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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

AmiMoJo Re:Speaking off the record (174 comments)

We can't take any US intelligence or claims seriously any more. WMD? Torture? Rendition? Sorry bro, you lied too many times.

9 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

AmiMoJo Re:Home of the brave? (534 comments)

China won't allow North Korea to be invaded by the US. They won't allow the US to set up shop on their boarder. There is definitely no chance of a major nuclear attack because aside from anything else it would screw up parts of China and South Korea too.

The US actually has quite limited military options with NK, which is one of the reasons why it hasn't been able to act so far. NK is free to build nuclear reactors and ICBMs to use as leverage, and the US can't just fire a cruise missile in to take them out. The US can't even get its boats too close because that area of ocean is claimed by China and regularly patrolled.

Of course, if there were an attack China would likely change its relationship with NK somewhat, and might even take action itself, so NK would still be screwed.

9 hours ago
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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

AmiMoJo Re:There is a difference. (534 comments)

Remember that this is Sony. Their execs probably think computers work just like the do in the movies. North Korean hackers can take down a few aircraft or make random buildings explode just as easily as they can lead DVD screeners of unreleased movies onto the internet.

10 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

AmiMoJo Re:Bad for small business owners (329 comments)

One of the easiest ways to get HTTPS is to use CloudFlare: http://blog.cloudflare.com/int...

I'm not associated with them, but I have used their free service and it works just fine. As well as HTTPS you get free caching on a CDN for faster load times, especially for overseas customers.

I imagine that now Google is pushing it we will see more free offerings. The EFF is going to offer a free, easy set-up option next year too. By the time it comes around you won't have any problem implementing HTTPS, or have to pay anything.

10 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

AmiMoJo Re:signal blocking (101 comments)

There is no need for payment cards to ever reveal any information that can be used for identity theft, except for the card number. That on its own isn't much use.

All you need for a transaction is the card number and a challenge/response to confirm that the card is the one it claims to be.

10 hours ago
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Over 9,000 PCs In Australia Infected By TorrentLocker Ransomware

AmiMoJo Re:How? (78 comments)

The main attraction of Bitcoin is that it can't be shut down. Any kind of credit card payment system or Western Union can be shut down easily and then there is no way for them to collect the money.

10 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

AmiMoJo Re:This doesn't solve the problem at all (101 comments)

Do any cards actually have that kind of data available over wireless comms? Passports do, but most people don't carry them regularly. Bank cards and the like usually don't, they only supply the card number and a challenge/response mechanism. The card number alone isn't enough to make fraudulent transactions.

10 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

AmiMoJo Re:Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (101 comments)

That's the way it is in the UK. The banks still try to trick the victim into saying that they made some kind of mistake, or argue that a lack of up to date anti-virus on your PC makes you liable, or that their security is perfect so it simply must have been your fault. In the end though if you stick to your guns they have to pay up.

10 hours ago
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

AmiMoJo Re:why not just carry around a portable EMP genera (101 comments)

I wear a nylon sweater to build up some static charge. Zaps any RFID readers that try to steal my identity in a brush-up attack. I don't half go through a lot of phones though.

10 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

AmiMoJo Re:Stupid (329 comments)

You don't care about your every action online being monitored and logged for use against you later? I'd prefer all sites to use HTTPS all the time. At least that way the security services will need to target individuals and ask for data, rather than just hoovering up everything.

13 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

AmiMoJo Re:Stupid (329 comments)

More likely Google will do a soft roll out, where at first you just get an icon or something. Sites will have a year to enable HTTPS from then, and most will because Chrome is popular and Mozilla will probably copy it too. By the time it becomes more noticeable most hosts will have enabled HTTPS as part of their standard package.

I have no doubt that there will be some pain, but unfortunately it is necessary. We have to fix this, our liberty is at stake.

13 hours ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

AmiMoJo Re:Stupid (329 comments)

You should care. If everything is encrypted mass surveillance becomes much harder and more expensive. We have to accept the very small cost of adding encryption to everything as the cost of freedom.

yesterday
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RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

AmiMoJo Re:Hope it works better then my wallet (101 comments)

The solution is to make the cards secure. So far there have been no known contractless payment thefts via "walk by" attack, so it seems like the security works. I've been using such cards for a decade now without issue so at this point I trust them.

It's things like passports that are more at risk, since an attacker can read some personal data from them (payment cards are either anonymous or don't provide things like your name, they only allow transactions). Fortunately I don't carry my passport most of the time.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:*facepalm* (205 comments)

The fact that it is an introductory course rather than a more advanced one has nothing to do with gender, it's the normal way these things are done. If it were a course to encourage boys to take up CS it wouldn't be at a higher level.

I'm not sure I can make it any clearer.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:Computer careers and gender (205 comments)

It actually works against women much of the time. They tend to be less interesting in the things the male majority are, so that pretty much leaves flirting...

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:*facepalm* (205 comments)

I wasn't arguing that it was. I was making the point that developing introductory material is standard practice, not just for girls. I'm not sure how you managed to not comprehend that.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:bummer (205 comments)

There is evidence that girls do want to enter CS but are being prevented. For example, the higher proportion of women in CS 20 years ago. When asked why they dropped out of CS courses they give us very specific reasons other than lack of interest.

This has all been covered before in great detail, just google it.

yesterday
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Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS

AmiMoJo Re:These idiots remain idiotic (367 comments)

It would fracture the internet into two halves - the US and everywhere else. The take-down requests would be honoured by US servers only, and the US would probably find itself in front of the WTO for screwing with the domain names of other countries.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:Hmmm ... (205 comments)

Large corporations often do contradictory things because they are made up of many departments and individuals. When their goals align with the social good we might as well take their money, while still fighting their abuses.

yesterday
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

AmiMoJo Re:Confused. (205 comments)

Why is the assumption made that it is a problem that women are underrepresented in CS?

Because there used to be a greater proportion of women in CS, and current students tell us that certain social issues put them off pursuing something they otherwise would like to.

yesterday

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Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about three weeks ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Government figures revealed that Scotland is now generating more power from "clean" technologies than nuclear, coal and gas. The combination of wind, solar and hydroelectric, along with less-publicised sources such as landfill gas and biomass, produced 10.3TWh in the first half of 2014. Over the same period, Scotland generated 7.8TWh from nuclear, 5.6TWh from coal and 1.4TWh from gas, according to figures supplied by National Grid. Renewable sources tend to fluctuate throughout the year, especially in Scotland where the weather is notoriously volatile, but in six-month chunks the country has consistently increased its renewable output."
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Japan's annual nuclear drill highlights problems

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a month and a half ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Japanese government's disaster drill for nuclear power plants has highlighted some issues. The 2-day drill began on Sunday on the scenario that an earthquake had triggered an accident at the Shika plant in Ishikawa Prefecture. A group of residents gathered at a port to flee in boats on the assumption that the earthquake had made roads unusable. But the sea was too rough to sail, and officials had not considered an alternative in case of bad weather. Participating organizations were connected via a video link, but there were problems with the sound. Officials at the Toyama Prefectural government office could not hear part of the evacuation order."
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South Korean ID system to be rebuilt from scratch after massive leaks

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "South Korea's national identity card system may need a complete overhaul following huge data thefts dating back to 2004. The government is considering issuing new ID numbers to every citizen aged over 17, costing billions of dollars. The ID numbers and personal details of an estimated 80% of the country's 50 million people have been stolen from banks and other targets. Some 20 million people, including the president Park Geun-hye, have been victims of a data theft. Citizens are unable to change their credentials, which are used in many different sectors, making them an attractive target for hackers."
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Death threats over GamerGate continue

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Brianna Wu, developer of sci-fi puzzle game Revolution 60, has been forced from her home after receiving death threats via Twitter. An account spammed Wu with violent threats and made it clear that it was doing so because of her outspoken support of women in tech and gaming. The last tweet publicly published Wu’s home address. In response to that, she called the police, who came to her home.

Separately, Anita Sarkeesian has been forced to cancel a talk she was due to give at the Utah State University after receiving a lengthy death threat via email. The message warned officials to expect "a Montreal Massacre-style attack," referring to the 1989 shooting spree at a Montreal university involving a killer who railed against feminism."
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Another female game developer forced from her home after reviving death threats

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Brianna Wu, developer of sci-fi puzzle game Revolution 60, has been forced from her home after receiving death threats via Twitter. An account spammed Wu with violent threats and made it clear that it was doing so because of her outspoken support of women in tech and gaming. The last tweet publicly published Wu’s home address. In response to that, she called the police, who came to her home."
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Japan's Shinkansen bullet trains celebrate 50th anniversary

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's Shinkansen bullet-train has marked its 50th anniversary. The first Shinkansen between Tokyo and Osaka debuted on October 1st, 1964, ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Since then, the Shinkansen has run about 2 billion kilometers, or the equivalent of 50,000 times around the earth. It has carried about 5.6 billion passengers. The latest series to enter operation, the E5, operates at 320km/h."
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Tesla plans to power its Gigafactory with renewables alone

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "In his press conference, Elon Musk stated that the factory will produce all of its own energy using a combination of solar, wind, and geothermal. Engineering.com looks at the feasibility of the plans. Spoiler alert: it looks possible, though some storage will be required. Fortunately, if there is one thing the Gigafactory won't be short of it's batteries."
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Buffalo's to release USB hub that accepts upside-down cables

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Buffalo is releasing a new USB 4 port hub that allows cables to be plugged in either way up. No more problems with USB super-positioning using ordinary A type plugs. In addition to 4 reversible sockets the hub's own male A connector that goes to the PC is also reversible, so can be plugged in upside down."
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EU rules limit vacuum cleaners to 1600W from the 1st of September

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 4 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "New EU rules are limiting vacuum cleaner motors to 1600W from 2014/09/01. The EU summary of the new rules explains that consumers currently equate watts with cleaning power, which is not the case. Manufacturers will be required to put ratings on packaging, including energy efficiency, cleaning efficiency on hard and carpeted floors, and dust emissions from the exhaust. In the EU vacuum cleaners use more energy than the whole of Denmark, and produce more emissions than dishwashers and washing machines."
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200GB Blu-ray discs aim to compete with tape in the data centre

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 4 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) has developed a specification for a new doubled sided disc with a capacity of up to 200GB, called the BD-DSD (Double Sided Disc). The discs store 100GB per side using existing multi-layer technology and are designed for use in cartridges that can hold several. Robots in data centres will swap the discs, giving access to vast amounts of robust, long-life storage media. Unlike tape the discs are random access, so the overall access time for a given file is lower. There is no wear from a read head touching the disc either."
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Daimler's solution for annoying out-of-office email: delete it

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 4 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Sure, you can set an out-of-office auto-reply to let others know they shouldn't email you, but that doesn't usually stop the messages; you may still have to handle those urgent-but-not-really requests while you're on vacation. That's not a problem if you work at Daimler, though. The German automaker recently installed software that not only auto-replies to email sent while staff is away, but deletes it outright."
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One trillion Bq released by nuclear debris removal at Fukushima so far

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 5 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says more than one trillion becquerels of radioactive substances were released as a result of debris removal work at one of the plant's reactors. Radioactive cesium was detected at levels exceeding the government limit in rice harvested last year in Minami Soma, some 20 kilometers from Fukushima Daiichi. TEPCO presented the Nuclear Regulation Authority with an estimate that the removal work discharged 280 billion becquerels per hour of radioactive substances, or a total of 1.1 trillion becquerels. The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material."
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TEPCO planning to use Windows XP up to 2019

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 5 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "TEPCO, operator of the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, plans to continue using 48,000 copies of Windows XP until 2018-19, when they will be replaced. The Japanese government has urged companies in charge of critical infrastructure to upgrade from XP due to the risk of cyberattack. When asked about potential problems TEPCO said that it has "taken technical measures of various kinds", but declined to detail them "for security reasons.""
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Stan O'Neal may not have requested the "right to be forgotten"

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 5 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Yesterday Slashdot reported that Stan O'Neal may have requested that a BBC News blog post be removed from Google's search results under the EU "right to be forgotten". Late last night Robert Peston, the author of the article that made the original claim, updated it to state that in fact the blog post was still indexed when searching for "Stan O'Neal", speculating that it may in fact have been one of the commentators who requested removal when searching for their name."
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Germany's glut of electricity causing prices to plummet

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 6 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years. From December capacity will be at 117% of peak demand. The benchmark German electricity contract has slumped 36% since the end of 2010.

“The new plants will run at current prices, but they won’t cover their costs” said Ricardo Klimaschka, a power trader at Energieunion GmbH. Lower prices “leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet” according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany’s biggest power producer. Wind and solar’s share of installed German power capacity will rise to 42% by next year from 30% in 2010. The share of hard coal and lignite plant capacity will drop to 28% from 32%."
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Japanese court rules against restarting Ohi reactors

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 7 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "A Japanese court has ordered the operator of the Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, not to restart 2 of its reactors, citing inadequate safety measures. The plant's No. 3 and 4 reactors were halted for regular inspections last September. Local residents filed a lawsuit asking that the reactors be kept offline. They said an estimate of possible tremors is too small, and that the reactors lack backup cooling systems. The operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, has insisted that no safety problems exist."
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Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's environment minister says the country has surpassed the target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that it pledged under the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Japan had lowered emissions by a 5-year average of 8.4 percent in the 2012 financial year compared to 1990 levels, more than the 6-percent goal the country pledged under the Kyoto Protocol. The 2012 figures are significant as they include the first full year after the March 11th Tohoku earthquake disaster, during which no nuclear power was available."
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Japan marks 3rd anniversary of 11/3 disaster

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 9 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Today Japan marks the third anniversary of the 11th of March 2011 disaster when the country was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake huge tsunami and severe nuclear accident. More than 18,500 people were killed or went missing. Nearly 3,000 others died while evacuated from their homes, and over a quarter of a million people were still living in temporary housing as of February. Work to build new housing on higher ground is lagging behind schedule.

Three reactors melted down at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the quake and tsunami, but the exact cause of the accident is still unknown. How massive amounts of radioactive materials from the reactors were dispersed is also unclear. Today was also the day when hundreds of former residents announced that they were suing TEPCO, the plant operator, and the government for additional compensation."
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Measures fail to stop Fukushima plant leaks

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 10 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi plant has been coming up with countermeasures to deal with repeated leaks from tanks of contaminated water. But despite the measures, 100 tons of radioactive water leaked on Wednesday and Thursday. The estimated volume of the leaked radioactive materials caused Japan's nuclear regulator to rank the leak a level-3 serious accident. The international scale of nuclear and radiological events ranges from zero to 7."
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Kickstarter project tries to fire payloads into space from a giant cannon

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 10 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Starfire Space Cannon project aims to launch small payloads into space from the ground using a large gun. 13.7m (45 foot) gun claims to use multiple charges to reduce the force exerted on the payload, although the pitch is devoid of any explanation as to how this technique might actually work. The creators warn that "we could have a really bad day and the gun could blow up or the trailer could fall apart."."

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