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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

Boffins at MIT have mooted a new concept for nuclear power plants which would see the entire facility towed several miles out to sea and moored in a similar way to offshore oil and gas platforms. The proposals would see nuke power plants built in shipyards and then moored or anchored a few miles off the coast, linked to the …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Apr 2014
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Geneva devastated by monster tsunami, millions at risk

Geologists have found the culprit behind a huge tsunami that devastated the site of the Swiss city of Geneva in 563 AD and say a similar wave could be in the city's future. "Out of its banks it devastated villages with very old men and herds, it even destroyed many holy places with their priests and rose with fury over the …
Iain Thomson, 30 Oct 2012
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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

A team of astrophysicists has announced a sighting of gravitational waves – formed in the first trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second after the universe as we know it blinked into existence. The breakthrough discovery throws enormous weight behind the famous inflationary Big Bang theory. The boffins must be …
Iain Thomson, 17 Mar 2014
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Boffins: Japan was hit by 'double-wave' tsunami

Boffins from NASA and Ohio State University have discovered that the tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011 was a so-called ‘merging tsunami’. Merging tsunami data from two satellites. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Ohio State University (click to enlarge) The idea of a merging tsunami, where two or more wave fronts join to form a …
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Tsunami Trojan: First Mac attack based on Linux crack

Malware writers have derived a new Trojan for Mac OS X by porting an older Linux backdoor Trojan horse onto another platform. The newly discovered Tsunami Trojan is derived from an earlier Linux-infecting backdoor Trojan, called Kaiten, which phoned home from infected machines to an IRC channel for further instructions. Security …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2011

Seagate: Storage industry ill-prepared for onrushing big data tsunami

The world is producing such a rapidly surging amount of data that the storage industry – both solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard-disk drives (HDDs) – will be hard-pressed to keep up with demand, says one storage-industry insider. "You can take that as a crisis; we see it as an opportunity," HDD manufacturer Seagate's SVP in …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Aug 2013

Google shares surf ad-destroying mobile tsunami to RECORD HIGH

The shift to mobile gadgets is eating into advertising revenue worldwide – but that hasn't stopped ad giant Google reporting whopping sales of $14.89bn, driving its shares to a record high. The web advert-slinger today reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2013, and showed growth in key lines of its business. The …
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013

Planned SMUT TSUNAMI fails to wreak havoc on UK.gov email

UK government agencies were warned to batten down their hatches on Monday after elements of Anonymous threatened to flood email inboxes with smut in a protest against controversial net-filtering plans. Participants in “Operation Pornstorm” were encouraged to flood several hundred government and county council email addresses …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2013
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Japan enlists foreign bloggers to revive tsunami-hit tourist biz

The Japanese government is trying to get foreign bloggers to do PR for it by inviting them to earthquake- and tsunami-hit areas to write compassionately about the progress being made in reconstructing the ravaged north-east of the country. The Foreign Ministry thought up the idea in a bid to revive the disaster-hit nation’s …
Phil Muncaster, 09 Feb 2012
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You searched for 'japan tsunami' - well, there's one behind you

Google's public alert system - which splashes warnings across search, maps and Google Now pages - has been extended into Japan nearly a year after it debuted in America. The red flags aren't limited to just those living in the East Asian nation: anyone searching for things in Japan or looking at its maps on Google will see …
Bill Ray, 07 Mar 2013
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Google beams disaster tourists into tsunami aftermath

Google spy cars have been out snapping the wreckage from the Japanese tsunami, so everyone can see the damage a big wave can do and how long reconstruction is taking. The dating of images isn't limited to those taken in Japan: every picture in Street View worldwide now has a month and year attached - finally ending the game of " …
Bill Ray, 13 Dec 2011
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Twitter opens ad API... awaits cash TSUNAMI from ad-slingers

Ads will be creeping into Twitter clients as the social network has opened up an advertising API allowing advertisers to create more complex, targeted advertising using Promoted Tweets and Promoted Account campaigns on the social network. Along with the API, Twitter has named five partners as the first to sign up: Adobe, …
Anna Leach, 21 Feb 2013
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Scareware slingers exploit Japan tsunami disaster

Pond-life malware writers have wasted little time poisoning search results based on Friday's devastating earthquake in Japan with links to scareware portals. Black-hat search engine manipulation was used to push sites offering fake security software high in the index of results based on the search term keyword "most recent …
John Leyden, 11 Mar 2011
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Japan's LCD biz survives quake and tsunami

The Japanese LCD monitor industry will be breathing a sigh of relief after analysts trumpeted its remarkable resilience in the months following the twin disasters of massive earthquake and tsunami which struck in the north east region of Tohoku a year ago. However, it’s not all good news, as a supply chain disaster was only …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2012
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HTC torches forecasts as stock tsunami floods skint Europe

HTC has slashed its Q2 top and bottom line estimates as it clears the glut of stock in the supply chain and acknowledges weakened demand in Europe. The Taiwanese firm revealed revenues for the period are expected to be NT$91bn (£1.9bn) or some 13.3 per cent lower than the NT$105bn it forecast in April. Operating margin was also …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2012
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Hacked Twitter spreads false Tsunami warning

Tiresome miscreants broke into the Twitter account of an Indonesian government advisor on Thursday to spread false warnings of an impending Tsunami. Andi Arief, the Indonesian president disaster management advisor, has posted genuine warnings about earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions hitting the Asian country over recent …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2010
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Supercomputer charts killer tsunami's course

The US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has run simulations that show how the tsunami triggered by last Friday's 9.0 Miyagi earthquake in northeastern Japan propagated across the Pacific Ocean. It took a huge amount of energy to create what is now known as the Honshu tsunami, named for Japan's largest …
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Flash to the future: Memristors, photonics, MLC-y tsunami

For a non-volatile storage medium flash development sure is volatile, as attendees at a distributor conference found out. Aaron Rakers, managing director of analysts Stifel Nicolaus, attended the conference and sent out a despatch from it that contained a mouth-watering array of tit-bits. The distributor had suppliers of hybrid …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2013
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Everything Everywhere swept away by its own 4G hype tsunami

Everything Everywhere is no more: long live EE and 4G. The mobile operator now gets to watch its children, Orange and T-Mobile, starve to death as they're denied access to the 4G feast. London's Science Museum played host this morning to the launch of "EE", which has a new logo, a UK exclusive on 4G and will be selling domestic …
Bill Ray, 11 Sep 2012
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Apple iPad sales slip as cheap Android tablet tsunami looms

Apple's iPad share of the fondleslab market slipped slightly in the last quarter from 61.5 per cent to 54.6 per cent. But with the demand for tablets booming and Apple selling 15.4 million units in the last quarter of 2011, it's unlikely anyone will shed tears over these results in Cupertino. The 2011 Q4 stats from IDC show a 56 …
Anna Leach, 14 Mar 2012
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BlackBerry 10 developer kit aims to unleash application tsunami

RIM has marked the start of its BlackBerry World conference by announcing the release of the developer kit for the much-delayed BlackBerry 10 operating system and handing out crippled prototype handsets that should go on sale by the end of the year. "We’re extremely excited to release the BlackBerry 10 developer beta tools for …
Iain Thomson, 01 May 2012

Robot army to police football World Cup

Hooligans planning to disrupt the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer will have to arm themselves against an unusual foe, after the South American country announced plans to police venues with military-grade robots. The Brazilian government has signed a $7.2 million deal to buy 30 so-called PackBots from Massachusetts-based biz …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2014
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Fujitsu bounces back after Japanese tsunami

In March, IT conglomerate Fujitsu was unable and unwilling to make any projections about how its fiscal 2011 would turn out in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan. But the situation has resolved itself enough for Fujitsu's top brass to make some prognostications. Fujitsu's fiscal 2011 year ends in March 2012, …

Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

Scientists say they have reconstructed an asteroid impact on Earth that was at least three times as massive as the strike that is thought to have wiped out the dinosaurs and the new monster had effects that are still being felt today. Asteroid impact A massive headache for Earth (click to enlarge) The research, published …
Iain Thomson, 10 Apr 2014
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Google Street View releases devastated Fukushima town tour

Google has released Street View images of the unfortunate town of Namie-machi, Japan, which was devastated by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and the tsunami it caused, then rendered uninhabitable by the Fukushima Daichi nuclear cockup. "Two years have passed since the disaster," the town's mayor Tamotsu Baba writes on the …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2013
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Foxtel announces broadband, Australia yawns

Foxtel, once held out of the broadband market by long-standing agreement with Telstra, has announced a broadband resale agreement with the incumbent's wholesale arm. That will see it launch the obligatory triple-play offering of Pay-TV, voice and broadband calls. Given the tsunami that has engulfed all forms of television, it's …

Don't panic! Japan to send nuke fuel rod into MELTDOWN in Fukushima probe

Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) will deliberately send a nuclear fuel rod into meltdown after April this year in a bid to learn more about the events leading up to the Fukushima disaster of March 2011. The experiment will take place at the Nuclear Safety Research Reactor in Tokai, Ibaraki Prefecture, in order to give …
Phil Muncaster, 10 Jan 2014
Targeted Spam

Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

Twitter has handed spammers the ability to bombard anyone they choose to follow with direct messages. Previously, anyone wishing to communicate away from world+dog on the microblogging website had to go through the rather embarrassing rigmarole of begging someone to follow them first, because direct (non-public) messages were …
Jasper Hamill, 15 Oct 2013

Japan to trial emergency 'calls' by Twitter in disaster zones

Japanese authorities will soon trial a new warning system that would allow imperiled members of the public to contact the emergency services by sending messages on social networking sites like Twitter. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said it will test the system this (northern) summer, Kyodo reported. The disaster …
Phil Muncaster, 13 Mar 2013
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#ALERT! There'll be EMERGENCIES on TWITTER for UK, Ireland

Twitter has brought its emergency alert system to the UK and Ireland after it kicked off in the US, Japan and South Korea in September. The microblogging site has signed up Blighty's coppers, firefighters and other government agencies so they can tweet urgent messages at the country in times of crisis, or at least the small …
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Gasp! Twitter displays pictures in main feed as IPO looms

Twitter is clogging up its timeline with pictures after modifying its service to make it more "visual". It's a clear move to prepare its users for more ads now that the company is about to go public on Wall Street. Up until yesterday, anyone wanting to share videos or photos on the micro-blogging site, founded in 2006, could do …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Oct 2013
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DoCoMo tests blackout-proof hydrogen cell base station in Japan

Nokia Siemens Networks, working with Ballard Power Systems, has delivered a cellular base station with an integrated hydrogen cell that replaces battery- or generator-based backup during a power outage. The base station has been installed at DoCoMo's research site in Japan’s Yokosuka Research Park and can operate for 40 hours in …
Bill Ray, 19 Nov 2012
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Screw Internet-of-Things: Boffins build Internet-of-Sound UNDERWATER

Scientists at the University of Buffalo (UB) have tested an underwater network that could make internet-like communications across the world's oceans a possibility. Electrical Engineering Graduate Students Hovannes Kulhandjian and Zahed Hossain of Tommaso Melodia’s WINES Lab Research on Lake Erie It's an MPAA takedown request …
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2013
Street View Japan deserted nuclear town

Google sends Street View car into Fukushima dead zone

Google’s Street View project took an unusual left turn this week after one of it's familiar camera mounted cars took to the streets of Namie – a town in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture deserted nearly two years ago after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. A Google spokesperson confirmed to The Reg that the unusual project …
Phil Muncaster, 08 Mar 2013

Fedora 20 Heisenbug makes ARM chips 'a primary architecture'

Fedora 20 has been released with expanded support for ARM-compatible processors and a guarantee of continued heavy development for the low-power chips. The latest version of the venerable Linux distribution was announced on Tuesday, and comes with official support for ARMv7hl (hardware floating-point, little endian) devices, and …
Jack Clark, 18 Dec 2013

Fukushima operator feared shutdown if risks revealed

The operator of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, TEPCO, has admitted it was ill-prepared to cope with the tsunami of March 2011, and promised to do better in future. That promise is articulated in a new document, Fundamental Policy for the Reform of TEPCO Nuclear Power Organization (PDF), released last Friday. The …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2012

Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

The world's media is working itself into an unedifying state of hysteria (again) following the news that radioactive water has leaked from a holding tank at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, damaged two years back by a tsunami and earthquake which led to the death and injury of more than 20,000 people - though not a single one …
Lewis Page, 21 Aug 2013

There's a tide of unstructured data coming - start swimming

Whether you prefer to define the known size of our planet’s total digital universe in petabytes or even zettabytes, we can all agree the collective weight of data production is spiralling ever upwards. While we focus on the relative merits of transactional versus analytical databases, the unstructured data that fails to fall …

It's official: Firm numbers show firm global lead of pricey iPhone 5s

There's been a tsunami of speculation about the relative sales figures for Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, but now that the first firm numbers are in, it's abundantly clear that among the fervent fanbois who couldn't wait to get their hands on Apple's latest shiny-shiny, the flagship 5s is the clear winner. The analytics folks …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Sep 2013

Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

A new study carried out in the "radiation zone" areas just outside the Fukushima nuclear powerplant in Japan has confirmed that the lifetime health risk to people living there from the damaged powerplant is so small as to be undetectable. Naturally, Californians almost 5,000 miles away are still terrified for their own safety. …
Lewis Page, 26 Feb 2014

Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

For the benefit of those readers feeling frankly tired of the internet this fine February Friday, we're delighted to present a picture special so bereft of an IT angle that we're not even going to bother attempting to concoct a vaguely tenuous link. Yes indeed, if you've ever wondered - like you do - just how you milk a bull, …
Lester Haines, 21 Feb 2014
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'Steve Jobs killed music biz', but Bon Jovi don't mind Google Glass

Two years after Bon Jovi accused Steve Jobs of killing the music industry, the band's keyboardist, David Bryan, let their Google flag fly when he donned Mountain View's wearable Glass computer device while playing a sold-out gig. The world's biggest Glasshole, PR spindoctor Chris Barrett, persuaded the least famous member of the …
Jasper Hamill, 01 Aug 2013
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Green German gov battles to keep fossil powerplants running

The German government is engaged in increasingly heated negotiations with energy companies in an effort to stop them closing carbon-emitting power plants which have been rendered unprofitable by the national renewables policies. Last week power giant RWE grumbled that many of its coal and gas power stations "are no longer …
Lewis Page, 20 Aug 2013
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Illicit phone rings in Sri Lankan inmate's back crack

A Sri Lankan lag at Colombo's Welikada jail was relieved of his illicit mobe after it inconveniently rang during a cell search, alerting officers that he'd concealed it where the sun don't shine. Artist's impression of Nokia 8850 stuck up Taiwanese woman's back passage An official at the Colombo hospital where the phone was …
Lester Haines, 11 Feb 2013

Fukushima sends Japanese IT to the cloud

Analysis The devastating triple whammy of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown which struck Japan in March 2011, has led many IT managers to rebuild their infrastructure with a key focus on disaster recovery and business continuity, according to experts. It’s an effort which has had obvious knock-on benefits for cloud …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Sep 2013
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Earthquake killed your network? Satellite-over-balloon to the rescue!

Two years after the devastating Sendai earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked north-east Japan, mobile operator Softbank has updated its floating mobile phone base station system to include satellite comms for extra resilience. Networks faltered after the 2011 quake, with mobile phone towers knocked out of action. Softbank’s …
Phil Muncaster, 12 Mar 2013
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Vodafone, can you get a signal at the top of your $130bn Verizon cash pile?

Verizon will buy out its UK partner Vodafone from their US joint-venture Verizon Wireless for $130bn, as expected. But rather than pocketing or spending the cash after years of negotiations, Voda will hand most of it over to its shareholders and nothing at all to the UK taxman. The deal - one of the biggest in corporate history …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2013

Inquietante testimonio gráfico: Electrosonda orgásmica anal aplicada… ¡a un TORO!

[Author's note: Since publication of the English-language version of this eye-watering report last week, I've had a few locals moaning that while the snaps were certainly entertaining, they couldn't understand the text. Well, they can stop their whining, because thanks to the translating skills of my old mate and Paper Aircraft …
Lester Haines, 28 Feb 2014

US insurer punts 'bestiality' to wide-eyed kiddies, gasp 'mums'

US insurance outfit Geico has incurred the wrath of campaigning group One Million Moms for punting a "disgusting bestiality" agenda at wide-eyed kiddies. In an advert for the Geico's mobile phone roadside assistance app, the company's porcine mascot Maxwell "and a young female are in a parked car on a lover's lane", as One …
Lester Haines, 26 Feb 2013

Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

A careless rat is being blamed for a power outage that left the Fukushima nuclear plant's storage tanks without cooling. Late on Monday, March 18, TEPCO experienced a power cut at cooling equipment serving the nuclear fuel storage tanks, in an incident that took 30 hours to overcome (the company emphaised that during the outage …