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Comment Re:"Clean Coal" (Score 5, Informative) 464

From the recycling article regarding the US and reprocessing. "In October 1976, fear of nuclear weapons proliferation (especially after India demonstrated nuclear weapons capabilities using reprocessing technology) led President Gerald Ford to issue a Presidential directive to indefinitely suspend the commercial reprocessing and recycling of plutonium in the U.S. This was confirmed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977. After that, only countries that already had large investments in reprocessing infrastructure continued to reprocess spent nuclear fuel. President Reagan lifted the ban in 1981, but did not provide the substantial subsidy that would have been necessary to start up commercial reprocessing."

Comment Re:Surprise? (Score 1) 724

This is also similar to the 'Linux' guys who want to 'fool around at home' with Ubuntu etc. on a Pentium 2 with 128MB of ram and 20Gig hard drive - and then call it slow, no drivers, hard to configure, etc. Ah well reason and realism seem to go out the window when people 'try' a new operating system of any flavor.

Comment Re:Palm keeps falling flat? (Score 0, Flamebait) 300

Apparently you've never supported the Palm Pilot mX Magical Pony Edition or you would not be saying such things. Of the few POS that are still in service where I am employed - our team spends at least 6 hours a week supporting palms for their issues. Users love them for their calendaring and contact lists and don't want to give them up for that. Blackberry just doesn't have it yet when it comes to that in the users eyes. Apparently losing data, duping data, not synching every other day, bursting into flames, and killing babies to a dark lord are all things they can live with in order to use those two functions.

The LCD Panel vs. The Crossbow 324

Ev!LOnE was one of several readers to point out an interesting LCD stress test: "ASUS recently came out with Asus LS201 — a TFT monitor with a protective panel made of crystal-sapphire. What I didn't imagine was the amount of punishment that thing can take. Apparently some Ukrainians shared the same concern and went for a test." Translation not necessary, but some clues about the narration would be appreciated in comments.

Submission + - 6 Major Pre-Production Electric Vehicles Compared

rbgrn writes: With all of the hype surrounding hybrid vehicles today, I thought I'd do some research and post my findings on the next generation of fully electric and plug-in hybrids. The fully-electric EV has had a bad name in the past, mostly due to insufficient battery technology, politics, lack of performance models and other factors. Starting this year with the Tesla Roadster, the EV is going to take on a new form in the eyes of John Q Public. Quiet, efficient EVs will start to become commonplace in the next few years as major manufacturers go into production with the newest generation of vehicle sporting more powerful motors, efficient generators and the latest battery technology.

Submission + - Java Developers Jumping the Apple Ship? 1

dringess writes: There is an Apple hatefest going on in the Java developer community about Leopard not shipping with Java 6. As a MacBook Pro owner and a Java developer, I know I am definitely disenchanted.

Slashdot's Setup, Part 2- Software 151

Today we have Part 2 in our exciting 2 part series about the infrastructure that powers Slashdot. Last week Uriah told us all about the hardware powering the system. This week, Jamie McCarthy picks up the story and tells us about the software... from pound to memcached to mysql and more. Hit that link and read on.

Submission + - Final call for Brave New World from Germany

RichiH writes: On November 9th, the German parliament will most likely vote in favour of a law which will make logging of all connections, be they over Internet, landline or cellular phone, mandatory (German source). As an added bonus, the Cybercrime Convention of the European Union will ensure that a total of 52 countries will have access to this data without review by a judge, restriction of commensurability or even a mandatory expiration date for the prosecution of any and all actions that are against the law in the requesting country. This list includes countries with long-standing records in human rights like Azerbaijan, Russia or Moldova. If you live in Germany, hold a German passport or simply think your voice should be heard, please head over to this site and write an open letter to the members of the German parliament. In anticipation of the approval of the law, please also join the first ever German class-action law suit before Germany highest court by adding your personal data here.
Do not let this pass without action. It is that last chance you are likely to have.

Submission + - Optimization for Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon

Larry L writes: "I've upgraded my installation of ubuntu to version 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon". I was awaiting this release with bated breath. I was eager enough that I downloaded & installed the OS when it was still in it's beta version (a first for me).

For me, the new OS version is a mixed bag. I'm pretty pleased with the extra work that went into handling restricted drivers. I run a dual boot system, so the native support for writing to an NTFS partition is awesome.

However, I noticed an immediate performance hit when I installed the new version of the OS. I suspect that the performance is lost due to a larger quantity of software loaded at boot time and a larger number of services enabled by default.

I have mixed feelings about the software development that is going into things like evolution & tracker. I think that the existing software paradigms that ubuntu is trying to emulate (outlook, spotlight, messenger, etc) are bloated crap. However, I also understand the need to make the transition to linux smooth for users that are familliar with other operating systems, or have existing business legacy systems with which we need to integrate. I also understand that solving the linux adoption problem and increasing the linux market share is necessary as a prerequisite for solving other problems that I care about a lot more (like better native linux driver support from hardware manufacturers).

So, I guess that the bloatware serves its purpose as part of the base install. But not on my box. I like the basic foundation that Ubuntu provides — now I'm looking for ways to strip it down & tune it up for better performance. I could use some advice and assistance on doing this. Off the top of my head, I think that I can stand to lose evolution, ekiga, pidgin, tracker and probably elements of open office. How resolve package dependancies to get rid of them without nuking the gnome desktop? Can anyone recommend more fat to trim?"
The Internet

Submission + - The Video Prince Doesn't Want You to See

Awesomely Anonymous writes: ABC News reports on what happens when a mother posts a video of her pajama clad dancing child for her friends and family to view. After 28 views, her video is awarded the honor of being taken down at the behest of Universal Music for copyright infringement. The reason: "In the video, the child is seen bouncing and swaying for the camera, as, faintly, the Prince hit "Let's Go Crazy" plays on a CD player in the background." Now this mother from Pennsylvania has issued a counter-notice and filed a civil lawsuit against Universal for abusing the DMCA. In Universal's defense they were acting on behalf of Prince: "Prince believes it is wrong for YouTube, or any user-generated site, to appropriate his music without his consent [...] It's simply a matter of principle."

NEC SX-9 to be World's Fastest Vector Computer 137

An anonymous reader writes "NEC has announced the NEC SX-9 claiming it to be the fastest vector computer, with single core speeds of up to 102.4 GFLOPS and up to 1.6TFLOPS on a single node incorporating multiple CPUs. The machines can be used in complex large-scale computation, such as climates, aeronautics and space, environmental simulations, fluid dynamics, through the processing of array-handling with a single vector instruction. Yes, it runs a UNIX System V-compatible OS."

Huge Balloon Lofts New Telescope 85

Science Daily is reporting that a new solar telescope has been launched via an enormous balloon filled with helium. Dubbed project "Sunrise" the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), NASA, Germany's Max Planck Institute for Solar Physics, Spain's Astrophysics Institute of the Canary Islands, and the Swedish Space Corporation all partnered to launch the balloon in order to view never before see features of the Sun. "The project may usher in a new generation of balloon-borne scientific missions that cost less than sending instruments into space. Scientists also can test an instrument on a balloon before making a commitment to launch it on a rocket. The balloon, with its gondola of scientific instruments, was launched successfully on the morning of October 3 from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. It flew for about 10 hours, capturing stable images of the solar surface and additional data from the various instruments of the sophisticated payload. The gondola then separated from the balloon and descended with a parachute, landing safely in a field outside Dalhart, Texas."
The Internet

Submission + - FCC lags in technology

gateur writes: "I have been following information about the upcoming FCC spectrum auction. To make that effort easier I went to the FCC Web site to find their RSS feed so I could get the latest news and information releases on and ongoing basis.

I was amazed to find that, of all the agencies in the federal government, the one agency most responsible for the Internet is the only primary agency that does not offer an RSS feed.

The FTC has it, the FDA has it, same for NIH and even Homeland Security, but not the FCC.

Apparently, the only way to obtain their latest information is to visit the site and download each story, one at a time, in either Word or Acrobat formats.

When the agency responsible for advancing the Internet lags so far behind even other federal agencies, it's not surprising that America's technological prowess is trailing that of countries only a fraction in size."

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