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Submission + - The nuclear power industry could take a lesson from the history of car safety (thebulletin.org)

Lasrick writes: Nuclear energy could play an important role in mitigating climate change, but fears about safety impede its spread. These fears aren’t always grounded in reality: It is one of the safest industries around in terms of occupational hazards, and severe accidents are rare. Nuclear professionals embrace a strong culture of safety, but is a culture of safety enough? And if it’s not, what can be done to improve? The answer may be found in some of the many US nuclear power plants in danger of closing their doors. Terrific read from Jeff Terry at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Submission + - OpenBSD 5.9 released (openbsd.org)

LichtSpektren writes: The free Unix operating system OpenBSD is now on release 5.9. This version includes OpenSSH 7.2, LibreSSL 2.3.2, and support for lots of new hardware drivers, including GPT-partitioned hard drives.

Submission + - Increasingly, U.S. IT workers are alleging discrimination (networkworld.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Some U.S. IT workers who have been replaced with H-1B contractors are alleging discrimination and are going to court. They are doing so in increasing numbers. There are at least seven IT workers at Disney who are pursuing, or plan to pursue, federal and state discrimination administrative complaints over their layoffs. Separately, there are ongoing court cases alleging discrimination against two of the largest India-based IT services firms, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. There may also be federal interest in examining the issue.

Comment We have hardly even tried nuclear, don't give up (Score 1) 309

The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet.

We barely dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped, its only been a few decades worth so far. Imagine if we gave up on other technologies such as electricity, refrigeration, combustion engines, farming, aircraft, boats, or whatever after only a couple of decades of trying.

There is massive potential for engineering solutions to be developed to the problems that are present in these early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just who totally say "no nuclear power", I say you are taking an ANTI-SCIENCE position.

Comment We haven't even given Nuclear a good "Try" yet. (Score 1) 1

The thing that bugs me, is we haven't really even given Nuclear power a very good try yet. We dipped our toes into the technology and then stopped. There is massive potential for engineering solutions to the problems that are present in those early attempts at nuclear power.

For people to just totally say "no nuclear power", it is just anti-science.

Comment The idea is just starting to take hold in hardware (Score 1) 1

The concept of Open Source is not nearly as prevalent in hardware as it is in software. There are still many people who just don't get the ideas of Open Source in the world of electronics hardware design.

However, over the last few years I have seen more and more people coming into electronics hardware from the software side via paths of arduino, raspberry pi, beagleboard, or even robotics, UAV, 3d printing, ham radio, etc.

And its interesting to see the software people start to question why not make hardware designs open source in the same way as software.

Comment Food Pyramid made by business not science (Score 1) 958

I thought everyone knew that the Food Pyramid was totally made up by big business and in collusion with the government.

The Food Pyramid was designed in order to seer the masses to foods that could be grown/produced which would feed the people with the most PROFIT margins for commercial farming interests, such as grains, corn, etc..that favored massive commercial farming, and away from foods that required more effort to produce and favored small family farm production methods.

Submission + - NASA unveils NEW FOOTAGE of the OTHER SIDE of the MOON (theregister.co.uk)

furry_wookie writes: As a matter of fact, Gerry, it's not all dark. Vid NASA has stitched together images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to produce a stunning video showing what the moon looks like from The Other Side. It shows that there are many more, and larger craters than on the side which faces the Earth. What it doesn't have is the large dark spots, called maria. The animation above shows craters of all sizes over the entire dark side. Although “dark” is a misnomer, the side we can’t see is illuminated by the Sun in just the same way as the Earth. They offered no explanation for that large rectangular black object that is seen sticking out of the moon surface however.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2...

Submission + - The IPCC's shifting position on nuclear energy (thebulletin.org) 1

Lasrick writes: Suzanne Waldman writes about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its stand on nuclear power over the course of its five well-known climate change assessment reports. The IPCC was formed in 1988 as an expert panel to guide the drafting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, ratified in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. The treaty’s objective is to stabilize greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a safe level. Waldman writes: 'Over time, the organization has subtly adjusted its position on the role of nuclear power as a contributor to de-carbonization goals.," and she provides a timeline of those adjustments.

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