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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

AmiMoJo Re:It's easier than that (341 comments)

Probably something like that. Japanese food is far less processed.

2 hours ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

AmiMoJo Re:It's easier than that (341 comments)

I find that when I spend time in Japan at first I can't finish an average size meal. Lots of rice, lots of meat. After a a month or two I find that my body has adjusted and can finish them, but I lose weight anyway because the food is just better for me. Then when I get back to the west my capacity for western food is diminished. I have no explanation.

5 hours ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

AmiMoJo Re:The comments in this thread are embarrassing. (341 comments)

If I wanted to read wild speculation by uninformed nobodies I can find that elsewhere.

You must be new here.

Plus, it has to be said that the quality of wild speculation by uninformed nobodies on Slashdot is second to none.

5 hours ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

AmiMoJo Re:The diet is unimportant... (341 comments)

When people have a strong will, they are healthy.

Sorry, that's complete nonsense. The reality is that few people over the age of about 30 have a fully working, fully healthy body. Stuff goes wrong and it has nothing to do with will power, it's just genetic defects, the lasting effects of illness, accidents and age. Some people are lucky, some are not and telling the unlucky ones that they just need more "will power" is both insulting and unhelpful.

Careful selection of foods can have a huge impact of many people. I suffer from CFS and a diet that specifically supports the parts of my body that don't work very well any more really helps. The CFS developed as the result of an infection, it was nothing to do with my "will power" and no amount of will can snap me out of it.

5 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Wrong idea. (295 comments)

Can't trust cell phone cameras. By definition it's a camera attached to a communications device. It's designed to share that photo.

The problem is not so much that it is designed to share, it's that companies always make it the default to share. Apple, as you might expect, considered their iCloud to be secure and safe so why on earth not add value for the customer by backing up their precious memories? Customers buy into it, they always want more features and since many of them have lost data in the past an automatic "secure" backup system is very attractive.

If the default was "share, but don't trust the cloud and use your own locally stored encryption key" instead we wouldn't have this problem. A local key wouldn't even be that hard to manage... Well, not on NFC enabled devices, but even an iOS device could use BlueTooth or something for the sharing to avoid it ever going online. It wouldn't be 100% secure but it would stop all remote hacks dead. That's what we need to push for.

6 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Where are these photos? (295 comments)

When you see otherwise well educated and highly intelligent journalists on respected TV programmes like Newsnight struggling to understand exactly what is happening here I think it's easy to forgive the random person who bought and iPhone and didn't disable iCloud uploads.

I just told my girlfriend to make sure it was turned off. Her iPad is in Chinese so I couldn't read most of the set-up screens, but I think I un-ticked it. There were several screens worth of questions though, and she wanted some integration like bringing her contacts and apps over from her phone. I think for the average user many of the questions might as well be in Chinese so I kind of know how they feel.

6 hours ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

AmiMoJo Re:For a country so good at engineering... (192 comments)

What is really helping Germany at the moment is that solar ties up with peak demand nicely. Unfortunately for energy companies peak demand was where they made a lot of their profit, but for Germany as a whole it means they have lots of high value electricity to sell to other countries and their grid doesn't need so much reserve capacity to meet their own peaks.

Also keep in mind that they are not scheduled to be nuclear free until the mid 2020s, so there is still a decade of development to go and this is only about the 1/3rd way through stage. Fukushima was in March 2011 and look how far they have already come.

7 hours ago
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Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany

AmiMoJo Re:For a country so good at engineering... (192 comments)

An engineer doesn't say "can't be done" (unless the laws of physics would be broken)

Unless they are being only misleadingly quoted. He said "can't be done" and then expanded on why it can't be done in the current world as it exists with the current political climate and commercial nuclear power companies.

Wind turbines kill birds.

Yes, but probably not as many as nuclear: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...

"Renewables" is typical green bullshit.

Now who is being dismissive and saying "can't be done"? Renewables are fine, with most of the objects just being the rantings of the rabid anti-green lobby.

7 hours ago
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Power Grids: The Huge Battery Market You Never Knew Existed

AmiMoJo Re:You could just use Salt... (207 comments)

Japan has deployed a few grid-scale sodium sulphur batteries, 40-50MW each, for smoothing the output of wind farms. They use a new process that runs them fairly cool, in the 90C range IIRC. The problem they have at the moment is that only one company makes them (patents) and they can't make them fast enough to cope with demand.

7 hours ago
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Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

AmiMoJo Re:Oh god why. (168 comments)

The only way to stop your IP from being broadcast around the internet is to not use the internet.

Or just use Tor or a VPN. The point is to hide "your" IP address, i.e. the one that can link information back to your internet connection.

7 hours ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

AmiMoJo Re:Hijacking and theft (201 comments)

I've had goods delivered worth hundreds and not even have to sign off for it. (not that those scribbles are worth much IMHO, I've never understood why they don't require a picture of the person accepting the goods... heck, have them hold the package with the label clearly visible, should make denial-ability (sp?) much more cumbersome than it is now)

They deliberately don't bother with such a high level of security because most of the time it isn't worth it. From a business point of view it's better to keep times spent on deliveries as short as possible until you have a loss somewhere, and from that point on that one address gets a little more attention from the driver.

If you read the T&Cs they only guarantee to get "a signature", not actually deliver the package to a specific person most of the time. As long as someone signed for it it's your problem to figure out who and what they did with your package.

8 hours ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

AmiMoJo Re:Property rights (201 comments)

We may need some new laws regulating things like tethered balloons and kites though. Currently anyone can buy one and set it up in their back yard, but if drones become popular they could end up being like those anti-aircraft balloons used in WW2.

8 hours ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

AmiMoJo Re:What problem does this solve, again? (201 comments)

Drones make sense for very rural areas. Instead of sending a van out to a remote farm or town a drone could be sent. It would need some infrastructure and the drones would be fairly large, fixed wing aircraft (maybe 3-4m wing span) with VTOL, but it could work. They could fly fairly high, out of range of microwave guns and most rifles, and then do a vertical landing at the (attended) target area.

8 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Where are these photos? (295 comments)

Actually Apple do claim that iCloud is very secure: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT...

Apple have long claimed to offer platforms free from malware and protected from hacking too. iOS even protects your kids from inappropriate content. Apple make big claims about security all the time.

yesterday
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Where are these photos? (295 comments)

If someone put their money in a reputable bank and it was stolen, would you blame them? The photos were in password protected accounts from a reputable company that claimed to be secure. There were no "your photos may be hacked" warnings. While it may seem obvious to people like us that the risk is there, most people don't think that way and can't really be blamed for not doing so. How is a password for iCloud any different from the password for your online banking or PIN number for the average person?

They evaluated the risks with the information they had, and Apple failed them. If Apple were a bank they would be entirely liable for any financial loss, no question.

yesterday
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Where are these photos? (295 comments)

What it comes down to is, if you don't want naked pictures of yourself to end up for all the world to see, don't take naked pictures of yourself.

Many of the photos appear to be taken by other people. In any case, people should be free to explore their sexuality with photos if they want, without the risk that they will be broadcast to the world. It's bad enough that paparazzi use telephoto lenses to take pictures of people in their own private areas.

Poor security is not a given, it's just the norm. Don't accept it. If more companies were facing lawsuits with truly punitive damages they might make more of an effort.

yesterday
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Some outrage motivated by image control/PR/mone (295 comments)

I imagine many of them want to be seen as serious actresses and realize that doing excessive, unwarranted nudity early in their careers would sabotage that. Maybe later when they are established they can feel more relaxed about it, but when young doing topless/nude screens is pretty much the mark of a talentless only-there-for-her-looks b-list star. There are exceptions of course, but they are just that - exceptions.

yesterday
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

AmiMoJo Re:Let me get this straight... (295 comments)

To be fair, the companies swear blind that their services are secure and as long as you are the only one with the password no-one else can see your private photos. People trust companies like Apple when the say that sort of thing, daft as that may seem.

yesterday

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EU rules limit vacuum cleaners to 1600W from the 1st of September

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 6 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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Ministry of Sound suing Spotify over user's playlists

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a year 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  |  1 year,5 days

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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