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Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

AmiMoJo Re:City within a Building (85 comments)

We tried a simplified version in the 60s with tower blocks. Shops at the bottom, flats on top, all the amenities anyone would need within walking distance. They quickly turned into ghettos where no-one wanted to live. Turns out that for a successful community you need space, diversity and people travelling around to interact with outsiders. Otherwise it turns into a medieval village pretty quickly.

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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

AmiMoJo Re:china has smog, so its clearly chinas fault. (136 comments)

You may be productive but your houses suck. They are poorly insulated and you waste a lot of energy heating and cooling them. Compare them to German homes that need only a fraction of the energy to maintain a pleasant environment.

The reason for this is that the US hates socialism. Germany mandated that new homes are well insulated and low energy, and provided improvements at little or no cost to existing ones. In the US such things are expensive extras and since energy is extremely cheap most people don't seem to care about them much.

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Pollution In China Could Be Driving Freak Weather In US

AmiMoJo Re:Wut? (136 comments)

Just do what the EU did and demand better quality. We introduced RoHS for a reason, and now are looking at ways to make manufacturing cleaner in China too. They need to sell to us, we are massive market (bigger than the US) so what we say they have to abide by. If we say only so much CO2 and PM2.5 per product they have no choice but to clean up and meet those requirements.

Just to be clear, RoHS wasn't just about protecting us from harmful stuff, it was about eliminating it from the manufacturing process and from recycling/landfill (which also often happens in China).

In the end prices haven't really gone up due to it, they just fell at a slightly lower rate. Very slightly lower.

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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

AmiMoJo Re:Not far enough. (122 comments)

It's amazing how many people seem to think they can assault people and damage property without consequences. All that will happen is you will be arrested and hauled before a judge, and the glasshole will buy a new pair with the money you were forced to pay them in restitution. No-one will applaud you, they will just be shocked that you are such a violent asshole and hope you never come back.

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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

AmiMoJo Re:The difference... (122 comments)

Science will never be able to play back memory because it doesn't work like video. It works by association. When you remember seeing that car it's actually just a reference that says something like "blue sedan, modern shape" and your brain fills that in. If you like Subaru's modern shape it will tend to look more like a Subaru if the memory is positive, or more like a crappy Ford if it's negative.

The thing is we already reached the point where almost everything that happens in public is on tape somewhere, all Glass and mobile phones are doing is making it easier to access the recording and upload it to YouTube.

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

AmiMoJo Re:It's crap (1089 comments)

Be honest, do you really think that owning a gun protects you in any meaningful way from the government? If your local police force, let alone the feds, decided to persecute you would it help maintain your freedom? Would even a few hundred armed militia be enough against them?

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

AmiMoJo Re:The Canadian Exodus.... (1089 comments)

The reason it works in Switzerland is that they have low poverty rates. Actually their definition of poverty is way above the US one. They also have good mental healthcare. Therefore there is very little reason for most people to commit crimes, and thus being armed isn't a problem.

In the US there is much more poverty and desperation, and a shocking lack of mental healthcare. Therefore it is a problem that so many people have guns. Unfortunately US politics are not conducive to fixing those two issues.

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

AmiMoJo Re:Militia, then vs now (1089 comments)

Actually there was no increase due to the restrictions on gun ownership, and in fact there was no noticeable effect of any kind on crime.

The only thing that did change was a fall in the number of suicides by gun, although it is questionable how much effect the ban itself had. The thing is Australia never had mass gun ownership or high crime like the US did.

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

AmiMoJo Re:Militia, then vs now (1089 comments)

The problem is that while lethal self defence is sometimes necessary the stats clearly show that if you own a gun the increased chance of accidentally shooting someone (including yourself) or the increased danger of being shot because you produced a weapon when confronted outweighs the benefit.

I get it. Guys like to feel they are in control, and think that is they are armed and can do something they will defeat the other guy coming at them. The reality is that if someone points a gun at you the best thing to do is run. Cowardly perhaps, but sensible. If you want your family to live, run. If you can't run, don't resist. Most criminals have little reason to add murder to robbery or trespass unless you are trying to kill them, and your valuables can be replaced where as your kids lives can't.

4 hours ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

AmiMoJo Re:Militia, then vs now (1089 comments)

Freedom of the press has evolved over time. These days bloggers enjoy some of the same protections as journalists when publishing.

Also, you completely misunderstood what he said. He isn't saying the limits should be the ones we had 200 years ago, in fact the problem is that things haven't changed enough since then.

5 hours ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

AmiMoJo Re:Are you kidding (640 comments)

He might be wrong about some things, but the American Dream(TM) lie is well understood. The UK had a its own version called Thatcherism. The idea that anyone can make it if they work hard. Well, maybe they can if they get really lucky, but for the majority they won't get rich in their lifetime. Not to say that they will have bad lives or anything.

The problem is people vote for tax cuts for the rich because they think they will be rich one day. They vote based on ideas that only really affect the rich because they think they are upper-middle class, when in fact they are working class. The majority of working class people in the UK think they are middle class, it's that bad. My aunt was a school cleaner and my uncle a factory worker, they thought they were middle class.

9 hours ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

AmiMoJo Re:Simple problem, simple solution (325 comments)

You must have missed the bit about much of the cheap, social housing where the rent controls actually kick in being owned by non-profits who exist only to provide social housing. In the UK local government used to fill that role, building a lot of low cost but good quality housing.

Everyone needs housing. You can't really chose to live in a cardboard box under a bridge as an alternative to renting or buying a property. It needs to be a social thing, with a free market on top for people who can afford it.

9 hours ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

AmiMoJo Re:Falsely accused (105 comments)

The problem is that if they do prosecute you in the UK the failure to mention when questioned anything you later rely on in court can harm you defence. It is assumed you making it up later if you didn't mention it when questioned. Maybe you could convince a jury you just didn't want to talk to the police, because they are well known for being corrupt scumbags, but it's one hell of a risk.

10 hours ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

AmiMoJo Re:The Real Breakthrough - non auto-maker Maps (171 comments)

Some manufacturers, like Toyota and Subaru, have been offering MirrorLink capability for a few years. It lets you mirror your phone screen to the in-dash screen, complete with touch control, and you can use any navigation app you like.

10 hours ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

AmiMoJo Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (171 comments)

Already exists, it's called MirrorLink and several manufacturers of cars and after-market head units support it. There is also the proprietary but well hacked Pioneer AppRadio. Plug your phone in and stash it out of the way, the screen is fully mirrored with touch control in the dash and you can even use the car's GPS antenna.

10 hours ago
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How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

AmiMoJo Re:Dead-end Market? (171 comments)

Toyota and Subaru both offer MirrorLink capable head units, even as standard on some models. No real need to replace it when you can replace the entire UI, unless you really need a bigger amp.

10 hours ago
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

AmiMoJo Re:Having the souce Code does not make it safe (164 comments)

Most of us are gonna have to trust someone at some point. We can't build our own CPUs out of sand, we have to hope that Intel didn't install an NSA sponsored backdoor. Fortunately all the evidence so far suggests that the NSA avoids creating pre-exploited hardware and firmware, instead relying on more subtle techniques like weakening encryption or making use of genuine bugs. Maybe they insert a few bugs too, but again the evidence suggests that using systems like Tails is pretty effective.

At any rate, it seems to be far better than using Windows, even if I haven't personally audited the millions upon millions of lines of source code needed to build it.

yesterday
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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

AmiMoJo Re:Almost (164 comments)

Tor mitigates traffic analysis attacks by padding data, generating extra random packets, combining packets it is forwarding or splitting them up again etc.

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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

AmiMoJo Re:Backport\Upstream? Seems unlikely (279 comments)

The problem is that it isn't clear from Theo's statement if they are dropping support just for old platforms, or if they are dropping Win32/64 and MacOS support as well.

yesterday

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Japan surpasses Kyoto Protocol emission target

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  2 days 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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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Google and EU agree on changes to search result pages

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Google has agreed to display competing site's results along side those from its own products in search results. The agreement comes as part of an EU investigation into Google's domination of the search market and its promotion of Google products at the top of each page. The EU has published screenshots (scroll down) showing how the changes will look once rolled out."
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Majority of Mac OS users not getting security updates

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "According to security company Sophos around 55% of home users and 18% of enterprise users have updated to Mavericks, the latest version of Mac OS (10.9). Unfortunately Apple appears to have stopped providing security updates for older versions. Indeed, they list Mavericks itself as a security update. This means that the majority of users are no longer getting critical security patches. Sophos recommends taking similar precautions to those recommended for people who cannot upgrade from Windows XP."
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Ask Slashdot: What next for Slashdot?

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Most of you are probably aware of the beta site, and there have even been a few survey emails going around. For some reason no-one thought to use the actual site's discussion system to ask about the future of Slashdot. Times are changing and Slashdot needs to make enough money to continue, but at the same time almost all the site's value comes from the user comments. What should Slashdot do to ensure it lives on for the next 15+ years, and what can we do to help?"
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Google's wireless charger for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 launches today

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 5 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Google's wireless charger is now available from Play. The charger uses a magnet to hold the device in place while charging, and comes with a 1.8A (9W) power supply, although it isn't clear what the charging rate of the device is."
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Fukushima leak traced to overflow tank built on a slope

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 6 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The on-going leak of radioactive wastewater at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has been traced to an overflow tank that was built on a slope. Because one side of the tank is lower than the other water slops over the side when it is nearly full. TEPCO estimate that 430 litres of wastewater seeped outside the barrier around the tank and say some of this water may have flowed into the sea, about 200 meters away. They detected 200,000 becquerels per liter of beta ray-emitting radioactive substances in water pooled inside the barrier around the tank. The safety limit is 30 becquerels per liter.

Officials say that a miscommunication with contractors lead to the blunder."
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GE Canada struggling to find PDP-11 programmers for its nuclear control systems

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 7 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "A representative from GE Canada has posted a job offer to the Vintage Computer forum for a PDP-11 assembly language programmer. Apparently the original job posting failed to turn up any qualified candidates to support the nuclear industry's existing robotic control systems, which they say they are committed to running until 2050. If they are having trouble finding anyone now one wonders how hard it will be in 37 years time."
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Ministry of Sound suing Spotify over user's playlists

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 7 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The Ministry of Sound, a UK dance music brand, is suing Spotify because it has not removed user's playlists that mirror their compilation albums. The case will hinge on whether compilation albums qualify for copyright protection due to the selection and arrangement involved in putting them together. Spotify has the rights to stream all the tracks on the playlists in question, but the issue here is whether the compilation structure — the order of the songs — can be copyrighted."
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Fukushima Daiichi leak raised to level 3 severity

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Japan's nuclear regulators have raised the level of severity of the radioactive water leak from a tank at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. It is now a level-3 serious incident. The revision from level 1 is based on estimates of the volume of radioactive substances leaked. The International Atomic Energy Agency supports the revision. They say the tank leak can be assessed separately from the Fukushima Daiichi crisis as a level 3 incident. Japanese experienced a level-3 nuclear event in 1997 with the fire and explosions at a fuel reprocessing plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. 37 workers there were exposed to the leaked radioactive substances."
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Thyroid cancer found in 18 Fukushima children, 25 more cases suspected

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Medical examinations in Fukushima Prefecture following the nuclear crisis of 2011 have detected 18 children with thyroid cancer, with a further 25 suspected cases awaiting confirmation. The group checks 360,000 who were aged 18 or under at the time of the accident. The incidence rate of thyroid cancer in children is said to be one in hundreds of thousands. In Japan, 46 people under 20 were diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2006."
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At least 300 tonnes radioactive water leak found at Fukushima, discharge ongoing

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank into the ground at Japan's Fukushima plant, operator TEPCO says. Officials described the leak as a level-one incident — the lowest level — on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (Ines), which measures nuclear events. This is the first time that Japan has declared such an event since the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. A puddle of the contaminated water was emitting 100 millisieverts an hour of radiation, equivalent to five year's maximum exposure for a site worker. In addition up to 300 tonnes a day of contaminated water is leaking from reactors buildings into the sea."
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Samsung and Motorola match Apple for smartphone customer satisfaction

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "This year's ACSI Benchmarks for Smartphone Brands measure consumer satisfaction with different smartphones and brands. ACSI surveyed 4,112 phone owners in the U.S. who judged their phones on overall experience (customer expectations, perception of overall quality, value for money, customer loyalty) and experience of quality (ease of making and receiving calls, ease of sending and receiving text messages, performance of phone in terms of battery life, etc.) Samsung took the top spot, followed by Apple and Motorola all within a few percentage points of each other. RIM's Blackberry brand didn't do so well."
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Japan to shut down last two operational reactors, becoming non-nuclear

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 8 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The only two remaining nuclear reactors generating power in Japan will be shut down for maintenance next month, leaving the country without any nuclear power for the first time in 14 months. Reactor 3 will stop on 15/9, with reactor 4 to follow two weeks later. Four utilities have asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart 12 reactors in 6 power plants. Their applications are currently being screened, but no clear prospects for restarting any of the reactors have emerged."
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Apple faces new China worker abuse claims

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 9 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Technology giant Apple is facing fresh allegations of worker rights violations at Chinese factories of one of its suppliers, the Pegatron Group. China Labor Watch has alleged that three factories of Pegatron violate a "great number of international and Chinese laws and standards". These include underage labour, contract violations and excessive working hours. Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch, claimed that "our investigations have shown that labour conditions at Pegatron factories are even worse than those at Foxconn factories". The campaign group said that it had found that average weekly working hours in the three factories investigated by it were approximately 66 hours, 67 hours, and 69 hours, respectively."
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Apple faces new China worker abuse claims

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 9 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Apple is of worker rights violations at Chinese factories of one of its suppliers, the Pegatron Group. China Labor Watch has alleged that three factories of Pegatron violate a "great number of international and Chinese laws and standards", including underage labour, contract violations and excessive working hours. Li Qiang, executive director of China Labor Watch, claimed that "our investigations have shown that labour conditions at Pegatron factories are even worse than those at Foxconn factories". The campaign group said that it had found that average weekly working hours in the three factories investigated by it were approximately 66 hours, 67 hours, and 69 hours, respectively."
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Samsung in record quarterly profits too

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 9 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "It seems that the smartphone and display panel markets are booming for Samsung. Net profit was 7.8 trillion won ($7bn; £4.5bn) in the April to June quarter, a 50% jump from a year ago. Flagship products such as the Galaxy S4 are said to have contributed to the increase. Samsung's display panel unit alone, which has made Samsung the world's biggest TV manufacturer, also reported a 46% surge in the same period to 1.12 trillion won. Earnings were boosted by strong demand for high value-added panels for IT as well as TV panels sized 60-inch and over."
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Chinese firm Huawei in control of UK net filters

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 9 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "The BBC reports that Huawei, one of the world's largest manufacturers of telecoms equipment, is controlling popular ISP TalkTalk's web censorship system. The system, known as Homesafe, was praised by Prime Minister David Cameron. Customers who do not want filtering still have their traffic routed through the system, but matches to Huawei's database are dismissed rather than acted upon. In other words there is no opt-out. Mr Cameron has demanded similar measures be adopted by all internet service providers (ISPs) in the UK, to "protect our children and their innocence"."

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