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Comment Re:My first computer experience (Score 1) 208

It was also my first computer - sort of. An Acorn Electron anyway, which was basically a Micro for people without bottomless pockets. Fond memories of playing Elite and trying to learn BASIC! Sadly the Electron is long gone but I think I still have the novella that came with Elite knocking about somewhere. Started up an emulator a few years ago. First thing that came to mind was 'CHAIN'! It's weird how some things stick in your mind.

Submission + - Fukushima disaster to cause tea shortage (

mdsolar writes: "If a nuclear accident were to cause a coffee shortage, even the anonymous cowards on slashdot would cease their support of nuclear power. But what about a tea shortage?

Japan may face a shortage of green tea as radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima Dai-Ichi power station tainted leaves, spurring the government to restrict shipments from four prefectures.

The government decided yesterday to curb shipments of dried tea leaves containing more than 500 becquerel per kilogram of radioactive cesium and ordered a halt in shipments from the eastern prefectures of Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Tochigi where tainted produce was detected.

Fortunately, there are not a lot of nuclear power plants in slashdot's caffeine back yard, but what if there were?"

Comment Re:New tech? (Score 3, Interesting) 325

The JET tokamak has had a couple of huge flywheels to provide the power to its field coils since the early 1980s, and those are around 400MW peak output. True the pulse only lasts around half a minute or so, but it's still very impressive. Each flywheel has a moment of intertia of something around 14 million kgm^2. This may not even be that relevant to TFA but I thought it might be interesting.

Submission + - PSN won't be restored this week ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Bad news continue to come for the Playstation users. Sony has announced via its official PlayStation blog that the PlayStation Network services which went down in late April , won’t be restored this week as promised earlier. Based on the statement given by Patrick Seybold, the head PR representative of Sony Playstation, the gaming giants require time to do more testing as they seek to come to terms with the extent of the attack: We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system.

Comment Re:I would rather buy a quality product... (Score 1) 507

I totally agree. I occasionally still use Thinkpads from 7-12 years ago (great keyboards, nice for writing and coding), and they all work (except a 380 that needed a new HDD and CMOS battery 2 years ago). They really were solid pieces of kit. I don't know about more recent Thinkpads however, as I've not owned a Lenovo. Are they still as reliable?

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