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Submission + - Sony admits major security breach in PSN (arstechnica.com) 1

" rel="nofollow">vivin writes: "ARS Technica reports that Sony has provided more information about its "external intrusion". It appears that personal information has been compromised. According to Sony, if you are on PSN, the following pieces of information have been compromised for sure: your name, your address (city, state, and zip), country, e-mail address, birthday, PSN password and login name.

Sony also stated that it was possible that your profile data (including purchase history and billing address), and security answers have been obtained. If you have a dependent on your account, their data may also be compromised."

Submission + - Does wiretapping require cell company cooperation? (novayagazeta.ru)

decora writes: "Recently the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, accidentally admitted to wiretapping journalist Irina Khalip. Khalip is the wife of Andrei Sannikov, one of the many opposition presidential candidates who was imprisoned after the "election" in 2010. I am wondering how Lukashenko did this? Can a government tap a modern cellphone system without the company knowing? Or would it require cooperation, like when AT&T and others helped the NSA perform warantless wiretapping on Americans? "

Submission + - Call to delay nuke license process (fairewinds.com)

mdsolar writes: "Nuclear engineer Arne Gundersen calls on the NRC and congress to delay nuclear plant licensing until the lessons of Fukushima can be learned. He argues that worst case accident assumptions used by the NRC and the nuclear industry are not in tune with the reality demonstrated in the latest accident."

Submission + - David Rumelhart, neural network pioneer dies (stanford.edu) 1

Dr_Ish writes: "David Rumelhart, one of the main movers and shakes behind the resurgence of artificial neural network research in the mid-80s has died. There is a brief obituary available at http://news.stanford.edu/news/2011/march/david-rumelhart-obit-031711.html. Rumelhart was one of the seminal figures in cognitive science research during the 1980s. His work is still widely cited. He is also the inspiration behind the Rumelhart prize, one of the major awards in the computer science of intelligence. Although in recent years a medical condition had prevented him being an active research contributer, he will still be sorely missed."

Submission + - Japan’s tsunami devastates prefecture in 6 m (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: News reports this week are understandably focusing on the events that have recently shook Japan to its core. An 8.9 magnitude earthquake just off the coast, followed by a tsunami, has devastated parts of the country and taken thousands of lives. The extent of the damage is still being realized, there are thousands of people still missing, and problems with nucelar reactors could escalate.

While most of the video footage seen on TV so far has shown the extent of the devastation, it is mainly seen from the viewpoint of someone in a helicopter, or after the damage has been caused in an area. But now we have some raw footage of someone who experienced the torrent of water passing through his home prefecture at ground level.

As you can see in the video, it caught some drivers unaware and in a little over 6 minutes we see a dry Japanese street turn into a fast moving torrent of water ripping buildings from their foundations, crushing cars, overturning boats, and rising a few meters above ground level. The footage was captured in the Miyagi Prefecture in the city of Kesennuma which is home to 74,000 people.


Submission + - Third Explosion - could be what we've all feared (bbc.co.uk)

Tigger's Pet writes: "It looks like a third explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has damaged the housing of the reactor and caused radiation to start leaking — also see http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-japan-quake-idUSTRE72A0SS20110315.
This is what all of us, I should think, have been hoping would not happen, but it raises the question to my mind of whether they should have gone ahead earlier and done a 'Chernobyl' on the plant — encased it in concrete before it could reach this stage."

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