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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

This was the Tory plan all along. They saw the financial crisis as a huge opportunity to drive down wages, cut the size of the state, cut employment rights, and generally get people feeling lucky to have a job rather than deserving of a better one. Best of all they could blame everything on the last government and justify it by saying the deficit needed to come down fast.

about half an hour ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

I can see you have not been to the UK for a while. Unfortunately we have many of the same problems that the US does.

- Many of the police are little more than thugs in uniform, and lost the trust of the public.

- University fees are rising. Not as high as the US but still pretty bad and taking decades to clear. In fact many will never clear then within the 25 year limit.

- Our foreign policy is based on an odd mix of delusions of grandeur and being America's bitch. Plenty of people hate us for it.

- Hatred of those on benefits is stronger than ever here. We are also very xenophobic and hate the EU, despite it being the best thing that happened to us in the past 50 years.

about half an hour ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

AmiMoJo Re:"CipherShed" (202 comments)

LibreCrypt
NewCrypt
TC-X
MidoriCrypt (I just like that word)
FreeCrypt
SafeCrypt
SnowdenCrypt (with permission of course)
ImmortalCrypt (the NSA can't kill it)
SafeHouse (domains probably taken...)
CryptoBox
CryptoSafe
CryptoFreedom

Maybe a Slashdot poll?

1 hour ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

AmiMoJo Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (382 comments)

The problem is that harassment is subjective, so you can only ask for people's opinions rather than setting an absolute standard.

Take your nice sweater example. If said casually it would just be friendly small talk. If said leeringly while standing uncomfortably close and trying to look down it that would be something else. In between there is a whole spectrum of behaviour and annoying as it is I'm afraid there is no ISO standard to compare it with.

Looking at very specific examples and asking if people felt uncomfortable is all we can do. Of course, we make a judgement, simply feeling uncomfortable is not in itself harassment.

4 hours ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

AmiMoJo Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (382 comments)

I find it interesting that on the one hand we have complaints about men being assaulted not being taken seriously, while at the same time trying to dismiss complaints by women as trivial.

4 hours ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

AmiMoJo Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (382 comments)

It's mostly homosexual harassment of men. Other words, it's almost always men doing the assaulting, even when men are the victims.

5 hours ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

What gives you the impression I am American? Maybe it's the -ize endings, which FYI are correct British English.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

We've had two referendums, and they proved one thing - change IS possible.

I see almost the opposite. It's like the AV referendum. The "debate" was dominated by fear and ignorance, and in the end people voted to stay the same rather than change to something better mostly because it's familiar.

Once you leave the UK you realize that most of it is very old fashioned and conservative. It needs to change and modernize, but will have to be dragged kicking and screaming all the way.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

To clarify I'm talking mostly about the last minute promises they made when it looked like the yes campaign might win. The ones that they didn't really want to give away so held back, and which don't seem to have been well thought out or costed.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Re:Everyone loses (405 comments)

Because it was all vague promises about more money and other favours, which can easily be backed out of. They threw them in at the last moment when it looked like the vote might be yes.

The Tories and Lib Dems hardly have a good track record on delivering promises, especially for Scotland. Besides which the government might change before they happen, in which case the new lot won't want to commit to expensive promises made by the last lot.

yesterday
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

AmiMoJo Not just old stuff (52 comments)

My girlfriend was telling me that and iPhone 6 in China can sell in a place like that for 5x the purchase price or more, because it hasn't been launched there yet. I did notice quite a few Chinese speakers at the shops today, as many as the Japanese in some cases.

yesterday
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

AmiMoJo Re:Repair (52 comments)

There is a balance. Some products are cheap but also fairly easy to repair, which is clearly better than simply discarding them for landfill or even recycling. Non-replaceable batteries are the worst since that's an extremely easy fix that most manufacturers are happy to support. Glued together cases instead of screws or even clips to save a few pennies. It's needless and wouldn't make products significantly more expensive, if at all.

yesterday
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

AmiMoJo Everyone loses (405 comments)

Everyone seems to have lost here. The Scottish will get screwed when the politicians renege on all the promises they made, and the rUK will get screwed when the politicians half deliver those promises at their expense. The question won't go away and will come back round in 15-20 years. The UK will as a whole remain very conservative and averse to change.

I'm not Scottish but I feel very sad today.

yesterday
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

AmiMoJo Re:Can't be pirated? (306 comments)

Can't be pirated = doesn't play.

You buy it, it doesn't work on your MP3 player or in your car. It probably doesn't work on my PC unless you install some malware, and probably doesn't work on your phone or tablet unless it's got an Apple logo on it.

So basically, it's worth a fraction of the value of a normal CD with "interactive" booklet and fan website that posts better content than all the corporate bullshit designed only to make you buy more of their defective crap, yet probably costs as much or more.

DRM is always a shitty deal.

yesterday
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On Independence for Scotland:

AmiMoJo Re:Shetland and Orkney (190 comments)

Just look over the channel at places where countries meet. People move quite freely between Belgium and France, for example, with relatives in both countries not being a problem at all.

It's not like they would have put up a fence and installed passport controls at the border. Even on the Irish border you can drive right in and not even realize you did until you see the first metric road sign,

yesterday
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On Independence for Scotland:

AmiMoJo Re:No vote likely best long term result (190 comments)

The fact that they had to promise additional powers at the last minute, when it looked like the vote might be a yes, makes a no vote very unsatisfactory for the rUK. I expect that the politicians who made those promises will renege on them anyway, but Scotland is likely to get something out of it anyway.

Personally I think a yes vote would have been good for the whole UK. We are far too ultra-conservative and scared of change. Look at the AV referendum. I'd like to hope that most people could have understood AV, being only middle school level stuff, but they were swayed by right wing newspapers and stupid arguments like "the loser can win!" and "other people don't understand it".

Seeing Scotland become independent and do okay or even quite well might have spurred the rUK on to make some positive changes as well.

I suppose at least now there is a better chance of the rUK staying the EU if the referendum does go ahead. It also prevented the Tory party gaining more of the vote proportionally as many Labour/Lib Dem voters in Scotland would have been lost.

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

AmiMoJo Re: So everything is protected by a 4 digit passco (491 comments)

Until we have quantum computers, which probably isn't that far off now.

It's going to be interesting when spy agencies get them and start decrypting all that decades old data they could never get into before.

yesterday
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

AmiMoJo Re:So then they get another warrant ... (491 comments)

The NSA has exploits for iOS so doesn't need Apple's help. This is about the police and maybe the FBI who don't have access to those tools (yet).

yesterday

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Tesla plans to power its Gigafactory with renewables alone

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 a year 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 a year 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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