bencoder writes "In further increases in police powers here in the UK, communications firms are being asked to record all internet contacts between people as part of a "modernisation in UK police surveillance tactics".
The new system would track all e-mails, phone calls and internet use, including visits to social network sites. Announcing a consultation on a new strategy for communications data and its use in law enforcement, Jacqui Smith said there would be no single government-run database. But she also said that "doing nothing" in the face of a communications revolution was not an option.
She is quoted as saying "Communications data is an essential tool for law enforcement agencies to track murderers and paedophiles, save lives and tackle crime"
No consideration appears to have been given to who is going to pay for these firms("Communication Service Providers") to record all our internet communications, but whether it's paid for in higher fees or higher taxes, it's going to come back to us." Link to Original Source top
bencoder writes "A New Mexico based company, Hyperion Power Generation, have started production of hot tub-sized nuclear generators designed to power communities across America.
Powered by low-enriched uranium fuel, each Hyperion Power Module will produce enough clean, safe and environmentally friendly energy to reliably power 20,000 standard American homes for 10cents per kilowatt/hr. Linked together they have the capacity to power much larger enterprises.
The technology was originally pioneered by the US government's Los Alamos laboratory, famed for producing the first atomic bomb. However, the development rights have now been passed to Hyperion Power Generation (HPG) who plan to have production up and running within 5 years.
Small enough to be transported to their destination on the back of a lorry, the miniature power generators will be factory sealed, buried underground and guarded for maximum security.
They also contain no moving parts so there is no risk that they could ever go into meltdown as the fuel they contain will instantaneously cool if they are ever opened.
According to the website, Hyperion modules have no moving parts to wear down, and are never opened. If one were to be compromised, due to the unique, yet proven science upon which this new technology is based, it is impossible for the module to go supercritical, "melt down" or create any type of emergency situation because, if opened, the fuel that is enclosed would immediately cool. The waste produced after five years of operation is approximately the size of a softball and is a good candidate for fuel recycling.
According to plans released by Hyperion, 3 factories across the world have already begun production of an initial 4,000 units. Each designed to produce 25 mega watts of electricity, the first 100 look set to be allocated to industrial enterprises operating in remote areas. However, the plan is to encourage the use of this potentially revolutionary technology in communities throughout the US.
Hyperion Chief Executive, John Deal, enthused: "Our goal is to generate electricity for 10 cents a kilowatt/hr anywhere in the world,"
They will cost approximately $25m [£13m] each. For a community with 10,000 households, that is a very affordable $2,500 per home. (That's over 5 years, so $500/year)" Link to Original Source top
bencoder writes "The Elonex ONE, the UK's first sub £100 notebook, is to be released on the 28th February at The Education Show in Birmingham. It is aimed at children and teenagers for educational purposes.
From the press release:
"Introducing the Elonex 'ONE' laptop, the UK's first sub £100 laptop.
Aimed at the Education Sector, the ONE is an ultra-portable laptop
that gives wireless access to internet, eMail, word processing and
spreadsheets. These functions are the fundamental building blocks
which form the foundation of a child's computing skills which can
then be developed throughout their education. The ONE is designed
to engage and motivate children and will open up a wide range of
new and innovative teaching methods."
Elonex seem to be very light on the details but in an article from The Inquirer
it appears to have a 300MHz CPU from an unknown manufacturer, 128mb of RAM, 1GB of flash memory.
The screen is 7 inches with a resolution of 800x480. The laptop also includes wifi and bluetooth access.