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Professor Steve Ballmer Will Teach At Two Universities This Year

NeverVotedBush Re:OK: MS made another mistake there too... apk (179 comments)

I totally believe in custom hosts files to help block ads, malware, etc. Thankfully they can be implemented on Linux, Mac OS, and even Winders.

I go a step further. I use a Winders box for most surfing just because it's also my gaming box. I use a Linux box for anything financial, e-mail, etc. I know the Windows box is possibly more vulnerable to compromise and putting it out in that environment is probably a worse way to pick up something unwanted, but it beats having a third system for general web browsing running Linux.

But hosts files are a first line of defense and sure make the whole online experience much nicer and undoubtedly safer.

about a month ago
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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

NeverVotedBush Re:Still lacking something (54 comments)

The low persistence and low latency both have apparently done wonders for presence and reduction/elimination of motion sickness. Pretty much everyone who has tried Crystal Cove, DK2-proto, or DK2 itself all say no problems with motion sickness. One person at least so far that I have seen said he did feel it just a bit but much reduced from DK1 and that he has a bad problem with motion sickness anyway.

about 2 months ago
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The Oculus Rift DK2: In-Depth Review (and Comparison To DK1)

NeverVotedBush Re:When does the consumer version actual arrive? (54 comments)

DK2 is only now showing up in dev offices and homes. There were 100 or so early copies but the production run DK2s only started shipping last Thursday. Only a handful have received them yet. This week is when all the DK2s from the March 19 first day to order will hit their destinations in the USA. Mine arrives tomorrow.

To the guy calling it vaporware, it isn't. A lot of people are treating DK2 as the consumer version and buying it now - which it was going to basically be before they got the cash infusion from Facebook (just became final last week). The CV1 has been pushed out a little since they can now really improve it and there is not the same pressure as there was before to make a profit and push out something not quite ready.

Oculus has assembled a very powerful team and they now have the resources to do this right. CV1 will most likely be very impressive. Hell, DK2 is very impressive.

The progress on this has been amazing. The display is something you either have to have very deep pockets to go custom or you piggyback on the phone industry which is what Oculus has had to do up to now. They now have the resources to build a custom display, optimized for VR goggles, and the team to make it all work. They made it over the hump. It's hardly vaporware and it is very, very cool.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

NeverVotedBush Re:Wait for it... (752 comments)

At least for that flight number, it apparently wasn't on a normal flight path. It was around 100 miles further north than that flight flew on previous days.

Check the FlightAware tracking data.

Don't know if that is significant or not but it's easy to verify for yourself. All the other flights on the page of MAL17 flights go over the Sea of Azov or even south of it. This one was well off to the north of it.

Again, don't know why or if that even matters, but at least compared to the other MAL17 flights it did appear to be off course in that region. Not that that is a reason to shoot it down.

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

NeverVotedBush Re:Some more info: (752 comments)

The flight that was shot down was fully north of the Sea of Azov. Compared with the other flights, it turns out they were more like 100 miles north of all the other flight tracks I looked at. All the other flights either go over the Sea of Azov or even just at the south edge. I didn't see any that flew as far to the north.

Again, not sure if that matters, but check the tracks for yourselves. I have a hunch it is going to matter and it is probably a contributor to why it got shot down.

Maybe it was weather that caused the flight to go that far north or possibly a mis-keyed waypoint. But it's obvious it was in a different area than those flights normally flew. And it might not be of any importance. Just noting what the tracks reveal...

about 2 months ago
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Malaysian Passenger Plane Reportedly Shot Down Over Ukraine

NeverVotedBush Re:Some more info: (752 comments)

Actually, that FlightAware tracking tells the tale on this I believe.

If you look at the other flights for that route, they travel further south by about 40-60 miles than the one that got shot down.

This plane was off course at least compared to the other flights. Whether that has anything to do with it, hard to tell....

about 2 months ago
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Blueprints For Taming the Climate Crisis

NeverVotedBush Re:DGW Dinsaurogenic Global Warming - crisis of ti (389 comments)

I think it's too late anyway. With scientists figuring out we need crash programs to change basically everything in just 15 years to avoid major climate disruption, it's pretty much game over. People don't have the motivation and the cause and effect link is too removed for most dullards to understand what's going on. I think it's obvious from the postings here that the API has done their disinformation job very well. There is no way to mobilize the support we need to make this all happen in 15 years.

What it will take is these deniers finally realizing that in spite of setting new heat records every year and many months for the last decade, it really is getting hotter. It's going to take more major floods, more tornado swarms, more hurricanes, more droughts, and more weather disasters of scales never seen before these folks finally figure out they have been duped and used to enrich the few living out their last hurrahs.

But really, it's been to late for a decade. There is also too much infrastructure, too many IC cars, too much totally dependent on fossil fuels to roll things back in just 15 years. A lot of newly-installed infrastructure is designed to last 30 years and is amortized out over those time periods. These people make fun of him, but the time we should have really been working hard to fix this was when Al Gore popularized the alarm.

The term "dead man walking" comes to mind here. We're now just along for the ride. I am glad I am the age I am and have had a chance to live my life and won't be seeing when the real climate issues hit. When people can't feed themselves is when things will get really nasty and it's sad that kids today will likely get to see it. The earth is quickly headed to a time when it can't support anywhere near the life on it now. That means die offs. Big ones. Humans won't take that laying down though. They start wars. They steal. They kill. They basically go insane.

It will take a while but it's coming. These unthinking drones can deny it all they want. Make Al Gore jokes. Hockey stick jokes. Whatever. It's all simple physics and chemistry. Anyone with an undergraduate degree and any knowledge of infrared spectroscopy can understand the concept of greenhouse gases, trapping heat, and temperature increases. Throw in a bit of decaying formerly-frozen peat bogs, methane clathrates melting on the ocean floors, and the atmosphere's ability to hold more water vapor as it heats up, and we are making a mighty fine thermal blanket for this planet.

We just can't get out of this kitchen. We're stuck here.

about 2 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

NeverVotedBush Re:China? (131 comments)

And Russia. And the Ukraine.

about 2 months ago
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Oculus Suspends Oculus Rift Dev Kit Sales In China

NeverVotedBush Cartman did it too... (131 comments)

Cartman figured it out in South Park as well... It became a fad as I recall...

about 2 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

NeverVotedBush Re:Guy is a moron (358 comments)

It actually doesn't meet the criteria. With sterilization he certainly couldn't contribute to the gene pool, but it wouldn't delete him.

Either way, though, it's typical of the stand your ground mentality.

about 3 months ago
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Privacy Worries For 'Smart' Smoke Alarms

NeverVotedBush Re:Google wants to pattern your lifestyle... (90 comments)

Google is a surveillance company. That's what they do. That's how they make their money.

I had bought a Nest and two Protects before the sale was announced but I won't buy any more. If it gets discovered that they are harvesting any information from them, I will remove them immediately.

It was a good idea but adding the surveillance and data harvesting aspects makes it something I won't have in my home. Right now they are on probation but it won't take much for me to pull them.

about 3 months ago
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How Virtual Reality Became Reality

NeverVotedBush Re:Do not want. (104 comments)

I guess you missed the news that low latency in the time from head motion to change in display image eliminated the distortion, nausea, etc, for pretty much all but a very very sensitive few?

about 4 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

NeverVotedBush Re:Witch-Hunt. Right. (330 comments)

Exactly. Now if only we could get the same peer review process in place at certain media outlets that pretend to be news...

about 4 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

NeverVotedBush Re:(Pro)gress (330 comments)

Say hi to all our friends at the API, will you?

about 4 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

NeverVotedBush Re:The Science is settled! (330 comments)

You must be from the American Petroleum Institute...

about 4 months ago
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Future of Cars: Hydrogen Fuel Cells, Or Electric?

NeverVotedBush Re:Electric. (659 comments)

While hydrogen has a very high energy content by weight, it's tough to get much weight in a compact space. One way is compress the heck out of it which introduces pressure vessel requirements and high pressure gas liabilities. Compress it to a liquid and now you have cryogenic liquid issues, boil off, etc. Or use some kind of misch metal or other matrix to "dissolve" the hydrogen in except misch metal is very very heavy and pretty expensive. One other way of storing hydrogen is to store it in a chemical compound like a boron hydrate that you can reversibly remove it from for use and add it back for recharge. But all those are not nearly as simple as pumping a gallon of gas into a vented tank. But hydrogen generally does have range issues. It is hard to store a lot of it by weight in a small space.

Another issue with hydrogen is that it wrecks ozone and it moves easily into the upper atmosphere. It's not catalytic like chlorofluorocarbons, but get a few hundred million hydrogen vehicles refueling every week or three and even tiny little leaks will add up in the upper atmosphere and cream the ozone layer. It also doesn't help that hydrogen leaks out of metal fuel lines by dissolving and diffusing through the metal itself.

Garages and any kind of enclosed space would have to have special venting as well since hydrogen can pool on the ceiling if it escapes since it is lighter than air. Instead of floor drains in low places, there would have to be vents at high places to allow hydrogen a way out to prevent buildup.

It does have the advantage, however, of not pooling under a car and roasting the occupants if it catches fire. It goes up and dissipates very quickly. Also, hydrogen fires aren't loaded with carbon to make them incandescent and like raging radiant heaters. You can stand right next to a roaring hydrogen fire and barely feel it. Put a body part in the fire, however, and you'll feel it. But compared to gasoline, it's actually quite safe as far as fires are concerned. Hydrogen fires are also nearly invisible which can introduce another danger. When people look at fires like the Hindenburg, the dark billowing fire is because of the aluminum paint used to protect the fabric burning. It's not the hydrogen.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Finally Selling Xbox One Without Kinect

NeverVotedBush Re:LOL (227 comments)

Coaster brake?

about 4 months ago

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20 Freescale Semiconductor Employees On Missing Malasia Airlines Flight

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 6 months ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Twenty of the passengers aboard the flight work with Freescale Semiconductor, a company based in Austin, Texas. The company said that 12 of the employees are from Malaysia and eight are from China.

Apparently at lest two passengers on board used stolen passports to board."

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PS4 Oculus Rift rival in the works as Sony announces head mounted display

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  1 year,14 days

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today Sony announced its third generation head mounted display, the HMZ-T3W, which displays the equivalent of a 750-inch display viewed from 20 meters away — right in front of your face. The glasses can also put out 7.1 virtual surround sound. The headset will connect to PCs, mobile devices and consoles via WirelessHD with near-zero latency playback, we're told. As for pricing, it's coming in at £1,300 (about $2020/AU$2238) and will be available this November. We've contacted Sony for specific US details and will update when we know more.

We couldn't help but notice that Sony mentions consoles — and then things get even more interesting... CVG has learned that Sony is also working on a virtual reality device specifically for the PS4. Yes, Oculus Rift spoke and Sony listened: it looks like this will be the final part to form the PS4."

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Cores Reveal Climate History: 1,600 Years of Ice Melted in 25 Years in Andes

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes ""These ice cores provide the longest and highest-resolution tropical ice core to date," said Lonnie Thompson, lead author of the study, in a press release. "In fact, having drilled ice cores throughout the tropics for more than 30 years, we now know that this is the highest-resolution tropical ice core record that is likely to be retrieved." The ice cores could provide some of the best evidence of what Earth's climate was like centuries ago. That said, the ice cores aren't the only thing that the researchers focused on. Since the Quelccaya Ice Cap is the smallest it has been in 6,000 years, the scientists were able to collect plants that have been revealed as the ice retreats. They have already dated these plants using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissue that decays at a known rate. Surprisingly, they found that the glacial ice that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in a mere 25 years."
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Microsoft Execs Flock To Amazon And Red Hat

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Microsoft may be a distant runner-up to iOS and Android in the smartphone race, and still lags Amazon EC2 in the cloud wars, but executives from the Windows Phone and Azure divisions aren't hurting for respect. In the past week, senior Microsoft executives have joined disruptive challengers in the mobile and cloud markets, suggesting that Microsoft's brainpower isn't lacking, even if its market share is."
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Smart bracelet protects aid workers

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "A hi-tech bracelet could soon be helping civil rights and aid workers at risk of being kidnapped or killed.

When triggered, the personal alarm uses phone and sat-nav technology to warn that its wearer is in danger.

Warnings are sent in the form of messages to Facebook and Twitter to rally support and ensure people do not disappear without trace.

The first bracelets are being given out this week and funding is being sought to make many more.

The bracelets have been developed by the Civil Rights Defenders campaign group in a bid to help workers in war zones and other areas of conflict."

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Japan Probe Finds Miswiring of Boeing 787 Battery

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "TOKYO — A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan’s Transport Ministry said Wednesday.

The Transport Safety Board said in a report that the battery for the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated, although a protective valve would have prevented power from the auxiliary unit from causing damage.

Flickering of the plane’s tail and wing lights after it landed and the fact the main battery was switched off led the investigators to conclude there was an abnormal current traveling from the auxiliary power unit due to miswiring."

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McAfee Back In USA

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "After weeks on the run and days in immigration detention, American technology pioneer John McAfee arrived in Miami on Wednesday.

He said he had no choice in the matter, that Guatemalan authorities expelled him to the United States and put him on a plane to a destination they determined."

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In Conference Call, Romney Urged Businesses to Tell Their Employees How to Vote

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about a year ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In a June 6, 2012 conference call posted on the anti-union National Federation of Independent Business’s website, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney instructed employers to tell their employees how to vote in the upcoming election. Romney was addressing a group of self-described "small-business owners." Twenty-six minutes into the call, after making a lengthy case that President Obama's first term has been bad for business, Romney said: "I hope you make it very clear to your employees what you believe is in the best interest of your enterprise and therefore their job and their future in the upcoming elections. And whether you agree with me or you agree with President Obama, or whatever your political view, I hope, I hope you pass those along to your employees.""
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Democratic party platform hints at executive order on cybersecurity

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The party platform ratified Sept. 4 during the opening session of the Democratic National Convention has given hope to Democrats looking to President Obama to circumvent a cybersecurity legislative logjam in Congress by taking unilateral action. The platform's cybersecurity plank heavily hints that Obama will issue an executive order to protect government and private sector computer networks from cyber attacks.

"Going forward, the President will continue to take executive action to strengthen and update our cyber defenses," it states."

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Obama: Web freedom will be part of Democratic platform

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "On Wednesday, during a visit with some of the most ardent open-Web supporters, President Barack Obama said Democrats will make a free and open Internet part of their party's 2012 platform.

"Internet freedom is something I know you all care passionately about; I do too," Obama wrote during an AMA ("ask me anything") on social-news site Reddit. "We will fight hard to make sure that the Internet remains the open forum for everybody — from those who are expressing an idea to those to want to start a business.""

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CNN and FOX Both Blow It Reporting Supreme Court Decision

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act as constitutional, a presidential election-year victory for President Barack Obama. While that was much anticipated news that broke today — CNN and FOX initially got it wrong. Although CNN and FOX have since corrected their stories, it hasn’t stopped people on Twitter from reacting to the initial inaccuracy. Tweeps are calling the gaffe an “epic fail” in journalism."
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C|Net Download.Com is now bundling Nmap with malwa

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Fyodor writes: "Hi Folks. I've just discovered that C|Net's download.Com site has started wrapping their Nmap downloads (as well as other free software like VLC) in a trojan installer which does things like installing a sketchy "StartNow" toolbar, changing the user's default search engine to Microsoft Bing, and changing their home page to Microsoft's MSN."

More of Fyodor's notice at the seclists.org link."

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Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  about 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Two researchers who set up doppelganger domains to mimic legitimate domains belonging to Fortune 500 companies say they managed to vacuum up 20 gigabytes of misaddressed e-mail over six months. The intercepted correspondence included employee usernames and passwords, sensitive security information about the configuration of corporate network architecture that would be useful to hackers, affidavits and other documents related to litigation in which the companies were embroiled, and trade secrets, such as contracts for business transactions."
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Happy 90th Birthday Gene Roddenberry!

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Today, August 19, marks a very special anniversary for Star Trek fans everywhere. On this date 90 years ago, a man named Eugene Wesley Roddenberry was born in Texas. Following distinguished service in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II, he became a police officer while trying to start a career writing for television in Hollywood. When that career began to take off, he quit the police force and wrote full-time, on many different 1950s TV shows.

It's also the birthday of Jonathan Frakes, the man behind the beard of Commander William T. Riker."

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IQ Results For Browser Users

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "A Vancouver based Psychometric Consulting company, AptiQuant, has released a report on a trial it conducted to measure the effects of cognitive ability on the choice of web browser. AptiQuant offered free online IQ tests to over a 100,000 people and then plotted the average IQ scores based on the browser on which the test was taken. With just a look at the graphs in the report, it comes out pretty clear that Internet Explorer users scored lower than average on the IQ tests. Chrome, Firefox and Safari users had just a teeny bit higher than average IQ scores. And users of Camino, Opera and IE with Chrome Frame had exceptionally higher IQ levels."
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How To Do A Clean Install of Apple's OS X Lion

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Mashable has a clever way to do a clean install of OS X Lion instead of doing an upgrade to Snow Leopard. They also have the scoop that Apple will apparently be selling an installer version on a USB stick for $69 starting in August some time."
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Apple Filed Patent Application for Tracking Techno

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 2009, Apple filed a patent application for technology to track users through smartphones. Apple has recently been the focus of attention because it was found that iPhones were tracking and storing user location data. Apple had said that it was not tracking users and that a bug was to blame for the retained data. The September 2009 patent application refers to "Location Histories for Location Aware Devices.""
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Radiation Levels At Fukushima Daiichi Misreported

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "Check the CNN article on "Japan's nuclear concerns explained" There is a graph in the 11th panel that is supposedly showing the radiation levels at the gate as a function of time. It has a cursor that will give you the numeric values of the data points. It covers almost a 4 day period.

The data is one pattern repeated three times. If you compare the data points, they agree to all four decimal places.

CNN says it was supplied by TEPCO and it shows that the radiation levels are slightly elevated but not too bad over the four day period. Basically the implication and tone is the radiation is really nothing to worry about.

The data is fake. It is either bad web programming with no proofing to make sure the interactive graph worked properly, or TEPCO is faking the data it reports to the media for some reason.

Either way this has a story behind it.

There were varying winds and lots of things happening at that plant. There is simply no way that there could have been an identical set of readings happen like that."

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Fukushima-Daiichi Reactors Had Known Problems

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "In 1972, Stephen H. Hanauer, then a safety official with the Atomic Energy Commission, recommended in a memo that the sort of pressure-suppression system used in G.E.'s Mark 1 plants presented unacceptable safety risks and that it should be discontinued. Among his concerns were that the smaller containment design was more susceptible to explosion and rupture from a buildup in hydrogen — a situation that may have unfolded at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Questions about the G.E. reactor design escalated in the mid-1980s, when Harold Denton, an official with the N.R.C., asserted that Mark 1 reactors had a 90 percent probability of bursting should the fuel rods overheat and melt in an accident. A follow-up report from a study group convened by the commission concluded that "Mark 1 failure within the first few hours following core melt would appear rather likely."

In an extreme accident, that analysis held, the containment could fail in as little as 40 minutes.

Industry officials disputed that assessment, saying the chance of failure was only about 10 percent."

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Story about third blast probably a false alarm

NeverVotedBush NeverVotedBush writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NeverVotedBush (1041088) writes "If you translate the article at Babelfish it sounds like the submitter confused the blast at unit #3 to mean there was a third explosion.

I posted the Babelfish translation in the original thread but since many quote Slashdot, wanted you to know so you could verify and do whatever is appropriate.

With explosions at nuclear plants, it's best to be accurate."

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