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Programming

Submission + - Can a language be safe? (mortoray.com)

edA-qa writes: "Some languages hand us sharp knives and encourage us to play with them. Other languages put us in padded rooms and discourage us from doing anything at all. Though it may sound quite negative, it is often how the argument of language safety ends up being portrayed. But we can’t make sense of either of those views until we address the fundamental question: What does it even mean for a language to be safe?"
Power

Submission + - Severe Nuclear Reactor Accidents Likely Every 10 to 20 Years (sciencedaily.com)

surveyork writes: "Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as the core meltdowns in Chernobyl and Fukushima are more likely to happen than previously assumed. Based on the operating hours of all civil nuclear reactors and the number of nuclear meltdowns that have occurred, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have calculated that such events may occur once every 10 to 20 years (based on the current number of reactors) — some 200 times more often than estimated in the past."
Chrome

Submission + - Chrome Browser Usage Artificially Boosted (windowsteamblog.com)

bonch writes: Chrome was recently called the world's no.1 browser, but Microsoft is accusing the source, StatCounter, of using flawed methodology. When a user enters a search in Chrome, the browser preloads an invisible tab not shown to the user, and these were being counted by StatCounter. Net Applications, another usage tracking group, ignores these invisible tabs and reports IE at 54%, Firefox at 20.20%, and Chrome at 18.85%.
Security

Submission + - Security Service Accidentally Makes Web 60% Faster (thenextweb.com)

EastDakota writes: CloudFlare was originally conceived by the team behind the open source communityProject Honey Pot as an easy way to protect any website from hackers and spammers. The concern from the beginning was that it would add latency. It was quite a surprise when the free service launched 8 months ago and ended up speeding up websites by 60%.

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