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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

AmiMoJo Re:Trust, but verify (124 comments)

I love that phrase. "Say you trust, but don't trust."

9 hours ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

AmiMoJo Re:Why speed only a little? (386 comments)

Why would you want to get there at 120 MPH if you were not stuck behind the wheel on the way? You can use that time for yourself, catching up on some reading or sleep, watching TV or posting on /.. Going that fast shaves a little time off but costs you an awful lot more in fuel and maintenance costs.

I can see the commute becoming a golden time for many people. No family, no distractions.

9 hours ago
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Introducing Slashdot's New Build Section

AmiMoJo Re:We commenters could freshen CSS, keep functions (29 comments)

A couple of days ago Soylent News implemented Unicode support. Considering the far greater resources that Dice have and how few Soylent needed to get it done, you would think real features like that would be coming thick and fast. Instead they wasted all the effort on a cosmetic make-over that most people seem to hate and which isn't even functionally as good as the classic site.

Unfortunately I think Slashdot's problems go far deeper than can be fixed with a bit of CSS.

9 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Riddle me this - if women are somehow, somewhere being paid less for doing the same job, having the same experience and qualifications as men, why wouldn't employers hire the cheaper employee?

Because companies are not perfectly rational actors. They are made up of people, and at management level the majority are men. They tend to hire and promote and give wages rises to people like them, i.e. other men.

Often the pay gap is due to the jobs being functionally identical but with different titles, so men and women are doing the same work to the same standard but one gets paid more.

9 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Get a brand new CEO fired for donating private funds to an anti gay marriage effort years before? That's apparently a-OK.

I seem to recall it wasn't a-OK actually. There were a lot of articles, comments and blog posts about how it wasn't a-OK, much of it in mainstream media.

Having said that, it is a-OK because his beliefs were a choice he made, an opinion he held. Being gay is not a choice and can't be changed, so it's not okay to blame people for being gay. A person has to accept the consequences of their choices and stated opinions, but cannot be held accountable for the way they were born.

9 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

The key difference that we always come back to is that homosexuality harms no-one else, where as paedophilia does. Gay people marrying does not harm you, so you should tolerate it even if you don't like it. Paedophilia harms children so you should not tolerate it.

9 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Tolerance is accepting and not discriminating against people who you may disagree but who do not harm you. Tolerance does not require you to tolerate people attacking you, trying to take away your rights and happiness.

9 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

The rule is very simple. If the position is over something that the person has no control over, like race, skin colour, height, hair colour, gender, sexual orientation etc. then society at large will probably shun you for it. If it isn't illegal to discriminate on those grounds already it probably should be.

On the other hand any kind of choice is a valid target for criticism. Political views, religious views, that sort of thing.

13 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

"I can understand your concern, this is why you shouldn't be concerned"

He needed to apologise. No less.

What he did harmed other people. Gay people who wanted to marry, who wanted equal rights and equal treatment under the law to straight people, where directly harmed by his actions. Having bigoted beliefs is one thing, but it's quite another when a person starts acting on them to the detriment of others.

13 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Sorry, but you can't choose to become gay. If you were previously attracted to the opposite sex (in your pre-teen years, presumably, since you "chose" in your early teens) then you are in fact just bisexual but chose to live as a homosexual.

Sexuality isn't binary, there is a whole range between straight and gay. It is fixed though, and although you can choose within a certain range you can't force yourself to be something you fundamentally are not. People trying to convince you otherwise are just trying to drum up business for their "treatments".

13 hours ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Further, there's plenty of gay people who don't like straight people, or don't like straight people of certain kinds. Are you going to go tell them that's not okay? Or is it still acceptable to hate on nominally white, nominally straight males?

I think you have to differentiate between "acceptable" and "legal". In the former case you might be shunned by much of society and face criticism, but it isn't illegal.

I interpreted the GP to mean that homophobia, or for that matter heterophobia, is not acceptable for most of society and if you express those views you can expect others to react. It isn't illegal to hate gay people for whatever reason you like of course. That's how free speech works. You are legally free to say what you like, but that doesn't mean you can expect others not to react as well.

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

As a gay man, I have had to accept that people dislike me for something I didn't choose. Your draconian attempts to force others to accept me make things worse for me.

Can you be specific exactly how things are worse for you because of demands for equality? I can't really imagine how you could be openly gay and openly discriminated against, yet still be better off than you are today.

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

The important point is that homosexuals marrying does not harm anyone in any real sense. Some people get upset by it, but that isn't nearly enough to justify banning it. On the other hand paedophiles do directly harm children, so their behaviour cannot be tolerated.

In the same way Eich's behaviour cannot be tolerated either. He tried to harm homosexuals by preventing them from marrying, and from having equal rights to heterosexuals.

Tolerance is accepting behaviour you dislike but which does not hurt anyone. Although some homophobic groups claim that homosexuality does harm children or homosexuals themselves, the majority of society does not agree and there is much evidence to suggest otherwise.

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:I hope it's just me (613 comments)

A lot of good things have been sidetracked and derailed and are now reduced to political correctness banter.

Can you name some?

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

What you are complaining about are valid political positions you simply happen to disagree with.

How is "just not liking a random 5% of the population because of who they are attracted to" a valid political position? If it were specifically "I don't like certain gay rights activists" that would be a political position, but simply disliking an entire group of people who have no common trails other than their sexuality is simple bigotry.

This is exactly what happens in every Slashdot debate. It turns into a debate over the meaning of terms, and I suspect many commentators deliberately try to confuse the issue. Do you really think that gay people want "equality of outcome" when they ask for the right to be married? Do you imagine they are demanding brides and husbands be allocated to them or something?

Gah, I'm getting sucked into the argument. The whole point is to divert people away from the actual issue.

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

How exactly is forcing someone to like somebody supposed to work?

You missed the point entirely. It's the statement that they generally "just don't like gays". Homosexuals make up about 5% of the population, 1 in 20. Saying you just don't like people who are homosexual is saying you don't like a random 5% of the population for no reason other than who they are attracted to. Personality, political views, religion or anything else they can choose is fair game, but sexuality is not in the same way that race and gender isn't.

Imagine if it were "I just don't like blacks" or "I just don't like women". It's the literal definition of bigotry - a general dislike of a large group for reasons that have nothing to do with anything that group can control, or anything that applies to all members.

yesterday
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

AmiMoJo Re:Sigh (613 comments)

Guess I have to go to 4chan now to read gay hating misanthropic posts.

Or Slashdot. It's got really, really bad here over the last couple of years. Things really nose dived after the Beta exodus and a lot of regulars left. Pick any random story about equality and it will be full of people accusing the women involved of attacking them personally and of being whiney bitches. Back when the whole Mozilla controversy was going on there were endless posts about how "just not liking gays" was somehow a perfectly okay position to take, and blaming them for daring to demand equality and human rights.

yesterday
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Women Founders Outpace Male Counterparts In Certain Types of Kickstarter Funding

AmiMoJo Re:Kickstarter Goals? (97 comments)

I think it's just that women tend to have more realistic goals and thus a better chance of achieving them. Well, it might not be gender related per-se, just that women tend to do more artistic and creative Kickstarters while technology related projects are more often proposed by males, and technology projects are often much harder to pull off.

Look at the average artistic project. Lots of concept art or examples of what the person plans to make, hopefully with a reasonable plan to deliver. Now look at the average technology project. Lots of logos from glorified blogs that mentioned the project, a big list of features, some hipster douchbag stock images and a half baked Arduino prototype. The plan is to spend all the money actually developing the product, meaning there is a high chance of it failing. Since production of high tech items is complex and challenging the founders almost always vastly underestimate what is required.

It probably also helps that artistic projects ask for more realistic amounts of money, instead of $500,000 so the founder can quit their job and do the R&D.

yesterday
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

AmiMoJo Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (231 comments)

Reminds me of the bankers who threatened to leave if more regulations were put in place. Either individually or as entire offices they were all going to up roots and move outside the EU, taking their families with them presumably.

Never happened though. In the end they failed to live up to their pure capitalist ideals and put things like family and friends first. If German steel plants were going to do the same they would have moved to China long ago, just to shave a few pennies off their costs.

yesterday
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The Cost of Caring For Elderly Nuclear Plants Expected To Rise

AmiMoJo Re:Falling energy prices and weak demand? (231 comments)

Germany is NOT building new coal plants to replace the closing nuclear ones. Germany was closing many old coal plants before the decision to also ditch nuclear was made, and the new ones being built are replacement for those. In fact many of the new ones have already been cancelled, and the total number will not match the number or output of the old ones.

Coal just isn't economically viable any more in Germany. The new plants, despite being cleaner and more efficient, and better able to ramp up and down to meet demand are unlikely to ever make a profit.

yesterday

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Daimler's solution for annoying out-of-office email: delete it

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  2 days ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Sure, you can set an out-of-office auto-reply to let others know they shouldn't email you, but that doesn't usually stop the messages; you may still have to handle those urgent-but-not-really requests while you're on vacation. That's not a problem if you work at Daimler, though. The German automaker recently installed software that not only auto-replies to email sent while staff is away, but deletes it outright."
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One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a month ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material."
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TEPCO planning to use Windows XP up to 2019

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a month ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "TEPCO, operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, plans to continue using 48,000 copies of Windows XP until 2018-19, when they will be replaced. The Japanese government has urged companies in charge of critical infrastructure to upgrade from XP due to the risk of cyberattack. When asked about potential problems TEPCO said that it has "taken technical measures of various kinds", but declined to detail them "for security reasons.""
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Stan O'Neal may not have requested the "right to be forgotten"

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a month and a half ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Yesterday Slashdot reported that Stan O'Neal may have requested that a BBC News blog post be removed from Google's search results under the EU "right to be forgotten". Late last night Robert Peston, the author of the article that made the original claim, updated it to state that in fact the blog post was still indexed when searching for "Stan O'Neal", speculating that it may in fact have been one of the commentators who requested removal when searching for their name."
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Germany's glut of electricity causing prices to plummet

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years. From December capacity will be at 117% of peak demand. The benchmark German electricity contract has slumped 36% since the end of 2010.

“The new plants will run at current prices, but they won’t cover their costs” said Ricardo Klimaschka, a power trader at Energieunion GmbH. Lower prices “leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet” according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany’s biggest power producer. Wind and solar’s share of installed German power capacity will rise to 42% by next year from 30% in 2010. The share of hard coal and lignite plant capacity will drop to 28% from 32%."
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Japanese court rules against restarting Ohi reactors

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "A Japanese court has ordered the operator of the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, not to restart 2 of its reactors, citing inadequate safety measures. The plant's No. 3 and 4 reactors were halted for regular inspections last September. Local residents filed a lawsuit asking that the reactors be kept offline. They said an estimate of possible tremors is too small, and that the reactors lack backup cooling systems. The operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, has insisted that no safety problems exist."
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Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 4 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's environment minister says the country has surpassed the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it pledged under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Japan had lowered emissions by a 5-year average of 8.4 percent in the 2012 financial year compared to 1990 levels, more than the 6-percent goal the country pledged under the Kyoto Protocol. The 2012 figures are significant as they include the first full year after the March 11th Tohoku earthquake disaster, during which no nuclear power was available."
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Japan marks 3rd anniversary of 11/3 disaster

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 5 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Today Japan marks the third anniversary of the 11th of March 2011 disaster when the country was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake huge tsunami and severe nuclear accident. More than 18,500 people were killed or went missing. Nearly 3,000 others died while evacuated from their homes, and over a quarter of a million people were still living in temporary housing as of February. Work to build new housing on higher ground is lagging behind schedule.

Three reactors melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the quake and tsunami, but the exact cause of the accident is still unknown. How massive amounts of radioactive materials from the reactors were dispersed is also unclear. Today was also the day when hundreds of former residents announced that they were suing TEPCO, the plant operator, and the government for additional compensation."
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Measures fail to stop Fukushima plant leaks

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 6 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been coming up with countermeasures to deal with repeated leaks from tanks of contaminated water. But despite the measures, 100 tons of radioactive water leaked on Wednesday and Thursday. The estimated volume of the leaked radioactive materials caused Japan's nuclear regulator to rank the leak a level-3 serious accident. The international scale of nuclear and radiological events ranges from zero to 7."
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Kickstarter project tries to fire payloads into space from a giant cannon

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 6 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Starfire Space Cannon project aims to launch small payloads into space from the ground using a large gun. 13.7m (45 foot) gun claims to use multiple charges to reduce the force exerted on the payload, although the pitch is devoid of any explanation as to how this technique might actually work. The creators warn that "we could have a really bad day and the gun could blow up or the trailer could fall apart."."
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Google and EU agree on changes to search result pages

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 6 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Google has agreed to display competing site's results along side those from its own products in search results. The agreement comes as part of an EU investigation into Google's domination of the search market and its promotion of Google products at the top of each page. The EU has published screenshots (scroll down) showing how the changes will look once rolled out."
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Majority of Mac OS users not getting security updates

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 7 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "According to security company Sophos around 55% of home users and 18% of enterprise users have updated to Mavericks, the latest version of Mac OS (10.9). Unfortunately Apple appears to have stopped providing security updates for older versions. Indeed, they list Mavericks itself as a security update. This means that the majority of users are no longer getting critical security patches. Sophos recommends taking similar precautions to those recommended for people who cannot upgrade from Windows XP."
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Ask Slashdot: What next for Slashdot?

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 7 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Most of you are probably aware of the beta site, and there have even been a few survey emails going around. For some reason no-one thought to use the actual site's discussion system to ask about the future of Slashdot. Times are changing and Slashdot needs to make enough money to continue, but at the same time almost all the site's value comes from the user comments. What should Slashdot do to ensure it lives on for the next 15+ years, and what can we do to help?"
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Google's wireless charger for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 launches today

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Google's wireless charger is now available from Play. The charger uses a magnet to hold the device in place while charging, and comes with a 1.8A (9W) power supply, although it isn't clear what the charging rate of the device is."
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Fukushima leak traced to overflow tank built on a slope

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The on-going leak of radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been traced to an overflow tank that was built on a slope. Because one side of the tank is lower than the other water slops over the side when it is nearly full. TEPCO estimate that 430 litres of wastewater seeped outside the barrier around the tank and say some of this water may have flowed into the sea, about 200 meters away. They detected 200,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances in water pooled inside the barrier around the tank. The safety limit is 30 becquerels per liter.

Officials say that a miscommunication with contractors lead to the blunder."
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GE Canada struggling to find PDP-11 programmers for its nuclear control systems

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "A representative from GE Canada has posted a job offer to the Vintage Computer forum for a PDP-11 assembly language programmer. Apparently the original job posting failed to turn up any qualified candidates to support the nuclear industry's existing robotic control systems, which they say they are committed to running until 2050. If they are having trouble finding anyone now one wonders how hard it will be in 37 years time."
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Ministry of Sound suing Spotify over user's playlists

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Ministry of Sound, a UK dance music brand, is suing Spotify because it has not removed user's playlists that mirror their compilation albums. The case will hinge on whether compilation albums qualify for copyright protection due to the selection and arrangement involved in putting them together. Spotify has the rights to stream all the tracks on the playlists in question, but the issue here is whether the compilation structure — the order of the songs — can be copyrighted."
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Fukushima Daiichi leak raised to level 3 severity

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's nuclear regulators have raised the level of severity of the radioactive water leak from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It is now a level-3 serious incident. The revision from level 1 is based on estimates of the volume of radioactive substances leaked. The International Atomic Energy Agency supports the revision. They say the tank leak can be assessed separately from the Fukushima Daiichi crisis as a level 3 incident. Japanese experienced a level-3 nuclear event in 1997 with the fire and explosions at a fuel reprocessing plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. 37 workers there were exposed to the leaked radioactive substances."
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Thyroid cancer found in 18 Fukushima children, 25 more cases suspected

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Medical examinations in Fukushima Prefecture following the nuclear crisis of 2011 have detected 18 children with thyroid cancer, with a further 25 suspected cases awaiting confirmation. The group checks 360,000 who were aged 18 or under at the time of the accident. The incidence rate of thyroid cancer in children is said to be one in hundreds of thousands. In Japan, 46 people under 20 were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006."
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At least 300 tonnes radioactive water leak found at Fukushima, discharge ongoing

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank into the ground at Japan's Fukushima plant, operator TEPCO says. Officials described the leak as a level-one incident — the lowest level — on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (Ines), which measures nuclear events. This is the first time that Japan has declared such an event since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A puddle of the contaminated water was emitting 100 millisieverts an hour of radiation, equivalent to five year's maximum exposure for a site worker. In addition up to 300 tonnes a day of contaminated water is leaking from reactors buildings into the sea."

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