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Comment Re:Nothing but respect... (Score 1) 349

30km away radiation levels are 10 times higher than normal.

Ten times higher than background radiation is nothing to worry about.

I think you need to do your research.

Likewise. According to this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/17/fukushima_thursday/page2.html, the maximum dose the the nuclear plant workers are being allowed to be exposed to as a result of this accident is 250 millisieverts. As the article states, the LD50 (dose that'll kill 50%) is 4000 millisieverts. While I wouldn't want to get exposed to that level of radiation myself, it seems to me like the workers are being quite well looked after. The very fact that they've been evacuated at all suggests that they're making sure the workers are OK, rather than sacrificing them in a blind panic in order to regain control. Have a look at this: http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/RS_Attempts_to_refill_fuel_ponds_1703111.html - and bear in mind that the workers on site will, for most of the time, be in a heavily shielded room. Radiation levels near the reactors themselves are high, but at the edge of the site they aren't nearly as high, and have been dropping for some time.

Privacy

Submission + - ISP drives music label to ditch download action (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: The Ministry of Sound music label is blaming UK ISP BT for forcing it to hold off on sending letters demanding £350 in payment to those suspected of downloading its music illegally. BT has demanded guarantees that the customer IP data it hands to rights holders under court order for such anti-filesharing action will be kept safe and not used to abuse its own customers. Getting that through approval courts has taken longer than expected, and the ISP deletes all data after 90 days as part of its privacy policy, meaning 20,000 of the 25,000 IP records the label was seeking access to have been deleted. "The safeguards we aim to establish via the court are on the security of data handling, a threshold for providing a customer’s details based on a minimum number of separate incidents, the tone of contact with broadband subscribers and a reasonable approach to financial compensation sought,” BT said in a statement. The move is an indirect win for Anonymous. The hacking group took down the website of law firm ACS: Law, which also sends out such letters using BT customer data, leading to a data breach. That data breach was the impetus behind BT demanding better control of how its customers' data was used, which in turn lead to the delays that saw the MoS-related records deleted.
Politics

Submission + - Did someone attempt to buy the British Government? (antipope.org)

VShael writes: Charles Stross (sometimes contributor to The Guardian newspaper) has reported on a bizarre statement made in the UK's House of Lords by Lord James of Blackheath. Not a viral marketing tool for some new conspiracy thriller, and not a Nigerian 419 scam (so please, leave the jokes out of the comments), apparently some mysterious Foundation which wishes to remain unnamed has been conducting secret talks with high members of the government in order to invest untold billions in to the UK economy. But there's a catch.
Also mentioned in The Guardian, here

Crime

Submission + - Anonymous Takes Down US Copyright, Hadopi Tomorrow (myce.com)

eldavojohn writes: According to several sites, yesterday the group known as Anonymous successfully took down copyright.gov, the main page of the United States' Copyright Office. This follows attacks on the Ministry of Sound website, the RIAA this last weekend and for tomorrow (the fifth of November) word is that yet another DDOS attack will occur — probably against the French site Hadopi. It would appear that Operation Payback is in full swing and even Gene Simmons will tell you resistence is futile.

Comment Re:"Agile", no -- "agile", yes (Score 1) 395

"Working software over comprehensive documentation"? Yeah, good luck debugging your undocumented code.

This seems to be something that causes a lot of confusion, and a lot of knee jerk dismissal of agile principles. "Working software over comprehensive documentation" isn't saying that documentation is unnecessary - just that it's better to expend effort on getting your software working than trying to document each and every aspect of the system. If it's important that users have strong passwords, it is far better to write the code to ensure that users have strong passwords than it is to spend your time deciding and documenting exactly what a strong password is. I've worked in companies in the past where a simple change like modifying the password policy would involve a couple of days of documentation, discussion and sign off. Often the code changes would take around half a day, maybe just a couple of hours, but we still had to go through the documentation and sign off no matter what. Agile is kicking against that, and saying that it's better to just get stuff done. Documentation is still important - coding is just more important.

Comment Re:Is this really about protecting children? (Score 1) 342

I'm not really sure what kids can and can't buy in America, but as far as I'm concerned fewer kiddies playing games like MW2 would make the game far more enjoyable. I'm not bothered about protecting the children, that can be left to their parents: I just want them off my game servers :)
Google

Submission + - Google Docs users stranded by bug (ausbt.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Cloud apps can be a godsend — until they stop working, taking all your data with them. Google Docs users worldwide have learned this the hard way this week, locked out of their documents by a bug which Google says is currently its #1 priority to fix, but hasn't been able to resolve for six days and counting. The bug, associated with Google's new multiple account login feature, causes an endless redirect when people try to open a document. Microsoft has been quick to jump on the opportunity to promote its forthcoming Office 365 service, which caches files locally, as a better solution than the all-cloud solution Google is offering. Google has been apologetic about the bug but says since it is not actually an outage it will not honor its 99.9% uptime guarantee for Google Apps Premier users. More at Australian Business Traveller.

Comment Re:*yawn* (Score 1) 854

Heh, yeah fair enough. Any Lego game is fine by me (I'm pretty sure I've played them all), but I wouldn't count them as being derivative marketing. I'm referring more to games that are released within a few weeks of the film itself, so are able to fully cash in on all the PR the film generates. Never played the Toy Story games, but prior experience with games like LotR, Shrek and Beowulf suggest that they may be the exception which proves the rule.

Comment Re:*yawn* (Score 1) 854

I work by this rule - don't ever buy a game that's basically just derivative merchandising for a film. Enough people will buy the game simply because they liked the film, so there's no incentive to make the game any good.

Comment Re:WTF is wrong with you people? (Score 1) 606

It's not that I don't think they'll be technically possible, I just don't think they'll be commonly used, and that's what the question was asking.
I don't think that many people will want flying cars - it's a bit like having an electric bicycle instead of a motorbike. The electric bike will get you there, but the motorbike has greater range, is faster and more comfortable, etc, etc. In other words, if you're going to fly part of the way there, why would you want to land and drive the final few miles? Don't get a flying car, buy a personal aeroplane instead. Once flying cars are possible, what's the point in building roads?

Comment Re:HA HA HA HA: (Score 2, Informative) 827

Looks like he got a little upset about people calling bullshit and withdrew the article: http://www.malcolmsteward.co.uk/?p=2495 He says "I know full well that it is ‘scientifically’ not possible for a data cable to exert such influence but I know what we heard and hoped that maybe someone might be able to throw some light on what might be going on." In the original article, he liked the "increased naturalness in both the sound of instruments and voices, which seemed more organic, human and less ‘electronic’, and in the music’s rhythmical progression" Maybe he just changed CD while testing the cable, and liked the second disc better...

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