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Comment Re:The problem (Score 1) 449

...for every 1 innocent person you save from life sentences or execution you are in effect sentencing many more innocent people to a much more grisly death at the hands of murderers.

Rubbish. Serial killers are rare. What a terrible reason to do less than your best to avoid convicting innocent people.


Spam King Wallace Indicted For Facebook Spam 93

itwbennett writes "Notorious spam king Sanford Wallace is facing federal fraud charges for allegedly breaking into the Facebook accounts of 500,000 victims in 2008 and 2009 and using the stolen credentials to post 27 million spam messages. The charges are outlined in an indictment, filed July 6 but made public Thursday after Wallace turned himself in to federal authorities. If convicted, Wallace could get more than 16 years in prison."

Comment Problem solved. (Score 1) 111

They want to "defend against memory safety vulnerabilities?" I assume that they're talking about buffer overflows, if nothing else, and I can think of a couple of ways to prevent them: 1) non-von Neumann architecture; or, and here I'm going really crazy, I know, with an idea that'd disrupt the entire industry: 2) stop using bloody C.


Google Tweaks Algorithm; EHow Traffic Plummets 286

jfruhlinger writes "For some time there's been rumbling that Google's search results have been gummed up by low-quality pages from 'content farms,' written at low or no cost specifically to score high on common Google queries. Now it looks like the latest update to Google's search algorithm is having an effect, cutting into traffic to eHow (and cutting down the stock price of eHow's owner, Demand Media, in the process)."

Comment Re:Thorium (Score 1) 752

"Stable equilibrum temperature" implies that the heat from the fuel, including any decay heat, is going somewhere. If that (presumably passive) process can continue indefinitely without risk to the outside world, and if the equilibrium temperature is below any temperature at which melting of the plumbing or new and exciting chemical reactions could occur, then the design would appear not to be vulnerable to a loss of power to the pumps.

Comment Re:Thorium (Score 1) 752

Heating up the coolant naturally slows down the reaction.

Except that a runaway reaction isn't the problem here. The reactor reportedly scrammed as designed. As at Three Mile Island, all of this trouble is being caused by the decay heat alone.

I note that the Wikipedia illustration of a molten salt reactor design shows a pump in the cooling system, so it's not immediately clear to me that a molten salt reactor would survive the loss of emergency power reported to have occurred here. And even in the case of a design where the cooling is driven entirely by convection — with, what, giant air-cooled heat-exchangers? — there's the question of earthquake damage to the plumbing, which I suppose is the other obvious possible cause of the current problem.

Comment In a shocking development, it turns out... (Score 1) 109

...that this article is baseless fantasy. Half of it's gibberish: what does "cities heated by servers," even mean? The other half ignores what's known to be possible, with the holographic projections popping out of phones within four years being the most obvious clanger. How's that supposed to work? Like in Star Wars, of course, which is to say only as a special effect in a movie.

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