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+ - Fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 writes: Fusion energy almost sounds too good to be true – zero greenhouse gas emissions, no long-lived radioactive waste, a nearly unlimited fuel supply. Perhaps the biggest roadblock to adopting fusion energy is that the economics haven’t penciled out. Fusion power designs aren’t cheap enough to outperform systems that use fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas.

University of Washington engineers hope to change that. They have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output. The team published its reactor design and cost-analysis findings last spring and will present results Oct. 17 at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Fusion Energy Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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+ - U.S. Remains Top Country for Global Workers->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: The Boston Consulting Group and The Network recently surveyed 200,000 people in 189 countries to figure out the global willingness to work abroad. Their conclusion? People will indeed set down professional roots in another country—although younger workers seem far more willing to expatriate than their older peers. Where do the majority of global workers want to head? The United States, which 42 percent of respondents listed as their top potential work destination, followed by the U.K. (37 percent), Canada (35 percent), Germany (33 percent), Switzerland (29 percent), and France (29 percent). But citizens in the United States seemed a bit more reluctant to return the favor—less than 50 percent said they either lived abroad or would consider doing so for work. That’s in sharp contrast to countries such as France, where a significant majority of citizens seemed willing to explore jobs in other nations. Of course, those who work in tech already know that globalization is a huge issue.
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+ - The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Submitted by writes: Adi Robertson writes at The Verge that next year, IBM's Model M keyboard turns 30 but to many people, it’s still the only keyboard worth using. Introduced in 1985 as part of the IBM 3161 terminal, the Model M was initially called the "IBM Enhanced Keyboard." A PC-compatible version appeared the following spring, and it officially became standard with the IBM Personal System / 2 in 1987. The layout of the Model M has been around so long that today it’s simply taken for granted but the keyboard’s descendents have jettisoned one of the Model M’s most iconic features — "buckling springs," designed to provide auditory and tactile feedback to the keyboard operator. "Model M owners sometimes ruefully post stories of spouses and coworkers who can’t stand the incessant chatter. But fans say the springs’ resistance and their audible "click" make it clear when a keypress is registered, reducing errors," writes Robertson. "Maybe more importantly, typing on the Model M is a special, tangible experience. Much like on a typewriter, the sharp click gives every letter a physical presence."

According to Robertson, the Model M is an artifact from a time when high-end computing was still the province of industry, not pleasure. But while today's manufacturers have long since abandoned the concept of durability and longevity, refurbished Model M's are still available from aficionados like Brandon Ermita, a Princeton University IT manager who recovers them from supply depots and recycling centers and sells them through his site, ClickyKeyboards. "For the very few that still appreciate the tactile feel of a typewriter-based computer keyboard and can still appreciate the simplicity of black letters on white keys, one can still seek out and own an original IBM model M keyboard — a little piece of early computing history," says Ermita. As one Reddit user recently commented, "Those bastards are the ORIGINAL gaming keyboards. No matter how much you abuse it, you’ll die before it does."

+ - What You Might Not Know About 'Getting Roofied'->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick writes: Although based on anecdotal evidence, this article describes the rise in the number of people who report having been "roofied"--that is, having had a drug slipped into their drinks by bartenders, acquaintances, etc. Men are reporting the experience at increasing rates, and the drug of choice isn't necessarily rohypnol: Reported drugs include '...GHB (or “liquid Ecstasy”), Zolpidem (also known as Ambien), scopolamine, and a few lesser-known benzodiazepines, like temazepam or midazolam. It is probably no longer accurate to say “She was roofied” — but then “She was midazolamed” lacks a certain something.' Although sexual assault doesn't seem always to be the intent, it's a pretty appalling phenomenon.
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+ - AMD Building New GPU Linux Kernel Driver To Unify With Catalyst Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: AMD is moving forward with their plans to develop a new open-source Linux driver model for their Radeon and FirePro graphics processors. Their unified Linux driver model is moving forward albeit slightly different compared to what was planned early this year as they're now developing a new "AMDGPU" kernel driver to power both the open and closed-source graphics components. This new driver model will also only apply to future generations of AMD GPUs, Catalyst is not being open-source but will be a self-contained user-space blob, and the DRM/libdrm/DDX components will be open-source and shared. This new model is more open-source friendly, places greater emphasis on their mainline kernel driver, and should help Catalyst support Mir and Wayland.
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+ - Ask Slashdot: How to deal with an unresponsive manufacturer who doesn't fix bugs 4

Submitted by moofo
moofo writes: I have a huge problems with a security appliance since it's installation. Namely, the VPN SSL client is causing a big problem on the majority of my remote clients.

The company acknowledged the bug, but they are jerking me around with no resolution in sight. I tried third-party clients, but I'm worried of using them since they are not distributed by the manufacturer and they require some maintenance to keep working properly.

I also talked to various executives at the company and besides giving me apologies, nothing good is coming my way.

It's been more than 2 years, this is causing me trouble and aggravation. Besides making my internal customers unhappy. There is less than one year left of my service contract.

How do you deal with a manufacturer who doesn't fix bugs in a reasonable time frame ?

Comment: Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (Score 5, Insightful) 835

by xantonin (#36549874) Attached to: LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

"A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the united states or arizona constitution"

Page 1, lines 30-34.

Do you really think in a state where brown skin is the majority that cops will waste their time bugging everyone who is brown skinned? We in AZ are aware there are a lot of legal Hispanics here, don't insult us with your assumptions.

Comment: Re:Read first, judge after (Score 0) 835

by xantonin (#36549858) Attached to: LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

Thanks for the link. I found this:

Page 1, 30-34

A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the united states or arizona constitution

How is that racist?

Comment: Re:Who knew? (Score 1) 835

by xantonin (#36549394) Attached to: LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

Anti-illegal immigrant indeed and I have no problems with that.

you do realize the US is dependent upon illegal immigration to fill low paying jobs like picking fruit, landscaping, and general cheap day labour?

You do realize the US has a high unemployment rate and a LOT of Americans would actually be happy to get any job at all? You do ALSO realize those people you claim we "depend" on don't pay taxes to do those cheap jobs? In fact, your taxes go to most of them who go on welfare and other government benefits, but they don't contribute shit.

+ - Comcast Abandons Charity After Critical Tweet->

Submitted by ShaunC
ShaunC writes: Comcast today withdrew a charitable commitment after one of the charity's Twitter messages criticized the cable giant's recent hire of the former FCC commissioner. Said a Comcast VP, "I cannot in good conscience continue to provide you with funding." Comcast has since attempted to backpedal, saying "we sincerely apologize for the unauthorized action of our employee."
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