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Comment at full power,... (Score 1) 404

the article mentions:
> According to its owners, Royal Caribbean, each of the Harmony’s three four-storey high 16-cylinder Wärtsilä engines will, at full power, burn 1,377 US gallons of fuel an hour, or about 96,000 gallons a day of some of the most polluting diesel fuel in the world.
and
> But marine pollution analysts in Germany and Brussels said that such a large ship would probably burn at least 150 tonnes of fuel a day, and emit more sulphur than several million cars, more NO2 gas than all the traffic passing through a medium-sized town and more particulate emissions than thousands of London buses.

Assuming that a cruise ship should normally not runs at full power, discussing about the impact of the ship running at full power the whole day seems kind of lame.
(the thing is still doing lots of pollution no argue there, but it might be a wise idea to look at the average normal usage when talking about the impact on nature due to the fuel consumption,..)

Comment I don't get it,... five a day? (Score 5, Interesting) 397

"Each bottle is one fifth of a scientifically balanced daily meal plan, "
$2.42 per 400-calorie bottle so $12.08 a day,... cooking my self I can manage a (I hope) tastier alternative for less,...

Sorry, but I really don't get why this is interesting at all, for a short moment I thought: "Okay, may be for long term 'food' storage, then I read '"However, we counter that by the fact that the drink does not require refrigeration and also does not spoil until at least one year."

=> What is the gain in using this?

Submission + - Intel to rebrand Atom chips along lines of Core processors (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: Intel has announced that going forward it will use style of branding for its Atom chips that is similar to its branding for Core chips. Atom CPUs will have the X3, X5 and X7 designations, much like with the Core i3, i5 and i7 brands. An Atom X3 will deliver good performance, X5 will be better and X7 will be the best, an Intel spokeswoman said.

Submission + - Most French Nuclear Plants 'Should Be Shut Down' Over Drone Threat (newsweek.com) 1

mdsolar writes: “You don’t need massive amounts of force to allow a nuclear plant to go into instability. The plant has enough energy to destroy itself. Drones can be used to tickle the plant into instability.”

With devastating simplicity, John Large explains how drones could be used to coordinate a terror attack on a nuclear power station. First, one drone hits the distribution grid serving the plant, depriving the facility of off-site power, making it dependent on its diesel generators to cool the reactor, which generates up to 1,000 megawatts of power – enough to light up half of Paris. Then the generators are easily taken out by an unmanned drone with a relatively small payload. Without power to cool the radioactive fuel, Large estimates it would take approximately 30 seconds before the fuel begins to melt, leading to potential leakages of nuclear waste.

It’s the same cause behind the meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan after it was hit by a tsunami in March 2011. But potential terrorists wouldn’t need to trigger an earthquake, just be able to accurately pilot a pair of readily-available commercial drones carrying small payloads of explosive. Last year, unmanned drones were spotted flying over at least 13 nuclear power stations in France. The last widely-reported sighting was on 3 January, when two aircraft were seen flying over a nuclear facility in Nogent-sur-Seine, in northern-central France.

Submission + - What happens when Betelgeuse explodes? 1

StartsWithABang writes: One of the great, catastrophic truths of the Universe is that everything has an expiration date. And this includes every single point of light in the entire sky. The most massive stars will die in a spectacular supernova explosion when their final stage of core fuel runs out. At only an estimated 600 light years distant, Betelgeuse is one (along with Antares) of the closest red supergiants to us, and it’s estimated to have only perhaps 100,000 years until it reaches the end of its life. Here's the story on what we can expect to see (and feel) on Earth when Betelgeuse explodes!

Submission + - Hackers Using PowerShell, WMI to Evade Detection (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Attackers are doing a better job at hiding by using relatively obscure built in components of Microsoft Windows, according to a new report from Mandiant.

In its M-Trends report, the breach investigations company found that more often than before, APT groups are using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) and PowerShell to move laterally, harvest credentials, and search for useful information within Windows environments.

“Attackers are using built in components of Windows that are extremely powerful but relatively obscure in lieu of a lot of the things where attackers needed to previously use specialized tools or malware,” Ryan Kazanciyan, technical director at Mandiant, told SecurityWeek. “They are not necessarily ways to infect a system from scratch, but they are ways that attackers can remain persistent in an environment and evade detection for a much longer period by using some of these advanced techniques,” he said.

Additionally, Mandiant's report found that free credential-stealing tools have made harvesting passwords and escalating privileges in a Windows environment much easier. Mandiant experts found that attackers typically used two techniques: “Pass-the-hash” to authenticate with stolen NTLM hashes, and using the “Mimikatz” tool to recover plaintext passwords from memory. Concerningly, Mandiant said that it did not see a single instance when a victims’ anti-virus software detected or blocked Mimikatz, despite the tool’s popularity.

Comment Re:More of this ridiculous (Score 1) 134

> how come in a simple public discussion slashdot readers can come up with simple practical scenarios why mass-surveillance "solutions" like this will be completely ineffective, yet the people considering (or actually) deploying them cannot?

Must be that all /.ers are EVIL to the core and have a gift to fight against GOOD.
Everything else would just cause to much upset.

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