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Submission + - U.S., Japan Agree to Nuclear Material Transfer (

mdsolar writes: The U.S. and Japan unveiled a plan on Friday to ship weapons-grade nuclear materials from Japanese research facilities to the U.S. as part of an effort to prevent rogue nations and terrorist groups from acquiring such materials.

Already the two nations have successfully completed the removal of highly enriched uranium and separated plutonium fuel from one of the two sites, and a shipment containing “hundreds of kilograms” has left for the U.S., according to a statement from the U.S. Energy Department. It represents “one of the largest shipments” of such potent nuclear materials ever transported internationally, a department official said.

Japanese officials wouldn’t disclose the destination of the cargo, citing security concerns. Underscoring the difficulty of finding a willing destination in the U.S., Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, last month urged the Energy Department to reroute the materials coming to her state from Japan.

Submission + - Reddit has deleted its 'warrant canary' (

Arthur Dent '99 writes: Today Reddit deleted wording in its transparency report that would normally indicate that they had not received any "national security letters" or "other classified requests for user information". Such "national security letters" contain penalties for telling anyone about the request, as the government wishes to keep the request secret. However, because Reddit had placed pre-existing wording in their transparency report in the event of such a letter, they were able to simply delete the existing wording to passively inform others that a request had been received, without actually saying anything at all. This usage of pre-existing wording is known as a "warrant canary" to indicate danger, much as real canaries were used in the past to indicate the presence of deadly gases in coal mines.

Submission + - Scientists break speed of light

Lambticc writes: The Telegraph is reporting that German scientists have broken the speed of light while investigating quantum tunneling. Is this the first of many steps on the way to practical interplanetary travel?

Submission + - Diebold changes name, estimates huge revenue drop

An anonymous reader writes: Diebold has announced it is renaming its failing elections systems subsidiary to Premier Elections Systems, after failing to find a buyer. They also are lowering their revenue estimates by $120 million, roughly 60% below original estimates of $180 to $215 million. Salon columnist Farhad Manjoo comments: "Henceforth, when reaching for an example of mind-boggling incompetence, please say "Premier" rather than "Diebold," because Diebold Election Systems is now Premier Election Systems."

Submission + - Help building computer for visually-impaired kid?

a_red_man writes: My nephew is three years old, and was born with visual-impairments. He has already had several eye surgeries since he was born. Recently his parents learned that there is a possibility that his condition may be degenerative over time, which is a scary thing to hear. I'm hoping and praying that he does not lose all of his sight, and that this is NOT degenerative.

Cognitive testing places him mentally well above his age. I think he's aware that he doesn't see the world exactly the same as everyone else does, but he can see enough of it to know what's happening around him. He's always seen the world that way — so it's all he knows. He's smart, funny, inquisitive about the world, and a joy to be around!

Like many things in life, I have remained blissfully uninformed about dealing with visual impairment in children until it touched my own family. And, like many readers of Slashdot, I believe that technology can be a significant enabler.

I'm seeking advice on putting a computer together for him for educational purposes (reading/math/etc) and I don't know where to start. I'm working off of the assumption that his vision will not worsen, so I'm assuming he'll be able to see but at a level that counts as legally-blind. He can read letters and words in children's books, but has trouble reading words on a computer monitor unless they're very large. I know there are features and programs out there for people with visual-impairment, but I'm curious to see if anyone out there has had personal experience and can point me in the right direction (operating system, programs, existing vendors, etc?).

Submission + - Sony to unveil PS4 in 2008?

njkid1 writes: "In an interview posted on GamePro last week, former Sony CEO Ken Kutaragi stated that ideas for PlayStations 4, 5, and 6 have already been conceptualized. However, new, yet still unverified sources now claim that his recent retirement has enabled him to streamline plans for a PS4 prototype sooner than anybody thought."

Submission + - iTunes-only Track Debuts in the Top Ten

hondo77 writes: Carrie Underwood's new single, "I'll Stand By You", has debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 100,000 copies in less than a week. The reason to care is that this single is only available on iTunes. Macworld reports that this is the first time an iTunes-only single has debuted in the Top Ten. The icing on the cake is that all proceeds from the sales go to charity as part of the Idol Gives Back program.

Submission + - Rumor: Nintendo of America to Relocate

njkid1 writes: "A report from a reputable gaming website claims thatNintendo of America will relocate all of its sales and marketing. It's not clear if this will affect all of NoA, but employees have already been notified apparently. Targets for the new location include San Francisco and New York."

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