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Comment Re:ISIS much? (Score 1) 192

Being afraid of a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant is an unreasonable fear. A nuclear reactor isn't a nuclear bomb. Suppose they actually access the plant, how are they suppose to turn it into an actual cataclysmic event? The amount of logistic, knowledge and luck required to turn it into an actual threat is higher than many other alternatives.

Are you so sure?
What if someone blew up the primary loop pumps and emptied or blew up the cooling pools?
That's 2 bombs and then you have an uncooled pressure cooker full of fissile material and other nasty fission byproducts in a place that's become out of reach because of the massive radioactivity from the uncovered used fuel.
It may not go full Tchernobyl, but it definitely may go Fukushima-style.

This fear of a terrorist attack on a nuclear plant is again largely exagerrated and fed by the anti-nuclear activists. They want the mass to perceive the nuclear plants as a perpetual, constant and actual threat against the human kind.

Agreeing with you here.

Comment They got it all wrong... (Score 1) 116

Page 9 of the linked PDF, on the Mr Obvious decision diagram, the conclusion if there's too much radioactivity inside the reactor building is:

Feed&Breed / [*] Cooling the reactor core by feeding and breeding

I certainly hope they're talking about feed and bleed.... There no need breeding any more isotopes at this point.

Wow, Slashdot is lame, I pasted some japanese characters and slashdot does not render them properly. They are where the [*] is.

Comment Easy as pie in 3 firefox extensions (Score 2, Informative) 533

Install the following:

Then configure CookieSafe to "Deny Cookies Globally" (you can easily make exceptions for some sites). BetterPrivacy and TrackMeNot come with suitable defaults.

With this set-up, no cookies will be created. DOM Storage (super-cookies) and flash cookies will be wiped whenever you close your browser. And you will gently spam Google and other search engines with random searches, just in case they do tracking by IP addresses.

You may also want to throw in:

  • FlashBlock and AdBlockPlus, to make the web more... uh... readable.
  • NoScript, if you're paranoid.

Nvidia Fakes Fermi Boards At GPU Tech Conference 212

fragMasterFlash writes with this excerpt from SemiAccurate: 'In a really pathetic display, Nvidia actually faked the introduction of its latest video card, because it simply doesn't have boards to show. Why? Because it didn't get enough parts to properly bring them up, much less make demo boards. ... Notice that the three screws that hold the end plate on are, well, generic wood screws. Large flat -head Phillips screws. Home Depot-grade screws that don't even sit flush. If a card is real, you hold it on with the bolts on either side of the DVI connector. Go look at any GPU you have; do you see wood screws that don't mount flush or DVI flanking bolts? ... If you look at the back of the fake Fermi, [from this PC Watch picture], you can see that the expected DVI connector wires are not there, just solder-filled holes. No stubs, no tool marks from where they would be cut out. Basically, the DVI port isn't connected to anything with solder, so they had to use screws on the plate."

Getting Through the FOSS License Minefield 96

dotancohen writes "Here's an exercise: Write a GPLed server for solving Freecell that the graphical game would communicate with using TCP/IP or a different IPC mechanism. Easy, right? Except for that pesky licensing bit. Our own Shlomi Fish gives an overview of the various options in picking up a licence for one's FOSS project, and tries to give some guidelines choosing one."

Financial Crisis Soundtrack 31

German musician Johannes Kreidler made a soundtrack of the global economic crisis composed by running financial graphs through SongSmith. It gets political in a few spots, but is bleakly funny.

Comment CGS WTF? (Score 1) 260

He must be setting NASA up for an other "Mars Climate Orbiter" kind of disaster.

Whatever may be the reason, on most of the paper, his calculations and figures are in the obsolete CGS system (Centimeter, Grams, Seconds). Forces are in dynes, pressures in g/cm^2, etc.

And then you see later in the paper Amperes and Watts (which are SI units).

CGS and SI (or MKS) don't mix.

The Courts

Submission + - Can I be sued for quitting?

An anonymous reader writes: I work at a large hosting company in Texas and recently decided to go work for a smaller competitor. I had a great relationship with my employer and wanted to leave on good terms. I felt the new company had just gotten too large and I didn't like working there anymore, I gave them two weeks notice in writing. They were really upset when I insisted on leaving and one week into my last two weeks the V.P. of Sales told me the company was suing me for leaving and suing my new employer for hiring me. They then escorted me out of the building. I was shocked. Should I hire an attorney? Has anybody ever heard of this happening? Do they have any legal basis for suing me? I never signed any non-compete or employment agreement.
The Courts

Submission + - Intellectual Property running amok

kocsonya writes: According to this article on ABC Australia Indonesia is not too happy that an Australia company, CSL developed a vaccine against the H5N1 birdflu virus (which can be deadly to humans). Apparently Indonesia asserts that CSL should have sought permission from Indonesia to develop the vaccine because "Indonesia is seeking intellectual property rights over the Indonesian strain of the virus on which the vaccine is based". Cool, soon countries can build up an IP portfolio on strains of viruses and bacteria and cross-licence it — a Hong Kong flu strain license against your Ross River Fever license. The question arises, though, whose intellectual product was a virus occuring in nature? Should we then sue the owner of such intellectual property for willfully endangering the public with their "invention"?

Submission + - x86 Linux Flash Player 9 is Final

Schlaegel writes: The official Adobe Linux Flash blog has announced that Flash player for x86 Linux is now final and no longer beta. Every x86 Linux user, at least those willing to load binary software, can rejoice and no longer feel like a second rate citizen.

Distribution packages are also available, for example the Macromedia Fedora repository already has the flash player marked for update.

Submission + - Can you install MythTV on a Tivo box?

gfxguy writes: I recently took advantage of a program Tivo was offering where they replace an older Tivo with problems with a newer unit for $10.00. They didn't even want the series 1 back, they just sent a refurbished series 2. Now I'm wondering if the old Tivo (defective due to a bad modem, but I have an external one I was using) can be revived with MythTV. Anybody out there try this? Is there a problem with proprietary hardware, or are there other limitations? I'd imagine those old boxes are becoming quite common (and cheap off of Ebay). With a good MythTV setup from scratch costing about three times as much as a Tivo, it seems like it'd be a useful hack.

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