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Comment Radiation can indeed cause memory errors (Score 2) 145

When I was a physics teacher I had an ongoing memory error problem with my Fujitsu Siemens laptop which led to frequent BSOD. I replaced the memory, and it still occurred. I then noticed the memory error happened frequently at work, but never at home. I wondered whether it could be a radiation issue, as I handled radioactive sources at my desk. I got my tech to do a leak check on my desk. It showed there was higher-than-background levels of radiation (can't recall whether alpha or beta) around my desk. This only showed up using a fairly decent G-M tube which had been given to us by the local hospital when they were having a clearout. Turns out the source of radiation was dust from a piece of fossilised wood I'd picked up some time previously. It had been sitting on my desk and zapping my laptop's memory. I sealed the fossil in a Ziplock bag and kept it in a Quality Street tin. The problem never recurred.

Submission + - Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models (

An anonymous reader writes: A group of German vehicle security researchers has released new findings about the extent of a wireless key hack, and their work ought to convince hundreds of thousands of drivers to keep their car keys next to their Pudding Pops. The Munich-based automobile club ADAC recently made public a study it had performed on dozens of cars to test a radio “amplification attack” that silently extends the range of unwitting drivers’ wireless key fobs to open cars and even start their ignitions. The ADAC researchers say that 24 different vehicles from 19 different manufacturers were all vulnerable, allowing them to not only reliably unlock the target vehicles but also immediately drive them away.

Comment Re: Have they thought this through? (Score 1, Insightful) 164

The risk isn't meltdown - it's emergency shutdown. Did you read TFS?

Actually, according to TFA, the risk is reduced ability of the emergency cooling systems to operate. This is basically what happened in Fukushima, and it led to something much worse than emergency shutdown.

Comment Re:Apple support is unacceptable (Score 1) 202

OK, this reads like trollbait, but I'll bite. So a vendor identifies a bug in an old O/S running on old hardware, and rather than fix it in the old O/S, they roll the fix into a new O/S. You're complaining that Apple wouldn't spend engineering time fixing an obscure bug on an old O/S running on obsolete hardware, in order that you could print out receipts for a restaurant. Pushing updates to software running on an old O/S is not the same us updating the O/S. Should I be bitching about Microsoft if there's a bug in Win 3.1 which they've fixed in Win 10, but I can't run Win 10 on my 386 hardware? After all, they've updated Word since then, and THAT runs on Windows 3.1, so clearly they're not to be trusted.

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