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+ - French nuclear industry in turmoil as manufacturer buckles->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "France's nuclear industry is in turmoil after the country's main reactor manufacturer, Areva, reported a loss for 2014 of 4.8 billion euros ($5.3 billion) — more than its entire market value.

The government of France, the world's most nuclear dependent country, has a 29% stake in Areva, which is among the biggest global nuclear technology companies. The loss puts its future — and that of France as a leader in nuclear technology — at risk.

Energy and Environment Minister Segolene Royal said Wednesday she asked Areva and utility giant Electricite de France to work together on finding solutions, amid reports of a possible merger or other link-up.

The government said in a statement that it's working closely with Areva to restructure and secure financing, and would "take its responsibility as a shareholder" in future decisions about its direction.

Areva reported Wednesday 1 billion euros in losses on three major nuclear projects in Finland and France, among other hits.

Areva has lost money for years, in part linked to delays on those projects and to a global pullback from nuclear energy since the 2011 Fukushima accident."

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+ - FTC targets group that made billions of robocalls->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Given the amount of time the FTC and others have put into curing the robocall problem, it is disheartening to hear that a group of companies for almost a year have been making billions of illegal robocalls. The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general today said they have settled charges against a Florida-based cruise line company and seven other companies that averaged 12 million to 15 million illegal sales calls a day between October 2011 through July 2012, according to the joint complaint filed by the FTC and the states"
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+ - Massive Exoplanet Evolved in Extreme 4-Star System->

Submitted by astroengine
astroengine (1577233) writes "For only the second time, an exoplanet living with an expansive family of four stars has been revealed. The exoplanet, which is a huge gaseous world 10 times the mass of Jupiter, was previously known to occupy a 3-star system, but a fourth star (a red dwarf) has now been found, revealing quadruple star systems possessing planets are more common than we thought. “About four percent of solar-type stars are in quadruple systems, which is up from previous estimates because observational techniques are steadily improving,” said co-author Andrei Tokovinin of the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile. The whole 4-star family is collectively known as 30 Ari, located some 136 light-years from Earth — in our interstellar backyard. The exoplanet orbits the primary star of the system once every 335 days. The primary star has a new-found binary partner (which the exoplanet does not orbit) and this pair are locked in an orbital dance with a secondary binary, separated by a distance of 1,670 astronomical unit (AU), where 1 AU is the average distance between the Earth and sun."
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+ - White House issues veto threat as House prepares to vote on EPA 'secret science'->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as this week to approve two controversial, Republican-backed bills that would change how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) uses science and scientific advice to inform its policies. Many Democrats, scientific organizations, and environmental groups are pushing back, calling the bills thinly veiled attempts to weaken future regulations and favor industry. White House advisors today announced that they will recommend that President Barack Obama veto the bills if they reach his desk in their current form."
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Comment: Re:Fair and impartial? (Score 1) 643

by BarbaraHudson (#49184597) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial
Come on, quit the lies. Here is what you wrote:

They might even point out he could have done the same thing in the US, via leaks to newspapers or to a sympathetic representative, without hurting the US by giving it to China and Russia.

That is YOUR claim that he, in your own words, "could have done the same thing in the US, via leaks to newspapers", which is in fact what he did.

Either you were ignorant of the facts, or you're shilling. Somehow, I doubt a shill would be stupid enough to try to pull one over my eyes, but you never know.

Also, he only needs one juror to hang the jury. Or one acquittal for double jeopardy to apply - "nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb" since this is a capital case.

Comment: Re:Bad idea (Score 1) 643

by BarbaraHudson (#49184475) Attached to: Snowden Reportedly In Talks To Return To US To Face Trial

The movie obviously does not cover his trial, since it hasn't happened yet. So anything wrt that is just speculation among the characters.

BTW - nice cherry-picking re. the Pentagon Papers:

For his disclosure of the Pentagon Papers, Ellsberg was initially charged with conspiracy, espionage and theft of government property, but the charges were later dropped after prosecutors investigating the Watergate Scandal soon discovered that the staff members in the Nixon White House had ordered the so-called White House Plumbers to engage in unlawful efforts to discredit Ellsberg

and

He was later indicted on charges of stealing and holding secret documents by a grand jury in Los Angeles. Federal District Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr. declared a mistrial and dismissed all charges against Ellsberg and Russo on May 11, 1973, after several irregularities appeared in the government's case, including its claim that it had lost records of illegal wiretapping against Ellsberg conducted by the White House Plumbers in the contemporaneous Watergate scandal Byrne ruled: "The totality of the circumstances of this case which I have only briefly sketched offend a sense of justice. The bizarre events have incurably infected the prosecution of this case." Ellsberg and Russo were not acquitted of violating the Espionage Act, but they were freed due to the mistrial.

Government actions can easily lead to a similar situation here. There's an old saying that when you go to court you'd better have clean hands. The government's weren't.

Comment: Re:Classic Case (Score 1) 139

by BarbaraHudson (#49184377) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Finally - someone who gets it!!! Problem is, it's not going to happen if we don't push for it, and set examples ourselves. The whole concept of "loser edits" is based on embarrassing people who have secrets they want to keep hidden. If you're open about everything, including just how screwed up your life is, nobody can embarrass you with a "loser edit." And just as importantly, anything that's not true will be easier to see for what it is.

And yet, most of the comments are accusing me of encouraging loser edits, of outing people against their will, etc., and presenting the most ridiculous arguments. It's almost like they have something to hide :-) (joking) (maybe).

Comment: Re:INSERT INTO slashdot VALUES strawman .. (Score 1) 86

by BarbaraHudson (#49184305) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year

And yet your quote STILL doesn't give hard numbers. How many new linux jobs vs how many lost linux jobs (those "cloud" deployments are cheaper for a reason - employers can cut salaries). Also, the survey was self-selected. One that picks a uniform distribution across all employers, or, say, the top 1000, giving the hire/fire ratios, would be more accurate than this PoS "survey".

Think of it - business has 10 linux employees. They will lay off all 10 this year because they're going to hire one new linux employee to move their stuff to VMs in "the cloud." That counts as linux employment going up? Bull. Crap.

Yes, the linux foundation has a hidden agenda - to keep doing busywork like this so they can justify their jobs. Duh. Otherwise, they would use a proper, open, and repeatable methodology, instead of surveys with huge omissions in the questions that give a distorted view of what's happening.

I used to be a big defender of all things linux. Not any more. "Studies" that are borderline lies is only part of it.

Comment: Re:More of the same ... (Score 1) 86

by BarbaraHudson (#49184207) Attached to: Demand For Linux Skills Rising This Year
Sure, but those VMs don't exactly create a ton of job opportunities (which is why they're so popular - you don't need a huge staff to run a server farm of VMs). Companies go to VMs in "the cloud" because it's cheaper - fewer people on the payroll. So, they lay off most of their linux workers and hire one VM specialist. Sounds like many linux jobs are in danger.

Comment: Re:Classic Case (Score 1) 139

by BarbaraHudson (#49184183) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

You missed my point. The fact that rape victims have been speaking out has made it better for everyone, including those who still can't speak out about it.

And YOU missed the point that those who are speaking ot are doing so voluntarily, not as the result of a "loser edit" of their lives, and those who do find themselves in the limelight because of such edits are rarely happier or living better lives.

It's because rape victims have spoken out publicly that "loser edits" mentioning such things would be almost universally condemned. You obviously don't get it, just like you don't get that its the stigma that keeps victims silent, and that stigma is removed as more people come forward.

Arguing something I never said (wrt banksters) is poor form.

The statement you replied to referred to people who had committed fraud and cost others lots of money, and YOU chose to claim that had they thought they'd been able to maintain anonymity you doubted they would have done that.

No, you're the one who attempted to change the entire context. Moving the goalposts is a common technique of people who have a poor argument.

Look, I get it. However, I've been there, and ultimately out is better.

What arrogance. Better for you, perhaps, but not always better for those who are outed against their will. It's not your right to decide for anyone but yourself, and that makes defending the outing through "loser edits" using that argument pure arrogance.

What a load of crock. I have never defended outing through "loser edits." The arrogance, and the ignorance, is all yours.

Comment: Re:Classic Case == Crappy Argument (Score 1) 139

by BarbaraHudson (#49184137) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

If you don't have the courage of openly standing behind your opinions, then maybe they aren't worth listening to.

You've just demonstrated ad hominem. You're paying attention to who says something, not what has been said. Most people consider that a vice, not a virtue. More people, I dare say, value the ideas over the identity, and the more the better

People who don't have the courage to stand up for what they profess to believe are hypocrites. It shows that, deep down, they really don't believe what they claim to. So yes, it's an attack on them - but their actions make it entirely justifiable, because they're hypocrites, duh.

Does the name "Thomas Paine" ring a bell? Obviously someone whose ideas are not worth listening to, because:he published Common Sense anonymously because of its treasonable content.

Paine was the same guy who said "Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.", "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace", "The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection", "It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe", "Let them call me a rebel and welcome. I feel no concern from it. But should I suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul", etc.

Bold words, but his actions in remaining anonymous betray his feet of clay. In his own words, he made a whore of his soul. That he was able to redeem it later is a good thing, but it doesn't detract from the point.

Perhaps others are more aware that staying alive to write another day is more valuable in the long run than becoming an immediate, little known and unheard martyr for a cause?

The excuse of cowards everywhere to not stand up and be counted. It's an ugly fact, but it's still a fact.

Like those who would stand up against an, e.g., Islamic government and say "you really ought not treat women that way." Perhaps you think that "Deep Throat" had nothing of value to say, either.

If islamist had opposed this stupidity over the centuries they wouldn't be in that predicament, would they? But no, the majority of the patriarchy reveled in lording it over women and minorities, same as religious bigots throughout time. That their ancestors didn't stand up to it kind of makes my point ... not standing up just encourages stupidity, bigotry, racism, etc.

Also, we wouldn't have had to endure years of Watergate if "deep throat" had come out publicly immediately. Ever thought of that? But no, his job, his job, his goobermint pension, his job!!!

I've been the target of a fair amount of hate and discrimination, but you don't see me backing down. Or hiding behind a nym.

Yeah, thank God that /. vets the identities of people who post under other than "Anonymous Coward" names, so we know that you are the one, true Barbara Hudson (I'm sorry, BarbaraHudson) on the planet and that is your true, real meatspace name.

I've been on TV and in the news often enough that it's easy to verify that I am me. But if you have ANY doubts, send a stamped, pre-addressed envelope to me:

Ms. Barbara Hudson,
1312 Hymen, #301,
Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC.
Quebec, Canada.
H9B 1M7

I'll send you a current pic and you can search the news articles to verify it is indeed me :-)

There's nothing YOU fear, maybe, but it's arrogance to project that lack of concern over your own safety onto others and tell them how they should behave. Or to defend things like "loser edits" because you have no fear and forcing other people into the open will only prove you are right.

Where did I defend loser edits? On the contrary, I'm giving a way to avoid them - be open and you take away the power of people to embarrass you.

Also, you're being hypocritical in saying that I have no right to tell others how they should behave, when you're in the same sentence telling me how to behave. Troll much?

Pointing out that people's behavior encourages the very things they fear is a valid concern. We as a society need to encourage our citizens to "grow a pair" (I know, not exactly the best way of phrasing it considering my situation :-) instead of always playing the victim. Face our fears instead of trying to hide them. Or, to put it simply, "Grow up!"

It will never happen, because people are sheeple, but at least we can continue to try to reduce the amount of sheeple-ness in our society.

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