video of Fukushima damage

Plutonium Found Outside Fukushima For The First Time | Gizmodo Australia.


New HTC Compass Digital Compass app for Windows Phone 7

Finally, we can use our digital compass again, and it’s bigger and better!

The HTC Digital compass can be found in the marketplace if you search for HTC Compass. It shows not only the digital cmopas but overlays it on live maps.

New HTC Compass Digital Compass app for Windows Phone 7.

Private Browsing – keep your life off the net

Most browsers now support private browsing where they do not save cache or history on the local pc. These features are going a little further now lead by the Mozilla Firefox browser that uses a new http header to tell websites not to track your internet activity.

The Federal trade Commission endorses the private browsing feature in it’s privacy report last year.

The below link takes you to an informative Trend Micro article about private browsing, how it works and how to use it.

Private Browsing.

The amazing Kinect and how it works…

The fastest selling consumer device of all time is now exposed and explained in the following article and video…


“Their skeletal-tracking algorithm works by assigning each pixel in an image to a particular body part, creating a fuzzy picture of a person where the depth of each point is known, thanks to Kinect’s infrared sensor. The algorithm can also be adjusted depending on the application, so a game that only tracked the upper body could merge the lower body into one single part.

Each pixel is first evaluated for how well it fits certain features – for example, is the pixel at the top of the body, or the bottom? The score for each feature is then combined with a search through a “randomised decision forest” – essentially a collection of decisions that asks whether a pixel with a particular set of features is likely to fit a particular body part.”

One Per Cent: Microsoft explains the tech behind Kinect.

The NBN gets closer, kind of.

So the NBN got some senate air time on Friday. Several aspects of the network work passed into law, they are as follows:

The NBN rollout deadline is not 2020 and incorporates another 1000+ homes with fibre

The NBN Co will be able to sell directly to utilities

The ACCC will have final say on interconnects as a proper regulator, something Conroy was not keen on. (He wanted the ACCC to have to ask NBN Co before they ruled on interconnects! anyone hear a new Telstra coming in here?)

The Senate Did Some Work On Friday: Passed Key NBN Bills | Gizmodo Australia.

Arrr, pirates are not affecting the entertainment industry as much as the industry has been harping on about

The SMH has an article published that rips apart the dodgy facts and figures toued by the entertainment industry.

The figures have been alleged to be based on european figures that have beenĀ  dissproved and shown to be completely embelished.

companies are using piracy as an excuse for jobs being lost and downsizing.

Unsurprisingly, Piracy Stats From The Entertainment Industry Are BS | Gizmodo Australia.

Reactor nearing control but new threat emerges

Spent fuel rods from nuclear reactors are stil very hot and are cool after use in storage ponds. At Japans Fukushima Daiichi plant there are two sets of ponds, the primary ponds situated above each reactor are used to initially cool the spent rods and usually sit at around 50C. Secondary ponds are located outside and are used to store the cooler rods more long term.

The primary ponds at Fukushima have now reach over 80C and may possibly boil over and expose the spend rods. Since several explosions at the plant have blown the roofs off the reactor buildings, this means the ponds and in turn the spent rods if water levels get low enough, are exposed to the atomosphere presenting another source of contamination to the environment.

With the continuing drama of these power plants over the last few days, i think it had brought new light on the negatives of nuclear power which in many circles is often referred to as green power. Now if the ingeneous Japanese cannot make a nuclear power plant safe then who can?

Short Sharp Science: Nuclear crisis: Radioactive fuel dumps pose new threat.