The Obama administration said today that it’s moving ahead with a plan for broad adoption of Internet IDs despite concerns about identity centralization, and hopes to fund pilot projects next year.
A 55-page document (PDF) released by the White House today adds a few more details to the proposal, which still remains mostly hazy and inchoate.
It offers examples of what the White House views as an “identity ecosystem,” including obtaining a digital ID from an Internet service provider that could be used to view your personal health information, or obtaining an ID linked to your cell phone that would let you log into IRS.gov to view payments and file taxes. The idea is to have multiple identity providers that are part of the same system.
Administration officials plan to convene a series of workshops between June and September of this year that would bring together companies and advocacy groups and move closer to an actual specification for what’s being called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, or NSTIC
“Why aren’t they paying us?” Trump asked CNN’s Candy Crowley. “When they said that you should have said, we’ll go in. We want $5 billion. We have already spent $1.5 billion on fighting Gaddafi. We want $5 billion right now and we’ll go in. You know what? That’s peanuts to them. They’d give you a check in two seconds.”
The billionaire also said he was nostalgic for a time when the U.S. could claim the resources of defeated nations.
“In the old days when you have a war and you win, that nation is yours,” he said. “Either I go in and take the oil or I don’t go in at all.”
“Just take their oil?” Crowley asked.
“Absolutely,” Trump replied. “I’d take the oil, give them plenty so they can live very happily. I’d take the oil.”
Any tablet debuting more than a year after the Apple’s market-dominating iPad needs an edge. For the PlayBook, that edge is support for Adobe Flash, a feature that the iPad is famously lacking. RIM says it took over two years of working with Adobe to bring Flash to its tablet.
Two years may not have been enough. During a round of Plants vs. Zombies, gameplay bogged down whenever the animation got intense. Every time I tried to access a Flash game on Facebook, the browser crashed. Yes, every single time. Say goodbye to your well-tended crops, Farmvillians.
Flash is so great.
Pope Benedict led Roman Catholics into Holy Week celebrations, telling a Palm Sunday crowd that man will pay the price for his pride if he believes technology can give him the powers of God.
And to prove this, he’s removing the bullet-proof glass from his pope mobile.
"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads,"
Apart from those sitting around at investment banks coming up with mathematic models to game the financial system, of course.
A reader writes, "In a beautiful twist of irony, New Zealand parliament member Melissa Lee has been caught in a copyright quagmire. It turns out that just hours before she spoke out in support of the controversial new copyright law being rushed through parliament, she tweeted how pleased she was with a compilation of K-Pop songs a friend copied for her."
Reactor shutdowns nine months away: Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced Sunday that it will take six to nine months to complete a cold shutdown of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant, while the United States proposed a daring plan to use a remote-controlled helicopter and cranes to pluck out their spent fuel rods… If all goes well, displaced residents from the evacuation zone should know within six to nine months whether they will be able to go home, trade minister Banri Kaieda said. [Previously] [Open MeFi pro vs. con nuclear policy thread]
The utility is pumping in water and venting off steam, a method called “feed and bleed.”
The Japanese government Friday (April 15) published a report on the discharge of more than 10,000 metric tons of low-level radioactive water from the quake-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex, in a bid to allay concerns among neighboring countries that it was spreading contamination into the ocean.
Melted fuel rod fragments have sunk to the bottoms of three reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant and could theoretically burn through the pressure vessels if emergency water-pumping operations are seriously disrupted, the Atomic Energy Society of Japan said Friday… The fuel rods are being cooled by tons of water that is being manually injected into the reactors and their spent-fuel pools by truck.
NRC report leaked to the NYT on April 4 mentions that due to an explosion way back at the beginning of the crisis, fuel rod fragments were ejected up to a kilometer from Daiichi, as well as between to reactor buildings on site.
The leaked NRC report can be found here (it’s been inverted, presumably to foil Google’s efforts to take it down).
TIMELINES and UPDATES
> The Fukushima I nuclear accidents (福島第一原子力発電所事故) are a series of ongoing equipment failures and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the 9.0 magnitude Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011.
> Accident timeline
> Status of the Nuclear Reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant (NYT) Explosions damaged four of the buildings, and fuel in the reactors and spent fuel stored in the buildings is presumed to have melted, at least partially, releasing radioactive materials.
RADIATION + FOOD SAFETY
> RDTN.org: Radiation Detection Hardware Network in Japan
> Current monitoring spots around Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station (pdf)
> Ibaraki & Tokyo Radioactivity [Detailed graph of rad levels Kanto and Kita-Kanto]
> Fukushima University creates radiation dispersion map
> Radiation factors hard to gauge; experts say rely on official data… “Just pointing a measuring device at your food before dinner is pretty much meaningless.”
> MIT NSE Nuclear Information Hub
> Radiation Update: Is Japanese Seafood Dangerous?
> Green Action Japan (Kyoto)
> Images of the Daiichi reactor buildings taken by T-Hawk drone aircraft
> Driving Through The Fukushima Exclusion Zone
> Here’s a different reporter duo, this time who drive right up to the front gates of Daiichi.