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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

AmiMoJo Re:Why not polycarbonate? (165 comments)

It needs to be glass for the touch screen to work. Things with plastic screens have resistive touch screen input which sucks, so almost all phones use glass and capacitative touch screen input.

10 hours ago
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

AmiMoJo Re:So, it is hard and flexible? (165 comments)

Yes, because it's not a single material. It's strengthened glass with a thin layer over the top that is highly scratch resistant. Thus it is both very hard in terms of resisting scratches and very flexible (for glass) so that it doesn't shatter.

This technique is used on many high performance parts these days, for example helicopter rotor blades.

10 hours ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

AmiMoJo Re:that's because (275 comments)

Depends where you mean in Asia. East Asian cultures may seem like that, but it's mostly due to really poor translation. Well, that and the fact that merely translating the worlds rarely conveys the full meaning or gives you any kind of cultural context.

For example, Japanese people often refer to things as "sugoi", which is usually translated as "amazing". It can actually mean a whole range of things, from surprising to astounding but the exact meaning is conveyed by the way it is said and context. On top of that there is this weird stereotype of the over-the-top Japanese TV advert, but honestly they are on the whole subdued than British and especially American adverts.

South Asia I don't know much about.

10 hours ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

AmiMoJo Re:ObFry (292 comments)

Why don't you use a 16:9 monitor in portrait mode for DTP? Most printed material is taller than it is wide, so a portrait widescreen monitor will let you see the entire page at once without zooming out so far it is tiny.

You could also just buy a 16:10 monitor. There are plenty of them about. If you feel adventurous you can get 16:10 2.5k screens from Korea very cheaply, and the use the same high end panels as Dell and Apple do. Search eBay for "catleap".

yesterday
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

AmiMoJo Re:Squarer is better. (292 comments)

Turn the 16:9 monitor 90 degrees and it's ideal for document editing. If you do a lot of document work either have a portrait orientation 16:9 monitor or have two pages displayed on a landscape 16:9 display.

I find that 16:9 is better for coding too. I can have two code views side by side, or code on one side and debugger on the other. I have dual 16:9 monitors at work, and use the second one for a terminal window and datasheets (I'm an embedded developer).

yesterday
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

AmiMoJo Re:UPS (161 comments)

700W is excessive, but 200W is also a low estimate. A high end GPU can pull around 180W these days (they are actually two GPUs on one card, with shared memory). A high end CPU will have a TDP of 120W, let along what it needs for computation. 350W is more realistic for a gaming rig.

yesterday
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

AmiMoJo Re:EU citisens are skeptic too (302 comments)

The main problem that the EU has with Google is that it promotes its own services above everyone else's, making it very hard to compete with them. They proposed fairer search results but Google hasn't implemented them, so now they are talking about forcing the issue.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

AmiMoJo Re:In an unrelated news item... (302 comments)

Also China is dominated by domestic companies who provide search, cloud services, email, chat and pretty much most of what Google does. It would have been very hard for them to complete, and with the political environment and the US's increasingly hostile position it just didn't make sense to continue.

2 days ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

AmiMoJo Re:Sounds reasonable (237 comments)

From his point of view it seems suspicious that he was told that he could leave Sweden, but then for some reason the prosecutor changed her mind and decided he must come back for questioning. A video link or trip to the UK was not enough, he had to actually go to Sweden.

As far as I know there has never been an adequate explanation for that. While I'm sure Sweden would kick up a fuss if the US interfered, that might not be enough to keep Assange out of Guantanamo or some other place where they torture people. Given that the US wants him I can see why he is not willing to risk his life on the promise that he won't fall into their hands if he returns to Sweden.

2 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

AmiMoJo Re:wont last (269 comments)

Amazon and eBay both limit shipping costs on things like games consoles, so you can't have them that high. It's a particular problem on eBay because they seem to have set the price at the absolute minimum it is possible to post things for with no tracking on the slow boat.

2 days ago
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Google Announces Image Recognition Advance

AmiMoJo Re:actually automatic picture caption generator (29 comments)

Other search and map engines must be worried by this kind of thing though. One of the reasons Google Maps is so good is that they do image recognition with Street View photos. Google's search engine is better than Bing's because it understands the web more like a human does.

2 days ago
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Intel Planning Thumb-Sized PCs For Next Year

AmiMoJo Re:Probably not the same thing at all... (98 comments)

Why do you think Google is rolling out its own unlimited use fibre networks? The realized that ISPs are a threat and decided to either force them to offer a decent service simply drive them out of business.

2 days ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

AmiMoJo Re:ROTFL (94 comments)

It can certainly make life difficult for them. The recent revelations that GCHQ spied on the privileged conversations between suspects and their lawyers only came out because they were dragged in to court. It's not perfect but it's a useful weapon.

2 days ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

AmiMoJo Re:Don't bother. (94 comments)

This is still useful as a defence against the FBI and other corrupt law enforcement agencies who might attack you. They don't have the resources that the NSA does, and have to be careful about what they reveal in court as evidence against you.

Even the NSA is powerful, but not magical. They watch everyone, but if you take some steps to block them you can opt out of much of the mass surveillance. If they target you more specifically, you can still block most if not all their spying until it gets to the point where they bother to bug your computer or building.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

AmiMoJo Re:So close, so far (543 comments)

No-one is pushing girls into STEM, they are simply trying to remove the barriers in place for girls who have a natural interest in those subjects.

2 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

AmiMoJo Re:So close, so far (543 comments)

Can you point out some of the special treatment that feminists are asking for, with a citation of them asking for it? I think you are making this shit up because every mainstream feminist I have read or listened to is just interested in equality.

Quality of opportunity is exactly what we all want. Try to help more women into IT not by favouring them, but by simply removing barriers to them even applying and letting the best candidate win.

You are just trying to pain men as victims of feminazis, which is bullshit. The only people who are offended are the ones being called out for defending the indefensible, everyone else understands that equality is a worthy goal and attacks on anyone are not acceptable.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

AmiMoJo Re:Bullshit Stats. (482 comments)

In the EU systematically paying women less because they are less aggressive negotiators is illegal. Companies are required to have policies in place that make sure salary is not just what each individual can get, but a fair amount for the job based on what others at the same company doing the same work are making.

2 days ago
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As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

AmiMoJo Re:Bullshit Stats. (482 comments)

There are plenty of studies showing that childless women find it harder to get jobs because employers fear that they might want maternity leave or quit altogether. Such discrimination is illegal in the EU, not sure about the US.

2 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

AmiMoJo Re:One step at a time. (145 comments)

They are not upset that they can't contact you instantly, they are upset that contacting you is quite a bit harder. I'm guessing you don't have a Facebook account either... So basically they can call your land line and hope you are there. No calling your mobile, no text messages. It's an extra burden for them, and they don't understand your objection to being tracked.

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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

AmiMoJo Re:"very telling" indeed (145 comments)

I agree, but it's still worth pestering corporations to get what we want. They have a lot of power, and a lot of money for lobbying. If we can align Google's or Apple's interests with our own we can take advantage of that.

It's a dangerous game but democracy is so broken in the US it's what you are left with.

2 days ago

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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 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 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 2 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 4 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 8 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 9 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 10 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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