer. The Computer is your friend (Score 1) 353

I am willing to agree that blanket censorship is a bad thing.

How can you be opposed to the censorship of child pornography? Please avoid the slippery slope argument. That one has been played out.

How about the idea that a pedophile viewing child porn has an outlet that may provide enough of a release for them so that they don't go out and abuse a child themselves?

Comment Re:A minority view? (Score 2) 649

In reality, there is no evidence, and never has been any evidence, that God exists... none, not a single shred, ever in the history of the human species.

The faith is strong in this one. Your education is lacking.

Is the GPs statement that you've quoted wrong? If there is some evidence of the existence of a god, please let us know because if so, then I (and every other "non-believer") am obviously lacking some education as well.

Submission + - Civilization V Officially Available on Linux for SteamOS->

jrepin writes: Aspyr Media, in partnership with 2K and Firaxis Games, announced that the critically acclaimed Sid Meier’s Civilization V, and all available expansion packs and downloadable content, is now available on Linux for SteamOS. The title includes Steam Play support. This release of Sid Meier’s Civilization V on Linux targets SteamOS and features support for Valve’s upcoming Steam Controller.
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Submission + - Global Insulation Market 2014-2018 | Market Research Report->

olivialopez789 writes: Global insulation market to reach USD 56.68 billion by 2018

Mumbai, India – June 3, 2014 – The insulation market refers to the industrial segment which ensures the manufacturing of insulating substances used to maintain the heat in buildings by dissolving the heat by using the techniques of radiation, conduction and convection. Insulating materials are also known to safeguard houses against adverse effects of fire, sound and impact. The insulation market has been growing at a steady pace over the years; research on the insulation market indicates that the global insulation industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8.17% in the period between 2013 and 2018.

The report: Global Insulation Market 2014-2018 discusses the market trends and challenges witnessed by the global insulation market and throws light upon the major drivers propelling the segment forward.

Key drivers of the global insulation market
The insulation market has been growing steadily and is estimated to touch USD 56.68 billion by 2018. There has recently been an increased awareness about the steadily diminishing natural resources of the planet which has boosted the requirement for insulation in residential and commercial spaces. Consequently the constant usage of recyclable insulating substances has become one of the key trends that have been driving this market. Mineral wool, foamed plastics and fibreglass are some of the most frequently utilized insulating materials and while fibreglass is the most common material used worldwide, it is closely followed by foamed plastic which is more popular in the US. Additionally the developments in the construction industry especially in developing economies have further motivated the growth of the insulation market. Given the market conditions, the lack of awareness of its utility amongst consumers is the key challenge the industry faces particularly in emerging economies like China and India.

Key regions of the global insulation market
The global insulation market has been performing well in United States, Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as in the APAC region. Market experts speculate that the insulation market in the APAC region would expand by a CAGR of 9.2% by 2018. During forecast period, the North American region is also expected to grow considerably.

Key vendors of global insulation market
Knauf Insulation Group, Huntsman Corp., Rockwool Group, Owens Corning Group, BASF SE, Bayer AG, Carlisle Insulation Inc., Fletcher Building Ltd., Hebei Renqui Jinglian Group Co. Ltd. are some of the key vendors operating in the market space shaping the global markets in this segment.

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