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Submission + - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration broke its own rules (dailymail.co.uk) 2

turkeydance writes: A high-level whistleblower has told this newspaper that America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders including Barack Obama and David Cameron at the UN climate conference in Paris in 2015.

The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed, and that world temperatures had been rising faster than scientists expected. Launched by NOAA with a public relations fanfare, it was splashed across the world’s media, and cited repeatedly by politicians and policy makers.

But the whistleblower, Dr John Bates, a top NOAA scientist with an impeccable reputation, has shown The Mail on Sunday irrefutable evidence that the paper was based on misleading, ‘unverified’ data.

 

Submission + - NOAA deliberately published flawed report on climate change 6

elgatozorbas writes: The report claimed that the ‘pause’ or ‘slowdown’ in global warming in the period since 1998 – revealed by UN scientists in 2013 – never existed. A whistleblower and top NOAA scientist claims NOAA breached its own rules on scientific integrity when it published the sensational but flawed report, aimed at making the maximum possible impact on world leaders.

Submission + - Trump Wasn't Wrong To Secure @POTUS with a Gmail Account (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: The world is having a collective freak out about the serial (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/technology/donald-trump-phone-social-media-security.html?_r=0) security lapses (https://www.rt.com/usa/375109-trump-administration-private-server-rnc/) of the newly enshrined Trump administration. That includes the revelation, this week, that the Leader of the Free World is using a lowly Google Gmail account to secure @POTUS, the official Twitter account of the U.S.’s Chief Executive. (https://theintercept.com/2017/01/26/donald-trump-is-using-a-private-gmail-account-to-secure-the-most-powerful-twitter-account-in-the-world/)

For a President and Administration as unconventional as Mr. Trump, the news about how The Most Powerful Twitter Account in the World was being secured was just another data point in a raucous and singularly unprofessional first week in office – the online equivalent of trash talking the United States’ second largest trading partner. (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/politics/mexico-wall-tax-trump.html)

But is having the Chief Executive’s Twitter account secured by a Google Gmail account really a security lapse? Not necessarily, according to security experts. In fact, Gmail may offer superior security to government-run platforms, The Security Ledger argues. (https://securityledger.com/2017/01/trump-securing-potus-with-gmail-is-reasonable-heres-why/)

“Companies like Google and Microsoft have invested billions of dollars in securing their infrastructure,” said John Ackerly, the CEO at the firm Virtru, a secure email provider. “If want your data to be secure, it’s tough to beat Google, Microsoft or Amazon’s cloud,” he said.

Indeed, Gmail offers a wide range back-end and front end security features that make it among the most difficult platforms to compromise – providing users take advantage of those features. Among them: detection of nation-state attacks, protection against account takeovers, strong encryption for all Gmail data both at rest and in transit, and the availability of strong second-factor authentication options such token based authentication and soft second factors like SMS codes and Google Authenticator.

In contrast, the U.S. government has struggled to secure its own IT assets. In fact, a report by GAO in 2015 listed “personal identity verification” (http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/670936.pdf) as a top cyber security challenge for government agencies. By GAO’s accounting, only 41 percent of user accounts at 23 civilian agencies had required these credentials for accessing agency systems.

Comment Re:Where are the Nuclear power fans now? (Score 1) 173

So they're fully tested? There won't be any dumb people cutting corners in construction? You certainly have to be dumb to believe such a thing. If you get your wish maybe you should work on your list of excuses as to why it went wrong. Call my mom, maybe she can share some of my better excuses from when I was five, you sound like you could do with the help.

Comment Re:100 years? (Score 1) 173

That KIND of nuclear plants are not a good idea.

There are significantly safer and more efficient designs now. A trend that's likely to continue.

We know they are free of design flaws because their proponents tell us so, and because they are almost tested. Anyway, we can always test it in production. That kind of thinking never got anyone in trouble.

We also know they will have no construction flaws because human nature precludes such a thing happening, and the idea that once it is in operation someone will cut costs and create an unsafe environment is laughable. No one would ever do that with an untested nuclear reactor, or even a tested one.

Also, if you don't drink a quart of vodka before your shift and then go play with the pretty dials and lights, all reactors new generation and old generation are much safer.

Is that what you believe was the root cause of the runaway reactor?

We could easily have fission and fusion reactors safe enough for every street corner in the future.

At least you ended on an amusing note...

Comment Re:Where are the Nuclear power fans now? (Score 0) 173

The only people dumber than the ones who built this reactor are the ones who want to build thousands of untested reactors all around the world. Tell me, do you have a ready-made list of excuses when design and construction flaws are exposed, and will you have a fall-back position?

Comment Re:Where are the Nuclear power fans now? (Score 1) 173

The only people dumber than the ones who built this reactor are the ones who want to build thousands of untested reactors all around the world. Tell me, do you have a ready-made list of excuses when design and construction flaws are exposed, and will you have a fall-back position?

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