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Comment Re:Doesn't really tell the full story... (Score 5, Informative) 324

I don't see how nuclear power is in any way more dangerous than hydro electric. There have been significantly more people killed by hydro electric power, not to mention the massive effects it has on the environment.

When the Banqiao Dam in China collapsed, 26,000 people died immediately. This is the worst accident in the history of hydroelectric. Chernobyl had 31-56 direct deaths and this is the worst nuclear power accident. In both cases they were from direct negligence. Banqiao continued to kill more, just like Chernobyl. Banqiao killed 145,000 additional people within a few years and Chernobyl killed/will kill ~6,000 eventually (various estimates change). Banqiao directly effected 11 million people and Chernobyl displaced the entire town, 49,400 people, and it's a mere fraction of Banqiao. The fact is the deaths from nuclear power is significantly less than hydroelectric and always will be. A nuclear power plant does not blow up like in video games such as Red Alert 2, Chernobyl was the absolute worst case scenario (for one reactor, Chernobyl would be worst if all reactors that were there blew).

The Three Mile Island incident shows the lack of education for the public. People continue to "monitor" Three Mile Island but what they don't know or are too dense to know is that their basements have more radiation than Three Mile Island outputs.

Oh, lets note that Chernobyl continued to operate the other reactors until 2000.

Banqiao Dam source

Comment Re:Meh.... (Score 2) 77

Are other titles available?

Yes there are. Oil Rush, for example. You can browse the Linux only games by going to the game browsing page and clicking the Tux in the upper right hand corner. The Humble Indie Bundle was popular and came with Desura keys, so a lot of people can test using Desura without having to buy a game straight out from them.

Are other titles available? Does this mean EA is going to start doing Linux ports through this?

I *highly* doubt EA will ever start doing Linux ports and if they did, they'd find a way to bring Origin to Linux to do it. But Desura acts as a game distribute service that goes across Windows, Linux and soon to be OSX that developers can utilize when creating cross platform games. I welcome Desura and will be using it for future game transactions since Steam never decided to make a Linux port.


Submission + - Google overtakes Microsoft in reported security vu (

An anonymous reader writes: Trend Micro released their Third Quarter threat roundup that indicates that Google and Oracle have overtaken Microsoft in number of reported vulnerabilties.

Submission + - Android 4.0 Source Code Released to AOSP (

kidgenius writes: Finally all the naysayers can be silenced as the source code to Android 4.0.1 has been released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). This is in fact earlier than Google had previously announced that the code would be released.

Comment Re:Hilarity (Score 1) 434

>Passowrds != CC info... Then here's the source where they say the Credit Cards were encrypted (I probably should have linked this one). >Q: Was my personal data encrypted? A: All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network. The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.

Comment Re:Hilarity (Score 4, Informative) 434

Then screw heresy, here's the actual source.

One other point to clarify is from this weekend’s press conference. While the passwords that were stored were not “encrypted,” they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form. For a description of the difference between encryption and hashing, follow this link.

Comment Re:good name (Score 1) 161

The fact that the server got overloaded is a testament to how much us KDE4 users hate KDE4 (and how much the KDE developers apparently hate us).

Not all of us hate KDE4, many of us love it so don't walk around like everyone hates it. Plus the Qt+KDE communities are tightly knitted. If you think that Trinity will still be "KDE 3.5" once it's ported to Qt4, you're very wrong. It will be KDE4 with less functionality.

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Submission + - Xbox Live users suffering hacked accounts, FIFA 11 (

tomstockmail writes: Ars Technica has received a number of reports from Xbox Live customers complaining about hacked accounts, unauthorized purchases, and a slow response from Microsoft itself. The pattern is weirdly specific: gamers notice that unauthorized purchases have been made using their credit card information or existing points, and FIFA Soccer 11 or 12 has been played on their account.

Update: Microsoft has sent us the following statement:

“We do not have any evidence the Xbox LIVE service has been compromised. We take the security of our service seriously and work on an ongoing basis to improve it against evolving threats. However, a limited number of members have contacted us regarding unauthorized access to their accounts by outside individuals. We are working with our impacted members directly to resolve any unauthorized changes to their accounts. As always, we highly recommend our members follow the Xbox LIVE Account Security guidance provided at to protect your account."

A thread on Reddit has a few unreliable confirmations:


Submission + - Problems plague iCloud (

tripleevenfall writes: Apple Inc rolled out its new iCloud service and latest mobile software to a chorus of user complaints this week, after glitches led to email access problems and long delays in installation.

Some users reported losing their email access as Apple formally launched iCloud, an online communications, media storage and backup service, on Wednesday.

"It failed in a very nasty way in that mail sometimes vanished, sometimes appeared then vanished, and often there was a user and/or password-incorrect message plus some rather obscure additional error messages," said David Farber, a professor of engineering and public policy with Carnegie Mellon University.


Submission + - Unity must go (

00_NOP writes: "Like many Ubuntu users I hate the "Unity" desktop. Actually, "hate" is not strong enough. It is utterly loathsome, like something produced by a child in kindergarten. It pops up when you don't need it and when you do need something it's difficult to find. So I posted a short blog on how to get rid of it and the traffic keeps on rising as more and more upgraders to Ubuntu 11.10, where Unity is imposed (in 11.04 it was the default choice but a "classic" option was also available), look to get rid of it. So how can we force Mark Shuttleworth and the rest to take notice?"

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