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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

AmiMoJo Re:Have some! (183 comments)

Thanks, I'll look for it next time I install.

6 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re:inflation embiggens numbers (446 comments)

Actually it's kinda dumb. They avoid tax and then complain that there are not enough skilled workers for them to hire. If it gets too bad there won't be enough people with money to buy their products.

Japan has the largest number of long-lived (50+ years) companies in the world. They pay their taxes and treat their staff well. Long term gain over short term profit.

7 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re:Tax (446 comments)

That amount includes the stuff they can't dodge like sales tax and employment tax. In fact they should be paying around 40% on their profits of $40bn in the US, but by moving it all to Ireland they pay 0%.

7 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re:Slave Labour is certainly profitable (446 comments)

My Panasonic TV was made in Japan, my Nissan electric vehicle was made in the UK.

Okay, I'm sure parts were made in China... Less so with the TV because Panasonic manufacture components themselves in Japan too. The point is that if Japanese electronics manufacturers (Sharp, Sony and many others also have factories in Japan) can do it then so can Apple. Even Samsung has factories in Korea. Apple only recently started doing to assembly in the US, that's it.

7 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re: Good job! (446 comments)

On aggregate they provide better value than the competition? $100 for 16GB of flash memory? Okay.

7 hours ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

AmiMoJo Re:iPad is a luxury? (232 comments)

You would have to be crazy to buy a $700 smart phone these days. Look at devices like the Nexus 5 and OnePlus One. High end, very fast and usable, better specs than an iPhone in fact and similar to other Android high end phones. Yet they cost half as much or less.

7 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

AmiMoJo Re:God, what drivel ... (183 comments)

Sounds like you want a really cut down Linux system. Perhaps Gentoo? Otherwise you are inevitably going to get stuff you don't want in the default install of every commercial OS. When you start up MacOS or iOS you have to tell Apple to fuck off I don't want an account fuck you very much, and ditto with Android and a Google Account. Ubuntu comes with all kinds of crap installed by default, including sending searches to Amazon.

It's annoying but it's apparently what most people seem to want.

11 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

AmiMoJo Re:Have some! (183 comments)

When you install Windows 8, if the machine is connected to the internet it will ask for a Microsoft ID. You can't seem to skip it either, or at least I couldn't find a way to. You can remove it later, or just disconnect from the internet when booting for the first time.

I have not tried Windows 10 so I don't know if you can skip it now, or if you have to disconnect still.

11 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

AmiMoJo Re:Ugly as it can be? (183 comments)

I think Google started it. Makes sense for web stuff because instead of wasting bandwidth on a button image you just have a flat shaded HTML element. At any rate, Google's web apps started going that way long before either Apple or Windows 8 did.

I think it's mostly fine, the only big issue being that some designers don't make buttons stand out enough. The calculator app in TFA is the worst, with no indication of where the buttons are except for their captions. Apple made Yosemite look very washed out too which doesn't help. Google is a mixture - they use a lot of bold, primary colours with loads of contrast but then also use some very low contrast elements too sometimes.

Star Trek's LCARS had the right idea. Loads of contrast, simple flat look. Could have done with some more colour.

11 hours ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

AmiMoJo Re: Change for change's sake (183 comments)

I like the flat look except for one massive flaw - buttons have no outline. Look at the screenshot of the calculator in TFA. What part of the window is a clickable button and what isn't? Not knowing means my brain automatically lines the cursor up with the small numbers, which is much more effort than just getting somewhere over the button which is probably quite large.

The rest of it looks fine. The icons are a bit "1987 made-in-Deluxe-Paint for a PD library" design, with thin and awkward looking lines in places, but generally quite acceptable.

12 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re:Tax (446 comments)

Which is the amount they couldn't find a way to avoid. Their profits would be taxed at around 40% in the US, but they funnel them to Ireland (the famous "Double Irish") and pay 0% on them. What they do pay is made up of sales tax, employment taxes, and tax on things like property that they can't pretend does not exist in any taxable jurisdiction.

12 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Re:18B on 75B (446 comments)

It may be 24% on average, but it's much higher on some items. Flash memory upgrades for phone and tablets cost 10-15x what other manufacturers charge, for example, let along what they cost Apple.

Their products seem to be needlessly expensive too. I have a OnePlus One. It's faster, it's got more memory, a better screen and is built at least as well if not better than an iPhone 6, yet costs about 1/3rd as much. If Apple is only making 24% on their phones they must be making the cases out of gold pressed latinum or something, which it turns out bends rather easily.

12 hours ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

AmiMoJo Tax (446 comments)

Be nice if they paid their taxes since they are rolling in cash. They keep a vast fortune off-shore just to avoid US taxes on profits, and screw Europe in the same way.

yesterday
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

AmiMoJo Re:Finaly. (209 comments)

SVG and WebGL with Javascript.

yesterday
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

AmiMoJo Re:Adobe (209 comments)

I care. The death of Flash will be celebrated by many. Once YouTube stops using it there will be no reason to even install it any more. No more annoying updates, no more vulnerabilities.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

AmiMoJo Re:External Harddrive (244 comments)

Agreed. I keep my precious rare earth magnets in a safety deposit box, wouldn't want anything to happen to them.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?

AmiMoJo Archival grade BluRay (244 comments)

BluRay is hard to beat. The discs are durable and not worn by use. The drives are cheap and will almost certainly be available in 30+ years time (like you can still buy drives to read CDs), and the filesystem will be readable.

yesterday
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

AmiMoJo Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (450 comments)

I don't speed but I also use it all the time to know when to slow down. I was recently doing 29 and a mobile trap claimed I was doing 35. Fortunately I have video camera evidence from the car to prove that I wasn't, but it means I have to go to court and argue it. The only way to safely avoid that is to do about 10 MPH under the limit around speed traps, even if it pisses off all the other drivers.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

AmiMoJo Re:grandmother reference (454 comments)

Ubisoft aren't as dumb as you think. They know that when they ban these keys most of the people who bought them will blame the vendor for selling them a dodgy copy. They know that when the next POS hype-fest is released those same people will flock to buy it, only they will be paying full price instead of using eBay or a discount website.

yesterday

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Doxing victim Zoe Quinn launches online "anti-harassment task force"

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about a week ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "On Friday, developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online "anti-harassment task force" toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of "doxing" and "swatting" attacks. The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from "experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counseling" for "victims of online mob harassment."

Quinn and partner Lifschitz have already managed to preemptively warn at least one victim of a swatting attempt in Enumclaw, Washington. As a result, the police department's head e-mailed the entire department to ask any police sent to the address in question to "knock with your hand, not your boot.""
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Intel pledges $300 million to improve diversity in tech

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about three weeks ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Intel CEO Brian Krzanich announced plans to improve diversity not just at Intel, but in the wider tech industry. Krzanich wants "to reach full representation at all levels" of the company by 2020. For instance, Intel's workforce is currently 4 percent black; if the company were to adjust its numbers to reflect the number of qualified workers in the tech industry, that number would increase to about six percent.

To help address one of tech's underlying diversity problems—that there are fewer qualified women and minorities available to hire than there are white or Asian men—Krzanich pledged to spend $300 million over the next three years. According to the New York Times, much of that money will be allocated "to fund engineering scholarships and to support historically black colleges and universities."

“I have two daughters of my own coming up on college age,” he said to the NYT. “I want them to have a world that’s got equal opportunity for them.”"
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Renewables are now Scotland's biggest energy source

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 2 months ago

AmiMoJo (196126) writes "Government figures revealed that Scotland is now generating more power from "clean" technologies than nuclear, coal and gas. The combination of wind, solar and hydroelectric, along with less-publicised sources such as landfill gas and biomass, produced 10.3TWh in the first half of 2014. Over the same period, Scotland generated 7.8TWh from nuclear, 5.6TWh from coal and 1.4TWh from gas, according to figures supplied by National Grid. Renewable sources tend to fluctuate throughout the year, especially in Scotland where the weather is notoriously volatile, but in six-month chunks the country has consistently increased its renewable output."
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Japan's annual nuclear drill highlights problems

AmiMoJo AmiMoJo writes  |  about 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 months 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 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 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 9 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 a year 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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