TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "SABAM, the Belgian Intellectual Property organization, is contacting public libraries in Belgium warning they will begin charging fees (250 euros per year, about US$325) for having volunteers who read stories to kids." Link to Original Source top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "So, what did we learn from the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster? How can we modify existing reactors to mitigate or prevent such events? Would new reactor designs be more hardy in the face of an earthquake followed by a tsunami? And how much is this all going to cost?
My greatest question is, how much of the disaster was caused by the containment buildings exploding? Did that cause the reactor vessel to be breached, or was it inevitable? Venting the buildings to clear a build-up of hydrogen gas would have released radioactive materials to the environment, but probably not as much as having them detonate.
How would severe loss of coolant affect a pebble-bed reactor? Or a thorium-based reactor?" top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A friend of mine has discovered the medicare.gov site is badly screwed up, mixing up peoples' data and potentially allowing identity theft. Their administration system is also unresponsive and seemingly uncaring. So hat else is new?" Link to Original Source top
TheSHAD0W writes "When a commercial entity is slandering your software, what's an open-source coder to do?
I received a report from a user that AVG firewall is warning people not to download BitTornado, an open-source project I administer. Attempts to contact AVG or Grisoft via email or their web page are futile; they aren't interested in talking to you unless you've purchased a copy of their software, or want to pay for phone support." top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "After cajoling everyone to visit the Windows 7 home page on Sunday afternoon, Microsoft's servers were so badly overwhelmed by requests that they withdrew the release. The website promises to reissue the beta once they've arranged for enough resources.
From the website: Thanks for your interest in the Windows 7 Beta. The volume has been phenomenal--we're in the process of adding more servers to handle the demand. We're sorry for the delay and we'll re-post the Beta as soon as we can ensure a quality download experience." top
TheSHAD0W (258774) writes "A good antivirus program, AVG Free Edition is suffering from a broken software update. Users are receiving a "BIN file missing error". Don't panic, though; the next update should repair the problem.
For anyone who is newly installing AVG, or attempted to reinstall and now has out-of-date databases, Dubhy63 from Neoseeker Forums gives a way to update:
1 — Start up AVG,click Update Now.
2 — The list of updates is shown in Popup, click on the more information link.A list of updates will be shown.
3 — Click on and save all updates in a file except the last one — http://downloadfree.avg.com/update/u7iavi1616oo.bin — because this is causing the problem.
4 — Cancel the update and instead click on Tools > Update from Directory and go to the file where you saved the updates.Install these and AVG should be working properly again.
From the article: "The maker of the popular photo-editing software Photoshop on Thursday launched a basic version available for free online. San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe Systems Inc. says it hopes to boost its name recognition among a new generation of consumers who edit, store and share photos online. While Photoshop is designed for trained professionals, Adobe says Photoshop Express, which it launched in a "beta" test version, is easier to learn. User comments will be taken into account for future upgrades."
TheSHAD0W writes "After receiving server-breaking amounts of spam a week ago, this morning I was so surprised by how much the flow had ebbed I was concerned something was wrong w/ my email providers. Has anyone else noticed the drop? Anyone know why it happened? Please continue!;-)" top
TheSHAD0W writes "There's a new, insidious stock-touting spam being spread all over the internet. All the spam messages contain is a link to the Yahoo Finance page for the stock involved. (The exact link has been omitted to prevent the stock from being touted further.)
I wonder if whomever is sending these messages can even be prosecuted? After all, they aren't making any claims about the stock, merely directing people to a general news source..." top
TheSHAD0W writes "Ever since I once used Panda Software's Activescan antivirus, they've been spamming me with advertising. I finally got fed up with it and followed a link to an unsubscribe page, but when given a confirmation link to follow in a follow-up email, I was told "We are sorry that we are unable to process your request at the moment". An email to their customer service address bounced. What else should I do to stop their spam? Has anyone else had trouble getting an otherwise legitimate company to stop sending repetitive advertising?" top
John Hoffman writes "I am the administrator of BitTornado, an open-source BitTorrent client. Some time ago I developed a tweak in the protocol that let people seed torrents more efficiently, and many people have benefited from it.
Alas, recently BitComet has been incorporating code designed to game my client into sending them more data than they would normally get. Not only does this reduce torrent performance for the other peers, but they're also stupidly shooting themselves in the foot.
By performing this way BitComet is forcing me to do a lot of work to reduce their predation, and I am therefore declaring war against them, banning their clients from connecting to mine and trying to convince others to do so as well."