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Submission + - Because having 7,100 nuclear weapons just isn't enough (santafenewmexican.com)

DougDot writes: Ever since The Rocky Flats plant was shut down in 1992 it has been the wet dream of Los Alamos National Laboratory management to take over the production of those plutonium bomb trigger pits that Rocky Flats used to make. LANL wants to become the new pit manufacturer. Production scale. That's where the big bucks are. It's all about the money.

Submission + - A history of innovation and dysfunction at Los Alamos National Laboratory (santafenewmexican.com)

DougDot writes: Federal officials told Congress in December that they will put the LANL contract up for competitive bid for only the second time since the lab opened in 1943. The current LANS contract ends Sept 30, 2017.

Identifying what went wrong, and why the lab has proven so difficult to manage, will play an important role for the Department of Energy as it seeks out new managers to run the lab.

Submission + - VERIZON BEGINS SCANNING AND CENSORING CUSTOMER EMAILS (infowars.com) 1

DougDot writes: I have trouble believing that this is true, but if it is customers of Verizon need to take some action. From TFA:

"If email contains a hyperlink to a website, the email is rejected and not sent to the recipient, according to 95.1 FM in New York City.

After a customer complained about the policy the corporation told him there isn’t a way to op-put of the program.

“Verizon scans the digital signatures of all inbound and outbound email messages to reduce the overall volume of spam on our network” and all email containing a hyperlink will be considered spam.

“So if a business person needs to get information to a colleague, or a student needs to get research to a fellow student, or if a wife wants to share an interesting recipe with a friend . . . all those emails will be rejected by Verizon!” the radio station website explains."

Submission + - Odroid-C1 Project (blogspot.com)

DougDot writes: Back in July, 2013 I put together a couple of fun Raspberry Pi projects: an NFS and Minidlna server, and an XBMC home entertainment system component.

Last month I purchased a couple of Odroid-C1 units which looked interesting because for the same $35 as the Pi you got a slightly smaller SBC with approximately 6X the power.

Pi CPU: ARM 700MHz, C1; Quad-core ARM 1.5GHz
Pi GPU: 24 GFLOPS, C1: 54 GFLOPS
Pi 2 USB 2.0 ports, C1 4 USB 2.0 ports
Pi Ethernet: 100MB/s, C1 Ethernet: Gigabit

Both the Pi and the C1 draw approximately 3 — 4 watts when idling.

Submission + - It's free, but it's broken (blogspot.com)

DougDot writes: About six months ago I noticed that one of the portfolios I was tracking using Google Finance Portfolio suddenly started reporting wrong historical data for nearly all of the equities in the portfolio. I clicked on the "Report a problem" link at the bottom of the page and used the form to send off a detailed description of the problem off to Google.

Submission + - Facebook is currently experiencing a large-scale outtage

DougDot writes: Many users are reporting that their own Facebook pages won't load, instead showing the error message

"Sorry, but this page didn't load properly. Please try again."

Submission + - Google is blocking Microsoft phone Youtube app (zdnet.com)

DougDot writes: So who's being more evil? Hard to say.

Summary: Google and Microsoft are at it again. The just-released and jointly developed YouTube app for Windows Phone is now being blocked by Google.

Submission + - Delicious Raspberry Pi (blogspot.com)

DougDot writes: I'm sure most folks have heard about the Raspberry Pi by now, and maybe some of you are curious if this $35 ARM-based computer is worth anything more than just a digital toy to play around with. I know I was, so this last weekend I finally took a day to build one and see what it could do.

Submission + - Google is going Puritan on us (zdnet.com)

DougDot writes: In three days, Google's Blogger will begin to delete scores of blogs that have existed since 1999 on Monday under its vague new anti-sex-ad policy purge.

On Wednesday night at around 7pm PST, all Blogger blogs marked as "adult" were sent an email from Google's Blogger team.

blogger sex purge
The email told users with "adult" blogs that after Sunday, June 30, 2013, all adult blogs will be deleted if they are found to be "displaying advertisements to adult websites" — while the current Content Policy does not define what constitutes "adult" content.

To say that Twitter ignited with outrage would be an understatement. Blogger users are panicked and mad as hell at Google.

Submission + - The Fine Art of Corporate Fibbing (blogspot.com)

DougDot writes: Word has it that the good folks at Google's Device Support hotline (1-855-836-3987) are still telling people who call in to complain about the wifi and bluetooth issues with their Nexus 4 phones one of two little white whoppers: [...]
Google

Submission + - A Report Card on the Google Nexus 4 Phone (blogspot.com)

DougDot writes: "After having had three months to fully explore the phone, we thought we'd give Google a report card on the Nexus 4. We divided the report card into the following categories:

1) E-commerce purchasing experience,
2) customer support, and
3) product quality."

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