Monthly Archives: December 2015

Last Operating Magnox Nuclear Reactor Closes

nojayuk writes: The world’s last operating Magnox nuclear reactor, Wylfa 1 in Anglesey, Wales was closed yesterday after providing carbon-free power for over 40 years. Wylfa1 was originally scheduled to shut in 2012 along with the adjacent Wylfa 2 reactor

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George Lucas Criticizes the Force Awakens

RogueyWon writes: While many critics have responded positively to JJ Abrams’s take on Star Wars, one particular industry figure seems rather less impressed. George Lucas has criticized the “retro” tone of The Force Awakens and lamented his own lack of

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Should We Fill the Sahara With Solar Panels?

An anonymous reader writes: A panel of experts at the BBC discuss the possibility of re-purposing the Sahara Desert. Instead of having over 9 million square kilometers of barren sand, we could start a massive project to gradually fill it

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The Winner-Take-All Trend In Tech

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of articles about the tech industry serve to highlight a growing trend. First, Om Malik writes in The New Yorker about the failure of ride-sharing company Sidecar, backed by Richard Branson, and how it’s

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Tech Companies Face Criminal Charges If They Notify Users of UK Government Spying

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, Yahoo became the latest company promising to alert users who it suspected were being targeted by state-sponsored attacks (excepting Microsoft, who made a similar announcement just today). Twitter, Facebook and Google had previously assured

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Exploding Munitions Caught On Seismometer

An anonymous reader writes: Seismometers have been deployed throughout the world. Scientists need a big web of them to gather data about earthquakes, and the network has expanded widely over the past 60 years. As it turns out, seismometers are

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NSA Cheerleaders Discover Value of Privacy Only When Their Own Is Violated

Advocatus Diaboli sends this report from Glen Greenwald: The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the NSA under President Obama targeted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his top aides for surveillance. In the process, the agency ended up eavesdropping

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New York Begins Public Gigabit Wi-Fi Rollout

An anonymous reader writes: Workers in New York City have begun installing the city’s first LinkNYC kiosks. The kiosks are free, public Wi-Fi access points, which are taking the spots formerly occupied by phone booths. 500 more of these hubs

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Lessig: Future Tech Will Help Privacy Catch Up With the Internet

An anonymous reader writes: In a new interview, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig shared his view of the future of privacy in this age of data breaches. “The average cost per user of a data breach is now $240 —

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Human Brain Still Beats Computers At Finding Messages and Meaning Within Noise

szczys writes: One thing the human brain still does a lot better than computers is to recognize patterns within noise. That’s why CAPTCHA uses distorted images to prove you’re human, and random number generators are often inspected by visual representation.

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