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Submission + - Explosion at French Nuclear Power plant

MrKaos writes: An explosion has occurred at Flamanville nuclear power plant in Normandy. According to initial reports there is no risk of contamination.

Several media outlets are reporting the explosion which may not normally be noteworthy if it wasn't the third blast in ten days. The others occurred at Cattenom nuclear reactor.

Sabotage has been ruled out as a cause.

Submission + - Trump withdraws US from TPP 1

MrKaos writes: On his first full day in office, US President Donald Trump has lived up to his promise of killing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

President Trump began recasting America's role in the global economy on Monday, canceling an agreement for a sweeping trade deal with Asia as one of his first official White House actions.

Trump has told union leaders the TPP “wasn’t the right way,” and that he would pursue one on one deals with countries rather than multinational agreements.

News of the order is being carried by CNN, BBC, and The Guardian.

Submission + - Chernobyl's new sarcophagus now in place

MrKaos writes: 30 years and seven months since the explosion that set all of this in motion the project known as the 'Shelter Implementation Plan' has been rolled into place sealing the crippled Chernobyl reactor. More than 10,000 people were involved in the project, which includes an advanced ventilation systems and remote controlled robotic cranes to dismantle the existing Soviet-built structure and reactor.

This sarcophagus – or New Safe Confinement (NSC) – is taller than the Statue of Liberty and larger than Wembley stadium.

Submission + - Vim 8.0 released! (google.com)

MrKaos writes: The venerable and essential vim has had it's first major release in 10 years. Lots of new and interesting features including, vim script improvements, JSON support, messages exchange with background processes, a test framework and a bunch of Windows DirectX compatibility improvements.
A package manager has been added to handle the ever-growing plug-in library, start-up changes and support for a lot of old platforms has been dropped.

Many Vimprovements!

Submission + - SPAM: Bastille Day Terrorist Attacks in Nice, France. 84 Dead 1

MrKaos writes: Videos are emerging of another terrorist attack in Nice France. Police failed to stop the driver of a fixed axle lorry who sebsequently used the vehicle to plough through crowds of people celebrating Bastille day.
Claims are emerging that the driver was also using an automatic weapon and had a stock of grenades. France was still in a state of emergency from the previous terrorist attacks.

Eighty four are dead and eighteen are in a critical condition.

The cowardly Daesh (ISIS) have claimed responsibility for the attack against the citizens of France.

Link to Original Source

Submission + - TEPCO executives face criminal trial over Fukushima crisis

MrKaos writes: Three former TEPCO executives have been indicted and now face criminal charges of professional negligence over the Fukushima disaster.

In acknowledgement of the collusion uncovered by The Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (pdf) (The official report for the Japanese Diet or, Parliament) residents of Japan encountered a rarely used legal mechanisms that forced prosecutors to bring the executives to face the charges after several false starts.

Whilst it is unlikely that the executives will face jail time for preparing for the possibility of a large tsunami (nonfeasance) the case represents a major obstacle for PM Shinzo Abe's efforts to restart Japans nuclear industry.

Submission + - IS Militia Holding Hostages in Sydney CBD Cafe

MrKaos writes: At the time of posting an unknown number of IS militia are holding hostages in a Sydney CBD cafe using shotguns (carrying firearms is illegal in Australia). The Martin Place cafe is in the center of the city and opposite the offices of the Reserve Bank of Australia and a major television news network.
The streets surrounding the area have been closed down for a block around the buildings, local businesses have been evacuated and rail services have been closed down. Airspace above the CBD is still open and operating, though carriers are avoiding it at this time.
The hostage situation is in progress and negotiators are attempting to ascertain the militia groups demands.

Submission + - Gore Vidal, 1925-2012 (latimes.com)

MrKaos writes: Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86.

Android

Submission + - Google buys Motorola (linkedin.com)

MrKaos writes: In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
Idle

Submission + - Today is Binary

MrKaos writes: Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?"

Submission + - Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime' (nickxenophon.com.au)

MrKaos writes: An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities.
Transportation

Submission + - New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos writes: Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight.
Space

Submission + - What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos writes: The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Star Trek 1

MrKaos writes: I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about.

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