Radioactive Iodine Blankets Much of Europe … Everyone Points Fingers

Reuters notes that elevated levels of radioactive iodine have been detected in Germany, Sweden, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

The Stockholm News reports that Denmark and Poland are also experiencing heightened radiation.

NHK notes that Russia has been hit as well.

AP notes that the radioactive releases are ongoing:

An official [from the International Atomic Energy Agency] familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity because he was not authorized to comment, said the release appeared to be continuing.

Some scientists have made some unlikely claims about the source of the radiation. For example, as Reuters notes:

Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at Britain’s Royal Berkshire Hospital, said any link with Fukushima was extremely unlikely.


“It is far more likely that the iodine may be as a result of excretion by patients undergoing medical treatment. Whilst such patients are carefully controlled, some release of iodine into the environment may be inevitable but would certainly be well below any limits where health detriment would even begin to be an issue for concern,” he said.

(It is unlikely that patients in so many countries would all start excreting more radioactive iodine at the same time.)

The Czechs deny responsibility, but are sending mixed signals. As AP notes:


In Prague, an official at the Czech State Office for Nuclear Safety said he was “100 percent sure” that the radiation had not come from any Czech nuclear power plant — or from any other source on Czech territory.


[However,] speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to talk to the media, the official said tests are under way around the country to try and identify the source.


The Czechs are betting heavily on nuclear power and have plans to dramatically increase production ….

Poland is trying to blame Pakistan for the radiation; but a Pakistan government official denies the allegation.

All of the mainstream commentators dismiss Fukushima as a potential source. However, Fukushima is still far from any stable shutdown – and is still apparently undergoing nuclear reactions (and see this, this and this).

So – while we don’t have any idea where the radiation is coming from at this point – it is too early to rule out Fukushima.

For more recent reporting on Fukushima, look here.

Francois Marier: Ideal OpenSSL configuration for Apache and nginx

After recently reading a number of SSL/TLS-related articles, I decided to experiment and look for the ideal OpenSSL configuration for Apache (using mod_ssl since I haven’t tried mod_gnutls yet) and nginx.

By “ideal” I mean that this configuration needs to be compatible with most user agents likely to interact with my website as well as being fast and secure.

Here is what I came up with for Apache:

SSLProtocol TLSv1
SSLHonorCipherOrder On

and for nginx:

ssl_protocols  TLSv1;
ssl_ciphers RC4-SHA:HIGH:!kEDH;
ssl_prefer_server_ciphers on;

Cipher and protocol selection

In terms of choosing a cipher to use, this configuration does three things:

Testing tools

The main tool I used while testing various configurations was the SSL labs online tool. The CipherFox extension for Firefox was also quite useful to quickly identify the selected cipher.

Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your configuration works in common browsers, but you should also test with tools like wget, curl and httping. Many of the online monitoring services are based on these.

Other considerations

To increase the performance and security of your connections, you should ensure that the following features are enabled:

  • SSL session caching with a session store shared between all of your web servers
  • HSTS headers to let browsers know that they should always visit your site over HTTPS
Note: If you have different SSL-enabled name-based vhosts on the same IP address (using SNI), make sure that their SSL cipher and protocol settings are identical.

good news , le tour du monde en 6237 photos

Changement de décor, je vais ajouter une nouvelle section intitulée good news ou la bonne nouvelle sur ce qui est source d’inspiration, ce qui est positif, ce qui fonctionne bien dans ce monde de bad news ou de mauvaises nouvelles, donc de temps à autres j’ajouterais ici – et ce qui manque dans la plupart des médias – un point positif, une petite lumiere sur notre Terre que nous malmenons.

Pour aujourd’hui une vidéo d’un Tour du monde en 6237 photos.

«Après avoir quitté mon travail l’année dernière, j’ai emballé un sac, j’ai pris la caméra et j’ai acheté un billet aller simple avion pour Londres “, écrit Kiem Lam photographe.

Un voyage dans 17 pays pendant presque un an. Ce voyage qui inclut la mer Morte, l’Argentine, le Japon et de nombreux endroits, est documenté et il en a fait une vidéo Time Lapse qui raccourcit l’année qu’il a passé à voyager à moins de 5 minutes.
Beau voyage, la vie est belle, profittons en.

Classé dans:good news, impressions, l’homme du jour Tagged: Bonne nouvelle, Good news, Kiem Lam, Tour du monde

Transportation stuff from delicious

[INFOGRAPHIC] 100 Year Old Infographics

A new exhibit at London’s Transport Museum, features a whole bunch of infographic posters all arguing the benefits of public transportation in a decidedly early 1900s style.

Here we are barrelling towards 2012 and living in the future. We invented the Internet, we invented social media, we invented FarmVille, we probably invented too, right? Wrong. Infographics have been around for a long while, as far back as early last century and probably even further back than that. , features a whole bunch of infographicy posters all arguing the benefits of public transportation in a decidedly early 1900s style.

Here we are barrelling towards 2012 and living in the fut …

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Greenest Way to Travel

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