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Submission + - A look at the world's dwindling food supply ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The UK's Government Office of Science has released a report titled "Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and Choices for Global Sustainability" That takes a look at, among other related concerns, how to continue to feed a global population that is on pace to reach 9 billion by the year 2050

Submission + - Google Fined Over Street View Privacy Breach (

autospa writes: Google received its first ever fine for improperly gathering and storing data for its Street View application on Monday when it was penalized by France's privacy watchdog. The euro100,000 ($141,300) penalty — the largest ever by French body CNIL — sanctions Google for collecting personal data from Wi-Fi networks — including e-mails, web browsing histories and online banking details — from 2007 to 2010 through its roaming camera-mounted cars and bicycles. The fine is the first against Google over the data-gathering, which more than 30 countries have complained about. At least two other European countries are considering fines, while some others have ruled against penalizing Google.

Submission + - France hands Google record fine over Street View (

An anonymous reader writes: France has slapped Google with a record €100,000 ($142,000) fine for collecting private Wi-Fi information with its Street View cars.

The French decided that Google "had not refrained from using the data identifying Wi-Fi access points of individuals without their knowledge." It further decided that Google had received economic benefits from the data collection, which Google had earlier denied.
Google claimed its Street View cars were 'mistakenly' collecting data from private Wi-Fi networks.

Submission + - Kinect Used to Help Visually Impaired (

Zothecula writes: The decidedly low tech white cane is still one of the most commonly used tools to help the visually impaired get around without bumping into things. Now, through their project called NAVI (Navigation Aids for the Visually Impaired), students at Germany's Universität Konstanz have leveraged the 3D imaging capabilities of Microsoft's Kinect camera to detect objects that lie outside a cane's small radius and alert the wearer to the location of obstacles through audio and vibro-tactile feedback.

Submission + - Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IA (

Attila Dimedici writes: This article claims that the safest place to be
  if your country is hit by a monster earthquake and giant tsunami is the local nuclear power plant. This article mentions that over the last ten years there have been seven nuclear fatalities and 44 wind farm fatalities ( I saw this stated elsewhere as well).

Submission + - CRISP Demonstrates Self-Repairing Chips (

MojoKid writes: "Processors are making great strides in performance-per-watt output, but everyone knows that there will be limits. One of the issues with chips getting smaller and more powerful is fragility. The smaller manufacturing geomtries get, the less robust they are, and that has led to a number of research projects looking into the feasibility of creating self-repairing chips. The CRISP (Cutting edge Reconfigurable ICs for Stream Processing) project researches optimal utilization, efficient programming and dependability of reconfigurable many-cores CPUs for streaming applications. Its goal is to develop a single, highly scalable, reconfigurable system concept that can be used for a wide range of streaming applications; from low-cost consumer applications to very demanding specialty applications. The project consortium consists of Recore Systems (project leader), University of Twente, Atmel Automotive, Thales Netherlands, Tampere University of Technology, and NXP Semiconductors."

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