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Submission + - Luxembourg offers France money to close nuclear plant (

mdsolar writes: Luxembourg offered on Monday to chip in financing to close an ageing French nuclear power plant near its border, saying the tiny nation could be obliterated if the station malfunctioned.

During a press conference with his French counterpart Manuel Valls, Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said a problem at the Cattenom plant could "wipe the duchy off the map".

"The Cattenom site scares us, there's no point in hiding it," he said of the plant that has been in operation since the mid-1980s. "Our greatest wish is that Cattenom close."

Luxembourg "would be prepared to make a financial commitment to a project, which would have to be cross-border... at Cattenom that is not nuclear in nature."

Submission + - Matching black hole spin questions models of the early universe (

silentcoder writes: Astronomers from two universities in Cape Town, South Africa, today announced a discovery made by the SKA/MeerKat radio-telescope. A cluster of super-massive black-holes spewing out radio-jets. What was astounding is that all the black holes were spewing out their radio jets in the same direction. This means they must all be spinning along exactly the same plane despite being many megaparsecs apart. The only explanation is that the spin came from a shared origin, present in the early universe. This fundamentally alters existing models of the early universe as it introduces a previously unknown variable that current simulations do not include. Lead author Professor Andrew Russ Taylor said of the discovery: "This is a very exciting time to be an astronomer".

Submission + - Compressorhead crowdfund the building of their lead vocalist

Consistent1 writes: Compressorhead, the first independent Robot Rock Band out there, are crowdfunding the building of their lead vocalist, and the recording of the first ever robot-induced (complete) original album.
As part of the project, a “Mindlink Web App”, with its own API, will connect the band's supporters with the robots, allowing them to track the robots' activity, while (partly) translating the “machine communication" into human speech.

Submission + - How to spy on whatsapp account (

An anonymous reader writes: Easy tips and technique to spy on whatsapp account, messages, media shared. Best working software to spy on whatsapp account without access to any password. Now save your kids and love one from any cyber bullies.

Submission + - SPAM: The All-New 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Review - Penrith Mitsubishi

nepeanmotorgroup writes: We are introducing the all-new Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is all set to arrive in Oz early in 2016. The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is an intelligent blend of SUV sensibility & EV technology. The fact that it is wearing a Mitsubishi badge confirms that it is built to last for a long term.
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At current prices multiplied by up to 1.5, the world uranium supply will last about 90 years at current consumption rate.
If you increase consumption by replacing oil and coal plants with uranium, it will be gone in a very much shorter time.
Also using fission for energy production is at the moment barely profitable when you leave most environmental concerns out of the cost structure.
Without subsidising no new nuclear plant could compete with a wind water solar mix (even with the trouble of temporarily storing energy for peak uses).
With higher priced Uranium i have no idea, why anyone would want to build one.
Oh and if you think of nuclear reprocessing, that's even more expensive.

Submission + - Privacy Advocates Walk Out in Protest Over U.S. Facial Recognition Code of Condu (

Taco Cowboy writes: Nine privacy advocates involved in the Commerce Department process for developing a voluntary code of conduct for the use of facial recognition technology withdrew in protest over technology industry lobbyists' overwhelming influence on the process

“At a base minimum, people should be able to walk down a public street without fear that companies they’ve never heard of are tracking their every movement — and identifying them by name — using facial recognition technology,” the privacy advocates wrote in a joint statement. “Unfortunately, we have been unable to obtain agreement even with that basic, specific premise”

The Commerce Department, through its National Telecommunications and Information Administration, brought together “representatives from technology companies, trade groups, consumer groups, academic institutions and other organizations” early last year “to kick off an effort to craft privacy safeguards for the commercial use of facial recognition technology”

The goal was “to develop a voluntary, enforceable code of conduct that specifies how the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights applies to facial recognition technology in the commercial context”

But after a dozen meetings, the most recent of which was last week, all nine privacy advocates who have participated in the entire process concluded that they were thoroughly outgunned

“This should be a wake-up call to Americans: Industry lobbyists are choking off Washington’s ability to protect consumer privacy,” Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law, said in a statement

“People simply do not expect companies they’ve never heard of to secretly track them using this powerful technology. Despite all of this, industry associations have pushed for a world where companies can use facial recognition on you whenever they want — no matter what you say. This position is well outside the mainstream”

Submission + - SPAM: What is cataract ?

An anonymous reader writes: Cataract is an eye disease in which clouding of lens takes place which is normally clear. Lens becomes foggy and decreases the vision. It is developed gradually with the age. It can develop in both eyes, but it does not pass from one eye to other, it is not contagious. It is progressive and painless. In this condition lens become opaque. Refractive index of lens varies which results in variation in transmitted light. Change in lens proteins, cell structure leads to change in refractive index of lens. Opacity may be due to aggregation of proteins on the lens. There is breakdown of lens architecture which results in cataract.
Lens plays the major role. In normal eyes when light passes through lens, it is focused on retina which has light sensitive receptors and processed by the brain and we see the image. But when the lens become cloudy there is change in refractive index of lens and leads to blurry vision. This may lead to difficulty in driving, reading and recognizing face but initially wearing glasses can solve the problem.
Cataract can be due to age factor or it can be due to some mutations or genetic alterations since birth or due to any eye injury or diseases like diabetes.

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Submission + - Billboard advertising banned products in Russia hides if it recognizes cops

m.alessandrini writes: In response to a ban of food imported from the European Union, an Italian grocery in Russia hired an ad agency to create a billboard with a camera and facial recognition software, that's able to change to a different ad when it recognizes the uniform of Russian cops. Link:

Submission + - Let's help make Krita "faster than Photoshop" (

xophos writes: The Krita foundation, makers of the open source paint program Krita has started a Kickstarter campaign to make it even more awesome. Main goals for this years campaign are drawing speed on high resolution canvasses with large brushes, and the long planned animation feature.

Submission + - SPAM: 11 Year Old Coder Live Stream at

seolivecodingtv writes: Harrison is currently working on developing a "Galatica-like" game. He also wants to start learning Objective-C, Swift (iOS), C, C++, C#, HTML and CSS. Harrison prefers the Livecoding.TV platform over YouTube because he doesn't have to edit his videos, which is boring and time consuming.
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