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miketheanimal (914328) writes "Just when we thought the UK police state could not go any further, an Austrian tourist in London had his photographs — of such sensitive subjects as red double decker buses and the Vauxhall bus station — on the grounds that any photographs on the grounds of preventing terrorism. "Matkza, a 69-year-old retired television cameraman with a taste for modern architecture, was told that photographing anything to do with transport was "strictly forbidden". The policemen also recorded the pair's details, including passport numbers and hotel addresses." Come back the Soviet Union, all is forgiven.
miketheanimal (914328) writes "The Oxford Research Group http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/ have published a report arguing that Nuclear Power is incapable of providing anything like enough generating capacity to have any useful effect on greenhouse emissions. In their report http://www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk/publications /briefing_papers/toohottothandle.php they argue that there is no way that the nuclear industry can build anywhere near the number of reactors needed; that even if they could then the global supply of suitable Uranium is limited to around 25 years, at which point it would be necessary to build Plutonium producing breeder reactors; and that most of the expected 50% increase in electricity needed over the next half-century is in the developing world (ie., in countries you might not want to have nuclear reactors).
What do SlashDoters think? Realism in the face of a nuclear whitewash? Green propaganda from the environmentalists? Global warming is a load of rubbish so it doesn't matter a jot?" top
miketheanimal writes "Hot on the heals of the FBI's software upgrade failure, the Guardian reports major problems with new software for the UK's National Health Service.
The full extent of the financial difficulties facing the company at the heart of the NHS's £6.2bn computer upgrade will be revealed later this week. The troubled software company iSoft must release twice-delayed financial results to the stock market by Friday or trading in its shares will be suspended.
The company's results are expected to show a dramatic downward reassessment of its profitability. A series of highly unusual accounting practices appears to be behind much of the company's initial financial success.