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One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far [Slashdot]

AmiMoJo writes The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material.

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Great video explainer: Vint Cerf on ICANN and NTIA [Boing Boing]

The "father of the Internet" explains why the Congressional posturing and global freakout about the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration stepping back from management of the Internet domain name system is misplaced. Read the rest

Outlook grim for orbiting Russian zero-G sex geckos [Ars Technica]

Russian space agency Roscosmos issued a number of statements earlier today indicating that their Foton-M4 satellite is in trouble. According to Russian state-owned news agency ITAR-TASS, the scientific research satellite with its payload of experiments is still sending back telemetry, but it's unresponsive to commands sent from the ground. In a separate report, ITAR-TASS quotes a Roscosmos representative as saying that Foton-M4 is designed for "durable autonomous operation," but the lack of ground control jeopardizes the experiments slated to be carried out on board the Foton-M4—not to mention the health of its living cargo.

Foton-M4 was launched on July 19 carrying five geckos—small lizards that favor tropical and subtropical climates (and, apocryphally, sell insurance). The lucky lizards—one male and five females—were sent into their 575-kilometer low earth orbit in order to study the effect of microgravity on their reproductive habits, with scientists monitoring their behavior through a video downlink to the ground.

The lizards aren’t joining the 357-Mile High Club alone; the satellite is carrying an additional biological payload of flies, plant seeds, and assorted microorganisms, along with 850kg of scientific instrumentation to support 22 experiments.

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ISIS killed 270 in gas-field attack [CNN.com - Top Stories]

The militant jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria killed dozens of Syrian troops and workers during an attack on a gas field in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Cheney on Iraq: Blame Obama [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Although a fierce critic of Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney does not support calls from some on the far right of his party to impeach him, saying it would simply create a distraction.

Westerners joining Syria fight [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Concerns about westerners joining the fight in Syria dominated the annual Aspen National Security Forum with top U.S. government officials equating the threat from the stalemated Syrian civil war to that posed by al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate.

'True Blood' star's nude photo shoot [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Actor Stephen Moyer from HBO's "True Blood" tells Conan O'Brien how things got sexy at a Rolling Stone cover shoot.

Wil Wheaton shows why Hollywood's nostalgia obsession is killing movies [The Verge - All Posts]

Do you remember the past? Hollywood is really hoping that you do — it's much too difficult to appeal to human beings on a shared emotional level. Much easier to simply make reference to a toy popular when the largest movie-consuming demographic was young and hope that draws in the millions. This obsession with nostalgia has been particularly pronounced in recent years, neatly emphasized by the upcoming release of a gritty-fied movie version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the success of Michael Bay's brain-melting Transformers franchise.

Wil Wheaton skewers the phenomenon perfectly in his new video, a trailer for fictitious title Literally Everything Else From Your Childhood: The Movie. The trailer simply reels off a collection of...

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Major League Baseball takes a swing at the FCC's fast lane internet proposal [The Verge - All Posts]

Do you know who's not a fan of the Federal Communication Commission's proposal to let internet service providers offer different speeds to online services? Major League Baseball. In a letter to the FCC last week, the league's digital group argued that the most recent open internet proposal could do more harm than good to consumers and upstart businesses, and likened the move to "rolling the dice."

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Everyone can now play the 'Destiny' beta on PlayStation or Xbox [The Verge - All Posts]

Anyone with a compatible console can now download and play the beta version of Destinythe next video game from Halo creators Bungie. The early trial version of the game lets players create a character to blast both computer-controlled aliens and other players in a multiplayer arena, and can be downloaded on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, in addition to PS3 and Xbox 360. To play, you'll need a PlayStation Plus account or an Xbox Live Gold subscription.

The beta began on July 17th on PS4 and PS3, but Xbox One and 360 owners had to wait a week before their version of the trial started on July 23rd. Developer Bungie had previously only given access to players who had pre-ordered the game, in addition to a select few who had been sent codes,...

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The Big Red Desktop [Lifehacker]

The Big Red Desktop

Sometimes simple is the best way to go, and while a lot of our desktops have pretty wallpapers and well placed skins, this one takes a simple motif and runs with it. It only displays the most basic information, and that's all DeviantArt user sharmander3 needs. here's how it's all set up.

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iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making download [Lifehacker]

iOS: Google updated the Gmail app today with improved integration with Google Drive, making downloading and attaching documents from Drive simpler, as well as new account management options, like changing your profile picture in the app's settings. Grab the update here: Gmail | iOS App Store via iPhone Hacks

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Keep Your Room Cool at Night by Facing Your Fan Out, Not In [Lifehacker]

Keep Your Room Cool at Night by Facing Your Fan Out, Not In

Running that AC can cost you a pretty penny, but you still need to cool down at night so you can sleep comfortably. Real Simple notes that a fan blowing air out of your room is better than one blowing in.

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The Many Benefits of Taking Cold Showers [Lifehacker]

It may sound like the last thing you want to do, but The Art of Manliness explains why you should grab your shower cap, bite your lip, and jump into an ice-cold shower.

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This Infographic Lists Cellphone Etiquette for 11 Countries [Lifehacker]

This Infographic Lists Cellphone Etiquette for 11 Countries

If you're traveling or making an international call, it's good to know cultural differences so you can be polite. This infographic from RepairLabs explains the common tendencies different cultures have using cell phones.

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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet [Slashdot]

CanHasDIY writes The old saying goes, "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." A man learned the consequences Sunday, after Tweeting about his experience with a rude Southwest gate attendant: "A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wait if he wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read 'RUDEST AGENT IN DENVER. KIMBERLY S. GATE C39. NOT HAPPY @SWA.' Watson told TV broadcaster KARE in Minneapolis on Wednesday that after he boarded, an announcement came over the plane asking his family to exit the aircraft. Once at the gate, the agent said that unless the tweet was deleted, police would be called and the family would not be allowed back onboard." He gave into the threat, deleted the Tweet, and was allowed to board a later flight. Southwest, as one could have predicted, offered a boilerplate "apology" and vouchers.

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Michelle Obama on working parents [Joho the Blog]

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Chubby Checker, HP settle penis size app trademark suit [Ars Technica]

Musician Chubby Checker, best known for his 1960 smash hit cover version of The Twist, has settled the lawsuit he brought against Hewlett Packard in 2013, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In the suit the singer claimed trademark infringement after HP included a penis size estimating application, "The Chubby Checker," in its WebOS store.

Rock and roll icon Chubby Checker, real name Ernest Evans, sued HP for half a billion dollars, claiming not only that it infringed his trademark but also that HP violated the Communications Decency Act. The Communications Decency Act claim was dismissed by the courts in August 2013, but the trademark claim was allowed to proceed and was due to go to trial this coming October.

The application worked by asking for a man's shoe size and thereby providing an estimate of his penis size, a process that likely lacks rigorous scientific validity. HP first approved the app in 2006, withdrawing it in 2012 after receiving a cease and desist demand from Evans' lawyers. The $0.99 application was downloaded fewer than 100 times in the intervening years, leaving HP with a profit of no more than $30.

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PSA: Destiny beta no longer requires pre-order to access [Ars Technica]

Last week, Bungie and Activision unveiled a beta version of their upcoming online shooter game Destiny, which first launched on PS3 and PS4 consoles. Xbox 360 and Xbox One players had to wait until yesterday to join in. Beta access for users across all consoles had a catch: It required a Destiny pre-order (or luckily snagging a beta download code via social media).

That changed on Thursday when Bungie opened the game's beta doors open to all console players, so long as they were subscribed to their system's paid subscription service (Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus). The announcement came barely an hour ahead of the game's doors being swung wide open, telling players they merely needed to log into their consoles' normal download stores to find their free beta download.

The launch comes on the heels of a limited alpha test in June. From our brief experience, the beta contains a more expansive world to explore, a better introductory sequence, and more stable online play—along with a chance for players to compare performance between older and newer console generations. (Our time with the PS3 version, for example, handled surprisingly well, in spite of a remarkably lower screen resolution, fewer foliage/skybox details, and smudgy anti-aliasing methods.)

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Unconfirmed report says Google has just bought Twitch for $1 billion [Ars Technica]

After months of speculation, a report has linked Google to a $1 billion acquisition of the video-streaming site Twitch.tv. VentureBeat's Wednesday report went so far as to call the deal "confirmed," but it didn't list an exact price, announcement date, or other key details, relying solely on "sources familiar with the matter."

The deal, originally reported by Variety in May, may seem like a small drop in the bucket for Google. YouTube racks up over one billion monthly viewers compared to Twitch's 45 million. But the gaming-focused Twitch enjoys an edge thanks to dedicated features like internal console apps, screencasting, and live chat. The acquisition looks particularly attractive in the wake of e-sports' recent rise in Western popularity.

Though Twitch was founded by co-creators of Justin.tv, another streaming site, no report has mentioned whether the originating video-streaming site will be involved in the deal. If that amount remains around $1 billion, it'll be quite the coup for investors who have only sunk roughly $35 million into Twitch thus far.

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Who’s banned from editing Wikipedia this week? Congress [Ars Technica]

The Rayburn office building for the US House of Representatives.

Most members and staffers of the US House of Representatives won't be able to edit pages on Wikipedia for more than a week. Administrators of the popular Web encyclopedia have imposed a 10-day ban on the IP address connected to Congress' lower house.

The ban comes after a series of wild "disruptive" edits that appeared following the creation of @congressedits, a bot that monitors anonymous edits from congressional IP addresses and announces them to the world via Twitter. The account was created just over two weeks ago and already has more than 23,000 followers.

Wikipedia editors explained their castigation for the IP address 143.231.249.138 on the user talk page. The 10-day edit ban follows a one-day ban imposed earlier this month, which apparently didn't do the trick.

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Amazon stock plunges after $126 million quarterly loss [Ars Technica]

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Despite Amazon's recent launch of the Fire Phone, Kindle Unlimited, and HBO on Amazon Prime, the company struggled to turn a profit last quarter.

Amazon announced Thursday that it lost $126 million in quarterly earnings. The company’s stock price was down more than seven percent in after-hours trading.

The losses show that Amazon may be overstretched at the moment. The company made $274 million in 2013 and nearly $3 billion in total profits from 2009 through 2013.

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Cutelyst 0.3.0 is now C10K ready! [Planet KDE]

Release early, release often has never been my strength especially since I don’t do a fair scheduling of all the projects I’m involved…

So since I was in need to better polish Cutelyst I took more time on it, and the result is great, around 50% speed up and a few new features added.

Cutelyst uWSGI plugin now has support for –thread, which will create a QThread to process a request, however I strongly discourage its usage in Cutelyst, the performance is ~7% inferior and a crash in your code will break other requests, and as of now ASYNC mode is not supported in threaded mode due to a limitation in uWSGI request queue.

Thanks to valgrind I managed to make a hello world application from 5K request per second on 0.2.0 to 10K req/s on 0.3.0 on an Intel Core2Duo 2.4Ghz (or 44K req/s on an AMD Phenom II 965 x4 3.4Ghz), however if you enable Grantlee templating you get around 600 req/s so if I happen to have time I will be looking into improving its performance.

Response::body() is now a QIODevice so you can set a QFile* of something else and have Cutelyst to send it back.

Now http://cutelyst.org points to a gitorious Wiki which is slowly getting populated, and API is available as http://api.cutelyst.org.

The 0.3.0 tarball can be downloaded here

Have fun :)


Rebels prevent search for victims [CNN.com - Top Stories]

The transfer from Ukraine to the Netherlands of remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shootdown is expected to be completed by Saturday, the Dutch prime minister said Thursday.

What to know on Russia sanctions [CNN.com - Top Stories]

The United States and its allies in Europe are angrier at Russia now over Ukraine -- but will they do anything more about it?

'Acting white' and being black [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Crystal Wright is tired of blacks putting down other blacks by saying they are "acting white"

A big hole in the heart of Obamacare [CNN.com - Top Stories]

John Shapiro says if a recent court ruling is correct, and he thinks it is, millions of people are receiving health care subsidies for which they aren't eligible.

Despite crashes, it's safe to fly [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Pilot Robert Mark says it's been tough for the airline industry after the plane crashes in Ukraine and Taiwan.

Vandal targets poorly parked cars [CNN.com - Top Stories]

WCBS reports on a series of vandalized cars, seemingly targeted for their poor parking prowess.

'Massive' 6' 7" dino bone found [CNN.com - Top Stories]

A 'massive' femur bone from an Apatosaurus has finally been removed from from its discovery site. KKCO reports.

Obama weighs sending National Guard [CNN.com - Top Stories]

The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN.

10-foot gator bites golf ball diver [CNN.com - Top Stories]

A 10-foot alligator took a bite out of a golf ball diver at a course in Florida. CNN affiliate WSVN reports.

Medal of Honor recipient breaks THIS [CNN.com - Top Stories]

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts accidentally breaks the gavel while ringing the NYSE closing bell.

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