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Comment Layman Fusion Technologist (Score 1) 65

I do wonder why Slashdotters consider KK to be some kind of authority on the state of fusion research. It is obvious from his replies that he has a cursory knowledge of the field at best. As someone who has published research in the area, I can state a couple of misconceptions being offered by KK. 1) No one doing active research in the fusion community thinks that fusion power is "1 year away." At best, the National Ignition Facility is a few years away from demonstrating breakeven (energy into the laser = fusion neutron energy produced). A realistic plant scenario is 30 years (or more) from that point. ITER is the equivalent experiment on the magnetic fusion side of the house, and that timeline is closer to 2040 now. 2) No one seriously looking at fusion energy is talking about competing with coal or fission based electricity. At best, fusion (so far) can compete with other renewables on a cost per kWh basis - which is about a factor of 5 more expensive than coal or fission power.

Submission + - Intel Unveils P35 with DDR3 and 45nm CPU Support

bigwophh writes: Intel is officially unleashing their newest mainstream desktop chipset today, the P35, a member of the formerly codenamed "Bearlake" family. In addition to a new ICH9 Southbridge, the P35 chipset ushers in support for DDR3 system memory for the desktop. It also supports legacy DDR2 memory, depending on the motherboard's DIMM slot configuration. Here is a performance evaluation on a pair of P35-based motherboards from Asus with both DDR2 and DDR3 memory installed. As you'll note, thanks to some relatively high latencies currently, DDR3 doesn't affect performance all that much currently. It does show serious promise though, with the ability to hit speeds in excess of 1700MHz DDR.

Submission + - 'The Matrix' & 'POTC' Heat Up High-Def Format

An anonymous reader writes: Choosing sides in the high-def format war becomes that much harder this week, as two powerhouse movie franchises hit store shelves on opposing formats. Exclusive to Blu-ray are the first two "Pirates of the Caribbean" flicks, while exclusive to HD DVD are two different configurations of the "Matrix" Trilogy. So which format wins this battle? According to High-Def Digest, this one's a draw. After evaluating each of the releases in excruciating detail, ("The Ultimate Matrix Collection" & "The Complete Matrix Trilogy" on HD DVD, and "POTC: Curse of the Black Pearl" & "POTC: Dead Man's Chest" on Blu-ray) the site says both sets of releases boast benchmark video and audio, but a preponderance of standard-def supplements prevent all of the above from being the perfect high-def package.

Spy Drones Take to the Sky in the UK 529

Novotny writes to tell us The Guardian is reporting that the UK's has launched a new breed of police 'spy drone'. Originally used in military applications, these drones are being put into use as a senior police officer warns the surveillance society in the UK is eroding civil liberties. In the UK, there are an estimated 4.2 million surveillance cameras already, and you are on average photographed 300 times a day going about your business. Is there any evidence to suggest that this increasingly Orwellian society is actually any safer?"
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Submission + - MySpace agrees to share sex offender data

mikesd81 writes: "Seattle Times has an article about MySpace providing a number of state attorneys general with data on registered sex offenders who use the popular social networking Web site.

Attorneys general from eight states demanded last week that the company provide data on how many registered sex offenders are using the site and where they live. MySpace obtained the data from Sentinel Tech Holding Corp., which the company partnered with in December to build a database with information on sex offenders. Attorneys general in North Carolina, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Ohio and Pennsylvania asked for the Sentinel data last week."

Submission + - Response to NY Times oped urging perpetual (C)

An anonymous reader writes: In a NYT oped Mark Helprin argues that the copyright term should extend to infinity. n.html James Boyle's response in the FT is worth a read 0b5df10621.html
— particularly this quotation from Macaulay — on whether Dr. Johnson would have wanted a longer copyright term..
"Would it have once drawn him out of his bed before noon? Would it have once cheered him under a fit of the spleen? Would it have induced him to give us one more allegory, one more life of a poet, one more imitation of Juvenal? I firmly believe not. I firmly believe that a hundred years ago.. he would very much rather have had twopence to buy a plate of shin of beef at a cook's shop underground." Readers, by all means send a shin of beef to Mr. Helprin. Let us hope he prefers it to his current argument.

A Cynic Rips Open Source 330

AlexGr writes to tell us that Howard Anderson chaired an interesting meeting the other day with senior executives from Cisco, Agilent Technologies and Novell. The discussion took a look at whether or not enterprise users really want open source. "Naturally, I disagreed -- partially because I am a naturally disagreeable person. Any idiot can make friends -- but can you make some really serious enemies? I disagreed, however, because allegiance to open source depends on who you are. Let me give you an example. If you are No. 1 or No. 2 in your industry, you hate open source. You make your money by selling proprietary solutions: Microsoft and Cisco. If you are No. 3 to No. 10, you look at open source as a way to get back to those serious RSEUs, because they are where you make money."

Submission + - Unicode Encoding Implementation Flaw Widespread

LordNikon writes: According to CERT "Full-width and half-width encoding is a technique for encoding Unicode characters. Various HTTP content scanning systems fail to properly scan full-width/half-width Unicode encoded HTTP traffic. By sending specially-crafted HTTP traffic to a vulnerable content scanning system, an attacker may be able to bypass that content scanning system.". Proof of concepts affecting IIS are already being posted to security mailing lists, and Cisco IPS and other IDS products are also affected.

Submission + - Google to Digitize 800000 Books at Mysore varsity

prasansk writes: Around 8,00,000 books as well as manuscripts from the Mysore University in Karnataka, India will soon be digitized by Google. The Mysore University library has around 100,000 manuscripts that are written both on paper as well as palm leaves. These would include India's first political treatise, the 'Arthashastra' written in the 4th century BC by Kautilya.

Submission + - Tribler: A Next Generation Bittorrent Client ?

pouwelse writes: "The pace of innovation has slowed down in the P2P file sharing area over the past years. However, a new generation might be on the horizon. The latest version of the "social" BitTorrent client Tribler integrates BitTorrent with YouTube while offering the best of both worlds: ease of use, browsing with thumbnails, HDTV quality, and Video on Demand support. The client uses an recommendation system to suggest what you might enjoy. More details about this university research project and all their research topics."

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