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Is Chernobyl Still Dangerous? Was 60 Minutes Pushing Propaganda?

Gonoff Being like 96% of humanity... (409 comments)

I am not from the USA and have never considered most of your countryfolk to be aware of where the world is far less what is happening in it. I have seem the occasional clip of one of your talking heads and the BBC sometimes has them on for insights into what is happening in your country. Perhaps we just get the amateurs talking to the foreign press.

The area around Chernobyl and Pripyat is fast becoming the best collection of natural history in Europe if not the world. The videos and pictures from there vary from the sombre to the absolutely fantastic. No multinational (read US corporation) is going to try and build factories, take wood or anything else from there. Animals killed there and sold elsewhere are easy to identify. Radioactivity is higher than normal all over it but very little of it now is unsafe for the next 100,000 years.

There is plenty on the web about it - my early favourite was http://www.kiddofspeed.com/ although there are occasional questions as to whether they are real.


about three weeks ago

Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Gonoff When I Google someone (193 comments)

I need to be able to look up all information about someone. If I didn't, I wouldn't need the internet. I would just ask them to attach anything they felt I should know to their application.

So if they break Google, I will need another search engine. It may need to be run from somewhere outside the control of the EU, USA, NSA, FBI and so on..
Perhaps there is someone in Russia who knows about computers?

I'll stick to the EU over the USA though. Less militaristic and their silliest ideas are aimed for human beings and against corporates. At least they want us to think they are trying...

about three weeks ago

WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Gonoff Re:yes but we're a group of islands in the Atlanti (90 comments)

... people get protective about windfarms getting built on land

The problem sometimes is that the people from the location are all for it but NIMBYs are brought in specially.

I Come from further north than Aberdeen. In Orkney, we have had wind turbines for decades but various people would come from central or southern England and try to drum up opposition. I once had some on my (parents) doorstep. They told me about the harm that these things would do to me and how noisy they were. I declined and they moved on. I don't remember a single friend or relative who was interested in their stories.

about three weeks ago

WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator

Gonoff Re:Unsolved problems (90 comments)

I know. Van Braun had so many of his V1 rockets crash into England before we finally managed to get a rocket into space!

That's a new one! I only knew about the pulse jet propelled V1s. The only WWII Von Braun rockets most of us had heard of were the V2s.

As far as is known, no rocket propelled V1s ever crashed into England, or anywhere else for that matter.
Perhaps they all went into space....

about three weeks ago

Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Gonoff Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

3) be respectful

Why? Be polite certainly but save your respect for when they are actually Protecting and Serving.

about a month ago

Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Gonoff Re:that's because (376 comments)

... Who knew?

Just about everyone else on the planet?

about a month ago

Cameron Says People Radicalized By Free Speech; UK ISPs Agree To Censor Button

Gonoff As a Brit (316 comments)

I can think of various things that should be itemised as nasty. I am all for letting crazies speak but I would like them and everyone else to know how many people think they are dodgy,

"What type of things" you might ask "would I want to identify as hateful?"
You could start with our most hate filled politics. We have little as far right as you guys but there ae simple acronyms for some of the worst - ECDL, BNP, UKIP and the like. Their right to say things should not be restricted but everyone going to their sites should receive a reminder whenever they go to their web sites that these people are to be examined very carefully as some of them are completely nuts and even the mildest of them may well be the bunch of "fruitcases" that they were described as!

If there was a "Really Crazy" button that we could report groups from those to Home Secretaries who want to mess us up, that would be really useful...

about a month ago

It's Time To Revive Hypercard

Gonoff For the rest of us (299 comments)

The majority of us did not have money to spare for Macs. I have no doubt that they were the best personal computers around. I used them.

For less expensive computers, there was the BASIC interpreter. Not as WYSIWYG or simple and Beginners need to think when coding, even at that level. It also had the advantage of being close to a standard untill MS teurned it into QBasic then dumped it.

BASIC is what we need again but standardised and improved a lot.

about 1 month ago

Google Leads $542m Funding Round For Augmented Reality Wearables Company

Gonoff Better than a wtch (38 comments)

This seems so much more interesting than a watch.
I have not worn a watch for years. I can't at work because I work in a hospital. Outside work, I don't bother because I can get the time off my phone or a clock etc.
Augmented reality could be useful in all sorts of jobs and leisure activities.

So far, the only wearable technology I use is a stereo in-ear bluetooth headset.

about a month ago

3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Gonoff Re:Maybe it's time... (331 comments)

Then why is it in places where guns are banned or severely restricted, like London, that the violent crime and murder rate is obscenely high?

In comparison to the USA, it is not.

about a month ago

3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Gonoff Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

Nothing makes me sadder than idiots who think that people who own guns all want to kill kids at school

That is what is called a Straw Man argument. Nobody said that.

What has been said and merits repeating is that the result of lots of guns is lots of dead innocents. The less guns around, the less people get shot.
The USA has many more armed civilians than, say, Japan or the UK. It has a lot more gun accidents per 1,000 head of population too. It is no freer than them. It just has a better sounding constitution that the moneyed ignore.

about a month ago

3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Gonoff Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (331 comments)

Buying another Glock has nothing to do with liberty. .

When the police are more militarized than the military, when the government listens in on your phone calls and literally reads your emails, arming yourself has EVERYTHING to do with liberty.

But you? Bow down to your masters.

Buying a handgun, will not defend you from an over militarised police. It won't even defend you from normal police. There are lots more of them around. You may shoot one but they will get you.The same could be said about any weapons system less than the maximum force your chosen foe can point back at you.

All carrying that nice Glock or AR15 will do for you is identify you as a potential hostile,
It will not remove your tax liabilities - It may mean that the IRS carries bigger guns when they talk to you. If they don't have big enough guns, they will ask the police for help. If they can't, there are plenty of uniforms, tanks, planes Aircraft Carriers and so on. You are a civilian. You will loose.
It will not protect you from the RedCoats either. They will just pass you back to the USA to get a free pass to Gitmo.
The Russians aren't worried by your right to arm bears either(1). Their military is not as gentle towards civilians as yours. Ask any Chechnyan.
If you are lucky, your toys will drive a debt collector away. That might give you a few days of respite but they will be back with help...

(1) Arming bears is a whole lot less dangerous than bearing arms.

about a month ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Gonoff Takes me back. (334 comments)

The first rifle the British Army put in my hands was a Lee Enfield. It was the same as my grandfather would have used in WWII.

It is probably the easiest rifle to use, load and fire. Sadly, it was not as easy to clean as the SLR (7.62 L1A1) that I spent more time with later.

about 2 months ago

No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Gonoff Re:May I suggest (334 comments)

Wrong. That may apply to your military with its huge budgets and tiny political oversight.

In the developed world, we do not feel obliged to be the worlds policeman and do not fund our services according to that idea.
Yes, they do tend to get a lot of money but it's not limitless.

about 2 months ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Gonoff Re:Ridiculous sentence (135 comments)

I have bought music on Amazon and Google. They both play fine in iTunes. I am wary. however, of buying music in iTunes after finding problems playing stuff I "bought" in iTunes on anything that didn't have a picture of part eaten fruit on it.

about 3 months ago

Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

Gonoff Re:My shield is called `Bob` as in: The Duck Hunte (138 comments)

If you are not from the USA, that would be a pretty tactless thing to say here.
If you are from the USA, be careful where you say that.

about 3 months ago

Star Wars Producers Want a 'DroneShield' To Prevent Leaks On Set

Gonoff Not just export controls (138 comments)

I would hope that they need import permits for anything beyond a passive monitor.

As for all the idiots suggesting signal jammers and even GPS blockers, no chance. It's doubtful that you would get away with using them in most of your own country although big money is more effective there. In this country, even big money finds it harder. You would need some help from the police at least but would be a little more likely to succeed if you had military or spook help.

about 3 months ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Gonoff Re:Contacting BBC, via VPN (363 comments)

The BBC is essentially a well-funded mouthpiece of the British Government.

They didn't use to be. During the run up to the illegal invasion of Iraq, they actually did their job well and royally p'ed off Tony Blair who muzzled them and did damage to their freedom that could take decades to recover from - if ever.

I find it best to ignore them and look for less-biased news sources.

Feel free to ignore them but they are about as unbiased and global as you are going to get.

(Or at least to counter-balance the news with sources that don't have British affiliations.)

When I was at school, I tried listening to some alternative news. The funniest one was from Russia. What I have seen of RT shows that little has changed. Their presentation is slicker but they still talk b******s.
Late at night, the BBC news channel pairs up with a US channel and it is so parochial and uninformed that it is sometimes funny. That is not a counterbalance.
Sometimes I have been known to turn to Al Jazeera. They have their own biases but the main reason I don't watch it the whole time is that it can be depressing. That probably means that it can be quite accurate at times.
I'm going the stick to the BBC for most news and No Agenda for editorials with a US slant.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Gonoff Re:Rock. (635 comments)

My sheet of paper beats your rock.

about 4 months ago



Do Frames Still Suck?

Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "Last year, I decided to broaden my abilities a little and started an evening, 2 year, university course. This year a major part of what I am doing is web development and I will be creating a website.

I had never used Dreamweaver before so I expected to have to learn but what caught my attention was the huge dislike I see the course leader has for frames.

I had already read Jakob Neilsens material but being keen to learn, I read it again. Much of what he put in seems completely out of date now.
The only browser I have that can't do frames is Lynx.
All major development packages do them a lot better than when that article was written — Dreamweaver, Frontpage or even Open Office do them fine. I find that it is not too hard in a text editor either...

Obviously, I will do it the way that I am instructed. I just can't see wanting to do it this way for real afterwards. Templates and layers seem much more complicated and I suspect that they are less simple to maintain once a site goes live. I know the need for maintainable source code. Surely maintainable HTML is the same?

What do other people think? Forget aesthetics and coolness. Can people convince me that this is a better way to work?"

Gonoff Gonoff writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Gonoff (88518) writes "The BBC tells us that a court in China has found in favour of a search engine that gave links to where people could find, supposedly illegal, .MP3s.

Is this a case decided on its merits, or is it the result of "guidance" from further up? If it is the latter, will it be a precedent? If the decision was made on its meris, will the authorities allow it to stand?"


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