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Panel Says U.S. Not Ready For Inevitable Arctic Oil Spill

MrKaos At BP, we're sorry... (63 comments)

Oh, she'll take it.

5 hours ago

iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

MrKaos Re:On a more serious note.. (327 comments)

Well, nobody gives a fuck that you don't give a fuck.

It was a question, iFanboi.

Ooooh, MrKaos doesn't give a fuck ... quick, stop the world, he wants to get off.

Obviously I'm so concerned with Apples iSales that iLobby the UN to purchase them by their millions to supply to starving third world iChildren, who really need them. I'm off to buy 10 that iWill give to my iFriends to support all of the needy Apple iEmployees.

Seriously, who gives a fuck about the fact that you're a fucking whiny bitch?

Obviously, you do enough to reply. Did iOffended you?

5 hours ago

The Hackers Who Recovered NASA's Lost Lunar Photos

MrKaos Re:Hackers (88 comments)

"Hacker" can't have two meanings and the efforts to muddy the definition is a transparent attempt to lessen the stigma attached to breaking into computer systems and stealing other people's shit.

I think your comment is the epitome of the evolving idiocracy that ignorance and anonymity allows. What's it like to be on the cutting edge of stupid?

Long before you even heard the word "Hacker" the saying went You hack to learn, you don't learn to hack. Repeat this over and over.


Ask Slashdot: How Can We Create a Culture of Secure Behavior?

MrKaos Best Approach (168 comments)

I'll probably be modded down for this but the most effective way is to pwn the users to show them that they are merely bitches that any moderately skilled geek can defraud completely. Since they only learn from being fucked over, being fucked over is the only way they learn - otherwise you are just considered to be paranoid.

Repeat this for every user you meet and add the strange looks you get from them when you do things a secure way.

2 days ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

MrKaos Re:Risk: Fukushima (182 comments)

And I've worked with sealed generators designed to be submerged. It's cheaper to run an exhaust pipe and intake pipe 30 feet in the air, than mount a generator 3 stories up.

Certainly, if its designed to work that way I agree you are right. In comparison to the impact, it's just seem like it's the one time where you say "this really has to work and we should spare no expense to make sure that it does". What is particularly guiling about this one is that the design issues and consequences were known and understood.

It would seem they didn't spent enough to make sure it wouldn't fail. It's heard with such repetition in industrial accidents.

And it wouldn't have mattered much for fukushima, as the fuel was contaminated by the seawater. Though the responders would have had more options if they had a fuel-less working generator.

I don't know the specifics surrounding the failures of the generators at Fukushima. Are you saying the generators were damaged as well?

There were a lot of simple almost-free things that could have been done differently with the generators to prevent the problems caused by loss of power (then we'd know if the problems were caused by the earthquake, as the people responsible for the generators assert).

The Japanese parliment commissioned a report (warning:pdf) which found it was "wholely man made" systemic failures that led to the generator and sea wall not functioning.

However, what is it you mean about what could have been done differently?

3 days ago

The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

MrKaos Re:Risk: Fukushima (182 comments)

The generators are on the top floor. But the fuel is under the basement for safety ..So the generators would be worthless in a flood.

If only they did that at Fukushima.

4 days ago

For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

MrKaos Re:How much WiFi energy? (50 comments)

I suppose ass-cheek-cancer *is* probably less horrible. For what it's worth though I've still yet to see any study conclusively linking cell phones to cancer, suggesting that the link is tenuous at best. The strongest link I recall reading of was a link to benign cancers along the auditory nerve, and the correlation was insufficient to make a confident statement that a link existed.

Well until then I think I will err on the side of caution and use speaker phone and a wired earpeice for phone calls. I'd rather limit my exposure and take personal responsibility for my health, than to go through anything like brain cancer. After all an absence of evidence doesn't mean a link isn't there, all it means is no one has funded any science to find *if* a link exists.

5 days ago

For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

MrKaos Re:How much WiFi energy? (50 comments)

Consider this - your phone doesn't stop connecting to cellular/wifi networks just because the screen is off. How many hours per day do you suppose you microwave your nuts by having your phone in your pants pocket?

None. I specifically turn all the radios off untill I am using them. Cellular I accept as a cost of carrying the phone and usually hands free when talking, on the table when sitting and in my pocket next to my ass whilst walking.

I saw my Aunt use cells phones almost constantly for hours a day, no handset. She died of brain cancer and it was quite terrible to experience.

just saying...

5 days ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Waste? (217 comments)

And there is a good solution for storage, but the allies of the fossil fuel industry have combined with the anti nuclear folks to block Yucca mountain from opening.

The DOE's own 1982 Nuclear Waste policy Act reported that the Yucca Mountain's geology is inappropriate to contain nuclear waste.

Specifically the Yucca mountain failed to meet the criteria for the DOE's original policy using the 'Defense in Depth' approach to the specification for building a spent fuel containment facility. The reason to choose that specific geology (in addition to being stable) was also to have the geologic chemistry of the rock able to mitigate the effect of ground water traveling through the facility and carrying radioactive isotopes into the water table. The half lives of the actinides would be dependent on the reactor and I've heard of figures around 600 years but it would also have to contain the daughter products before they were inert. So they would be shorter lived but also much more radioactive placing an even greater emphasis on having the geology mitigate the ground water migration to contain the isotopes.

The CSIRO found that this geology should be granite, Yucca mountian is pumice. There is also the fact that the area is geologically unstable, where the original specificaion is looking for somewhere that would be stable for 500,000 years, IIRC.

I haven't heard about any evidence about the lobby groups you are refering to, however if you can refer me to something specific I will gladly check it out.

Bury the nuclear waste deep in the earth, because that is where it came from in the first place.

Absolutely, specifically in a granite mountain would be good. The Swiss have a world leading project

but it hasn't caused any deaths.

I get it that a lot of people don't understand how bio-accumulation occurs in the environment and how long it takes for cancer to gestate. You only have to look to Chernobyl to understand that the consequences of a Nuclear accident is very long, slow and permanent.

What we have learned is that it took about 6-8 years for the consequences to begin manifesting in children as Thyroid cancer. The funding was cut on this vital research work so not data is being collected anymore to understand what the impact is.

It's more reasonable to say "there is no data being collected to establish how many deaths have been caused at Chernobyl". We can only hope that the science is being done this time around.

As for "Such a fire will render the U.S "virtually" uninhabitable.".... a hundred nuclear weapons were detonated on the US mainland as part of above ground nuclear weapons tests. While I think that was incredibly stupid and irresponsible and there have certainly been health effects and increased cancer deaths in the decades afterwards, the radiation leaks at nuclear power plants pale in comparison to the radiation released by those above ground tests and as far as I can tell the US is still inhabitable.

First of all, I'm talking about radioactive isotopes, not about the radiation that they emit.

Second, a nuclear weapon may contain 1 kilo of pu-239. I think there was about 50 tests, but lets double that and call it an even 100kilos of pu-239, which was also converted to a lot of energy all at once and spread over the country.

A single core of a GE Mk1 reactor is roughly 150 tons. 4 reactors x 50 tons every 10 years for 40 years makes about 800 tons of transuranic material, but let's be conservative and say half that, is about 40 times the amount of raw material of all all the testing over the entire country country, just not converted into energy all at once like the tests.

A micro gram of pu-239 is a fatal dose [oppenhiemer] causing leukemia and lung cancer and whilst not all of them will be ingested the sheer volume of material that would be released during the course of such a fire as clorides and oxides leaves little doubt that the US would be the main land mass, due to the course of the jet stream, to receive the brunt of the fallout.

Not that you would notice immediately, it might take a while and is unlikely to be pleasant or swift, that is why all the effort at Fukushima is to control the spent fuel pool for reactor 4.

I for one hope it never happens. As it stands the consequences of Fukushima (and Chernobyl) will more than likely manifest in a reduced birth rate and increased complications is more than enough. Transgenic diseases will probably become more prominent for those who are born. So the sooner everything is brought back under control at Fukushima the better for us all.

5 days ago

For $20, Build a VR Headset For Your Smartphone

MrKaos How much WiFi energy? (50 comments)

I'm not so sure I like all that wifi power that close to my head. It's not contacting the head however it is within one wave length for 2.4Ghz and a game is a lot longer than most phone calls.

5 days ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Economics is the problem (217 comments)

Again, you CANNOT (and I will repeat for emphasis) CANNOT use solar OR wind power as your baseline power source. They aren't dependable sources.

Do you mean "baseload" that refers to the availibility of electricty at any time?

You know that when you turn on a light the electricity comes from different sources? Because "baseload" electricy is a function of the grid, not a single generating source.

Besides, why wouldn't you want a variety of supply sources as we move into the future. Obviously coal is a poor choice for its carbon legacy and nuclear could be better if it was done properly however it's design flaws leave a serious radionuclide legacy.

I think what you mean is that Nuclear power "better matches the baseload requirements" of the grid, which is sort of true. Solar thermal has made some phenomenal improvements which allows it to match baseload requirements and wind scales much better than Nuclear due to it's modularity.

Anyone telling you they are is selling natural gas or some sort of petroleum product.

Actually the 2005 Energy Policy act repealed the 1935 Public Utilities Holding Companies Act that was put in place to prevent a re-occurance of the great depression.

Now procuring companies (i.e oil companies) have half a billion dollars worth of subsidies for proposing "pre-approved" reactor designs, even if they don't build it, and a 1.8 cent per kilowatt hour tax credit if they do. So it's actually the other way around, at least if you look at who benefits financially according to the law.

Still it is a good way for the oil companies to deplete the economic base of the U.S at the expense of Nuclear power, so you maybe misdirecting your anger a bit.

Nuclear IS a dependable, steady source that infrastructure engineers can PLAN for.

Except that the availabilty and utilization of the reactor is not dependable.

And the only reason nuclear has any sort of price comparison to solar or wind to begin with is the fact that, under the guidance of enviro-nuts, they've basically tarriffed the entire process, from proposition through decomission into the stratosphere

The breakdown of U.S energy research and development budget reported by the US DOE is roughly 60% for nuclear, 25% to fossil fuels and 15% to SUSTAINABLE energy sources. Four times the financial support than sustainable sources and over double the support of coal and oil.

Require the kinds of multi-billion dollar investments (see bribes) for wind or solar plants that are now required for nuclear and watch the price of those options skyrocket too.

Wall Street doesn't like nuclear because its a risky investment, investors don't like that sort of risk, solar and wind are way ahead simply because the return on investment is much better than nuclear, i.e. Solar and wind satisfies the criteria that makes an investment "economically viable" nuclear power is only "economically viable" with the substantial regulatory support of the Price Anderson Act.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Waste? (217 comments)

Right, it hasn't been done because a bunch of environmentalist morons have forestalled any reasonable measures of fuel reprocessing by invoking the "proliferation" boogeyman.

It's actually because it doesn't attract investors like wind and solar do. Wall street thinks its a bad investment as nuclear power needs regulatory constructs such as the Price-Aderson act because its insurance impacts are so high.

Yeah. Disposal is a non-starter. And should never have been pursued the way it was. Why? Because NOBODY wants that stuff in their back yard. They don't care HOW safe it is.

Except that the law (IIRC the 2005 Energy Policy Act) specifically *excludes* ratepayers from having a say in where a Nuclear facility is built.

But, again, the dueling environmental agendas have basically left the fuel with no place to go. So it basically sits in containment casks out in back parking lots and the like.

How so? What evidence do you have for such a statement? Yucca mountain is geologically unstable and fails the DOE's original specification for a spent fuel containment facility. So how are environmentalists responsible for this?

As for "a plutonium economy". Why would it have to be solely plutonium? IFRs will burn plutonium, Uranium, Thorium and other fuels equally well.

Because materials technology do not exist to produce an IFR that avoids the inevitable cost of decommisioning. Don't get me wrong IFR is a great concept, but it has a long way to go before becoming a reality.

By the way, the Thorium fuel cycle's waste product is Thallium 238 which is also a very nasty material.

So you're burning stuff down until it's only going to be "hot" for a couple hundred years, rather than tens of thousands. And more, fully "spent" wastes burned in earlier generations of reactor can actually be used as fuel in later generations.

So we get rid of weapons-grade materials, and burn it down into something far far safer. And we get a buttload of power out of it at the same time.

That is incorrect. You don't burn it into something safe, you burn it into something far more deadly but shorter lived. So instead of 25,000 years for pu-239 it would be more like sr-90 for 600 years.

Not much difference in terms of a human lifespan.

How the hell isn't that a Win-Win-Win scenario?

It is, it's also SyFy.

Oh yeah, because no matter what, some idiot bridgae is going to equate nuclear power with "it's a bomb".

Last time I checked Nuclear reactors wern't powered with alfalfa sprouts and hamsters, so it's only idiotic if you are attempting to delude yourself.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Waste? (217 comments)

And it is still a non-issue. When it is 30 years later and you can still store it on-site then it is not a lot of waste. Compare that to any other energy source, the amount of toxic waste, even solar panel manufacturing and you have your answer.

Fukushima highlights the consequences of on-site storage and the difficulty faced in securing the fuel rods when an accident has occured. It's only a non-issue if you don't understand the impact. The main issue faced is a plutonium fire starting in Unit 4 storage pool, holding 1500 fuel rods, spreading to the nearby containment facility that holds another 6000 fuel rods.

Such a fire will render the U.S "virtually" uninhabitable.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Hey, I've got an even crazier idea . . . (217 comments)

How about we build nuclear reactors underground? The thing may get buried, but even that should help to contain rather than spread the contamination.

Just spitballing here. Feel free to flame away and tell me all the reasons why this can't ever be made to work. IANANE.

This was one of the main recommendations (amongst 30 or so) from a Nuclear industry panel (Westinghouse, General Electric, Bechtel, Sargent & Lundy, Northern States Power and Commonwealth Edison) commissioned by the NRC. These should have been included in standardised Nuclear power station designs like the AP-1000, however they made the plants more expensive.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Hey, I've got an even crazier idea . . . (217 comments)

Damnit, you're right. Oh well.

No, the AC is wrong. Yucca mountain has ground water issues that affect the storage of the material. CSIRO research showed that groundwater issues are mitigated by granite storage which can capture the isotope in its structure. DOE itself called for 'defence in depth' and it's own report judged Yucca to be unsuitable as groundwater penetrated the facility in as little as 50 years.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Re:Waste? (217 comments)

It's called "reprocessing".

"Spent" nuclear fuel can be reused many, many MANY times if it is reprocessed properly.

At that point, spent fuel "waste" becomes a non-issue.

Except that it's not been done. When Dixie Lee Ray was the head of the Atomic Energy Commission he proclaimed that the disposal of nuclear fuel would be “the greatest non-problem in history” and would be accomplished by 1985, yet here we are almost thirty years past that date and still there is no High level waste disposal site anywhere. The closest anyone has come is the Swiss and even there project is a multi-decade test project and extremely expensive.

As for burner reactor technology, such as IFR, there are no materials technologies to support a plutonium economy.

about a week ago

MIT Designs Tsunami Proof Floating Nuclear Reactor

MrKaos Virtually impossible (217 comments)

It was said that it's impossible for land based Nuclear reactors to melt down, so "virtually impossible" can't be impossible enough.

about a week ago

Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

MrKaos Participate in Democracy (817 comments)

Until the general population is prepared to lobby their congress critters in government they will never exert any real power.

I think many peoples ideas about democracy now don't extend beyond which party to vote for, if they even vote. Perhaps if more people actually cared enough to lobby about bills that are being introduced, to be put into law, then the situation may be different. Those who do, are running things and cementing their interests. They certainly don't miss the opportunity to lobby.

Even Franklin spoke to the flaws in the American Constitution that would not save America from despotism when it was being passed. The only question now is whether the American people are too afraid of their own government to actually effect change in the country anymore, and Franklins fears have manifested.

Corruption is the cancer that eats away at the body of democracy, it's institutions like failing organs, until the host dies.

about a week ago

How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

MrKaos Re:Business class is a misnomer (146 comments)

Some people don't enjoy work and paying them more might get them to work on time or to work the whole day. Or you could just fire them and hire someone who has an understanding that they have agreed to do a job for a rate of pay.

Oh really? Alright I can play your game: those people have agreed to do a job that involved standard office hours. Travel means being asked to sit in a cramped aeroplane for many hours and give up their evenings and potentially weekends to do their job. By your own measure, work travel spreads outside normal work hours, so making it comfortable is hardly an unreasonable request. Just because an employee asks for something doesn't mean they should be fired over it.

Precisely. Will I be paid for the weekends and evening I don't have with my family, friends or activites and will they. What about when they fly employees over weekends and expect them to be fresh and shiney Monday morning after being stuck in aircraft and airports over the weekend.

It's a fucking tax deduction anyway, fly me business class and I may have a hope of being productive on Monday and the rest of the week. It's false economy to spend the money to send someone around the world just to have them to exhausted to do anything when they get there.

about two weeks ago



Gore Vidal, 1925-2012

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about a year and a half ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Gore Vidal was a significant presence in the American political landscape and though he was often controversial his love of American history was undeniable. A great voice for democracy in it's truest form his often acerbic criticism of the country he undeniably loved stemmed from disappointment watching it's long decline.

This iconic American died yesterday aged 86."

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Google buys Motorola

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 2 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "In a move said to "Supercharge the Android ecosystem" Google has bought Motorola for 12.5 Billion. Final approvals are pending but with the patent attacks on Android it will be interesting to see how this pans out."
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Today is Binary

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Like last year, it's a year with binary dates. I missed the binary days in 2010 because I was too busy to pick up on something so insignificant that won't happen for another ninety years. Yesterday is binary and new years day was. I count six more "binary" days throughout the year. Of course there are a whole lot of interesting dates during the first 12 years of the 21st century that have made corny release dates for movies like 02/02/02 and the 03/04/05 but because of the the way months and days are positioned in dates around the world it's only the binary days that happen on the *same* day around the world even if they work out to be a different decimal value. I find it interesting just because of how they are arranged but maybe there are some maths geeks who can actually make it interesting.

If you plan on popping the question to a significant other you might want to do it on 11/11/11 which translates to the ascii character "?""

Church of Scientology - 'rife with shocking crime'

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An Australian Politician, Independent Senator Nick Xenophon, has used parliamentary privilege to launch a scathing attack on the Church of Scientology. Under parliamentary privilege the senator is protected from legal responses from Scientology and has called for and inquiry into the tax free status of 'a cult rife with shocking crime'. Fighting intense pain from recent back surgery the senator joked 'Nurses actually found a spine in a politician' and is also a strong opponent of Internet filtering and censorship. Despite partisan moves to block the inquiry he has called for a vote on the inquiry in February. The Times has a full transcript of the allegations of a Senator who appears to have spent some time exploring COS's activities."
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New Small Quiet Concorde plans

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Designed by Skunkworks and dubbed the QSST by Supersonic Aerospace International a new super sonic passenger liner appear to have made it past the design phase and into the development phase. It's certainly an attractive aircraft with an interesting design said to be 100 times quieter than Concorde and able to fly at speeds of around Mach 1.8 whilst producing less emissions.

If this smaller version can be flown for longer at supersonic speeds over populated areas it may be able to overcome the biggest problems Concorde had, the sonic booms it produced that restricted it's supersonic flight."

What if Sergey Korolyov had lived?

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "The Space Race that culminated with the Apollo moon landings was driven by the vision of Wernher von Braun on the U.S side and Sergey Korolyov on the Soviet side. Despite both being in the center of a maelstrom of two immense political machines both men were absolutely dedicated to bringing the space age into reality.

Korolyov put Sputnik 1 into orbit and thus began the space race. The Soyuz rocket family and spacecraft, designed and built under his guidance put the first man into space and continues to serve carrying crew and equipment to the International Space Station. His existence was a state secret that was not revealed until his death from cancer in 1966. It was a tragic loss to both sides as he injected vitality into the space race that ultimately meant the U.S could cut-back space spending.

At the time of his death Korolyov was working on a new project N1 moon rocket which was attempting to implement so advanced propulsion concepts. Given the man's drive, charisma and ability there is every chance he would have succeeded, even if the U.S ultimately got to the moon first.

Recent navel gazing in New Scientist about the Apollo program was interesting. But as an impetus, what if Soviet's were able to complete their moon plans and forced the U.S into spending more on space? What would our space programs look like now?"

Star Trek

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "I just watched the new Star Trek movie and not only was it visually spectacular, the story was woven in a creative way. J.J. Abrams appears to have successfully 'rebooted' the story, leaving scope for new stories in a way Trek fans should appreciate. Abrams really has given viewers a sense of the sheer size of Federation Star Ships from within and blends the technology in a believable way. Characters are explored, where they came from and how they became who they are in a way that builds on the original stories instead of just throwing away story elements that other Star Trek movies have been known to do. There are a few hat tips to the original series, which people unfamiliar with Trek don't have to know to appreciate the movie. You can knitpick if you want to spoil it for yourself but, as someone who has watched Star Trek from when it first aired, I think Abrams has done a fine job. I'll be seeing it again. So get a ticket, leave your expectations at the door, have fun and enjoy Star Trek. Which is what Star Trek is about."

Star Trek premier gets standing ovation

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  about 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Proving that Science Fiction can be great entertainment, J.J. Abrams appears to impressed Star Trek fans at the World premier of "Star Trek", who gave the film a five minute standing ovation at the Opera House in Sydney today. Meanwhile flummoxed fans at the Alamo Drafthouse theater in Austin, Texas, deceived into thinking they were seeing a special extended version of Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, were pleasantly surprised when a disguised Leonard Nimoy greeted them and announced they would be seeing the new film in it's entirety.

ILM's influence on the film is reported as visually stunning and lucky Australian fans are scheduled to see the movie first as it opens a day before the American release."

2008, 10th Warmest year on record.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Whilst cooler than recent years the World Meteorological Organization has listed 2008 the 10th Warmest year on record since records began and a UK Met Office press release titled Global temperature 2008: Another top-ten year. Just in case this horse hasn't been flogged enough looking back just one year the NOAA listed 2007 a Top Ten Warm Year for U.S. and Globe and Science daily citing (in 2007) Top 11 Warmest Years On Record Have All Been In Last 13 Years. Time to sell the beach side house yet?"

Mining a wealth of your data

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "An interesting new scientist article about reviews a book 'The Numerati' about the extent and state of data mining and provides some interesting insights. From the article

Data is big business for the numerati. US firm Acxiom keeps shopping and lifestyle data on some 200 million Americans. They know how much we paid for our house, what magazines we subscribe to, which books we buy and what vacations we take. The company purchases just about every bit of data about us that can be bought, and then sells selections of it to anyone out to target us in, say, political campaigns.

How do you know who knows and if they need to know what they know? Now where is my tinfoil hat!"


Lehman Brothers files for bankruptcy

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "150 year old American investment banking giant Lehman Brothers has filed for bankruptcy. The bank is so large that it's loss is causing gold prices to go up and several agencies are reporting on it's demise and the effect on financial markets around the world. Meanwhile Alan Greenspan describes the current banking crisis as 'possibly the worst in a century — including the 1929 Wall Street Crash.'

Not exactly news for nerds but pretty hard to ignore."

Western Digital working on 20,000 rpm drive

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Western digital seems to be preparing itself for the onslaught of SSD drives affecting it's market by developing a 20,000 rpm hard drive. Similar to the Velociraptor line of drives, the new drives seem to be offering lower capacity as a trade off for higher seek and write times. Looks like the battle lines are drawn for a new series of development in the mass storage front."

Open Source losing ground with charities

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Following recent discussions about Creative Capitalism, Open Source and Charities I found that Open source could do a lot better addressing the needs of charities who do not have the budget to afford the skills of I.T Professionals capable of implementing and maintaining the Open Source solutions that they really need. Is this a job for the various Linux User Groups out there, or is there a better way?

So come on slashdotters, they want our help, they need our help, how can we help?"

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DOJ to oversee Windows 7 Development

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Windows 7 already is being reviewed by U.S. government technical appointees, under the terms of Microsoft's November 2001 Justice Department settlement and final court judgment issued about a year later, a government-sanctioned "Technical Committee" has overseen Windows development. The TC is responsible for ensuring that Microsoft complies with the terms of the final judgment, investigating complaints about Microsoft abuses and regularly reporting on the company's compliance."
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Australia's Music mafIAA finds new targets.

MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MrKaos (858439) writes "Australia's version of the RIAA, the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia's (PPCA) has found a new target for revenue raising, Clubs and Pubs (Public bars) by increasing royalty rates by %1500. Zeropaid http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8904/Music+Royalties+ for+Aussie+Night+Clubs+and+Dance+Parties+Increases +by+1500%25! reports that new royalty models will be based on capacity and not actual attendance, effectively charging clubs for the people who aren't listening to the music. Could be a good thing if the clubs decide to enlist more live bands."



MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 6 years ago Pumping carbon into the atmosphere may not be the cause of Global warming, but it's absolute insanity to beleive we can continue to pump millions of tons of carbon into our atmosphere without consequences. Even if you subscribe to the belief that cyclic changes in the sun, or the earths orbital plane, are the causes of global warming, it's irrelavant - because our, and future generations, will still have to deal with global warming. This can only be achieved by having a sustainable energy infrastructure policy. I note that most of the people in that documentary are old enough so that if they are wrong they won't have to deal with the consequences. Global warming is happening, no matter what the cause, dealing with carbon emmisions are the first step. People may try to ignore the science, but it doesn't change the fact that is is happening.

The carbon emissions of industry that generates energy for society illustrates the much larger issue of externalities. Externalities are the waste and by-products of corporations, and they are not legally obliged to factor these into the cost of production of their goods or services. The cost of these externalities are offset to the community, because in theory, the community should have the resources to deal with the externality. Of course this was before we had corporations with economies the size of countries. Externalities can be anything from the toxic chemicals dumped into a river, the destruction of ecosystems, human rights violations from the abuse of cheap labor in third world countries, nuclear waste and of course carbon emissions from coal fired power plants.

Not factoring these externalities into the cost of producing a good or service reduces the cost. This reduction in cost forces the board of a company to take the lowest cost route available because, by law, the corporation is legally obliged to maximise the financial returns to the shareholder. Even if a board of a corporation agrees that it's is an undesirable course of action, morally wrong or clearly unsustainable environmentally, this fatal flaw in the design of a corporations legal structure prevents even the most environmentally aware directors doing what is right by the earth and ultimatley the human race.

Carbon trading is an attempt to put a cost on the energy industries externality (carbon emissions) so that a cost can be factored into energy production that burns coal. This very focused approach allows the issue of changing the law to force corporations to deal with their externalities, to be avoided. I'm not saying not to apply carbon trading, but this is the very layering of regulation that business complains about. The real issue is how much longer can we continue to destroy the very ecosystem that allows the human race to exist all because we allow this glaringly obvious legal flaw to continue.


MrKaos MrKaos writes  |  more than 7 years ago I beleive technology is a gift. Thats why I was so interested in computers when I was a kid, and eventually made a living of it. So much to learn, which opens more doors and continues to develop me, I'm constantly amazed, the internet is like a western in cyberspace.

Which brings me to slashdot, innocently I came here thinking this is just a web site where nerdy people talk about nerdy things, but it's more, much more. Over the years I saw it building itself into an insidious massive network of connected human nodes who 'must read slashdot'.

I didn't notice at first, when I started reading in the late nineties, it made an interesting alternative to the newspaper or a magazine, at breakfast, or with a hot beverage. I didn't think it would affect me but soon, it became more noticable, like, you could get by without a coffee or a morning tea, but you would'nt be happy about it.

Then, it happened, the shift was so subtle, like trying to recognise a face you think you know,

'must read slashdot'

Oh, no "I'm addicted" I thought. I never realised how wrong I was, it was far worse than addiction. I start posting, and slowly I realised, "I'm inside a hive mind", but had it seen me? I couldn't look away - not because it was beautiful, more like, looking at a accident in slow motion. But the reality was it is more like some small animal looking at the headlights of a truck, and I'm the small animal. I'd stared too long. I thought "borg", but even the borgs assimilation process seemed quick and merciful compared to the slow roasting over flame I'd seen some nodes recieve on slashdot.

i pray to the great superconciousness it doesn't happen to me....wait.I.was.born.a.

religion not defined


i should get a subscription...resist..arrrrggggghhhhh...

must read slashdot.......nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

we are the slashdot..we.are.the.slashdot

You will be assimilated.i.have.been.assimilated

must read slashdot

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