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Finland's Nuclear Plant Start Delayed Again
Posted by: mdsolar
Areva-Siemens, the consortium building Finland's biggest nuclear reactor, said on Monday the start date of the much delayed project will be pushed back to late 2018 — almost a decade later than originally planned. Areva-Siemens blamed disagreements with its client Teollisuuden Voima (TVO) over the plant's automation system, the latest blow for a project that has been hit by repeated delays, soaring costs and disputes.

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Ask Slashdot: Linux-Friendly Desktop x86 Motherboard Manufacturers?
Posted by: storkus
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed
Posted by: ashshy
'Our electricity grid was built a certain way, and that way is to have on-demand production,' Argonne National Laboratory battery researcher Jeff Chamberlain explained. 'So as I flip my light switch on at home, there's some little knob somewhere that turns the power up. There is no buffer. It's a very interesting production cycle compared to other consumer goods. It was built a certain way, and the grid is currently changing in two different ways. One is, first our demand is increasing. But another is, around the world human beings are trying to get off fossil fuels and that means using solar and wind. Well, we cannot turn up the sun or wind, or turn down the sun or wind according to our energy needs. So the more those technologies penetrate the grid, the more you need energy storage. You need a buffer. And that is a very difficult challenge that's similar to transportation because it's cost-driven,' Chamberlain said. 'But it's also different from transportation because we're not limited by volume or mass like we are in vehicles. We're working on energy storage systems that are stationary.'

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Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go
Posted by: mdsolar
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Update: Raspberry Pi-Compatible Development Board Cancelled
Posted by: An
Anyone who might have been interested in the miniature Raspberry Pi compatible board mentioned here a month ago should know the board has been cancelled due to problems sourcing the Broadcom SoC. Given the less than welcoming response from the rpi community to the board's release, there is speculation as to why Hardkernel is having trouble buying the chip.



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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech
Posted by: An
AnandTech started as a site that primarily reviewed motherboards, then we added CPUs, video cards, cases, notebooks, Macs, smartphones, tablets and anything else that mattered. The site today is just as strong in coverage of new mobile devices as it is in our traditional PC component coverage ... To the millions of readers who have visited and supported me and the site over the past 17+ years, I owe you my deepest gratitude. You all enabled me to spend over half of my life learning more than I ever could have in any other position. The education I've received doing this job and the ability to serve you all with it is the most amazing gift anyone could ever ask for. You enabled me to get the education of a lifetime and I will never be able to repay you for that. Thank you.

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Wi-Fi Router Attack Only Requires a Single PIN Guess
Posted by: An
Because many router manufacturers use the reference software implementation as the basis for their customized router software, the problems affected the final products, Bongard said. Broadcom's reference implementation had poor randomization, while the second vendor used a special seed, or nonce, of zero, essentially eliminating any randomness.

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MIPS Tempts Hackers With Raspbery Pi-like Dev Board
Posted by: DeviceGuru
In a bid to harness the energy and enthusiasm swirling around today's open, hackable single board computers, Imagination Technologies, licensor of the MIPS ISA, has unveiled the Creator C120 development board, the ISA's counter to ARM's popular Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone Black SBCs. The MIPS dev board is based on a 1.2GHz dual-core MIPS32 system-on-chip and has 1GB RAM and 8GB flash, and there's also an SD card slot for expansion. Ports include video, audio, Ethernet, both WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0, and a bunch more. OS images are already available for Debian 7, Gentoo, Yocto, and Arch Linux, and Android v4.4 is expected to be available soon. Perhaps the most interesting feature of the board is that there's no pricing listed yet, because the company is starting out by giving the boards away free to developers who submit the most interesting projects.

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Dell's New Alienware Case Goes to Extremes To Prevent Overheating
Posted by: MojoKid
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Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk
Posted by: mrspoonsi
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Intel's Haswell-E Desktop CPU Debuts With Eight Cores, DDR4 Memory
Posted by: crookedvulture
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How the World's Fastest Electric Car Is Pushing Wireless Charging Tech
Posted by: An
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Research Shows RISC vs. CISC Doesn't Matter
Posted by: fsterman
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany
Posted by: An
Several fake NVIDIA cards — probably GeForce GT 440 — have had their BIOS reflashed to report themselves as GeForce GTX 660. They were sold under the brand

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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles
Posted by: MojoKid
Wow. I didn't realize it looked this bad.

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New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste
Posted by: mdsolar
The previous Waste Confidence Rule determined that spent fuel could be safely stored on site for at least 60 years after a plant permanently ceased operations,

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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
Posted by: An
AT&T has been overbilling my account based on overcounting DSL internet usage (they charge in 50 gigabyte units after the first 150). I have been using a Buffalo NFinity Airstation as a managed switch to count all traffic. As you may know, this device runs firmware based on dd-wrt and has hidden telnet functionality, so I am able to load a script to count traffic directly onto the device. I have an auto-scraper that collects the data and saves it on my computer's hard disk every two minutes while the computer is running. While it is not running, the 2 minute counters accumulate in RAM on the device. Power problems are not normally an issue here; and even when they are I can tell it has happened. The upshot of all this is I can measure the exact amount of download bandwidth and a guaranteed overestimate of upload bandwidth in bytes reliably. I have tested this by transferring known amounts of data and can account for every byte counted, including ethernet frame headers. AT&T's billing reporting reports usage by day only, lags two days, and uses some time basis other than midnight. It is also reading in my testing a fairly consistent 14% higher whenever the basis doesn't disturb the test by using too much bandwidth too close to midnight. AT&T has already refused to attempt to fix the billing meter, and asserts they have tested it and found it correct. Yet they refuse to provide a realtime readout of the counter that would make independent testing trivial. I've been through the agencies (CPUC, FCC, and Weights & Measures) and can't find one that is interested, AT&T will not provide any means for reasonable independent testing of the meter. It is my understanding that if there is a meter and its calibration cannot be checked, there is a violation of the law, yet I can't find an agency that can even accept such a claim (I'm not getting

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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Systems GM Doug Balog (Video)
Posted by: Yesterday
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Slashdot Talks WIth IBM Power Sytems GM Doug Balog (Video)
Posted by: Yesterday
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Scientists Craft Seamless 2D Semiconductor Junctions
Posted by: vinces99
Heterojunctions are fundamental elements of electronic and photonic devices,

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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
Posted by: MojoKid
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IBM Gearing Up Mega Power 8 Servers For October Launch
Posted by: darthcamaro
Now that IBM has sold off its x86 server business to Lenovo, it's full steam ahead for IBM's Power business. While Intel is ramping up its next generation of server silicon for a September launch, IBM has its next lineup of Power 8 servers set to be announced in October.

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NRC Analyst Calls To Close Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant
Posted by: An
challenges the presumption of nuclear safety.

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NRC Analyst Calls For Closure of Diablo Canyon, CA's Last Remaining Nuclear Plant
Posted by: An
challenges the presumption of nuclear safety.

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Securing the US Electrical Grid
Posted by: An
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