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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

AmiMoJo Re:I agree, except: (216 comments)

Seems unlikely it can be saved now. Filming is finished, it's going to look like that. Crappy CG, shakey camera, extremely fast cuts and flashing lights so you can't see anything... Even had the lens flare in there, although not as bad as Star Trek. In other words a standard J.J. Abrams film.

39 minutes ago
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Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

AmiMoJo Re:Justice is served! (108 comments)

The thing is, no matter how much of a douchbag you think he is the fact that he is fighting illegal actions by the US government against a citizen of another country is enough lend your support. Sometimes you have to support scoundrels if you want to support freedom.

6 hours ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

AmiMoJo Re:Tandeming (287 comments)

But just for shits and giggles I took a 320k MP3 and recoded to 128k and compared it to the CD where I ripped it as 128k and honestly? I can't tell a difference between the two.

Lucky you. For anyone else who wants to try, give this a go:

http://mp3ornot.com/

I can consistently identify which is which, 100% of the time. I can tell 320k MP3 from FLAC with certain music consistently, but with other types of music they sound the same to me. It's a shame that website doesn't show stats, and doesn't offer a FLAC vs. MP3 test too.

6 hours ago
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Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

AmiMoJo Re:Unexpected technical issues (140 comments)

These days it's standard to write the apology before the game even ships. They know that the servers will buckle under the load on day one, they know you will have to download a 1GB+ patch before you can even connect, and they know there are still masses of bugs. A cheap apology posted on their website is far cheaper than actually fixing those problems, and these days total launch failure is so common that in a week all will be forgotten and everyone will be watching other people play the game on YouTube before handing over their cash for a copy.

7 hours ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

AmiMoJo Re:Nuclear is Clean (181 comments)

You have to solve the problem of incompetence and putting profit before safety if you want nuclear power. You can't just say "don't put idiots in charge", you have to figure out a way to actually do that for 50 years, well beyond your own working lifetime.

7 hours ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

AmiMoJo Re:Nuclear is Clean (181 comments)

I was comparing wind and nuclear, not coal and nuclear. Even the worst estimate for wind is lower than nuclear.

Wikipedia has some slightly different figures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

Even so, in the worst case wind and nuclear are broadly comparable. Coal is, of course, terrible and no-one wants it.

7 hours ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

AmiMoJo Re:EUgle? (214 comments)

If you make a Google account, which is necessary for GMail or saving your search preferences, you get a G+ account and accounts for everything else even if you don't want them. Anyone else who emails you from GMail gets connected to your G+ account, and can try to chat with you, send IMs, add you to their circles etc.

7 hours ago
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Google Should Be Broken Up, Say European MPs

AmiMoJo Re:EUgle? (214 comments)

You are still fixated on the competition aspect.

The EU's other concern is that companies like Google try to tie you in to all their services when you sign up for one. Create a Gmail account and you automatically get a Google Plus account, Google Drive space, Google search account, Google Wallet, Google Play account, Google photo gallery etc. By creating an email account you have to agree to let Google profile you for everything else, and your details get added to their social network and made visible to other users (even on maximum privacy settings your name is shown, and people who email you and also have a Google account get connected to your profile).

9 hours ago
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Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

AmiMoJo Re:Yes... (135 comments)

If you bothered to read TFS you would see that they are claiming that, unlike normal white paint, their coating reflects the heat in a way that prevents it heating the atmosphere so much. So they are saying that removes more heat from the planet than normal white paint does.

They are not claiming it is significantly better than white paint at cooling your house, they are claiming it is significantly better at cooling the planet and reducing air temperature in urban areas.

9 hours ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

AmiMoJo Re:It will never work (181 comments)

Scotland gets a lot of income from North Sea oil, but that is eventually going to run out. That is why they are investing in renewable energy now. When the oil is gone they will be exporting their wind power, which geography has blessed them with.

The cost isn't that high, relative to other sources. Coal's costs are mostly external and somewhat hidden. Nuclear in the UK is a disaster. The old plants built by the government couldn't be given away, we had to pay people to take them. Recently they have been trying to build new ones, but no-one is interested. In the end only EDF agreed to build one if we paid them double for the energy it generates, guaranteed for the life of the plant, and if it is built by a Chinese company at rock bottom prices.

9 hours ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

AmiMoJo Re:Numbers in summary contradict headline (181 comments)

Bigger than any other single source of energy, and mostly wind.

Scotland plans to be at 100% renewable capacity by 2020, with a total capacity of 200%. The excess will be sold to other countries.

10 hours ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

AmiMoJo Re:Nuclear is Clean (181 comments)

Nuclear releases less CO2, but kills more wildlife and releases more radiation. The UK has a very poor track record on contaminated material getting out of nuclear plants, and to this day stores spent fuel in open pools where birds periodically pick up the contaminated algae and carry it off.

12 hours ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

AmiMoJo Re:This is clearly futile... (179 comments)

It's about being reasonable. Google already uses geolocation to provide different services to different parts of the world. It isn't perfect and can be circumvented, but a lot of big companies rely on it for things like blocking streaming to Europe or selecting the right version of Amazon to display.

Therefore it does not seem unreasonable to expect Google to present search results compliant with EU law to EU citizens, to the best of the its ability. To jump from there to global censorship is a bit of a leap.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

AmiMoJo Re:This is clearly futile... (179 comments)

There is no functional difference; if you can't remember what you forgot, then you forgot it.

And by "you" I assume you mean "Google", so not actually "you" at all. That's the point. No-one is required to forget anything, not even Google in fact. This isn't even the Right to be Forgotten that the EU proposed, it's just bog standard data retention laws. Don't forget that corporations are not people in the EU either.

When you type someone's name into Google, you are asking them to research and return relevant data on that person. This is a commercial service, run for a profit. Like any commercial service that supplies data about an individual it must comply with the law.

As the person initiating the search, I decide what is relevant.

Only to the extent that the law allows. For example, as an employer you are not allowed to ask certain questions, even if you think they are relevant.

This actually increases people's freedom, because in the EU we have both positive and negative freedom. Negative freedom is freedom from interference and limits on your behaviour. Positive freedom is the freedom to have power over your destiny and resources to prosper, and one of the safeguards of that freedom is data protection law which prevents certain historical information being used to ruin your life.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

AmiMoJo Re:some sharp knives in that European drawer (179 comments)

You can pay an investigator to find information that isn't in a standard credit report. Most people don't though, they just do their job as instructed and use the credit report. Google changed things by making such information a few clicks away, but just because it's easy doesn't exempt them from data protection laws.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

AmiMoJo Re:Send request to the site hosting the informatio (179 comments)

The law does not allow that. It would be censorship. The law only requires commercial companies who are not protected by things like public interest journalism handle your personal data in a certain way. For example, banks are not allowed to tell other banks about bankruptcies you had 20 years ago. Google is not exempt from these requirements.

yesterday
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

AmiMoJo Re:This is clearly futile... (179 comments)

Firstly, it's not the right to be forgotten. That is just a proposal. This is a request under data protection laws that have existed since 1995.

As for it not working, actually it seems to be working quite well. You make a request, if it is legal then Google stops associating certain results with your name. That's the entire scope and intent of the law, and it appears to work as advertised. There is no evidence of people using it to cover up unspent convictions, for example. There are attempts, but they are refused. You don't say that your firewall has failed because people still try to connect to machines protected by it, you say it is working as designed.

yesterday
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Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking

AmiMoJo Re:OT: I have a small feature request for car-make (113 comments)

Continuous monitoring isn't an issue with EVs. When you have a 24,000Wh or larger battery remaining connected to a cellular network for weeks is no issue. Remember when your Nokia could run for a week on one charge? That's what the modem in the car is like, only it has a giant car sized battery to power it.

yesterday

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Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  yesterday

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 three weeks 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 9 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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